Rivers of Steel - Cast Iron at Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - Ghost Hunt at Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Rivers of Steel Festival
Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - Yough River Trail Runs and Fun Walk
Rivers of Steel - Hands-on Glass Cutting
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Solidarity
Rivers of Steel - Trail Town Summit
Rivers of Steel - Light from the Furnace
Rivers of Steel - The Writer’s Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

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.

Cast Iron at Carrie

June 5 at 5 PM Fri., 10 AM to 4 PM Sat. & Sun.; also July 31-Aug. 2

Rivers of Steel is excited to offer public iron casting workshops this summer. Casey Westbrook of Detroit's CARBON ARTS will be lending his expertise in iron casting as visiting instructor for this exciting opportunity. Workshops are appropriate for adults and children above 12 years of age and require no prior knowledge of casting! Regional artists and creators interested in learning this unique process are encouraged to register. The workshop will introduce those new to the craft, the basic processes of cast iron sculpture-patternmaking, mold making, casting and finishing, through an intensive three-day weekend workshop. At the conclusion of each workshop every participant will leave with his or her own unique idea professsionally cast in solid iron.

Iron Casting at the Carrie Furnaces


What to expect:

  • Participants will be required to watch an introductory tutorial before attending the weekend workshop. Access to this tutorial will be provided upon registration.
  • Participants must likewise attend one of two pattern-making meetings held on Thursday and Friday from 5 - 6 PM. The workshop inlcudes instructions in the use of wax and plasticene, an oil-based clay. Saturday is devoted to making molds for the completed patterns; Sunday is casting day.
  • Alternatively, participant may make an original wax pattern using the wax-working techniques demonstrated in the workshop or bring a ready-made pattern from home.
  • Total Workshop Cost: $350 ($30 non-refundable registration fee)
  • Participants should pack a lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop #1:  June 5 - 7, 2015 
(Thursday, June 4 optional pattern workshop)
Friday 5 - 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM 

Workshop #2:  July 31 - August 2, 2015  
(Thursday, July 30 optional pattern workshop)
Friday 5 - 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM 

Cost:  $350 

Register for Workshops


Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour

May 30 at 10 AM

Babushkas and Hard Hats Tours

Babushkas and Hard Hats

Explore the magical mix of immigrants and industry that made Pittsburgh the steel-making capitol of the world!

The tour includes an interactive presentation about the rise and fall of steel in Pittsburgh and what it was like to work in a mill; a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Carrie Blast Furnaces (bring your camera!); a visit to the Historic Pump House, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead; and a delicious lunch featuring regional favorites such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies and the beloved cookie table. Transportation is provided from Station Square.

Dates (Saturdays):  
May 30
June 13
July 25
August 22
September 19

Tours will begin at 10 AM at Station Square and will end at Station Square. 

Cost:  $85 per person

Tickets on sale now at www.showclix.com

Ghost Hunt at Carrie Furnaces

May 30 at 7:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what goes bump in the night at the Carrie Blast Furnaces?

Here's an exclusive opportunity to find out for yourself! Grab your flashlight and camera and discover what happens when the lights to go out.

The seasoned staff of Ghosts n'at Paranormal Adventures will be there to guide you through this unique experience. Over the years there have been many reports of paranormal activity, and the staff of Ghosts n'at have captured evidence of the activity.

Need help documenting your haunting experience? No problem. We will have ghost hunting kits available for rent to help capture paranormal activity.

Participants must be 18 years of age and older and are required to bring a flashlight. You will also be required to sign Ghosts n'at's Rules and Regulations.

Event time: 7:00 PM to Midnight; gates open at 6:30 PM.

For additional information visit www.ghostsnat.com.


Rivers of Steel Festival

May 17 at 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, September 20

Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the Rivers of Steel Festival to be held at the historic Pump House at The Waterfront on Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will highlight the region's rich ethnic, cultural, and folk traditions, new and old, and will include workshops, demonstrations, music, performances, food, craft and arts vendors, and much, much, more!!!!

Sponsored by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and The Waterfront.

Applications for the May 17 festival are due April 15.

Food Vendor Application (PDF)

Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

Workshop Application (PDF)

Performer Application (PDF)

Folk Festival Reunion Party

May 16 at 8:00 PM

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

Saturday, May 16, 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 are available via ShowClix.

