A guide to venues, performances, nightspots and fun

State College - Centre Daily TimJune 3, 2012 


Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania: 824 Pike St., Lemont, 234-2740, www.artalliancepa.org. A cooperative gallery featuring fine art gifts, classes and exhibits throughout the year.

Artistic Horizon: 219 S. Patterson St., State College, 234-3441. Offers art exhibits, workshops and children’s camps.

Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association: P.O. Box 141, Bellefonte, http://bellefontearts.org. A nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors art exhibits and cultural events, including a craft show during Victorian Christmas.

Bellefonte Museum for Centre County: 133 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, www.bellefontemuseum.org. Set in the historic Linn House, exhibits focus on works by local artists, cultural art and local collections.

Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Centre Region Library: 211 S. Allen St., State College. Features monthly displays of work by new and established local artists.

C. Barton McCann School of Art: 4144 Miller Road, Petersburg, 667-2538, www.mccannart.org. A school offering support to emerging artists of all ages.

Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society:www.centralpapastel.org. A group representing local artists that holds annual exhibits and workshops.

Douglas Albert Art Gallery: 107 McAllister Alley, State College, 234-9822, www.douglasalbertgallery.com. Features a wide selection of art, sculpture, glass work, photography, ceramics and genuine African art.

Foxdale Art Gallery at Foxdale Village Retirement Community: 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.foxdalevillage.org. Senior living community features rotating exhibits featuring works by local artists.

Gallery Shop: 824 Pike St., Lemont, 867-0442, www.gallery-shop.com. Focuses on displaying original works by more than 50 central Pennsylvania artists.

Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center: 101B W. Main St., Millheim, http://greendrakeart.com, 349-2486. A membership-based arts community workshop space, gallery and semi-private artist studios.

HUB-Robeson Galleries at Penn State: HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/artgalleries. Features student and faculty works on display in various galleries throughout campus.

Palmer Museum of Art: University Park, 865-7672, www.palmermuseum.psu.edu. Penn State’s main art gallery, which hosts exhibits and music performances, workshops, film screenings and lectures.

Penn State’s Center for Arts and Crafts: 3 Ritenour Building, University Park, 863-0611, http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/craftcenter. Founded in the early 1970s, a nonprofit organization that offers art classes, ceramics studios and children’s art camps. All classes are taught by Penn State art majors and professional artists.

Penn State School of Visual Arts:http://sova.psu.edu/about_psu_sova/galleries/galleries. Features public galleries dedicated to visual arts students in their quest to exhibit their works in a professional atmosphere.

Stitch Your Art Out: 235 E. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills, 238-4151, www.stitchyourartout.com. Features fiber-arts workshops for those interested in quilting, crocheting, knitting and felting.

Surface Artists Cooperative: 201 Elmwood St., State College, www.surfaceartistcoop.com. A shared space of local artists offering art-related classes, displays and workshops.

Victorian House Antiques and Artisans Gallery: 107 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 404-1565. Art and antiques for sale.


The Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania: 3006 Research Drive, State College, 234-4961, www.artsconservatories.com. School for the performing arts, offering dance, music and theater classes and lessons. Provides private and group instruction for all levels in its 7,000-square-foot facility.

Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania: 3006 Research Drive, State College, 234-4961, www.btcp.org. A regional youth ballet company for intermediate and advanced ballet dancers. Presents two to three performances per year of classical and contemporary ballet repertoire.

Brio Dance Company: State College, www.briodancecompany.com. Led by Artistic Director Lane Grosser, Brio Dance Company's focus is on contemporary dance works.

Dance Harmony: 220 N. Main St., Suite B, Pleasant Gap, 359-3181, http://dance
. Offers soclal dances and lessons for swing, ballroom and Latin dance styles.

Central Pennsylvania Ballroom Dancers Association:www.cpbda.com. A social ballroom dancing club that provides an opportunity to dance to live bands; provides dance instruction to members in an informal setting; and conducts special events such as dinner dances and dance instruction workshops.

Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association: P.O. Box 521, Pine Grove Mills, 234-1008, http://cpcda.org. Monthly contra-style country dances with a band and caller.

Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop: 101 S. Fraser St., State College, 237-2666, www.cpdw.org. A nonprofit organization that offers dance classes for children and adults in a wide range of styles.

Centre Dance: 2121 Sandy Drive, State College, 238-8685, www.centredance.org. Instructional school offers training for students age 3 and older in a variety of skills, including jazz, tap and ballet.

