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Holderman to be honored at Summer Music Picnic Series opener

by on May 17, 2017 1:35 PM

STATE COLLEGE — The 28th season of South Hills School of Business and Technology's Summer Music Picnic Series debuts  Sunday, June 4, on the lawn of the school, located at 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. The picnic starts at 5 p.m. and the music, featuring the award-winning Altoona chorus of Sweet Adelines, begins at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the event, which will occur rain or shine.

The late Grace Holderman, one of the Summer Music Picnic Series’ first performers, will be honored during the evening. Holderman, of State College, first brought her Vaudeville act to South Hills’ summer stage in 1989. Even as she reached her 90s, she continued to bring song, dance and comedy to the stage, joined by her daughter Vinnie Holderman and friend Ray Fortunato.

Holderman died in 2015 at the age of 102, leaving behind a legacy of community involvement as a Penn State Thespian, and as a tap dance teacher to countless numbers of children in the Centre region. A memorial gift will be presented in her honor during the June 4 picnic.

The summer-long series of concerts is sponsored by The Mazza Foundation for Education. The performances typically are held in the band shell on the school’s front lawn, but events are moved inside the school when it rains.

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