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The 31st Annual

Event Guide December 7–9

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As the Event Chair for Bellefonte Victorian Christmas on behalf of Historic Bellefonte, Inc. and the BVC Committee I would like to welcome you to the 31st Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration. This holiday event has been one of my family’s most cherished Christmas traditions. My children grew up participating in concerts, dressing in Victorian period dress, and now my grandchildren are continuing to build their own lasting memories by taking part in this event. I have a plaque on the wall of my home that states “Memories Are Made in Bellefonte.” It’s these memories that have kept me focused on what is good for the event and the community as a whole. I wanted to create an event that everyone from every economic background could enjoy, an event for all those who visit to have a grand time as they build memories during their stay in beautiful “Victorian Bellefonte”. As I assumed this responsibility I wanted to keep the event festivities in the downtown area or close proximity so that once our visitors reach the downtown area they could easily walk or ride to every venue and not worry about where to park or if they would have enough time to enjoy all that was offered. I want all who visit to spend time in our fine shops, restaurants, stay in our beautiful B&B’s, visit the Bellefonte Art Museum, the Historical Library, and soak up the history and architecture while enjoying the event. I would hope that this Special Guide will help you take advantage of all the venues and activities the event has to offer. Each year we have tried to add 4

something new to keep the event fresh. This year I would like to welcome our newest venue “Festival of Trees” in partnership with the Centre County United Way serving 37 of our county agencies. Make sure you take the time to catch the special FREE “Festival of Trees” shuttle at the High School or on the Diamond in front of the Courthouse to visit this winter wonderland of trees at the Central PA Institute of Science and Technology. My greatest joy throughout my experience for four years has been working with the best group of individuals that I have ever worked with on any project. The members of the Bellefonte Victorian Committee are hardworking, tireless, and selfless individuals who care about the community as much if not more than I do. I have also found joy as I have worked and felt the support from businesses, professionals, individuals, shop keepers, restaurateurs, and community organizations who have not only worked in a cooperative effort but have aided the event financially. This community as a whole has helped to make this event what it has become this year and every year. I would also like to thank our umbrella organization, Historic Bellefonte, Inc., the Bellefonte Borough, and the Bellefonte School District for their support before, during, and after the event. What a joy it is to live in a community so diverse that we can all work together for the common good. Last but not least I could not have done any of this without my husband, my children, and my grandchildren, without

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their support I would not have been Christmas Celebration, but that you able to experience the joy of creating an will want to visit beautiful “Victorian event that will bring lasting memories Bellefonte” for years to come no matter for years to come to all those who what the season to build your own visit “Victorian Bellefonte” at the lasting “Memories That Are Made holiday season. in Bellefonte” It is my hope, whether a local resident or an out of Happy Christmas and town visitor, that you all will God Bless Everyone! feel welcomed, enjoy the event, have a grand time, Sally Houser, and a wonderful holiday Bellefonte Victorian season. I would also hope Christmas Event Chair that you will not only want to come back year after year to enjoy the Bellefonte Victorian

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Bellefonte Victorian Christmas An Enticing Schedule of Events From Thursday evening, December 6 through Sunday evening, December 9, Bellefonte recreates the essence Christmases past – an old-fashioned family celebration as it was more than a century ago. From horsedrawn carriage rides to roaming carolers, parlor games to creative crafts, puppet shows to Victorian teas, this gala weekend will hark you back to gentler times – when neighbors were friends, gifts were homemade, and all seemed right with the world.

Thursday, December 6

4–9 p.m. – United Way’s Festival of Trees, CPI, Harrison Road 7 p.m. – A Gaslight Gala & Scrooge’s Wedding Ball, American Philatelic Society, reservations required, 355-2917

Friday, December 7

4–9 p.m. – United Way’s Festival of Trees, CPI, Harrison Road 5–8 p.m. – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Brockerhoff building 6:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies & performances, Bellefonte elementary school auditorium, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets

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8:30–11:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas Children’s Party, Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street 9 a.m.–9 p.m. – United Way’s Festival of Trees, CPI, Harrison Road 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. – FREE Shuttle bus service and parking, Bellefonte middle and high schools’ parking lots to stops in front of courthouse and the Bellefonte Elementary School, Special FREE shuttle pickup at the High school parking lot and in front of courthouse to CPI and back for Festival of Trees 9 a.m.–5 p.m. – Arts & Crafts Show, Bellefonte YMCA on High Street, elementary school at N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets, and middle school 9 a.m.–4 p.m. – Better Book & Craft Sale, Centre County Library, 200 N. Allegheny 9 a.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. 6

Linn streets 10 a.m.–4 p.m. – Museum tours, hot cider, concerts, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny Street 10 a.m. – Ancient Echoes concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 10 a.m.–5 p.m. – Girl Scout open house display, in Carriage House behind Centre Co. Historical Museum, N. Allegheny Street 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – Model train display, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Brockerhoff building, on the diamond 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – December Artisan Gallery & Sale, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street 11 a.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets 11 a.m. – Centre Brass Quintet concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 11:45 a.m. – Santa arrives to Bellefonte High brass band, Santa House, the diamond Noon–4 p.m. – Santa House open on the diamond Noon – St. John Evangelist Folk Choir concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 1 p.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets 1 p.m. – Victorian High Tea, Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn Street 1 p.m. – Allegria Ensemble concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 1 p.m. – A Child’s Victorian Tea, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street 2–7 p.m. – Bellefonte Women’s Club Home Tour, seven homes 2 p.m. – Historic Downtown Walking Tour, sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association, tour departs Centre County Courthouse – a guided walking tour of downtown, includes narrative of legends, styles, and history of design periods. Tours are

