Rivers of Steel - Family Day
Rivers of Steel - 8th Annual Balmoral Classic
Rivers of Steel - Dedication of Lambe and Nevena Markoff Plaza
Rivers of Steel - Otets Paissii Fall Concert
Rivers of Steel - Taste of Italy
Rivers of Steel - Holiday Popup Market at Wash Art
Rivers of Steel - HITCHCOCK!
Rivers of Steel - Homewood Cemetery Tour
Rivers of Steel - Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

Holiday Market

December 6 at 10 AM - 2 PM and December 7 at 10 AM - 2 PM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area will hold a Holiday Artist Market featuring locally-made, one-of-a-kind functional and decorative ethnic crafts and food at our historic location, the Pump House. 

Rivers of Steel will also be selling books, clothing, and multimedia items focusing on the industrial heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania.

This two-day event will run 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7.

Where: The Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA

To reserve a vendor table, please contact MarketLady@riversofsteel.com.

Family Day

November 29 at 11:00 AM

See the Self-E exhibition featuring works by students grades K-12, make your own art, participate in a scavenger hunt, listen to a performance by Stage Right!, receive a 20% discount in the Museum Shop and enjoy cookies and punch.

Saturday, November 29, 11 AM to 3 PM

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
4764 State Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601


8th Annual Balmoral Classic

November 21 at 7:30 PM, also Nov. 22

Friday, Nov. 21; 7:30 PM - The Gathering, a celebration of Bagpiping and Drumming, music, food, silent auction, cash bar, $25.  Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

Saturday, Nov. 22; 8:00 AM - 8th Annual Balmoral Classic, US Junior Solo Piping and Snare Drumming Championship Competition.  Open to US and Non-US residents; ages 21 and under. Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Avenue, Oakland.  

Saturday, Nov. 22; 8:00 PM - In Concert: Battlefield Band. Tickets $24 advance/$40 at the door.  $15 students with ID and Seniors 65+ advance/$40 at the door.  Central Catholic High School's McGonigle Theater (Oakland)

To purchase tickets for the Concert and Gathering, call 888-71-TICKETS or visit BalmoralClassic.org.


Dedication of Lambe and Nevena Markoff Plaza

November 16 at 1:00 PM

You are invited to join the Bulgarian-Macedonian Center as they dedicate their outdoor plaza in honor of the organization's founder and first president, Lambe Markoff, and his wife Nevena. Coffee and light fare will be available at the dedication ceremony. You may RSVP to Pat French atppfrench@verizon.net or at 412-831-5101Learn more about this event and the role that the Markoffs played in the development of our organization.

Where:  BMNECC, 449-451 W. 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA 

Otets Paissii Fall Concert

November 15 at 7:00 PM


The Bulgarian Performing Folk Ensemble Otets Paissii will stage its annual concert on Saturday, November 15, at the West Mifflin High School in West Mifflin. The theme of this year's concert is "Balkanistica." 

The Otets Paissii manager director is Joy Holden. Artistic director is Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura. Executive director is Walter Kolar. The fall concert is supported by a grant from the Heinz Endowments.

Following the concert please join us at the Bulgarian Center at 9:00 pm for our monthly Vecherinka dance party, featuring live music and tasty treats. 

General admission tickets for the Fall Concert cost $10 and are available at the door or by phoning 412-461-6188. Seniors and students may purchase tickets for $5. Children under 12 enjoy free admission. A combined ticket for both the Fall Concert and the Vecherinka costs $15. Students and seniors may purchase a combined ticket for $8.

West Mifflin High School is located at 91 Commonwealth Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122.


Taste of Italy

November 15 at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Raise a glass at the 13th annual Taste of Italy Wine Tasting, sponsored by Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC).

The event showcases talented local vintners' who will provide their homemade wine for tasting. There will by an array of appetizers to compliment the experience.

Includes a crowd's favorite, the Chinese Auction and The Grand Auction of Wines.

Where:  Frank Ricco Sons of Italy Lodge #731, 16 Race Street, Brownsville, PA

Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at door and are available at the Flatiron Building.  Call 724-785-9331.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will enable BARC's continuing efforts to foster the economic redevelopment of the Brownsville area.

Holiday Popup Market at Wash Art

November 7 at 6:00 PM and various times through Dec. 30

If you're in the market for unique Christmas gifts that keep on giving, look no further than the Holiday Art Market in Washington, Pa.

The work of 30 local artists will be on sale beginning Nov. 7 at the Washington Community Arts & Cultural Center (Wash Arts) at 70 South Street. "We're so happy to give the local arts community an outlet," said Art Market committee member Jennifer Adamson. "And Wash Arts' share of the proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in need."

The juried work for sale includes paintings, prints, photography, pottery and ceramic art, jewelry, glass, handmade soaps, fiber art, knitted goods, scarves and more.

