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 Cos­tumes in­clud­ing Lady Edith’s wed­ding dress are on ex­hibit in "Costumes of Downton Abbey" at Winterthur through Jan. 4.

Forty costumes worn by 'Downton Abbey' cast on exhibit at Winterthur, the former du Pont estate

Lady Mary’s beaded spider web gown, Lady Sybil’s harem pants and Lady Edith’s wedding gown are included in a “Downton Abbey” exhibit.

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 The “less is more” minimalist style of menu (shown in part) turned up for a one-time fundraiser, The Last Supper, in 2012.

Dine: Language an important ingredient on menu

Over the past decade, wording on menus has gone from seducing diners through flowery descriptions to the stern aloof listing of ingredients.

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 Tereneh Mosley, a Pittsburgh-based fashion designer, helps a model into a dress she designed during a fashion gallery event at Heidioptics, Downtown, in July. Ms. Mosley creates her clothing and accessories with the Olorgesailie Maasai Women’s artisan group in Kenya.

Stylebook Snapshot: OMWA + Idia'Dega collaboration fuses Kenyan traditions with contemporary fashion trends

Pittsburgh native Tereneh Mosley works with a group of Maasai women artisans to create a fashion line of clothes, shoes and accessories.

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 One of the historic rooms at The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa in Delaware.

Former du Pont buildings now provide luxury stay

Buildings that housed du Pont employees have been transformed into The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa.

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 The Owl Cafe is located on Old Route 66 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Owl Cafe in New Mexico is a hoot

Owl Cafe knows how to serve up a green chili cheeseburger on Old Route 66.

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Let mourning begin for bereavement fares

A long-dwindling practice has nearly bottomed out in 2014, as most major American airlines have done away with breaks for grieving fliers.

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Travel notes: Despite fights over reclining seats, unruly passenger reports drop

If more passengers are having meltdowns over airline service, federal statistics do not show it.

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Design talks on tap at Winterthur

New fall lectures on the “Downton Abbey” exhibit are offered at Winterthur.

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 The California State Prison at San Quentin is home to a museum open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As macabre destinations go, the museum at San Quentin State Prison is enjoyable

It lifts the veil off the mystique of California’s first prison, opened 162 years ago and looking every day its age.

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 The Frog Hollow is located in the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur in Delaware.

The extensive gardens of Winterthur brim with amazing colors

Winterthur in Delaware combines the magic of color and fairy tales, showing off Henry du Pont’s life’s work a century after he began.

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 En Avant cannas boast flowers with speckled red-orange on gold.

Gardening Q&A: How to help cannas overwinter

How to save cannas to plant next year and prepare asparagus beds for winter.

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 Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.

Peter McKay: This iPhone 6 will self-destruct in...

If iPhone 6 is a plot to sell smartphones with bigger, more breakable screens, it’ll shatter Apple’s sales projections.

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Home & Garden notes: Deutschtown tour, antiques appraisal on the agenda

Historic Deutschtown House Tour set for Oct. 5.; antiques appraisal day on Oct. 7 in Greensburg.

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Frick museum gets $3 million state grant

The Frick Pittsburgh receives $3 million state grant for new education center

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 Many adult children have made financial sacrifices to cover caregiving expenses, according to Caring.com. About half — 46 percent — spend more than $5,000 a year on caregiving expenses.

Cost of care for adult relatives often falls on younger generations

Caring.com finds 46 percent of its visitors surveyed spend more than $5,000 on caregiving expenses.

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 Prassana Kumar, owner & chef of Curry Leaf Indian Bistro, takes chicken tandoori from the grill for the lunch buffet at his Smithfield Street restaurant.

A feast of ethnic dining has sprouted on Downtown's Smithfield Street

Indian, Russian, Turkish and Syrian are among the flavors blending within a few blocks of Smithfield.

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 Kevin Hermann,  executive chef at The Porch at Schenley says  Weatherbury’s "stone-ground flours are amazing. I wanted something local with real soul to it."

Pittsburgh grain pioneers look to past for flavor

There are more local farmers planting more fields of these special organic grains and selling all they can produce

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 Tomatillo

Miriam's Garden: Tomatillos

Tomatillos are what’s going on in my garden right now.

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 A piper and child at the Penn's Colony Festival in Saxonburg.

Preview: Penn's Colony Festival is a trip back in time

Penn's Colony Festival in Saxonburg plays host to Yankee Volunteers Fife & Drum Corps.

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 ScareHouse in Etna is offering three themed haunts for one price.

Preview: Etna haunt has ripped it up and started again

ScareHouse opens new haunt The Summoning this weekend.

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 Honey Cake Biscotti from "The Holiday Kosher Baker" by Paula Shoyer.

Rosh Hashanah is time for sweetening the new year

A favorite custom is to dip slices of apples into honey, celebrating the fruits of the season and ensuring that the new year will be sweet.

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 A platter of Linguine Carbonara at San Lorenzo in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to San Lorenzo Ristorante

Roman flair of San Lorenzo a fine find in Lawrenceville.

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 Singer-guitarist Justin Townes Earle.

The Hot List of events for the coming week

Highland Games, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and ’Dixie’ around town this weekend.

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Let's Learn From the Past: The North Side

A cen­tury ago, Al­le­gheny City was Penn­syl­va­nia’s third larg­est mu­nic­i­pal­ity, be­hind Phil­a­del­phia and Pitts­burgh.

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Let's Talk About: Taking things apart

Never disassemble appliances such as TVs, monitors or anything from your kitchen, but many small everyday items are safe to explore.

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 Stubna family yearly Gnocchi Fest.

The Food Column: Ever hear of a gnocchi Western?

