Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - Rivers of Steel Festival
Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Solidarity
Rivers of Steel - Hammer-In
Rivers of Steel - 85th Anniversary Celebration
Rivers of Steel - JH: Mechanics of a Legend
Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Pysanky Sale
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Sampler
Rivers of Steel - Stella the Steelworker in the Mon Valley
Rivers of Steel - Pop-up Exhibition
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.

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

Rivers of Steel Festival

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

Call for Vendors

Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the Rivers of Steel Festival to be held at the historic Pump House in 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. 

As part of this event, there will be the opportunity to conduct a workshop, demonstrate your craft, promote your efforts, and sell your wares. All participants must have an informational or demonstration element to their booth/program. Space is limited.

Click the application to download. Application deadline extended to April 15, 2015.

Food Vendor Application (PDF)

Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

Workshop Application (PDF)

Performer Application (PDF)

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!

Happy Hour with Carrie

May 6 at 6:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents Happy Hour with Carrie!

Carrie Furnaces + Craft Beer

1st Wednesday of each month, May through October

Tour starts at 6 PM. Fpllowing the tour, head over to the brewery/pub for beer.

Ticket price is $20 and includes 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 welcome 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: Exploring Pittsburgh's Labor Culture

Photo exhibit Andy Prisbylla

May 1 - May 31, 2015

Hours: TBD

Pump House
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA

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


Steel City Solidarity Flyer


April 18 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Come to Rices Landing and enjoy the days of the past!

Tours of the W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry and traditional blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.

2015 Hammer In

Learn about the foundry and line belt driven machinery with George Blystone.

Auction of unique and special ironwork at 1 PM.

Support the Rices Landing VFD lunch offering.

Proceeds benefit W.A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, Pittsburgh Area Artist Blacksmiths Association (PAABA) and Appalachian Blacksmith Association (ABA).

Where:  W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry, 116 Water Street (on the Monongahela River), Rices Landing, PA
When:  April 18, 2015

Admission:  FREE!


Directions:  I-79 South to Ruff Creek Exit, then go East on Route 221 to Dry Tavern.  Follow to Rices Landing.

From the East of Pittsburgh, take I-70 to Route 88 South to Dry Tavern, then East to Rices Landing.

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.  

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

April 2 at 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 2 - 8:00 PM

New Hazlett Theater, Northside

Anya Martin, along with Hiawatha Project and a team of performing artists, disassembles the legendary hero of the American railroad, John Henry.  JH: Mechanics of a Legend looks deep into our cultural past for the human behind the folklore. 

A young, black veteran of the Union Army, caught in the confusion and fury of a nation still battling itself...

The legend of John Henry, the only African American tall tale, is based on the story of a real man — the truth imbedded in the dawn of a new nation and the American machine age. 

His legacy left to us in early American songs and echoed today by Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen, the mighty railroad man, John Henry, races a steam drill to his death and leaves his fabled hammer to Polly Ann, his mysterious lover. JH: Mechanics of a Legend melds the language of mechanics, century-old ballads and primary historical records to explore the legend of John Henry. Local artists join forces with Anya Martin of Hiawatha Project to measure the myth, the man, and the machine, revealing a poetic and dangerous truth inside the machinations of history, rooted in the economics of slavery.

About the Local Artist

Anya is the artistic director and lead conceptual artist, playwright, and director of Hiawatha Project. Hiawatha strives to create original ensemble-based performances inspired by specific social issues.  Learn more at hiawathaproject.org.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture.  For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.

Information:  http://newhazletttheater.org/event/martin/


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.

Steel City Sampler

March 28 at 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour!

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:

March 28, April 11, and April 25 at 10:30 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.

Stella the Steelworker in the Mon Valley

March 28 at 2:00 PM

Dr. Elizabeth Jones will share stories from interviews with women who worked in the local steel mills during World War II.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 2 pm

McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center
1832 Arboretm Drive (Renzie Park)
McKeesport, PA 15132

Free and open to the public.

