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Town&Gown August 2018

Cultural Crossroads: There’s something special happening in Millheim - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

Something special is happening in Millheim, and you can feel it on the streets. Well, maybe it is more that you can feel it on the street, because, really, there is only one major road through town. Millheim is a small community of around 900 people. But on that street in this rural community in



Letter from the Editor: Spikes put on a show

As a baseball fanatic growing up in Rhode Island, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket was more or less my field of dreams. I’d get to Fenway Park in Boston – about 90 minutes away – once or twice a year to see the Red Sox. But McCoy was half that distance, and I got to see a lot of future

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Penn State Diary: Signing off for now

In September 1990, Witt Yeagley, editor, and Mimi Barash Coppersmith, publisher, invited me to write a monthly column for Town & Gown magazine, and I happily accepted. With this August 2018 piece, my skein reaches 300, and I’m turning over my space to new writers and new ideas. Writing

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About Town: ‘Miss Melanie’ stuns audiences with her smooth, rangy voice

A relatively new Centre County songstress has a big voice that sounds as if it’s been around for a long time. Hearing Melanie Morrison Zeigler sing, some listeners are reminded of three of her idols: Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin. When “Miss Melanie” of the

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Town&Gown's 2018 Fall/Winter Preview

For many, fall is the best time of year in Happy Valley. From Penn State football to fairs and festivals to music, theater, and special events, here's your Preview of the season ahead!

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On Tap: The State College Brew Expo marks its 20th year by featuring beers from Pennsylvania

To celebrate the State College Brew Expo’s 20th year, Michael Martin, who runs the expo with his wife, Malissa, didn’t look too far when it came to deciding which breweries would be showcasing their beers at this year’s expo. Martin made the decision to make the State College Brew

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Snapshot: State College hotelier Mark Morath and his staff are garnering big accolades

When you’re a guest at Days Inn Penn State, you might not realize that the handsome, gray-haired, soft-spoken gentleman fixing a new pot of coffee in the lobby is actually Hotelier of the Year and operator and owner of the grandest Day’s Inn in the world. But small daily acts like this

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Lunch with Mimi: OLLI director Sarah Anderson says lifelong learning offers joy, connection – and meaning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State began as the Community Academy for Lifelong Learning in 1996 and, together with Penn State Outreach and Online Education, applied for, and received, a grant to become an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006. OLLI dissolved its 501(c)(3)

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Artist of the Month: FUSE Productions leader Richard Biever shines the spotlight on lesser-seen treasures

Richard Biever has dedicated himself to the craft of theater. Biever’s latest endeavor, FUSE Productions, is a product of his decades of knowledge and experience as an actor, director, composer, lyricist, and music director. Biever has been well-schooled in theater, attending the American

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On Center: Cantus will perform world premiere of commissioned work by Libby Larsen at Penn State

Cantus has been called “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare). The a capella octet will make its second appearance at Penn State when it performs Alone Together, an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world, September 25 at

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