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PPS Festival of Historic Homes – June 7-9, 2013


Henry D. Sharpe House – 1928 • Photo Rob Kesack courtesy of PPS

East Side Homes and Lofty Mill Spaces on Tour at the 34th Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Providence Preservation Society’s Signature Event This Year Highlights Prospect Street and Monohasset Mill

Providence, RI (April 18, 2013) – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) present to the public an “insiders’ view of preservation” with their annual Festival of Historic Houses on June 7, 8, and 9, 2013. This signature PPS event is a special opportunity for visitors to explore the interiors of some of Providence’s most interesting homes and gardens, learn about the city’s historical building stock, and view firsthand the preservation efforts involved. This year, the event will showcase grand era houses on Prospect Street on the East Side, and converted lofts in the adaptive reuse live/work spaces at Monohasset Mill in the Valley district.

Begun 34 years ago to highlight the preservation efforts of Benefit Street, PPS’ Festival of Historic Houses celebrates Providence’s rich architectural history and progressive preservation efforts. This year, the Festival visits two distinct and juxtaposing neighborhoods in the City, offering visitors a broad view of the dynamic building stock throughout the area. “Providence’s diverse historic fabric – and range of preservation projects – is truly a highlight of our City. Choosing to showcase both Prospect Street for its grand private homes and Monohasset Mill for its beautiful live/work adaptation of our industrial past is a way we capture the full spectrum of preservation in Providence,” stated Arria Bilodeau, co-chair of the Festival’s planning committee.

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Tweed Ride PVD – April 28, 2013


Stylish and well-wheeled gents and ladies enjoy a leisurely bicycle parade through downtown Providence in the city’s first-ever Tweed Ride, complete with tea!

The excursion begins at Greater Kennedy Plaza and ends at the RISD Museum for an afternoon viewing of the Museum’s newest exhibition, “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.”


the Steel Yard 7th Annual Halloween Iron Pour – October 26, 2012


Photo by Annali Kiers

Join the Steel Yard and the Iron Guild for the 7th annual Halloween Iron Pour. This event brings regional artists together to produce a dazzling theatrical performance of molten metal.

The Steel Yard has added additional programming to the event this year. There will be an aerial dance performance by local artists Teresa Kochis & Michelle Struckholz, who will be accompanied by live music from Cave of Colors. We are also pleased to have a live DJ on site, Unkle Thirsty, the renown Providence persona; and the Pour itself will be accompanied by music provided by the Empty House Cooperative.

The event is on Friday, October 26, doors open at 5:00pm and there is a $10 required donation to enter. The rain date is Saturday, the 27th.

  • 5:00 – Doors open
  • 5:30 – Reclaim, an aerial dance by Teresa Kochis & Michelle Struckholz, with live music by Cave of Colors
  • 6:00 – DJ Unkle Thirsty
  • 7:00 – Iron Pour Begins, with music provided by The Empty House Cooperative

There will also be a ceramic sale hosted by the Ceramics Cooperative. Food vendors will be on site.


Halloween Iron Pour: Molten Masquerade – October 28, 2011

Halloween Iron Pour: Molten MasqueradeHalloween Iron Pour: Molten Masquerade 10/28/2011 | 7:00 PM

Join the Steel Yard and the Iron Guild for the 6th annual Halloween Iron Pour.

The theme for this years event is Molten Masquerade, and will feature larger than life flaming masquerade masks!

  • Music provided by the Empty House Cooperative.
  • There will also be a ceramic sale hosted by the Ceramics Cooperative.
  • Food vendors will be on site.
  • $10 donation required.
  • Doors open at 6:00pm, the performance begins at 7:00pm
  • Rain date: October 29th.

Wooly Fair, July 30

Wooly Fair VII To the Moon!
July 30, 2011 • 2pm-1am
the Steel Yard • 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI

For many weeks now, The Woolies have been building and planning, making sure that Wooly Fair VII, To the Moon! will be a wild spectacle of galactic proportions. On July 30th, we’ll be rocketing you into a lunar wilderness, full of games, live music, spontaneous theater, and, of course, the WOOLY SPACE STATION. The Space Station will be comprised of 21 pentagonal pods, which are being created for the sole purpose of entertaining and inspiring you via shimmering, interactive, artist-made installations.

Visit the website for more information.


