May 17 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 Workshop. Led by graphic and web designer Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tour, focusing on graffiti found on site, will provide a deeper look at the spray painted pictures found on abandoned industrial sites and city buildings. Following the tour, Pilster will conduct a workshop where participants will create a take-away piece.
Urban Art Tour and 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.
A limited number of tickets are available. Click here to sign up today!
April 19 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.
Blacksmiths: Wayne Kelley, Terry Viviani, Dick Fisher, Ed Appleby, Tim Schiffauer, and Shane Tharp
Learn about the foundry and line belt driven machinery with George Blystone.
When: April 19, 2014
Coffee and donuts at 9 AM; auction of unique and special ironwork at 1 PM.
Picnic lunch available.
Proceeds benefit W.A. Young Foundry, Pittsburgh Area Artist Blacksmiths Association (PAABA) and Appalachian Blacksmith Association (ABA).
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.
April 13 at 11:00 AM
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 the parish of St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian OrthodoxChurch will host its 48th 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.
April 12 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
The Mount Pleasant Glass Museum presents holiday glass cutting events.
Listen to Peter O'Rourke discuss how to cut glass and then do a little cutting of your own and take it home.
The two-hour long events will be held on:
April 12 (Easter)
May 10 (Mother's Day)
October 25 (Halloween)
November 15 (Thanksgiving)
Two session per day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 per session
Ages: Children - grandparents
Where: Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main Street, Mount Pleasant
To book, contact the museum at 724-547-5929. Events must be pre-paid.
April 5 at 12:00 PM
Come learn the beautiful art of the Ukrainian Pysanka/Easter Egg.
Where: SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, PA
General Class: $20
Advanced Class: $30
Contact Michael at 412-527-5359 for reservations or information. Seats are limited.
March 29 at 9:45 AM
The annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast will take place at Prince of Peace Parish (South Side, Pittsburgh) on Saturday, March 29, 2014. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the rich spiritual culture and traditional Easter customs of Slovakia.
This mini cultural festival begins at St. Adalbert Church, 14th Street (South Side) with recitation of the Holy Rosary (in Slovak) at 9:45 a.m. Father Peter Haledej, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in East Liverpool, Ohio, will celebrate the Holy Liturgy in Slovak at 10:00 a.m. Geri Walters, organist, and the Prince of Peace Choir will lead the congregation in singing the beautiful Slovak hymns.
After Mass, the community is invited to gather at Prince of Peace Parish Center (81 South 13th Street) for a complementary Slovak Easter breakfast and the opportunity to experience a few of the ABC's of beautiful Slovak Easter traditions:
Authentic Slovak treasures - books, crystal, linens. dolls, pottery and costumes;
Bake sale - featuring homemade nut and poppy seed rolls, paska and cookies;
Craft demonstrations - including the art of decorating colorful Easter eggs (pysanky), weaving palms, stuffing kolbasy and more;
Delicious traditional foods enjoyed on Easter morning in a typical Slovak village - breakfast of sunka (ham), paska (sweet bread), siretz (a “cheese” made of eggs), and hrin (beets with horseradish).
Guests are also encouraged to browse among a number of displays depicting the folk culture and village life of our Slovak ancestors, and to share personal experiences of growing up, visiting family members in, or dreams of traveling to, the beautiful homelands of parents and grandparents. Master folk artist, Larry Kozlowski, will demonstrate traditional folk crafts such as decorating eggs Slovak-style and braiding palms. Timmy Zatek will be hand-stuffing kolbasy, a delicious craft learned at the knees of his dad, Paul, and grandmother, Helen Zatek. A basket full of Slovak delights will be raffled, and a "Slovak Auction" is also planned. Selected imported gifts of Slovakia will be available for sale.
The Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast Program is sponsored by the Slovak Customs Group/Cultural Diversity Committee of Prince of Peace Parish. Proceeds, in part, benefit the School Sisters of St. Francis in Ruzemberok and the Oz Barlicka Institute in Presov. Both organizations focus on the well-being of young people in Slovak. For many years, the School Sisters operated an orphanage and now care for elderly Sisters, while the Barlicka Institute provides life-skills training for young adults with disabilities, but in recent years has expanded their program to include recuperative and rehabilitative care of the elderly, as well as training and support for new mothers and basic child care services.
The Prince of Peace Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to rekindle treasured memories of your childhood, as well as helping to educate our children and grandchildren about some of the lovely and interesting cultural treasures of their ancestral homeland. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Admission to the Slovak Easter Breakfast is Free. Donations to help defray breakfast expenses are gratefully accepted.