Please call 412-678-1832 for information. 

Pop-up Exhibition

March 4 at 11 AM - 5 PM Tues.- Sun. through March 29

Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 29 

Artist Sean Derry has an ongoing interest in mechanical devices and amateur engineering, which can be partially attributed to his childhood experience repairing lawnmowers. He incorporates this interest in his artwork through explorations of “the lived experience of a place” and investigates alternative strategies for inhabiting these environments. 

“I celebrate amateur solutions to complex problems,” he says. “I repurpose discarded objects and build mechanical contraptions that perform. The vulnerability of these instruments is critical to comprehending the humility of intervening to reorder everyday conditions. I work to establish an equilibrium between ambition and uncertainty and use this frame to assess the perplexities of contemporary being.”  

Derry’s work includes installations, commissions and curatorial projects. Through his curatorial work, he has developed projects for the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, Trust for Public Land, Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center, Art in Action, National Institute for Fitness and Sport, and Waterman Agricultural Center. Derry has completed public commissions for the University of Alaska, the City of Indianapolis, and Indianapolis Cultural Trail. In 2006, one of his commissions, Charting Pogue’s Run, was featured in the Americans for the Arts Year in Review. Derry is the recipient of grants from the Sprout Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and Edith Fergus-Gilmore Trust. Derry, who grew up in Alaska, currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the area head of sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Forrest’s work synthesizes historical, mythological and spiritual imagery. He incorporates specific references from his farmland and hunting upbringing in western Pennsylvania, connecting the personal and regional with global conditions and diverse belief systems. Forrest’s imagery is appropriated and invented, derived from direct observation and experience and combined with research of behaviors and narratives surrounding faith and its practice.  

“My own interpretation of religious accounts taps into astronomy and mythology, using animal and human imagery to explore and question how we see, know and believe in this world,” he says. “Early religious and mythological imagery, from icons, manuscripts, and constellations, provides sources and clues for contemporary conditions. Issues of space, sound, and the distortion of imagery over time are also concerns that thread throughout my work, whether through manual, mechanical or electronic processes in printmaking, drawing or installation. Connecting imagery and technologies from the past with those of the present further engages and challenges the viewer, inviting them to participate in rethinking our conception of the world, its origins, meaning and future.”

Forrest received his BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2005 and his MFA from West Virginia University in 2008. He currently works for Artist Image Resource (AIR) as an Associate Printer and for Carnegie Mellon University as Printmaking & Metal-Smithing Tech. Forrest’s teaching experience includes Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

Gary Jurysta is an abstract painter who creates both 2-D paintings and sculptured, optical-color fields on curved canvas. His work explores how the process of artmaking and the visual elements in the work itself relate to patterns in nature, such as line, rhythm, movement and progression. Jurysta investigates the behavior of various viscosities on shaped surfaces and how colors interact and define the contours of those surfaces. He associates these investigations with nature and how various forces like temperature, water, evaporation and wind erode and shape earth's terrain. 

“In the end,” he says, “what I hope to achieve is a rich, dynamic and interesting visual statement.”

Jurysta holds a MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College CUNY, Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the country including the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Public collections include the Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Carnegie Museum of Art; and The Art Center, Erie, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays

Westmoreland @rt 30
4764 State Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601

Opening: Friday, March 13 from 5 – 7 PM at WestmorelandMuseumof/79db174b20/f274528b94/27d2820034/ID=725&utm_content=sdrane%40riversofsteel.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Art%20on%20Tap&utm_campaign=March%202015%20eNews" target="_blank">Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Jane West, a scavenger hunt, light bites from the The Kitchen on Main, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month’s Art on Tap is sponsored by theBlackburn Center and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibition Schedule:
April 1 - April 26: Adrienne Heinrich and Brian Geary 
April 29 - May 31: Scott Hunter
June 3 – July 12: John Flatz, Sarika Goulatia, Patricia Kelly

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.