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Index of Articles is the comprehensive online guide to fun in the beautiful Happy Valley region. To advertise on, contact Greg Woodman, To submit content, contact Jodie Dello Stritto at Paint the Town at Arts Fest 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Microbrewers Expo on Aug. 17 to Deliver ‘Good Beer, Good Music, Great Cause’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Race to Save a Beloved Landmark. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 State Parks Feed the Outdoorsy Soul. . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Spikes Deliver on Field of Dreams. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 This Little Piggy Went to the LOCAL Market. . . . . . . . . 17 Small Town Parks Offer Big Time Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Labor Day Weekend: Kick Off Those Work Shoes and Explore the “Happy” Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Happy Valley Hotels Deliver Unlimited Possibilities and Unlimited Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Football Weekends Perfect for Fun. . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Happy Valley Tours Provide Fun, Informative Adventure for Local Thrill Seekers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Brother’s Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Damon’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Dante’s Nightlife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Gamble Mill Restaurant & Microbrewery. . . . . . . . . . . 9 Happy Valley Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 HappyValley Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Hublersburg Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Huntingdon Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Kelly’s Steak and Seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Legal Shield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Penn State All‑Sports Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Penn State Hospitality Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Pizza Mia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 PSU Homecoming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Toftrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Trail2Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 State College Spikes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 The Chatelaine B&B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Woolrich Flagship Store & Outlet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Zola New World Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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Calendar of Events July July 5 Movies on the Mountain: The Amazing Spiderman Tussey Mountain July 6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat State Theatre July 7 23rd Annual Blair County Antique Car Show DelGrosso’s Amusement Park July 10 – 14 Central Pa Festival of the Arts Downtown State College arts‑

July 11 – 14 People’s Choice Festival Boalsburg, Pa

November 22: Keith Urban Bryce Jordan Center,

July 11 – 14 7th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival The Grange Fairgrounds July 18 Wing Night Kickoff (continues every Thursday through August 29) Tussey Mountain July 12 – 21 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Millbrook Playhouse

July 26‑27: 2013 Summer Jazz Celebration Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte;

July 21 Family Fireworks Fun Day Myrtle Beach Trip Giveaway State College Spikes, Medlar Field July 26 Movies on the Mountain: Wreck It Ralph Tussey Mountain July 28 The Happy Together Tour Bryce Jordan Center

August August 3 Annual Classic Car Show Lake Raystown Resort

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August 7 BJC Summer BBQ “Big Ten BBQ” Bryce Jordan Center August 4‑10 Huntingdon County Fair August 10 Summer Commencement Penn State August 16‑17 Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair Downtown Bellefonte

November 11: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Tailb Kweli & Big K.R.I.T. Bryce Jordan Center,

August 17 State College Brew Expo Tussey Mountain August 23-24 New Student Move-in Dates Penn State August 27‑29, 2013 Grange Fair Centre Hall August 28 Coach O’Brien Bobblehead Giveaway State College Spikes, Medlar Field

October October 8 The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Center for the Performing Arts

November 3 Sara Evans Pegula Ice Arena

October 11 Opening of Pegula Ice Arena Penn State vs. Army

December 6 Trailer Park Boys Christmas featuring Bubbles, Ricky, Julian, Randy & Mr. Lahey Bryce Jordan Center

October 19 Nine Inch Nails Bryce Jordan Center

September September 5 – 8 Nittany Antique Machinery Show Penn’s Cave Grounds September 7 Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan Beaver Stadium

Later this year

October 25 Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure Center for the Performing Arts

November 19 West Side Story Center for the Performing Arts

December 13 Manheim Steamroller Bryce Jordan Center December 31, 2013 2012‑2013 First Night Downtown State College

October 11 – 13: Penn State Homecoming

September 11 Plow to Plate Dinner, Boalsburg Farmer’s Market Boalsburg


Paint the Town at Arts Fest 2013 Weekend‑long Festivities Reunite Alumni and Draw Residents and Children to the Heart of Happy Valley By John Fulmer The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College is a major summer event, celebrating its 47th anniversary in 2013 and luring 125,000 folks who can indulge in music, dance performances, an in‑festival book festival, and art of all kinds displayed in every way imaginable. Scheduled for July 10‑14, the festival is a long weekend romp when art evaluation, music appreciation and people watching carry equal importance. It’s a time when most of the students are gone for summer break and a different vibe inhabits the town. Many Penn Staters return to Arts Fest as alumni, repur‑ posing the weekend into the perfect opportunity to reunite with college friends and their families. In fact, the Penn State Alumni Association offers dorm room rentals for the weekend at affordable rates.. The Arts Festival Alumni Weekend Program has the following accommodations deal available: for a mere $53, association members can book a single‑occupancy room in West Halls, located in the center of campus, as you re‑ member well, and close to all the weekend festival action. Double occupancy is $90, four nights is the maximum stay, there’s a full, complimentary breakfast daily, rolla‑ ways are available for $15 for kids under 18, plus you get free parking on the Nittany Deck. Linens and bath items are provided, but again, as you no doubt recall, West Halls is not air‑conditioned and it’s suggested you lug a fan from home. And just like old times, you’ll be sharing a bathroom with your dorm buddies. On top of that, the Alumni Association has a full sched‑ 6

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts ule of events, including family swims, ice skating, tours, ice cream socials and seminars. 2013 Festival Info Almost everything is free. Concerts and performances are held at a number of stages and sites scattered around downtown, including churches and the venerable State Theatre. A $10 purchase of the festival’s official button, with its colorful palette design, gets you general admission to selected performances. Arts Fest buttons are on sale at a number of State College retail stores, the festival’s informa‑ tion and sales booths, and button performance sites. And here’s what’s happening this year, beginning with: Children’s Day Children’s Day kicks off the festival with the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale during which children from the Central PA area sell their original works of art. Also for the kids, there will be a sand sculpture exhibition, a marionette production of “Peter and the Wolf,” and dance studio and musical theater workshop. Capping the day’s

activities will be The Children & Youth Day Grand Proces‑ sion and a community sing‑along. Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition The Sidewalk Sale is the festival’s heart. Drawing artists and craftspeople from across the nation. This year you can expect to see more than three hundred exhibitors and their baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photogra‑ phy, and wearable art. More than $17,000 in prize money will be given this year to participating artists and award winners will be announced at the Allen Street Stage at 9 a.m. July 13. The Sue Crowe Memorial 38th Annual Arts Festival Races
 Starting as a 10‑mile run in 1975, the event switched to a 10K race in the late 1980s, added a 5K in 2005, and organizers brought back the 10‑miler this year. The races benefit youth running programs in Centre County and the Nittany Valley Running Club. The 2013 races will be held July 14 with the 10‑miler start time at 8:15 a.m., the 10K at

Local artist Karyn Debrasky of Bellefonte will exhibit again this year after receiving an Award of Merit in 2012. 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. There are also two races for kids. Race headquarters is Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and it costs $20 to enter. Check the Nittany Valley Running Club Arts Festival Race site for more information.    Music Music is a huge part of Arts Fest and this year, as always, organizers have put together a veritable smorgasbord of local, regional and national acts representing jazz, folk, blues, rock, country and every subgenre that these genres have spawned. Some of the bands set to rock, funkify and testify include: Cadillac Jazz Quartet; Keystone Society of Swing (big band); Yesterday’s Escape (piano/alternative rock) Zeropoint Big Band (jazz); The Feats of Strength (Americana) Matthew Fries & 718 (alt‑jazz); No BS! Brass Band (East Coast modern funk); and Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats (blues). BookFestPA An Arts Fest spin‑off, the 4th Annual BookFestPA takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13. Meet local authors, hear discussions with bestselling writers, and just enjoy being a book kook. The BookFest Tent is ap‑ propriately stationed in Schlow Centre Region Library’s parking lot and writers on hand include Gale Martin, J. Kelly Poorman, John Carr, Jeffrey Frazier, Alice Breon and Sylvia Apple. Enjoy this annual tradition and visit on‑ line to make your accommodations arrangements for 2014!


Microbrewers Expo on Aug. 17 to Deliver ‘Good Beer, Good Music, Great Cause’ Chill Out with a Cold One at Tussey By John Fulmer Great music, good food and beer brewed by excellent craftsmen. Could we be in Heaven? Well, no, but close. We’re high on Tussey Mountain Ski Resort at the State College Microbrewers Expo. Or at least dreamily anticipating its arrival. The Expo, which takes place Aug. 17 from 5 ‑ 9 p.m., is celebrating its 15th anniversary and Mike Martin, who along with his wife, Malissa, is coor‑ dinating the event, have retained the event’s original motto—“Drink Less, Drink the Best”—while adding a new message this year, meant to highlight the Expo’s loftier mission, which is to benefit Penn State’s branch of Coaches Crowds fill Tussey Mountain Ski Resort for the State College Microbrewers Expo vs. Cancer. The nonprofit is a joint venture of the American Cancer Soci‑ Marzoni’s in Altoona. “We have 30 breweries lined up now ety and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and and we’re hoping for 40 or 50 by August,” he said. last year’s Expo raised more than $10,000 for the charity. And the drill is, Martin said, you show up at the gate, As it says on the Expo’s website, “We continue to focus get a souvenir tasting glass and traipse from brewer to on quality, not quantity; we promote beer appreciation, brewer and sample their wares. The sampling is unlimited, not alcohol consumption. We continue to follow the but try to remember the festival’s motto and its admoni‑ original motto and add our new slogan ‘Good Beer, Good tion to drink responsibly. There will be seminars on brew‑ Music, Great Cause!’” ing beer, but the topics have not been announced yet. In an early June phone interview, Martin said the Expo “You can buy a ticket online and it’s the first year has in recent years moved to better‑suited outdoor digs at we’ve done that.” Martin said. Online tickets need to be Tussey. The event has grown over those same years and printed out by the purchaser and brought to the Expo. As includes vendors from as far away as California and Colo‑ the website also points out, all ticket sales are final, you rado, and as close as Bellefonte’s Gamble Mill Tavern, must be 21 to buy one and to attend, and the Expo will be Millheim’s Elk Creek Café, Otto’s Pub in State College and held rain or shine. Umbrellas and lawn chairs are permit‑ ted into the event but backpacks are not. Regular admission is $40 and there is a $5 parking fee, but State College Microbrewers Expo Martin said they have set aside a special VIP section on Tus‑ sey’s uppermost part where those willing to pay an extra $20 August 17, 2013 from 5‑9 p.m. can get a little better taste of what the brewers have to offer. Tussey Mountain The $60 ticket also grants VIP entrance into the festival. Music is an important part of the beer fest and this Regular admission $40, VIP admission/passes $60, year’s headliners are Bronze Radio Return, a Hartford, Parking $5 Conn., six‑man group who have been described as indie Purchase at the gate or in advance online at and revival rockers. Martin said local band Ted McClos‑ key and the Hi‑Fi’s are also scheduled to appear. 8

The Tussey Mountain kitchen will serve an à la carte menu and BMX riders, many of whom train at nearby Camp Woodward, the youth sports facility, will put on a show, Martin said. Martin said they stay away from inviting the mega beer makers, such as Miller and Budweiser, but do welcome good‑sized breweries. “Straub from St. Marys will be there, and Yeungling because of their Pennsylvania presence,” he said. Also, Samuel Adams, the Boston brewer that played a large part in the rebirth of craft beer and ales, will be on hand. Pennsylvania’s beer legacy is especially rich. Yuengling, in Pottsville, claims to be the oldest U.S. brewery and is tied with Sam Adams as the largest U.S.‑owned beer maker. And iconic names such as Duquesne, set to repre‑ sent at this year’s Expo, are making comebacks. Duquesne, which had its start in Pittsburgh in 1899, folded in 1972 but was revived in 2008 and now uses the old Rolling Rock plant in Latrobe. It brews only a pale‑yellow pilsner on a limited scale, but it is growing and is also sporting a really cool retro logo, too. More important, the Expo is a kind of testament to the overall renaissance for American beer, which until fairly recently had become a watery version of its European

forefathers. According to the Colorado‑based Brewers As‑ sociation, there are now 2,403 breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the United States—with 111 licensed in Pennsylvania—a number that spiked upward from a low of 89 in the late 1970s. As a comparison, there were 2,011 beer makers in 1887. And this is the story of places such as Gamble Mill, which began brewing just three years ago, but found that their microbrewery and pub make their fine‑dining es‑ tablishment an “any night” destination. They’ve even had to renovate to make their bar roomier, a sure sign of the popularity of their microbrews. Brewmaster Mike Smith, a State College native, Penn State grad, and American Brewer’s Guild’s Intensive Brew‑ ing Science and Engineering alum, began experimenting as a home hobbyist before serving his apprenticeship as an intern at Dogfish Head, a well‑known crafter in Delaware. He moved on to Doghead and then Ithaca Brewing Co. two‑and‑a‑half years later. Three years after that, he found his way back to Happy Valley and is busy brewing special‑ ties such as Bush House Brown Ale and Lit Wit Belgian Ale. Visit the Gamble Mill and other local and national brewers at this year’s expo.