To make a donation, or to learn how you can participate with a display or craft demonstration of your own, please call Paul or Connie Zatek at 412-488-8238.
Please join the friends and families of Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
March 20 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
March 20 - Forrest Kastner, The Glory Years at L.E. Smith
Forrest Kastner, who held various administrative positions at the L.E. Smith Glass Factory in Mount Pleasant for nearly 40 years, will speak about his time at the factory and why he considers that time period "the glory years." He arrived in Mount Pleasant in 1966 from Homestead where he was employed by US Steel. At that time he served as Assistant Plant Manager assigned to program a new IBM card system for various business reports and services. In 1976 he became Manager of Technical Services. He only remained in that post for two years, for by 1978 until he retired many years later, he served as Plant Manager, responsible for every aspect of production at L.E. Smith.
L.E. Smith is one of three glass factories in Mount Pleasant. It was incorporated in 1907 and is known around the world for its black glass, souvenir glass, punch bowls, swing vases, and headlight lenses. In 1975 L.E. Smith was purchased by Owens-Illinois. It was sold again in 1986. In 2004 it had limited production and by 2005 the Mount Pleasant factory was closed. The building still stands.
In the coming months, the speakers will be:
April 17 - Tom Felt and Dean Six, Museum of American Glass and its Artifacts
May 15 - Jay Hawkins, Bottles and Bottlemaking in the 19th Century
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.
March 19 at 6:00 PM
The Trail Town Program is hosting a kickoff event for expansion into Allegheny County. This event, co-sponsored by the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone, is an opportunity to learn more about the Trail Town Program and the Great Allegheny Passage.
Attendees will meet with trail groups, business owners, and other tourism advocates.
When: March 19 from 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center, 449-451 W. 8th Avenue, West Homestead
Since 2007, The Progess Fund's Trail Town Program has been working to revitalize communities along the Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands and Maryland. As more trail users visited and more trail was completed, so did the interest to expand to new communities. Early discussions with community members in Allegheny County have shown growing efforts to become more trail friendly tourist destinations.
In 2014, Trail Town Program will be expanding to four new communities in Allegheny County: Boston, McKeesport, Homestead area, and the South Side. This regional program will provide communities and businesses with the tools to capture visitors from across the world visiting the Great Allegheny Passage. Later this spring, communities will go through a Trail Town Assessment to address issues and opportunities related to safety and access, business and amenity needs, design, and more. Click here for additional information.
In addition to the Great Allegheny Passage, other Trail Town communities will be established in new trail corridors including the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, Montour Trail, Sheepskin Trail, and Trans-Allegheny Trail System.
To RSVP to the event by March 17, please contact:
William Prince, Program Manager
724-216-9160 ext. 318
March 15 at 5:00 PM
Mount Pleasant Glass Museum presents its first changing exhibit, a three-month display of a collection of paperweights.
Paperweights come in an infinite variety, but there are basically two types: advertising and whimsical. We will have both.
None of our three factories manufactured paperweights for sale on a regular basis, but paperweights were created in the factories. That is the third type of paperweight and it is called a bucket job (jobs men did on their lunch hour and then took home in their lunch buckets). They are wild, wonderful, and unique: one of a kind. We will have bucket jobs in the exhibit too.
There will also be paperweights for sale in the Museum Shoppe.
Where: Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 E. Main St., Ste. 600, Mount Pleasant, PA
When: March 15, 5:00-7:00 PM, presentation at 6:00 PM by Harley Trice
Cost: $3.00 suggested donation
The exhibit will run March 15 through June 15.
January 6 at 10 AM to 4 PM, Mon.-Fri. through March 2014
Dedicated to the hardworking people of the region, Rivers of Steel is proud to present our new exhibit: J&L: a Pittsburgh Icon.
For over 125 years, Jones and Laughlin Steel was the symbol of industrialized Pittsburgh. Dominating the landscape of the city, physically and emotionally, “J&L” was the essence of the region. Its history spans the years from the development and expansion of iron-making in the 1850s, through the boom of 20th century and finally to the decline of the industry in the 1980s. The mill lived at the heart of region’s blue collar persona: strong, determined, persistent in presence, and willing to adapt to survive.
Using photographs, archival documents, artifacts, and personal stories, the exhibit tells the story of an incredible and resilient company and the region that it helped to create. Exhibit opens mid-November.
Rivers of Steel's exhibit and offices will be closed on the following days:
In conjunction with the J&L: A Pittsburgh Icon exhibit, Ken Kobus has generously donated a number of J&L badges and lapel tags to be sold as a fundraiser. Order yours today!