5k Fun Run & 1 Mile Saturday, August 24

SCRR-logoThe Steel City Road Runners joins us on Saturday morning before RTQ begins at noon for a nice easy run!

Rock the Quarry XIII

5k Fun Run & 1 mile

Panhandle Trail Collier Township

Saturday August 24, 2013

Start time: 11:00AM

 Registration is free, but donations are suggested on race day

 Register at www.steelcityrrc.org

Race day registration 10:00-10:45AM

 Brought to you by

Come out and run a no frills low key timed race on one of Western Pennsylvania’s most scenic rails to trails.  The race is free, but donations are suggested on race day.  All proceeds from the race will benefit the Collier Friends of the Panhandle for trail maintenance and improvements.

Hang around post-race for a day full of family fun at the 13th Annual Rock the Quarry event.  Enjoy the tasty food, live music, and fun family activities.

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Thanks Lane Construction for RTQ Support!

dump truck with banner

Lane Construction Supports RTQ!

Thanks to Lane Construction for sending this photo! They’ve posted this banner on three of their trucks to help advertise RTQ.

Don’t miss it—read more about Rock the Quarry XIII

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Rock the Quarry XIII – August 23 and 24

rock the quarry in collier township.

The big flag at the main quarry pond.

Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, campfire, fun for all ages.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

Scroll down, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr!

Vendors, Volunteers and Gift Basket Donations

Please download flyer and display at work and businesses!

rock the quarry in collier twp pa

Lots to do and see!

VENDORS

We are still accepting applications for non-food vendors. Contact Madeline Fotovich at 724-693-0870 or send an email to kruffennach@gmail.com. Deadline Aug. 15.

DONATE GIFTS AND PRIZES

We would really appreciate your contributions for our basket auctions and other prizes! If you are a Panhandle Trail user, this helps support your trail. Any new item of whatever worth can be bundled into a beautiful basket. Items with logos are welcome as are gift certificates, unused gifts, whatever cash or checks payable to Panhandle Trail Assn. are also welcome.

Please drop off before August 18 so we can prepare the baskets to:

  • Deb Giffin, 17 Sunnyside, Carnegie PA 15106 (debbie@giffininterior.com);
  • Kay Downey-Clarke, 2520 Hilltop Road Oakdale PA 15071 (kayclarke@comcast.net);
  • Rennerdale Corner Store, Noblestown Road, Carnegie PA 15106;
  • or Collier Twp. Building, 2418 Hilltop Road, Presto PA 15142.

VOLUNTEERS

We still need volunteers for set up Wed and Thurs. Aug. 21 & 22, the event 23 & 24, and cleanup Sunday Aug. 25 8 am to noon.

2013 Schedule of Events

FRIDAY 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Mr. Science Demonstration at 6:00 p.m.

rock the quarry collier township

The music stage at RTQ.

MUSIC

Tres Lads @ 9:00 pm (Rock Favorites)

With Special Musical Guests:

  • Driven Lifeless (“Thrashy” Punk Rock)
  • ReCover (Classic Rock)
  • Trainwreck (Accoustic Rock/Country)

SATURDAY Noon to 11:00 p.m.

Noon: Family Fun Zone, Games & Crafts

2:00 p.m.: Mr. Science Demonstration

Also:

  • Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)
  • Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm))

Mahajibee Blues @ 8:30 pm (Rhythm &Blues)

With Special Musical Guests:

  • Dan Hanczar Band (Rock Favorites)
  • The Nox Boys (Punk Rock)
  • Kick Astronaut (90’s Rock)
  • Penn.Weiss.Ellis Band (Rock Favorites)
  • Morning After (Indie Rock)
  • JJ Bickel and the Liberators (’60s / ’70s Rock)
  • South on 65 (New Country / Southern Rock)

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES

The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler.

FRIDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration (6:00 pm)

SATURDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration in the Activity Tent (2:00 pm)
Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm)
Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)

And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Free Admission and Parking; Bring a Chair and the Family! Donations Appreciated!

Benefits the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

Check back frequently, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr! If you are interested in volunteering at Rock the Quarry or in becoming a vendor, please contact the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail at panhandletrail@gmail.com.

