Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - Ghost Hunt at Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Rivers of Steel Festival
Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - Yough River Trail Runs and Fun Walk
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Solidarity
Rivers of Steel - Trail Town Summit
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Sampler
Rivers of Steel - Steel Valley Bicycle Tour
Rivers of Steel - Light from the Furnace
Rivers of Steel - The Bryce Family and the Mount Pleasant Factory
Rivers of Steel - Springtime Musical Selections
Rivers of Steel - 15th Annual Burgh’s Runs and Fun Walk
Rivers of Steel - Hammer-In
Rivers of Steel - 85th Anniversary Celebration
Rivers of Steel - Little Boston Half Marathon
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

Ghost Hunt at Carrie Furnaces

May 30 at 7:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what goes bump in the night at the Carrie Blast Furnaces?

Here's an exclusive opportunity to find out for yourself! Grab your flashlight and camera and discover what happens when the lights to go out.

The seasoned staff of Ghosts n'at Paranormal Adventures will be there to guide you through this unique experience. Over the years there have been many reports of paranormal activity, and the staff of Ghosts n'at have captured evidence of the activity.

Need help documenting your haunting experience? No problem. We will have ghost hunting kits available for rent to help capture paranormal activity.

Participants must be 18 years of age and older and are required to bring a flashlight. You will also be required to sign Ghosts n'at's Rules and Regulations.

Event time: 7:00 PM to Midnight; gates open at 6:30 PM.

For additional information visit www.ghostsnat.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 16 at 8:00 PM

The Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center presents the second annual Folk Festival Reunion Party.

Saturday, May 16, 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 are available via ShowClix.

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!

Questions?  Contact Maura Krushinski at 412-310-5737, maurakrushinski@gmail.com

Plenty of free parking in our private, secure lot.


Yough River Trail Runs and Fun Walk

May 9 at 9:00 AM

Sponsored by West Newton Fox's Pizza

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Trail access in West Newtn on Rte. 136. For GPS directions, use 111 Collinsburg Rd., 15089

Start Times:
5K run at 9:05 AM
10K run at 9:00 AM
2-mile fun walk at 9:05 AM 

For information, email wytcnews@hotmail.com, call 724-872-5586, or visit www.bikewytc.org

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

Trail Town Summit

April 27 at 1:30 PM

Spring Trail Town Program®Summit along the Great Allegheny Passage!  A great opportunity for all businesses and trail partners to learn new information and network among each other across the region. 

April 27, 2015
Voodoo Brewery in Homestead, PA 

This event will include a optional tour prior of Homestead and their many accomplishments as a new Trail Town. During the event you will have the opportunity to learn about packaging and group town from local experts. This summit also includes a "Networking Happy Hour!"

Please contact Courtney at 724 - 216 - 9160 Ext. 316 or at cmahronich@progessfund.org

2015 Trail Town Summit

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.

Steel Valley Bicycle Tour

April 25 at 8:30 AM

The Steel Valley Trail Council presents the 2nd Annual Steel Valley Bicycle Tour.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The ride begins and ends at Mitchell’s Fish Market, East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA

Registration opens at 8:30 AM and closes at 10:00 AM.

Note: SAG support ends at 3:00 pm.

Helmets are mandatory.

The tour goes on rain or shine.

Funds raised will support maintenance of the Steel Valley Trail Council section of the Great Allegheny Passage.

The Steel Valley Bicycle Tour (SVBT) is a fully supported flat ride through the historic Monongahela River Valley (16 or 26 miles rides). The first 8 miles of the ride is on the Great Allegheny Passage from Homestead to McKeesport. The next 5 miles continues on local streets through Glassport and Clairton to the Montour Trail trail head. There will be rest stops with food and drinks in McKeesport and Clairton. There will also be sag wagon (transportation) service for broken bikes and tired riders. The total distance out and back is 26 miles.

Pre-register! All pre-registered riders receive a packet containing maps and a snack ticket.

Confirmation? Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your registration.

Questions? Contact George Schmidt: 412-521-1538 or by e-mail at gschmidt1@verizon.net

Online? Yes, you can pre-register online at steelvalleytrail.org or mail in the registration form on page 5 of the newsletter.

Light from the Furnace

April 24 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The Shaw Galleries is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works featuring a dynamic group of local, national and international artists engaged in exploring the beauty and the depth of the industrial scenes. The “Light from the Furnace” will run from April 24, 2015 – May 22 with an opening reception on the Gallery Crawl Friday, April 24th from 6-8:30 p.m. 

Light from the FurnaceSix artists featured in the show— Lyudmila Devlysh (Ukraine), Dawn Tekler (OH), Mark Muse (WV), Dave Kelsch (Pittsburgh), Sasha Williams (Russia) and a mystery guest artist--will exhibit a variety of works inspired by the ghosts of the coal and steel industry that explore unconventional techniques such as, encaustic (hot wax painting), metal transfer and mixed media, as well as traditional painting and photography.  Carrie Furnaces of Rankin, PA will be prominently featured as a major inspiration and dialogue with the viewer will be the driving force behind each piece. 