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Sunday, December 9

10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. – Shuttle bus service and parking, Bellefonte middle and high schools’ parking lots to stops at the courthouse and the Bellefonte Elementary School, Special FREE shuttle with pick up at the High School & in front of courthouse to CPI and back for Festival of Trees 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Brockerhoff building, the diamond 11 a.m.–4 p.m. – Arts & Crafts Show, Bellefonte YMCA on High Street, elementary school at N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets, and middle school 11 a.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets Noon–9 p.m. – United Way’s Festival of Trees, CPI, Harrison Road Noon–5 p.m. – December Artisan Gallery & Sale, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street Noon–5 p.m. – Model train display, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street

Noon–4 p.m. – Museum tours, hot cider, concerts, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny Street Noon–4 p.m. – Santa House open on the diamond 1 p.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets 2 p.m. – Historic Downtown Walking Tour, sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association, tour departs Centre County Courthouse – a guided walking tour of downtown, includes narrative of legends, styles, and history of design periods. Tours are rain, snow, or shine, so dress for the weather 2 p.m. – NVS Youth Flute Choir concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 2 p.m. – Victorian High Tea, Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn Street 2 p.m. – A Child’s Victorian Tea, Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street 3 p.m. – Phil Bressler, Andrea Noid Flute Duet concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street 3 p.m. – Puppet Meister performance, Bellefonte Elementary, N. Allegheny & W. Linn streets 7:30 p.m. – Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Community Choir Concert, Bellefonte High School theatre

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2012 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas A Heartfelt Holiday Hometown Celebration Some say, “tis not the season” until they experience Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. This gentle and merry weekend of oldfashioned holiday entertainment, shopping, and social events embodies what’s good and wholesome about this holiday of all holidays. The 31st Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, with “A Gaslight Gala” to kick off the weekend on Thursday, December 6. For opening ceremonies Friday, you are invited to gather at the Bellefonte Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. You’ll be greeted on the front steps by Mr. Dickens and the Bellefonte Community Band Enter the auditorium for and enjoy entertainment by the Nittany Knights, the Bellefonte Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Choir, Middle School Women’s Chorale, St. John’s Elementary School Choir, and some other special performances, including a preview performance of the Fezziwig’s Christmas Party! A Cookie and Hot Chocolate Reception provided by the Bellefonte Moose Lodge

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Kick off the weekend at Scrooge’s Wedding Ball. There will be live music and caroling and professional entertainment by Dickens & Company at The Wacky Wedding, including Victorian Social Dancing, the Bachelor Bash,

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The gourmet dinner is created by Hoag’s Catering, including buttered lettuce salad, walnut basil chicken, filet mignon in bordelaise, Idaho & sweet potatoes, vegetable du jour, rolls, petite desserts & punch. You may bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner. The public is welcomed; adults only please. • Thursday evening, December 7 at 7 p.m. • American Philatelic Society Building, 100 Match Factory Place • $75 per person; $550 full table of eight • Reservations & pre-payment required. Seating is limited. Call The Train Station, 814-355-2917. • Pick up tickets at the Train Station in Bellefonte or at the door. For cash, check, or credit card ticket sales, call Wendy Fultz at Cool Beans 814-355-1178. Pick up tickets at Bellefonte Train Station or at the door • Bring along your wallets & checkbooks to participate in a silent auction benefiting the Centre County United Way’s 37 agencies.

• Adults $25; students & children $10 • Reservations & pre-payment required. Seating is limited. • Reservations can be made by calling 814-355-2917 • Pick up tickets at the Train Station in Bellefonte or at the door. For cash, check, and credit card sales, call Wendy Fultz at Cool Beans 814-355-1178.

Family Dinner with Dickens & Company “A Fezziwig’s Christmas Party”

and beloved visitors, in various conversations and charitable works. Be sure to hail them and each other with a hearty “Good Day” and a heartfelt “Happy Christmas!” The Brian Belge Dickens Troupe is sponsored in part by the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County

Dickens & Company Strolling Characters, Singers, & Musicians

Mr. Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob & Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezzwigs are returning to Bellefonte, to name a few. Play along as they engage you, the good citizens of Bellefonte

Victorian High Tea – New Location

Enjoy a Victorian high tea at the lovely Reynolds Mansion, along with appearances by the Dicken’s characters and musicians. Victorian costumes are encouraged but not required. Purchase your tickets early, seating Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig request your presence is limited. at a dinner party featuring Mr. Charles • Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dickens and his Entertaining Characters. • Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. It is A Dickens of a Dinner Party with old- • The Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn Street time parlor games, merry skits & theatricals, live music and caroling, and the Yorkshire Yawning Contest. Victorian costumes are encouraged but not required. Family buffet dinner includes meatballs marinara, penne pasta in vodka sauce, fresh greens salad, Christmas cake, punch & iced tea. • Saturday evening, December 8 at 6 p.m. • American Philatelic Society Building, 100 Match Factory Place 10

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• $25 per person; youth $15 • For reservations, call Wendy Fultz @ Cool beans 814-355-1178 or Carol Walker @ Victorian Rose 814-355-4737

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Local Artist Museum Display & Sales Local artisans will be displaying and selling their works of art during the month of December. Please stop in and purchase something special for that someone that has everything and loves art – featuring entertainment by Mr. Dickens & Company all weekend. For more information call 814-355-4280 • Open Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Open Sunday, December 9 from noon to 5 p.m. • Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St. • Free admission

Arts & Craft Shows At Three Locations

Dozens of artists, artisans, and crafters will be displaying their wares for holiday gifting. A lovely place to buy handmade gifts, the Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show is presented in cooperation with: Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee. Be sure to stop by the Bellefonte Middle School, our newest arts & crafts location, before or after taking the free shuttle downtown. Food concessions are be available at all three venues • Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Sunday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 25+ vendors at Bellefonte YMCA on High Street • 20+ vendors at the Bellefonte Elementary School on the corner of Allegheny and Linn Streets • And 30+ new vendors at the Bellefonte Middle School on School Street.

