12th Annual DRYerson Festival

Posted Jun 14, 2018, by Sarah Martik

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Come spend the afternoon with the Center for Coalfield Justice and your neighbors as we celebrate the progress we’ve made in our fight to protect Ryerson Station State Park. The 12th annual DRYerson Festival is on Saturday, June 30th from 1-4 PM at Pavilion 3 in the Park.  The day will kick off at 11:30 with a pre-festival hike lead by CCJ Director ,Veronica Coptis, covering the history of the impacts to the park and our community’s efforts to hold Consol accountable, protect our water resources from further damage, and re-envision an improved park. Register here for the hike and don’t worry: it ends just in time join the festival!

This year’s celebration will feature live music from Breanna Otto, coloring contests, kids crafts, and back by popular demand- the CCJ water balloon blast! The hike and the festival are dog-friendly, and our staff highly encourages you to bring your pooch (on a leash!) to join in on the festivities! Cats on a leash are also welcome – we don’t discriminate at CCJ. Summer classics like hot dogs, ham barbecue, and watermelon will be offered throughout the day, and you’ll have chances to win door prizes at the top of every hour. One change for this year’s event that speaks to our values and supports another program of ours is to reduce our use of plastic, so we will have reusable plate and each person will get to take home a bamboo fork.

Ryerson is going through a revitalization process to improve the park, and DCNR will be at the festival to share the status on the current progress and get feedback from you.  CCJ is committed to ensuring that these changes will incorporate the needs of our community. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage directly with DCNR and celebrate the park.

Let us know you are coming to event by registering here. Call us at the office if you want to volunteer or want to know more about the event. We hope to see all your friendly faces there!



  • Sarah Martik

    Sarah joined the CCJ team as a Community Organizer in 2017 after previous work in performing arts and foreign language education, and became our Executive Director in 2023. A resident of Coal Center, PA, she is excited to work on issues related to legacy coal mining and the connection between the Appalachian petrochemical buildout and increases in fracking in southwestern PA communities like hers. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy but often says that her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the California University of Pennsylvania has been more useful in her work than anything else (ask her why sometimes!). When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her fiancé, niece, and nephews, and going on walks with her "fur kid" Lucy. Contact Sarah at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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