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As the Event Co-Chairs for the 2017 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas (BVC) on behalf of Historic Bellefonte, Inc. and the BVC Committee we would like to welcome you to the 36th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration. This holiday event has been one of our community’s most cherished Christmas traditions. Generations of local adults and children have grown up participating in concerts, dressing in Victorian period dress, and creating lasting memories by taking part in this annual event year after year. It’s these lasting memories that have kept alive this annual event for 35 years. As we assumed this responsibility we wanted each visitor to enjoy the festivities in the downtown area or close proximity so that once they arrived they could easily walk or ride the Free Shuttle to every venue and not worry about where to park or if they would have enough time to enjoy all that is offered. Back again by Popular Demand for this year’s annual event, the Brian Belge Production Dickens and Company. Enjoy the merriment, music, laughter, and pure fun with the strolling characters while they entertain you at the different venues throughout the event weekend and at Dinner with Dickens at the Gala Dinner at the Match Factory Saturday evening. We 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 Centre County Library & Historical Museum and soak up the history and architecture while enjoying the event. We would hope that this Special Guide will help you take advantage of all the venues and activities throughout the event weekend. Our greatest joy throughout our experience for this year has been working with the best group

of individuals that we have ever worked with on any project. The members of the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee are hardworking, tireless, and selfless individuals who care about the community as much if not more than we do. We have found great joy as we 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 after year. We would 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. And last but not least we could not have done any of this without the support of our spouses and families and all those who visit “Victorian Bellefonte” at the holiday season. It is our hope, whether a local resident or an out of town quest, that you will feel welcomed, enjoy the event, have a grand time, and a wonderful holiday season. That you will want to come back year after year to enjoy the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Celebration, and visit beautiful “Victorian Bellefonte” for years to come no matter the season to build your own lasting “Memories That Are Made in Bellefonte!” Happy Christmas and God Bless Everyone! Randi Neshteruk, Renee Brown Romayne Naylor, Sally Houser

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The 2017 Limited Edition

Featuring a photo of the small mill store located at 325 West High Street - Photo by Cecil Houser II This historic building once housed Jabco’s Mill Race & Boscaino’s Variety Stores and Café on the Park Now houses Wine & Café on the Park Ornament Available for sale at the following locations: CO2, Plumb’s Gifts & Drugs Store and the Train Station. Also available at the HBI Information booth at the 2017 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas event.

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Events at a Glance

Here are all the events in chronological order so you don’t miss a thing! It’s a great way to plan your visit to Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Also remember that all venues are subject to change

Friday, December 8th

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Used book sale, plus CDs and DVDs, Centre County Library, 200 Allegheny St.

4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Festival of Trees, CPI 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny St. 6:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies & entertainment – Bellefonte Elementary School

Saturday, December 9th

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Picker & Papa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny St. 11 a.m. - PSU Graduate Brass Quintett, Trinity UMC 11:30 a.m. - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour Noon - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas Children’s Party Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street

Noon-4 p.m. - Santa’s House open on the Diamond

9 a.m.-8 p.m. - Festival of Trees, CPI

1 p.m. - Children’s Tea at the Little House on W. Howard Street behind the Centre County Historical Museum

9a.m.-4 p.m. - Kids Find the Elf on the Shelf, Hooks & Needle Club craft sale, and book sale at the Centre County Library, Scarves n’ More Duo, LuLaRoe, and Holiday bake 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Arts & Crafts show and sale, YMCA downtown, Bellefonte Elementary School Cafeteria, and Mattress World Building located at 135 S. Spring St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Bellefonte Art Museum display and sales, 133 N. Allegheny St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Free shuttle bus between Bellefonte Middle School and High School parking lots, on the diamond downtown, corner of Allegheny and Linn, and CPI Festival of Trees 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Centre County Library Historical Museum tours and concerts, 203 Allegheny St.

Noon - Callinish, Trinity UMC

1 p.m. - Da Capo, Trinity UMC 1 p.m. - Holiday Singalong and Christmas piano music with Judy & Frank Shue, Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St. 1 p.m. - Victorian High Tea with entertainment – Reynold’s Mansion, 101 W. Linn St 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Dan & Galla Christmas Show – Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium 1:30 p.m. - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour 2 p.m. - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour 2 p.m. - The Curtin Family Ensemble, Trinity UMC

10 a.m. - Toot-In- Common concert, Trinity UMC

3 p.m. - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour

10a.m. – p.m. - Historic Museum Tours, 203 N. Allegheny St.