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lots. Shuttle pick up and drop off will be at See the winners and all the creative entries the Middle School and High School parking in this annual contest. Categories include lots, in front of the Courthouse on Allegheny adults, teens, children, and senior citizens. Street, and at the corner of N. Allegheny Street and Linn Street across from the Elementary School. Enjoy a tour and view beautiful Victorian homes and architecture on your ride back to the Middle and High schools. The free shuttle for Festival of Trees at CPI on Harrison Road will be available at the High School and on the Diamond Saturday and Sunday at the same times as the downtown Prizes will be awarded and announced at shuttle. the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening. All • Saturday, December 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. entries will be exhibited until December 19. • Sunday, December 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 • December 8 through December 19 p.m. • Diamond Deli Windows, 103 N. Allegheny • Before or after taking the shuttle, be sure Street to visit the third Arts & Crafts venue with • Free 30 + new vendors at the Bellefonte Middle School Gymnasium FREE Shuttle Bus Service & Parking Parking is available at the Bellefonte Middle School and High School parking New This Year – Festival of Trees Bellefonte Victorian Christmas welcomes the United Way’s Festival of Trees as part of the event weekend. This community event will help usher in the holiday season by transforming CPI into a winter wonderland, with decorated trees, additional craft vendors, and entertainment. The event takes place over Thursday through Sunday in partnership with

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located on the site of the boyhood homestead of Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin. • Saturday, December 8 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Homes may be toured in any order: • Susan Nicholas Gephart, 351 East Bishop Street • Robert & Candace Dannaker, 203 East Howard Street photo by Amy Debach Confer • Dr. Kevin & Carol Burke, 299 West Linn Street (Enter at the end of W. Curtin the Victorian Christmas event. Proceeds will Street) help support 37 Centre County United Way • Kevin & Leeshaun Musick, 518 East Curtin Partner Agencies. Street • Thursday, December 6 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. • The Ellis Orvis House, 140 East Linn Street • Friday, December 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Marilyn Roossinck, 166 East Linn Street • Millie Regosta, 319 East Linn Street • Sunday, December 9 from noon to 4p.m. • Central PA Institute of Science Technology, • Adults $15; children under 12; $5 Harrison Road Trinity United Methodist Church • Adults $2; children $1 • A free shuttle for Festival of Trees being Concerts Come in out of the cold and enjoy as many held at CPI on Harrison Road will be free concerts as you like at Trinity United available at the Bellefonte High School and Methodist Church, both Saturday and Sunday. on the Diamond. (See schedule above)

Bellefonte Woman’s Club Homes Tour

Tour seven beautifully decorated homes at your own pace, in any order you choose. This popular event is presented in cooperation with the Bellefonte Women’s Club and the Homes Tour Committee. Pre-sale tickets & full brochures with full listing of homes on tour will be available at Plumbs Drug Store, Woodring’s Bellefonte and State College, and the Train Station in Bellefonte. Tickets will be • Saturday, December 8 available the day of the tour at the HBI booth • Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street and at each home on tour the day of the event. • 10 a.m. – Ancient Echoes • 11 a.m. – Centre Brass Quintet • Noon – St. John Evangelist Folk Choir • 1 p.m. – Allegria Ensemble • 2: p.m. – Callanish • 3 p.m. – Toot-In-Common • Sunday, December 9 • 2 p.m. – Nittany Valley Symphony Youth Flute Choir • 3 p.m. – Phil Bressler & Andrea Noid Flute Duo • Free Please stop by the “Victorian Rose” Gift Shop on N. Allegheny Street for a cookie reception provided by the Bellefonte Woman’s Club & the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee during the homes tour. The shop is

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Victorian Christmas for Kids Breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas Children’s Party

Children are invited for free crafts and activities, plus a visit with Santa. If desired, they can also have a full breakfast for a small fee. The breakfast and free activities are sponsored by the Bellefonte Kiwanis and SPE Federal Credit Union • Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. • Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street • Breakfast: $6 per adult; $3 per child. Seating is limited

• Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. • $10 per child

New This Year – Puppet Meister

Children of all ages will enjoy these puppet shows in the cozy comfort of the Bellefonte Elementary school. • Saturday every 2 hours: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • Sunday every 2 hours: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium, corner of N. Allegheny and W. Linn Streets. • One canned good or non-perishable per person to be donated to the Faith Centre Food Pantry

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Santa’s House

Be there as the Bellefonte High School Brass Band welcomes Santa at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. The Santa House is open: • Saturday, December 8 from noon to 4 p.m. • Sunday, December 9 from noon to 4 p.m. • Diamond in front of the Court House • Free

A Child’s Victorian Tea

In addition to the regularly schedule carriage rides offered Friday evening, we they will be available on request to provide unique and intimate rides, whether you would like a special tour of the town, a carriage ride to your dinner reservation, or to the Opening Ceremony at the Elementary School. For pricing and reservations contact Melissa at Melissa.hershey@gmail.com.

