We have entered the green phase of Pennsylvania's reopening and recovery plan, in all of our oasis excepting Beaver County. Beaver County "goes green" Friday, June 12, so our entire service area will be in the green recovery phase by the end of this week.
Meanwhile, stay well. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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With all the uncertainty regarding public events, parades, and large gatherings in the Commonweatlh of Virginia, and the City of Virginia Beach, the officers of the Mid Atlantic Shrine Association reluctantly reached the decision yesterday to cancel this year's convention, scheduled for Virginia Beach, VA, from September 9-12. This is such late-breaking news that we do not have further information at this time. We will process refunds as soon as possible. Details on a virtual meeting to elect officers and conduct MASA business will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.
Pittsburgh's Syria Shriners, in conjunction with Moondog's & the StarLite Lounge, presents Thunder Thursdays Bike Nights, all summer long in the Pittsburgh Shrine Center Pavilion, continuing weekly through at least September 3.
NO BIKE?? NO PROBLEM!! ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO JOIN US!
Gates open weekly at 6pm, and the live music begins at 7pm. We wrap things up on stage at 9pm, so you won't have to stay up past your bedtime to have a good time. The StarLite Lounge, featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, will be on hand to feed you, and we'll have Pittsburgh's best rolled iced cream treats from Udderly Fresh. A full bar will be available. All events are rain or shine. You know our pavilion is impervious to inclement weather, so the shows will go on, without regard to any raindrops we may see.
NEVER A COVER ... BUT ALWAYS UNDER COVER
Attendance is limited to 250, so come early!
The Thunder rolls again this Thursday with the alt-country, alt-rock and country blues sounds of local favorites The Shiners. The Shiners have played up and down the east coast, playing Honky Tonks, festivals and Motorcycle events from New York City to Florida. They have shared stages with Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, Hank Williams, Jr. and many, many more.
Check out The Shiners on stage below.
Watch this space every week for more information on the bands, vendors, and other fun stuff in store.
Please do your best to support this series. Mark your calendar, tell your friends, and be sure to share on your social media accounts!
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By Randy Hobaugh, Second Ceremonial Master
I would like to share with you a new Syria Shrine fundraiser that will replace our long-standing Car Raffle. For the past couple of years, the raffle ticket sales have been declining, and it’s time to introduce something new. With that said, this year we will be kicking off a $25,000 HOLIDAY CASH GIVE-A-WAY.
This lottery fundraiser will be given away during the week of Christmas.
Syria Holiday Cash Give-A-Way Ticket will be sold for $10 per ticket, with a total giveaway of $25,000.
The prizes will be awarded on the PA Lottery 7pm Daily Pick 4, and two numbers will be printed on each ticket. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
We really need to sell all 5,000 tickets to optimize this fundraiser. We are very much hoping that everyone can buy and/or sell tickets to support this effort. Please do your best to help reduce our deficit, and avoid dues increases.
Please send all of your sold stubs and accompanying money immediately to:
Kenneth D. Stuart 1185 Astronaut Circle Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Our early bird drawing is Saturday, July 11. You will want to get your entry in for that drawing. Additionally, we need to get a better idea of where we stand with ticket sales at this point. Pandemic pandemonium has severely hampered our ticket selling efforts, along with all of our other fundraisers, and we need to make certain we maximize this critically important activity aimed at balancing our budget.
If you have tickets you don't think you can sell, please return them, so we can get them to someone who can get them sold before the early bird drawing. Please buy a ticket if you can afford it, even if the Sportsman's Bash is not your thing. Ken Stuart can mail you a ticket if you send him a check. Tickets can also be purchased through our website. Click the image above to get yours now!
The Pittsburgh Blues & Roots Festival was forced to cancel its annual two-day event this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have a one-day cure for your blues on Sunday, July 26, when the award-winning Billy Price, nominated for two 2020 Blues Music Awards, returns to the Pittsburgh Shrine Center Pavilion for a Sunday revival.Enter your text here...
After first gaining international attention recording and touring with the late, great guitarist Roy Buchanan, Billy was a Pittsburgh mainstay for many years, and was a 2016 inductee to the Pittsburgh Rock N' Roll Legends hall of fame. After retiring from his "day gig" at CMU, Billy now hangs his hat and sunglasses in Baltimore, so he doesn't play too often in our area any more. You'll want to catch him while you can, and we've got him!
Billy is touring in support of his current release, Dog Eat Dog, which has garnered him two nominations (Best Soul Blues Album, Best Male Soul Blues Vocalist) for this year's Blues Music Awards.
General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Showtime is 4pm. General admission opens at 3pm. Early entry tickets, at $25, get you in at 2:30pm, and your first drink is on the house!
A special guest will join Billy to open the show. Stay tuned for more details.
For more info on Billy, click the photo above.
Early entry, and advance tickets are available below.
Proceeds benefit Syria Shriners. Ticket price is NOT tax deductible
With continuing support from Shriners Children'sTM, last night, for the 4,927th consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville,featuring Steve Wariner, Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, and Michael Ray, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click the image to the right and enjoy the show.
With continuing support from Shriners Children'sTM, last night, for the 4,928th consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring the newly-renamed Lady A, The Scott Family, and Charlie Worsham, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click here and enjoy the show.
SC has kept the music playing the last 13 Saturdays. See all the shows here.
The Pittsburgh Shrine Center office remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.
Units, Caravans and Clubs may now meet in the Pittsburgh Shrine Center.
In keeping with the Grand Master's directive of May 15, you must continue to practice physical distancing, and follow all guidelines from the CDC, state and local public health authorities. Accordingly, for now, gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people. Please be certain to maintain a clean and safe environment in our building and on our grounds.
Beginning June 19, we will be able to gather again in groups of 250 people or fewer.
The Butler Shrine Luncheon Club and Butler Caravan 14 picnic, scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, has been canceled.
The fall Night at the Races fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, September 19, has been canceled.
Here's a summary from WESA-FM of what's open, and what the "new rules" are. Click here: What's open? Do I have to wear a mask?
Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.
There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.