Rivers of Steel - Otets Paissii Fall Concert
Rivers of Steel - Casting the Iron Garden
Rivers of Steel - Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop
Rivers of Steel - ArtDOG
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Voices of Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Photo Safari
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.

 

Casting the Iron Garden

October 25 at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Rivers of Steel is partnering with the Penn State Master Gardener Program, Carbon Arts, and local Pittsburgh artisans to create an Iron Garden Walk.  

Historical/garden tours of the site and other activities are planned for this unique event. 

This collaborative iron pour will provide a first-hand look at the process and skills of casting molten iron into pattern molds. This same process produced the iron that built our nation and many of the world's largest structures during Pittsburgh's legacy era as "Workshop of the World."

Event includes the pouring of 12 interpretive plaques to be installed on site in the new Iron Garden Walk, and the pouring of the Carrie Deer Antlers, an exclusive Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter reward.

 When:  Saturday, October 25, 2014

    2:00 - 7:00 PM
The furnaces will be tapped at 4:00 PM
    Rain or Shine
    Bring a lawn chair

Admission:  $10

Tickets available at www.ShowClix.com

A discount for groups of 20 or more is available.  Contact Stacy Drane for information. 

About the Iron Garden:
In 2014 The Penn State Master Gardner Program of Allegheny County partnered with the Rivers of Steel to develop a comprehensive plant survey of the lands in and around the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA.  Eight Master Gardeners set out to learn more about the succession of native, aggressive and/or invasive plant species that are surviving, and even thriving, in these disturbed soils.

As part of this research, they were charged with developing an interpretive component to educate the public on best practices in environmental stewardship. For projects in the past, this interpretation often materialized in the form of a booklet, poster or on-line resource, but given the nature of the Carrie Furnace (pun intended) and its history and connection to iron, a multi-disciplinary team in science, art, history and industry was created to develop a unique approach.

10 interpretive plaques cast in iron will lead participants through the fields and structures of the site providing a narrative of the wild gardens taking over the former industrial landscape of the Carrie Furnace. These plaques are designed to allow the visitor to take rubbings and include botanical illustrations of the local plant community (provided by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation), highlighting features such as bark, fruit and leaf form for easy identification.  The images are paired with narratives written by the Master Gardeners on plant succession inclusive of soil conditions, environmental factors and the potential for future plant communities.

Master Gardeners designed the plaques, students in sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University have milled them out, and both CMU students and Master Gardeners prepared the molds for the castings. 

Rivers of Steel is hosting the pour on Saturday, October 25th.  Under the direction of Joshua Reiman, Visiting Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Casey Westbrook of Carbon Arts, and local iron-caster and fabricator Ed Parrish, Master Gardener volunteers and CMU students will pour over 1600 lbs of iron.  This will be a dynamic event with an outstanding product that will contribute to the heritage and future use of Carrie Furnace.

Funding for the event and the plaques has been secured through Rivers of Steel, The National Park Service, and The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Funding for the installation has been secured with a Seed Grant from The Sprout Fund.

 

 

 

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

October 18 at 12:00 PM

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 NOON

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.

ArtDOG

October 2 at 6:00 AM to Midnight

Mark your calendar for October 2, 2014!

A special opportunity to donate to the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation will happen on that day. The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and The Pittsburgh Foundation will sponsor a giving event called ArtDOG (Arts Day of Giving) for local arts organizations.

Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on October 2 until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) -- just 18 hours -- all donations to Rivers of Steel will be partially matched. Please note that the minimum gift is $15. While there is no limit to the amount you can give, the match is capped at $1,000 per donor organization. Only credit card donations using Visa and MasterCard will be accepted and matched for this event. No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted. 

In the past, this Arts Day of Giving has been an extraordinary opportunity for Rivers of Steel as we have witnessed a steady increase in both the number of individual donors to our organization along with the amount of money raised each year. In fact, 2013's Day of Giving set an all-time record in the number of individual donors' contributions to Rivers of Steel through the Day of Giving campaign. Please help us break that record in 2014!

On Thursday, October 2, please visit www.pittsburghgives.org and select "Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation"

Rivers of Steel will use the funds raised from this extraordinary event to help preserve our industrial and cultural heritage in Southwestern Pennsylvania and to advance art in the communities we work. Arts programs and projects have sprouted in some of the most unusual places, like the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Battle of Homestead site, the W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry, and many other sites in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The money you donate helps us match federal and state money to the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area to support these critical projects. Every dollar of private funding raised through the Day of Giving helps advance our work and our mission.

With your financial help over the years, our work and the investment we have made together have helped revitalize economies of communities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania by creating jobs, generating important revenues for communities and local governments, educating our children about our heritage, and enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Please help us continue our work with your donation to Rivers of Steel on October 2 to the Arts Day of Giving.

Thank you for your consideration, and in advance for your donation.

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

September 27 at 9:00 AM and 11:00 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 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.

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

September 27 at 10 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 (10 AM only)
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.

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.

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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