Race to Save a Beloved Landmark Inaugural Mount Nittany Marathon will Support Conservation Efforts By Holly Swanson There are several time‑ less icons that have come to represent the culture of State College and its surrounding communi‑ ties. Arts Fest, Football Weekends, the Creamery. But perhaps the most obvious beloved symbol near and dear to alumni and residents alike is Mount Nittany. Standing guard to the east, our mountain rises peacefully and can be seen from almost any point in town. When students gradu‑ ate and move away, it becomes a place marker when they return for weekend visits. “Driving up on 322, we always get excited when we finally see Mount Nittany in the distance. It’s like a welcome sign telling us that we are almost home,” says Dan Schaeffer, a 1997 graduate who now works at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

“The mountain relies on us to maintain the trails, protect it from development, and keep it in its natural pristine state.” Like any other piece of wilderness, the mountain relies on humans to maintain the trails, protect it from develop‑ ment, and keep it in its natural pristine state. Conserva‑ tion and upkeep efforts for Mount Nittany are led by local non‑profit organization Mount Nittany Conservancy, headed by board president John Hook. The organization, which has been managing and conserving the land sur‑ rounding Mount Nittany since 1981, is now planning its inaugural marathon to raise both funds and awareness of its mission. 10

Mount Nittany Marathon Start & Finish: On the Penn State University main campus near Beaver Stadium in State College, PA 16801 Sunday, September 1, 2013 @ 8 a.m. Entry Deadline: August 16, 2013 Fee: $75.00, includes T‑shirt, certificate, refreshments Register online at Sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing

Not a runner, but want to support Mount Nittany conservation efforts? Visit the Mount Nittany Conservancy online at www.mtnittany. org to make a donation, purchase a deed or give to the Conservancy’s endowment.

“We started talking in 2011 about different ideas and realized there were already a lot of races in the area, but not a marathon.” Hook says. Based on the enthusiastic response from local running groups and avid runners in the Conservancy membership, Hook and his colleagues knew they had a good opportunity to initiate a full‑scale marathon, something not seen in the Centre region since the early 1980s. The inaugural Mount Nittany Marathon will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, September 1. “It’s Labor Day Weekend, it’s not a home football weekend, and it’s the last weekend before school starts back up, so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the area,” Hook says. The race will begin and end on Penn State’s campus, and will wind through a 26.2 mile route of carefully planned roadways and bike paths. Runners will be able to keep their eyes on Mount Nittany for almost the entire marathon as the course snakes around the base of the mountain. After leaving campus, the route takes partici‑ pants into Lemont, Boalsburg, and Linden Hall before circling back toward campus via Blue Course Drive. The course is designed to incorporate several local municipali‑ ties, making it a true Central Pennsylvania event rather than concentrating it in one small area. Last Chance Qualifier for Boston Aside from its opportunity to raise funds for the moun‑ tain, the marathon is significant for another reason—it’s one of the last opportunities for runners to earn a qualify‑ ing time for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Hook says that registration for the Boston Marathon typically opens in mid‑September, making the Mount Nittany Marathon a last chance qualifier for runners who need an official record of their times. While much of the Conservancy’s promotion for the event has relied on word‑of‑mouth marketing, more than 75 runners are already signed up and come from as far away as North Carolina, Ohio, and New York. Although most of the runners are from the Centre Region, race organizers are also hoping to get plenty of support from local residents and businesses. ”We need around 200 volunteers for the race day,” Hook says. The Conservancy has been working with student groups at Penn State to generate volunteer interest and encourages other area nonprofits to partner with them for the event. “One of the goals of the marathon is to provide differ‑ ent views of Mount Nittany during the course,” Hook says. By working with local groups, runners, and residents, the Mount Nittany Conservancy also hopes to ensure the ongoing preservation of the mountain. 11

State Parks Feed the Outdoorsy Soul Boating, Tubing, Hiking, Swimming, Fishing, BBQs and more… By John Fulmer In the late spring and summer, Happy Valley can be Hot & Muggy Val‑ ley, but fortunately we are blessed with a number of state parks that offer boating, swimming and an emerald‑forest atmo‑ sphere that keeps the heat manageable and even enjoyable. Our state parks are large and small gems and they are the perfect place for summer fun. Black Moshannon State Park The name Black Moshannon Lake derives from its dark water caused by the high tannin content from the spring‑fed bog lining its shores. The lake looks cool and inviting, good enough to drink, like a big pool of ice tea. A dam on Black Moshannon Creek creates the lake, and it’s really more of a long, wide, slow‑moving river in the park’s main recreation area, which includes a sparkling sandy beach with a grass apron. The 3,394‑acre park sits about nine miles east of Philips‑ burg and 25 miles north of State College and its 250‑acre lake is a hotspot for boaters. The Department of Conser‑ vation and Natural Resources permits canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and boats with electric motors only. Motorboats must be registered and other boats must have a state park‑issued launching permit or mooring permit. There are four boat‑launching areas and 90 mooring sites at Black Mo, and a concessionaire has canoe, kayak, paddleboat and rowboat rentals for $10 an hour cash ($12 check or credit card). Paddleboards are available at $14 an hour. For a wilder ride north of the lake, canoeing expert and author Edward Gertler describes Black Moshan‑ non Creek as “about the best whitewater run in the West Branch Susquehanna Watershed,” and the first stretch of 12

Whipple Dam State Park Class 2+ water begins just downstream of the dam. Boating and fishing go hand‑in‑hand and the lake holds several warm‑water species. In the creek and its tributaries you can find rainbow and brown trout. Because of Black Moshannon’s bog, noted for its biodi‑ versity and uncommon‑for‑Pennsylvania flora, including those usually found farther north, carnivorous plants and orchids, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Parks chose it as a “Twenty Must‑See Pennsylvania State Parks.” Cabin and pavilion rentals are also available, and Civilian Conserva‑ tion Corps workers built many of the park’s structures back in the 1930s. The park rents six modern cabins year‑round, 13 rustic cabins from the second Friday in April until the second week of December and there are 74 campsites. For pricing, visit their website or call 814‑342‑5960 for specifics. Whipple Dam State Park A small park (250 acres) where there’s plenty to do, Whipple Dam’s biggest attraction may be its proximity to State College. Just 12 miles away in Huntingdon County,

the park’s 22‑acre lake, formed by a dam built to power a sawmill during Pennsylvania’s great 19th‑century lumber boom, is noted for its peace and quiet. It has the same boating regulations as does Black Moshannon; however, boat rentals, normally available during the season, have been on hold while the park searches for a new conces‑ sionaire. They hope to find one by mid‑summer, accord‑ ing to a park worker. For information, call the park at 814‑667‑1800. A 300‑foot sand beach, open from May to mid‑Septem‑ ber, 8 a.m. to sunset, is fine for a dip and has a dressing room and beach volleyball court. The park is known for its bird watching, and it’s a great place to spot bald eagles or an osprey. And like Black Mo, a good deal of Whipple’s charm comes from the Civilian Conservation Corps’ Depression‑era workmanship, with pavilions and such designed to blend in with their natural surroundings. Bald Eagle State Park Also close to State College, Bald Eagle State Park is a 5,900‑acre recreation area dominated by a huge—by this area’s standards—lake that spreads out over close to one‑third of the park. The 1,730‑acre lake has 23 miles of shoreline and it is the place to boat in Centre County. According to the DCNR’s Bald Eagle website, unlimit‑ ed‑horsepower motorboats are permitted but inboard‑en‑ gine boats with over‑the‑transom or straight‑stack ex‑ hausts are not. All must carry current registration with any state, may not exceed the 45‑mile speed limit and should always be navigated in the mandatory counter‑ clockwise pattern. A concessionaire, Boats and Bikes, operates a marina and its slips can be rented seasonally or by the day. Their rental fleet comprises of pontoon and ski boats, fishing skiffs (some with console steering) Wave Runners, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and Tanzer sailboats. Inner tubes and kayaks can be rented at the beach, which, by the way is 1,200 feet long, and Bikes and Boats hosts concerts, has charter boats, and, as the name suggests, rents bikes. They are open until Labor Day. For more info, call 814‑625‑0060 or visit their website at Bringing your own boat? The park’s six boat launches are open 24 hours a day and have parking and rest‑ rooms. The same licensing of nonmotorized boats listed above applies. Just northeast of Bellefonte, Bald Eagle is less primitive than most of the parks we’ve listed and its centerpiece has to be the brand‑new Nature Inn, opened in 2010, a cozy, 16‑room luxury B&B with amaz‑ ing amenities and green philosophy that extends from its

environmentally friendly design to its Rainforest Alliance Certified and locally-roasted coffees. Greenwood Furnace State Park Looking for something a little more relaxed? Don’t want to hear the sound of an outboard motor? Even the pitter‑putter of one of those electric gizmos? Centre County’s Greenwood Furnace, with its restrictions on all motorboats, is the place for you. You can launch a kayak or canoe on 6‑acre Greenwood Lake, but remember it must be registered, licensed or permitted as is required on all state park lakes. Fishermen and women will groove on the serenity because they wouldn’t want to scare the skittish trout that the state stocks here regularly. A 300‑foot sand beach is open during the summer and history abounds at Greenwood, the site of a 19th century iron‑making facility and its community, which the DCNR calls “a village built around an inferno.” Like nearby Penn‑Roosevelt State Park, which doesn’t allow boating on its tiny lake, Greenwood Furnace lies inside mammoth Rothrock State Forest, with its abundance of recreational activities.


Poe Valley State Park Also a park within a state forest, in this case, 198,000‑acre Bald Eagle State Forest, Poe Valley has a 25‑acre lake with swim‑ ming and boating. Poe Lake allows small boats, canoes and kayaks and electric motors are OK. The lake has one launch area and 15 mooring spots remain open from April 1 to October 31. The boat rental, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and some spring and fall weekends, offers paddleboats and other small craft. The Fish and Boat Commission also stocks this lake with trout and warm‑water species thrive, making fishing a popular pastime here. There are plenty of boat‑ Photo courtesy Kristen Connolly ing‑friendly state parks within a day’s drive of Happy Valley, but this sampling should give you an idea of the recreational diversity we can claim here. We have several just a stone’s throw away from a town with an enormous, bustling university. Remember also

Bald Eagle State Park that state parks do not charge entrance fee, unlike most of these facilities elsewhere. So when it’s time to chill out, take advantage and haul your boat to one our pretty lakes or rent one when you get there.

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is unlike any place in the Pennsylvania State Park system. Nestled within the natural beauty of Bald Eagle State Park, in the very center of the state, the Inn combines the comfortable amenities of an inviting bed and breakfast with sweeping views and door‑step access to year‑round land and water activities. Walls of windows, huge decks, private balconies, and patios immerse you in nature and provide you with an unequalled natural experience. Accommodations range from comfortable single and double rooms to spacious family suites, complete with flat‑screen televisions and refrigera‑ tors. Each day’s stay also includes a complimentary hot breakfast. A Different Way To Make A Difference You’ll walk away inspired by the Inn’s natural surroundings and intrinsic green amenities. Everything in and around the Inn was designed with our environment in mind, and so it all blends right in. To help you interpret what you do, there are small signs, little messages and other Reservations available by calling 888‑PA‑PARKS. informative features all around. Also available for meetings.


Spikes Deliver on Field of Dreams Happy Valley Community Comes Out to Experience America’s Favorite Pastime By John Fulmer On the night of June 17, the State College Spikes began their season against the Williamsport Crosscutters and it’s an occasion for celebration for baseball fans. But even those indif‑ ferent to the national pastime should give a Spikes game a chance. Minor league teams such as the Spikes put a special emphasis on family fun and promotions of all types—some of them incredibly creative and funny—ensuring that ev‑ erybody has a good time, whether or not they know the difference between a walk and a balk. Some of those promo‑ Photo courtesy Melissa Hombosky tions, said David Wells, Spike’s manager of pro‑ motions and community relations, include the Opening Night Millionth Spikes Fan Celebration with a $1 million dice roll, post‑game fireworks and several other events; the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Aug. 18; and on July 26 an appearance by Mountain Man, a part‑time cast member of the wildly popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.” The Spikes are fairly new in town, having made their home in 2006 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The stadium, on the Penn State Campus, is worth a trip for the beautiful vista—the park was built to showcase a cen‑ ter‑field view of Mount Nittany—and its dimensions are a near‑replica of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park. The Spikes were affiliated with the Pirates since 2006 but switched back to the St. Louis Cardinals this year, having been one of the Card’s farm teams from 1981 to 2006. A Short Season‑A affiliate, the Spikes play in the New York‑Penn League and their home season ends Aug. 30 after a slate of 77 games. The Spikes’ stadium has amenities and extras such as Game Day Suites, Field of Dreams Teams and pizza par‑

State College Spikes ties for kids. The promotions are too numerous to list— there are multiple events and giveaways during every home game—but T‑shirt Tuesdays and the Friday and Sunday night fireworks are favorites. It’s just oddball fun. Pick any day on the Spikes promotional schedule—look on their website—and you’ll see things such as a local legends bobble‑head night, a bring‑your‑dog day (called Bark in the Park) and a tribute to bad breakups promo‑

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tion on June 25. We’re not talking about nasty double‑play breakups; this is, according to the Spikes website, “a special tribute to the worst break‑ups of all‑time. Fans will expect video highlights of the worst break‑ups of all‑time and couples counseling during the game.” All this fun, by the way, is way affordable. Ticket prices range from $6 to $16. The opening night shin‑ dig, where the Spikes anticipate drawing their one‑millionth fan, will be very special, Wells said. “We’re actually go‑ ing to give all the fans a chance to be our one millionth ceremonial fan,” he said, and one of nine people who are chosen each inning will roll a gi‑ ant specialized die with a “winning” side written on it and get a chance to pick up a cool million dollars. “There will be entry boxes at each gate so everybody gets a crack at this,” Wells said, adding that the only stipulation is that participants must be 18 years old. After the game, they will have a reverse raffle to whittle down to one lucky person. “So it will be more and more dra‑ matic as it goes along.” But that’s not all. The Spikes will also put on an extended fireworks show after the climatic dice roll, and feature music by modern‑country band AC Express and pre‑game acoustic music by Sgt. Bob Timney on the concourse. Also before the game, the State College RC Club will put on a remote‑controlled stunt‑plane exhibition, and kids under 12 get to run the bases after the game. The appearance of Mountain Man, whose highly rated reality TV show Wells called “a national phenomenon,” should be a crowd‑pleaser. Fans will get a chance to meet Mountain Man, who is notorious for his slow of speech, even when compared to members of the north Louisiana folks who comprise the Dynasty clan. “I think (his appear‑ ance is) close to No. 1, aside from opening night,” Wells said. 16

Kid’s Day Wells said they we’re psyched to have the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. And who wouldn’t be, except for PETA perhaps. The rodeo features monkeys on borders collies riding herd on bighorn sheep. It has to seen to be believed. For a preview type it in on YouTube. Let’s not forget the food and drink. Baseball conces‑ sions have gone a long way since the days of peanuts and Crackerjacks. Good Hops, on the right‑field Fun Deck, features craft beers from The Gamble Mill, Otto’s Pub and those from a countrywide selection chosen by distribu‑ tor W.R. Hickey. Also on the deck, Burgertopia has a full menu of half‑pound gourmet burgers. Sweet has desserts, including Penn State Creamery ice cream, and the Flash‑ point Grille specializes in pulled pork and bratwursts. Smokie’s Sausage Shack has Polish and Italian sausages, and Steakadelphia and Jersey Mike’s offer subs. Franx— you guessed it—is a place to find that old ballpark standby the frankfurter, albeit with a gourmet twist. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. And were hankering for some good baseball, too. Wasn’t that the main attraction?

