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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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Q&A with JazzPA President Catherine Dupuis

Catherine Dupuis blames her parents for why she’s so passionate about jazz. The music of Stan Getz, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz greats filled her parents’ home while she was growing up. Besides being an established jazz vocalist herself these days, Dupuis also is

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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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High Performance Housing Tour ready for second year

Having a home that is energy efficient is becoming more of a priority for homeowners across the country. On Saturday, August 1, Centre County residents will have a chance to tour some homes that have been constructed or renovated to be energy efficient. Local realtor Scot Chambers has organized the

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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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