DOWNLOAD A FLYER TO KEEP OR DISTRIBUTE

RTQ 2013 (PDF)

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

New for Rock the Quarry XII: Antique Car Show and Botanic Garden Presentation

rock the quarry

Food, fun and music at Rock the Quarry

Antique Car Show

This year, visitors to RTQ can enjoy an antique car show on both days. Just look for the cars!

Botanic Garden Presentation

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will also have a presentation about the garden and its progress at 1 pm Saturday on the main stage.

Vendors

RTQ is still accepting accepting applications for food and non-food vendors. For info call Madeline Fotovich ASAP at 724-693-8635 or email Kathleen Ruffenach at ruffnredee@yahoo.com. Deadline Aug. 15.

Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, antique car show, fire trucks, fun for all ages.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

Scroll down, or sign up to receive notices from this blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr!

2012 Schedule of Events

MUSIC

The natural amphitheater-like setting is the backdrop for performances by a variety of bands including Jill West, The Justin Fabus Band, Bill Ali Band, Trainwreck and the Jamie Bruno.  (schedule below.)

band performing on stage

EMJ Band performs at RTQ 2011

Two long-time Pittsburgh favorites will headline the Friday and Saturday night performance schedule:

FRIDAY MUSIC LINEUP

5:30 p.m. Dan Hanczar & Friends (Acoustic)
6:30 p.m. TBD
7:30 p.m. Justin Fabus Band (New Country)

9:00 p.m. Bill Ali Band (Classic & Light Rock Favorites)

SATURDAY MUSIC LINEUP

Noon Friendly Gesture (Hard Rock)
12:55 p.m. Second Empire (Symphonic Metal)
1:50 p.m. Morning After (Indie Alt Rock)
2:45 p.m. Eddie and the Bruisers (Rock)
3:55 p.m. Midlife Crisis (’60s / ’70s Rock)
5:25 p.m. Trainwreck (Rock/Country)
7:15 p.m. Jamie Bruno Band (New Country)

9:00 p.m. Jill West and Blues Attack (Blues Favorites)

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES

The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler.

FRIDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration (6:00 pm)

SATURDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration (2:00 pm)
Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm)
Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)

And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Free Admission and Parking; Bring a Chair and the Family! Donations Appreciated!

Benefits the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

Check back frequently, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr! If you are interested in volunteering at Rock the Quarry or in becoming a vendor, please contact the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail at panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Rock the Quarry XII – August 24 and 25

people at event

Food, fun and music at Rock the Quarry

Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, antique car show, fire trucks, fun for all ages.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

Scroll down, or sign up to receive notices from this blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr!

2012 Schedule of Events

MUSIC

The natural amphitheater-like setting is the backdrop for performances by a variety of bands including Jill West, The Justin Fabus Band, Bill Ali Band, Trainwreck and the Jamie Bruno.  (schedule below.)

band performing on stage

EMJ Band performs at RTQ 2011

Two long-time Pittsburgh favorites will headline the Friday and Saturday night performance schedule:

FRIDAY MUSIC LINEUP

Dan Hanczar (Acoustic) (5:30 pm)
25th Hour (’80’s/’90’s Rock) (6:30 pm)
Justin Fabus Band (Rock) (7:30 pm)
Bill Ali Band @ 9:00 pm (Classic & Light Rock Favorites)

SATURDAY MUSIC LINEUP

Friendly Gesture (Hard Rock) (Noon)
Second Empire (Symphonic Metal) (12:55 pm)
Morning After (Indie Alt Rock) (1:50 pm)
Eddie and the Bruisers (Rock) (2:45 pm)
Midlife Crisis (’60s / ’70s Rock) (3:55 pm)
Trainwreck (Rock/Country) (5:25 pm)
Jamie Bruno Band (New Country) (7:15pm)
Jill West and Blues Attack @ 9:00 pm (Blues Favorites)

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES

The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler.

FRIDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration (6:00 pm)

SATURDAY
Mr. Science Demonstration (2:00 pm)
Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm)
Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)

And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Free Admission and Parking; Bring a Chair and the Family! Donations Appreciated!

