TGIF: State College Weekend Events for March 15-17
March 15, 2019 5:00 AM
by Geoff Rushton
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Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Spring is near, and you can start getting ready for home projects with the 35th Central PA Home and Outdoor Living Show. Baseball is back at Medlar Field for the first time this year. And with St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, there are opportunities to enjoy Irish music around the area.

You'll also find more concerts — including Yonder Mountain String Band at the State Theatre — dance, comedy, documentary films and much more.

We've compiled some of the 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.

Central PA Home and Outdoor Living Show

Now in its 35th year, Central Pennsylvania's largest home improvement and product showcase returns the Bryce Jordan Center, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest home products and services from more than 100 unique companies under one roof. The show takes place 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, free for veterans, active military and children 12 and younger.

Live the Stream

After sold-out showings in January, the State Theatre will host encore screenings of the documentary film "Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys," chronicling the life of the legendary Centre County fly fisherman, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. Humphreys will be in attendance


Penn State Baseball

The Nittany Lion baseball team opens its 13th season at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with a four-game series against UMass Lowell. The opener is at 4 p.m. Friday, featuring dollar dogs and schedule magnet and poster giveaways. The series continues with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday (poster and magnet giveaways) and the series finale at noon on Sunday (poster and magnet giveaways, random giveaways throughout the game, and post-game kids run the bases. Tickets and info here.

A Tale to Tell

Jana Marie Foundation’s annual dinner, “A Night to Remember, A Cause to Believe In,”  will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Wyndham Garden in Boalsburg. This year’s theme, “A Tale to Tell,” will highlight Jana Marie Foundation’s story through moving, powerful, and inspirational performances by artist and playwright Bill Doan, puppeteer and storyteller Adam Swartz, and songwriter and musician Christian Tloczynski. Program and ticket info can be found here.

Improv Comedy Festival

Penn State’s Full Ammo Improv troupe will celebrate the eighth RAWR Improv Comedy Festival with a full roster of professional and collegiate comedians. Performances are 6-11 p.m. Friday and 2-11 p.m. Saturday in 111 Forum. Free admission and attendees can come and go as they please.

Wise Crackers Comedy Club

Wise Crackers' comedy season continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Basement Night Spot, 112 W. College Ave. This week features David James, headliner Brian McFadden and MC Emily Walsh. Tickets are $20.

CD Release Dance Party

 Local rockabilly/country artist Kristi Jean and Her Ne'er-Do-Wells host a 1950's themed dance party from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave., to celebrate the release of their new CD "Country-Billy Collision." Special musical guests, free East Coast Swing dance lessons, 1950s-themed hors d’oeuvres, a door prize for best 1950s costume, two free drinks (wine or beer) and a free CD with the $10 admission.

Winter Play Day

From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, children ages 3-7 can enjoy supervised games, crafts, and indoor activities while parents chat, play, relax or tour the school.

Goin' For the Green Spring Hike

“Get Outdoors Pennsylvania” and welcome spring with this hike at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon. Park Manager Mike Dinsmore will lead the moderately difficult hike, along a section of one of park’s many trails. The hike will be about 6 miles in length. Hikers are to park and meet at the visitor center/park office. Be sure to wear something green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Penn State Gymnastics

The Nittany Lion men's gymnastics team hosts Illinois and Michigan for in the season's final home meet at 4 p.m. Saturday in Rec Hall.

Infusion 2019

Nine fusion dance teams from all around the country take the Eisenhower Auditorium stage at 6 p.m. Saturday for Infusion 2019, a non-profit intercollegiate South Asian dance competition. They will be competing for points for the national championships, Bollywood America and Legends, and $3,000 in cash prizes. Find tickets and info here.

Yonder Mountain String Band

Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit and veteran road warriors Yonder Mountain String Band bring their tour to the State Theatre for an 8 p.m. Saturday show. The band's latest studio effort, 2017's "Love. Ain't Love," followed closely on the heels of the most recent installment of their popular live series, "Mountain Tracks: Volume 6."

Lady Grey's Working Girl

Join Lady Grey and her Lovelies in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-variety cabaret celebrating the working women of the 1900′s and today. Audiences are encouraged to dress in honor of a female who has inspired them. Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday in the Attic of the State Theatre. Restricted to patrons 18 and older.

Irish Music

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday with some Irish music. Irish traditional band Callanish will perform at 10 a.m. at Otto's Pub & Brewery, 2235 N. Atherton St., and at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St. in Bellefonte. Jennifer Blackburn Miller, accompanied by Eric Ian Farmer, will perform Irish folk songs at 3 p.m. at Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave.

World War II Documentary

Between September 1944 and February 1945, 13 U.S. Army divisions fought for control of a 50 square mile area of dense forest along the German border. It was the longest single battle in American history and largest defeat of the U.S. Army in Europe. The documentary “You Enter Germany – Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line” — screening at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg — tells the story with veteran interviews and archival footage. Donation requested for admission.

Piano Recital

State College pianist Svetlana Rodionova will perform works by Mozart, Chopin, and Schumann at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the music series at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 780 Waupelani Drive. Suggested donation for adults is $15 and $2 for students.

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