This Little Piggy Went to the LOCAL Market

Self‑Reliant Food Economy is Perfect Fit for Central PA By John Fulmer “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” is more than a bumper‑stick‑ er slogan nowadays. The local food movement, in which farmers, retailers, vintners, breweries, res‑ taurateurs and consum‑ ers buy, sell, distribute, process or grow local‑ ly‑produced foodstuffs, is growing in size and importance. The move‑ ment’s focus is on healthy eating, building small, local economies, and a philosophy that eschews industrial agriculture and embraces farmers mar‑ kets and organic farming. Known variously as the “locovore” movement, a self‑reliant food economy or sustainable farming, the movement is a natural fit in Central Pennsylvania. This collaboration would work best, obviously, in an area dense with farms but with a big‑enough population. And that’s sure enough true for Central PA. Agriculture is still Pennsylvania’s largest industry, accounting for $5.7 billion of the commonwealth’s economy in 2012. But much of that income comes from small, family farms, not agribusiness. Ninety‑seven percent of Pennsylvania’s 63,200 farms are family owned and they average 123 acres. A number of area farms, microbreweries, farmers mar‑ kets and restaurants are in full swing with the movement. A good place to get a listing is the Buy Fresh, Buy Local web‑ site ( Their search feature will pull up some surprises, but you’ll find local and/or privately run restaurants there, such as The Autoport, which buys locally raised pork from Hogs Galore in Philipsburg, and Bonfatto’s, which bottles their own marinades. As noted, local food is a collaborative affair that comprises a ring of participants. Otto’s Pub & Brewery, for instance, sells

Gamble Mill beer to the Autoport and Harrison’s Wine Bar & Grill, and buys from Setter Run Farm in Bellefonte, which sells eggs, poultry and vegetables. Gamble Mill, in Bellefonte and Zola New World Bistro, in State College, and Kelly’s Steak & Seafood, in Boalsburg, are some of the area’s most popular and innovative restaurants. It’s not surprising that they would be enthusiastically involved in Buy Fresh. Elk Creek Café

Find these great local options on our map on page 28: ✓✓ Gamble Mill, Downtown Bellefonte ✓✓ Zola New World Bistro, Downtown State College ✓✓ Kelly’s Steak & Seafood, Boalsburg ✓✓ Otto’s Pub & Brewery, North Atheron, State College


+ Aleworks and IngleBean Coffee House, neighbors in Milheim, are two more. Gamble Mill Tavern, while known for its fine‑dining, is also home to one of Happy Valley’s stellar microbreweries. On their website, the tavern boasts that its most basic ingredient is the Bellefonte spring water used for their brews, and Gam‑ ble Mill’s Bette Toth said folks go out of their way to check out their year‑round drafts, rotating Belgian ales and seasonal specialties. Gamble Mill does not confine their wares in‑house but sells to, among other places, Mad Mex, Zeno’s and the concession at the State College Spikes games. On the food side, Gamble Mill chef Matt Sherretz said people do seek out Gamble Mill for their approach to local food. “Yes, they’re interested in that,” Sherretz said. “They’ll order that type of thing because it is local.” Hogs Galore is another local source for many Happy Valley restaurants—Otto’s is a big customer, according to manager Hilary Pelton—and when they say “galore,” they mean it. They are not strictly wholesalers. They are cater‑ ers and a take‑out place with ribs, sandwiches, wings and a must‑try called the “Pulled‑Pork Salad.” Just about any size or part of the pig is available, and this porcine‑lovers de‑ light will also set up a whole‑hog roast for your party three ways: delivered on roaster, ready to be carved and served; roasted by them and already carved to serve; or a hog dressed and ready for you to roast. They also have a wide range of homemade hams, bacon and sausages, including and Mexican‑style chorizo and andouille, a Cajun treat. “We’ve heard it’s very authentic,” Pelton said of their andouille. “We’ve had some customers from Louisiana stop by and we even ship it to them now.” 18

Ravioli from Fasta Ravioli & Co Their pork is raised in Julian, an operation that’s been in place since 1979, said Pelton, and the Philipsburg store opened in 2006. “We do all the meat‑cutting and processing here in Philipsburg,” said Pelton. “The hickory‑smoked bacon is a big seller. We use natural wood. There’s no liquid smoke in our bacon. We also have a product called the pep‑ per‑crusted munchetta. We created that here. You won’t find it anywhere else.” Gamble Mill’s owners also run Zola, and they also purchase pork from Hog’s Galore, get farm‑raised venison from Highbourne Deer Farms, and fruit and vegetables from Tuscarora Organic Growers, a co‑op in the Juniata River Valley. Some other players in the movement: Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering buys from Tait, Otto’s, Mount Nittany Vineyard And Winery among others; Austrian eatery Herwig’s boasts its own baked bread, advertises “everything fresh,…every day” and uses local meat in its handmade sausages; and The Deli Restaurant, which also uses Tait, Otto’s and Hog’s Galore, along with Fasta Ravioli & Co., a maker of fresh pasta and another cog in the local movement. There are many more options in this area, a full mar‑ ketplace, so to speak. When farms grow close to people, great things can happen.

Small Town Parks Offer Big Time Fun Splash, Thrills, and Laughter … Amusement Parks Offer Affordable Family Entertainment By Lucy Harlow Central Pennsylvania is home to numerous amusement parks. From along I‑99, drivers can see glimpses of tracks just above the tree line. From historic old wooden coasters to wild water rides, these amusement parks provide some super‑sized action and family fun—all at an affordable price. DelGrosso’s Amusement Park (Tipton, PA) DelGrosso’s Amusement Park is renowned for dishing out the best amusement park food in America. The park, which has been around for 65 years, offers over 30 rides from free‑falling roller coasters to children’s swings. The pride and joy of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park is the an‑ tique carousel, which was manufactured in the 1920’s. The Tipton Waterworks and Rapids is your go‑to hot spot to cool off this summer. Located on the opposite side of Pleasant Valley Boulevard from DelGrosso’s Park, Tip‑ ton Waterworks and Rapids features three towering water slides and a water playground along with a patio area. Visitors can get a combined all‑day fun pass for amuse‑ ment rides and water park for less than $18 per adult. Nothing beats the feeling of putting the pedal to the metal at the Tipton Speedway Go‑karts. If music is your thing, DelGrosso’s also hosts a number of free concerts through‑ out the summer, showcasing a wide range of music genres like country music and classic oldies. DelGrosso’s has numerous oversized pavilions and catering services, making it a popular venue for corporate picnics and family reunions. Lakemont Park and Island Waterpark (Altoona, PA) Just a short drive from DelGrosso’s Park is Altoona’s historic Lakemont Park and Island Waterpark, which opened in 1894 and is the 8th oldest amusement park in the country. Lakemont is home to the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster “Leap the Dips” that has been operating since 1902 and is a National Historic Landmark. The park offers 30 other rides, including another large rollercoaster overlooking the Altoona Curve’s home sta‑ dium, and the Spins and Grins Kiddieland. The Island Waterpark includes three large slides, a pool and a children’s area. Next to the water rides, you can rent paddle boats to ride up and down the lake. Antique

cars and bumper cars are a popular attraction for all ages. For children, there is an arcade, go‑karts and a min‑ iature golf course. Starting in June, every Wednesday, Thursday, and Fri‑ day, admission is $1. On July 4 there will be an Indepen‑ dence Day celebration featuring live bands and fireworks.

Crystal Lake Pool at Knoebels Amusement Park Knoebels Amusement Park (Elysburg, PA) To the east of Happy Valley is Knoebles Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. Knoebles has the distinction of being the world’s largest free admission park. The park has just announced the installment of their tallest ride yet: the 148‑foot‑tall “Stratosfear.” There are over 50 rides at the park, including two of the country’s top‑rated wooden roller coasters. Other attractions in‑ clude the Three Pond Gold Course, the Carousel Museum, miniature golf, the Bald Eagle Habitat and the Crystal Pool Waterslides. If you want to stay and visit for several days at the park, there is a large campground for either tenting or RVs. Beat the summer blahs by adding a little excitement in your life! This summer, don’t sit at home when you could be having fun and building memories at one of Central PA’s amusement parks. 19

Labor Day Weekend: Kick Off Those Work Shoes and Explore the “Happy” Life By Kate Khoury Labor Day is just around the corner and the long weekend presents the perfect opportunity to explore all the nooks and crannies of our beloved Happy Valley. Whether you are an alum or a permanent resident, Happy Valley offers a myriad of activities to take your mind off work. Labor Day may fall on a Monday, but the festivities actu‑ ally kickoff on Friday, August 30. So check out what’s hap‑ pening this year on Labor Day weekend in Happy Valley… Out to the Ballgame Get your sports fix starting August 30 with hometown heroes “the Spikes” playing the “Jamestown Jammers” at Medlar Field. Enjoy some peanuts and crackerjacks (and beer) during a lively ballgame and prepare to be wowed by the special fireworks display. Football & the Best Steak in Town Saturday, August 31 marks the start of Penn State Football’s season, with an opener in Syracuse! Enjoy the game on the 81” projector at Kelly’s Steak & Seafood in Boalsburg while satisfying your hankering for delicious cuisine. Located in the historic Boalsburg Steak House (you can’t miss the big steer on the roof!), the renovated and charming location has been awarded “The Best Steak Restaurant” in the Centre region for three years running. Lake Raystown Fun Out‑of‑towners have a chance to try something new. In‑ stead of staying at the same old hotel you always choose, consider Lake Raystown Resort in Huntingdon. This scenic venue is the “natural place to be” and offers cot‑ tages, rustic camping cabins and beachfront bungalows. You can even drift to sleep with the rocking waves of the lake with your own rented houseboat for the weekend! Fish for Free Situated just 30 miles from State College, the resort offers a variety of activities and amenities to satisfy your urge to be one with nature. And don’t miss the opportu‑ nity to cruise Lake Raystown on “The Princess” with their Weekend Sightseeing Cruise from Seven Points Marina and afterwards, when you’ve had your fill of the sapphire water, head to Lincoln Caverns for their cave tour. The hour‑long expedition is both breathtaking and enlighten‑


ing as it explores the intricate rock formations and unique wildlife that call the caverns home. But the water hasn’t finished being a fixture of your playground this weekend! Labor Day, September 2, is Free Fishing Day in Pennsylvania. With all the fantastic fish‑ ing locations in the area, you are sure to have a successful trip! Bring the whole family out for a day in the water at any one of the various waterways in the area, including the Susquehanna River, Juniata River, Bennar Springs, Spring Creek and the aptly named Fisherman’s Paradise. Check out to get your family outfitted for a day of outdoor fun and even pick up a guide for your trip! Dine in Style After spending a day in the water, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite (for seafood!) Gigi’s, a newer fixture to the State College scene, boasts that it’s “not just a restaurant, but a destination featuring an atmosphere where old world sophistication meets modern elegance.” Gigi’s offers American cuisine that specializes in eclectic tastes, and of course, seafood. And you can’t go wrong with this menu – whether you choose the lobster mac & cheese, crab cakes or various shellfish – it’s all delicious! This Labor Day do more than just enjoy a day off work. Succumb to your playful side this year. Say Goodbye to Summer at Lakemont Lakemont Park in Altoona is saying farewell to summer on Monday, September 2 with its “Labor Day end of Sum‑ mer Celebration.” Everyone gets free ride n’ slide passes all day as a gesture of appreciation for all the fun‑seekers who frequent this amusement park. And if you’ve never been, this is a great opportunity to explore this Happy Valley gem. Lakemont will truly entertain the whole fam‑ ily from the young to the “young‑at‑heart”. So give this summer a send‑off with a weekend worth remembering. Kick off those work clothes and try some‑ thing new with your family and friends, and live the “happy” lifestyle as you stop by old haunts and discover some new favorites. Happy Labor Day from Happy Valley!

Happy Valley Hotels Deliver Unlimited Possibilities and Unlimited Fun By Anayes Baldwin When visiting Happy Valley, there are more than enough lodging options to choose from when considering a place to stay. Conveniently located just two blocks from the Pennsylvania State University, is the Comfort Suites. This smoke‑free hotel is close to State College’s downtown district, giving you easy access to many attractions such as shopping, college‑town eateries, and bars. Guests can also take a quick jaunt to the Bryce Jordan Center to enjoy a concert, exhibit, or sporting event. And in case you brought your hiking boots, consider embarking upon an outdoor adventure at Tussey Mountain, Nittany Mountain Campground, or Mount Nittany Comfort Suites’ on‑site restaurant, endless amenities, and easy‑access to local entertainment make for great accommoda‑ tions while visiting the area. At the Sleep Inn hotel, located off Busi‑ ness Route 322, you can fly in and fly out as you please. Given the hotel’s close proximity to the airport, guests can schedule a shuttle to and from the hotel simply by contact‑ ing them. Airport transportation is typically provided Mon‑ day through Friday. Not too far from the Sleep Inn hotel is Country Inn and Suites. This hotel option gives you a lot of space for a relatively small price tag. Guests who need to stretch out can pick between the one‑bedroom suite and the whirlpool suite. With an average nightly rate of $124, Country Inn and Suites is a great value. At the Fairfield Inn and Suites, guests don’t even have to leave the ground to enjoy their stay. This hotel offers a fitness center, indoor pool, and free internet. Everyone loves free internet! Escape the everyday demands of life with an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Hampton Inn and Suites offers colonial‑style hospitality, which gives guests the sense that they’ve stepped back in time. It comes complete with 71 guest rooms and suites—all with some surprising modern amenities. At Hampton Inn and Suites, you’ll experience the charm of yesteryear with today’s conveniences for the ultimate in comfort.

The indoor poor at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel If you’re looking for somewhere to hold a conference meeting or special event, consider The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. This grand hotel can accom‑ modate major conferences, corporate retreats, banquets, small‑scale meetings, and much more. Their 58,000 square‑foot hotel comes equip with a professional staff that are happy to assist with any guest’s request. Happy Valley is also home to Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center. This is a place that offers a beauty unlike any other place you can pick to stay. Its picturesque scenery makes you feel at home with nature. According to Golf’s Digest, Toftrees Golf Resort was recently ranked with 4½ stars for “Places to Play” and one of Pennsylva‑ nia’s Best Resort/ Public Golf Courses. Carnegie and Spa, also located in the scenic Toftrees area, overlooks the golf course. It’s a peaceful place to relax and get pampered. If price is your top of mind concern, Nittany Budget, Northland, Super 8 Motel, and The Autoport motel are all good choices if you’re looking to save a little money. They are close to Penn State’s campus, so you can enjoy the downtown area and all it has to offer. Another one of Happy Valley’s little treasures, conveniently located on N. 21

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Atherton Street, is the Quality Inn. This pet‑friendly hotel happily accepts both your family and your furry friends. Located just a short drive from the State College area is Huntingdon. Huntingdon rests alongside the winding Juniata River and is home to many forests and natural resources. It’s no surprise that many hotels in Huntingdon embrace their natural surroundings. In an area shared by caverns, caves, and lakes, you’ll find Huntingdon Hide-


away. Huntingdon Hideaway is one of those places that a party of eight can escape to, and either relax by the fire‑ place or go on an outdoors tour of the area. Here, you can partake of an Amish tour, do some bird watching, visit a winery, and even go horseback riding. Fairfield Inn and Suites Huntingdon is a newly‑con‑ structed, contemporary option for your stay. They also offer a variety of discounts for seniors, AAA members as well as government and military personnel. You can also enjoy Raystown Lake, which neighbors the hotel. The Raystown Lake region is home to the oldest automobile museum, historic trolley rides, small‑town charm, railroad history, world‑class trails, underground caves, pristine trout streams and much more. Perhaps the most interest‑ ing amenity about the area is the campgrounds. There are over ten campgrounds to choose from to help you become one with nature! Between Happy Valley and Huntingdon, you’re sure to find somewhere to sit your luggage and enjoy your stay.

Football Weekends Perfect for Fun By Kate Khoury Show me a Penn State fan and I’ll show you someone whose perfect way to spend a Saturday is tailgating outside Beaver Stadium then heading inside to cheer on the Nittany Lions. There’s more fun to be had in Happy Valley this fall, and this season offers some key football weekends to consider for supplemental activities. In addi‑ tion to enjoying the Blue Band, your tailgate spread and a Penn State win on the field, you can cap off your weekend with family fun, a trip to the brand new Pegula Ice Arena, fall foliage, music, and more. For some, a day of tailgating and football in Happy Valley is enough to be satisfied. Yet, there is always plenty of other events happening that can allow you to supplement your football weekend with other fun activities. Whether it’s another Penn State sporting event, or a concert at one of the many venues in town, your Penn State football weekend can include so much more than tailgating and the game. Here’s a look at several key games worth attending this

season and what else is going on if you happen to be in town. Perfect for Fall Family Fun Penn State Home Opener September 7 vs. Eastern Michigan 12 p.m. In the past, Penn State’s season opener has coincided with Labor Day weekend, often causing a bit of a dilemma for those who wanted to squeeze one last vacation out of the summer season. This year, with no holiday weekend to hold you back, make the trip to Happy Valley to see the Nittany Lions kick off their home schedule. The atmosphere at the home opener always has some extra buzz and since Eastern Michigan isn’t the same caliber of opponent as Michigan and Nebraska, tickets and hotel rooms should be easier to acquire. Since the weather is still likely to be very warm, a trip to Raystown Lake or DelGrosso’s Amusement Park could pair nicely with the opening weekend and make for a great family getaway.


The Nittany Antique Machinery Show Fall Show, held on the Penn’s Cave grounds from September 5‑8 is worth a visit, even if you’re not a collector of tractors and other antique equipment. There’s a flea market with more than 700 vendors and fun activities such as apple cider pressing, antique tractor pulling and blacksmith demonstrations. Other sporting events happening this weekend: Penn State women’s soccer vs. Boston College ‑ 9/6 7 p.m. Penn State field hockey vs. Temple ‑ 9/6 6 p.m. Penn State field hockey vs. Connecticut 9/8/ 12 p.m. Community Events Nittany Antique Machinery Show 9/5 ‑ 9/8 October 11‑13 ‑ A Can’t Miss Weekend If you’re wondering what the biggest sports weekend of the fall will be, there’s no doubt the second weekend in October will bring the most anticipation. So why is this weekend looking so attractive? Here are three reasons. Michigan Comes to Beaver Stadium on October 12 The football team hosts Michigan in a primetime kick‑ off at Beaver Stadium, the first time the two schools have played each other since 2010. The Lions’ game vs. the Wolverines is also the only time the team plays at home in October. Homecoming Festivities It’s Penn State’s Homecoming weekend, arguably the most anticipated weekend for Penn State students and alumni in the fall. Don’t miss the parade on Friday after‑ noon or the numerous other events scheduled by the Penn State Alumni Association. Pegula Ice Arena Opens The Penn State Ice Hockey Program will officially open its brand new $90 million Pegula Ice Arena against Army on Friday night. The opening of the new arena isn’t just a milestone for Penn State athletics and Penn State hockey fans, but all of those who love to frequent State College, as the arena is expected to bring plenty of new attractions such as ice shows, professional hockey games and more to town. All three of those events could be a major draw on their own, but for one weekend in October, they will com‑ bine to form a Penn State sports bonanza.


Other sporting events scheduled for this weekend: Women’s volleyball vs. Minnesota ‑ 10/11 7:30 p.m. Women’s volleyball vs. Wisconsin ‑ 10/12 8:30 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. Michigan ‑ 10/11 8 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Michigan ‑ 10/13 1 p.m. Community Events Way Fruit Farm’s Fall Festival ‑ 10/12 Penn State vs. Illinois November 2 ‑ Savor the Last Days of Fall Happy Valley in the fall is simply beautiful and full of out‑ doors activities. If you’re coming to town for the Illinois game, it’s the perfect time of year for a hike up Mt. Nittany or around one of the many state parks in the region such as Whipple Dam and Black Moshannon State Parks. Also occurring this weekend is one of the first national shows to come to Pegula Ice Arena. On November 3rd, the Musselman’s Applesauce Family Skating Tribute will fea‑ ture country music star Sara Evans along with ice skating performances from world champion and Olympic figure skaters. Community Events Musselman’s Applesauce Family Skating Tribute 11/3 November 22‑24 Penn State vs. Nebraska (Home Finale) and Keith Urban Concert Penn State football fans who also enjoy country music will want to mark this weekend on the calendar. On Friday Nov. 22, four‑time Grammy winner Keith Urban will perform a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of his “Light the Fuse Tour” along with Little Big Foot and special guest Dustin Lynch. It’s the perfect lead in to Penn State’s final home game of the season against longtime nemesis Nebraska on the 23rd. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, the Cornhuskers are 2‑0 against the Nittany Lions. No doubt Bill O’Brien’s team is looking to put an end to their two‑game losing streak against their opponents from Lincoln. More events will continue to be announced throughout the summer, so keep checking the calendar on our website,, to stay up to date on the latest head‑ lining acts coming to town this fall.

Happy Valley Tours Provide Fun, Informative Adventure for Local Thrill Seekers By Kate Khoury New company Happy Valley Tours is bringing high‑tech fun to Centre County with the latest in personal transpor‑ tation: the Segway PT (personal transporter.) Oft‑used in Europe and Asia and gaining popularity in the US, many large attractions, including Disneyworld and the Smith‑ sonian, offer it as an alternative to wheelchairs for those who have difficulty walking for long periods of time but still want to enjoy every bit of their destination. Rod Frazier, pioneer of Segway PT’s locally, fell in love with them for more than just their traveling usefulness. Rod credits his daughter Kelly, 26, with his first encounter with the personal transportation device five years ago, starting his relationship with the machine. “We were visiting our daughter at her internship in Chicago and were looking for something fun and different to do, and found an ad for Segway tours,” he recounts. “It was a feeling like nothing I’d ever experienced…right away I was hooked.” From that fateful day forward Rod and his family started taking Segway tours in every city on every vaca‑ tion where it was available. Smooth is one of the best terms to describe the sen‑ sation of riding a Segway. Adopting the term “gliding” within the industry (Segway, Inc.’s tagline is “Come Glide with Us”), using a Segway PT really does feel like you are sliding through the landscape, whether you are touring the woods or city streets. You stand in your personal

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transporter, about 6 inches above people walking, and glide along in your own serene world, above all the noise and bustle around you. Its increasing popularity in the US is a no‑brainer once you’ve experienced “the glide.” In fact, the term “Segway Smile” was coined in response to the natural ear‑to‑ear grin that many unconsciously display. Learning to ride a Segway PT, according to a man who has taught countless people, can take as little as 5 minutes. “I equate it to getting your sea‑legs,” Rod says. “The device is self‑balancing, so one of the hardest things for people to get the hang of is just relaxing and letting the Segway balance itself.” Computers and motors in the base of the device keep the Segway PT upright when powered on. The user com‑ mands the device to go forward by shifting their weight forward on the platform and stops by standing up straight, or leaning back slightly. Gyroscopic sensors and fluid‑based leveling sensors detect the weight shift and adjust automatically to the center of gravity. To turn, the user simply steers the handlebar to the left or the right. The electric motors allow the Segways to reach speeds of 12 mph. And this method of transportation is about as “green” and “eco‑friendly” as it gets – the no‑emissions vehicles need about 6 hours of electricity to become fully charged and last about 24 miles per charge. The amount of electricity needed to power them is so reasonable that 25

Rod can plug all 21 of his Segways into one standard power outlet. Currently residing in a building at Tussey Mountain Resort, Happy Valley Tours is searching for a permanent residence that offers enough space to set up an indoor ob‑ stacle course, for year round riding. Ideally, Rod and his wife DrueAnnee would like to find a space that offers corporate meeting space plus room for team‑building and riding. The current obstacle course in Tussey’s parking lot is set up to entertain beginners and experts alike. Vari‑ ous sized ramps and cones for slalom navigating are designed to push the boundaries of a rider’s abilities and allow for some friendly competition. Tour Information: Happy Valley Tours currently offers two route options: the campus tour and the nature tour. The campus tour lasts about three hours and includes: instruction on operating the Segway, a shuttle onto cam‑ pus, the tour highlighting fun and interesting history of many university buildings and scheduled stops at the Hub and the Creamery. Other stops spotlight the Pattee and Paterno Libraries, Beaver Stadium and the Arboretum. And of course, improvised stops along the way can occur at any time. Don’t expect to hear plain old names and dates on this tour. Rod and DrueAnne are self‑proclaimed history buffs, and they love to share their fun facts with others. For instance, one stop is Atherton’s Grave where the ghost of Mrs. Atherton, his wife, supposedly looks over him each night. Another exhibit features the fun history of Old Main and “Old Coaly,” who helped carry the quarried stone for the building up to the site and later carried coal. His bones are still on display in the HUB. And, did you know about the water tunnel? Since the ’40s, the Department of Defense has had a contract with Penn State for work on torpedoes… all of which is researched in the water tunnel. The campus tour is full of these little‑known but fascinating stories of Penn State’s history. “It’s amazing how virtual‑ ly every building on campus has some quirky, historical factoid that few people know about. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when we tell them something about a building that they may have passed for years, and now have a whole new perspec‑ 26

tive on,” Rod declares fondly. While Rod takes pride in the campus tours, with guides ranging from Lion Ambassadors to a 74‑year old retiree, Happy Valley Tours’ nature tour lasts about an hour and cruises along the grounds of scenic Tussey Resort. The route takes people to the lake, and halfway up Tussey Mountain to the zipline, and offers guests a unique take on the “nature walk.” It’s a “nature glide!” The x2 Segways for this tour have sturdier tires designed for better trac‑ tion in dirt, mud and gravel, and are a few inches higher off the ground than the street version, the i2. Happy Valley Tours offers custom tours for groups or businesses. Rod can bring his Segways to wherever you’d like to ride. If there is room in a parking lot or grass lawn, businesses can challenge their employees to the latest craze of Segway Polo. Or, Rod can set up his obstacle course in your back yard with fun twists and challenges for family and friends. The possibilities for Segway Tours are endless. Rod and DrueAnne are pleased to bring something new and fun to their hometown of more than 25 years, and State College is lucky to join the elite, cutting edge group of towns that offer Segway tours. We invite you to participate in this enjoyable activity – with prices as low as $10 to learn to glide, $35 for the nature tour, $67 for the campus tour and endless custom packages available. There is something for everyone, as long as you meet the regulatory limitations: the weight limit is 80lbs to 260lbs and riders must be at least 14 years of age. Helmets are mandatory, even though you’d have to really try hard to fall off one of these things. As Rod says, “If you can step up onto a stool and stand, you can ride a Segway.” “We just want to get people out and get them to try the Segway, because we know that once they try it they’ll be as enthusiastic about gliding as we are!”


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Autoport 21. Arena Bar & Grille; Northland Motel 23. Rumors Lounge and Tarragon 19. Restaurant at The Atherton Hotel 24. Bar Bleu‑bleu 25. Carvers Deli 6. Carnegie Inn & Spa 26. Damon’s Grill 27. Deli Restaurant‑deli‑z‑bar 28. Down Under Steak House 29. Duffy’s 30. Eat ’N Park 31. Fiddlehead 32. 4. Gardens ThePennStaterHotel/dining/ the‑gardens.cfm


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Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites 2. Fairfield Inn & Suites 3. Holiday Inn Express 4. Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 5. Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center 6. Carnegie Inn & Spa 7. Comfort Suites 8. Days Inn Penn State 9. Hilton Garden Inn 10. Nittany Budget Motel 11. Nittany Lion Inn Dining/Whiskers.cfm 12. Quality Inn 13. Ramada Conference Center 14. Rodeway Inn 15. Sleep Inn 16. Super 8 17. Autoport 18. Country Inn & Suites 19. Atherton Hotel 20. Hampton Inn & Suites 21. Northland Motel 22. SpringHill Suites



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Apparel & Accessories Collegiate Pride Inc. Collegiate Pride Inc. offers promotional, printable, customized apparel in a variety of options for men, women, children, and infants. They also carry high quality products that are great for any corporate event or tradeshow. 814‑237‑4377;

Woolrich Flagship Store & Outlet A perfect day trip destination from Happy Valley is a visit to the Woolrich Flagship Store & Outlet in Woolrich, PA, the village where the company was founded in 1830. 570‑769‑7401;

Beer & Wine

Harper’s Clothing More than 80 years ago, Harper’s opened its doors with a relentless commitment to providing its customers with the best of the best. Today, in the company’s third generation, they are regarded as one of the area’s great clothing stores. They offer free custom alterations by their European tailors and have fashion coordinators as part of their ripe tradition. 814‑238‑4767; Lions Pride Looking to sport the newest blue and white gear, but live out of town? Order online with Lions Pride and they’ll ship anywhere in the contiguous 48 states for a flat $5 fee. Get your Penn State apparel for men, women,

The Hopshop Beer Market Located directly under Z Bar and The Deli Restaurant, The Hopshop is a take‑out beer boutique that features over 500 selections specializing in American craft and specialty Imports. You can even create your own custom 6‑pack. A specially‑designed draft tower offers eight rotating selections to fill growlers (a half‑gallon jug). A beer lovers destination for anyone looking to head to the tailgate or find a new brew experience. 814‑308‑9808; Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery A Penn State tradition for over 20 years, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery is just 6 miles east of State College. Visit this

beautiful mountainside location above the historic village of Linden Hall and enjoy free tasting of their award‑winning wines. Popular favorites are Nittany Mountain White, Tailgate Red, and Lion Country Blush. Tours by appointment. Full event calendar ‑ check website for details. Great option for a leisurely afternoon outing. Hours: Tues.‑Fri 1:30‑5pm, Sat. 10‑5pm, & Sun. 12:30‑4pm. 814‑466‑6373;

event or tradeshow. 814‑237‑4377;

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Tucked neatly into hillside of the Seven Mountains Region of Central PA, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars offers tastings, vine‑ yard tours, and events. Stop by and spend some time at the tasting bar or join friends on the deck for a glass. 814‑364‑1000;

PA Military Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore The Bookstore has a large selection of mili‑ tary books and other military‑related items, including children’s toys, magnets, bumper stickers, posters, picture frames, as well as a selection of items that show your support of our men and women in uniform. Items are available for all branches of the military, including retiree and reserve personnel. 814‑466‑6263;

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 Collegiate Pride Inc. Collegiate Pride Inc. offers promotional, printable, customized apparel in a variety of options for men, women, children, and infants. They also carry high quality products that are great for any corporate

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Lions Pride Looking to sport the newest blue and white gear, but live out of town? Order online with Lions Pride and they’ll ship anywhere in the contiguous 48 states for a flat $5 fee. Get your Penn State apparel for men, women, children, or infants. 814‑234‑2153; lions‑

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• Rockhill Trolley 50th year • Houseboat rentals • Diners • Mountain biking / hiking • Scenery & lake breezes • Fishing • Kayak rentals • Tour boat cruises • Camping • Caves • Public beaches • PA road bike routes • Shops Penn State Football Home Games Sept. 7 - PSU v. EASTERN MICHIGAN 9/6-9/13: Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering

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Sept. 21 - PSU v. KENT STATE 9/20-9/22: 11th Annual Aughwick Creek Antique Tractor Show Oct. 12 - PSU v. MICHIGAN 10/11 and 10/12: 30th Annual Ghosts and Goblins Tours at Lincoln Caverns 10/12: 38th Annual Hartslog Day Nov. 2 - PSU v. ILLINOIS 11/3: Raystown Region Annual Wedding Expo Nov. 16 - PSU v. PURDUE 11/17: Hike It/Bike It/Like It Day in the Raystown Lake Region Nov. 23 - PSU v. NEBRASKA begins 11/23: Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park FOR DETAILS: RAYSTOWN.ORG/EVENTS


Shopping in Happy Valley Woolrich Flagship Store & Outlet A perfect day trip destination from Happy Valley is a visit to the Woolrich Flagship Store & Outlet in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, the village where the company was founded in 1830. 570‑769‑7401;

printable, customized apparel in a variety of options for men, women, children, and infants. They also carry high quality products that are great for any corporate event or tradeshow. 814‑237‑4377;

Your Cigar Den This quaint store not only sells cigars, but provides the perfect atmosphere to kick back with friends and enjoy a cigar or two. Their attentive and knowledgeable staff will assist you with all of your purchases. 814‑867‑0666;

Fan Material Show your pride with officially licensed Penn State tablecloths, napkins, and aprons by Fan Material. 100% SpunPoly, stain‑resistant, and washable, these linens will last a lifetime of enthusiasm. New sizes and products coming soon. 814‑355‑7169;

Penn State Merchandise Collegiate Pride Inc. Collegiate Pride Inc. offers promotional,

Harper’s Clothing More than 80 years ago, Harper’s opened its doors with a relentless commitment to providing its customers with the best of

the best. Today, in the company’s third generation, they are regarded as one of the area’s great clothing stores. They offer free custom alterations by their European tailors and have fashion coordinators as part of their ripe tradition. 814‑238‑4767;

comfortable atmosphere. This full-service salon and spa offers a variety of services with a range of professional products from the top beauty brands. Give them a call and let them impress you. 814‑237‑1237;

Kranich’s Jewelers Kranich’s Jewelers is your eminent State College jeweler and has been for more than 100 years. Visit their downtown store and new location at 2020 N. Atherton St. to meet expert jewelers who can guide you with your purchase. See their range of jewelry featuring Penn State‑specific items and selections by designers, including Simon G., Scott Kay, Swarovski, Ritani, and more! 814‑234‑4481 (College Ave.) & 814‑234‑0637 (N. Atherton St.);

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Lions Pride Looking to sport the newest blue and white gear, but live out of town? Order online with Lions Pride and they’ll ship anywhere in the contiguous 48 states for a flat $5 fee. Get your Penn State apparel for men, women, children, or infants. 814‑234‑2153; lions‑

Salons & Spas The ESSpa at the Carnegie Inn ESSpa is owned and operated by Hungarian skin care expert, Eva Kerschbaumer, who also founded ESSpa Kozmetika in Pitts‑ burgh. This award‑winning facility has been recognized as “The Best Spa in America” by the publication Industry Source and the “Best Skincare” in Western Pennsylvania by Pittsburgh Magazine. 814‑380‑9772; Adam Cole Salon & Spa Located directly across from Damon’s on E. College Ave, Adam Cole Salon aims to exceed your expectations by providing the best possible service in a casual and 32

Off‑The‑Rack Outfitters Visit Off‑The‑Rack Outfitters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to the see all the latest Spikes merchandise as well as a wide selec‑ tion of Penn State apparel. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t forget you can shop at Off the Rack Outfitters online 24 hours, 7 days a week! 814‑863‑5084; Penns Valley Outfitters A recreational rental and eco‑friendly general store located in the heart of Millheim, offering natural and organic dry goods, vitamins, outdoor clothing and accessories. seasonal rentals include bicycles, kayaks, water tubes and more! Rental Season begins in March. Open Thur.‑Sat. 10 a.m.‑6 p.m., Sun. Noon‑3 p.m. 112 E. Main St., Millheim 16854; 814‑349‑5260; Tussey Mountain Outfitters This retail shop specializes in quality canoes, kayaks, paddle sport gear and repairs. It is conveniently located next to the Sunnyside Paddle Park that features a permanent slalom course to train on and is the perfect place to demo canoes and kayaks. Check out their website for various outings and rental packages. Happy paddling!

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Attractions Arts & Culture Center for the Performing Arts Penn State’s premier venue for performing arts! Each year, dozens of performers— from comedians, to musicians, to opera singers—take the stage. 814‑863‑0255; Palmer Museum of Art The Palmer Art Museum, right in the middle of campus on Curtin Road, has been the leading art gallery in the area since its opening in 1972. Its bold facade was part of a major renovation and expansion in 1993, with the Museum now housing 11 galleries. Along with permanent fixtures, featured exhibits change around the same time semesters do; see their website for what’s next and for related events. And... admission is FREE! 814‑865‑7672;

Penn State Ice Rink The Penn State Ice Rink provides year round ice skating opportunities for the entire community. 814‑865‑4102; icerink/index.asp Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Penn State’s environmental center offers fun and educational events for the whole community. Located in Petersburg, Shaver’s Creek has hiking trails, hands‑on exhibits and more. 814‑863‑2000; The State Theatre The State Theatre is a non‑profit community theatre in the heart of State College. The Theatre is dedicated to servicing the Centre County region by providing a venue for performing arts, including, but not limited to music, theatre, dance, opera, independent and classic films, family programming, and so much more. 814‑272‑0606;

Happy Valley Hotspots Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark The museum is housed in the historic 1882 Master Mechanics Building that once was home to the extensive testing labs of the “Pennsy.” Visit three floors of exhibits and enjoy historic films in the Norfolk Southern Theater. At the Horseshoe Curve, approxi‑ mately 40 miles from State College, you can ride to the track elevation on board the single track funicular or walk the beautifully scenic steps to the top. 814‑946‑0834; Boalsburg Heritage Museum Come visit the birth place of Memorial Day and learn about historic Boalsburg, PA. The museum property includes a light house, back barn, and summer kitchen in addition to the main attraction, the Sarah Sweet house. Recent exhibits include “Three Ladies and the Birth of Tradition” about the inception of Memorial Day and a collection of Civil War era long rifles from Philip Sauerlender. 814‑466‑3035;

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Dayze Gone Bye Carriage Rides Dayze Gone Bye Carriage Rides is located in Allensville, Pennsylvania, and offers a horse drawn carriage ride that features a unique look into yesteryear. Their carriage rides also provide tours for all occasions. Enjoy the beautiful warm weather, scenic “Big Valley” with its unique blend of three Amish cultures not seen anywhere else in the world, and a view into “The Good Old Days” when life was simpler. 814‑553‑5149; Northland Bowl Northland Bowl is a fun, exciting place to enjoy with family, friends, or colleagues in State College. Northland Bowl offers more than your average bowling alley, with 32 brand new bowling lanes featur‑ ing state‑of‑the‑art UV graphics for Cosmic Bowling under black lights as well as plasma monitors, a top‑of‑the‑line scoring system, interactive games, and music videos. The venue also offers billiards, an arcade, and a snack bar with a full restaurant menu, bar,

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What to Do and take‑out beer. This is the place to get in‑ volved in a bowling league, win prizes, host birthday and corporate parties, run fundrais‑ ers, play in tournaments, and participate in the additional variety of special events and offers throughout the year. 814‑237‑1500; Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery They are your local vineyard & winery in the heart of Lion Country and a Penn State tradition for more than 20 years. Come visit them at their mountainside location above the historic village of Linden Hall and taste their award‑winning wines. Winery tours by appointment. Hours: Tues.‑Fri 1:30‑5pm, Sat. 10‑5pm, & Sun. 12:30‑4pm. 814‑466‑6373; 300 Houser Rd., Centre Hall, PA 16828 (7 miles east of State Col‑


lege). Pennsylvania Military Museum The Museum, located in Boalsburg, recounts the story of Commonwealth citizens who served our country in defense of the nation. Their sacrifice is highlighted through exhibits and artifacts that are documented by the museum’s excellent collection of vehicles and small arms. 814‑466‑6263; Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is America’s only all‑water cavern and wildlife park. Don’t worry about the weather outside. It’s always 52 degrees inside the cave. Plus, don’t miss their amazing wildlife park with bears, mountain lions, and even wolves. New to Penn’s Cave this season, the Cave

Rock Mountain Tour of the wildlife grounds provide an exciting off‑road trail experience. 814‑364‑1664; Pine Bottom Aviation Services Pine Bottom Aviation Services provides personalized helicopter charter and sightsee‑ ing tours throughout central Pennsylvania. If your project requires aerial observation to document by photo or film, give them a call. Still searching for the perfect gift? How about a 30‑minute tour gift certificate? 814‑935‑4548; Raystown Lake Region Located in central Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, Raystown Lake is the heart of Huntingdon County and home to year round outdoor fun. Check out bed & breakfasts, lodges, campgrounds, and other places to

stay! 814‑658‑0060; Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Join them for their 4th year surrounded by the beauty of Pennsylvania’s Seven Mountains region. Located one mile off of US Route 322 between Lewistown and State College. Spend time at the tasting bar or join friends on the spacious outdoor patio for a glass of our award winning wines. Enjoy our wines by the summer firelight on Campfire Fridays or visit for a winery tour and tasting. 814‑364‑1000; The Sky’s The Limit Ballooning Discover a new view of State College and Happy Valley from the air in their beautiful hot air balloon. Drift through the skies,

What to Do float over meadows, and brush treetops on a memorable flight in their balloon. A gift certificate makes the perfect gift for any occasion ‑ holidays, graduation, birthday, wedding, and anniversary! 814‑234‑5986; State College Spikes The State College Spikes are Central PA’s Best Family Value and the Class‑A Short‑Sea‑ son affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Spikes host 38 regular season home games at beautiful Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, located next to Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center. Single‑game tickets are as low as $6, so bring the family for the perfect night of fun, affordable, family entertainment. Visit their website for ticket information and a game schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. 814‑863‑5084; Tussey Mountain When the snow melts, the summer fun starts at Tussey Mountain! Bring your friends and family out to enjoy lots of af‑ fordable, fun activities, sure to bring out the kid in everyone. From Go‑Karts to Golf, the Centre Community Skate Park to the brand new Mountain Mini‑Golf course, there’s something for everyone. 814‑466‑6266;

Movie Theaters The State Theatre The State Theatre in Downtown State Col‑ lege is Happy Valley’s premier entertainment venue. From concerts, to musicals, to mov‑ ies, the State Theatre has it all. Check out the State Theatre’s website for upcoming films and showtimes. 814‑272‑0606; College 9 Located behind Lowes off North Atherton Street. 814‑272‑3050; locations/Info.aspx?ID=6

Premiere Theater12 Located next to the Best Western Inn and Suites off East College Avenue. 814‑861‑5006; Info.aspx?ID=10

Golf Courses Penn State Golf Courses Two 18‑hole courses—the Blue and White—and an array of practice facilities provide the home‑field for the men’s and women’s golf teams. The Blue Course hosts the annual Men’s Rutherford Intercollegiate and the Women’s Nittany Lion Invitational, while the White Course provides a challenging alternative. Both are open to the public. 814‑865‑GOLF; Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center It’s been awarded 4½ stars as one of Golf Digest magazines’ places to play and is rated as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best resort/ public golf courses.” Toftrees Golf Club is gently cradled in the heart of Pennsylvania’s rolling green hills. Located just 2 miles west of Beaver Stadium, this Centre County gem offers 1,500 acres of rolling hills for a leisurely and refreshing experience. 814‑238‑760;


Centre County Grange Fairgrounds


Birds of Prey Demo Saturday, Aug. 3


Building appreciation and access to outdoor recreation in the Central PA region by highlighting area outfitters, outdoor gear vendors, environmental groups and environmental groups and outdoor clubs.

Tussey Mountain Par 3 Golf Come check out the newest miniature golf course in Central PA, the Mountain MiniGolf course! This 18 hole, Par 42 course is fun for all ages and abilities. Tussey also has a par 3 golf course with nine holes and mul‑ tiple tee locations for variety in playing more than a standard nine. Feeling rusty in your swing? Take advantage of Tussey’s driving range with more than 400 yards of driving space. 814‑466‑6266;

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Restaurants While in town, log on to for delivery and takeout at all of your favorite State College restaurants! Arena Bar & Grill The Arena offers an incredible selection of fresh food on their menu, including award‑winning wings, homemade pizza, and sandwiches, as well as an extensive beer selection and handcrafted drinks. There’s fun for everyone each night of the week, from NFL Sunday Ticket games, karaoke, live music, Texas Hold ’Em tournaments, team trivia, and much more. The venue also has dart boards, billiards, and NTN Trivia to keep you entertained while you enjoy daily food and drink specials. Book your office, social group, or birthday party at the Arena for a unique experience, combining a catered menu with billiards and bowling at the adjoining Northland Bowl. 814‑237‑8833; The Autoport The Autoport restaurant and lounge makes

a maximum effort to integrate local, organic produce into their menus whenever possible. They feature daily chef specials and chang‑ ing desserts, utilizing the freshest seasonal ingredients available. They offer everything from burgers and pizza to filet mignon and pasta. Grab a drink off of their extensive list of wines and cocktails, sit on their outdoor patio or at the warm and cozy fire pits and enjoy live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday. Join the fun at Toast, their separate smoking lounge. The Autoport offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 814‑237‑7666; bar bleu Socializing and sports viewing awaits at bar bleu. Don’t miss a minute of the action on 22 true 1080i HDMI high‑definition, flat‑screen monitors displaying the night’s college and pro match‑ups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers plus crafted cocktails, in‑ cluding the “Fishbowl,” concocted in its own 43‑ounce tank! Pub fare featuring authentic Kansas City style barbecue is smoked daily on site. 814‑237‑0374; locations/bar‑bleu Bonfatto’s This iconic restaurant has been in business

since 1919 and features a trademarked Bonzana Sub, a Happy Valley favorite for 50 years. It boasts an extensive made‑from‑scratch menu, full bar and wine list, meeting room, and even a drive‑up win‑ dow. 814‑353‑3330; Carnegie Inn & Spa From daily breakfasts to elegantly prepared hors d’oeuvres and dinners, dining at Carnegie Inn & Spa is as spectacular as it is relaxing. Dine in the library while savoring a favorite cocktail or glass of wine from the Wine Spectator award‑winning list. 814‑234‑2424; Carvers Deli and Barbecue Carvers Deli and Barbecue is a family‑owned restaurant that prepares their food the way others wish they could. Deli meats are cooked in house, soups are homemade, and their wood‑smoked barbecue is always tender and juicy. They offer dine in, takeout and delivery, and can meet all of your catering needs. 814‑237‑0620; Damon’s Grill Just moments from Beaver Stadium, Damon’s is a favorite for sports fans and

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families. With three separate dining envi‑ ronments, you’ll always catch your team on any of their 11 big screens and 17 plasma TVs. They have 14 beers on draft, weeknight value specials like $7.99 Burger Mondays, All‑You‑Can‑Eat ribs for $15.99 on Tuesday or All‑You‑Can‑Eat regular or bone‑ less wings $11.99 every Wednesday. Fol‑ low on Facebook at Damon’s Bar and Grill in State College. 814‑237‑6300; The Deli Restaurant Since 1973, The Deli has served up New York‑style deli favorites on an American menu, offering everything from comfort food to pub favorites all made from scratch. Soups, breads, sauces, and award‑winning desserts are all homemade early in the morning. Look for their rotating menu of food‑themed festivals throughout the year. 814‑237‑5710; the‑deli‑z‑bar Down Under Steak House This casual restaurant is the place for unique dining, featuring hearty appetizers and delicious entrees, including steaks, chops, chicken, pasta, and seafood on the grill, as

Where to Eat well as fresh sandwiches and salads served in a comfortable family atmosphere. Their popular lounge offers specialty cocktails, beers, and wines. 814‑234‑8000; Duffy’s Dining at Duffy’s gives you a taste of the past. The intimate dining room offers a full fine‑dining menu, while the tavern is an authentic 19th‑century pub where it’s easy to envision a rowdy crowd gathered around the bar. They are also equipped with ban‑ quet and meeting rooms. 814‑466‑6241; Fiddlehead Cafe Fiddlehead is the hottest soup and salad cafe in State College. They make their soups from scratch daily and their salads are made to order using fresh, locally‑sourced ingredients. 814‑237‑0595; Gamble Mill Restaurant & Microbrewery A true piece of Americana, this historic mill restaurant and microbrewery offers in‑house craft beers. Experience bold American flavors by exploring their casual pub menu or fine dining options with six to seven of their own craft brews on tap. The Gamble Mill offers a Brewer’s Club, takeout growlers, outdoor seating, catering, and space for large private functions. Lunch: Mon‑Sat 11:30‑2; Dinner: Mon‑Sat 5‑9/10; Chalkboard Sundays 4‑8. All credit cards accepted. 814‑355‑7764; Gardens Restaurant The Penn Stater’s restaurant offers sophis‑ ticated dining and classic cuisine with an American flair. This restaurant also offers guests a sumptuous Sunday Brunch and the expansive America’s Bounty Buffets on both Friday and Saturday evenings. 814‑863‑5090; thepennstaterhotel. the‑gardens.cfm

Gigi’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge A tremendous addition to the happy Valley food scene! Old world sophistication meets modern elegance in the beautifully reno‑ vated Gigi’s. Seasonal chef‑prepared menu, plus small plates and extensive drink op‑ tions. Patio seating is available when weath‑ er permits. Friday and Saturday nights, are Martini Nights, plus Raw Bar beginning at 5 p.m. Happy Hour features $2 off wine and $3 off large domestic drafts, as well as $2 Sliders and much more. 814‑861‑3463; The Governor’s Pub The Governor’s Pub is Bellefonte’s newest historical dining experience, offering fine dining with a dash of history. The Pub celebrates the seven U.S. governors and five governors of Pennsylvania who hailed from Bellefonte. Open every day, they offer a full lunch, dinner, and dessert menu, along with a beer/wine list. A private room is also available. 814‑353‑1008, Herwig’s Austrian Bistro Everything at Herwig’s is prepared in the morning for that day and evening (Brandy even makes every bratwurst from scratch, using meat from a local butcher shop). So if they run out of food, they close... Maybe it’s due to their generous portions, but generosity is what they’re all about. 814‑272‑0738; Hi‑Way Pizza The State College tradition for nearly 50 years, nobody does it better than Hi‑Way! Offering over 29 varieties of hand‑spun pizzas made from scratch with an endless combination of toppings. Their vodka “flaky” crust and red stuffed pizzas are simply a must have. Hi‑Way’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes, calzones, grinders, salads, and other Italian specialties. Eat‑in, take‑out, or Hi‑Way delivery. 814‑237‑0375; hi‑way‑pizza

India Pavilion Exotic Indian Cuisine Enjoy an upscale and elegant meal in one of State College’s most unique restaurants. Lunch buffets offered Tuesday‑Sunday from 11:30 a.m.‑2:30p.m. with more than six main courses and additional South Indian se‑ lections on the weekends. 814‑237‑3400; Inferno Brick Oven & Bar With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, Inferno is a place to see and be seen. A full‑service bar boasts a unique specialty wine, beer and cocktail menu. Inferno of‑ fers a contemporary Neapolitan brick‑oven experience featuring a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other modern‑Italian plates. Lunch and dinner service transitions into night with a boutique nightclub with dance‑floor lighting, club sound system, and the area’s most talented resident DJs. 814‑237‑5718; inferno Kelly’s Steak & Seafood Kelly’s has quickly become the premier dining experience for steak and seafood lov‑ ers. Kelly’s chefs were trained at America’s top culinary schools, and you’ll know it when you take your first bite. The menu is creative, but not overly exotic. Shipments of carefully selected fresh beef, seafood and poultry arrive daily. Kelly’s is also the only restaurant in the region with a live lobster tank! 814‑466‑6251; kellys‑ Kimchi Korean Restaurant Kimchi offers traditional and contemporary Korean cuisine including Korean BBQ, rice dishes, seafood, noodles, soups, stews, and vegetarian dishes. All meals are served with a choice of six side dishes and hot tea. They also offer a weekday lunch special for $6.99 (11:30a.m.‑2:30p.m.). 814‑237‑2096; Legends This casual pub offers classic dishes for lunch and dinner in a warm atmosphere. Have a

beer with friends and catch the game or en‑ joy a delicious meal with the whole family. Huge sandwiches, salads, and appetizers are featured. 814‑863‑5080; PennStater.psdine Luna 2 Woodgrill & Bar Luna 2 offers wood‑fired pizza and fresh homemade pasta, as well as wood‑grilled baby back ribs, BBQ ribs, homemade meatloaf, award winning burgers, and fresh seafood. 814‑234‑9009; luna‑ Mario’s Restaurant Fresh specialty dishes, pasta, sauces, hand‑tossed pizzas, and rotisserie wood‑grilled chicken all made from scratch are just a few reasons why Mario’s is authentically Italian! At the heart of it all is a specialty wood‑fired pizza oven and rotis‑ serie that imparts rustic flavors that can’t be beat! Mario’s loves wine, honored with six consecutive Wine Spectator awards and a wine list of over 550 Italian selections. Ma‑ rio’s even pours 12 rotating specialty bottles on their WineStation® state‑of‑the‑art pres‑ ervation system. Reservations and walk‑Ins welcome. 814‑234‑4273; Mt. Nittany Inn Why eat just anywhere when you can dine on top of the world, or at least on top of the mountain between Centre Hall and Pleasant Gap, overlooking beautiful Penn’s Valley. The breathtaking view, combined with fresh, delicious menu offerings, make the Mt. Nittany Inn the perfect choice for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. 814‑364‑9363; Otto’s Pub & Brewery The only brewery in State College, it’s THE place for fresh food and fresh beer. Their American cuisine is made with local ingredients, and the beer is brewed onsite. They get their beef from a local farm, whose cows get to enjoy spent grain of the brew‑ ing process! Many menu items, like wings 37

Where to Eat and fondue, feature beers as a centerpiece. 814‑867‑6886; Port Matilda Hotel & Tavern Enjoy classic American tavern fare at the Port Matilda Hotel & Tavern. Come as you are and try their homemade soups and Friday fish fry all year long. There are six rooms available for rent onsite. It is truly the best place you have never been. 814‑692‑4097 P.J. Harrigan’s The award‑winning Ramada Conference Center’s on‑site restaurant is packed with authentic memorabilia from the sports and entertainment worlds. Take advantage of specials like $5 appetizers during Happy Hour weekdays from 5‑7 p.m. and half price on ALL drinks Sunday, Tuesday and


Thursday. Or come for their Express Lunch, available every day from 11 a.m.‑2 p.m. and get two hot soups, a hot entree, fresh bread, and a variety of salads for $6.99! 814‑235‑3009; Pizza Mia! Known for its crust, Pizza Mia hand‑tosses its dough from spring harvest flour, specially‑filtered Bellefonte spring water, 100% extra virgin olive oil, premium harvest gold raw cane sugar, salt, and yeast. Check out their huge menu of pizzas, wraps, and wings. 814‑355‑3738; Rumors Lounge at The Atherton Hotel With full‑service lunch and snack menus and a variety of specialty cocktails and

drinks, Rumors is a favorite spot to enhance formal business meetings at the end of the day or the ideal location to begin a perfect evening of conversation. Rumors also offers breakfast, dinner, and room service menus. 814‑231‑2100; The Saloon Hosting live music every night of the week and a party atmosphere at its core, The Saloon offers a perfect mix of bar meets rock ’n roll. Home of the famed Monkey Boy®, their nationally recognized signature drink, The Saloon has a full‑service bar with over 75 spirits, 16 beers on tap and close to 100 in‑the‑bottle American craft, import, and domestic beers. 814‑234‑1344;

Tarragon Restaurant at The Atherton Hotel Well‑known for its creative menus, relaxing and lovely atmosphere, and meals that are as delicious as they are beautifully prepared, Tarragon boasts an elegant atmosphere. They encourage guests to dress casually and comfortably. 814‑231‑2100; T.G.I. Friday’s Conveniently located on North Atherton Street near the Comfort Suites and Sleep Inn, T.G.I. Friday’s is a great place to grab a quick bite before or after the game or to enjoy a few beers in the evening. There is a full bar and drink specials and also an extensive kids’ menu, so whatever your needs, T.G.I. Friday’s can fulfill them. Frequent visitors should check out their free ‘Give Me More Stripes’ rewards program. 814‑861‑5540;

Where to Eat The Way Café and Bakery This cafe boasts simple country food using fresh, local ingredients. The homemade soup, fresh‑baked bread, homegrown and local fruits and vegetables, pork, and cheese used throughout their menu is what sets them apart. They offer a lunch menu Mon‑ day through Friday, with a full breakfast and lunch served on Saturdays. 814‑355‑5690; Whiskers The casual lounge at the Nittany Lion Inn serves soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts with seasonal outdoor seating on the garden patio. 814‑865‑8580; Dining/Whiskers.cfm

Whistle Stop Restaurant Make the short scenic drive down Route 45. Pass the Round Barn and turn left at the light. The Whistle Stop Restaurant is less than 1/2 mile on the right. Housed in a restored 19th Century railroad station, you will be treated to fresh daily lunch and dinner specials, homemade soups and des‑ serts, and a menu filled with traditional and comfort foods. Don’t miss “the best prime rib anywhere” on Saturday evenings. You can bring your own beer or wine. When you leave here, you can’t wait to come back. 814‑364‑2544; The Deli Restaurant & Z Bar Celebrating American Craft Beer with 57 drafts, a cask‑conditioned “real ale” hand‑pump beer engine, and a 150+ bottle list. American is their thing, but they’ve

got crazy good brews from all over the globe and a rotated stock of 30+ respected selections by the bottle/glass. Shot with your beer? Or a snickers martini perhaps? Their back‑bar rocks a crazy collection… you’ll see. 814‑237‑5710; locations/the‑deli‑z‑bar Zola New World Bistro Zola’s menu changes with the season, prom‑ ising creative entrees made with the fresh‑ est, most organic ingredients. The ambiance is classy but not stuffy, especially Friday nights, perfect for date night, when Zola fea‑ tures jazz and oysters—talk about a mood setter! Hot tip: don’t skip dessert, no matter how full you are. Head on over before or after a State Theatre show. 814‑237‑8474;

Catering The Arena Bar & Grill Why settle for the same old party? Take your group to Northland Bowl and the Arena Bar & Grill to celebrate with great food and tons of fun for all ages. Packages are built to suit your needs. Cosmic bowling, an arcade, and pool tables will keep your group entertained. 814‑237‑8833; The Autoport Contact the Autoport to plan your custom event where your guests can enjoy delicious food and comfortable lodging. Various menus are available and the Autoport offers extensive beverage options for wine, beer, and cocktails. Warmer months offer cozy


Where to Eat outdoor seating on the patio, near the pool and firepit. 814‑237‑7666; Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall Owned and operated by the Moerschbacher family for over 50 years, Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall specializes in off‑site catering, party rentals, and on‑site events. Hoag’s offers the best quality food and service that allows its customers to truly be guests at their own party. Celebration Hall is fully equipped with tables and chairs and can handle small and large groups up to 250 people. Convenient free parking is available on site. Hoag’s friendly staff is available to assist you in catering, banquet, and event planning needs. 814‑238‑0824;

Damon’s Grill Damon’s caters any size event, for any occasion. Their professional catering staff has years of experience and menus for any budget. From barbecue ribs to prime rib and more, Damon’s will help plan your event and make it a success. Call their catering hotline at 814‑237‑9151 and ask for Kerry DuBois. Gamble Mill Restaurant & Microbrewery This charming, historic location offers profes‑ sional event management for large functions and can accommodate up to 200 guests. 814‑355‑7764; Gardens Restaurant The Penn Stater’s restaurant offers sophisticated dining and classic cuisine with an American flair. They also offer

guests a sumptuous Sunday Brunch and the expansive America’s Bounty Buffets on both Friday and Saturday evenings. 814‑863‑5090; thepennstaterhotel. the‑gardens.cfm The Governor’s Pub Book the Governor’s Pub’s private rooms for your next meeting, party, or special event. 814‑353‑1008; Herwig’s Austrian Bistro Everything at Herwig’s is prepared in the morning for that day and evening (Brandy even makes every bratwurst from scratch, using meat from a local butcher shop). So if they run out of food, they close... Maybe it’s due to their generous portions, but generosity is what they’re all about. 814‑272‑0738;

Not just another Italian place. Of course, Pizza Mia! has pasta, pizza, salads and subs. But we’re not just another Italian place. Check out our Dogies, nachos and burgers and taste the difference. Baked - not deep fried. Fresh - not frozen. Go to for a list of daily specials. FREE, ACCURATE and FAST delivery in Bellefonte, Zion, Pleasant Gap, Milesburg, Continental Courts, Innovation Park and along the Benner Pike to the Nittany Mall.

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KAARMA Indian Cuisine Redefined Enjoy “redefined” Indian Cuisine at KAARMA, located in the middle of downtown on Beaver Avenue. They offer a daily lunch buffet at only $7.25 and students can save Monday‑Thursday with their $9.95 dinner special. Consider them for your next catering function as well. 814‑238‑8141: Kelly’s Steak & Seafood Two private dining rooms accommodate par‑ ties of up to 25 or 50 people, perfect for re‑ unions, rehearsal dinners, and other special occasions. Reserve a room and customize a menu to suit your tastes and budget. Kelly’s also offers off‑premise catering, Buffet Style, Tailgate Style, or a Fine Dining Experience. The menu is structured with a large selection to allow you to customize the scope, style and cost of any event. They also can provide

Where to Eat accessories such as plates, silverware and food warmers as well as whatever staffing levels you desire. Kelly’s can deliver and set‑up, or you can pick up. They will provide you with personal assistance planning your event to make sure every detail meets your expectation. 814‑466‑6251; kellys‑ Lodge at Tussey Mountain A beautiful facility year round, the Lodge at Tussey Mountain will host your wedding, staff retreat, picnic, or other special event! They have a fully equipped kitchen, bar, and courteous staff who will accommodate you in every way. 814‑466‑7976;

Mt. Nittany Inn Why eat just anywhere when you can dine on top of the world, or at least on top of the mountain between Centre Hall and Pleasant Gap, overlooking beautiful Penn’s Valley. The breathtaking view, combined with fresh, delicious menu offerings, make the Mt. Nittany Inn the perfect choice for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. 814‑364‑9363; Penn State Hospitality Penn State University offers two full‑service hotels, each with its own atmosphere and modern amenities. Both feature gracious ac‑ commodations, exceptional service, a choice of dining experience, and state‑of‑the‑art facilities for conferences, banquets, and spe‑ cial events. 814‑863‑5014;

Happy Valley Catering by Pizza Mia Pizza Mia is offering the same mouth watering, in‑house style pizza, wings, subs and salads that has earned their reputation. 814‑355‑3738; Tarragon Restaurant at The Atherton Hotel Tarragon Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and room service menus. Well‑known for its creative menus, relaxing and lovely atmosphere, and meals that are as delicious as they are beautifully prepared, Tarragon boasts an elegant atmosphere and encourages their guests to dress casually and comfortably. 814‑231‑2100;

Zola New World Bistro Zola’s menu changes with the season, prom‑ ising creative entrees made with the fresh‑ est, most organic ingredients. The ambiance is classy but not stuffy, especially Friday nights, perfect for date night, when Zola fea‑ tures jazz and oysters—talk about a mood setter! Hot tip: don’t skip dessert, no matter how full you are. Head on over before or after a State Theatre show. 814‑237‑8474;

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Where to Stay SpringHill Suites State College

Hotels The Atherton Hotel Enjoy all the comforts of a full‑service boutique hotel conveniently located just one block from Penn State University in the heart of downtown State College. Amenities and conveniences include complimentary use of Penn State’s pools and Natatorium and of The North Club, Lionheart, and Titan exercise facilities; on‑site exercise facilities; affordable in‑room dining; Lodgenet movies and on demand television; local shuttle services; large, comfortable guest rooms; full service conference and banquet facilities; covered parking; and warm and welcoming staff and service. The Atherton is within walking distance to most all university and downtown restaurants, shops, and venues. 814‑231‑2100; The Autoport The Autoport, Pennsylvania’s first motel, is located 1.5 miles from Penn State. They’re open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and serve a Sunday breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to noon. Other features include lunch and din‑ ner specials, daily half‑priced happies from 5 to 7 p.m., free wi‑fi and HBO, a heated

pool, famous fire pits, nightly entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, and their new separate smoking lounge. 814‑237‑7666; Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites Come stay at one of the newest hotels in Happy Valley. The Best Western Plus offers a hot, complimentary breakfast each morning, an indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness area and a very friendly staff. The hotel also prides itself on being eco‑friendly. 814‑234‑8393; Fairfield Inn & Suites When visiting Happy Valley, choose the Fairfield Inn & Suites State College for your business or leisure travel. Minutes from Penn State University, Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, and Medlar Field, the Fairfield is less than five years old and offers an ideal location and award‑winning service. Spacious guest rooms feature luxury bed‑ ding, coffeemaker, high‑speed Internet, and individual climate control. After a substantial complimentary breakfast buffet, visit the fitness room and the beautiful indoor pool next to a charming outdoor patio. The Fair‑

field Inn & Suites is truly a cost‑effective and enjoyable place to enjoy your State College trip. 814‑238‑3871; Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Square Step back in time when you come to the Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in State College at Williamsburg Square. Their colonial‑style hotel in State College has the old‑world feel of the Revolutionary period, but boasts modern amenities and convenience to almost everywhere you want to be in town. Headed to Penn State? The campus is just a mile away. Want to explore downtown State College? Just four miles from their lobby. 814‑231‑1899; Holiday Inn Express This friendly, award‑winning hotel is located just off Interstate 99/U.S. 220 (322 By‑ pass) minutes from downtown State College and in the heart of Centre County. Situated only five minutes from campus, Beaver Stadium, and the Bryce Jordan Center, the hotel features newly updated guest rooms, lobby, breakfast area, and fitness room. The Boardroom has meeting space for 8 and the Williamsburg Room has space for up to 75. With a free breakfast each morning and four

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popular restaurants within easy walking dis‑ tance, the Holiday Inn Express State College is a great place to stay!. 814‑867‑1800; Nittany Lion Inn Located 1.1 miles from downtown, it’s the only hotel on campus. Amenities include a fitness center, putting green, gift shop, free internet, and conference and banquet facili‑ ties. Food and beverages available through the dining room and on‑site Whiskers Lounge. AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel; 814‑863‑5000; Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel Located three miles from downtown, you’ll find fun, food, and friends at the Penn Stater. Amenities include a pool, fit‑ ness center, free internet, and conference and banquet facilities. Dine in the onsite Gardens Restaurant or Legends Lounge. 814‑863‑5050;

Where to Stay Quality Inn Milesburg Located off exit 158 of I‑80, the Quality Inn Milesburg is just 11 miles from State College. Features include a complimentary continental breakfast, on‑site lounge, indoor pool, and fitness center. Offering an afford‑ able lodging option with easy access to Penn State University, Beaver Stadium, and the Bryce Jordan Center. 814‑355‑7521; SpringHill Suites State College One exit from Penn State, SpringHill Suites by Marriott State College is the only all‑studio suite choice among local hotels. Enhanced by service that will delight both the business and leisure traveler, this smart and stylish hotel is a breath of fresh air, designed to enrich your travels. Enjoy sepa‑ rate spaces to work and relax, along with

thoughtful amenities to help you get the most out of your stay, like free high‑speed Internet access, a pantry with mini‑fridge, coffee maker, and microwave with a comfortable seating area including a pullout sofa bed. After a rejuvenating sleep in their signature bed, start your day with their free Suite Seasons hot and healthy breakfast buffet. An indoor pool and workout facility provide the perfect opportunity to unwind. 814‑867‑1807; Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center Central Pennsylvania’s only Golf Resort and Conference Center is nestled amid 1,500 scenic wooded acres in beautiful Centre County, Pennsylvania. The view is inescap‑ able. Sophistication and charm are reflected in every direction. Elegance and a relaxed

ambiance surround you amid the splendor of this natural and pristine setting in the heart of Pennsylvania’s panoramic landscape. 814‑234‑8000 or 800‑252‑3551; Carnegie Inn & Spa Located in Toftrees, one mile from Penn State University, the Carnegie Inn & Spa offers guests luxurious accommodations with 21 uniquely appointed guestrooms, each with a private soaking tub and Frette Linens. Voted “Best Fine Dining” in State College, the Carnegie Inn & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond award‑winning property and is perfect for corporate retreats, intimate small weddings, and family reunions. The boutique hotel offers travelers the comforts, charm, and warm hospitality of a European Country Inn. 814‑234‑2424; Comfort Suites Relax and recharge at the Comfort Suites, located behind T.G.I. Friday’s off of North Atherton Street. Enjoy room to breathe with their 100% non‑smoking suites, indoor pool and spa, fitness room, free Internet, and de‑ luxe continental breakfast. 814‑235‑1900; Country Inn & Suites Relax at the brand new Country Inn & Suites, located one mile from downtown and PSU. Enjoy a deluxe hot breakfast buffet in their grand breakfast area, freshly baked cookies on arrival, and refrigerators, microwaves, and safes in every room. “Friends hosting friends” is their motto. 814‑234‑6000;


Where to Stay Days Inn Penn State Located centrally downtown. Full‑service, indoor pool, fitness center, internet, conference and banquet facilities with a business center. Mad Mex and Brewsky’s Bottle Shop located on‑site. 814‑238‑8454; Econo Lodge Bellefonte Located five miles from downtown in historic Bellefonte. Free internet and free breakfast. 814‑355‑5561; Hilton Garden Inn Located 1.7 miles from downtown. Includes a pool, fitness center, free internet, conference facilities, and business center. Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering on site. 814‑272‑1221; Nittany Budget Motel Located 3.1 miles from downtown. Offers Internet, free coffee, and light breakfast. Brewsky’s Bottle Shop located on‑site and Gigi’s Restaurant adjacent to the property. Pet friendly. 814‑238‑0015; Quality Inn Located 1.7 miles from downtown. Internet, conference room. Free deluxe breakfast. Pet friendly. 814‑234‑1600; Ramada Conference Center Located 1.4 miles from downtown. Indoor and outdoor pool, recreation center, free internet, business center, conference and banquet facilities. P.J. Harrigan’s restaurant on site. 814‑238‑3001; Rodeway Inn Rodeway Inn is only two blocks from Penn State University and one mile from downtown State College. Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center are just two miles away. Enjoy a free continental breakfast as well as free high‑speed Inter‑ net access. 814‑238‑6783; Sleep Inn Designed to dream at the State College Sleep Inn, located behind T.G.I. Friday’s off of North Atherton Street. Your satisfaction couldn’t be simpler at the Sleep Inn, featuring over‑sized showers, free breakfast, high speed Internet, and fitness center. 814‑235‑1020;


Super 8 Located 1.7 miles from downtown. Fitness center, internet, gathering room, and free breakfast. Brewsky’s Bottle Shop next door. 814‑237‑8005;

Bed & Breakfasts Bed & Breakfast at the Rock Garden A scenic 10‑minute drive from State College is the small village of Oak Hall, between Lemont and Boalsburg, and home to the Bed and Breakfast at the Rock Garden. The farmhouse‑style B&B has five guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Another bonus: each room has a gorgeous view of either Mt. Nittany or Tussey Mountain! 814‑466‑6100; Carnegie Inn & Spa Located in Toftrees just one mile from Penn State University, the Carnegie Inn & Spa offers guests luxurious accommoda‑ tions with 21 uniquely appointed guestrooms, each with its private soaking tub and Frette Linens. Voted “Best Fine Din‑ ing” in State College, the Carnegie Inn & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond award‑winning property and is perfect for corporate retreats, intimate small weddings, and family reunions. The boutique hotel offers discriminating travelers the comforts, charm, and warm hospitality of a European Country Inn. 814‑234‑2424; Centre Mills Bed & Breakfast Stay in their lovely 1813 mill‑owner’s home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their fully‑re‑ stored stone house sits on 26 acres in the heart of Brush Valley’s Amish farm community but they are still close by to restaurants and shopping! 814‑349‑8000; Chatelaine Bed and Breakfast Located six miles from Penn State’s campus, the Chatelaine Bed and Breakfast offers a luxurious escape for visitors and alumni. The Chatelaine was built in 1841 and serves as a perfect getaway in the shade of Tussey Mountain. Spend a night in one of the Chatelaine’s Empire/Federal‑style rooms, featuring fireplaces, canopy beds, and private baths, or book your wedding, bridal shower, or anniversary party. 814‑238‑2028; Inn on the Sky Perched high atop Brush Mountain, this rustic, luxurious,

heavy timber‑frame inn has two master suites with scenic views and Jacuzzi tubs along with three additional spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms. It’s the perfect place for celebrations, corporate meetings, getaway weekends, Penn State Alumni reunions, and weddings or other special occasions! Mountain Hideaway Only 20 minutes from State College, Mountain Hideaway is tightly nestled in the mountains of the Black Moshannon Forest in the borough of Port Matilda. The beautiful facility is equaled by its surroundings and complemented by the warm hospitality of its staff. Each of the guestrooms offers a queen‑sized bed, full private bath, gas fireplace, central air, DirecTV, and high‑speed wireless internet. 814‑692‑4980; Our Fair Lady B&B Located just nine miles from Penn State’s campus lies Our Fair Lady, a Victorian Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1883, this historic property features four guest rooms with queen‑sized feather beds. Enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Bellefonte located just blocks away. Escape the commotion of downtown State College. 814‑355‑1117; PA‑ Planning a last‑minute trip to Happy Valley? Wondering who still has rooms available for football season? PA‑Reservations has had you covered since 1999! With the click of a mouse, you’ll gain access to inns, guests rooms, resorts, cabins, and houses! Their well‑maintained properties are inspected and approved for the safety and comfort of their guests. pa‑

Lodges & Cabins Aaronsburg Farm Stay at Woodward Crossings Experience the ambiance of Woodward Crossings’ two private vacation suites with fully equipped kitchens. Choose one of their convenient packages (from romance to fishing and relaxation) for a stay in the heart of Amish Country. 814‑349‑4484; Mountain Acres Lodges The secluded lodge is only 15 minutes from Beaver Stadium and equally convenient to the many other area

Where to Stay attractions. The lodge boasts a great room that opens three stories to a widows walk, a commercially‑appointed kitchen, two full baths, and a grand fireplace, and seating surround. Private bedrooms are located off the second and third floor balconies. 814‑364‑1508;

Raystown Lake Region Located in central Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, Raystown Lake is the heart of Huntingdon County and home to year‑round outdoor fun. Check out bed & breakfasts, lodges, campgrounds, and other places to stay! 814‑658‑0060;

Black Moshannon Lodge Nestled in the nearly 4,000 acres of the Black Moshannon State Park, the Black Moshannon Lodge is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the great outdoors. Come out this summer to hunt or kayak, or for a hiking or fishing trip. Your hosts, Curt and Tracy, provide all the comfort of your home—full kitchen, modern bathroom, beds for up to eight guests (with linens!), and a large back porch with a fire ring. 814‑592‑8859;

Happy Valley Retreats Planning a last‑minute weekend trip to Happy Valley? Wondering who still has rooms available for Arts Fest? Happy Valley Retreats has you covered since 1999! Their well‑maintained properties are inspected and approved for the safety and comfort of their guests. 866‑466‑9955;

Hill Store Guest Cottage & Event Place Hill Store Guest Cottage is located in the heart of ‘Big Valley’ with scenic Amish farm dotted the countryside, state parks and state forests with extensive hiking and mountain biking trails, wineries, antique stores and farmers markets. Only a 35‑minute drive to State College! 717‑935‑2390; Huntingdon Hideaway Huntingdon Hideaway is located on the Little Juniata and near Raystown Lake. This three‑bedroom home that comfortably sleeps eight is a wonderful place to stay for a getaway in the great outdoors. There is an activity for everyone. If you want to relax, you can take an Amish tour, check out the winery, shop for antiques, or even bird watch. If you are the more adventurous type, there are trails for hiking, biking, running, cross‑country skiing, and horseback riding. This area also offers boating, fishing, and water sports. After a long day of activities you will come home to a comfortable living room and fireplace, full kitchen, satellite TV, air conditioning, and even an outdoor fire ring. 412‑289‑8222; Ingleby Lodge A private Pennsylvania fly fishing lodge located in Central PA between Penn State (conveniently 25 minutes for PSU football fans) and Bucknell University. The 3‑story hand hewn log vacation home is situated in the Appalachian Mountain Range, just off of Ingleby Road between Camp Woodward Action Sports Center and the quaint fly fishing town of Coburn, PA—where Elk, Pine, and Penn’s Creek meet and where the National Fly Fishing championship was held. The Lodge is convenient yet secluded for all of your Central PA vacation needs. 814‑360‑5145;

Ridge Retreat Rethink your visit to Penn State. Add one day to your weekend and make it a mini va‑ cation. Or better yet, spend a whole week at Raystown Lake. Stay in a 4200‑square‑foot timber‑framed mountain home with four bedrooms and three full baths. Take advan‑ tage of fishing in Raystown Lake or biking the certified trails, judged by the American Mountain Biking Association to be the best on the east coast. Canoe and kayak on the Little Juniata River below the dam. Fly fish the stream where Jimmy Carter fishes just below Alexandria, PA. This magnificent prop‑ erty is 33 miles (40 minutes) from Penn State. 610‑644‑7097;

Campgrounds Raystown Lake Region Located in central Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, Raystown Lake is the heart of Huntingdon County and home to year‑round outdoor fun. Check out bed & breakfasts, lodges, campgrounds and other places to stay! 814‑658‑0060; WaterSide Campground & RV Park WaterSide, on the Juniata River and Penn‑ sylvania Canal minutes from Penn State, is one of the highest‑rated campgrounds in the state. Amenities include riverfront full‑hook‑ up sites, a heated pool, canoes and kayaks, cabin rentals, fishing, and canal boat rides. 717‑248‑3974;

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Realtors Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower Realtors The people at Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower Realtors take customer service so seriously that they constantly monitor their perfor‑ mance by sending a survey to each and every customer. 814‑234‑4000;

Home Builders Fine Line Homes Fine Line Homes builds beautifully custom‑ ized homes to fit your dreams, needs, and lifestyle. They are dedicated to building energy‑efficient homes with extraordinary quality, stunning designs, and the delightful amenities that enhance life’s every moment. Your ultimate new home experience begins with Fine Line. They are the area’s exclu‑ sively‑licensed Woman Centric home builder. 814‑237‑5581; Haubert Homes Building your home is an enjoyable and exciting experience. Choose family‑owned Haubert Homes, which has hundreds of

house plans or they can build from yours. They offer thousands of color options, virtually unlimited design changes, and options for financing. 814‑867‑3262;

Happy Valley Retirement Communities The Village at Penn State The Village at Penn State, an innovative idea in life care retirement community living, combines the cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities of a world‑class university with the friendliness and charm of small‑town living. 814‑238‑1949; Foxdale Village Foxdale Village is a Quaker‑directed not‑for‑profit continuing care retirement com‑ munity where you can be yourself. Enjoy the freedom to pursue your own unique endeavors while experiencing a genuine sense of community and support. Continue to live life to the fullest knowing that health‑ care is always close at hand. Come and

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explore all that Foxdale Village has to offer. 814‑238‑3322;

Rentals The Apartment Store The Apartment Store provides State Col‑ lege apartments for students, families, and professionals. Their housing staff is at your service to help find the perfect apart‑ ment for you near Penn State University.

866‑746‑3511; state‑college Associated Realty Property Management ARPM has been serving the needs of Penn State students, families, professionals, and property owners since 1978. The profession‑ al staff maintains a high level of excellence in providing quality property management. They have over 1,500 properties from which to choose. 814‑231‑3333;

Proudly serving the alumni relations and communications needs of the Penn State Greek Community for more than 40 years ✔ Alumni association fundraising ✔ Chapter and alumni newsletters and websites ✔ Alumni database management We are working with more than 200 Greek chapters and alumni associations nationwide, based right here in State College! Can we help grow your alumni support? Call our office at (814) 237-0481 x131

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2014 Football Schedule August 30 Temple September 6 Akron September 13 Rutgers September 20 UMass September 27 Northwestern October 11 Michigan October 25 Ohio State November 1 Maryland November 8 Indiana November 22 Illinois November 29 Michigan State

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