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!

Questions?  Contact Maura Krushinski at 412-310-5737, maurakrushinski@gmail.com

Plenty of free parking in our private, secure lot.


Yough River Trail Runs and Fun Walk

May 9 at 9:00 AM

Sponsored by West Newton Fox's Pizza

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Trail access in West Newtn on Rte. 136. For GPS directions, use 111 Collinsburg Rd., 15089

Start Times:
5K run at 9:05 AM
10K run at 9:00 AM
2-mile fun walk at 9:05 AM 

For information, email wytcnews@hotmail.com, call 724-872-5586, or visit www.bikewytc.org

Hands-on Glass Cutting

May 9 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

The Mount Pleasant Glass Museum presents hands-on glass cutting make it and take it workshops. 

From Grandma to grandkids (10^), ALL are welcome. All are invited to try their hand at the ancient art of glass cutting. It’s that time of year again and Peter O’Rourke, master glass cutter to the Presidents, is offering to share his knowledge and his skills to a select few. BUT MORE THAN THAT HE WILL SUPERVISE YOU AS YOU CUT AND TAKE HOME CUT GLASS.

There will be two sessions each day, one at 11 and a second at 2. Cost: $15.00 a session. Children are welcome. So are Grandma and Grandpa. To book contact the museum at 724 542 5929.

Growing up in Ireland Peter showed interest early in the arts and would regularly draw patterns on glass; several years later he decided to further his learning and fine tune his talents. In 1970 he began an apprenticeship with Galway Crystal, a new company in town and a direct competitor to Waterford Crystal. By 1977 Peter had completed his apprenticeship and earned the title of Master Glass Cutter and Engraver.

He worked at Galway another five years training the factories apprentices and developing new products. Then in 1981 Lenox recruited him for a products coordinator position in their American production facility. After visiting the Lenox factory in Mount Pleasant PA and having the support from his wife and daughters, the family decided it was an interesting opportunity and moved to America.

In the years the followed he excelled in his leadership role at Lenox and helped put out thousands of beautiful pieces of glassware for the company. He also worked on many special projects from custom gifts and stemware for US Senators to creating the awards for PGA/LPGA tour winners until the American factory closed it doors in 2001. For the past 12 years he has designed and sold his own cut glass and has contributed as an artistic contractor for the likes of Lenox, Tiffany and Waterford.

Another rare honor and in tandem with Lenox, Peter creates the inaugural bowls given to each new president of the United States. These bowls are intricate and can take weeks to create including several cutting techniques. He has contributed his expertise to the inaugural bowl project for every president since Ronald Regan and most recently president Barack Obama.

The two-hour long events will be held on May 9, 2015.  Two session per day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cost:  $15 per session

Where:  Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main Street, Mount Pleasant

To book, contact the museum at 724-547-5929 or 724-542-4949. Events must be pre-paid. Special price for Boy and Girl Scouts and Youth Groups. Call for details.

Happy Hour with Carrie

May 6 at 6:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents Happy Hour with Carrie!

Carrie Furnaces + Craft Beer

On the first Wednesday of the month during our 2015 tour season, enjoy an evening one-hour tour of the Carrie Furnaces site followed by a beer at one of our local partners. Each month's tour explores a different portion of this National Landmark site, where you will learn about the iron-making processs and the impact of the industry on the region and the world. 

Tours being at 6:00 PM. Following the tour, head over to the brewery/pub for a crafted brew by one of our local partners.

Ticket price is $20 and includes an hour-long Carrie Furnaces Tour and one beer.

Tickets available here.

Beer partners:

May 6: Voodoo Brewery Homestead
June 3: Blue Dust
July 1: Brew Gentlemen
August 5: Voodoo Brewery Homestead
September 2: Blue Dust
October 7: Brew Gentlemen

Each tour date will cover a different part of the Carrie Furnaces site so guests are wecome to come to multiple tours.

The Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Please dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour takes place outdoors. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.

Directions to the Carrie Furnaces site can be found here.

