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Whitehall Community Day to have Pittsburgh theme

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:27 p.m.

Get ready to jam to tunes from some of Pittsburgh's biggest artists, bounce in the official Pirates' inflatable play area or greet the team's big, friendly green mascot. And don't forget to bring those pens for autographs from some of the region's up-and-coming celebrities.

Whitehall is turning black and gold Aug. 24, as the town unites in “Celebrating Pittsburgh” for this year's Community Day, with activities set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Brennan Plaza and Snyder Park.

“We're all Pittsburgh people here. Whether you're from Whitehall or Baldwin or Brentwood, we're are Pittsburghers, and this is celebrating that,” said Whitehall recreation director Kelly Joyce, who oversees the organization of the event. “There's really a lot of talent here in the community and in the Pittsburgh area at large.”

This year's Community Day will showcase that, with nearly all of the performers, vendors and games based around the Steel City and with something for people of all ages.

Past themes for community day have included: “Rockin' Through the Ages,” “Whitehall Borough Hoedown,” “Celebrating Diversity” and “Hometown Heroes.”

Famed Pittsburgh rock band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers will perform at Brennan Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

“All of our bands have their roots in Pittsburgh,” Joyce said.

Yet, Grushecky and crew might be the most well-known performers of all time for Whitehall's annual festivities, Joyce said.

“That is our highlight of this year, for sure,” Joyce said.

Also set to perform on the Brennan Plaza stage is American Idol season 11 finalist and Washington, Pa., native Adam Brock at 4 p.m. and oldies group Pure Gold at 2 p.m.

“(These three) really speak to all of the different age groups,” Joyce said.

For the youngsters — along with the inflatable bouncy areas, crafts and games — Disney's preschool television series “Doc McStuffins” will be brought to life in Snyder Park.

Doctors from South Hills Children's Community Pediatrics, partnering with Radio Disney, will host a clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. to care for youngsters' “ailing” stuffed animals, Joyce said.

“I just think that is so adorable,” she said.

The Pirate Parrot also will be at community day from 1 to 2 p.m., “which is huge this year, seeing as our Pirates are in first place,” Joyce said.

Local dance groups also will perform, nonprofits will hold information tents, and food will be available for purchase, she said.

In the community room, the Whitehall Public Library and Whitehall Community Lions Club will hold an event with local therapy dogs from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

A meet-and-greet tent will be held with Pittsburgh-area celebrities from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Bring your hockey memorabilia. Bring your basketball memorabilia,” said Joyce, who is keeping the celebrities' identity a secret.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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