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Town&Gown July 2015

50 Years of Town&Gown: Arts & Entertainment - Tracey M. Dooms, Town&Gown

Back in the 1960s, downtown State College became a ghost town in the summer, with few Penn State students sticking around for summer classes. State College Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Wally Lloyd pitched the idea of an arts festival to attract summer visitors, just as Penn State football does



Letter from the Editor

This region loves and supports the arts year-round, but July is the month when the art scene in Happy Valley just explodes. The visual arts are, of course, showcased in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, People’s Choice Festival, and now the newLemont Fest. Music is highlighted at

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Taste of the Month: Food for Thought

In cities across the United States, food trucks have become the newest pop-up restaurants, offering gourmet cuisine at reasonable prices. Like a brick-and-mortar restaurant, food trucks are subject to the same strict rules, regulations, and licenses required of all foodservice businesses. There are

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Health: Hydration

It is the first hot and humid day of summer. As a participant in a local 10k road race, your training partner plans to push her “normal” pace to achieve a best time. During the race, she runs well ahead of you, and you notice she does not stop to take water at aid stations. A quarter

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5 Questions with Aaron Weyman, director of marketing for Tussey Mountain

Aaron Weyman started working at Tussey Mountain seven years ago. He is now director of marketing, and this is the first year he is taking on lead duties for Tussey’s popular WingFest. According to Weyman, WingFest isn’t just a one-man job, and many other staff members help make the

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On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne

Glorious vocalist Mavis Staples and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne collaborate on tour for the first time in “Solid Soul,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium Tuesday, October 27. Staples, a fixture in American music for six decades, came to fame as a member

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Lunch with Mimi: Catherine Alloway, Schlow Centre Region Library director

Working in a library has been part of Catherine Alloway’s life for the better part of 40 years. Since 2010, she has been the director of Schlow Centre Region Library in State College and has helped see it through various challenges, including cuts from state funding. Regardless of the

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Arts Fest: Itself a Work of Art

In the slower summer months in Happy Valley, Arts Fest looms large on the calendar. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has been a special time of year for many decades, since its earliest days as a student-initiated celebration on up through the singular tradition it has become

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Events: Nittany Stage Race

Bicycling’s popularity continues to grow in the Centre Region. It’s become such an important aspect that it has led to the Centre Region Council of Governments to seek input in putting together a bike plan for the area. State College also recently placed ninth out of 154 cities in

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Snapshot: Thomas Palchak

Penn State’s Berkey Creamery is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. For the past 29 years, Thomas Palchak has been its manager. Palchak, who graduated from Penn State in 1980, was working at Safeway Incorporated in Colorado when he returned to the university and had lunch with a former

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