Beat the Heat with Live Pittsburgh Theater This Summer

In Pittsburgh, the temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to think of ways to cool off. If you’re looking for some family-friendly inside activities to take part in this summer, then why not consider heading to the theater? Here, we’ve put together a list of live Pittsburgh theater shows that you should add to your calendar before school starts.

SPAMILTON: An American Parody

If you’ve been one of the lucky people to see the Broadway hit musical about Alexander Hamilton — or if you’ve been on the waiting list for tickets — why not check out SPAMILTON: An American Parody? As you might guess, this play is filled to the brim with singing, dancing, and comedy as it riffs on the well-known musical. This play will take place at CLO Cabaret from May 16 to August 25. The specific performance schedule can be seen here.

Peter Pan

There is nothing quite like a classic, which is why Peter Pan should be on your list of shows to take your family to. This Tony Award®-winning musical has been performed for over 60 years, delighting everyone that sees it. Step into Neverland with Tinkerbell, Wendy, and Peter himself and enjoy the iconic music and adventure that this play has to offer. It will take place at the Benedum Center from July 12-21.

If you want to make a thoroughly theatrical impression the next time you pull up for a date night, look no further than the great selection of new Ford vehicles available at Shults Ford Wexford.

Live Pittsburgh Theater

Check Out the New 2020 Ford Escape SUV

Earlier this year, Ford pulled back the covers on the next iteration of its popular Escape SUV, including hybrid and plug-in options. In total, you can choose from four powertrains for the 2020 Ford Escape.

If you want to go the hybrid route, the 2020 Escape can be ordered up with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine that creates 198 horsepower and boasts a range of more than 550 miles. Or if you are ready to step into the plug-in hybrid arena, you can go with the Escape’s new propulsion system that achieves a best-in-class EPA-estimated all-electric range of 30 miles or more.

Traditional gas models for the 2020 Escape are also appealing. You can choose the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, which serves up 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and achieves a max tow rating of 2,000 pounds. But for pure power, go with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that cranks out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and enables towing up to 3,500 pounds.

Technology is a hallmark of the new Escape, including selectable drive modes (normal, eco, sport, slippery, snow, and sand) and Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology. Two class-exclusive driver-assist technologies available on the 2020 Ford Escape are Evasive Steering Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0. The 2020 Ford Escape is coming to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, and we want to make sure you’re one of the first on your block to drive one. Stop in to learn how to make that happen.

2020 Ford Escape (2019 Escape pictured)

Check Out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby in June

Looking for a new kind of summer fun for the kids now that school’s out? Try out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby, a free event that will take place on Eden Park Blvd in McKeesport. That’s a 40-minute drive southeast out of downtown Pittsburgh and about an hour away from our dealership here in Wexford.

The Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby will be held on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., meaning there is plenty of time for your family to stop by and check out the high-speed action.

The Soap Box Derby has long been a youth program beloved across America, getting its start in our neighbor to the west, Ohio. The first All-American Soap Box Derby race was held in Dayton back in 1934, and since then the sport has grown in popularity. The sport is great for young kids who learn the value of hard work in readying their competing cars and then get the fun pay off of actually competing in a race that values sportsmanship above all else.

Want to learn more about this year’s race event? Contact the race director, Bryan Brain. You can find contact info for Brian here. We hope to see you at the derby! If your vehicle needs are just a bit bigger than a soapbox, stop into Shults Ford Wexford and peruse our selection of new Ford vehicles.

Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby

Are You Racing in the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon?

While our preferred method of transportation at Shults Ford Wexford is on four wheels, we are all incredibly excited about the upcoming 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. This event is a great opportunity to set physical fitness goals and reach them with friends, family, and other health-focused individuals.

And the best part? You can run for a cause! Choose a charity that you are passionate about and use this marathon to raise money to support it. Official charities this year include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Humane Animal Rescue, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2019 marathon starts early in the morning — 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. If you are not able to complete a full marathon, try out the half marathon or the marathon relay, both of which start at the same time.

This year, marathon sponsors include Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPMC Sports Medicine, PNC, Blue Buffalo, UPMC Health Plan, FedEx, Brooks, Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, GNC, and Bank of America. You can register for the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon online here, as well as select a charity to run for. The site also has a shop for official race apparel to peruse.

Once you’re done breaking a sweat, jog into Shults Ford Wexford and let one of our brand-new vehicles carry you the rest of the way home.

2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Brings Drama to the City

Every year, Pittsburgh turns into a haven for those that love the performing arts. Across the East End, you can catch a play, laugh with a comedian, or enjoy some family-friendly entertainment — all thanks to the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.

From April 4-7, Pittsburgh will be transformed for this festival with venues popping up around the area, from Bloomfield and Friendship to Garfield and East Liberty. Based on the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival — which takes place each year in Edinburgh, Scotland — the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will showcase a range of performing arts, including comedy, theater, puppetry, music, dance, opera, poetry, and literature.

For 2019, there have been some changes made to the festival. Not only is there a new Fringe location, which you can find here, but the festival is also changing the way it works. It will truly take after the Edinburgh Fringe by allowing the venues to run themselves, opening up more opportunities for performers to host their shows in unique locations.

More information regarding the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will be available in the future, so make sure you check out its website soon. You can even apply to be a part of the festival in three simple steps, so start thinking about what you would like to perform now!

Here at Shults Ford of Wexford, we are excited for this Pittsburgh community event.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Is the Ford Mustang Hybrid Getting a V8?

The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular sports cars on the market. As 2020 draws nearer, the Ford Mustang Hybrid will soon make its way to our showroom and countless others across the country. Now, Ford has patented a new system that would fit suspiciously well as the Mustang Hybrid’s new engine.