Steel City Solidarity

May 1 at 6:30 PM Opening Reception

Steel City Solidarity, a photo exhibit by writer and documentarian Andy Prisbylla, will be on display from May 1 - May 31, 2015 at the historic Pump House in Munhall, PA. Presented by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the exhibit hosts 24 images taken from the Citizens of Industry documentary collection. Opening reception is Friday, May 1, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

Steel City Solidarity is the first installment of the multipart documentary series Citizens of Industry, which explores labor culture in many of its aspects. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has one of the richest labor histories in this country, and is the perfect place to examine the subjects of worker solidarity, organized labor and community culture. Utilizing in-depth interviews, essays and photo documentation, Steel City Solidarity explores the current state of labor activism and tradition in one of the strongest union towns in the United States.

For information on Steel City Solidarity and the Citizens of Industry project, please visit www.citizensofindustry.org or contact writer and documentarian Andy Prisbylla at 216-632-5588.

Opening Reception: May 1
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

Exhibit hours through May:

Fridays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sundays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Also Saturday, May 2, May 9, and May 16
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Trail Town Summit

April 27 at 1:30 PM

Spring Trail Town Program®Summit along the Great Allegheny Passage!  A great opportunity for all businesses and trail partners to learn new information and network among each other across the region. 

April 27, 2015
Voodoo Brewery in Homestead, PA 

This event will include a optional tour prior of Homestead and their many accomplishments as a new Trail Town. During the event you will have the opportunity to learn about packaging and group town from local experts. This summit also includes a "Networking Happy Hour!"

Please contact Courtney at 724 - 216 - 9160 Ext. 316 or at cmahronich@progessfund.org

2015 Trail Town Summit

Light from the Furnace

April 24 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The Shaw Galleries is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works featuring a dynamic group of local, national and international artists engaged in exploring the beauty and the depth of the industrial scenes. The “Light from the Furnace” will run from April 24, 2015 – May 22 with an opening reception on the Gallery Crawl Friday, April 24th from 6-8:30 p.m. 

Light from the FurnaceSix artists featured in the show— Lyudmila Devlysh (Ukraine), Dawn Tekler (OH), Mark Muse (WV), Dave Kelsch (Pittsburgh), Sasha Williams (Russia) and a mystery guest artist--will exhibit a variety of works inspired by the ghosts of the coal and steel industry that explore unconventional techniques such as, encaustic (hot wax painting), metal transfer and mixed media, as well as traditional painting and photography.  Carrie Furnaces of Rankin, PA will be prominently featured as a major inspiration and dialogue with the viewer will be the driving force behind each piece. 

Dawn will engage the audience through her luminous wax layers and explosive color, Mark will woe it with his poetic photographic romance, Lyudmila will tell a story of a once mighty steel mill now taken over by trees and sunlight, Dave will ignite the conversation with metallic ring of locomotives and Sasha will share her nostalgic photo etudes evoking Carrie’s ghosts and the mystery guest will share some sexually-charged collaborations between man and the machine. Each artist comes from a different artistic background, ranging from the strength of formal academic training at the highest level to the fresh approach and passion of a novice enthusiast. 

The “Light from the Furnace” will run through May 22, 2015. The artists will be present at the opening reception Friday, April 24 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Shaw Galleries hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Kurt Shaw, 412-281-4884; info@shawgalleries.com

The Writer’s Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

January 30 at 8:00 AM through May 30, 2015

Open to new and emerging writers. No theme restrictions. Send your best poems.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit only one (1) original, collection of poems written in English
  • The collection may include poems published in journals, yet, most should be unpublished.
  • 30-46 pages
  • Paginate manuscript, include Table of  Contents and acknowledgments if poems have appeared elsewhere.
  • Single space manuscript, use 1 inch margins: top, sides, bottom (other manuscript margins are ineligible and will be discarded unread)
  • 12 point Times New Roman font only (other manuscript fonts and font sizes are ineligible and will be discarded unread)
  • .doc format only (all other formats discarded unread)
  • Judge:  Cathleen Richardson Bailey

    The Writers’ Press gives great writers the opportunity to publish their good work, retain all independence associated with the concept, and enjoy the confidence and freedom that Indie publishing bestows. 

    Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with the goals and mission of The Writers' Press

    Indie writing and publishing is not for the faint of heart, but maybe it's for you.

    For additional information, please visit http://cathleenbailely.weebly.com/poetry-chapbook-competition.htm

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    160-inch Mill

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