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 - Steel City Sampler
Rivers of Steel - The Bryce Family and the Mount Pleasant Factory
Rivers of Steel - Hammer-In
Rivers of Steel - 85th Anniversary Celebration
Rivers of Steel - JH: Mechanics of a Legend
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

Photo exhibit by Andy Prisbylla

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.

May 1 - May 31, 2015

Pump House
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA

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

Exhibit hours: TBD


Steel City Solidarity Flyer

Steel City Sampler

April 25 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.

The Bryce Family and the Mount Pleasant Factory

April 21 at 7:00 PM

Place: Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main St (Route 31) Suite 600 (former Lenox Plant)

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: TUESDAY, April 21, 2015
Admission: $3.00

This is a presentation about the Family and their roles in the factory and their life in Mount Pleasant. It is NOT a history of Bryce Brothers.

Photo Caption: The Bryce Men:
Left to right, top: Marion (cousin), S. Allen, Frank
L-R bottom: James McDonald, Andrew.

The Bryce Men: L-R, top: Marion (cousin), S. Allen, Frank; L-R bottom: James McDonald, AndrewThe story of the Bryce family and their passion for hand blown crystal began when the patriarch, James Bryce, came to America with his father in the early 19th century. After a stint in Philadelphia they came to Pittsburgh in 1820 and James joined his father working in a glass factory. James, who had two brothers, married Elizabeth Hough and they had eleven children: the four sons became a part of Bryce Brothers, each superseding the other as president.

Harley Trice and Maggie Knowles are descendants of the two Bryce families who lived in the mansions on the hill above the Bryce Factory in Mount Pleasant. The men managed the various interests of the factory in Mount Pleasant, New York, and even abroad while the women were active in a number of communities in the area.

Harley’s great grandfather was James McDonald Bryce one of the founders of Bryce Bros Company and its president in 1909. His only son Gerard became 5th president after his father and his three uncles. He built the mansion that burned in 2010. Maggie’s great, great, grandfather was Samuel Allen Bryce who became the fourth president of Bryce Bros in 1922. His son Kirk Redman Bryce, wife Marion Boyer Bryce, and their four children Boyer, Elizabeth, Jane, and Margaret lived in the second Bryce mansion that still stands on Orchard Hill.

In addition to the job as president, the Bryce men held various other positions in the factory like John Bryce who was a designer and Kirk who was involved in marketing. Individual men created or promoted changes in the factory and new products in the line.  They also carried great influence in the glass world. Marion G. Bryce was president of Western Glass and Pottery Association and the Pittsburgh Foreign Trade Commission.

The women played a greater role than one would expect for the time. One of Kirk’s secretaries remembers how he would take home new prototypes of patterns for the family to see and comment on. If the women found them impractical or did not like the design they were often scrapped.

As for the Bryce family role in the community: they were involved with the boy scouts, the churches, and a number of local and county social clubs. Perhaps the townsfolks can tell us more. Bring your photos, mementos, and stories to share, and come enjoy an evening of reminiscent about the famous glass factory and it owners.

Note: The day of the week for the Mount Pleasant Glass Museum’s Speaker Series has changed but the exciting program remains the same. All programs will be the third TUESDAY of the month at 7pm. Future speakers will be announced.


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/


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.