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28 / On Point The bond between hunters and their dogs is about more than tracking game birds • by Vilma Shu Danz

40 / Luxury in the Wild The Nature Inn and HomeWaters offer rare comforts while helping visitors connect with the outdoors • by Sean Yoder

50 / From the Heart For 35 years, a fair held by the University Baptist and Brethren Church has offered a charitable alternative to traditional Christmas giving • by Karen Walker

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57 / Money Matters Our annual section to help you find the financial institutions, investment specialists, and advisors that are right for you — and your money


71 / Holiday Gift Guide Check out our guide for help on where to go and what to buy for the holidays, from stocking stuffers to special presents for the special people in your life On the cover: Lion Country Supply owner John “Buck” Koritko and Trey. Photo by Darren Andrew Weimert

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10 Letter from The Editor 12 Starting Off: The List, People in the Community, Q&A 20 Living Well: Overcoming trauma takes compassion and acceptance • by Meghan Fritz 22 Health: Joint-preservation surgery can be an effective alternative to replacement • by Paul Herickhoff, MD 24 Great Outdoors: Rock climbing and bouldering offer physical — and mental — challenges • by Rebekka Coakley 26 On Center: Apollo’s Fire will mark the holiday season with Celtic-inspired mountain music at Schwab Auditorium • by John Mark Rafacz


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What’s Happening: A performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Penn State Homecoming festivities, and the State College tree lighting highlight November’s calendar

100 From the Vine: Pinot Noir is just the right wine for fall • by Lucy Rogers 102 Taste of the Month/Dining Out: Robin Hood Brewing Co. serves its craft beers with a varied menu • by Vilma Shu Danz 113 This Month on WPSU 114

Lunch with Mimi: UBBC Pastor Bonnie Kline Smeltzer discusses faith, our quest for answers, and the need to understand addiction

122 Artist of the Month: Lisa Baumgartner expresses hands-on creativity through the art of bookbinding • by Miranda Buckheit 124

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Snapshot: New Executive Director Susan Woodring is leading Pink Zone efforts to help breast cancer survivors ‘do great things’ • by Emily Chertow

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letter from the editor

It’s About More Than the Hunt I’ve written before in this space about my New England roots. Hunting isn’t a major pastime in Rhode Island or Connecticut. There are some serious hunters there, of course. One neighbor had a life-size deer target in his front yard (it was a woodsy area), and he’d practice with his bow-and-arrow to prepare for the season. He seemed pretty accurate. But that kind of enthusiasm for hunting was far from the norm in that neck of the woods. Here, where the opening of rifle deer season is an unofficial holiday, hunting is a rich part of the culture. We got a healthy taste of that in recent weeks, spending time with a number of hunters and their pointer dogs as pheasant season was about to take flight. We set out to learn about how the dogs are trained and what they do in the field. We saw them in action, and it is impressive. Gary Darrin, a good friend and neighbor in Bellefonte, took us to the pheasant preserve of his friend Dr. Nick “Doc” Dicuccio. There we met Doc’s Elhew pointer Dolly, a bundle of non-stop energy who tirelessly tracked the pheasants released in Doc’s field. What came through more than anything with Doc and Dolly, and others we visited, is the bond between hunter and dog, and the outdoors. Doc spoke with passion about earlier dogs who have passed away, and Dolly, saying the land is really for them. As Vilma Shu Danz writes in this issue, it’s about much more than the hunt.

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We also bring you a story this month about the upcoming Alternative Christmas Fair at the University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College. This will be the 35th year of the fair, and it’s truly a special event. I got acquainted with Cynthia Carpenter, the event chair, and Jean Yeatman, the publicity chair, last year while reporting a story on the 2016 fair for the Centre County Gazette. They have a great story to tell: the fair brings nonprofits together with residents who want to give a Christmas gift that makes a difference in the community and beyond. It’s a simple but brilliant idea, and folks like Cynthia and Jean have helped make the event a huge success. The fair started small but has grown and grown, raising $600,000 through the years for nonprofits. Karen Walker takes a look back at how the fair became such a success, and looks ahead to this year’s event. And, as we speed toward the holidays, we wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving!

Mark Brackenbury Editorial Director

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The List What to know about November On November 1, make sure to break out your carob chips for your dog Rex, and chicken for your cat Fluffy, since it’s Cook for Your Pet Day!

Pumpkins are great in early fall, but they eventually wear out their welcome after Halloween. That’s why November 7 is Pumpkin Destruction Day! Enjoy, but please don’t leave a mess in the road.

Veterans Day is, of course, November 11. There are about 900,000 vets in Pennsylvania, so be sure to thank as many as you can! You’ll find many at Penn State’s Homecoming football game that day against Rutgers, which is Military Appreciation Day.

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We’ll accept any excuse to have cake, and November 15 gives us a good one: it’s National Bundt Day! Bundt cakes are baked in a ring-shaped Bundt pan. Maybe not as popular as, say, a triple-decker chocolate cake, but who’s complaining??

It would seem more appropriate for a Monday, but Sunday, November 19, is Have a Bad Day Day. Sometimes we all need to have one, with no explanation.

Thanksgiving falls on November 23 this year. Fun fact: Even though it was in July, the first meal Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin enjoyed after walking on the moon included foil packets with roasted turkey.

Hit the snooze button on November 30: it’s Stay Home Because You’re Well Day! Relish in the fact that you are loving life and feeling great. Just don’t tell your boss that. T&G

People in the Community Tyler Smith

State College resident and former Penn State basketball player Tyler Smith is the author of a just-published book, Called for Traveling: My Nomadic Life Playing Pro Basketball Around the World. The book is about Smith’s journey as a pro basketball player overseas, spanning 11 years, seven countries, and 12 different pro teams. The book’s publisher, Sports Publishing, notes that “Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every stadium were not part of his original dream. “His attitude and faith are tested relentlessly through bounced paychecks,

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injuries, and the seemingly endless frustrating reality of people around him speaking a language he could not understand.” The story is “told in a way as if we were chatting over a cup of coffee,” Smith says. Smith was a three-year starter at Penn State and was an Academic All-American. He played a key role during Penn State's run to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16. Smith now owns CryoZone, a cryotherapy business in State College. He lives locally with his wife, Cara, and daughters Hannah, Lexi, and Tori.

Restek employees

Employeeowned Restek was recently named Company of the Year by The Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of The ESOP Association. This is the second time Restek, a chromatography company based in Bellefonte, has won the award, having also received the honor in 2007. “Employees at Restek are fully engaged in the ownership culture. They also have done wonderful work in advocacy both in Pennsylvania and in Washington D.C.,” chapter president Jeff Gelburd said in a press release. The PA/DE chapter is one of 18 that provide educational services and resources to its members across the country. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a business structure in which the employees of the company are also owners. Restek transitioned to 100 percent ESOP on December 31, 2008. “While our business is scientific, our culture is all about teamwork and taking care of our fellow employees so that we can better serve our customers and our community,” said Bryan Wolcott, Restek president and head coach. Restek has more than 450 employees across the United States, China, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, and the UK. T&G

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Q&A with Jillian Susi, executive director of Penn State Homecoming 2017 By Emily Chertow

Jillian Susi says that Homecoming “to me serves as a reminder that although we all have different ties and experiences with Penn State, we have one thing in common — pride for this great institution.”

Jillian Susi is a leader among the more than 40,000 students who attend Penn State University’s main campus, and is helping organize one of the school’s richest traditions. She is the executive director of Penn State Homecoming 2017. A week of activities kicks off November 5 and includes the parade through campus and downtown State College on November 10, and culminates with the football game against Rutgers on November 11. As executive director, Susi is responsible for leading the executive committee and 16 captain committees that make Homecoming 2017 and each of its associated events happen smoothly. T&G: First off, homecoming is such a valuable thing to include yourself in, how and why did you get involved in it? Susi: Freshman year I was looking to get more involved on campus and happened to come across an advertisement from Homecoming about captain applications. I looked through the website and saw what Homecoming does and I decided to apply. I interviewed and was selected to be a captain. From there, I loved my experience and decided to stay involved and take on a larger role. 16 - T&G November 2017

T&G: How did you become the executive director of Homecoming? Susi: As I’ve shared, I loved my time as a Homecoming captain. I wanted to stay involved and take on more responsibility, so the next year I applied for a director position. I was selected to be donor relations director, and I loved it. I love Homecoming, what it stands for, and the traditions we celebrate. After that year as a director, I couldn’t imagine my last year at Penn State without Homecoming in the picture, so I decided to apply for executive director, and I got it! It’s been a blast. T&G: What does this event mean to you? Susi: Homecoming is a yearlong celebration that culminates with Homecoming week, then we have six days full of events for everybody to enjoy. I think it is very unique in that we bring together students, alumni, and members of the community all to celebrate Penn State pride and tradition. Homecoming week to me serves as a reminder that although we all have different ties and experiences with Penn State, we have one thing in common — pride for this great institution. T&G: What has been the most rewarding part of this job? Susi: There have been many rewarding aspects, but I think the most rewarding part has been seeing the directors of the executive committee grow into their roles and become better leaders. They are the people I work the closest with, and I have seen each and every one of them become more confident in their abilities and as leaders as a whole. T&G: That being said, how do

you lead a team that includes your peers and good friends? Susi: It can be challenging at times, but there are many benefits to having a relationship like that. I think there is a greater degree of trust, a more open style of communication, and a greater understanding of the team’s personal life. The best advice I can give for leading a team that is also your peers and good friends is to set boundaries from the beginning so that when it is time to work, work can be done, and when it is time for fun, fun can be had. T&G: What are you most excited about for Homecoming 2017? Susi: I’m most excited for the executive committee, captains, and committee members to see all of their hard work pay off. They have all worked so hard throughout the year and they’ve put in so much time and effort into planning their respective events. When it’s finally happening, I’m so excited for them to feel the pride of a job well done and for them to see all the fun people are having at these events. T&G: What certain events should the community keep an eye out for during the week of Homecoming?

