Greetings from Rivers of Steel

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
June 2013
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 Pop-Up Party at the Pump House 
Noon to 10 pm J
une 15

Self-Paced Carrie Blast Furnace Tours
June 15, July 6, Aug. 31, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 2013

Bulgarian Pottery
June 16, July 7 & 21


Movie Night @ the Pump House
7 PM
"With Babies and Banners:
The Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade"


  Carrie Blast Furnaces Urban Art Tour
July 6, 2013

Babushka & Hard Hats Tours
 July 13, Aug. 10, Aug. 31, Oct. 19

 PA Heritage Conference Pittsburgh, Pa
July 16-19

cello fury

Cello Fury @ Carrie Blast Furnaces and CD Release Party
July 20

carrie from river

Carrie Blast Furnace Guided Tours
10 AM Saturdays
10 AM Fridays

   As part of the "Wheels at The Waterfront," a day-long celebration of the opening of the Great Allegheny Passage on June 15, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area will be hosting the Pop-up Party at the Pump House in collaboration with The Waterfront Shopping Center, Steel Valley Trail Council, Bike the Gap, Blue Dust and ZeroFossil as well as community leaders.
   The day starts with a ribbon cutting on the trail near Sandcastle Water Park for the final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), a 335-mile long bike path between Washington, DC and Pittsburgh.
   Following the trail dedication, the off-grid Pop-Up Party will begin at Noon until 10 PM Saturday featuring the city's hottest DJ's including Selecta, Tom Cox, Strobe, DJ Firefly, Hank D, Rick Diculous and Jared Tebbets with music solar-powered by ZeroFossil. 
Food trucks such as BRGR, Pittsburgh Taco Truck,
Dozen Dessert 
Truck and OH My Grill, craft beers by Blue Dust, a special craft and art market, live bike demos and a bike swap meet are just some of the activities and events that will be at the historic site in The Waterfront.
   "The  completion  of  the  Great  Allegheny  Passage  is  a  monumental  event and  will  serve  as  a  lynch-pin for  tourism  for  the  region  and  beyond," said Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections and Archives with Rivers of Steel. "The  opening  of  the  trail  presents  opportunities  to  all   of  the
bikes communities  and  businesses  along  its  path.  For  the  Rivers  of  Steel,  it  allows  us  to  use  the  historic  Pump  House  to  open  new  doors  and  avenues  for  success  and  partnerships  within  the  community."
   Then from 2 to 5 PM, The Waterfront will be hosting Pedal Party in Town Center with an outdoor steel drum band Rhythm 'n Steel, and local musical group Meeting of Important People, along with a bike decorating contest hosted by the Josh & Gab show and water-spraying power-generating bikes by ZeroFossil. Waterfront restaurants Gran Agave and Panera Bread will provide refreshments and snacks with giveaways, specials and activities provided by other Waterfront retailers.
   "The dedication of the Great Allegheny Passage is important for the City of Pittsburgh, Homestead, West Homestead and the surrounding areas," said
Carole DeAngelo, General Manager of The Waterfront Shopping Center, adding that part of the Pedal Party will include the unveiling of new bike racks at the shopping center. "We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone ... and becoming a destination for cyclists and trail enthusiasts as a result of the Gap opening." zeroFossil
   Free courtesy shuttles will be provided from 9 AM to 6 PM to aid with visitors enjoying the Wheels in The Waterfront events, with shuttle parking available in the overflow parking lots at The Waterfront near Steak & Shake. All events are free and open to the public.
"Wheels at the Waterfront allows people from all over the region to come enjoy the site, learn about the trail and its amenities, to discover the history of the region, and most of all, have some fun," added Baraff.
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ts. All City. King. Cannon. Learn about these graffiti terms and more during a special Carrie Blast Furnaces Urban Art Tour focusing on graffiti found on site on July 6, sponsored by  the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Led by Graphic and Web Designer Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tour will provide a deeper look at the spray painted pictures found on abandoned industrial sites and city buildings. For more information, contact Ron Baraff.

   Pennsylvania's Statewide Conference on Heritage will be held at the historic William Penn Hotel in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The conference will begin July 16th with pre-conference workshops Old Carrieand will conclude on Friday, July 19th. Pittsburgh's industrial history, rich ethnic heritage, vibrant and well-preserved downtown, and stunning collection of historic bridges provide the perfect backdrop for a lively discussion about how to preserve historic and archaeological resources. 

     The statewide conference will be headquartered at the historic William Penn Hotel. The renowned hotel was designed by architects Benno Janssen and Franklin Abbott and built by Henry Clay Frick in 1916. 
  With 23 sessions and workshops, including one at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, five tours, and three evening events, the Statewide Conference on Heritage provides  attendees with an action packed week at an affordable price. General registration rates are set at $135 and include access to all sessions, select walking tours, and two evening events-the private cruise on the Gateway Clipper and the conference reception.
 There are a limited number of rooms avail able and the conference room rate of $119 expires on June 18th. For more information contact Jennifer Horn or call 717.234.2310, ext. 19
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    A special thanks to all of our donors at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Your donations are always appreciated!
Robert Hatala, Bill Joos, Matt Loser,  Howard W. Snelgrow, Robert Miletic, Brian Britza, Janice Milliner, William Woods, Suzanne S. Flynn, Paul Kandel,  Adam Puhak, Mitchel Rosen, Westinghouse Airbrake Technologies 

Cello Fury is coming to the Carrie Blast Furnaces June 20 for their CD Release Party and concert at the Carrie Blast Furnace site! Food Trucks, VIP Blast Furnace Tours and the music of Cello Fury. More details to come!