Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - 85th Anniversary Celebration
Rivers of Steel - 49th Ukrainian Pysanky Sale
Rivers of Steel - BMNECC Downs
Rivers of Steel - Regional Trail Corporation Retreat
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Sampler:
Rivers of Steel - Winter classes at Wash Arts
Rivers of Steel - Thrust Excavation

ORTC Geer and Cheer Music Festival

July 18 at 9:00 AM


You are cordially invited to attend the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) Gear & Cheer Music Festival - a National Trails Day Event!

The ORTC Festival is comprised of environmental, educational, government, heritage, trail and outdoor groups primarily from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia but also Maryland and New York.

Free events includes kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding - demos and lessons provided.  Arboretum trail tour, children's fishing derby, gear demonstrations, geocaching, hiking, orienteering, wildlife viewing, health focused programs, educational workshops and lectures, arts & crafts, and a live nine-hour music concert.

Pay events include 5K run/walk, paddlesport races, cornhole tournament , road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing wall, auctions, raffles, food, drink, wine and beer tasting.

Please join the ORTC on July 18-19, 2015 at the Lodge in Bradys Run Park. Bradys Run County Park is Beaver County's largest park, which consists of nearly 2000 acres. Bradys Run Park is located on Route 51, two miles north of Beaver, Pa within Brighton and Patterson Townships.

Bradys Run Park Map Bradys Run Park Lodge GPS: 40.731316,-80.351837

The Festival is open to the public, please invite your friends and colleagues.

The Ohio River Trail Council is a non-profit charitable organization where all proceeds will be utilized for the construction of the Ohio River Trail.


Click here for additional information.

Folk Festival Reunion Party

May 9 at 8:00 PM

The Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center presents the second annual Folk Festival Reunion Party.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
8:00 pm to 2:00 am
449 W. Eighth Avenue
West Homestead, PA 

$10 in advance, $15 at the door
Children under 12 – free
Tickets will be available via ShowClix shortly.

The Pittsburgh Folk Festival was a major regional highlight for over 50 years, and the Bulgarian Center’s rollicking Saturday night post-Festival party was the most popular event in town. This year the BMNECC is hosting a Folk Festival Reunion party that will bring together an assortment of ethnic groups that participated in the Pittsburgh event through the years.

All past and present Folk Festival members and attendees of all nationalities are invited to come celebrate the many years of warm memories, good friends, amazing food and lively dancing!

The event will feature:

  • Live music performed by various ethnic ensembles
  • An array of favorite Folk Festival foods, including halushki, pierogies, egg rolls, strudels, banitza, and gyuvech.
  • Displays of memorabilia from past Folk Festivals
  • Cash bar
  • Dancing into the wee hours

The lineup of performers will be announced soon!

We’re hoping some of you are willing to showcase your decades’ worth of festival artifacts and photos. We promise we’ll take good care of your memorabilia (copies are welcome).

  • If you’re interested in displaying your artifacts – photos, clippings, costume pieces, instruments, etc., please contact Walter Kolar at 412-831-5101 or wwkolar@gmail.com. We have program books from every year of the festival!
  • If you’re interested in having us serve your food specialties, please contact Angel Roy at 412-855-7771 or macroyfamily@gmail.com. We have an international menu planned, but would love to talk to you about your specialties!
  • If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Deborah Gorman at 412-559-3954 or dfgorman1961@yahoo.com. Many hands make light work!

If your main interest is simply a walk down memory lane, just come along and enjoy the evening!

To pre-order your tickets:

  • Contact Maura Krushinski at 412-310-5737, maurakrushinski@gmail.com  OR
  • Contact Pat French at 412-831-5101, ppfrench@verizon.net  OR
  • Write a check made payable to BMNECC and sending it to 449 West 8th Avenue, Homestead PA, 15230. Please indicate your desired quantity.

Space at the Center is limited, so get your tickets early!

For all other questions, please contact Maura Krushinski at 412-310-5737 ormaurakrushinski@gmail.com.

We offer plenty of free parking in our private, secure lot.

We look forward to seeing you!

85th Anniversary Celebration

April 18 at 6:00 PM

The Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center began as the Bulgaro-Macedonian Beneficial Association 85 years ago. On April 18, we'll celebrate our anniversary with a festive party at the Center. Guests will enjoy a fabulous variety of Bulgarian food and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details.  

49th Ukrainian Pysanky Sale

March 29 at 11:00 AM

Pysanky EggOn Sunday, March 29, 2015, the parish of St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian OrthodoxChurch will host its 49th Annual Ukrainian Easter Egg Sale.

