Art and industry combine in spectacular fashion every year at the Fire at the Furnace with live iron pour demonstrations and other cultural events, but the sixth annual gathering at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces on Friday, June 3 brought two special people together as well.
Nikki Moser, organizer of Fire at the Furnace and co-founder of Keystone Iron Works, and Richard Huck, an artist and educator, were married in a beautiful ceremony held at dusk, pouring hot iron into a mould that they made to create a bowl.
While there was no Arts on Fire Festival this year to coincide with the Fire at the Furnace, there were several events in downtown Scranton that tied into the festivities, including artist presentations and movies at the Steamtown National Historic Site and exhibition openings at STEAMworks in The Marketplace at Steamtown and the AfA Gallery.
Hot iron pours in the afternoon were presented by students from Keystone Iron Works and the Everhart Museum and featured sculptures and iron tiles, complemented by music by the Indigo Moon Brass Band, food by the Peculiar Culinary Company, a beer tent hosted by The Vault Tap & Kitchen, and more.
Fire at the Furnace is made possible by the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau, F. Lammot Belin Foundation, Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Keystone College, Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area, Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, the Everhart Museum, and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, according to lhva.org.
by Alex Seeley
Alex is a Lake Ariel resident whose photos can be seen in several local newspapers, websites, and art galleries. He runs Alex Seeley Photography and shoots everything from portraits to weddings to concerts.