Centre Squares Dance Club: 810 Webster Drive, State College, 238-8949. A traditional square- and contra-dance club offering weekly evening dances and lessons.

The Dance Academy of State College: 1796 N. Atherton St., State College, 238-3207, www.dancesc.com. Instruction for dancers of all skills and styles.

Kennedy Dance Centre: 226 W. High St., Bellefonte, 355-4965, www.kennedydancecentre.com. Offers instruction at a variety of levels for jazz, tap and modern dance, among others.

Movement Arts Studio: 140 Kelly Alley, State College, 237-0037, www.movement-arts.net. The studio offers classes in yoga, bellydance and Pilates as well as modern and ballet dance classes for students of all ages.

Penn State Ballroom Dance Club: 106 White Building, University Park, www.clubs.psu.edu/up/ballroomdance. A dance club for Penn State students and staff, but members teach private dance lessons, and interested participants can join with an associate membership. The club holds dances Friday nights during each semester and features dance styles such as ballroom, salsa, tango, contemporary and swing.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts: 200 Old Fort Road, Spring Mills, 364-2424, www.pennacadarts.com. Offers classes in ballet, tap and jazz and guitar instruction.

Pennsylvania Dance Theatre:www.pdtdance.org, 883-6907. Led by German-born choreographer Andre Koslowski, the company stages intense, thought-provoking dance theater works.

Van Dance: State College, <a href="mailto:vandanceinc@pennswoods.net">vandanceinc@pennswoods.net</a>
. Founder Ann Van Kuren, formerly a dancer with the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, presents original programs through her modern dance repertory company.


Bellefonte Museum for Centre County: Linn House, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 355-4280. www.bellefontemuseum.org. The museum shows themed historic and cultural exhibits.

Boalsburg Heritage Museum Association: 304 E. Main St., Boalsburg, 466-3035. www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org. An independent historical group offering demonstrations and exhibits.

Boal Mansion Museum and Columbus Chapel: 163 Boal Estate Drive, Boalsburg, 466-9266, www.boalmuseum.com. The estate boasts nine generations of the Boal family and a connection with Christopher Columbus. The Boal Mansion hosts cultural events in addition to its historic family memorabilia exhibit.

Centre County Historical Society: 1001 E. College Ave., State College, 234-4779, http://centrecountyhistory.org. Headquartered in the historic Centre Furnace Mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, members of the group promote interest in historic events with exhibits and programs as well as a collection of artifacts, books and photographs.

Curtin Mansion and Village at Eagle Ironworks Historic Site: state Route 150, Howard, 355-1982. www.curtinvillage.com. From May to October, visitors can tour the restored Federal-style home of Roland Curtin, which is now under the control of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery: 16 Deike Building, University Park, 865-6336, www.ems.psu.edu/outreach/museum. A venue displaying fossils, miniature tornadoes, gems, crystals and dinosaur bones.

Lions David House Heritage Museum: 206 N. Fourth St., Snow Shoe, http://david-
, 387-4509. While only open April-October, off-season group tours are available by appointment for this museum dedicated to preserving history of the Mountaintop region.

Milesburg Museum and Historical Society: 205 Market St., Milesburg, 355-5192. A group aimed at maintaining its local historic presence highlighted annually by the town’s Apple Harvest Festival and Car Show.

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum: 244 W. Aaron Square, Aaronsburg, 349-4811, www.pennsvalleymuseum.org. A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and sharing local cultural heritage through exhibits, genealogical workshops and educational programs.

Pennsylvania Military Museum: Business U.S. Route 322, Boalsburg, 466-6263, www.pamilmuseum.org. A museum dedicated to preserving the honor of the state’s “citizen soldier.” Holds commemorative services and re-enactments.


Acoustic Brew Concert Series: www.acousticbrew.org. This series features concerts by folk and acoustic performers. Venues for each show are detailed on the website.

Bellefonte Community Band: P.O. Box 664, Bellefonte, www.bellefonteband.net. This band plays orchestral and show tunes at local festivals and events.

Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association: P.O. Box 141, Bellefonte, http://bellefontearts.org. A nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors a free summer concert series at Talleyrand Park.

Bryce Jordan Center: University Park, 865-5555, www.bjc.psu.edu. Features live concerts, comedians, family-friendly shows and sporting events.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra: 3006 Research Drive, State College, 234-4961, www.cpyo.org. The orchestra is a regional youth symphony. Membership is open, by annual audition, to all local musicians age 10 to 20. The orchestra performs two to three times each year.

