Rivers of Steel - Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop
Rivers of Steel - Photo Safari
Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Food Festival
Rivers of Steel - Back to School Blast
Rivers of Steel - National Road Frontier Dinner
Rivers of Steel - Community Market
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

September 27 at 9:00 AM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. On the Voices of Carrie Furnaces tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, telling the story of the site’s technology, workers, and culture from it’s heyday to the post-industrial present.  Former steelworkers will be on hand throughout the site to share their personal anecdotes.  

Allow 2 hours.

Saturdays:  

May 24
June 28
July 26
August 23 (9 AM only)
September 27
October 25 

@ 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 AM

Cost:  $15-$25

Buy tickets at www.showclix.com

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Photo Safaris, Urban Art Tours, and Guided Tours also available.

Directions to the Carrie Furnaces can be found here.

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

September 20 at 11:00 AM

Fillins, King, Fat Caps, Pieces. Learn about these graffiti terms and more during a special Carrie Blast Furnaces Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop.

Shane leading graffiti workshopLearn about the underground culture of graffiti, its history and how it continues to evolve today as an art form.  Led by Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tours will walk you through the entire site, highlighting works while encouraging open discussion about graffiti as a whole. The workshops give our guests a hands on experience with design, letter form, specific techniques, and painting with aerosol.  Download the flyer.

Take a look at photos from a previous workshop on our multimedia page.

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop Dates

May 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
September 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
October 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Allow 3 hours. Recommended for ages 8+

A limited number of tickets are available.   

Cost:  $35-$45

Click here to sign up today!  

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Directions to the Carrie Furnace site can be found here.

Photo Safaris, Guided Tours, and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tour also available.

Photo Safari

September 13 at 1:30 PM

The National Historic Landmark Carrie Furnaces, constructed in 1906, were the heart and soul of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works and are the only examples of pre-World War II furnace technology in existence.

Managed by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, this formerly abandoned industrial site is now the setting for photo safaris for both novice and experienced photographers alike. 

The 3-hour photo safaris will be led by Ivette Spradlin, a Cuban-American photographer, video artist, and educator. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has taught photography and digital imaging at colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Scheduled Safaris:

Saturday, May 31 at 7pm (Sunset Safari)
Sunday, June 29 at 10am
Saturday, August 2 at 6pm (Sunset Safari)
Saturday, September 13 at 1:30pm
Sunday, October 19 at 7am (Sunrise Safari)

Space is limited.  

Cost:  $55

Buy tickets

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Directions to the site can be found here.

To see photos from previous photo safaris, click here.

Urban Art Tours, Guided Tours and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tours also available.

Ukrainian Food Festival

September 12 at 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

On the 12 & 13th of September, 2014, the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will host a Ukrainian Food Festival, featuring delicious homemade foods and pastries from our kitchen.

Sit outside or enjoy our air-conditioned parish hall (handicap accessible).

The Food Festival is Friday & Saturday from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.  On Saturday attend our craft show from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or enjoy entertainment from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  

Take-out is available.  MC/Visa is accepted.

Where:  SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, PA 15106  For further information, 412-527-5359

Download the flier.

Back to School Blast

September 6 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents a Back to School Blast at the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin/Swissvale.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

3:00 - 7:00 PM

Admission:  $5 

This outdoor event is for all ages!  Minors must be accompanied by a ticketed parent/guardian.

Demonstrations by:
The world-renowned XPOGO pros. Test your own pogo skills!
Kelsey Keller Aerial 
 Mobile Sculpture Workshop 

Graffiti demonstration by DoWhatWeLove.com  

Live music by:
The Seams
The Swag Monkeys
Skull Kid
Donovan Grey 

Alternative energy demonstrations by Zero Fossil

Mini Blast Furnace Tours ($5 additional fee)

Urban Art Tours ($20 additional fee) include the opportunity to paint your own graffiti. 

Street food vendors

Heritage Market vendors

And much more!

Sponsored by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and The Waterfront 

Directions to the Carrie Furnaces.

 

 

 

 

 

National Road Frontier Dinner

September 5 at 6:00 PM

National Road Heritage Corridor's 9th Annual Frontier Dinner

When: Friday, September 5, 2014
6:00 p.m. starters
6:45 p.m. dinner

Where:  Christian Klay Winery, Chalk Hill, PA (just off the National Road)

Featuring music by The Sutch Sounds and pre-dinner hay ride, gourmet five course dinner, beer and soft drinks, encampment of the 1st Virginia Regiment, and a bonfire with marshmallows to end the night.

Tickets:   $70

Reservations due by August 27.

Download the attached flier and menu for additional information.

Community Market

August 31 at 10:00 AM

Celebrating the heritage and the communities of the region, the Community Market includes vendors, performers, farmers, traditional art demonstrations, and community organizations.

Farmer Elliot will be doing a corn roast on Sunday, August 24.

Where:  The Pump House at The Waterfront, 880 E. Waterfront Drive

When:  Every Sunday - May through September - 10 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, find the market on Facebook, or to be a vendor, contact Christy at marketlady@riversofsteel.com.

 

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

August 29 at various times through October

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site’s technology, workers, and culture from it’s heyday to the post-industrial present.  

Allow 2 hours.  

Fridays:  

      June, July*, August @ 10:00 AM
      (*except July 4)

Saturdays:  

      May 3, May 10*, May 17*, May 31,
      June 7, June 14, June 21*,
      July 5, July 12, July 19*,
      August 2, August 9, August 16*, August 30,  
      September 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20*,
      Ocotober 4, October 11, October 18*
      @ 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
             (*9:00 AM tour only)

Cost:  $15-$25

Buy tickets at www.showclix.com

Directions to the site can be found here

Photo Safaris, Urban Art Tours, and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tours also available.

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.

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