Ford’s new patent

According to AutoGuide, Ford has patented a new powertrain system. The powertrain is a “twin motor drive system for [a] hybrid vehicle.” In other words, it’s a V8 engine designed to power a hybrid car.

The patent itself doesn’t mention the Ford Mustang Hybrid — or the highly anticipated Ford F-150 Hybrid. However, the timing of this patent fits perfectly with the upcoming release of the Mustang Hybrid, so many are beginning to speculate about any possible connections.

The Mustang Hybrid’s release date

Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information about the Mustang Hybrid’s release just yet. Many estimate that the model will make it to the 2020 lineup, which would mean we’re right on the cusp of finding out more information. Until then, Ford has most of the details under wraps.

In the meantime, the 2019 Ford F-150 and 2019 Ford Mustang are available at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Call us today to schedule your test drive.

Ford Mustang Hybrid

Three Myths About Leasing a Car

When you visit our showroom at Shults Ford Wexford, you’ll ultimately decide whether you want to lease a vehicle or buy one. Each option comes with a handful of benefits, but there are some common misconceptions about leasing.

Leasing is more expensive

When you lease a vehicle, you actually save money in several ways. Your monthly payments are much lower than when you purchase the same vehicle, since you’re basically paying for the depreciation of the car’s value. You also won’t have to worry about interest or reselling your vehicle.

I have to give the car back when I move

Life happens, and things don’t always go the way you plan. If you have to move — even out of state — that doesn’t mean you have to give up your leased vehicle. Simply notify our dealership about your move so we can adjust our records and the tax rates. However, if you decide to move out of the country, you will have to return the vehicle to the dealership.

Leasing locks you in for the whole contract

The ideal way to lease a vehicle is to lease it for the entire length of the contract. However, as we said before, things don’t always go the way you plan, so it is possible to break your lease. Keep in mind, though, there are still fees involved when breaking your lease.

Sit down with our finance team at Shults Ford Wexford to learn more about our leasing process, and visit our showroom to find the right vehicle for you.

leasing a car

The Best Places for Sledding in Pittsburgh

Winter may bring high heating bills and icy roads, but the season isn’t all bad. Sledding is a favorite winter pastime the whole family can enjoy. So pack a sled or two into your Ford SUV or truck and head out to one of these best places for sledding in Pittsburgh.

Blueberry Hill Park and Knob Hill Park

Let’s start in our own suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Two great spots include Blueberry Hill Park, which is off of I-79 and I-279 North, and Knob Hill Park. Blueberry Hill Park has its own designated sledding area—that’s how great it is.

South Park

Sunny Slopes in Pittsburgh is a perfect spot for sledding, whether cloudy or sunny. The area includes three hills, one of which boasts a 1,000-foot-long slope for optimal sledding speed. Of course, all that fun on the way down means a long trek back up for the next go.

Chapel Hill

Head to Chatham University for a sledding legend: Chapel Hill. The slope starts at the Chatham Memorial Chapel and is not too often frequented, making it a great spot for family fun.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is among the most popular sledding hills in Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s a great spot for tobogganing, mild snowboarding, and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. The spot is near Phipps Conservatory.

We here at Shults Ford Wexford encourage you and your family to enjoy the winter season and all the snow-based fun it delivers.

best places for sledding in Pittsburgh

New “Built Ford Proud” Campaign

If there’s one thing Ford fans know, it’s that the automaker is famous for being “Ford Tough.” However, Ford has an all-new slogan rolling out with its fresh ad campaign – Ford Proud.

The “Built Ford Proud” ad campaign debuted during the Michigan-Michigan State football game on October 21st. The purpose of the campaign is to focus on a different aspect of Ford – one that many Ford customers may not consider. Shifting from Ford “Tough” to Ford “Proud” focuses on loyalty and family.

Matt Van Dyke, Ford’s director of marketing communications, says the theme is intended to be “one umbrella that brings together” the entire lineup of Ford vehicles, from compact cars to commercial vans. Instead of just focusing on “tough,” which refers to trucks, the word “proud” instead applies to all Ford vehicles.

The ads also highlight one very important aspect of Ford – it’s a family name. Unlike many brands that are the result of mergers, Ford has always been “Ford” since its inception in 1903. One television ad says, “Let the other guys keep dreaming about the future, we’ll be the ones building it” while print ads read, “Born in Detroit. Made in America. Famous Worldwide.”

There’s plenty to be proud of with Ford. Come down to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to explore what Ford Proud can mean to you.

Ford Proud

Check Out THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

One of the things we love about the Wexford community is our proximity to Pittsburgh, which is never short of fun things to do with your family. Looking for something unique to do this fall to get you and the kids in the Halloween spirit? Consider a trip to Pittsburgh for THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience will open on Thursday, Oct 4, and will run through the remaining weekends of the month. This Halloween-inspired event will be held in Hartwood Acres Park at 200 Hartwood Acres from 5 to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly event takes you and your loved ones on a peaceful stroll through an illuminated trail with more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Some of the most famous jack-o’-lanterns include masterpieces based on the works of Heinz, Mister Rogers, Andy Warhol, and other Pittsburgh staples. Sections of the park feature different themes, including a pirate area with a 30-foot long ship, the Pre-Historic Park with 16-foot tall dinosaurs made of jack-o’-lanterns, and a stretch with pumpkins hanging from the trees above.

Admission ranges from $10.99 to $22.99.

If you need a vehicle to get you to this Halloween-themed experience, be sure to check out our inventory at Shults Ford Wexford.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

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