Downtown State College Summer Concert Series: 127 S. Fraser St., State College, 238-7004, www.downtownstatecollege.com. Sponsored by the Downtown State College Improvement District, these free summer concerts are held at Sidney Friedman Park.

Global Connections:www.global.psu.edu/gc. A group that highlights world ethnicities with its World Music Series and other multicultural events.

The Keystone Society of Swing Big Band: 933-7521, www.societyofswing.com. This nonprofit, 18-piece band showcases big-band standards from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Lemont Village Association Concert Series: www.lemontvillage.org, 238-1288. Sponsors free summer Friday evening concerts at the Village Green.

Music Academy: 219 W. College Ave., State College, 238-3451, www.scmusicacademy.org. This nonprofit community music school offers private and group music lessons.

Music at Penn's Woods Summer Orchestra Festival: This annual four concert festival with the best of Central PA’s classical musicians and their colleagues from across the U.S. takes place each year in late June in State College. http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/music-penns-woods-summer-2011-season

Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus:www.nittanyknights.org. This harmony-based choral ensemble performs throughout the year.

Nittany Valley Symphony: 231-8224, www.nvs.org. The Centre Region’s community orchestra presents traditional symphonic concerts as well as pops and family events.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts: 200 Old Fort Road, Spring Mills, 364-2424, www.pennacadarts.com. Studio offers music and dance classes for children and adults.

Penn State School of Music: 233 Music Building, University Park, 865-0431, www.music.psu.edu. Holds about 200 student and faculty recitals, concerts and performances each year.

The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra: 119 S. Fraser St., Suite D, State College, 234-8313, www.centreorchestra.org. Provides intimate orchestra concerts with local soloists and artists of international reputation.

Robert M. Sides Family Music Center: 1801 N. Atherton St., State College, 861-6882. Offers music classes for all skill level and age.

Roustabout!: www.roustabout.net. Roustabout! performances feature local and national underground, indie and up-and-coming musical acts. Shows are held at various venues.

South Hills Annual Music Picnic Series: 234-7755. Family-friendly summer concerts are held at the South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College.

State College Choral Society: P.O. Box 675, State College, 234-0169, www.scchoralsociety.org. Performs several annual themed concerts.

State College Area Municipal Band: 2643 Gateway Drive, No. 1, State College, 231-3071, www.crpr.org/agency/muniband/band-intro.html. The all-volunteer band performs a variety of free concerts each year.

Tussey Mountain Concert Series: 301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg, 800-733-2754, www.tusseymountain.com. Presents festivals and concerts with local, regional and national bands in a 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater from mid-June to September.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County: 780 Waupelani Drive Extension, State College, 237-7605, http://uufcc.com. A nondenominational congregation that features folk and seasonal music series.

Wagon Wheel Amphitheater: Sleepy Hollow Road, Philipsburg, 342-0361, www.wagonwheelevents.com. An outdoor music venue that caters to regional bands and home of the annual Apple Festival.


Penn Skates: 2210 High Tech Road, State College, www.pennskates.com, 357-6898. Roller-skating rink offers birthday parties, lessons for inline and quad skating, arcade, paintball and a snack bar.

State College Area Rollers:www.scarderby.com. The area’s debut roller derby team.

Tussey Mountain Fun Center and Amphitheatre: 301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg, 800-733-2754 or 466-6266, www.tusseymountain.com. A year-round family-fun center that offers skiing, golfing, driving range, concerts, rib/wing cookoffs, batting cages, driving range, par-3 golf course, go-karts, snowboarding and tubing. Hours vary, concerts and wing challenge night throughout the summer with music by local and national acts.

What-A-Blast Extreme Laser Tag: 111 Sowers St., State College, 234-8740, www.whatablastlasertag.com. A 2,400-square-foot arena is home to laser tag-themed birthday and school parties.

Woodward Camp: 134 Sports Camp Drive, Woodward, 349-5633, www.campwoodward.com. One of the premier sports and recreation facilities in the country, camps and training offered in gymnastics, inline skating, skateboarding and BMX; top professionals train and teach at Woodward.


American Philatelic Society: 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, 933-3803, www.stamps.org. One of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations for stamp collectors.

Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society: Bellefonte Train Station, 320 W. High St., Bellefonte, 355-1053, www.bellefontetrain.com. A nonprofit group that fosters interest in railroading heritage.

Central Pennsylvania Observers: P.O. Box 947, State College, www.cpoclub.org. A group of astronomy and space enthusiasts that hosts Skywatch events once a month at Tudek Park, behind the Northland Center. Dues-paying members enjoy field trips to local dark-sky areas and hold monthly educational sessions at local parks.