Susi: All of them! We have an event every day from November 5 through November 11. Each day is something different and fun, and all the events are community-friendly. One of my favorites is the Wednesday of Homecoming week (November 8), our Best of Penn State Carnival; there are inflatables, games, food, and a petting zoo. T&G: What do you see as the parade highlights this year? Susi: Some highlights in the parade include our first group of dogs. There is a Centre PA Burnese Mountain Dogs Club that will be bringing about a dozen dogs, and who doesn’t love big fluffy dogs? There are a lot of hard-working student groups that put a lot of time and effort into creating these large elaborate floats. One group, Penn State Farm, is creating something all out of plants, and EcoAction is creating something entirely of recycled material. T&G To learn more about Penn State Homecoming and take part in events, follow @psuhomecoming on Twitter, or keep up to date at Emily Chertow is a Town&Gown intern, and an emcee for Penn State Homecoming 2017.

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Healing from the Inside Out Overcoming trauma takes compassion and acceptance By Meghan Fritz The healing process is one that takes time, patience, and practice. Often when people go through a traumatic experience, they think that to heal they must review the details repeatedly until the feelings melt away. This can actually work against the healing process and cause you to stay trapped in the overwhelming feelings, causing you to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Repressing your feelings altogether can lead to outbursts of anger and cause you to live in resentment and bitterness. This will manifest in fits of rage over miniscule things that come up day to day. Trauma can come in the form of divorce, job loss, moving, death of a loved one or pet, and abusive relationships emotionally, physically, and/or sexually. You know you have been traumatized when a past event stirs up powerful feelings that make you feel like the situation is occurring in the present. Your brain does not process feelings in the past or the present, so when you think of the trauma you will feel flooded as if the event is taking place at that very moment. The key to healing from the inside out is to take the time you need to acknowledge your feelings with compassion and acceptance. The best thing you can do to work through painful, challenging times is to be who you needed when you were younger. For example, if you felt unloved and neglected in your childhood and went on to marry someone who continued the cycle of neglect, you will be recreating trauma all over again. The only way to break that cycle is to be the parent you wanted to your present self. An effective way to begin the healing process is to picture yourself at the age the trauma occurred. You could see your 14-year-old self or even your 40-year-old self. It doesn’t matter as long as you see yourself as the age you were when you went through a painful experience. Begin to say the things to your former self that you needed to hear from other people. “I’m sorry you felt so unloved, I’m sorry you felt invisible, I understand how sad that must have been for you.” This process will allow you to really work through your feelings about the situation and help you feel heard, accepted, and understood. Keep talking out loud to the former self for as long as you need to. When you start this process, you may begin to feel shame and turn on your former self. This only deepens the 20 - T&G November 2017

wounds. Offer only acceptance and compassion. This exercise over time will help you begin the much-needed process of healing. Each time you go back and become who your former self needed, you will open your heart to experience true healing from the inside out. You will start to feel a peace wash over you, and over time you will notice that you are no longer flooded with feelings of shame, anger, sadness, or regret. Remember, healing is a process. If you think of falling and skinning your knee, first you notice it is red and swollen, over time it bruises and turns purple to blue in color, and then it may turn slightly yellow. Eventually the skin will return to its normal color, and your body will do what it needs to do to heal. Healing trauma is a process full of many colors that takes compassion and care to move forward. Don’t live paralyzed by old wounds, be who your former self needed and begin to offer only acceptance, compassion, and understanding. You will be amazed at how this process can free you from the hurts of the past. Be who you needed today and always. You are worth it! T&G Meghan Fritz, LCSW, is a psychotherapist practicing in State College.

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Taking on Joint Pain Joint-preservation surgery can be an effective alternative to replacement By Paul Herickhoff, MD Getting a “new knee” or a “new hip” is a hot topic among baby-boomers. Over the past few decades, surgical methods and artificial joints have advanced to the point where at the first sign of arthritis or injury, patients Paul Herickhoff, MD often ask their doctors about joint-replacement surgery. Although replacing a knee, hip, or shoulder with a new, man-made joint can significantly lessen pain and increase mobility, it’s important to consider other options, as well. Joint-preservation surgery is less invasive and often delivers similar results. When joint pain arises A major injury, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, might necessitate surgery in a young adult. However, most candidates for joint-preservation surgery are in their 50s or older. This is the age when arthritis and years of wear-and-tear often start to cause pain in the hips, shoulders, or knees. For most people, physical therapy and medications provide initial relief and delay the need for surgery. Just as other options should be considered before choosing surgery, patients and their physicians should consider joint-preservation surgery as an alternative to full joint replacement, which involves major surgery 22 - T&G November 2017

and lifelong restrictions on activity. Compared to joint replacement, joint-preservation surgery typically offers what many would consider more appealing features: • Smaller incision. This means a faster recovery time and less chance of infection. • Outpatient surgery. In many cases, a patient who undergoes jointpreservation surgery can go home the same day. • No activity restrictions. After recovery and physical therapy, highimpact activities, such as running and jumping, are permitted. • Long-lasting effectiveness. No worries about a new artificial joint wearing out. Preserving the joint Surgical options to preserve a joint vary based on the joint that is involved and the problem that has occurred. • Hip: arthroscopic treatments are available for problems including labral tears, cartilage lesions (“wear-andtear” damage) and micro instability. Arthroscopy involves two or three small incisions to make repairs using a tiny camera to guide the surgeon in the use of specialized instruments. • Knee: the underlying problem could be a malalignment, meniscal deficiency, ligament tear, or cartilage lesions. Treatment options include osteotomy, meniscal transplant, ligament restructuring, and cartilage transplants. Note that meniscal and cartilage transplants are much different from the organ transplants most people are familiar with and do not require immunosuppressive medications. • Shoulder: minor pain can be easier to tolerate, since the shoulder is not a weight-bearing joint. A painful massive rotator cuff tear can be treated through superior capsular reconstruction, which uses a graft to stabilize the humeral head.

• Strengthening muscles. The thigh’s quadriceps and hamstrings support the knee joint, while the gluteal muscles in the buttocks and the flexors in the pelvis are important for hip movement. • Switching to low-impact activities. Running impacts the knees heavily with each step, while walking, swimming, and biking are excellent low-impact activities. Major joint pain does not have to be part of a person’s senior years, and neither does jointreplacement surgery. Take steps to prevent or lessen pain, and when surgery is unavoidable, be sure to discuss all options with healthcare providers to find the best treatment to match the patient’s medical problem and lifestyle. T&G Avoiding joint pain The best strategy for joint health is to delay the need for surgery as long as possible, or even avoid it altogether. At any age, there are strategies to enhance lifelong joint health: • Losing weight. The more a person weighs, the greater the force placed on the knees and hips with every step — and more force means more potential for pain and damage.

Paul Herickhoff, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with Penn State Sports Medicine, located at 1850 E. Park Ave., Suite 112, State College. Call (814) 865-3566 for more information. Join Dr. Herickhoff as he discusses Non-Arthroplasty Options for Active Patients on Monday, November 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at HealthSouth Nittany Valley. This event is free and open to the public.

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Out of the Comfort Zone Rock climbing and bouldering offer physical — and mental — challenges By Rebekka Coakley

a time. And in September, Penn State’s IM Building opened its climbing wall, a 40-foot wall with 16 climbing lanes and 3,000 square feet of climbing space. “The wall is staffed fully by students who range in ability from certified national climbing instructors to people who had never climbed prior to this job,” Wright says. “We also have a separate bouldering wall that is over 1,000 square feet and is open anytime the IM Building is open.” He says both walls have been very popular; they’re open to Penn State students and community members who purchase Campus Recreation Memberships. There had been a growing interest in building a climbing wall on campus for quite some time. Josh Helke, owner of Organic Climbing in Philipsburg, has been a part of the local climbing community for a while and is watching interest grow. “After living all over and traveling the USA to climb for many years, I think Central PA is a great location

On the southern tip of Rothrock State Forest off of Route 26 rests a stunning, sandstone bouldering area called Hunter’s Rocks. Nestled mostly on state game lands and some private property, it is a part of the Rocky Ridge Natural Area. For Centre County climbers, it’s a pivotal location for mental and physical endurance. It’s Laura Gilham’s favorite local place for bouldering. The State College resident started sport climbing (permanent anchors fixed to the rock), trad climbing (traditional climbing), and bouldering (shorter, without a rope and with a crash pad) while at Penn State. She then moved away and didn’t climb much, but later moved back to the area and found a good group of friends to climb with year-round, inside on rock walls and outside wherever she can climb. “I love being out in nature and being outdoors,” Gilham says. “Gym climbing is fun, but I prefer outside. It’s you versus the rock. Some climbs are just as mental as physical, pushing your mind and body to get up something. You might fall 20 times, and you notice a way to do a move differently and you now don’t fall. I like doing both equally. Nothing beats trusting a cam holding you 200 feet off the deck, and the amazing view you can’t get any other way.” Rock climbing is often referred to as vertical chess. Sam Wright, the climbing program coordinator with Adventure Rec at Penn State, says anyone can climb, but limberness, concentration, and confidence are key. “I would say the skills that will give you a jumpstart in climbing is having good flexibility — doing yoga is great for climbers — and, as corny as it sounds, having a positive attitude,” Wright says. “The mental side of climbing is a critical aspect to being able to progress. You have to be willing to embrace the thought of failing and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.” To build up to climbing outside, Gilham Hunter’s Rocks at recommends starting with rock-climbing walls Rothrock State Forest is inside. Locally, the YMCA of Centre County considered a great place has a 20-foot wall in the gym of its State College to learn how to climb. location that can accommodate five climbers at 24 - T&G November 2017

Laura Gilham, at Hunter’s Rocks, says climbing “is you versus the rock.”

to live, for this sport,” Helke says. “Not only is there so much great stuff locally, but within three to five hours you can get to world-class destinations for climbing like the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, and Shawangunk Ridge (the Gunks) in New York.” Helke started climbing when he was just 4 years old. He grew up in Minnesota, climbing with his family and his father’s cross-country students on team outings. Climbing takes so much concentration that it gives him a chance to focus solely on his next move and his physical endurance, instead of his busy life. “Anyone can climb — anyone,” he says. “We do it naturally as children, we just lose the self-confidence we had, then as we grow up and no longer believe in ourselves. The best skills for climbing are attention to detail and confidence in yourself.” Helke’s business, Organic Climbing, manufactures custom-made climbing materials, such as crash pads, chalk bags, bouldering mats, apparel, and more. His intention was to build the business in State College, but the economic board in Philipsburg reached out to him about building there. He was facing a number of challenges in State College, from zoning to high rent, so it worked out well. His business has grown from two employees to 16 within the last seven years. “Making things and especially textiles runs through the blood of many folks in the area, so we are so happy that we found it for our workshop,” Helke says. “Within the past five years climbing locally has become way more mainstream and has grown significantly.”

The sandstone at Hunter’s Rocks offers “world-class friction.”

Helke recommends people interested in climbing check out the Purple Lizard Map for Rothrock State Forest, to find Hunter’s Rocks. “Take a hike out to these amazing boulders on the ridge, bring a picnic, and enjoy a day of exploring the rocks and climbing around on them. In my travels all over, I have never seen a better place to learn how to climb — it has very unique holds and world-class friction on the sandstone.” Other locations for rock climbing in the area include: Three Sisters Formation close to Hunter’s Rock, by the Standing Stone Trail (climbers must make arrangements with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources beforehand); Donation Rocks in Huntingdon, off of Old Hawn Road (climbers have to sign a free waiver), and Panther Rocks, exit 18 off of Interstate 80. T&G Rebekka Coakley is a freelance writer living in State College. 2017 November T&G - 25

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Appalachian Christmas

Apollo's Fire marks the holiday season with Celtic-inspired mountain music By John Mark Rafacz

Apollo’s Fire performs at Schwab Auditorium on November 30.

Centuries ago, the carols and fiddle tunes of Celtic Europe crossed the Atlantic and found a second home in the mountains of Virginia. They mingled with shape-note hymns and African spirituals to create the soulful Christmas music of Appalachia. The people of the highlands welcomed the Christ child with singing, dancing, love, and prayer. In a new holiday program, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Celebration — featuring 11 instrumentalists, 16 chorus members, and two vocal soloists — follows the joys and sorrows of the Celtic immigrants who braved the ocean to build new lives. The concert, on stage November 30 at Schwab Auditorium, is a follow-up to Apollo’s Fire’s release Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering. A reviewer calls the 2015 album “a triumph … an absolutely joyous achievement. Haunting melodies, foot-stomping jigs and reels, and a healthy dose of comedy, all with musicianship of the highest order.” The acclaimed period-instrument ensemble, a cherished visitor to Penn State after four previous appearances at the Center for the Performing Arts, has played to packed halls at venues such as the BBC Proms in London, the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. Artistic Director and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell has 26 - T&G November 2017

designed four previous creative crossover programs, each of which has become a top-10 album on the Billboard classical chart. “Sorrell and a hand-picked band … tap into America’s hardscrabble Southern roots with grace and power … with music that asks questions about life and death, and bores into the American national psyche at visceral and emotional levels,” writes a Gramophone critic. “… Sorrell’s magical, rapt harpsichord riff on ‘I Wonder as I Wander’ reveals how profoundly spontaneous this folk music is at its core.” The concert features vocal soloists Amanda Powell and Ross Hauck. Powell, a soprano, appears frequently with Apollo’s Fire. A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory, she performs in an array of genres, including classical, folk, jazz, and world music. In addition to performing and recording with Apollo’s Fire and other ensembles, Powell has performed concerts in Italy, Spain, France, and China. Hauck, a tenor, has recorded with Apollo’s Fire and performed with a variety of early-music ensembles. A Seattle Times reviewer describes his singing as “almost superhuman in musical effect.” Hauck is a regular soloist in performances of Messiah, a piece he has sung with the orchestras of Seattle, Kansas City, Baltimore, Portland, and Dallas, among others. T&G Gay and James Dunne sponsor the concert. The William E. McTurk Endowment provides support. For tickets and information, visit or phone (814) 863-0255. John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts.

Larry Haag pets his English pointer Penny before the day’s hunt.

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Kaitlyn Draa’s father, Richard, with their German shorthaired pointer Tucker.

On Point

The bond between hunters and their dogs is about more than tracking game birds

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Hunting is a tradition that has deep roots in American history, and hunters have been a major force in preserving and maintaining habitats for wildlife. Theodore Roosevelt once said that, “The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.” It is the duty of hunters to act as stewards of the land on which they hunt and fish. Today, the sale of hunting and fishing licenses provides much-needed funding for state-run conservation programs. In addition, all over North America, local sportsmen’s clubs raise money for conservation efforts and lobby for legislation to protect undeveloped lands. Regardless of your personal views toward hunting, living in Central Pennsylvania, we all know friends and family who hunt. Millions of Pennsylvanians look forward to this time of year as the chill of fall is synonymous with the opening day of hunting season and the thrill of the chase. Hunting has become a familyoriented activity, and many lifelong bonds are created when a young person reaches the right age to accompany adult family members on a hunting adventure. Recently, I got an opportunity to leap into the world of hunting dogs. Waking up at 7 a.m. to the sun promptly emerging through 30 - T&G November 2017

the hazy sky one day this past October, I meet with avid hunter Gary Darrin at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte. He led the way to a pheasant preserve near Beech Creek, which is owned by his friend Dr. Nicholas “Doc” Dicuccio. Doc, a retired Lock Haven surgeon, introduced me to his Elhew pointer Dolly with Doc Dicuccio after a practice run.

6-year-old Elhew pointer Dolly. Dog breeder Robert Wehle started Elhew Kennels in 1937, and this breed is his last name spelled backward. Elhew pointers were genetically bred to have exceptional natural instincts with an eagerness to please. When properly developed to hunt and exposed to game, they can become effective hunting companions at an early age. “Elhew pointers are very smart dogs and with Dolly, she started pointing at 3 months!” says Doc. Growing up in Butler, Doc’s father had 23 beagles trained to

Elhew pointers were genetically bred to have exceptional natural instincts with an eagerness to please.

hunt pheasants. “I have been hunting with my own dogs since the 1960s and I started raising pheasants on this 500-acre

Doc watches Dolly as she is on point. Below: Gary Darrin and Doc Dicuccio watch Dolly run past on the scent trail of the pheasants.

preserve since 1975,” explains Doc. “I have a special license to raise pheasants and at one time, I was raising about 2,000 birds a year, but nowadays, I have about 300 birds in my pen.” After the pheasants were guided to one of the capture pens, Darrin netted six birds and

carefully placed them in cages to be taken out to the fields to be released. Interrupting the tranquil silence of the countryside, Dolly, with a bell on her collar, was ready to point and flush out the birds. She dashed through the beautiful rolling prairies of native grass fields and strips of sorghum,

as she quartered methodically and energetically, following the scent left by the pheasant. In training a hunting dog, the handler uses simple commands as well as praise to reward the dog for finding the birds. The bell is used to help locate the dog in the tall grasses as well as to know when the dog is on point, motionless with its tail pointed upward and its snout toward the pheasant. When the dog points, it holds that position until the handler comes up, gives a command, and proceeds to flush the bird while the dog remains like a statue. “Whoa!” Doc says. “Good girl, there’s the bird!” Native to Asia, the ring-necked pheasant is so commonplace in North America today that people may not realize this colorful, grouse-like bird was first introduced as an Oregon game 2017 November T&G - 31

Dog handler Larry Haag mentoring youth hunter Kaitlyn Draa.

bird in 1881. Subsequently, pheasants were introduced to other states across America and populations thrived in grassland habitat and farmlands with brushy cover. Males are called roosters or cock birds, and females are hens. The standing height of a rooster is about 1 foot, weighing in at about 2-3 pounds. A hen’s plumage is a subtle, camouflaging mixture of brown, black, and gray. In contrast, a rooster’s feathers are a mix of red, brown, gold, and black. A rooster has scarlet cheek patches, a white neck ring, an iridescent greenishblack head, golden-brown breast, and a greenish-gray lower back. Tail feathers of both sexes are brown with black bars. The loss of sustainable populations of wild ring-necked pheasants in Pennsylvania is 32 - T&G November 2017

Amy & Dan Quagliani with their German shorthaired pointer Abby.

attributed to habitat loss caused by the changing farmland landscape as well as predators. Since penraised birds lack the survival skills, annual stocking is required to maintain hunting opportunities. This year, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved the creation of a $25

pheasant stamp, which pheasant hunters must buy on top of the regular hunting license fee of $20.90 for adult residents. Junior hunters are not required to purchase this stamp, but must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Previously, the agency had been running four game farms where

Larry Haag’s English setter Rags. Below: Youth hunter turned dog handler Melissa Wehler holding a fellow handler’s pup.

Many youths introduced to pheasant hunting through the mentored youth hunting program have now become dog handlers themselves.

pheasants were reared. The cost to raise and stock 240,000 pheasants was $4.7 million in 2016. In January, the Game Commission closed two of its pheasant farms and changed the program so that breeding stock is no longer maintained to produce eggs that hatch the birds stocked each year. Going forward, the agency plans to buy 200,000 day-old chicks each year, and raise them at the two remaining game farms. It’s expected that stock will result in releasing about 170,000 pheasants for hunters to chase. It is hoped that the pheasant stamp will raise about $1.5 million each year, which will be put toward the $3 million program.

The 2017 pheasant hunting season is October 21 to November 25, December 11-23, December 26 to February 28 (a special junior hunters’ season ran October 7-14), with a limit of two birds per day and six in possession. “Even on Doc’s pheasant preserve, you still need a hunting license and the pheasant stamp, but since it’s private land, you can hunt on Sundays and later in the evening,” explains Darrin. “Joining your local chapter of Pheasants Forever is the best way to get informed about pheasant hunting and finding dog handlers who will take you out either to designated state game lands or to pheasant preserves like Doc’s.” Founded in 1982, Pheasants Forever is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. With more than 600 chapters across the United States and Canada, it has spent $260 million to help fund 347,000 habitat projects affecting 4.4 million acres across North America. Pheasants Forever empowers local chapters to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. This allows chapters to fund efforts in their own communities. The North Central PA Pheasants Forever chapter #630 partnered with the Game Commission and land owners on many habitat projects, including plantings on state game lands. 2017 November T&G - 33

They also hosted two mentored youth pheasant hunts this past October, where volunteers paired youths with a dog handler to hunt pheasants for two hours near Shawmut. Accompanied by a parent or adult, the goal is to coach youth on the importance of firearms safety, wildlife habitat, and hunting technique. Before attending the free hunts, youths were required to complete a three-hour safety lecture, dog demonstration, and practice on the trap field at the Fox Township Sportsmen’s Club the weekend before junior pheasant hunting season opened. On the opening day of junior pheasant hunting, 60 youths and 30 dog handlers met at 7 a.m. near Shawmut. “The Game Commission released 360 birds for the youth hunt and

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two extra birds for every hunter we have today,” explains Larry Haag, secretary of the North Central Pheasants Forever chapter. “We raise all our funds for the youth and veteran hunts as well as our habitat projects through raffles and an annual banquet in April.” Dan and Amy Quagliani started pheasant hunting when their son Nick was 12 years old. He is now 22 and has moved away from the area, but the Quaglianis continue to lead youth pheasant hunts with their 8 year-old German shorthaired pointer, Abby. “Training hunting dogs isn’t hard because depending on the breed, it’s just in them to go on point, but it takes a lot of discipline and it can be expensive,” says Amy.

“The electronic collars can be upwards of $700 with GPS, not to mention the vet bills, and any other equipment you might need for training,” Dan adds. “Abby is part of our family. She is 99 percent companion, and 1 percent hunter!” The Quaglianis are also members of the Fox Township Sportsman’s Club in Toby, which started in 2007 to raise pheasants for youth hunting. With the support of the Game Commission and local landowners, they were able to designate 350 acres for habitat projects, pheasant pens capable of raising 600 birds, and areas for youth-only pheasant hunting. Many of the youths who were introduced to pheasant hunting through the mentored youth

hunting program have now become dog handlers themselves. “I enjoyed spending time with my dad and interacting with the hunting dogs,” says Kat Runyan, who started as a hunter at age 13. Now 18, she has trained her German shorthaired pointer, Max, and takes youths pheasant hunting through the program. Likewise, Melissa Wehler started pheasant hunting when she was 12 and now at age 23 she takes youths out with her 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Rugar, every Saturday when the season opens. Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Draa is learning to train her 9-month-old German shorthaired pointer, Tucker. She fell in love with pheasant hunting four years ago and

participated in the youth hunt this year. Invited to join Draa on the hunt, we hiked out into the state game lands with Larry Haag’s two hunting dogs, Penny, an English pointer, and Rags, an English setter. For the next three hours, we trekked through the tall grasses chasing the dogs in search of pheasants. Even though Kaitlyn didn’t get a pheasant this year, she did get to shoot at three pheasants flushed out of the fields by Haag’s hunting dogs. “Pheasant hunting is a gateway to big-game hunting,” says Maurice Craig Barr, a member of the North Central PA Pheasants Forever. “I teach our youths that we don’t harvest anything that we don’t plan on eating!” Training a hunting dog can be an expense and requires a lot of patience as well as time. Luckily, many

of the hunting dog breeds have been selectively bred for key genetic characteristics such as a keen, discriminating sense of smell, a body structure built for strength and endurance, an internal drive to continue to work, and finally, pointing and retrieving instincts. Some of the most popular hunting dog breeds include Weimaraner, German shorthaired pointer, English pointer, English setter, and English Cocker Spaniel, to name a few. Purebred hunting dogs from quality lineage cost between $700 and $1,500, depending on breeding. In addition, the hunter can expect to spend another $800 to $2,000 per year to feed, house, train, and care for the dog. That doesn’t include all the collars, bird

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John “Buck” Koritko holds a GPS tracker, which can locate his dogs up to 9 miles away.

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The view of Bald Eagle State Park and beyond from The Nature Inn.

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The patio of The Nature Inn has served as a venue for weddings.


he Nature Inn isn’t employing subterfuge with “nature” in its name. This facility isn’t merely some cookie-cutter hotel plopped on the north shore of Bald Eagle lake just for the sake of having a non-camping option in a state park. It’s custom-built to exude the qualities that drive the philosophy of wild parks themselves: human connection with nature, preservation, recreation. It is LEED Gold certified, which is not typically something a building can achieve through retrofitting. It has to start from the planning and design stage, and selection of the site. Water is partially heated through solar tubes on the roof. The roof itself bounces 42 - T&G November 2017

“This is absolutely a flagship property for the state. It’s the first of its kind,” says Walden Hospitality President Charlie Brooks, at right in photo with Nature Inn assistant GM Cody Wolf.

away hot air to stay cool in the summer. Half of the storm water is collected in huge metal drums and stored to flush the toilets. The other half is supposed to be used to water plants, but they’re all native species so they don’t really need it anyway. The interior wood is sourced from within 100 miles. The outdoor deck furniture, among the few imported items from

outside the area, is composed of recycled aluminum. There’s more, but it feels like the paper used to print the entire list of eco-friendly construction methods would kind of be against the idea of the small footprint. Those factors, while impressive, still aren’t what makes The Nature Inn unique. It is the only full-service lodging in a state park in Pennsylvania. With the cost of a room, a guest also has access to all the activities at Bald Eagle State Park. They’ll even front you a fishing pole or cross-country skis if you don’t have them. Charlie Brooks is the president of Walden Hospitality. He successfully bid The Nature Inn project and serves as its general manager. The inn opened in September 2010. “This is absolutely a flagship property for the state,” Brooks says. “It’s the first of its kind.” The amenities of human

habitation are present but not incongruous with the spirit of the larger park. The patio area — with grills and tables, chairs and other human comforts — quickly gives way to the wild undergrowth. The Butterfly Trail runs just to the south, and the wild growth beyond soon gives way to the water’s edge. It’s “glamping,” for sure, but the inn’s managers know not everyone is always looking to get down in the dirt on every trip, or at least it’s not always where one wants to return after a day in the woods or on the water. Originally, this was supposed to attract a new crop of visitors to state parks who don’t want to camp, says Cody Wolf, assistant general manager. There is some of that in the demographic profile of guests, but it’s also a diverse mix, from people in the State College area looking for a quiet weekend retreat, to football fans,

The inn attracts a diverse mix, from local residents looking for a weekend retreat, to football fans, to lifelong users of state parks, including elderly who can’t camp anymore.

to elderly people who can’t camp anymore, or parents of youngsters who aren’t ready to camp. “When I got here, one of the demographic hopes of the state was that they would bring new users into the state park system,” Wolf says. “People who were not inclined to camp and who were looking for a more upscale experience. And we absolutely have some of that, but I think to everyone a bit of a surprise was how much of a demographic we have of people that have been lifelong users of a state park system.” Those people are at retirement 2017 November T&G - 43

Green features at the inn include a 2,800-gallon storm water holding tank.

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age now, and have some more time and disposable income. “They are tremendously appreciative for having this available for them,” he says. Brooks says the inn is also dependent on Penn State for the large numbers of conferences and meetings the university brings there. Wolf gets to live year-round the outdoor lifestyle that guests

enjoy for the length of their stay. He might greet you with a smile behind his long beard, wearing a Patagonia hat and hiking pants and shirt, but he is also keenly aware of The Nature Inn’s digital presence. The Trip Advisor reviews are stunning: 398 five-star reviews out of a total of 428. There’s only one three-star rating, where the person complained about the bathroom fixtures. Oh well. It seems like the other 427 didn’t have a problem. It’s a triumphant showing for a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources project that drew criticism and opposition. Both Wolf and Brooks say the interest exists for another hotel project in a state forest, but add they don’t know how long such a project could take. Wolf, who has

been at the site for 2½ years, says he meets people who 10 years ago were working to make The Nature Inn a reality. So the inn remains unique for the commonwealth. Outside of Pennsylvania, it’s not uncommon to see even more lavish lodgings at state parks. Maumee Bay in Oregon, Ohio, even has a golf course. So does Shawnee State Park in Friendship, Ohio. “It’s a nice amenity but it’s not an eco-friendly amenity,” Brooks says. At Fall Creek Falls in Spencer, Tenn., there are not only the links, but an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, and shuffleboard courts. Brooks has worked for most of his career in national parks

concessions at a lot of different such locations. He says he’s much more comfortable here in a smaller lodge with a laid-back atmosphere. “I dress like I fish every day because I do,” Wolf says. Unfortunately, you’ll have to book a stay in order to get a taste of what Brooks and his chef are cooking up. He says since it is a DCNR property, there was a handshake agreement with local eateries not to serve the public except on holidays.

A solar hot water system at the inn raises the average water temperature 10 degrees.

Wolf says they’ve hosted a number of great weddings. Since it’s secluded and all rooms must be booked with wedding-related guests, he says people really let loose and have a good time. Services typically take place outside, overlooking the lake in the patio area. Here they can fit about 90 guests for the reception. If the party gets any larger, the

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empty-nesters looking for peace in the woods. “It is just super quiet,” he says. “The park gets no traffic.” There are a plenty of outdoorrelated choices for people to enjoy in central Pennsylvania. There are a number of cabins for rent, bed-and-breakfasts to enjoy, and campsites for the oldfashioned vacationers. But it’s hard to talk unique, fullservice outdoor recreation without thinking of the storied fly-fishing

HomeWaters in Spruce Creek has expanded lodging in the past decade and offers some of the best fishing in the United States. Above and at right is the family lodge.

staff will also set up a tent in the parking lot. The Nature Inn gives guests numerous food options, including even a late-night pizza bar — clearly the idea of someone intimate with the late-night carb hunger of a wedding reveler. The DJ will set up on the balcony overlooking the multistory entranceway, and the entire area becomes a big dance floor. There’s a variety of room options for guests. There are some suited to sleep just one or two, and there are other larger suites that can accommodate entire families. Winter prices range from $120 per night for a single room on a weekend stay to $245 for a large suite. Summer prices are slightly higher. Each room keeps with the conservation philosophy: everyone can keep track of how 46 - T&G November 2017

much energy they’re using. That patio area, with its large counter space and massive grills, gets used all year long. Even in winter people will request the grills be prepped for use. Many people probably assume Bald Eagle State Park gets wintered up, and that it’s a dead zone with nothing to offer guests. But Wolf says ice fishing is massively popular. When they get a good stretch of cold weather, guests will come and brave the chill to drill in the ice and set a pole. It’s also a popular time for winter sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. But the winter demographic Wolf says they see most is the

club along Spruce Creek. Now run under the banner of HomeWaters, the club has in the past decade enlarged its lodging while continuing to provide some of the best fishing in the United States. Those waters are renowned for attracting more than one U.S. president, professional athletes, and fly fanatics looking to take a crack at the legendary limestone creek. It’s a different feeling from The Nature Inn. It’s not in a public park. Its outdoor recreation is much narrower. But these two locations are unique experiences for the outdoorsman. Mike Harpster, who handles

membership and business “You don’t have the development at natural setting in many HomeWaters, ranks places that we have here at the confluence the performance of Spruce Creek and and passion of the the little Juniata River,” staff as the element Mike Harpster says of that keeps the club HomeWaters. in its high status. They’re a tightknit group, he says, and not just with each other. He says the members the guests are and recurring customers come invited to eat a home-cooked to know the staff personally, and meal from an the staff works to treat the guests on-site chef before retiring to as family. one of several lodges. The main farmhouse at 5531 It’s not hard to find comfort Riverside Drive is cozy, with an old-world sort of familial aura. in any of the buildings, no matter your traveling status. The check-in area and tackle For the single guest, another shop are tucked into the first converted farmhouse is floor, with the communal dining divided into rooms with a area and kitchens above. It’s here

shared kitchen. In the larger lodges, which can accomodate perhaps a dozen people, comfort abounds with spacious outdoor decks, high-ceilinged living rooms, and full kitchens. Rooms start at $125 per night, up to $800 per night

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Though HomeWaters is a private club, nonmembers can book trips except in the spring and fall busy seasons.

in the large family lodge. “What is special is we’re small,” Harpster says. “We’re kind of that boutique size. It gives you a very intimate high-end setting.” Once out the door in the morning with a belly full of warm breakfast, an angler can expect to be taken by a guide to supreme fishing spots. It’s part geology and part human care that keeps the fishing good, Harpster says. Limestone creeks provide the best fishing, and they take the care of the stream very seriously with privately-managed 48 - T&G November 2017

properties. After all, the stream defines the club. “You can build a building anywhere. You don’t have the natural setting in many places that we have here at the confluence of Spruce Creek and the little Juniata River.” The springs keep the stream fed with temperate water for the fish. They’re cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. “The limestone portion of it is important because it’s a soft rock that dissolves calcium carbonate into the water as the spring bubbles out through it,” Harpster says. “That makes them very alkaline. It makes it very conducive to the amino

acids and bacteria that the small invertebrates, the bugs in the stream, live off of, which is what the trout eat.” Though it’s a private club, outsiders can book trips as long as it’s not in the spring or fall busy seasons. So for 8½ months of the year, the lodge is open to all. Harpster says during the club’s early days the mantra was: “It’s about the fishing” — that as long as anglers had a comfortable bed, there wasn’t a need for much else. Now, HomeWaters is supplying the whole package with a big dollop of comfort. Harpster says HomeWaters backs up the great fishing with excellent guides, and the comfortable housing with excellent staff. “The people that work here enjoy what they do,” Harpster says. T&G Sean Yoder is a staff writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.

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Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge needed three ghosts to help him discover the meaning of Christmas. The residents of Whoville taught Dr. Seuss’s Grinch that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. And when Charlie Brown lamented the overcommercialization of the holiday, Linus and friends showed him what Christmas is all about. In real life, anyone seeking the true spirit of Christmas needs to look no further than the University Baptist and Brethren Church’s annual Alternative Christmas Fair in State College.

The fair was born when The fair the church’s Board of was “a Missions proposed an idea for an event to raise money new way for worthy charities while to support celebrating the season of missions,” giving in a meaningful way. In 1982, under the direction Nancy of event chair Nancy Dixon, Dixon says. the church held its first Alternative Christmas Fair, in which shoppers could give gifts of charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations in honor of others. “We are a mission-oriented church, and we thought this was a good idea. It was something different; a new way to support missions,” Dixon says. That first year, the event benefited six charities and raised a total of $2,700. Today, the fair has become a cherished holiday tradition for many in the community, raising a grand total of more than $600,000 over the past 34 years for local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. More than $51,000 was raised for 26 charities at last year’s event alone. Here’s how it works: Participating charities set up informational booths in the church basement. “Shoppers” at the fair can visit the booths to learn about the nonprofits and donate to them. If they choose to donate on behalf of someone else, they receive a certificate in the form of a greeting card that they can present to the person in whose honor they’ve donated. Many organizations also hand out informational brochures or other promotional items that can be included with the card. “Some people say they do all of their Christmas shopping here,” event chair Cynthia Carpenter says. “We know one person who Meals on Wheels is one of the nonprofits that benefits from the Alternative Christmas Fair.