Featuring over 1,200 Pysanky (Easter Eggs) and over 300 specialty eggs, folk arts and crafts from Ukraine, basket raffles, bake sales, and special ostrich, emu and goose eggs made specially by parishioners.

The kitchen will be open serving a sumptuous variety of Ukrainian foods.  Church tours throughout the day.  

Hours:  11:00 am till 4:00 pm

Where:  Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, PA 15106

Information:  412-527-5359, 412-276-0342 or 412-279-2111

Mastercard, Visa and Discover accepted for egg and craft sales only.


February 20 at 6:00 PM

Join the Bulgarian-Macedonial National Educational and Cultural Center at the "BMNECC Downs" on February 20 for a night of fast-paced fun at their "Night at the Races" fundraising event. 

Buy and name your horses, place your bets, root for your favorite ponies, and cash in! Watch all the action on the big screen, while a "live" professional calls the races.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm
449-451 W. 8th Avenue, West Homestead

Here’s how it works:

  • You purchase a $25 admission ticket to the racing event, which includes food and 2 complimentary drinks (wine, beer or soft drink).  Hard liquor and additional drinks will be available at our cash bar.
  • Ten races will be held with 10 horses in each race. You’ll  bet in $2 increments for the winning horse – just like in an actual race. Your winnings are based on payout odds which are determined immediately after each race by the betting amounts and number of winning ticket holders.
  • There is NO LIMIT on the number of bets which can be placed. All horse races are winbetting only (no place, no show).
  • All horses leave the gate with equal opportunity to win the race. There are NO odds calculated prior to the race.
  • You can also buy/sponsor up to 90 racehorses for the first 9 races for $10 per horse. This gives you personalized naming rights of your horse, which adds to the excitement.  If your horse wins the race, you automatically win $40.
  • Full color videos of the faux races will be projected onto a big screen in our social hall.
  • Races will be called “live” by a professional on-site race-caller.
  • The races are exciting and will be accompanied by encouraging cheers and “bragging rights” by the winning horse’s owner.
  • At the conclusion, we’ll auction off the 10 horses for the last race.  The winning horse will take ½ the pot!!

The evening will also feature both a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction.

To pre-sponsor your horse and/or purchase admission tickets, please contact:
Ed Markoff at ed.markoff@comcast.net,  412-952-7181

You can also order tickets online from ShowClix by clicking here. You can purchase your admission tickets and horses separately.

We hope to see you all at the “BMNECC Downs” on February 20. Bring along your friends and family members, place your bets, root for your horse, and cash in!

Regional Trail Corporation Retreat

January 31 at 8:30 AM

The Regional Trail Corporation, owner and manager of some of our favorite trail sections in Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Fayette Counties, has their beginning-of-the-year retreat Saturday, January 31, at the Bishop Connaire Center in Greensburg. If you've got an itch to do something for your trail or an interest in the future of these local trail systems, you may want to join in.  Check out the agenda (.docx) and register by Jan. 23(.xls).

Steel City Sampler:

January 31 at 10 AM to 2 PM

In the early 1900s, The Steel Valley of Homestead, Munhall, and Braddock was home to immigrants from around the globe. These thriving towns, once dotted with retail shops, bakeries, backdoor gardens and many a beer hall, fell silent in the '80s when the mills closed, but now are a part of the Pittsburgh-area renaissance. Guests will visit a renovated church hall, a modernized mill bar, and other revamped treasures of the still gritty mill towns to savor culinary delights that reflect the region’s rich heritage as well as its now trendy rustbelt cuisine! This 4-hour shuttled culinary tour provides more than enough food for a meal plus other surprises!

Tour dates:

Dec. 6 at 11 AM
Jan. 10, Jan. 31, Feb. 28 at 10 AM

For tickets, visit www.showclix.com

A portion of the proceeds benefits Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

All culinary tours created in full partnership with The Fork and The Road LLC, Pittsburgh's Best Resource for Food Adventures, owned by regional culinary historian Mary Miller, who has a passion for finding hidden culinary treasures in and around Pittsburgh! Check out her website here.