3 p.m. - Children’s Tea at the Little House on E. Howard behind the Centre County Historical Museum

11a.m. - Holiday story times with Mrs. Claus in Children’s Garden, behind the Centre County Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St.

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3 p.m. - Tir Na Nog Irish dance performance, Trinity UMC

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3 p.m. - Victorian High Tea with entertainment – Reynold’s Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. 3:30 p.m. - Bellefonte Woman’s History On Wheels Guided Tour 6 p.m. - Gaslight Gala – Match Factory, 100 Match Factory Place 7:30 p.m. - Bellefonte Community Band Concert, Bellefonte High School Theatre, 830 E. Bishop St. Watch for our Very Own Picker & Papa as they stroll, strum, & sing throughout the venues! Saturday, December 9 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Free Shuttle Bus Service & Parking Free Parking is available at the Bellefonte High School and limited parking is available downtown due to the BWC Guided Bus Tour and at the Bellefonte Middle School. From the High School parking lot the buses will take you to the Bellefonte Middle School then onto the diamond in front of the courthouse. Saturday only, there will also be a specially marked bus at the high school parking lot and on the diamond that will travel to the Festival of Trees at CPI on Harrison Road.

Shuttle Schedule Saturday, December 9 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*

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Sunday Events at a Glance

Here are all the events in chronological order so you don’t miss a thing!

Sunday, December 10th

2 p.m. - Centre Heritage Singers, Trinity UMC

8:30 a.m. - Bellefonte Knights of Columbus is hosting an “All You Can Eat Breakfast”, 315 Stony Batter

2 p.m.-5 p.m. - St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Bishop St. will host an Open House

11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny St.

3 p.m. - Nittany Valley Youth Flute Choir, Trinity UMC

Noon-5 p.m. - Bellefonte Art Museum displays and sales, 133 N. Allegheny St. Noon-4 p.m. - Santa’s House open on the Diamond Noon-4 p.m. - Festival of Trees, CPI 1 p.m. - Victorian High Tea with entertainment – Reynold’s Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. 2 p.m. - Children’s Teas at the Little House, on W. Howard Street behind the Centre County Library Historic Museum

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Scott’s Roasters and Miller’s Carmel Popcorn outside by the Bellefonte YMCA

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2017 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas

A Heartfelt Holiday Hometown Celebration Some say that “tis not the season” until they experience Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. This merry weekend of old-fashioned holiday entertainment, shopping, and social events embodies what is good and wholesome about this holiday of all holidays. The 36th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is Friday, December 8th through Sunday, December 10th 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 Dickens & Company and the Bellefonte Community Band. Enter the auditorium and enjoy entertainment by the Bellefonte Community Choir, the Elementary Grade School Choirs, St. John’s Elementary School Choir, and some other special performances. Enjoy Cookie reception provided by the Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206 in the foyer outside the auditorium immediately following Opening Ceremony. “A Gaslight Gala” Dinner with Mr. Dickens & Company Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig Request Your Presence at a Posh Dinner Party with Guest of Honor, Mr. Charles Dickens, Theatrical Producer Brian Belge presents Charles Dickens and Co, a specially assembled troupe of professional performers who portray Charles and his characters for an evening old Old-time Parlor Games, Hilarious Skits, a, heart-warming rendition of Mr., Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Merry Music and Caroling, the Yorkshire Yawning Contest and of course, the traditional Yule Log Ceremony! Saturday, December 9th - 6:00pm The cost is $75 per person, $125.00 per couple or a table of 8 - $500.00. Adults Only please! Dinner includes Hors d’oeuvres & a delicious buffet catered by Hoag’s Catering. Reservations & Pre-payment Required. Get your tickets early, Seating is limited Reservations may be made by visiting Helen Fox & Co. 122 S. Allegheny Street For Cash, Check, & Credit Card Reservations call 814-548-7847 Your tickets will be available at your table the evening of the event. The sponsor of the 2017 Dickens Troupe is North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad Dickens Strolling Characters, Singers, & Musicians Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob & Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezzwigs to name a few. 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!” Sponsored by North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad.

