Rivers of Steel - Otets Paissii Fall Concert
Rivers of Steel - Taste of Italy
Rivers of Steel - My Thoughts
Rivers of Steel - Voices of Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Casting the Iron Garden
Rivers of Steel - Braddock, America
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.


Taste of Italy

November 15 at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Raise a glass at the 13th annual Taste of Italy Wine Tasting, sponsored by Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC).

The event showcases talented local vintners' who will provide their homemade wine for tasting. There will by an array of appetizers to compliment the experience.

Includes a crowd's favorite, the Chinese Auction and The Grand Auction of Wines.

Where:  Frank Ricco Sons of Italy Lodge #731, 16 Race Street, Brownsville, PA

Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at door and are available at the Flatiron Building.  Call 724-785-9331.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will enable BARC's continuing efforts to foster the economic redevelopment of the Brownsville area.

My Thoughts

October 25 at 12:00 PM

“My thorny thoughts, my thorny thoughts, You bring me only woe!...So welcome them, my Motherland, Ukraine, into your home! Accept my guileless,simple brood and take them for your own!”- Taras Shevchenko

In marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Ukraine's Poet Laureate, Taras Shevchenko,the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble explores how Ukrainians in America think and feel about Ukraine through the lens of love, faith, family, youth and spirit.

Join over fifty dancers and special guests Ridna Schkola of Pittsburgh in this multi-media dance production.  Discover where your thoughtswill take you!

October 25, 2014 at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall – 300 Beechwood,Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106

The Ukrainian Market Place with cultural items for sale and delicious traditional foods will open at 12:00 pm.  The Concert begins at 2:00 pm

For tickets 412-527-5359 or for more information www.kyivdance.net or kyivdance@aol.com.  Tickets range from $12-$15.

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

October 25 at 9 AM and 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.

Saturday, October 25 @ 9:00 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.

Casting the Iron Garden

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

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area presents: Casting the Iron Garden

Saturday, October 25, 2014 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 at the National Historic Landmark Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin/Swissvale, PA.  

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 casting of 10 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.

After they are cast, the 10 interpretive plaques will guide visitors to the National Historic Landmark site through the surrounding fields and structures, providing a narrative of the wild gardens that share the former industrial landscape of the Carrie Furnaces. These plaques are designed to allow visitors to take rubbing and include botanical illustrations of the local plant community, highlighting features such as bark, fruit and leaf form for easy identification. The images are paired with narratives on plant succession inclusive of soil conditions, environmental factors and the potential for future plant communities.

Historical and garden tours of the site led by Rivers of Steel and Master Gardener guides will take place from 2 PM - 4 PM.  

The furnace will be tapped at 4:00 PM.

    Rain or Shine
    Bring a lawn chair
     Admisison: $10  

Tickets available at www.ShowClix.com and will also be available at the gate.

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

Click here for DIRECTIONS to the Carrie Furnaces.  

About the Iron Garden:

In 2014 The Penn State Master Gardener Program of Allegheny County partnered with Rivers of Steel to develop a comprehensive plant survey of the lands in and around the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA.  The 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, the Master Gardeners 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 Furnaces and its history and connection to iron, a multi-disciplinary team in science, art, history and industry was created to develop a unique approach.

For this project, 10 interpretive placques (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 Furnaces. These placques are designed to allow for the visiting public to take rubbings and will 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. Master Gardeners will write the stories that will accompany the illustrations on plant succession inclusive of soil conditions, environmental factors and the potential for future plant communities. Students in sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University will mill the placques and prepare molds for the castings. The placques will be cast 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.

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, and a grant from Awesome Pittsburgh.




Braddock, America

October 23 at 7:30 PM

The Battle of Homestead Foundation presents Braddock, America (2013). 100 mins.

Two French filmmakers, Jean Loic Portron and Gabriella Kessler produced this lively and thoughtful documentary history of Braddock. Although they mention what happened in Braddock during the French and Indian War, their primary focus is on what deindustrialization has done to the community and its people and how they have responded. Portron and Kessler spent months at a time over several years doing interviews, shooting regional events, collecting information. For them, the impact of deindustrialization, as pictured here "from below," was not limited to Braddock or the Mon Valley or the U.S. They say: "Nous sommes tous des habitants de Braddock." ["We are all residents of Braddock."]

Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 PM

Pump House at the Waterfront
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 

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.


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.