Fri. November 17 - Penn State birthplace commemorated with historical marker
Plus: Happy Valley Adventure Bureau awards local hospitality community standouts
In The News
🪧 The Centre Furnace Mansion in State College has been commemorated with a historical marker as the official birthplace of Penn State University, where the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania's Board of Trustees met in 1855 to establish the institution. The historical marker is part of an initiative by Penn State's alumni association and office of strategic communications to highlight the university's milestones and heritage. Efforts are underway to revitalize all historical markers on the University Park campus, some of which have been in place for nearly three decades. [WPSU]
🏆 The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau (HVAB) celebrated local hospitality standouts at the second annual Happy Valley Hospitality Awards. The event was attended by nearly 200 professionals at Titan Hollow in Bellefonte, spotlighting the local food, beverage, and lodging industries. An independent committee chose honorees from five categories, including a new “Community Favorite” award sponsored by Barash Media. The "Peter J. Walker Spirit of Hospitality" award was given to the State College Downtown Improvement District Clean Team, recognizing exceptional work ethic and positive impact. HVAB President Fritz Smith announced plans to expand the awards next year. [StateCollege.com]
🏊 Centre County Commissioners are backing a nearly $1 million state grant request to renovate Kepler Pool in Bellefonte, which has been closed since 2020 due to mechanical and structural issues. The Nittany Valley Joint Recreation Authority, which owns the pool, has faced financial challenges and higher-than-expected bids for the project but has secured multiple grants and formed a fundraising nonprofit to support the effort. The renovation includes a new competition-size pool, splash pad, and additional amenities aimed at attracting families and supporting local swimming programs. If awarded, the state grant would enable the NVJRA to seek further funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2024. [StateCollege.com]
Today: 🌧️ High 62F/low 39F
Tomorrow: 🌤️ High 45F/low 32F
Sunday: 🌤️ High 48F/low 27F
State College Bulletin
🚗 Parking for home football weekend: The Borough of State College Parking Department will be lifting the “No Parking 2 A.M. to 6 A.M.” and the one- and two-hour restrictions beginning at noon today. All restrictions will go back into place at 2:00 A.M. Monday, November 20th. Lawn parking will not be permitted.
Happening This Weekend
A selection of things going on this weekend
🎄 Holiday Craft Fair
Sat. 9AM-4PM | South Hills School of Business & Technology
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a wide array of offerings from over 50 talented vendors, each displaying a remarkable selection of hand-crafted treasures, perfect for gifts or personal enjoyment. Food including homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods will be available as well.
🎶 The Costa Duo with Agatha Wang, Piano
Sun. 2:30PM | Trinity United Methodist Church, Bellefonte
Bellefonte Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Series presents classical music performed by Robyn Dixon Costa, oboist, Tony Costa, clarinetist, and Agatha Wang, pianist. This concert is FREE and open to the public.
🧑🎨 Wine and Watercolor: Painting Fall Leaves
Sun. 2:30PM | University Wine Co. | $35
In this class led by Kaleidoscope PA, you'll learn the wet-on-wet technique to capture the rich reds, yellows, greens, and browns of autumn leaves on paper. A variety of additional techniques will be shared so that every participant will come away with a one-of-a-kind painting. No experience required and cost includes one glass of wine.
Live Music Lowdown
Anchor&Arrow | HiWay Pizza Pub - West | 7PM
Anna Pearl Belinda & Jacob Finkbiner | Happy Valley Brewing | 8-10PM
Big Red | University Wine Co. | 6-8PM
Donny Burns | The Phyrst | 7-9PM
Hops & Vines | 814 Cider Works | 6-8PM
Lowjack | The Brewery | 10:30PM
Mike from OK Otter | Axemann Brewery | 7PM
Sultanz of Swing | A’s Pub | 7-9PM
Ted & The Hi-fi’s | The Phyrst | 10:30PM
The Sorters and The Narrows | Zeno’s Pub | 9PM
Anchor&Arrow | 814 Cider Works | 6-8PM
Corner Brothers | Antifragile Brewing Co. | 8PM
Joy Marie & The Gill Street Band | Pine Grove Hall | 7PM | $13-$15
Lowjack | The Phyrst | 10:30PM
Veronica & John | The Phyrst | 7-9PM
Zoh Amba + Chris Corsano | 3 Dots Downtown |
Biscuit Jam | 814 Cider Works | 4-6PM
Gabe Stillman Band | Elk Creek Cafe, Millheim | 5PM | $15
Jason O | The Phyrst | 10:30PM
Jim Messina | The State Theatre | 8PM | $57/$62
Joe Belle, Brian Cleary, Richard Sleigh, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens | Pine Grove Hall | 6PM | $10
Penn State Women’s Basketball
11/16 @ St. Johns | W 69-53
Who’s playing at home this weekend
Penn State Football
11/18 vs. Rutgers | Noon @ Beaver Stadium
Penn State Men’s Basketball
11/17 vs. Morehead State | 7PM @ Bryce Jordan Center
Penn State Women’s Soccer
11/17 vs. Santa Clara | 6PM @ Jeffrey Field
Penn State Women’s Volleyball
11/17 vs. Michigan State | 7PM @ Rec Hall
11/18 vs. Northwestern | 7PM @ Rec Hall
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