Arts & Craft Shows At Three Locations – New Dozens of artists, artisans, and crafters will be displaying their wares for holiday gifting. A lovely place to buy last minute handmade gifts. The Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show is presented in cooperation with Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee. New This Year All Venues Are Located Downtown. The Arts & Crafts Venues locations are at the YMCA on W. High St., Bellefonte Elementary School on the Corner of Allegheny, in the Gymnasium at the rear of the School, and E. Linn Streets and the Mattress Warehouse building on S. Spring St. Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday ONLY! Dan & Galla Coming to Victorian Christmas With Dan & Galla, each show is fresh and unique, with “feel-good” music and they are bringing their Christmas show to the Victorian Christmas Arts & Craft show venue. Dan & Galla’s spirited entertainment captures the sense of wonder and joy of the holidays, from ‘Merry Olde England’, to the classic carols of the season with a few novelty tunes thrown in for good measure. This light-hearted show is fun for all ages. Make sure you save time in your schedule for their show. Free - Saturday, December 9th, Bellefonte Elementary School Auditorium 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Victorian High Tea Enjoy a Victorian high tea at the lovely Reynolds Mansion, along with appearances by the Dicken’s Walk-A-Bout characters, musicians, and a chamber ensemble.. Victorian Costumes are encouraged but not required. Saturday, December 9th at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10h at 1 p.m. The Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. $25 per person; youth $15 Get your tickets early, seating is limited For reservations & ticket sales, contact Tricia or Mike at the Reynolds Mansion at 814-353-8407 or on the Reynolds Manson website at www.reynoldsmansion.com New - Bellefonte Woman’s Club History On Wheels Guided Bus & Homes Tour Travel back in time on a History on a History on Wheel & Homes Tour. Meet some historic community members of the past as they board the bus to share their unique contribution to Bellefonte.

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Complete the tour with a visit to two historic homes. This new event is presented in cooperation with the Bellefonte Woman’s Club, Tour Committee, and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee. Advance Ticket Sales Only $20.00 per person - Includes Bus Tour and Tour of 2 Homes. Tours begin at the Train Station – 320 West High Street Two Buses will be available at these times: 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets & full brochures available at Plumbs Drug Store, Woodring’s in Bellefonte and the Train Station. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the Train Station in Bellefonte only! Trinity United Methodist Church Concerts Come in out of the cold and enjoy as many free concerts as you like at Trinity United Methodist Church, both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, December 9th 10:00 a.m. Toot-in-Common 11:00 a.m. Penn State Graduate Brass Quintet 12:00 p.m. Callinish 1:00 p.m. Da Capo 2:00 p.m. Curtin Family Ensemble 3:00 p.m. Tir Na Nog (Irish Dance) (held in Trinity Education Building) Sunday, December 10, 2017: 2:00 p.m. Centre Heritage Singers 3:00 p.m. Nittany Valley Symphony Youth Flute Choir FREE Shuttle Bus Service & Parking Parking is available at the Bellefonte Middle School and High School parking lots. Shuttle pick up and drop off will be at the High School and in front of the Courthouse on Allegheny St., and at the corner of N. Allegheny St. and Linn St. across from the Elementary School. The free shuttle for downtown and Festival of Trees at CPI on Harrison Road will be available at the High School and on the Diamond Saturday **Due to the Bellefonte Woman’s Club Guided Bus Tour Parking downtown is very limited and at the Middle School, please park at the High School and take the shuttle downtown. Saturday, December 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. Chip Mock Caricatures and Adam Schwartz Puppet Show. The breakfast is sponsored by the Bellefonte Kiwanis and Pizza Mia.

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All children’s activities are sponsored by Historic Bellefonte, Inc. Saturday, December 9th from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street Breakfast: $6 per adult; $3 per child. Seating is limited Victorian Teas for Children Children's Teas at the Little House, 115 W Howard St. behind the Centre County Historical Museum. Parents must accompany children to the Little House. Children ages 5-10 years are welcome to join us for tea and cookies. Advance reservations are $10.00 per child and $12.00 at the door. Saturday, December 9th. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sunday December 10th, 2 p.m. For reservations contact Francy Shreve 814-353-8560 Santa’s House Be there as Santa arrives at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Santa House is open: Saturday, December 9th, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, from noon to 4 p.m. Diamond in front of the Court House Free Gingerbread House Contest See the winners and all the creative entries in this annual contest. Categories include adults, teens, children, and senior citizens. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening. Entry forms may be picked up at the Diamond Deli, Centre County Library and the Train Station. All entries will be exhibited from December 20th through December 31st Diamond Deli Windows, 103 N. Allegheny Street Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides In addition to the regularly schedule carriage rides offered Friday evening, 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. Friday evening, December 8th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, Carriage Rides depart from the Brockerhoff on Allegheny St. Tickets may be purchased in the Brockerhoff foyer or in advance from Melissa.hershey@gmail.com Adults $10.00 per person Children 2 & under FREE

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The Victorian Holiday Celebration Continues Around Town

Bellefonte Knights of Columbus The Bellefonte Knights of Columbus is hosting an “All You Can Eat Breakfast” to benefit Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 10. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 until noon at the Bellefonte Knights of Columbus Hall; 315 Stony Batter. Anyone bringing in a new unwrapped toy will be admitted FREE. For those who wish to pay for their meal (all proceeds will be donated to the Toys For Tots program), adult meals will be priced at $8.00, meals for children under the age of 12 years will cost $4.00, and little diners under the age of 7 years may eat for free. Buffet Includes: Fresh Waffles, Eggs to Order, Blueberry or Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bacon, Homefries, Sausage, and French Toast. Gather up your family and friends and come out to enjoy a great breakfast while supporting Toys for Tots!!! Further Information is available at https:// www.facebook.com/events/456523664714759 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, entertainment, food, and Tree Auction. The event takes place Friday through Sunday in partnership with the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas event. Proceeds will help support Centre County United Way Partner Agencies. Friday, December 8th, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, December 9th, 9 p.m.-8 p.m. – Holiday Marketplace 9 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. – Holiday Marketplace 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Central PA Institute of Science Technology, Harrison Rd Adults $2; children $1 A free shuttle for Festival of Trees being held at CPI on Harrison Road will be available at the Bellefonte High School and on the Diamond. Saturday, December 10 th. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellefonte Art Museum Of Centre County 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. For more information call 814-355-4280 Open Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Sunday, December 10th from noon to 5 p.m. Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St. Free admission Centre County Library Friday, December 8th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Used Book sale in the library’s “Book Closet” featuring

Adult and Children’s books, CDs and DVDs. Find a favorite title for yourself or pick up a few holiday gifts. Fill a bag for $5! Saturday, December 9th -9 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendor fair for your last-minute shopping needs, including Scarves n’ More Duo, LuLaRoe, and more! Holiday bake sale to benefit Centre County Library. Homemade sweet treats for sale to share or nibble on yourself! Kids can search the library to find the hidden elf on the shelf for a sweet surprise! 200 North Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 (814) 355-1516 Centre County Library Historical Museum Celebrate Bellefonte’s Victorian history with free guided museum tours throughout the day and hot cider and treats to keep you warm. Visit Mrs. Claus’ Bakery and purchase whole cakes, pies, and batches of cookies for parties and more. Purchase glassblown handmade ornaments created by James Byrnes for sale in the Pennsylvania Room. Listen to live performances by local musicians, featuring the museum’s 19th century Steinway grand piano. Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Noon – stay after for photos with her! Saturday Dec. 9th, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. 203 North Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 (814) 355-1516 The Santa Express Returns to Bellefonte TICKETS GO ON SALE NOVEMBER 1ST The Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Company (NBER) is donating locomotives, fuel for locomotives, and train crew time In support of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society train excursions. Tickets for Santa Express ($10 each) can be purchased at the Train Station in Bellefonte; online by PayPal; by mail (check made out to BHRS) to station (enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope). Purchase your tickets early, this event sells out every year! Friday, December 15th, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, December 16th, 10 p.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday, December 17th, 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., & 6 p.m. The Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Company is also donating all of the above for “Fall Foliage” and “Santa Express” Excursions for the Bellefonte Historical Railroad, Check the BHRS website for more information on dates, times, and ticket prices. Fall Foliage Weekend Rides, October 20st, 21st, & 22nd, 2017 For More Information on Fall Foliage & Santa Express excursions go to: www.bellefontetrain.org

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Call for Dates - 814-355-2917

“Celebrating A Timeless Heritage” Serving as the Umbrella Organization for the Following Special Events:

Easter Egg Hunt - April Big Spring Festival - May Children’s Fair - June

In Cooperation with the Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary

Garden Club - April thru May Garden Tours Ongoing Community Children’s Garden

Historic Cruise - June Arts & Crafts Fair - August Fall Festival Community Days - October Antique Fair

Victorian Christmas - December Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County Ongoing Exhibitions and Events

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 at the Bellefonte Train Station where we can help you with the very latest information on our community or assist you in any way. 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 us on the web at www.bellefontechamber.org We would like to welcome you to Bellefonte’s signature event, Victorian Christmas. The Bellefonte community is a wonderful place to visit all year long, however, during the Christmas season Bellefonte is magical. This special event takes you back and gives you a look into Bellefonte’s Christmas past. This magical feeling can be extended into the following weekend for a ride on the Santa Express or by simply taking a crisp and invigorating walk through our Victorian Streets anytime of the year while you enjoy the rich history and architecture. Bellefonte is always ready to welcome you!

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Reynolds Mansion, and the Arts & Crafts Venues.

Gaslight Gala- Attend a Dickens of a Dinner Party!

The Dickens Troupe Back By Popular Demand Saturday Evening Gala & Special Entertainment for All

The Brian Belge Dickens Troupe returns, bringing the seasonal magic of Charles Dickens to Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. You will see the troupe’s strolling characters, carolers, and musicians on the streets of Bellefonte during the event, along with appearances at the Opening Ceremony, Victorian High Teas, the Arts & Crafts Show & the Saturday Evening Gala.

Dickens Strolling Characters, Carolers & Musicians

Mr. Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob & Mrs. Cratchit, and the Fezziwigs are coming back to Victorian Christmas, plus many more entertaining characters 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 20

Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig Request Your Presence at a Posh Dinner Party with Guest of Honor, Mr. Charles Dickens, Theatrical Producer Brian Belge presents Charles Dickens and Co, a specially assembled troupe of professional performers who portray Charles and his characters for an evening old Old-time Parlor Games, Hilarious Skits, a, heartwarming rendition of Mr., Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Merry Music and Caroling, the Yorkshire Yawning Contest and of course, the traditional Yule Log Ceremony!

Saturday, December 9th - 6:00 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $125.00 per couple or a table of eight $500.00. Adults Only please! Dinner includes Hors d’oeuvres & a delicious buffet catered by Hoag’s Catering. Reservations & Pre-payment Required. Get your tickets early, Seating is limited For Cash, Check, & Credit Card Reservations – 814-548-7847 Your tickets will be available at your table the evening of the event. The sponsor of the 2017 Dickens Troupe is North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad.

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The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee would like to thank: Historic Bellefonte, Inc. Bellefonte Borough Bellefonte Police Department Bellefonte YMCA Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce 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 Students Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau Centre County Commissioners Homestead Graphics First Media Radio Station 3WZ M&M Copy Service For providing meals & Housing for the Dickens Troupe Performers: Blonde Bistro Diamond Deli Pizza Mia Reynolds Mansion The Queen

Corporate Sponsor North Shore Railroad Company Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad

Queen Sponsorship Level - $1100 & Above Bellefonte Historical & Cultural Association Bellefonte Woman’s Club Dotts Hamilton Associates Bellefonte Elks Lodge 1094 Garver Fund WTAJ

Governor’s Sponsorship Level - $500 - $1000 American Philatelic Society First National Bank of Pennsylvania The Centre County Gazette Fulton Bank Helen Foxx & Co. HealthSouth Kiwanis Club of Bellefonte Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206 Northwest Savings Bank Pizza Mia Friends of Senator Jake Corman Corman Real Estate Sales & Property Management Wetlzer’s Funeral Service & Victorian Crematory Hoag’s Catering

2017 Committee Members Sally Houser, Event Co- Chair, Sponsorships, Marketing & Publicity Renee Brown, Event Co-Event Chair, Logistics & Sponsorship Chair Randi Neshteruk Event Co-Chair, Children’s Venue and Activities Romayne Naylor, Event Co-Chair, Arts & Crafts Show & Concerts Cecil Houser, Official Photographer James Dunne, True Fisher, David Eggler, Arts & Crafts Show Co-Chairs Karen Arnold - Trinity Concert Chair Mike & Tricia Andriaccio, High Tea Coordinators Gingerbread House Contest, Arlene Miller & BVC Committee Bellefonte Kiwanis Club, Breakfast With Santa Mary Kay Justice, Bellefonte Woman’s Club History On Wheels Tour Chair Wendy Hockenberry & Joyce Mills, Gala Ticket Sales Coordinators 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 churches, organizations, neighbors, friends, businesses and professionals.

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Corporate Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Bellefonte Woman’s Club

Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094

Wetzler ‘s Funeral Service, Inc. & Victorian Crematory

Corman Home Sales & Property Management

Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206

Friends of Senator Jake Corman

Media Sponsors

www.CentralPACVB.com

Centre County Commissioners

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New To the Event in 2017

Bellefonte Woman’s Club History on Wheels Guided Bus Tour and Homes Tour Bellefonte began as the “Fountain of Plenty” bubbling on and on into the Big Spring, overflowing into a stream of history. From the early days of the Iron furnaces, to the town of seven Governors, Bellefonte began as the heart of the iron industry that forged the framework for the town’s leadership and success in the community, the commonwealth, and the nation. The Bellefonte Woman’s Club invites you to join them during this year’s Victorian Christmas Even to travel back in time on the History on Wheels Guided Tour that includes two historic homes. Sit back and relax, soak up the history as you are guided through the town by your Tour Hosts and Hostesses. Enjoy the many forms of architecture and wave to all the folks you see on the streets. The bus may be hailed and stopped along the way by one of the citizens from the past who will enlighten you with their unique life stories and contributions to Bellefonte. Your final stop on the tour will allow you to visit two of our beautiful historic homes on West Linn Street.

After you visit the homes you can catch the event Shuttle on the corner of W. Linn & N. Allegheny Streets, attend the Arts & Crafts Show at the Bellefonte Elementary School, or just take a leisurely walk and continue to enjoy the architecture and the annual Victorian Christmas event in our beautiful town. Advance Ticket Sales Only $20.00 per person - Includes Bus Tour and Tour of 2 Homes Tours begin at the Train Station – 320 W. HighShuttle St. Schedule Two Buses will be available Saturday, December 9 at: 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,to 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.* 4:00 p.m. Homes may be toured anytime between 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets & full brochures will be available at Plumbs Drug Store, Woodring’s in Bellefonte, and the Train Station. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the Train Station in Bellefonte only! This new venue is presented in cooperation with the Bellefonte Woman’s Club, Tour Committee, and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee.

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and the couple has now returned the doorway to its original state. During that same time, they revealed the chimney in the office area. Tami discovered many interior shutters and some original doors in the old carriage house behind the main house. Tami and Bob restored them as well as the pine floors where needed. When you enter Our Fair Lady, you will feel right at home and discover the harmony of Old World Charm with modern amenities; thus creating a simple elegance in this beautiful Victorian Home.

Bob and Tammy Shuster “Our Fair Lady” 313 E. Linn Street In 1883, John Ardell, a Bellefonte lumberman, constructed the magnificent Second Empire home of the finest local hardwoods; including chestnut clapboards, black walnut front door and banisterrailing, poplar pocket doors with the original hand stippling and red and white oak floors. Bob and Tami Schuster purchased the home in September 2007 and commissioned a meticulous restoration which included scraping over a hundred-years-worth of paint off the chestnut siding and repainting the exterior back to its glorious “painted lady” colors, along with replacing the roof. The couple met while Tami played Eliza Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady where Bob was designing and constructing the sets, so their choice of a name for their Bed and Breakfast establishment is a tribute to their beginning romance. The interior restoration includes plaster refinishing, electrical and plumbing upgrades along with exquisitely tiled bathrooms that add eloquence to the beautifully furnished and decorated guest rooms. An original doorway had been closed off

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Home of Millie Ragosta 319 E. Linn Street On a cold February day in 1939, a fire broke 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 browntoned, 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

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purchased a 50 x 250 foot portion of the 150 x 250 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 Planning Mill to build Maple Shaker-style cupboards of her own design.

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.’” Millie tore up the last patch of grass. I am now surrounded by an evergreen garden and a house made completely of salvage. My kids say I have reached my personal “nirvana.”

The living room ceiling is spanned by five enormous beams which Mr. Kofman found in a 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.

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