On Centre: Bellefonte | Victorian Christmas celebration right around corner

Santa is scheduled to arrive on the Diamond in Bellefonte on Friday, and he is going to have a new residence.

The downtown merchants, the Elks, Historic Bellefonte Inc., and community members have come together to build Santa’s new lodging. Darrin Wright and Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology students provided the labor and some of the materials to make this building happen. A sign outside will declare if Santa is “In.”

As you have heard by now, the Festival of Trees has moved to Bellefonte, and the planners of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas are pleased with that development.

Visitors can expect a forest of trees with lights and colors and symbols created by the many contributing organizations. All proceeds this year will benefit the 37 United Way partner agencies. The schedule for the tree expo and the craft vendors is:

•  Dec. 6 and 7: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

•  Dec. 8: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

•  Dec. 9: Noon - 4 p.m.

New this year for Victorian Christmas: Puptin Meister will be appearing at Bellefonte Elementary School. The puppet shows will be at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Children of all ages can attend for the donation of one canned good or other non-perishable to the Faith Centre Food Pantry.

The community band concert will take place this year at the elementary school to afford more seating. The time for the concert is 7:30 p.m. on Dec.8. Natalie Stanton is director of the band, and the concert is free.

Sally Houser, event chairwoman for Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, has tried to keep me apprised of new events, but for a complete schedule go to

Art Museum show and sale reminder

Beginning with the reception from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 through through Jan. 13, the Bellefonte Art Museum will be exhibiting and selling varied works of local artists. The museum is at 133 N. Allegheny St. and will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday during the show and sale.

A specially designed ornament by Jennifer Shuey is available for purchase and a gift museum membership rewards you with a free ornament.

In addition to the Holiday Show and Sale, you can see the work of Perry Winkler in the Community Gallery and Linna Muschlitz, Marilyn McPherson and Mary Vollero in the Tea Room Gallery.