Cruise Night at the Steel Yard, July 15

Cruise Night at the Steel Yard

Cruise Night at the Steel Yard
27 Sims Avenue, Providence
Friday, July 15th • 5PM-Dark
Rain Date: Saturday, July 16th
Free Admission

The Steel Yard is happy to announce it’s 6th annual Cruise Night car show and fundraiser! The Steel Yard’s 2011 Cruise Night will bring over 70 custom and classic vehicles and over 150 people to the unique site in an evening of polished chrome, raffle prizes, studio tours, food sold by the famous Haven Brothers and greasy grooves spun by The Colonel.

Part of the Works in Progress 2011 fundraising event series, Cruise Night will take place on Friday, July 15th, from 5 pm to dark. Each year, the event has grown consistently bigger, bringing together more classic car and bike enthusiasts from throughout the region in an old school rendezvous and show off.

The Steel Yard, located at the historic Providence Steel and Iron site, is a non-profit organization offering arts and technical training programs designed to increase opportunities for cultural and artistic expression, career-oriented training, and small business incubation. The Yard encompasses 2 acres of newly rehabilitated space in Providence’s industrial Valley district that includes a 10,000 square foot industrial shop, artist studios and small business and non-profit offices.


News & Notes

A Crusade to Walk Every Street in Lansing [City Saunter]

Lansing, Michigan native, Ariniko O’Meara has decided to walk every street in her city (400+ miles) and document the experience on her blog.

The Steel Yard announces their spring/summer courses [the Steel Yard]

City Is Looking at Sewage Treatment as a Source of Energy [The New York Times]

New York City’s sewage presents a daunting and costly challenge: it creates foul odors and often contaminates waterways.

But the city is now casting its sewage treatment plants and the vast amounts of sludge, methane gas and other byproducts of the wastewater produced by New Yorkers, as an asset | specifically, as potential sources of renewable energy.

Transportation Reformers Applaud Obama’s Six-Year Transpo Plan [Streetsblog]

A fix-it-first policy for roads. More support for livability programs. Additional transit investment. Competitive infrastructure grants. In his new six-year, $556 billion surface transportation proposal, President Obama is hitting all the right notes with transportation reform advocates.

As part of his 2012 budget proposal – released yesterday – the President put forward a plan that would double investment in transit, give a boost to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and generally chip away at policies that have led to billions going to waste on highways to nowhere.

Get Out of My Way, You Jerk! Researchers Study ‘Sidewalk Rage,’ Seeking Insights on Anger’s Origins and Coping Techniques [The Wall Street Journal]

You don’t need a car to get road rage.

For many people, few things are more infuriating than slow walkers|those seemingly inconsiderate people who clog up sidewalks, grocery aisles and airport hallways while others fume behind them.

Researchers say the concept of “sidewalk rage” is real. One scientist has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map out how people express their fury. At its most extreme, sidewalk rage can signal a psychiatric condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder,” researchers say. On Facebook, there’s a group called “I Secretly Want to Punch Slow Walking People in the Back of the Head” that boasts nearly 15,000 members.

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Annual Halloween Iron Pour at the Steel Yard – October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween friends! This is our favorite time of year! Join the Iron Guild for Molten Metal Mayhem at our Annual Halloween Iron Pour!


Friday, October 29th
Rain Date – Saturday, October 30th
Doors at 6:00 pm
Pour starts at 7:00 pm
27 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI 02909

Our annual Iron Pour is a luminous spectacle in celebration of the fall season here in Providence. Each year, the Iron Guild teams up with the Steel Yard to demonstrate the industrial arts in an exciting, accessible way. This year’s performance promises to be in keeping with the dramatic displays of the past with the show titled “HOWL”.

Our incredible displays of molten metal in the past have included: liquid iron being poured into a huge, hand-carved wooden skull and casting the insides of pumpkins while a giant steel one was brought to life. Like those of the past, the 2010 Iron Pour is sure to be a sight to see during this Halloween weekend.

The celebration will be a family-friendly event featuring food and drink vendors from the Providence Juice Company truck and more. A live soundtrack is provided by the Empty House Cooperative, and there’s even a chance to buy handmade art pieces at the Steel Yard’s ceramics cooperative bowl sale.

For those who have never visited the Steel Yard before, this event is a great opportunity to explore some recent environmental renovations made possible by government grants and generous donations from local businesses and private sources.

Sponsored by: Cumberland Foundry
Refreshments provided by: Providence Juice Company
Check it out on: Facebook

Hope to see you there!!


The Steel Yard celebrates the completion of their Brownfield cleanup

The Steel Yard invites community members to celebrate the completion of their multi-year environmental cleanup project on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at noon. The celebration will be immediately followed by the Yard’s annual Iron Chef competition.