The Holiday Art Market opens with a reception on Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through Dec. 30

Gallery Hours: 
Wednesdays, 11am-4pm 
Thursdays, 11am-7pm 
Fridays, 11am - 4pm 
Saturdays, 11am - 1pm 

Those attending Washington's Christmas Parade Dec. 5 can stop afterward at the Market to enjoy hot chocolate, shop and paint their own Christmas ornaments.

Special Hours: 
Monday December 22nd: 11am - 7pm 
Tuesday December 23rd: 11am -7pm 
Monday December 29th: 11am - 7pm 
Tuesday December 30th: 11am -7pm
Closed December 24th-28th

Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center
70 South Street
Washington, PA 15301 

Wash Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides instruction and creative art opportunities for children, regardless of their ability to pay. It also offers a wide range of classes, instruction and art activities for adults.

For more information about Wash Arts, visit www.washarts.org, or call 724-222-1475


November 1 at 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Presented by The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. and The Independent Brewing Company, this event is made possible by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and powered using green energy by Zero Fossil.

Come see the Carrie Furnaces as you've never seen them before, decked out in an Alfred Hitchcock themed set design. Sit at our bonfire, dance your butt off to DJs on the iron furnace dance floor, enjoy fine craft beer and cocktails. Restore the furnace to its 50's and 60's prowess as we celebrate the greatest director of that era.

Here's who's joining us:

 - Pgh Taco Truck
 - Blowfish BBQ
 - Gyros N'at
 - Street Foods
 - Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches
 - Ink Division
 - Maggie's Farm Rum 

General Admission - $35

Designated Driver Admission - $20

Parking at the Carrie Furnaces or shuttle service from the East End is available for an additional fee.  

CLICK HERE for tickets.

Admission includes 3 drink tickets that can be used for beer or cocktails.  Additional drink tickets and food items will be available for purchase at the event. 

Click here for additional information.

Homewood Cemetery Tour

November 1 at 1:00 PM

The Homewood Cemetery is a non-profit, non-denominational cemetery in the East End that was incoporated in 1878. The Lawn Park style cemetery offers almost 200 acres of monuments within an important and carefully maintained historic landscape. The cemetery is home to many persons of note including photographer Teenie Harris and Jazz pianist and composer Errol Garner, and members of the Heinz, Mellon, Benedum, Frick and D.L. Clark families.

In June 2014, the Homewood Cemetery received the unique status of being designated an arboretum by the Arbnet Arboretum Accrediation Program, becoming the 23rd such cemetery or memorial park in the United States to do so. The cemetery will utilize this status to serve as an educational center for the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, providing residents of all ages including students and naturalists access to and information about its collections, educational programs and recreational opportunities. The cemetery will continue to provide a final resting place for the dead as it becomes a vital urban green space for the living.  

Join the Young Preservation Associates of Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 1st for an autumnal tour of the cemetery. Space is limited - please RSVP to cory.bonnet@youngpreservationists.org.

Event Details
Saturday, November 1st / 1:00-2:00 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, November 2nd / 1:00-2:00 pm

Homewood Cemetery
1599 South Dallas Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

May 15 at 7:00 PM

Beginning in March and running through November, the Mount Pleastant Glass Museum will offer a speaker each month.  Topics will be about, but not limited to, our three factories: Bryce Brothers, Lenox Crystal, and L.E. Smith.

The speaker's series will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Where:  Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main Street (Route 31), Mount Pleasant

Suggested Donation:  $3.00

May 15 - Jay Hawkins, Bottles and Bottlemaking in the 19th Century

Jay W. Hawkins has had a lifelong interest in antiques, especially bottles and glass. He began digging and collecting antique bottles at age 12. His passion for early bottles has continued for over 40 years. His special interests include whiskey and liquor bottles and early blown and pressed glass from Pittsburgh area. Over the years, he has authored several journal articles on bottles and bottle collecting. He is the Secretary of the Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club and in 2009 completed a comprehensive book on the history of glass manufacturers and glass houses of the Pittsburgh region. He has given numerous talks on the history of Pittsburgh bottles and glass.

The book Glasshouses and Glass Manufacturers of the Pittsburgh Region 1795-1910, a 612 page paperback, will be available for purchase. If you have one, bring it along for a signing.

Jay will talk on the history of bottle making in our region from about 1795 to 1910, as well as present short vignettes on several Pittsburgh area glass works. He will also discuss some of the more colorful history of several classic Pittsburgh bottles.


In the coming months, the speakers will be:

June 19 - John Potts, Transition from Bryce Brothers to Lenox Crystal

Remainder of events to be announced at a later date but will include John Weishar speaking about Island Moulds and the Mount Pleasant Factories, Harley Trice on paperweights, and the Officers of the (Lenox) Union talking shop.  

If you have a topic you would like us to discuss, please contact us at 724-547-5929.


160-inch Mill

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