Parkway Theater holds “Spaghetti Westerns” (movie and spaghetti) and “Sunday Morning Movie Services” (coffee/doughnuts with classic movies).

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 A molting penguin at the National Aviary. credit: National Aviary.

Let's Talk About: Molting birds

A bird’s feathers must be replaced in order to continue providing insulation and helping a bird to fly.

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 Ginger Lime Beef Stir-fry.

What's for Dinner: Ginger Lime Beef Stir-fry

Hectic days call for something quick and easy for dinner.

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 The Southern Leopard Frog.

Let's talk about: Biology and art

Richard Pell’s disturbing photos on display at Pittsburgh Filmmakers of animals involved in biologic testing show mix of biology and art.

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 Mary Ann Wellener

Steel Advice: Take a break from this friend

Distancing yourself from a negative friend is OK.

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  Helen Marie Chelko Fieo turned 100 on Sept. 3.

Century Club: Two Pittsburgh-region women turn 100

Helen Marie Chelko Fieo and Georgia Crawford turn 100. The secrets to their longevity? Family, a healthy lifestyle and the Pirates.

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 James and Susanne Wilkinson.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: For Your Eyes Only gala

The sold-out party grossed roughly $1.1 million for the symphony.

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 Ralph Lauren

Fresh from New York Fashion Week: Styles for Spring 2015

Pastels, pleats and nature-inspired prints were among the top trends spotted on runways at New York Fashion Week.

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 Embroidered peasant blouse, $49.99; flounce skirt, $34.99; croc effect belt, $29.99; and ankle strap shoes, $39.99, from the Altuzarra for Target capsule collection.

Stylebook: Target teams with Altuzarra on fall fashions

Plus: a fashion industry networking night, trunk shows, fall bonus shopping days at Fifth Avenue Place and other Pittsburgh fashion news.

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 Larry Wetmiller, left, and Joe Calloway with the still.

A rum-tasting event raises funds for Hopital Albert Schweitzer

Roughly 100 patrons came out to Maggie’s Farm in support of Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, raising more than $5,000.

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 Nick Payiavlas and Brenda Waters.

Sunflowers, artistic pillows shine light on POWER benefit.

More than 300 guests attended the fundraising auction held at Perlora on the South Side.

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 Janera Solomon, Carmen de Lavallade and Clyde Jones.

Private dinner with Carmen de Lavallade

Legendary dancer Carmen De Lavallade lights up Shadyside before “As I Remember It.”

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 Elizabeth Wheatley, Julie Eisenhower and Joanne Ostergaard.

Fort Pitt Block House celebrates 250 years

History buffs gathered Downtown to celebrate the Fort Pitt Block House’s 250th anniversary Thursday at the nearby Wyndham Grand Hotel.

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 A cyclist travels the new two-way bike lanes along Panther Hollow Road crossing into Schenley Park in Oakland.

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the process of redesigning the road through Schenley Park, part of a program to reduce storm runoff.

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 Sally Davis and Lisa Zourelias.

Rooftop Shindig held atop Theatre Square parking garage

Like-minded people gathered to watch “The Big Lebowski,” drink White Russians, wear bathrobes in public and celebrate all things “Dude.”

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 Mayor William Peduto  and Caitlin Lasky.

Phipps Conservatory hosts Garden to Plate Dinner

Roughly 130 guests gathered (and bucked the black tie) by showing up in their last-gasp-for-summer garden attire.

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 Sister Jeanine Swartzlander and Tom Wiese.

Girls Hope Women's Tournament benefits Girls Hope of Pittsburgh

Nearly 400 women came out to support the cause, enjoying golf, tennis, paddle tennis, bridge and a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

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Stargazing: Jupiter and the waning crescent moon

Before this lunar cycle draws to an end with a new moon Sept. 24, a thin waning crescent will sink past Jupiter in the morning sky.

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City calendar: 09/15/14

A look at the events coming up for the week ahead.

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 Samantha Lugo shows the merchandise at her Broke Little Rich Girl boutique, which opened this month in Lawrenceville.

Stylebook Snapshot: Broke Little Rich Girl mobile boutique goes brick and mortar

The fashion truck by Samantha Lugo of Robinson is the city’s first to transition to a permanent storefront. It’s now open in Lawrenceville.

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 The main attraction in Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania is hiking the Falls Trail, a 7.2-mile loop that follows along most the park’s 22 beautiful waterfalls. The park’s crown jewel is the “wedding cake” Ganoga Falls, which descends 94 feet in a series of small steps.

Autumn shows its true colors in northeastern Pennsylvania

Enjoying the fall colors and waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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 The first of the cherry tomatoes at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, N.Y., a four-season farm, education center and restaurant.

Dine: How Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Hudson Valley influences U.S. food trends

Chef Dan Barber, author of “The Third Plate,” lures travelers with produce and policy to Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside New York City.

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 Signature Theatre in the Village of Shirlington in Arlington, Va., decorates the walk way for its acclaimed production of “Sunday in the Park With George,” directed by CMU grad Matthew Gardiner, the theater’s associate artistic director.

A Signature 'Sunday' worth a trip to Arlington, Va.

The Village at Shirlington has experienced a renaissance since the mid-2000s, including the award-winning Signature Theatre.

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 Dan Barber, author of "The Third Plate."

Star chef plays 'The Third Plate'

Blue Hill at Stone Barns’ star chef Dan Barber reflects on changing how we cook and eat.

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 A coastal brown bear catches a sockeye salmon in shallow water next to Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska in July.

Watch 'bear jams' in Katmai National Park

Having an very close view of bears pursuing salmon is among the wonders of a trip to Katmai National Park in Alaska.

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