Wedding Goodies, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Steve Snodgrass’ photostream

What event includes a performance by Slim Forsythe and his New Payday Loners, games, an attempt to create Pittsburgh’s largest cookie table, 50 lawn chairs, and a mass vow renewal ceremony? That would be “We Do. (Take Two) An Upper Lawrenceville Love Story” taking place this Saturday in, you guessed it, Upper Lawrenceville. The idea is to shine a light on this less well known part of Lawrenceville (51st Street and above). Lovebirds from across the city can renew their commitment to each other and everyone is welcome to come out and take a second look at this vibrant, quirky neighborhood.

old folks, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from garann’s photostream

State Sen. Jim Ferlo will officiate at the ceremony, and because this is Pittsburgh, there will of course be a giant cookie table (attendees are invited to bring a dozen of their own). Wedding-day attire — vintage or vogue — is encouraged. There will be loads of family-friendly activities, a Mass Bouquet Toss, displays by local artists and more. In additional to food and drink donated by Upper Lawrenceville’s many restaurants, there will also be live music. The 10th Ward’s very own Slim Forsythe will be performing Honky Tonk, Country, Country Gospel and Cowboy songs with the New Payday Loners.

The event is a Pop Up! Pittsburgh project. Pop Up! Pittsburgh is produced by Leadership Development Initiative XIX, a program of the nonprofit Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPINC). Pop-ups have become popular as a short term project, such as a restaurant or store. They appear for a night, a week or a month and then they’re gone. Pop Up! Pittsburgh is an annual, one-day event that showcases a lesser known neighborhood, bringing new people in to sample the area. While the event may be short-lived, the impact is meant to be long-lasting as people discover — or rediscover — everything the neighborhood has to offer. Past events have been hosted in Fineview, the Hilltop and Uptown.

We Do. (Take Two) An Upper Lawrenceville Love Story
Saturday, May 19, 2012
2 p.m. – Event Begins
2:30 p.m. – Vow Renewal
3-5 p.m. – Slim Forsythe and his New Payday Loners perform
Where: Lawrenceville Goodwill Parking Lot, 52nd Street (map)
Register: If you’re planning to renew your vows/celebrate your love, please register here.
Facebook Event Page: Here

And, here’s a taste of Slim Forsythe: