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Be like Mister Rogers: Wear your cardigan for World Kindness Day

Shirley McMarlin
Courtesy of Walt Seng
Everyone’s favorite cardigan-wearer, Fred Rogers, poses with the trolley from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

WQED says it would be an especially beautiful day in the neighborhood if everyone wore a cardigan on Nov. 13.

As part of its 65th anniversary and Year of Kindness, and in conjunction with World Kindness Day, the Pittsburgh public broadcasting station is inviting everyone to wear a cardigan and stop by its studios in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, the station will offer warm drinks, kindness activities and the opportunity to see “Mister Rogers: Just the Way You Are,” an interactive mixed-media portrait by artist Wayne Brezinka.

Cardigan Day and the title of the artwork are inspired, of course, by renowned cardigan-wearer and children’s television icon, Fred Rogers, and his quote, “There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.”

The piece is on public display in the WQED concourse noon-3 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 19.

“Everyone is encouraged to come wearing their cardigans, take a selfie in front of the artwork, and post the image to your social streams at #cardiganday. A virtual cardigan party can spread across all of our very real neighborhoods,” WQED says in a release.

If you can’t make it to WQED, wear your cardigan and post your photos (with the hashtag), anyway.

WQED’s Cardigan Day partners include Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Merakey Education & Autism, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper and Eat’n Park.

The Pittsburgh-filmed “A Beautful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Rogers is set for a Nov. 22 release.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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