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photographer. Historic Building Placemats are also available, featuring photos by Cecil Houser II of the Gamble Mill, Café on the This is one of the musical highlights of Park, the Centre County Courthouse, and the Victorian Christmas, Hear sacred and secular Miles-Humes Home which now houses the favorite performed by Bellefonte’s own Centre County Historical Museum. Ornaments are available before event community band, Natalie Stanton, director. weekend at Victorian Rose, CO2, Bellefonte • Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. • Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium, Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce at the Train Station, and the information booth corner of Allegheny & Linn Streets provided by HBI at the YMCA event weekend • Free for $15 each. Placemats will available before event at the Train Station and at the HBI Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Booth at the YMCA on event weekend. Community Choir Concert The “Grand Finale” and most-awaited All events are subject to change Christmas concert of the season, the famous community choir concert never ceases to For more information go to www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com

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amaze, entertain, and inspire. Get there early for a good seat. Miriam Locklin, director, has a fine repertoire planned, including guest musicians and singers that include the Heritage Singers. It’s a fitting finale to the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas weekend. • Sunday evening, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. • Bellefonte High School Theatre, East Bishop Street • Free – Donations accepted at the door • Cookie & Punch Reception provided by the Bellefonte Moose Lodge # 206

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Other Events Around Town Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Bellefonte’s downtown, rich in history and architecture. Tour includes narrative of legends, styles, and the history of design periods. Tours are given rain, snow, or shine, so dress for the weather. • Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. Bellefonte Victorian Christmas • Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m. Ornament & Historic Building • Tour departs from Centre County Placemats for 2012 Courthouse A limited-edition Christmas ornament featuring the “Bush House” is available for • Free sale this year featuring a photo by Mark Girl Scout Little House Open Houser. Each ornament is initialed by the House Come help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting through a mini- museum, vintage uniforms, and a display from each of the troops in the scouting region. • Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Located in the carriage house behind the

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Centre County Library and Museum • 200 N. Allegheny Street • Free

Museum Tours, Refreshments & Concerts:

Visit the Centre County Historical Museum for free museum tours and hot cider on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hear community pianists play the 1890 Steinway grand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. Opera singer Amanda Silliker will lead a children’s carol sing and magic lantern show at 2, 2:20, and 2:40 p.m. On Sunday, the piano concerts, free museum tours, and cider are from noon to 3 p.m., with an instrumental Christmas concert from 3 to 4 p.m. • Open Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Open Sunday, December 9, noon to 4 p.m. • Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 Allegheny Street • Free Admission

Book & Craft Sale – Children’s Activities

Historical Museum. Plus story times, snacks and a special take-home craft for the little ones. • Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Centre County Library, 200 Allegheny Street • Free admission

Model Train Display

Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street Free (Donations will be welcomed for the BHSR) • Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Sunday, December 9 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Victorian Holiday Celebration Continues The Santa Express Returns to Bellefonte

The Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Company (NBER) is donating locomotives, Come on in for the “Better Book� and Craft Sale at the library. Shop gently used hardcover fuel for locomotives, and train crew time In books in pristine condition – published in support of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad 2011 or 2012 – and perfect for gift giving! All Society train excursions. Tickets for Santa proceeds benefit the Centre County library & Express ($10 each) can be purchased at the

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Library & Museums Offer Activities Music, Sales, Exhibits & More The Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County is the site for a number of Victorian Christmas events this year. All through December, local artisans will be displaying and selling their works. Stop in for the

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permanent and seasonal exhibits and pick up something special for the art lover on your list. The Model Train Display is set up at the art museum this year. They are also hosting the Child’s Victorian Tea, which offers three opportunities for children to experience a real high tea – Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations for the tea are suggested: 814-366-9606. The Bellefonte Art Museum is at 133 N. Allegheny Street and is open special hours for Victorian Christmas - Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to view the art and train displays. The Child’s Victorian Tea is $10 per child. The Centre County Library in Bellefonte is a block farther from downtown, on the corner at 200 N. Allegheny Street. Come on in for the “Better Book” and Craft Sale at the library. Shop gently used hardcover books in pristine condition – published in 2011 or 2012 – and perfect for gift giving! All proceeds benefit the Centre County Library & Historical Museum.

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More Than 75 Artists & Crafters At Three Sites including Middle School This year’s Bellefonte Victorian Christmas offers a number of opportunities for you to purchase unique, creative, or handmade gifts. The Arts & Crafts Show is in three locations. The Bellefonte YMCA on High Street is hosting more than 25 artisans. The Bellefonte Elementary School at the corner of Allegheny and Linn streets will have more than 20 booths.

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Since the free shuttle and parking are at the Bellefonte High School and Middle School parking lots, be sure to stop in at the middle school before you take the shuttle downtown, or when you get back. There are food concessions at all three arts & crafts venues provided by the Girl’s Gymnastic Team at the YMCA, the Bellefonte Sunshine Rotary at the Bellefonte Elementary School, and the Centre Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Middle School. You may also purchase special gifts from artisans displaying at the United Way Festival of Trees, artists at the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County, books and crafts at the Centre County Library, and at all the wonderful retailers shops in the downtown Bellefonte.

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Months of Planning & Many Volunteers Behind the Scenes at Victorian Christmas The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee, headed by Sally Houser and made up of 14 Committee Chairmen, meets monthly each February through May, taking off June and July, and meets again in August right up to December’s event. The BVC committee takes the rest of December and January off and starts all over again in February for the next year’s event.

Downtown decorating takes place the Sunday before Thanksgiving with Decorating Committee Co-Chairs, Joe and Virginia Gassner, supervising the preparations, cutting of the live greens, and fluffing the bows the night before. Joe and Virginia start their decorating day about 4 a.m. by laying out all the greens and bows. Then they meet with all volunteers Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at the Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206 for breakfast provided by lodge members and volunteers. At 8 a.m., on the Diamond in front of the court house, volunteers and the BVC committee members get last-minute instructions and then team up to decorate 136 lampposts downtown and at Talleyand Park, decorate at the Train Station, and festoon three bridges with greens and bows. The Bellefonte Borough puts all the lights on the trees and adds a tree on the Diamond the week before decorating day. The tree is usually donated by a member of the community. 22

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Thanks to Our Sponsors, Donors & Volunteers The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their support and generous contributions. Historic Bellefonte, Inc. Bellefonte Borough and Borough Employees Bellefonte YMCA Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce American Philatelic Society Bellefonte Area School District, administration, school board, and staff Bellefonte Fire Department and Fire Police Undine and Logan Fire Stations Bellefonte School District fine arts, choirs, band, and drama students Centre County Commissioners Stott Publications Engle Publications For providing breakfast and housing for Dickens Troupe performers: The McCafferty House B&B The Barnard House B&B Reynold’s Mansion Kent & Mary Addis Pat House, Director of the BAMCC For providing meals for the Dickens Troupe performers: Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall Cool Beans Coffee & Tea Pizza Mia Café On The Park

Queen Sponsorship Level $1100–$5000 Bellefonte Historical & Cultural Association Bellefonte Women’s Club Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094 Garver Fund Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau Governor’s Sponsorship Level $500–$1000 American Philatelic Society Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206 Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County Coca Cola Refreshments First National Bank of Pennsylvania Fulton Bank The Gazette HealthSouth Kiwanis Club of Bellefonte Mt. Nittany Physicians Group Bellefonte Friends of Senator Jake Corman SPE Federal Credit Union The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration would not be possible without the coordination and physical support of a dedicated committee, volunteers, and the financial support of the Bellefonte community organizations, neighbors, friends, and businesses and professionals of Centre County.

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Santa, Puppets & Victorian Tea Children Love Victorian Christmas Families love Victorian Christmas. There is inspiring music, handmade gifts, beautifully decorated homes, carriage rides, and plenty of things for the kids to enjoy. The big favorites are Saturday – the Victorian Tea and Breakfast with Santa. Be sure to bring your favorite children to experience the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas.

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breakfasts at $3 for a child and $6 for an adult. Even if you don’t come for breakfast, the crafts, activities, and visits with Santa are free, thanks to sponsors Bellefonte Kiwanis and SPE Federal Credit Union.

Santa’s House

After the kids have breakfast with Santa, he’ll take his bright red “sleigh” to the diamond in the center of town, arriving at 11:45 a.m. The Bellefonte High School Brass Band will play as Santa arrives at Santa’s House, in front of the court house. The jolly old elf will be available to visit with children from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There’s no cost, but bring your camera for priceless pictures.

This is the earliest event scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lambert Hall on Blanchard Street. Bring the kids for two hours of gentle fun, including free crafts and activities, and a visit with Santa. If you’d like, you A Child’s Victorian Tea can have breakfast with Santa – with full This event has been such a big hit that

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the original tea scheduled on Saturdays in the past has grown to three sittings – at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The children’s tea is at Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny Street and the cost is just $10 per child. Adults should accompany the children and see the little darlings learn the fine art and etiquette of a formal tea. Call 814-355-9606 for reservations and information.

Puppet Meister

Here’s something new for the kids to enjoy! The Puppet Meister will present seven puppet shows Saturday and Sunday at the Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium, corner of N. Allegheny and W. Linn streets. Children of all ages will love these playful shows – Saturday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Cost is just one non-perishable food donation per person, to help stock the FaithCentre food pantry for the holidays.

Train Display

Come help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. The scouts have set up a mini “museum” showing vintage uniforms and a display from each of the troops in the region. They’ll be hosting this display Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the old carriage house behind the Centre County Library and Historical Museum.

Gingerbread House Contest

Come and see the amazing display of gingerbread houses at the Diamond Deli, 103 N. Allegheny Street. Maybe you’ll want to enter your own creation! Categories include adults, teens, children, and senior citizens. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the opening ceremonies Friday evening. All entries will be exhibited until December 19 in the deli windows.

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You’ll all love a horse-drawn carriage ride, the Dickens dinner theatre buffet Saturday evening, strolling Dickens characters and musicians, free holiday concerts, and the beautifully decorated streets of Bellefonte. Stop by the Centre County Library after Saturday’s Santa activities. They’ll have children’s activities and music for you all to enjoy. Look for food vendors at the arts and crafts locations, and choose from many great restaurants along the way – so you can spend the day!

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What would the holidays be without those wonderful model train displays! This year they’re at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny Street. This free exhibit is operating from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Donations for the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society are welcomed.

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Dickens Ball, Gala & Dinner Special Entertainment for All The Brian Belge Dickens Troupe returns, bringing the seasonal magic of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol to Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. This year, the Gaslight Gala Dinner includes Scrooge’s Wedding Ball! On Thursday, December 6, Charles Dickens hosts the gala and ball at the American Philatelic Society building on Match Factory Place. S a t u rd ay evening, December 8, the familyfriendly buffet and dinner theatre brings you more Dickens magic. And you’ll see the troupe’s strolling characters, carolers, and musicians on the streets of Bellefonte all weekend long, along with appearances at the

Victorian High Tea and the Bellefonte Art Museum. Special thanks to the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County for being a financial partner in helping to bring the Dickens players to town again this year.

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or $550 for a full table of eight. Seating is limited. Reservations and pre-payment are necessary. You may pay for tickets with cash or check, call or stop by the Train Station, 814-355-2917. For cash, check, or credit card ticket sales, call Wendy Fultz at Cool Beans 814-355-1178. You may pick up tickets at the Train Station, Cool Beans, in Bellefonte or at the door the evening of the event.

