MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE-BELIEVE PUBLIC STUDIO TOURS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 7 & 8
Free public tours of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED Pittsburgh thanks to sponsorship from The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
Free public tours of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED Pittsburgh thanks to sponsorship from The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
Those taking the tour will see original Neighborhood of Make-Believe set pieces including: King Friday XIII’s Castle; “X” the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat’s Tree; Curator Lady Elaine Fairchilde’s Museum Go-Round; Cornflake S. Pecially’s “Rockit” Factory; Grandpere’s Eiffel Tower; Dr. Duckbill, Elsie Jean and Ana Platypus’ Mound; and a small replica of Daniel Tiger’s Clock. The original clock currently resides at Saint Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media.
Tours will be given on a first-come-first-served basis and take approximately 10 minutes once guests enter the Fred Rogers Studio. Tickets will not be needed for the tours. Guests will be able to meet, receive an autograph from and have their pictures taken with Mr. McFeely of the Neighborhood’s “Speedy Delivery Messenger Service.”
Children will also have the opportunity to participate in artistic activities designed by Mister Rogers and Family Communications, Inc. (FCI) including coloring Neighborhood character bookmarks and pages. While supplies last, those in attendance will receive complimentary refreshments as they leave the Studio including Glaceau vitaminwater. A chocolate bar will be handed out to guests courtesy of Sarris Candies. Fred Rogers’ “You Are Special” books and the 2003 commemorative issue of Pittsburgh magazine’s tribute to Fred Rogers will also be distributed in limited quantities.
Free parking will be available at Central Catholic High School located at 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 next door to WQED. Central Catholic’s parking lot is accessible via Neville Street off of Fifth Avenue. Street parking will also be allowed on Fifth Avenue. Parking at 4802 Fifth Avenue in the WQED visitors’ lot will be reserved for those with accessibility needs and is located on the left side of the building. For those coming on Port Authority buses, the 71D and 500 busses stop in front of WQED. All guests will need to enter through WQED’s main entrance located in the front of the building on Fifth Avenue and will have to wait in line for access to the Fred Rogers Studio.
In advance of the tours, WQED is asking the public to send their favorite memory of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Those who wish to submit memories will need to obtain and provide a signed release along with their submissions to WQED by Monday, October 26. If viewers wish to receive their materials back, they will need to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Release forms can be obtained by calling WQED Member Services at 1-800-622-1370 or by going online to: www.wqed.org/neighborhood-of-make-believe Pictures and hand-written letters should be sent to: Maria Pisano, WQED Pittsburgh, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or upload memories at: www.wqed.org/neighborhood-of-make-believe Memories may be edited into future WQED promotions. An edit date is not available right now.
For complete event details, go to: www.wqed.org/neighborhood-of-make-believe . Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood airs Saturdays at 6 a.m. on WQED: The Create Channel (13.2 digital) and Sundays at 8 a.m. on WQED-TV (13.1 digital.) The longest running weekday children’s program on PBS, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood celebrated its 40th Anniversary on American television and at WQED in February 2008.
WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.
Family Communications, Inc. was founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers to produce Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Today, the company works in a variety of media to promote the social, emotional and intellectual development of children, encourage open and honest communication with and about children, strengthen relationships among children and adults, and support parents and other caregivers as well as teachers and other professionals.
The Children’s Institute, established in 1902, is an independent, nonprofit, licensed organization in Pittsburgh dedicated to promoting the well-being of children, young people and their families and to providing services that meet their special needs. The unique comprehensive approach of The Children’s Institute—hospital, school, adoption service—sets the organization apart from others in western Pennsylvania. In fiscal year 2008, The Children’s Institute served more than 6,500 children and their families and provided approximately $4.5 million in uncompensated care.
NOTE TO WORKING PRESS:
A press event for media and private tour following for the event sponsor The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh will be held on Friday, November 6 from 1-5 p.m. in the Fred Rogers Studio. Reporters attending the press event are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. for set-up. The press event will be from 1-2 p.m. and tours will begin at 2 p.m. Parking will be available in the Rodef Shalom Synagogue lot located at 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, via Devonshire Street. The WQED visitors’ lot will be reserved for those with accessibility needs.
Interviews with staff from WQED Pittsburgh, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and FCI may be scheduled in advance of the press event by calling Rosemary Martinelli at 412-622-6433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Images of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in high-resolution JPEGs and a list of FAQs about the tour and volunteer opportunities are available at www.wqed.org/pressroom If you do not already have an account with the WQED Pressroom, you will need to set one up to access these files.
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