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First Night 2010 Begins As 2009 Ends

by on December 30, 2009 10:36 AM

The forecast for Thursday night calls for temperatures in the mid-20s, a coating of snow and music and family fun throughout the day.

First Night State College begins as 2009 ends, with events and ice sculpting taking place around downtown all day. All outdoor events are free, but indoor events require an $8 button, “a great value,” Executive Director Rick Bryant called it.

The button gives celebrators access to all events, including the cello performance by internationally known Penn State professor Kim Cook.

“You’ll never get the chance to hear her for $8. People should run, not walk, to that performance,” Bryant said.

Buttons can be purchased at the following locations:


  • Appalachian Ski & Outdoors – 123 South Allen Street, SC

  • Borough of State College Finance Office – 243 South Allen Street, SC

  • Centre County/Penn State Visitors’ Center – 800 East Park Avenue, SC

  • Christian Science Reading Room – 218 South Allen Street, SC

  • Corner Room – 100 West College Avenue, SC

  • Dairy Queen (Bellefonte) – 101 South Allegheny Street, Bellefonte 

  • Days Inn Penn State – 240 South Pugh Street, SC

  • Fun Unleashed – 339 Benner Pike, SC

  • Old State Clothing – 101 E. Beaver Avenue, SC

  • Penn State Federal Credit Union – 1937 North Atherton Street, SC & 123 Amberleigh Lane, Bellefonte

  • Penn State Ice Pavilion – Pollock & McKean Roads, Penn State campus

  • Perkins Family Restaurant – 1661 South Atherton Street, SC

  • 2000 Degrees – 202 West College Avenue, SC

  • UPS Store – 19 Colonnade Way, SC

  • Waffle Shop – 1610 West College Ave. & 1229 North Atherton St., SC 

  • Webster’s Bookstore Café – 128 South Allen Street, SC

  • Wolf Furniture – 128 Valley Vista Drive, SC


Other highlights include comedian/jugglers Michael Rosman and The Gizmo Guys, horse-drawn carriage rides and, as always, the impressive ice sculptures.

The schedule for all events can be found here. Events for children are held earlier in the day.

Terry Casey is a former managing editor of He can be reached at
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