Dinner with Dickens & Company

Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig request your presence at a dinner party on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Philatelic Society – featuring Mr. Charles Dickens and his entertaining characters. This “Dickens of a Dinner Party” will be provide entertainment for everyone in the family, including old-time parlor games, merry skits & theatricals, live music and caroling, and the Yorkshire Yawning Contest. Victorian Costumes are encouraged but not required The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for students and children. The delicious buffet dinner is catered by Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall: meatballs marinara,

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will be strolling and entertaining on the streets of Bellefonte. Play along as they engage you, the good citizens of Bellefonte and beloved visitors, in various conversations and charitable works. Be sure to hail them and each other with a hearty “Good Day” and a heartfelt “Happy Christmas!” The Troupe will also be entertaining at the Victorian Christmas High Tea at the Reynold’s Mansion and at the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County. The Brian Belge Dickens Troupe is sponsored in part by the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County.

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A Fairyland of Decorated Trees at CPI Festival of Trees Joins Victorian Christmas

For the first time in its history, Festival the auditorium at CPI, was formerly held of Trees will partner with the annual at the Penn State Ag Arena. Bellefonte Victorian Christmas and will “We are looking forward to the change be included as a shuttle stop for visitors in venue primarily because it allows us to the event. The to partner with auditorium at CPI the Bellefonte will be turned V i c t o r i a n into a Winter Christmas. It Wonderland for will be a special the community weekend for and visitors  to everyone to enjoy,” enjoy during a stated Tammy weekend-long Gentzel, Centre celebration of the County United holiday season. Way executive The 18th A bird’s-eye view of the 2011 Festival of Trees which was director. annual Festival of held at the Ag Arena. This year, the festival becomes part L o c a l of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas and takes place at CPI in Trees is December nearby Pleasant Gap. photos by Amy Debach Confer businesses and 6 to 9 at the Central organizations PA Institute of Science & Technology. purchase and decorate lives trees, which This is the second year the event will be are then displayed during the event. managed by the Centre County United Visitors pay a small fee ($2 for adults, Way with all proceeds benefiting the 37 $1 for kids) to walk through the venue United Way Partner Agencies. These and admire the different way each tree is a g e n c i e s decorated. Live entertainment for all ages provide health and craft vendors will be on hand to add and human to the holiday mood. services to Some of the trees are donated to local our neighbors families and schools to enjoy throughout across the the holiday season at the conclusion of county. the four-day event. Scheduling Tree Expo & Craft Vendors schedule is: Festival of Trees • December 6 and 7: 4 – 9 p.m. to coincide with • December 8: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. the Victorian • December 9: Noon – 4 p.m. Christmas will The Victorian Christmas free shuttle offer visitors a service will take visitors to CPI for the wider variety Festival of Trees on Saturday and Sunday, of activities leaving from the Bellefonte middle and to enjoy. It high school parking lots and from the is a perfect Brockerhoff on the diamond. Shuttle partnership! hours are Saturday, December 8 from The State College Borough had The Festival 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December a blue-and-white themed tree of Trees, now at 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 2011.

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Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Ornament Historic Building Placemats for 2012 A limited edition Christmas ornament weekend. Placemats will be available at featuring the “Bush House” photo by the Train Station and at the HBI Booth at Mark Houser is available the YMCA event weekend. for $15.00 each. Each ornament is initialed by the photographer. Limited edition Historic B u i l d i n g Placemats featuring the Gamble Mill, Café on the Park, the Centre County Courthouse, and the Miles-Humes Home which now houses the Centre County Historical Museum photos by Cecil Houser II are also available for $6.00 each or pack of 4 for $20.00. Ornaments will be available at Victorian Rose, CO2, Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce at the Train Station, and the information booth provided by HBI at the YMCA event

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elcome to the Bellefonte Intervalley Area. We hope you enjoy all our area has to offer and invite you to drop by our visitor’s center in the historic Bellefonte Train Station for a copy of our historic walking tour and the latest information on what to do and see. Winter is a great time to visit Bellefonte. Take part in our signature special event, Victorian Christmas, and perhaps you will meet the Ghost of Christmas Past in person. The days may be shorter but there is still plenty of time for all manner of outdoor adventures. Take a ride on the Santa Express train excursion, for example, or simply a crisp and invigorating walk through our Victorian Streets, where you can hear the courthouse clock chime. When it is time to come in from the cold you can warm up with hot coffee, tea, soup or a hearty meal at one of our great local restaurants. There is also lot’s to do inside. Visit the Pure Imagination Toy Store (Christmas is just around the corner, you know) stop by the American Philatelic Society Museum or the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County. Try your hand at genealogical research at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum. You can prowl for antiques or for that special gift at our local shops. Or just relax, curl up, and get away from it all at one of our historic bed & breakfasts. No matter what you like to do, it is waiting for you close by. The Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1938 and has been a major partner in the development of our community and in service to our neighbors and visitors from around the world ever since. Please be sure to visit us in the Bellefonte Train Station if we can help you with the very latest information on our community or can, in any way, assist you. Our visitor’s Center is open seven days a week for you to stop in or you can call us at 814-355-2917, e-mail us at bellefontecoc@ aol.com or visit our web site at bellefontechamber.org. Bellefonte is always ready to welcome you—and to welcome you back!