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sends out these donation acknowledgements as his Christmas cards. People also use these donations as teacher gifts, which teachers seem to love, because it’s so thoughtful.” Carpenter says 100 percent of the donations collected at the fair go to the charities. But, she says, the rewards of the event go deeper than the amount of money raised. “One of the beautiful things about this fair is it gets people talking to people, face-to-face — people from inside the congregation, people from outside the congregation, people of all faiths,” she says. “It is a way for the community to learn about these wonderful nonprofits. Some of the local organizations are very small and this event gives them some great exposure. “Even the volunteers representing the nonprofits network with each other. They talk to each other and figure out ways they can work together. I really like the personal, face-to-face aspect of the fair. It’s such a feel-good event.” Jean Yeatman, publicity chair for the fair, agrees, adding, “It’s also a great showcase for the charities to talk to people who might be looking for ways to

Fair organizers include (from left) Jean Yeatman, Jean Morrow, Marjie Nye, Lucy Loomis, and Cynthia Carpenter.

volunteer and get involved with their time and energy. It’s really exciting to hear about the many different ways people in our community are helping each other.” To add to the spirit of fellowship, a soup and sandwich lunch is served at the fair, providing an opportunity for members of the community to meet and socialize. According to Carpenter, proceeds from the lunches purchased are used to cover publicity expenses, so that the fair can continue to ensure that every dollar from donations goes directly to charity. Another aspect of the event is a Children’s Fair, which takes place on the third floor and features games and a pizza party. Participating families are encouraged to donate to Save the Children, an international organization that promotes children’s rights and provides relief for kids in developing countries. Karen Moser, the church’s director of Christian education and the chair of the Children’s Fair, suggests that, although the Children’s Fair is available for kids throughout the duration of the main event, it’s a good idea to take children through the actual exhibits. “I like to take my kids around to the booths to learn about each charity, and have them choose what they want to support in honor of their teachers,” she says. “Then they write a thank-you note for their teacher on the inside of the gift cards. It sets an example and teaches them about the importance of giving.” 2017 November T&G - 53

from selling material goods at the fair, she says, overall the event has not changed much from its original intent and format; it has just grown in size and scope. “It’s so nice that after 35 years, this event is still so supported by the congregation and other members of the community,” Dixon says. “There are some ‘regulars’ that I only get to see at this fair every year, and I always look forward to that.” One of the fair “regulars” is congregation member Joe Loomis, who has been representing Heifer International at the event since its inception. “The fair is a great source of joy for me,” Loomis says. “I dress up like a farmer in a hat and overalls. Year after year, Dixon, who still people come back to see me there.” volunteers at the fair with He sometimes brings a live calf or chicken to the event, her husband as needed, says which helps to make his booth a popular one. In 2016, that the soup kitchen and his booth received nearly $10,000 in contributions. The the children’s activities money raised provides livestock and training to struggling were a part of the very first communities around the world. At the fair, Loomis offers fair, which also included information about how much it would cost to donate a a white elephant table flock of chicks, a colony of honeybees, or a heifer or other featuring handmade crafts livestock in someone’s name. for sale. While the church Loomis is a passionate representative of his charity, eventually moved away saying, “I’ve been working with Heifer International since the 1950s. I’ve been able to visit villages in other parts of the world, FREE pick-up and delivery service. where I have seen firsthand how we’ve been able to help reduce malnutrition and poverty.” Another participating nonprofit making good use of donated funds is Centre County PAWS. A non-euthanasia shelter committed to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, PAWS uses the money it raises at this event to help cover the costs of caring for nearly 1,000 cats and dogs each year. According to PAWS Director of Development Christine Faust, that included 50 dogs displaced by Hurricane Irma in September. We’re not your typical dry cleaner. Our customers are our priority. Pair that with the highest quality cleaning “The money that we receive from this and our professional integrity and you’ll be set. Your event is so wonderful,” Faust says. “We spend clothing will never have looked this good after coming back from the dry cleaner. We guarantee it. more than $150,000 each year on animal medical care alone, so anything we receive, 814.237.7661 we are just really grateful for.”

“The fair is a great source of joy for me,” Joe Loomis says.

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Longtime PAWS volunteer and UBBC congregation member Bob Barry first got the organization involved in the fair approximately 20 years ago. He says that the event has been important to the organization because, “Not only do we get muchneeded cash donations, but we get to reach out to people who don’t know much about PAWS and let them know about some of our programs. It’s such a great event; I hope it goes on forever.” According to Carpenter, the fair has reached its capacity as far as the number of charities it can support each year. The nonprofits that participated in 2016 and are expected to be involved again this year include: Alternatives in Community Justice, Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, Bridge of Hope Centre County, Centre County PAWS, Centre LGBTQA Support Network, Centre Volunteers in Medicine,

Kitchen volunteers at work during a previous fair. A soup and sandwich lunch is served at the fair.

Centre Wildlife Care, Centre Peace, Church World Service, ClearWater Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Hope International Services, House of Care, Housing Transitions, Interfaith Human Services, Meals on Wheels, Mid-State Literacy Council, Out of the Cold, Park Forest Preschool, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, State College Food Bank, Tides, United Nations Association of Centre County, Youth Service Bureau, and Centre County Women’s Resource Center. Yeatman says that community outreach is important to the small but involved congregation of UBBC, which currently consists of 120 active members. This event in particular requires a lot

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Joe Loomis is a regular at the fair, representing Heifer International. Last year his booth received nearly $10,000 in contributions for the organization, which provides livestock and training to struggling communities around the world.

of manpower, including a committee of 12 people, some of whom have subcommittees of volunteers to help them run things on the day of the event. This year’s committee members, in addition to Carpenter, Yeatman, and Moser, are Jean Morrow, social media; Marjie Nye, cashier; Lucy Loomis, hostess; Fay Jester, treasurer; Deb Ritter,

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kitchen; Paul Moser, setup; Paul Carswell, cleanup; Tom Cook, unloaders, and Jean Hill, decorations. Their efforts do not go unappreciated by the nonprofits who participate. “I think it’s wonderful that the church chooses to do this,” Faust says. “State College is an amazing community in terms of how generous the

people are, and this is such a wonderful way to help nonprofits in our community. There is such a spirit of goodwill in that room.” The 35th annual event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of UBBC at 411 S. Burrowes St. in State College. The room is accessible by elevator, and all members of the community are welcome to attend. It is not necessary to RSVP in advance. For those who cannot attend the event, donations will be collected through the following Sunday. Donation forms can be obtained by calling the church office at (814) 237-2708. More information about the event or any of the nonprofits participating this year can be found on the event’s Facebook page, AlternativeChristmas FairUbbc/. T&G Karen Walker is a freelance writer from State College.

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MATTERS When you think about retirement, what do you see? By Tom King CFP®, CLU®, AEP® , King Wealth Strategies The first step in preparation for the years ahead is to envision your retirement. Take it beyond sitting poolside with a frozen drink, and dive into the details. We suggest you start with four basic questions: 1. When do you want to retire? These days, it can range anywhere from age 55 to 85+. For some, continuing to work is a financial imperative, while others just want to stay active and mentally sharp. When you retire is a major driver in every retirement plan.

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2. Where do you want to live? On the beach or on a golf course? Near your children or near a major airport? Should you move to an over-55 community? Or stay in a college town filled with cultural events? 3. Who will you spend time with? Consider what it means to move and change your social circle. Or whether you want to move closer to (or further from) your family. You have to take a realistic view of this one. 4. What activities motivate you? Discuss what you and your spouse enjoy doing together. And what you’ll do apart. Also chat with your adult children about what works for their families. Having a good sense of all these will help you make a better plan. You’re the expert on your retirement goals. Now is the time to consider these questions to ensure your plan takes you in the right direction. The cumulative set of answers not only leads to how to save and invest your money, but about why you’re doing it in the first place.

How to jumpstart the process The key is to just start talking about your vision. Chat with your spouse. Your kids. And your close friends. Then start writing it down: •Be creative. •Go ahead and envision that “pie-in-the-sky” retirement. •Dream. Dream big. Dream with breadth and depth. •Ponder what you’ve written, and talk some more. Before you know it, you’ll have envisioned your retirement. T&G

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MATTERS Tips on Buying a Second Home By Marc McMaster With low mortgage rates, home values rising, and rental demand remaining strong, investment buyers are holding their ground in the real estate market. Since 2014, sales to individual investors have made up roughly one-fifth of all sales and have risen each year. According to the National Association of Realtors® annual Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, nearly 2 million vacation and investment properties were purchased in 2017. With a steady stream of investment purchasers in the market, interested buyers should remember to turn to a Realtor®, a member of the National Association of Realtors®, for advice before buying that vacation home or investment property. A Realtor® is your expert professional when it comes to buying a home. He or she will help you find the right property that fits your budget and will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the best deal. If you are considering buying a second home for your family’s vacation getaways or as an investment property for additional income, here are some important tips to keep in mind: Call a professional Realtors® can help point to areas with the best properties for vacation or investment homes. NAR’s survey found that buyers typically purchased a vacation property 200 miles from their primary residence. Even if you are familiar with the targeted search area, chances are you are not up to speed on local market conditions. That’s where a Realtor® can come in and educate you on demand levels and future resale value in the area.

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Get your finances in order Getting a mortgage these days can be difficult, especially for second-home owners. Adding another mortgage is going to expand your debt-to-income ratio, and you’ll likely need to make a substantial down-payment on any second-home purchase. So be ready to dive into some paperwork with your agent at your side to ensure you can find the best property within your budget at the most favorable terms. Brush up on rental regulations Many second-home owners rent out their property to earn extra income. If you are planning to rent out a second home, be sure to understand the rules and regulations affiliated with rental agreements. Laws can vary from one town to another, so it is crucial that you understand all the local ordinances before you open the door to tenants in your home. Working with a Realtor® will give you insights on the rules and laws of a property before you decide to make an offer. By working with a Realtor® and the proper planning and patience, the second home you have been dreaming of can be right within your reach! T&G Marc McMaster of RE/MAX Centre Realty is president of the Centre County Association of Realtors®.

Purpose beats perks in workplace satisfaction StatePoint New research shows that happiness abounds for those working at small businesses. Indeed, 75 percent of small-business employees are either very or extremely satisfied working for a small business, according to the study conducted by Aflac. Perhaps surprising to some, happiness is not necessarily based on salary, but on finding true value and meaning in day-to-day work. Other perks that keep employees happy at their small-business jobs include respect and gratitude from employers, and seeing the fruits of their labor firsthand. But a great work environment only goes so far. Seventy-two percent of survey

respondents said that an improvement in benefits offerings would make them a happier employee, suggesting that there are real, concrete ways that small businesses can improve employee satisfaction. To learn more, visit Happy employees do better work, and companies seeking to boost morale should understand that job satisfaction is multifaceted. T&G

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MATTERS Divorce, Remarriage, and Their True Cost By Stacy Allred, Director, Wealth Structuring Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Whether you’re getting divorced, recovering from one or watching it unfold for a friend or family member, consider these steps for minimizing the financial consequences. Take precautions The single most effective divorce tool is a carefully drafted prenuptial agreement. Although entering a marriage with an exit strategy may seem calculating, many couples can benefit from having one. “A prenup is generally good insurance,” says Arlene Dubin, a matrimonial attorney. She recommends not only spelling out what would happen to key assets like real estate and investment portfolios, but also outlining how to deal with debts incurred before and during the marriage. Know what’s at stake The first financial shock to face is the cost of the divorce itself. You’re already splitting assets; when you add a messy divorce with high legal fees, it becomes a considerable financial and emotional drain. It’s vital to have someone on your side who has a handle on a financial exit strategy that meets your needs. Start with a complete inventory to help you understand what you’re entitled to receive or retain. Assets should include retirement plans, savings and checking accounts, properties and pensions, business interests, and inheritances. In addition, list any financial obligations or debts that you and your spouse may have incurred. You should document each item by gathering tax returns, paycheck stubs, wills, trust instruments, bank and credit card statements, insurance policies, property deeds, and brokerage account documents. Financial housekeeping is essential during a divorce, arming you with the knowledge needed to help make the right financial decisions. Your fair share Splitting the assets of your marriage will fall to the lawyers and the legal process. There are, however, tactical steps you can take to prepare. 62 - T&G November 2017

“I tend to recommend splitting what you have across all assets as opposed to a scenario where you take the house and I take the cash,” Dubin says. If neither of you has an emotional attachment to the family home, selling it could be preferable, says Bill Hunter, director, IRA Product Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The proceeds can be split, used to pay down debt, or cover the cost of the divorce itself. A sale of other shared, nonliquid assets may also be advisable. Another important asset is health insurance. If you’re covered by your spouse’s plan, under federal law you can continue that coverage for up to three years by enrolling in COBRA, although you’ll be responsible for making the payments. Retirement accounts Splitting IRAs and 401(k)s can prove problematic. If either of you has a retirement account, it’s vital that you sign a court-ordered qualified domestic relations order (QDRO), which spells out exactly what percentage of the account each of you will receive. This document allows you to roll over your agreed-upon share into another IRA without incurring earlywithdrawal taxes, as long as you do so within 60 days of receipt of the QDRO. Try to avoid tapping your retirement accounts to pay for the divorce. Instead, consider taking a loan at today’s favorable interest rates. Settlement aside You need to update the beneficiaries in your will, as well as the person to whom you’re granting a power of attorney should anything happen to you. Review all your estate planning documents to make sure they reflect your current wishes. Be sure to follow up on any debt you may have incurred during the marriage. Although the responsibility to pay may fall to your ex-spouse, your name may still be tied to the account. This can have repercussions on your credit should he or she default on payment. Social Security can also come into play. If you were married to your spouse for over ten years, you can claim spousal benefits even if your former partner remarries. But if you remarry, you can’t claim the benefits unless your new marriage ends in death or divorce. A new start Once the divorce is finalized, the next chapter begins. Your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor can help you review your financial

outlook and create a budget based on your new circumstances. Start with what you spent over the past year and try to forecast your new situation as to what would be a realistic budget. Your goal in the end is to have a new financial strategy — one based on a new life chapter. T&G For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor Cynthia Hayes Karcher or Financial Advisor Craig Wallace in the State College, PA office at (814) 231-8912 or (814) 231-8914 or via email at or This article does not constitute legal, accounting or other professional advice. Neither Merrill Lynch nor any of its affiliates or financial advisors provide legal, tax or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions. Merrill Lynch makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”) and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).

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MATTERS Here’s Your Retirement Countdown From Danny Orton, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time — which means you might want to start a “retirement countdown” well before you draw your final paycheck. What might such a countdown look like? Here are a few ideas. Ten years before retirement: At this stage of your career, you might be at, or at least near, your peak earning capacity. At the same time, your kids may have grown and left the home, and you might even have paid off your mortgage. All these factors, taken together, may mean that you can afford to “max out” on your IRA and your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan. And that’s exactly what you should do, if you can, because these retirement accounts offer tax benefits and the opportunity to spread your dollars around a variety of investments. Five years before retirement: Review your Social Security statement to see how much you can expect to receive each month at various ages. You can typically start collecting benefits as early as 62, but your monthly checks will be significantly larger if you wait until your “full” retirement age, which will likely be 66 (and a few months) or 67. Your payments will be bigger still if you can afford to wait until 70, at which point your benefits reach their ceiling. In any case, you’ll need to weigh several factors — your health, your family history of longevity, your other sources of retirement income — before deciding on when to start taking Social Security. One to three years before retirement: To help increase your income stream during retirement, you may want to convert some — 64 - T&G November 2017

but likely not all — of your growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles, into incomeproducing ones, such as bonds. Keep in mind, though, that even during your retirement years, you’ll still likely need your portfolio to provide you with some growth potential to help keep you ahead of inflation. One year before retirement: Evaluate your retirement income and expenses. It’s particularly important that you assess your healthcare costs. Depending on your age at retirement, you may be eligible for Medicare, but you will likely need to pay for some supplemental coverage as well, so you will need to budget for this. Also, as you get closer to your actual retirement date, you will need to determine an appropriate withdrawal rate for your investments. How much should you take each year from your IRA, 401(k), and other retirement accounts? The answer depends on many factors: the size of these accounts, your retirement lifestyle, your projected longevity, whether you’ve started taking Social Security, whether your spouse is still working, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine an appropriate withdrawal rate. These aren’t the only steps you need to take before retirement, nor do they need to be taken in the precise order described above. But they can be useful as guidelines for a retirement countdown that can help ease your transition to the next phase of your life. T&G Danny Orton is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in State College, (814) 2370512,,

