While shopping in a local supermarket yesterday, customers expressed shock that Mother’s Day is this weekend. They grabbed gift cards and greeting cards in effort to let the special women in their lives know that even if the holiday was nearly forgotten, they were not.
The special Sunday has escaped the awareness of many moms too. During recent youth league practices, a mom said, “I can’t believe Sunday is Mother’s Day. It seems so early this year.”
And at least one local husband and father said he thought Mother’s Day was always May 10. That second Sunday of May has crept up the calendar quickly, and Chartiers Valley Patch has you covered for some great last-minute gift ideas.
1: A home-cooked meal away from home - Burrowed along Bower Hill Road between Bridgeville and Scott Township, Wild Rosemary delivers all the comfort of the old country flair and all organic, locally-grown ingredients in its contemporary menu.
Many of its seasonal ingredients are purchased from Bedner’s Farm Market across the street and incorporated in sophisticated dishes like wild striped bass, lamb, duck, pappardelle, veal, grilled scallops and more. Because the restaurant does buy most products locally and uses fresh ingredients, the menu changes frequently--sometimes week to week.
The restaurant is only open for dinners from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and reservations are often made weeks in advance due to the small, yet charming, dining space and growing popularity.
Diners are invited to bring their own bottle of wine and stay for dessert, which yields an equally diverse and everchanging menu.
You probably won’t be able to get a reservation this weekend, but you put a note in a card, asking mom to pick the date of her choice.
Wild Rosemary is located at 1469 Bower Hill Rd. For more information call 412-221-1232.
2: Spa treatment - The name may have changed, but the opportunity for pampering has not.
Elliven Spa, formerly The Neville Spa, is transitioning to a greener spa, according to Owner Ashley Thompson. She said she wants to bring beauty to both the clients and the planet.
If that sounds like a philosophy your mom might agree with, consider a gift card for the Swedish Massage. For 30 minutes, the cost is $55; for 60 minutes, the cost is $80; and for 90 minutes, the cost is $105.
The Stress Relief Massage concentrates on areas of the neck, shoulders and back. For a 30-minute massage, the cost is $60.
And don’t forget about pregnant moms. Elliven Spa offers the Mom2Be Massage, which aims to reduce tension, increase circulation, promote relaxation, and alleviate aches and swelling. Customers must be in their second or third trimesters with a doctor’s note of approval. Cost is $100.
All creams and oils used are organic.
Elliven Spa is at 1597 Washington Pike. For more information, call 412-278-2500.
3: Moonlight ride - For a unique evening under the stars, check out Rolling Hills Ranch’s Moonlite Rides on horseback.
A Family Moonlite Ride caters to those ages 8 and older. An Adults Only Moonlite Ride serves those 21 and older and includes a BYOB option.
The events are $50 per person and include 1 ½ hours of horseback riding on a moonlit trail and a hayride to a catered campfire dinner than includes barbecue ribs, two sides and a soft drink.
Rolling Hills Ranch is at 677 Hickory Grade Rd. For more information, call 412-221-9926 and ask for Chris Hoop and Patty Dolanski to schedule a session.
4: Popular Pittsburgh events - If mom is the get-up and go type, there are three great options within a short drive:
--Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure will still accept signups Sunday morning in Schenley Park across from Phipps Conservatory. The cost is $15 for breast cancer survivors and other adults begin at $25.
Additionally, all those wearing race bibs will receive half off of the regular admission at Phipps Conservatory that day. Phipps will host a Something for “Mum” event at 1:30 p.m. Guests can make flower arrangements in containers emulating heels, handbags and more.
--Families may also enjoy a Pittsburgh Pirates home game against the Houston Astros. Moms will received earrings in the form of Pirates “P” logos, and kids 14 and younger will receive a mini bat and get to run the bases after the game. Tickets start at $9.
--All moms on Sunday will get into Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for free when accompanied by a child.
Free chair massages, beauty tips and a self-defense tutorial will also be offered.
5: Keeping it simple - Many moms don’t care about the pomp and circumstance of Mother’s Day. They are content--joyful even--just to share the day with their children. That might mean having a lazy day inside with a movie or grilling in the backyard.
If you’re looking for some great local spots, checkout The Panhandle Trail in Collier. Walk the span between the Walkers Mill Entrance and Gregg Station, and you can cover 5 miles roundtrip while spending time with the special lady in your life. And if you have a special lady (or lad) of the canine variety, bring her (or him) too.
After the long walk, take a drive to the Dairy Delite in Bridgeville. Various ice cream treats are offered at a low cost, making kids and moms happy alike. The walk-up-to-the-window ice cream joint has tables outside and a hopscotch pad in the back
Happy Mother’s Day!