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“Celebrating A Timeless Heritage” Serving as the Umbrella Organization for the Following Special Events: • Parade & Easter Egg Easter Hunt – April • Big Spring Festival – May • Children’s Fair – June

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There’s Music In the Air Free Concerts All Weekend Music is one of the joys of the holidays. Carolers and choirs, bands and soloists, pianists and quartets – Bellefonte will ring out with music from the first note of the Opening Ceremony through the stirring finale of the Victorian Christmas Community Choir Concert Sunday evening. All of these musical presentations are free – and promise to raise the spirit of Christmas in every heart. As you reach the Opening Ceremony at the Bellefonte Elementary School, Mr. Dickens and the Bellefonte Community Band greet you on the front steps. In addition to special remarks, the ceremony features music by, the Nittany Knights, the Bellefonte Elementary School Fourth- and Fifth-grade Choir, Middle School Women’s Chorale, St. John’s Elementary School Choir, and other special performances, including a preview performance of Dickens Holiday Show. Saturday and Sunday offer many

opportunities to celebrate the holiday with music, from hymns and sacred music, to holiday folk, pop, and whimsical tunes. Trinity United Methodist Church located at 128 West Howard Street is the site for many of these free concerts:

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Sunday, December 9 2 p.m. – Nittany Valley Symphony Youth Flute Choir 3 p.m. – The Phil Bressler, Andrea Noid Flute Duet Director Natalie Stanton has a wonderful lineup of holiday favorites planned at the popular Bellefonte Community Band Christmas Concert, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It’s at a new location this year, Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium at the corner of Allegheny and Linn streets. Ms. Stanton says the volunteer band, of around 50 players, will present Manheim Steamroller’s arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy, Irving Berlin’s arrangement of traditional Christmas songs, Elvis’s Blue Christmas, and Fantasia on a 13th Century Carol, with the March of the Three Kings theme. She always adds a few songs “just for fun.” This year you’ll hear Secret Agent Santa and the Christmas CanCan, Offenbach’s Can-Can with a surprising Christmas song medley woven in. “We have players from high-schoolers to 80 years old, a wide range of abilities, talent, and personalities. Our Jazz Band will also play a few numbers Saturday night, and you’ll hear our Brass Band at the Opening Ceremony,” she said. You’ll hear inspirational music on Saturday and Sunday at the Centre County

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Library Historical Museum, too. In addition to the hot cider and free museum tours, stop in for these performances: Saturday, December 8 10 a.m.–2 p.m. – Community Piano Concerts on the 1890 Steinway Grand Piano 2–3 p.m. – Opera Singer Amanda Silliker leads children’s carol-singing and magic lantern shows (15-minute programs at 2, 2:20 and 2:40 p.m.) 3–4 p.m. – Additional Community Piano Concerts Sunday, December 9 Noon–3 p.m. – Community Piano Concerts on 1890 Steinway Grand Piano 3–4 p.m. – Instrumental Christmas music concert A fitting Grand Finale to this wonderful weekend, the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Community Choir Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at the Bellefonte High School Auditorian, with Miriam Locklin directing this remarkable choir of local community singers. “Our program this year includes music of traditional carols and spirituals, along with a number of arrangements of the lighter ‘popular’ songs, said Miriam. “We are pleased to include Centre Heritage Singers who will please the audience with humor and classical styles. We will welcome back to the podium, Barbara Paden, the previous director of the Victorian Christmas choir, who will direct two selections. Our accompanist this year is Jamie Towers.” The concert is always a big favorite, with guests arriving long before the event to get a great seat and visit with neighbors during a punch and cookie reception before and after the performance.

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Seven Scintillating Homes on Display

Get Your Special Guide & Map With Your Tickets Today! The Bellefonte Women’s Club and the Homes Tour Committee are proud to bring you the ever-popular Victorian Christmas Homes Tour. There are seven beautiful homes on the 2012 tour, plus a cookie reception. The tour is Saturday, December 8 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. You can plan your own tour – at any time, in any order. Tickets and home listings are available in advance at Plumbs Drug Store, CO2, Woodrings in Bellefonte and State College, and the Bellefonte Train Station. Tickets are also available the day of the tour at the HBI booth and at each home on the tour. Here are the good citizens of Bellefonte who are opening their decorated homes for you to enjoy: 1. Susan Nicholas Gephart, 351 East Bishop Street 2. Robert & Candace Dannaker, 203 East Howard Street 3. Dr. Kevin & Carol Burke, 299 West Linn Street (Enter From W. Curtin Street) 4. Kevin & Leeshaun Musick, 518 East Curtin Street 5. The Ellis Orvis House, 140 East Linn Street 6. Marilyn Roossinck, 166 East Linn Street 7. Millie Regosta, 319 East Linn Street Please stop by the “Victorian Rose” Gift Shop on N. Allegheny Street for a cookie reception provided by the Bellefonte Woman’s Club & the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee during the Homes Tour on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. The shop is located on the site of the boyhood homestead of Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin.

Artist Susan Nicholas Gephart’s Home & Studio 351 East Bishop Street

You’ll experience a visual delight in the 1902 home and studio of artist Susan Nicholas Gephart. Built by a school teacher and located directly across from the first Bellefonte High School, it was the perfect place to raise her three children over the last 25 years. Now, the walls are adorned with beautifully framed art throughout all three floors. The entry features rich woodwork and French doors opening into the first gallery. The living room displays antiques from the H.G. Wells side of her family¸ along with colorful Impressionistic landscape paintings in all sizes and mediums. Seeing the first floor could fill your love of art with prolific artist’s work, but you will want to climb the lovely oak steps and discover the paintings above. The third floor attic pastel studio has a spectacular view looking through a huge pecan tree. Beyond the mountains, and below, the double-lot terraced summer gardens sleep. Within this space you will discover the markings of art made from pure colors of