With support from the EPA, RIEDC and countless private donors, businesses and foundations, the Steel Yard undertook a multi-year brownfield cleanup process to mitigate lead contaminated soils that originated with the site’s former use for steel fabrication. Costing close to 1.2 million dollars, the Steel Yard cleanup will join a number of other similar projects that have taken place along the Woonasquatucket River.

For more information and directions, visit


The Steel Yard, Iron Chef – September 25, 2010

Iron Chef 2009 - 33

Photo © The Steel Yard

We hope you can make it to our next Works in Progress event – Iron Chef!

Teams of artists and fabricators compete in our 3rd annual head-to-head sculpture competition. Four teams – three rounds – one IRON CHEF!

After the main event, stick around for the sculpture auction where you’ll have a chance to bid on your favorite piece! Food and refreshments will be available by local food vendors.

Get there at noon to help us celebrate the completion of our environmental cleanup! Yardie treats, site tours and demonstrations from 12 – 1 pm.

Free Admission

Saturday, September 25th, 12:00pm-5:00PM
Rain Date: Sunday, September 26th
@ the Steel Yard
27 Sims Avenue
Providence, RI 02909

12:00PM – Join us in celebrating the completion of our environmental cleanup at our official ribbon cutting ceremony!
1:00-5:00 – Iron Chef

Check out photos from last year’s Iron Chef.


the Steel Yard Summer Courses

Summer classes at the Steel Yard

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means…

Summer courses at the Steel Yard are almost here! Now is the time to register for some Steel Yard goodness. Discover exciting new offerings such as Chasing and Repoussé : Decorative Panel Reliefs, Enameling and Welding an Outdoor Fire Pit. Or, you can try out some of our tried and true classes such Slip Casting and Making Jewelry: Becoming a Small Business.

Curiosity piqued? To learn about our offerings in Glass, Welding, Blacksmithing, Jewelry and Ceramics, check out our website or call us at (401) 273-7101.

See you in the studio!


Clay-Doh! at the Steel Yard (05/14)

Round up your family and get ready for the first Works in Progress fundraising event of 2010 … Clay-Doh! Have you ever wanted to try your luck at throwing a ceramic pot, or maybe, let your kids experiment with hand forming clay – somewhere other than in your living room? Clay-Doh is here to help!

With plenty of ways to get your hands dirty, drinks for kids and adults, good music and great conversation, Clay-Doh is fun for the whole family. Available for purchase at the bowl sale will be ceramic bowls, cups, and more created by our own cooperative residents. On top of that, your admission helps support Steel Yard programming.

We hope to see you in the studio this May!

May 14th, 5:30pm-9:00pm
27 Sims Avenue (north end of the studio, in the ceramics department)
Beverages – Snacks – Music – Clay!
$20 for Adults, $10 for kids 10 and under
Tickets available at the door


The Steel Yard: Jewelry with Mom (May 8 & 9)

Image from the Steel Yard

Jewelry with Mom: Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings
May 8-9

This is a special Mother’s Day Weekend offering of our Beginning Jewelry Workshop and it’s all about making and working with that basic building block of jewelry… the jump ring! The class will start with learning how to form round hoops with wire. From there, students will learn a variety of techniques that can be used to design their own unique necklace, bracelet, and/or earrings. The class will cover ways to alter the surface and texture of the wire by hammering, twisting, carving, and drilling metal. Students will also learn basic soldering and annealing skills, as well as how to apply various finishes to their pieces. Also taken into consideration is structure and form – while most are familiar with the basic circle chains and hoops, there are endless possibilities for unique forms. This course is open to anyone ages 15 and up. No experience necessary!

For details on this class or our other offerings in jewelry, ceramics, welding, blacksmithing or glass, please check out website

See more of instructor Heather Guidero’s work at her website.


Registration open for spring/summer courses at the Steel Yard

Registration is now open for the Steel Yard’s Spring/Summer Course Season!

We cannot wait for our studio to start humming with creative activity this season–it’s time to get our torches, forges, and kilns fired up!

Check out our courses page for the full lineup of offerings in Welding, Ceramics, Blacksmithing, Jewelry, and Glass. In addition to our regular introductory courses you’ll find some great new opportunities like:

  • Building Bike Trailers
  • Stained Glass
  • Hollowware
  • Glass Casting
  • Making Jewelry: Becoming a Small Business

Courses fill fast, so be sure to visit our website to register soon.

We can’t wait to see you in the studio!