Benefits the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

Check back frequently, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr! If you are interested in volunteering at Rock the Quarry or in becoming a vendor, please contact the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail at panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cold But Fun, Panhandle Night Walk 2011

long shadows

We Have Arrived

Many thanks to everyone who attended the night walk as well as those who contributed, donated and volunteered! The cold weather didn’t stop anyone!

Enjoy a slideshow of images from the Night Walk on our website.

Night Walk Contributors
Comcast
Tim Downey Jr–Howard Hanna
Friends of Collier Parks & Recreation
Giant Eagle Market District
Ray & Chrissy
Trax Farms

Night Walk Supporters
Collier Girl Scouts
Collier Twp.
Collier Volunteer Fire Dept.
Kirwan Heights
Presto
Rennerdale
Alex Covi
Dan Downey
Gerry & Kay Downey-Clarke
Daniel Fotovich – Alpine Pools
Gordon & Deb Giffin – Giffin Interiors
Bernadette Kazmarski
Mary Lou Kientz
Gail Neustadt
Rennerdale Youth Group
Barb Riedl
Wal-Mart

Since 2000, the Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail has been a Halloween tradition in Collier Township. This year the festivities begin at 7 pm on Saturday, October 22. The Rennerdale Youth Group will carve more than 100 pumpkins donated by Beccari’s Farm Market, Thoms Run Road. Collier Girl Scouts will set out and light the jack o’ lanterns along a half-mile stretch of the Trail from the bridge near the Walkers Mill trailhead to the Sunnyside entrance. Bonfires light the night and hot chocolate and sweet cider are distributed by Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail. A costumed volunteer will delight the kids with stories near the Quarry bonfire.  There are Treat Bags for children aged 11 and under at the Quarry

The event is free but donations are welcome! Children, adults and volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes or weird hats. Parking is available in the Public Works Yard at 110 Noblestown Road.

Photo by Bernadette E. Kazmarski, Panhandle Trail Night Walk 2011.

Posted in halloween night walk, panhandle trail events | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Panhandle Night Walk October 22, 2011

photo of happy jack-o-lantern

Happy Pumpkin

Since 2000, the Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail has been a Halloween tradition in Collier Township. This year the festivities begin at 7 pm on Saturday, October 22. The Rennerdale Youth Group will carve more than 100 pumpkins donated by Beccari’s Farm Market, Thoms Run Road. Collier Girl Scouts will set out and light the jack o’ lanterns along a half-mile stretch of the Trail from the bridge near the Walkers Mill trailhead to the Sunnyside entrance. Bonfires light the night and hot chocolate and sweet cider are distributed by Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail. A costumed volunteer will delight the kids with stories near the Quarry bonfire.  There are Treat Bags for children aged 11 and under at the Quarry

The event is free but donations are welcome! Children, adults and volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes or weird hats. Parking is available in the Public Works Yard at 110 Noblestown Road.

For updates or to download a flyer, visit Events on the Panhandle Trail website.

Photo by Bernadette E. Kazmarski, Panhandle Trail Night Walk 2009.

Posted in halloween night walk, panhandle trail events | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Rock The Quarry Provides Fun For All – Chartiers Valley, PA Patch

The free event started at 5 p.m. Friday and wrapped up late last night. The outdoor festival featured live music from a variety of local artists, food, a bonfire, games and other fun activities.

via Rock The Quarry Provides Fun For All – Chartiers Valley, PA Patch#video-7522755#video-7522755.

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Rock the Quarry 2011 Schedule of Events

rock the quarry

Rock the Quarry 2010

MUSIC

The natural amphitheater-like setting is the backdrop for performances by a variety of bands including The Justin Fabus Band, Bill Ali Band, Midlife Crisis and the EMJ Band.  (Complete schedule below.)