Dawn will engage the audience through her luminous wax layers and explosive color, Mark will woe it with his poetic photographic romance, Lyudmila will tell a story of a once mighty steel mill now taken over by trees and sunlight, Dave will ignite the conversation with metallic ring of locomotives and Sasha will share her nostalgic photo etudes evoking Carrie’s ghosts and the mystery guest will share some sexually-charged collaborations between man and the machine. Each artist comes from a different artistic background, ranging from the strength of formal academic training at the highest level to the fresh approach and passion of a novice enthusiast. 

The “Light from the Furnace” will run through May 22, 2015. The artists will be present at the opening reception Friday, April 24 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Shaw Galleries hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Kurt Shaw, 412-281-4884; info@shawgalleries.com

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.

Springtime Musical Selections

April 19 at 3:00 PM

Come hear a recital of springtime musical selections given by David Mislin, organist.

The First Hungarian Reformed Church of Homestead
416 Tenth Avenue
Munhall, PA  15120

Sunday, April 19, 2015

3:00 PM

Hear the sounds of J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Charles-Marie Widor, and many more!

Suggested donation is $5 and all proceeds benefit The First Hungarian Reformed Church of Homestead.

A reception will follow in the church social hall.

Celebrate the wonder of Spring by coming and listening to David's wonderful musical selections! 

15th Annual Burgh’s Runs and Fun Walk

April 19 at 9:15 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cecil Park
3655 Millers Run Road
Cecil, PA  15321

Event Start Times:
5K Run 9:15 a.m
10K Run 10:00 a.m
2-Mile Walk 10:15 a.m
Post Race Awards Celebration approximately 11:15 am.
Race day registration opens at 8:15 and closes 15 minutes prior to each event.

For information, visit www.montourtrail.org.


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.  

Little Boston Half Marathon

April 18 at 9:00 AM

Presented by Allegheny Health Network, Jefferson Hospital

Start times:
9:00 a.m. for the Half Marathon
9:15 a.m. for the 5K Run/Walk

Start and finish are at the Boston Trailhead of the Youghiogheny River Trail, part of the Great Allegheny Passage. The trailhead is located at 1902 Donner Street, Elizabeth Township, PA 15135  (GPS Coordinates   40 18.6482 N   79 49.6905 W).
From Route 30 follow Route 48 South, or, from Route 51, follow Route 48 North.

There will music, food, and refreshments provided following the race. Pre- and post- race stretching will be provided by Jefferson Hospital physical therapists.

Visit www.thebostontrail.com for additional information.


Pop-up Exhibition

April 1 at 11 AM - 5 PM Tues.- Sun. through April 26

Wednesday, April 1 through Sunday, April 26 

Adrienne Heinrich, sculptor, painter and installation artist, was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Inspired by her life experiences as a woman and mother, Heinrich gravitates towards materials that are difficult to control physically and imply a sense of vulnerability, such as translucent fabric and cast silicone. She employs light as an important element in her work.

Heinrich has been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and is represented in the permanent collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the Heinz Endowments, and the Contemporary Museum of Montecatini, Italy.  Her work has been shown at galleries in New York City, Washington D.C., and throughout Pennsylvania. Heinrich was an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hill University and has been a Pennsylvania Residency Artist for 12 years. Her work is included in over sixty corporate collections and many private collections.  

Heinrich was the first recipient of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Exhibition Award presented at the 1997 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) Annual, and she has received eleven jurors’ awards in AAP exhibitions held at Carnegie Museum of Art. She developed a high school student outreach program for AAP called Visual Arts Career Orientation and is currently co-leading a program in the Pittsburgh Public Schools helping students research the works in the Friends of Art Collection, which are owned by and displayed in the schools.

In 2002, she was named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year, for which she was awarded a major solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 

Brian Geary’s paintings are rendered in a hyper-realistic manner depicting simple objects in everyday life. An oil painter, Geary brings mundane objects to life using the traditional viewpoints of 17th century Dutch and 19th and 20th century tromp l’oeil painters in his work through the use of light, composition and movement. In his large-scale paintings, the artist utilizes vibrant color and repetitive pattern to simultaneously confront and comfort his viewers. Geary’s smaller paintings invite the audience to observe precise detail and subtle value shifts that clarify object from background through the manipulation of depth and light.  

Geary has exhibited his work at O.K. Harris Gallery, New York; 1708 Gallery, Virginia; City of Skopje Museum, Republic of Macedonia; and the Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Edinboro, Pennsylvania and his Master’s in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Geary has held teaching positions at both Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Moving back from the Middle East in 2010, he now lives and maintains his studio in southwest Greensburg.

Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays

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

Celebrate the opening of the April Pop-Up Exhibition at Art on Tap this Friday, April 10 from 5 - 7 PM. Relax and enjoy music by Jessica Saenz, a scavenger hunt, light bites from Duane's Cafe on Grove and drinks, including beer from All Saints Brewing Company. Admission is $7. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by MilanscapeClick here to purchase tickets online.

Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibition Schedule:
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.