Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Dinner honors neighbor, farmer ties

Last week, families carved the turkey, passed the gravy and celebrated one of the country’s most enduring traditions. But in Spring Mills, Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t the only feast being served.

The 2012 Centre County Farm/City dinner brought residents to Penns Valley on Tuesday to celebrate the partnerships that bring local food to tables across the region and the country.

Part of Pennsylvania Farm/City week, the annual dinner highlights the importance of the relationship between farmers and their urban neighbors, according to the Centre County Conservation District.

Held just two days before Thanksgiving at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Spring Mills, the dinner gave residents a chance to celebrate farmers while enjoying local ham and grilled chicken breast.

It also provided the conservation district the opportunity to recognize farmers and those who have worked this past year toward protecting local watersheds and natural resources. Anne Quinn Corr, author of “Seasons of Central PA” and a culinary educator, was a guest speaker.

The state’s Farm/City week aims to recognize the partnerships between rural and city residents in producing, transporting, processing and marketing food from farmers across the state and nation, according to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The Centre County Conservation District aids people and groups that “benefit from the county’s natural resources that we collectively strive to sustain and improve,” according to its website.

’Tis the season

Holiday concert dates have been set for Penns Valley elementary and intermediate schools, according to the district’s website.

Students in kindergarten to second grade will perform Dec. 3, while students in third and fourth grades will perform Dec. 4. The concerts will be at 1:30 and 7 p.m at Penns Valley Elementary School.

Students in fifth and sixth grades will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Penns Valley High School. More information can be found on the district’s website.