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of the Petrikin family, one of the founding families of Bellefonte. Currently, Robert and Candace Dannaker serve as stewards of this historic home. The Dannakers purchased the home in 1987 form Mike and Sandy Krehel. The initial portion of the house was constructed in 1830; the stone was mined from a quarry on Jacksonville Road. The architectural style is l house construction, with Georgian details. A bag wing addition was completed circa 1840. The home was given new windows, new first floor oak narrow strip flooring and roof cornices in 1865 following the death of Samuel Harris and became a rental home for several years. Many original elements remain intact throughout home. Plumbing was installed in the home in 1939 and many local people remember living in a portion of the house that had been converted to an apartment during WWII. Stories have been told of a tailor who operated out of the dining room and candy was sold through a window, now removed, in the parlor. Today it is non-commercial singlefamily residence. Samuel Harris House It has been listed as a station on the Home of Robert & Candace Underground Railroad with a hidden room Dannaker on the third floor and a connection to another 203 East Howard Street station master in Centre County, B. Rush The original owners were Samuel Harris, Petrikin of Halfmoon. It also has been home Quaker, cabinet maker, and undertaker and to two former mayors of Bellefonte, Harman Nancy Petrikin Harris, who was the daughter Harris, grandson of original owners Samuel and Nancy Petrikin Harris, and Candace Dannaker, first elected female mayor of Bellefonte and Centre County. OPEN The home is listed as a contributing YEAR building on the Bellefonte’s Historical ROUND District. The furnishings are mixed Period pieces and collections of items during the Seven Mountains Campground Dannakers’ travels while Robert was serving 101 Seven Mountains Campground Road in the United States Navy. Spring Mills, PA 16875 (814)364-1910 Many homes in Bellefonte have been www.sevenmountainscampground.com reported as haunted and Samuel Harris house info@sevenmountainscampground.com S759702

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is no exception. It has been quiet for many The Burkes who have, who have graciously years, so it is believed that the ghosts became welcomed visitors to their house each bored and moved on! Christmas, have carefully and lovingly filled each of the 16-room mansion with appropriate antique furnishings, oriental rugs, books, portraits, genre and Hudson River Valley paintings. Other features include Victorian gowns, marble sanctuary, militaria, religious items, and various other objects d’ art. Traditionally several of the six fireplaces are in use during the tour. All three floors, caretaker’s cottage, and grounds are open for public viewing.

Home of Dr. Kevin & Carol Burke 299 W. Linn Street (please enter via Curtin Street)

A perennial favorite is the impressive redbrick Burnside/McCoy house built for Judge Thomas Burnside in 1869. Named Pisgah, a reference to the mountain from which Moses was allow to view the promise land, the house sits on a rise overlooking Spring Creek. A summer kitchen and servants’ quarters¸ now converted to a caretaker’s cottage, share Home of Kevin & Leeshaun Musick the enormous landscaped lot that fills the 518 East Curtin Street Your senses are sure to be enchanted upon entire block between West Linn and West Curtin streets. The property is most easily entering this elegant residence belonging to Kevin and Leeshaun Musick, built in 1942, by approached from West Curtin Street.

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The Ellis Orvis Home 140 E. Linn Street

Ellis Orvis bought three lots on E. Linn Street in 1887 and built a family home on the center lot in 1892. The home has been little altered to this day, although for a time it was divided into three apartments. The current owners bought it at auction in 2007 and began its restoration to the stately one-family home in April 2008, completing much of it by 2009. Highlights include a variety of notable wooden parquet floors, a Shunk’s kitchen especially designed to complement the period and style of the house, pocket doors, and lovely brown-toned tile floors, each with a flower motif, surrounding the living room fireplace. There are many family heirlooms inside,

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out in Bellefonte’s 1911 High School. Fortunately everyone got out unharmed but the three-story building was irreparably damaged. The town commissioned a salvager, Edie Kofman, to demolish the ruins and clear the lot of debris. Mr. Kofman, a true man ahead of his time, saved thousands of long, narrow orange and brown-toned, slightly chipped bricks, hundreds of feet of 3x10 framing lumber, and steel I-beams capable of supporting the Courthouse. Instead of selling what he could and dumping the rest in a landfill, he purchased a 50x250 foot portion of the 150x250 foot lot at 313 East Linn Street upon which a Victorian lumber dealer, John Ardell had, in 1883, built a magnificent mansion. Mr. Kofman hauled all his salvage material to the site, now 319 East Linn Street upon which he built his family a spacious dwelling. Millie Baker Ragosta and her late husband, Vince, bought the house in 1983 and began renovations that required immediate attention. After Vince’s Death in 1990, Millie continued the restoration, including electrical and plumbing work, refinishing the oak floors, and installing nearly invisible storm windows. Millie hired skilled carpenters from Allensville Planing Mill to build Maple Shakerstyle cupboards of her own design. Home of Millie Ragosta The living room ceiling is spanned by five 319 E. Linn Street enormous beams which Mr. Kofman found in a On a cold February day in 1939, a fire broke Pennsylvania barn and adzed by hand. The front steps and the massive fireplace in the living room were all constructed from the red limestone bricks from the school’s ruins. The entire seven-room home is furnished with antiques, reproductions, Karastan Oriental rugs, and window treatments designed by her daughter Margaret Wolfe. Millie continued the restoration and )-&*". $.!'&+--%.. renovation which includes a roughly terraced --'&,+ )- )# yard that is nearly perpendicular and referred to ###$"'&+--()#$"' as “Millie’s Matterhorn.� She has systematically $  $ removed sections and replaced them with )-$"'&+--"'&+--()#$"' flowering bulbs and vining plants so that no one .'-.((+ +,.-$ will ever have to mow. +((+',-+%. “Vince used to say I wouldn’t be happy until there wasn’t one blade of grass on the place,� !**(.*-* )-*',%.)*(.)#% Millie remarked, “and I would answer, ‘you are !&**,)(.)#%. absolutely right.’�

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