Winter classes at Wash Arts

January 19 at various times through March 3

About Wash Arts
Every day, children from all economic backgrounds walk through our doors and into creative opportunities that open new worlds for them. With high-quality professional instruction, students can dip their hands into clay, find a flair for the dramatic, or express themselves through visual art, dance or poetry –regardless of their ability to pay. But there is more to Wash Arts than our core mission of serving children through affordable instruction in the arts. We realize that the arts are a vital source of creativity and growth for people of all ages and walks of life. Our adult courses available are taught by some of the finest artists in the region. Wash Arts is also proud to be a part of the urban revitalization of historic downtown Washington and contributes to the vitality of our city by providing innovative cultural events on a regular basis. From our Concerts and Recitals to our Art Exhibits in our center’s Main Hall, Wash Arts’ offerings are always unique, innovative, and engaging.
All classes take place at Wash Arts, 70 South St., Washington, PA


Kid's Classes Winter 2015

Children's Pottery
MONDAY: Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2
Ages: 7 - 11
4:30 - 5:45 PM

MONDAY: Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2
Ages: 9-12
4:30 - 5:45 PM

Digital Music Making
TUESDAY: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, March 3
Ages: 13-17
4:30 to 6:00 PM

Creature Double Feature
WEDNESDAY: Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Ages: 9-12
4:30 - 5:45 PM
Jewelry Jamboree
THURSDAY: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ages: 9-12
4:30 - 5:45 PM

Rock Lab
THURSDAY: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Ages: 13-17
4:00 - 6:00 PM

To view the details and register CLICK HERE


Adult Classes Winter 2015

Advanced Pottery
MONDAY: Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Beginning Metalsmithing
TUESDAY: Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Beginning/Intermediate Pottery
TUESDAY: Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Metals Open Studio
TUESDAY: Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Open Draw
TUESDAY: Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Cost: $150.00

Songwriter's Circle
WEDNESDAYJan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
6:00 - 8:00

Special Topics in Metalsmithing
THURSDAYJan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Advanced Watercolor
THURSDAY: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $75.00

Beginning Watercolor
THURSDAYJan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $80

To view the details and register CLICK HERE

Thrust Excavation

January 9 at 11 AM, Tues.- Sun.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will present a Pop-Up Exhibition featuring artist Chris McGinnis entitled Thrust Excavation at Westmoreland @rt 30 fromWednesday, January 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 1, 2015
Chris McGinnis grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania during the waning years of post-war industrial America. Shortly after he was born the steel mills closed and the coal industry consolidated. As a child of the 1980s McGinnis developed romantic notions of America’s industrial past. The ruins of a 19th century tannery, located near his family cabin on the Clarion River in Elk County Pennsylvania and hidden amongst the dense overgrowth were the backdrops for his childhood reveries. Like an effigy to the impermanence of industrial progress, rectangular mounds of dirt and moss supplant the solid railroad ties that once transported hides to and from that tannery. 

As both artist and curator, McGinnis’ research continually returns to notions of growth and decline relating to technology and the human experience. Projects inspired by this research chronicle the pursuit of progress and its effect on all facets of society, ranging from industry and community to science and entertainment. Iconography representing the abundance and promise of industrial modernism is reminiscent of a time when American optimism was specifically manifested in large-scale construction and the built environment. 

McGinnis earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 2010. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in recent years - including shows at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and University of Arizona Museum of Art. He is co-founder of the ALLOY Pittsburgh arts initiative and will present this project for the 2014 International Arts in Society Conference in Rome, Italy. Chris regularly attends national and international artist-in-residence programs. His work has been published in the National Studio Visit MagazineEuropean Art MagazineThe MFA Now catalog, Manifest’s International Painting Annual as well as numerous local and university publications including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette andPittsburgh Tribune-Review. As an artist, curator and educator, McGinnis has worked for institutions across the country including Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Arizona. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University’s Kipp Gallery.

Opening: Friday, January 9, 2015 from 5 – 7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Gashouse Annie, a scavenger hunt, light bites from the Parkwood Inn, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month’s Art on Tap is sponsored by Trib Total Media.
Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibitions at Westmoreland @rt 30
February 4 – March 1: Rebecca Slemmons
March 4 – March 29: Sean Derry, Gary Jurysta and Matthew Forrest
April 1 – April 26: Adrienne Heinrich and Brian Geary

About the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is currently operating out of a temporary location – Westmoreland @rt 30 – while the Museum undergoes a major renovation and expansion. Located at 4764 State Route 30, between Greensburg and Latrobe, Westmoreland @rt 30 features works from the permanent collection, monthly Pop-Up Exhibitions, Studio Workshops, hands-on art activities for children on Saturdays & Sundays, Art on Tap "happy hour" events on the second Friday of every month and more. Regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM - 5 PM. An American Marketplace, the Shop at Westmoreland @rt 30, is open seven days a week from 11 AM - 5 PM. As part of a multi-year business plan tied to the renovation and expansion project, the Museum has launched Imagine What's Possible: The Westmoreland Capital and Endowment Campaign. To date, over $27 million has been raised towards the $38 million campaign goal. More information is available at wmuseumaa.org.

Where:  Westmoreland @rt 30
4764 State Route 30
Greensburg, PA

Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays 


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.