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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for May 10-12

by on May 10, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

You'll find plenty of ways to enjoy this Mother's Day weekend around the area, from art shows to plant and pottery sales to theater to stargazing. Activities for the whole family can be found at the Fun Fair, Children's Safety Fair, Frog Fest and Big Spring Festival, all on Saturday.

The big AAUW State College Used Book Sale gets underway. Grammy-winning State College native Ian Hendrickson-Smith plays the State Theatre. And if the Dudes and Dudettes abide, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Big Lebowski.

You can also head out to the State College Area Municipal Band's free Mother's Day concert celebrate Mother Nature with a guided adventure at Spring Creek Canyon.

We've compiled some highlights below.

This isn't all that's happening, either. There is plenty more around the area for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.


Friends and Farmers at Rhoneymeade
Friends and Farmers Co-Op will be at Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden, 177 Rimmey Road in Centre Hall, from 4-8 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon and evening of vendor demonstrations, music by Anchor & Arrow, food and more. BYOB and family-friendly, but please leave dogs at home. Free admission, donations welcome. 

Secret Gardens
State College Framing Company and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive, will hold an opening event for its spring art show, "Secret Garden," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The show will feature sculpture made from repurposed metal and illustrations by Elli Groninger, hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry by Carol Korte, and succulent plants and design by Jennifer Philipoff of Sammis Greenhouse's "Succulent City" in Centre Hall. Brown Dog Catering of Philipsburg and Mt. Nittany Winery will provide hors d'oeuvres and win. The gallery also will be making a donation to Pixie Dust Wishes, its nonprofit participant. 

Potters Guild Show and Sale
The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild hosts its annual Mother's Day weekend pottery show and sale at the Art Alliance, 818 Pike Street in Lemont. The sale will offer mugs, bowls, soap dishes, platters, flower pots, sculptural forms and more by Centre County artists who create both functional and decorative ceramics. The sale is open 6-9 p.m. Friday (with music and snacks), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Next Stage Theatre Company presents "Voices," a play by Susan Griffin and directed by Norrine Sims, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in The Attic at The State Theatre. "Five strangers, each trying to find her own voice. Each voice unique, yet part of one story — ours." Performances continue next week, Thursday through Sunday.

Homecoming of the Chief
State High grad and renowned, four-time Grammy winning saxophonist and flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith returns to his hometown for an 8 p.m. show, "Homecoming of the Chief," at The State Theatre. Currently performing nightly with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Hendrickson-Smith has worked with some of the biggest names in music, from Stevie Wonder to Prince to Lady Gaga. He'll be joined on Friday by legendary jazz pianist David Hazeltine, drummer Joe Strasser, and double-bassist David “Happy” Williams.

Rat Pack Night
Party like it's 1959 as Kristi Jean & Her Ne'er-Do-Wells headline Rat Pack Night at Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave., from 8 to 10 p.m. Table games, a pop-up bar from Race Street Brewing and dancing, with free swing dance lessons before the show.

Join the Central PA Observers Club for first stargazing night of 2019, 8-10 p.m. in Tudek Park. All equipment is provided by club members, but feel free to bring your own telescope if you have one. Dress for the weather, especially good footwear. Meet near the large pavilion next to the restroom facility. Open to all ages.


Soap Box Derby Rally
DuBois Area Soap Box Derby brings a soap box derby rally to Bellefonte for the third consecutive year. Gravity races begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and continue into the late afternoon, on North Allegheny Street between Linn and Howard streets. Competitors between ages 7 and 18 in three divisions will be looking to win trophies, bragging rights and points toward a regional championship that could send them to the world championship this summer.

AAUW Used Book Sale
Book lovers, unite. The 58th Annual AAUW State College Used Book Sale will be held Saturday through Tuesday at Penn State's Snider Ag Arena. More than 250,000 sorted books will be priced to sell, along with comics, games and puzzles, sheet music and more. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Payment is by cash or check only.

Plant Celebration and Garden Sale
Centre County Historical Society's 24th annual Plant Celebration and Garden Sale — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave. — features plants potted from the mansion’s gardens as well as new offerings and returning favorites that include heirloom and native plants, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs. New this year are pop up shops including garden related items, pottery, vintage and antique items and book Come for plants, stay for lunch and tour the Centre Furnace Mansion and gardens while you're there. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society for its period inspired gardens and grounds.

Tree Climbing Finals
In the finals the Penn-Del Tree Climbing Competition, climbers from Pennsylvania and Delaware will be judged on their speed and agility through a specialized predetermined course high in the trees at Boal Museum, with the winner advancing to the international competition. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Boal Mansion Museum, 163 Boal Estate Drive, Boalsburg.

Fun Fair
State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, will host its Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. featuring games, prizes, crafts, live music, local foods, pony rides, bake sale, visiting animals from family farms, and much more. Tickets/day passes for certain activities may be purchased at the door. Best suited for families with children 3 to 12. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund. More info here.

Children's Safety Fair
Patton Township's annual Children's Safety Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Target/Wegman's parking lots at the Colonnade. Kids can enjoy plenty of fun activities like bounce houses, a climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course and carnival games. They'll also get to meet local police, fire and EMS personnel, take a ride in a ladder truck, explore a medical helicopter, see a burn trailer demo and much more. Families can check out educational areas such as drug awareness and internet safety and get services like car seat checks.

Big Spring Festival
Celebrate Spring Creek and mothers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Big Spring Festival in Bellefonte's Talleyrand Park. Enjoy food, games and activities, speeder train rides, a photo booth, face painting and more. Performances include Adam Swartz Puppet Show at 11 a.m. and noon, and the Dan & Galla Musical Show from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Metropolitan Opera
The State Theatre presents the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of "Dialogues des Carmélites" at noon. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

Book Launch Party
Local author J.L. Delozier celebrates the release of "Blood Type X," the final book in the Persephone Smith trilogy, with a launch party from 2 to 4 p.m. at Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave.

Frog Fest
Muddy Paws Marsh, 4158 Penns Valley Road in Spring Mills, hosts the ninth annual Frog Fest from 3 to 6 p.m. Learn about and enjoy nature through art, science, and play through hands-on, mostly outdoor learning stations across the 25-acre wetlands. Jim Julian, biology instructor at Penn State, also will share his love and knowledge of frogs through activities by showing and allowing others to see the frogs up close and discussing the frogs and toads that are present at Muddy Paws Marsh. Gus and Huck Tritsch of Wicked Chicken will perform live in the Amish-built barn at 5 p.m. Free and open to all ages, Frog Fest takes place rain or shine.

The Big Lebowski
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Coen Brothers cult classic "The Big Lebowski" at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre. Come dressed for the occasion, as awards will be given for best The Dude, best Big Lebowski character, best bowling shirt and best group costume. A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.


Penn State Lacrosse
The No. 1 overall seed Penn State men's lacrosse team looks for its first NCAA Tournament win — and perhaps the first step toward a national title — when it takes on UMBC in the first round at noon in Panzer Stadium. Tickets.

Centred Outdoors
ClearWater Conservancy's guided adventure series returns for its third year with an expanded lineup. This season's debut is a hike with Mother Nature on Mother's Day. Walk along the Spring Creek Canyon. stopping to admire the multitudes of flowering plants along the trail and gain a new understanding of the historic significance of the area. 2-5 p.m. Directions and RSVP.

Mother's Day Concert
The State College Area Municipal Band presents its Mother's Day concert, "A Season of Joy," 3 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School. Admission is free, though donations are welcomed.

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