Two long-time Pittsburgh favorites will headline the Friday and Saturday night performance schedule:

FRIDAY NIGHT LINE-UP:

Jordon Umbach (Acoustic)   5:30PM to 6:20PM Main Stage
Billions and Billions (Classic Rock)   6:35PM to 7:25PM Main Stage
Justin Fabus Band (Classic Rock)   7:40PM to 8:40PM Main Stage
Bill Ali Band (’70’s/80’s/’90s Rock)   9:00PM  to 11:00PM Main Stage

SATURDAY NIGHT LINE-UP:

Backlash (Hard Rock)   Noon to 12:40PM Main Stage
Morning After (Alternative Rock)   12:55PM to 1:35PM Main Stage
Dan Hanczar (Accoustic Solo)   1:50PM to 2:30PM Main Stage
25th Hour (80’s / 90’s Rock)   2:45PM to 3:40PM Main Stage
EMJ Band (’70’s / ’80’s Rock)   4:00PM to 5:15PM Main Stage
Midlife Crisis (’60’s / ’70’s Rock)   5:35PM to 6:55PM Main Stage
Flag Ceremony (Carla Myers)   7:05PM to 7:15PM Main Stage
Tim Vitullo and The Awful Dynne (Blues/Rock)   7:15PM to 8:35PM Main Stage
Jill West and Blues Attack (Blues)   9:00PM to 11:00PM Main Stage

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES

The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler. And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011

  • 5:00 Food booths open; U-Choose Raffles
  • 6:00 to 6:45 Mr. Science Demonstration, Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer Scientist, Activity Tent

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011

  • Noon Food booths open; U-Choose Raffles
  • Noon to 6 FAMILY FUN ZONE – Kids games and activities (make your own “silly putty”; crafts, etc.) with Collier Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Cub Pack 860, Trail volunteers
  • 2:00 to 2:45 Mr. Science Demonstration, Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer Scientist, Activity Tent
  • 7:00(apx.) Grand Rubber Ducky Race, Robinson Run
    • $500 1st prize
    • $200 2nd
    • $100 3rd
    • $25 “1st Stuck Duck.”
    • $5 a duck (You do not have to be present to win but you’ll miss all the fun)
  • 7:05 to 7:15 Flag Ceremony, Carla Myers, Main Stage

FOOD VENDORS:First Sergeants BBQ, The Panhandle Trail, Rennerdale Corner Store, Wheel & Wedge

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

Posted in panhandle trail events, rock the quarry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Panhandle Nature Walk, Mid-May 2009

fiddleheads

Graceful Fiddleheads © B E Kazmarski

The Panhandle Trail is usually dry enough for a bike ride by mid-April, but sometimes after a rain it’s a little sloppy. A couple of years ago when I arrived with my bike to find a slightly sloppy trail and a light drizzle I decided instead to take a walk along the Nature Trails with my camera.

I’m documenting walks along local trails to capture the flora you’d see along the trails as you walked, and I’m on Panhandle most often. I’m familiar enough to know what blooms when, since photographing wildflowers has been one of my projects from before my digital camera using just natural light and my favorite lens setup so that I can focus on just one petal of a flower if I want, leaving the rest to blur into the background in a swirl of color and shape. I’ve got loads of shots like this on film, but now I’m using that same lens setup on my digital SLR.

One of the differences with this photo shoot is they are in sequence, so if you walked along the trail, among other wildflowers, you’d see these flowers in about this order.

These images are provided for familiarity rather than strict scientific identification; I am not a scientist, and my goal is first to take good photographs, then to give people a general appreciation of the beauty of their local wildflowers. The names are accurate, but I’ll keep to the most common name to make it easier for you to find these in guidebooks and pursue more information. Just enjoy looking at them!

Click this link to get to the page to see the flash slideshow; when the slideshow comes up, hold your mouse over the image to see the name of the flower at the top of the image:Panhandle Nature Walk, Mid-May 2009

You can also see other slideshows of Panhandle and other area trails:

Wild Sweet PeaPanhandle Trail, McDonald to Walker’s Mill, Mid-June 2009

These wildflowers are right along the trail—I bicycled out to McDonald to scope out what was blooming, then pretty much walked my bicycle back, taking photos along the way.

May and June Wildflowers of the Lower Chartiers Watershed

Some wildflowers you’ll be sure to see along Panhandle and in other areas.

Wildflowers of a Summer Evening, July 2009

Wildflowers at Kane’s Woods in Scott Township.

These photos were taken and organized into slideshows by Bernadette E. Kazmarski and posted on this blog by the artist. No photos or text may be used without written permission of the artist, but please contact me if you are interested. If you take photos along the Panhandle Trail and would like to write up something and send some photos, please comment on this post and I’ll be in touch.

Posted in photos of panhandle trail | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment