Before I moved to State College as a Penn State student, my brother (also an alum) warned me of the dog days of spring. He cautioned me of blistering cold walks to campus and a listless life stuck in limbo between football season and summer vacation. He didn't have anything to say about summers in Happy Valley. He—nor the rest of my Penn State family—ever lived here in the summer. Summers were for home—which was the Pocono Mountains.
Even in my first year here, I stayed. I took on jobs and summer classes. I loved it. Today, I am a young professional and I still look forward to State College summers. People point to stores and restaurants that have inconvenient hours. They say there's nothing to do. For me, State College is more alive in early June than it is in mid-February.
In this particular post, I'd like to shine a light on the numerous music series concerts that are in our area this summer. There will be 12 free concerts on the Village Green in Lemont. This June at the Schlow Centre Region Library, you can enjoy worldly entertainment ranging from Japanese dance to the sounds of India Thursdays at noon. The South Hills School of Business is hosting 13 shows that feature a unique lineup of local musicians. There are concerts at Tussey Mountain, the Gazebo in Bellefonte, and downtown State College, and more. That's around 50 shows in three months.
All are family-friendly events. All get you out of the house and underneath the summer sky. All support the local arts and our region's downtowns. I was talked to executive director of the Downtown State College Improvement District Jody Alessandrine. He said that downtowns are a precious resource. He's right. And even though they are an endangered species in Pennsylvania, we are lucky to have nice ones in our region. I encourage you to pick a few dates from the long list of entertainment and enjoy Happy Valley in the summer.
Read more about local summer music series in next week's Weekender.