Rivers of Steel - ORTC Geer and Cheer Music Festival
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - Ghost Hunt at Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Rivers of Steel Festival
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Solidarity
Rivers of Steel - Trail Town Summit
Rivers of Steel - The Writer’s Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

Cast Iron at Carrie

July 31 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.

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


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.

Happy Hour with Carrie

June 3 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.

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.


Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

May 23 at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM Saturdays May through October

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. Tours take visitors through the iron-making process and include the famous Carrie Deer, crafted entirely of materials found on the site.  

Fridays at 10 AM - June, July and August
Saturdays at 10 and 11 AM - May through October

“In 1915, my grandfather began work on a helmet that could protect miners from falling objects. He based it on the doughboy, a helmet he’d worn as a soldier in World War I,” said Edward D. Bullard, CEO and president of the E. D. Bullard Company. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hard hat, Rivers of Steel is offering a special general admission price of $19.15 on guided tours!

Tickets on sale now at www.showclix.com.  

Cost:  $12-$19.15

Directions to the site can be found here


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!!!!

Live performances by:
Steel Clover
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans

Enjoy food and drink by:
Iron Oven Catering
Mobile Munchies
The Olive Tap
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans
and more!

Workshops for all ages include:
Pysanky Eggs with Larry Kozlowski;
Extending the Growing Season with Farmer Elliott of Lengel Brothers Farm and Market;
Reuse, Recycle, Ply the Hook: A Crochet Workshop (using recycled materials) with Donna Dzurilla and Yvonne Harris;
Tie Dye with Dragon Lady Tie Dyes;   
and more!

Demonstrations and arts & crafts vendors:
Abandoned Pittsburgh
Allegheny Cleanways
Alloy Pgh
Hey Baby Boutique
Hip Modern Soap Co.
Ivette Spradlin
Knitting by Pam and Donna
Munhall Central Fire Department
North Avenue Candles
Drop and Pull Egg Art by Joe Borytsky
Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts
Steel City Grazers
Steel City Soils
Watercolors by Peg Caine
Zero Fossil

The Rivers of Steel Festival is sponsored by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and The Waterfront.

The Waterfront

Rivers of Steel


Food Vendor Application (PDF)

Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

Workshop Application (PDF)

Performer Application (PDF)

Steel City Solidarity

May 15 at 10:00 AM Fridays and Sundays through May; also select Saturdays

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, May 16, and May 23
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

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

    Rivers of Steel provides this information for the benefit of the organization hosting the event and our readers.  This listing is neither an endorsement nor co-sponsorship of the event.  Questions or comments about specific events should be directed to the hosting organization.  If you are interested in having an event listed, please contact us.


    160-inch Mill

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