News Regarding Carnegie Science Center Reuse of
1980s "Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" Promotion
of Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

Beginning with the Summer Solstice in 2007, The Carnegie Science Center decided to reuse a promotion, which permitted free admission to anyone bringing a snowball with them on the day of the Summer Solstice (June 21), originally developed by Public Relations Director Caroljo Lee at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) for the Summer Solstice Day celebration in 1985.

On the Summer Solstice Day in 2014 (2014 June 21), the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, which uses PIttsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science as part of their campus, also decided to provide a free-of-charge day to the public (sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation), as occurred at the Buhl Planetarium building from 1985 to 1991.

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Original "Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" Promotion
at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
(a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) Beginning on 1985 June 21.

The Carnegie Science Center Snowball Day Web Page

"Save a snowball and you can name your own price."
South Pittsburgh Reporter 2017 Feb. 14.

Reinherz, Adam. "Snowballs make cool science."
The Jewish Chronicle 2017 Jan. 18.
“Making a snowball is sort of like making a diamond: It requires some pressure and some heat because you’ve got to squeeze that snow together,” explained Brad E. Peroney Jr., program development coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center.

"Save your snowballs now for free admission later."
South Pittsburgh Reporter 2017 Jan. 10.

"Science center says save a snowball."
The Cranberry Eagle, Cranberry, Butler County PA 2016 Dec. 17.

Brenneman, Wendy. "Let's talk about science: Freezing and melting."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 Jan. 21.
By Wendy Brenneman, early childhood coordinator, Carnegie Science Center.
Remember to save a snowball in your freezer for snowball day at Carnegie Science Center in the summer.

"Save a snowball now for Carnegie Science Center this summer."
The Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Jan. 12.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Snowballs on the First Day of Summer!" Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2015 June 21.

"SAVE A SNOWBALL NOW AND NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ON JUNE 21." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2015 Jan. 6.
Also see:
The Carnegie Science Center Snowball Day Web Page.

"SPLASH! Kick Off to Summer Community Free Day - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh." Web Page Notice
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 2014 June 21.
Sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation.
Summer Solstice Day free event, including the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building (which held free Summer Solstice Day events in the 1980s and early 1990s), put on by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

"BRING A SNOWBALL AND NAME YOUR PRICE ON JUNE 20." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2014 June 11.

Horn, Alyse. "Save a snowball for the summer solstice."
The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh 2014 Jan. 9.
The idea was thought of in 2007 by the museum as a way to kick off the first day of summer and “saving a snowball in the winter to get a summer bargain [that] made winter a little less painful,” Zimecki said.
Actually, this snowball promotion on the Summer Solstice Day was the idea of Public Relations Director Jo Lee at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) in 1985.

Gormly, Kellie B. "Kids briefs: Snowball Day coming to Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2013 June 19.

"BRING IN A SNOWBALL AND NAME YOUR PRICE ON JUNE 21." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2013 June 12.

"SAVE A SNOWBALL! NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ON JUNE 21." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2013 Jan. 25.

"You've got a snowball's chance in heat with the Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 June 19.

"BRING IN A SNOWBALL AND NAME YOUR PRICE ON JUNE 20." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2012 June 19.

"SAVE A SNOWBALL NOW AND NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ON JUNE 20." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2012 Jan. 20.

Crawley, Dave. "Kids Toss Snowballs To Usher In Summer."
KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh 2011 June 21.

Gormly, Kellie B. "It's time to turn in those snowballs."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 June 15.

"CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER’S SNOWBALL DAY IS JUNE 21." News Release.
The Carnegie Science Center 2011 June 10.

"Save a snowball for the science center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Jan. 8.

"Save A Snowball Now And Name Your Own Price on June 21. News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2011 Jan. 7.

"Snowballs fly on first day of summer at Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2010 June 21.

"Science Center Welcomes Summer With Snowballs."
KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh 2010 June 21.

"Carnegie Science Center’s Snowball Day is June 21." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2010 June 9.
"To celebrate the Summer Solstice, visitors who bring in a preserved snowball from this past winter will be able to choose what they pay for general admission."

"Save a snowball and name your own price on June 21." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2010 Jan. 7.
Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day began in 1985 at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. The Carnegie Science Center resumed snowball tradition in 2007.

"Thousands expected for science center's snowball day."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 June 19.

Seate, Mike. "Save your snowballs for summer."
Pittsburgh Trib p.m. 2008 Jan. 7.

Himler, Jeff. "Science center gives visitors a snowball's chance at a freebie."
Blairsville Dispatch 2007 March 9.

Excerpt from half-page, tabloid-newspaper advertisement
by The Carnegie Science Center
Pittsburgh Trib p.m. 2007 Jan. 15: 9
Excerpt:
" Snowball Challenge!
Anyone who brings a snowball to Carnegie Science
Center on the Summer Solstice, June 21, will receive
FREE general admission. Plan ahead and make your
snowball as soon as you can!"