Rivers of Steel - Otets Paissii Fall Concert
Rivers of Steel - Taste of Italy
Rivers of Steel - HITCHCOCK!
Rivers of Steel - The Carrie Deer Documentary
Rivers of Steel - Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

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.


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.  

Free shuttle from The Waterfront also available.   

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.

The Carrie Deer Documentary

October 25 at 10:00 PM

What's that rising majestically from the hills of the Mon Valley? Meet the beloved beast who was born in Rankin's most famous ruins.  

The Carrie Deer Documentary airs on WQED on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM.



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.