Centre County Genealogical Society: P.O. Box 1135, State College, www.centrecountygenealogy.org. People interested in researching their family backgrounds are welcome to join this society, which also offers genealogy seminars and workshops.

Centre Region Bicycle Coalition:www.centrebike.org. The group that supports the implementation of safe bike routes holds a variety of events aimed at raising bicycle awareness, including bike-in movies, group rides and lectures.

Chronic Town: 224 W. College Ave., State College, 867-6191, www.facebook.com/chronictown. A hookah lounge that features occasional live bands.

Comedy Club at the Ramada: 1450 S. Atherton St., State College, 238-3001, www.ramadasc.com. In-hotel nightclub hosts comedians through midwinter.

Nittany Valley Writers’ Network: Meets at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, www.schlowlibrary.org. A support group intended to inspire and educate local writers of all genres and experience levels through meetings and lectures.

Penn’s Cave Wildlife Park: 222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, 364-1664, www.pennscave.com. An all-water cavern and wildlife park.

Schlow Centre Region Library: 211 S. Allen St., State College, 237-6236, www.schlowlibrary.org. Hosts the meeting of local gaming groups, such as the chess and Go/Wei Chi/Baduk clubs.

State College Bird Club: Meets at Foxdale Village Retirement Community, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.scbirdcl.org. A group dedicated to appreciation of central Pennsylvania’s wild bird population through watches and meetings.

State College Photo Club: Meets at Foxdale Village Retirement Community, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.statecollegephotoclub.org. Local shutterbugs share their expertise at monthly meetings and occasional exhibits.

Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail: www.pawinetrail.com, 877-447-7211. A self-guided wine trail featuring at least eight wineries throughout central Pennsylvania, including stops at Centre County’s Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery and Seven Mountains Wine Cellars.

Wisecrackers Comedy Club: 100 Elks Club Road, Centre Hall, 866-424-2411, www.wisecrackers.biz. Now held at the State College Elks Club, the club hosts comedians Fridays and Saturdays in the winter months.


Center for the Performing Arts: Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, 863-0255, www.cpa.psu.edu. Hosts world-class theater, dance and musical acts at Penn State venues.

Community Arts Center: 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, 570-326-2424, www.caclive.com. A 2,100-seat venue for traveling stage performances, film screenings and concerts.

Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre Inc.: 112 E. Locust St., Clearfield, 765-4474, www.castbuilding.net. Multifaceted creative organization with plays, children’s theater and special performances year-round. Lessons in voice, piano, dance, acting and creative writing.

Love and Light Productions:www.loveandlightproductions.com. Eclectic performers, notable for its annual production of “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Millbrook Playhouse: 258 Country Club Lane, Mill Hall, 570-748-0924, www.millbrookplayhouse.com. This nonprofit barn theater operates as a summer-stock playhouse, presenting musicals, cabaret shows and acclaimed plays.

The Next Stage: State College, P.O. Box 11111, State College, <a href="mailto:info@thenextstagetheatre.org">info@thenextstagetheatre.org</a>. A nonprofit theatre company focusing on major modern and contemporary playwrights. Performances in the Studio Space at The State Theatre. Tickets: www.statetickets.org.

Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival: P.O. Box 1247, State College, 404-6998, www.shakespearefestival.us, Features theater camps and performances.

Pennsylvania Centre Stage: 137 Arts Building, University Park, 863-0493, www.pacentrestage.psu.edu. The resident professional theater of Penn State’s School of Theatre.

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center: 146 S. Allen St., State College, www.theatre.psu.edu. A 150-seat facility offering performances by Penn State’s schools of theatre and music and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Tickets are available at the box office or by phone at 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX.

Penn State Thespians: 865-9461, www.facebook.com/psuthespians. Student theater company with a diverse slate of genres, as well as MasquerAIDS, a fundraiser for The AIDS Project of Centre and Clinton Counties.

Singing Onstage: 1108 S. Pugh St., State College, www.singingonstage.com. Musical theater training and performance studio that holds summer camps and student and professional productions.

State College Community Theatre: 1250 University Drive, State College, 234-7228, www.scctonline.org. The troupe performs musicals and dramas at the Boal Barn Playhouse and provides workshops and apprentice programs.

The State Theatre: 130 W. College Ave., State College, 272-0606, www.thestatetheatre.org. The theater hosts community productions, national touring music artists and independent film screenings.

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