Rivers of Steel - Rivers of Steel Festival
Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - 85th Anniversary Celebration
Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Pysanky Sale
Rivers of Steel - Easter Egg Workshop
Rivers of Steel - Stews and Brews Winter Hike
Rivers of Steel - Ethnic Easter Egg Workshop and Sale
Rivers of Steel - Pop-up Exhibition
Rivers of Steel - Mobile Sculptures that Wigle

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.

Rivers of Steel Festival

May 17 at 10 AM to 6 PM

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 is April 1, 2015.

Food Vendor Application (PDF)

Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

Workshop Application (coming soon)

Performer Application (coming soon)

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!

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.  

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.

Easter Egg Workshop

March 21 at 12:00 PM

Learn the beautiful art of the Ukrainian Pysanka/Easter Egg.

General Class - make a traditional Ukrainian Easter Egg. The $20 fee covers all supplies needed to make your very own Ukrainian Easter Egg to take home!

Advanced Class - Learn the art of Egg Etching. This class will be limited in size and reserved for those who have some experience in egg making. The fee is $30.

Space is limited.  Call Michael at 412-527-5359 to make a reservation.

SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
220 Mansfield Boulevard
Carnegie, PA

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.

Stews and Brews Winter Hike

March 14 at 9:30 AM

A six mile hike along the trails of the Roaring Run Recreation Area.

Meet at the North Apollo Access for the Roaring Run Trail located at McCain Street and Rt. 66.

Saturday, March 14
9:30 AM to ?

B.Y.O.B. for the after-hike party. Please let us know if you will be bringing a dish to share with other hikers.

Call Rich Dixon at 724-594-8602 for more information.


Ethnic Easter Egg Workshop and Sale

March 7 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Create your own traditional Lithuanian & Polish Easter Eggs to celebrate the arrival of Spring and Easter.

FREE workshop will be presented for participants of ALL AGES (Children to Adults.) FREE instructions and supplies will be provided for everyone. Handcrafted Lithuanian & Polish Easter Eggs, ethnic Easter recipe books, decorative Easter basket covers, woven palms  and ethnic Easter gift items will be available for purchase. Special children’s activities will be featured FREE OF CHARGE! 

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9 AM to 2 PM Cathedral of Learning
Classroom 1228, 12th Floor    
Fifth Avenue & Bigelow Boulevard      
Pittsburgh (Oakland), Pa.

Reservations appreciated for the workshop only. Call: 412-624-6150. Proceeds to benefit the Lithuanian & Polish Rooms Scholarship Fund.

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

Mobile Sculptures that Wigle

March 4 at 5:00 PM

Mobile Sculpture Workshop is hosting a fundraiser for their summer apprenticeship program.

Wednesday, March 4
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Wigle Whiskey
2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh (Strip District)

Special guests - The Beagle Brothers! The hardest working band in Pittsburgh.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

$20 - proceeds support the 2015 Mobile Sculpture Workshop Summer workshop.




160-inch Mill

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