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MATTERS Sustainable Responsible Investing Increases in Relevance By Fred Rousselin, Financial Advisor, Normandy Wealth Management In order to meet the changing demographics and expectations of today’s investor, many financial advisors are looking beyond the traditional investing models. As a result, socially responsible investment options, known as Sustainable Responsible Investing (SRI), are becoming part of today’s dialogue. As this platform increases in relevance, it is important to understand the intricacies involved. What is SRI? SRI is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. SRI has a long history that dates as far as 1758, when the Quaker Philadelphia Yearly Meeting prohibited members from participating in the slave trade. Since 1989, SRI industry representatives have gathered annually to exchange ideas and gain momentum for new initiatives. While SRI has a long history, financial advisors have implemented various terms when describing the platform. In fact, depending on their emphasis, you may have heard of SRI described using terms: • Community investing • Ethical investing • Green investing • Impact investing • Mission-related investing • Responsible investing • Socially responsible investing •Sustainable investing •Values-based investing Socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, high degree of respect for their employees, and diversity. Some money managers avoid businesses 66 - T&G November 2017

involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons, contraception, abortion, animal testing, fossil fuel, and armed services. How big is SRI? According to the US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Foundation’s 2016 annual report, as of year-end 2015, nearly 22 percent of every dollar under professional management in the United States ($8.72 trillion at the start of 2016) was invested according to SRI strategies. The report also highlighted a growth rate of 33 percent between 2014 and 2016, demonstrating how mainstream this investment model has become. Who are SRI investors? Typical investors include: • Individuals who invest, as part of their savings or retirement plans, in mutual funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that specialize in seeking companies who fit the SRI standards. • Hospitals and medical schools that refuse to invest in tobacco companies. • Foundations that support community development loan funds and other high social impact investments that align with their missions. • Religious institutions that file shareholder resolutions to urge companies in their portfolios to meet strong ethical and governance standards. • Venture capitalists who identify and develop companies that produce environmental services, create jobs in low-income communities, or provide other societal benefits. • Responsible property funds that assist in the development or retrofit of residential and commercial buildings to meet high energy efficiency standards. SRI spans a wide and growing range of products and asset classes, such as stocks, fixed income and alternative investments, as well as private equity, venture capital, and real estate. SRI investors, similar to other conventional investors, seek a competitive financial return on their investments. The future of SRI? The future of the SRI industry seems bright. As today’s investor increasingly looks toward socially conscious options, we are likely to see more widespread adoption of these strategies in the future. In fact, according to the Investment Company Institute’s 2016 Investment Company Fact Book, the Department of Labor responded

to popular demand in 2015 clearing the way for managers of 401(k) accounts and pension funds to consider socially conscious factors in their investment decisions. Finally, we are experiencing a unique moment with multiple generations in the workplace, with Millennial employees growing in population and impacting the retirement industry. These changing demographics are fueling the SRI trend. In 2015, the Aflac Corporate Social Responsibility Survey found that two-thirds of investors aged 22 to 34 are likely to invest in a company well-known for its social responsibility. This same study found that less than 50 percent of investors over the age of 34 are similarly driven. As Millennials continue to grow and mature as investors, the SRI market may likely grow with them. To see how you are currently invested, reach out to your financial advisor and request your Morningstar Sustainability Rating, which provides a reliable, objective

way to evaluate how investments are meeting environmental, social, and governance challenges. Before investing in any mutual fund or exchange traded fund, you should consider its investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. You should always carefully read prospectus, offering circular, or if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and you may gain or lose money. Past performance is not indicative of future results. T&G Fred Rousselin, financial advisor, Normandy Wealth Management, Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through H. Beck, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC. H. Beck, Inc. and Normandy Wealth Management are unaffiliated entities. 1919901 10/2017

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MATTERS Balancing Retirement vs. College Savings By Brittany N. Cox, Financial Advisor, Nestlerode & Loy Investment Advisors Studies show disappointing results when it comes to retirement preparation among adults in the United States. Bankrate’s 2014 Survey of Retirement Savings shows that over 25 percent of those surveyed age 50 to 64 have yet to start saving for retirement. The statistics are even worse for those without a company retirement plan, such as a 401K. Many of these individuals have less than $1,000 in savings and investments. Another financial milestone looming over most Americans is preparing financially for their child’s college education. Fidelity Investment’s Annual College Savings Indicator Study reports that although 70 percent of parents intend to cover the cost of tuition in full, they’re on track to fulfill only about 29 percent of that goal by the time their kids reach freshman year. For over a decade, the average cost of tuition has risen at more than double the rate of inflation, so it’s only going to get more difficult for parents to balance saving for retirement and college. The future cost of college is staggering. Vanguard estimates that in 18 years, a four-year degree at a private college

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could cost nearly $500,000. As the mother of a 3-year-old, I realize that starting early is the best option for being able to help my daughter when she heads to college. So, how can parents start saving for their children’s college expenses? The most common vehicle used is the 529 College Savings Plan, which has tax advantages for the owner. 529 funds can be used for qualified education expenses, which according to federal guidelines typically include tuition, fees, books, and room and board expenses. Money inside of a 529 grows tax-deferred and is not subject to tax upon withdrawal if used for qualified education expenses. The downside is that if the money is used for something other than college expenses, income tax and a penalty will apply to any money earned. If the beneficiary receives a scholarship or passes away, the penalty is not charged. What’s nice is that most college plans can be started with a small monthly amount. Investing as little as $50 a month can build over time. In addition, it isn’t only parents who can contribute to the plan; grandparents and other family members can contribute as well. The maximum permitted in contributions for each beneficiary is $300,000. My suggestion is not to put your children through college at the expense of your retirement savings. You can borrow for college but not for your retirement. As you look for ways to take control and prepare for your own retirement, start with your company 401K plan if available. Make your contribution the highest percentage you can so your contribution will increase when your salary increases. An employer’s match is the most significant return you can get on any investment, so definitely take full advantage of it. For those who do not have a retirement plan at work or who are not eligible yet, there are other ways to save for retirement. If you had a 401K with a previous employer, you can roll this over to an IRA and make contributions until you are eligible again for your employer’s plan. You could also set up a new IRA or a Roth IRA. For those who are selfemployed, there are other options to

save for retirement and many have great tax benefits as well. Some people may believe that Social Security will be enough income to live on in retirement. However, Social Security is based on your “average indexed monthly earnings during the 35 years in which you earned the most.� Therefore, if you have not worked 35 years, the zero years of earnings will count against you. In this instance, working longer to replace those zero years with earnings can

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make a large difference to your benefits. In addition, the longer you wait to take benefits, the better off you will be. Eligible workers can claim benefits as early as age 62, but if you wait until age 70 (the latest date to take benefits), you increase your benefit by 8 percent for every full year after your full retirement age. The bottom line is to save as much as you can as early as you can. With the help of an advisor, compile your retirement accounts, desires for college planning, and relevant dates to run a comprehensive calculator to determine what steps you need to make. A calculator can help you see if you fall short, and the advisor will help you to decide what to do with the information. You can always decide to retire later than anticipated, save more towards retirement or college, or even lower your tuition commitment. T&G Brittany Cox is a financial advisor, Nestlerode & Loy Investment Advisors,, (814) 238-6249.

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The Animal Kingdom Children’s Store Stop in this holiday season for the best assortment of plush animals like GUND Bear, our collection of stocking stuffers and seasonal gifts for the young... and the young at heart! Our store offers an exceptional collection of toys, books and baby items as well as children’s apparel with high quality brands like Tea Collection, Zutano and See Kai Run shoes. We specialize in all things adorable and we’d love to add some merriment to your local shopping experience this year.

103 S. Allen Street, State College Downtown State College 814.237.2402 •

Come Discover the NEW Harper’s

Check out our new location next to the Tavern Restaurant! We are the largest specialty clothing store in central PA, now with Women’s apparel and accessories from designer lines in the USA and Europe, including Isabel De Pedro, French Kyss, Alberto Makali, Malíparmi, Jude Connally, and more. From office wear, to casual weekend attire and nights out on the town, it’s the best place to shop in Happy Valley!

224 E College Ave, Downtown State College, PA 814.238.4767 •

Good Things Come in Glass Bottles, from Barrel 21 & Otto’s!

Otto’s and Barrel 21 feature the best in local Brews & Spirits to serve guests and give as gifts! Barrel 21 has maximized the aromatics and robust flavors of the spirits it produces: Limoncello, Light or Spiced Rum, Apple Eau De Vie, White Rye, Gin, and Vodka. Otto’s Craft Beers are always favorites, from Apricot Wheat to Jolly Roger by the case. Need gift ideas? Glass growlers, Moscow Mule mugs, Otto’s 15th Anniversary ceramic mugs, hats, tee shirts, canvas tote bags, and Gift Cards!

Otto’s Pub and Brewery • 2235 N. Atherton St. • 814.867.6886 Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining • 2255 N. Atherton St. • 814.308.9522 72 - Special Advertising Section

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars is now featuring their Twelve Days of Christmas Wine Case! A spectacular sampling of 12 favorite wines, each with a special holiday label featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas! Don’t delay! To order your case, contact Shipping Available anywhere in the US!

Our beautiful lodge is decorated for the Holidays. Stop in for wine tasting and unique gift ideas for the wine lover on your list OR visit our wine bar “Mountains on Main”, conveniently located on the Diamond in Boalsburg!

Check out our web site for Holiday Hours and Special Events! 107 Mountain Springs Lane, Spring Mills GPS Use 324 Decker Valley Road, Spring Mills (814)364-1000 •


gift guide Blair Plastic Surgery

Look your Best for Holiday Festivities. Drs. Robert & Fanny Louton make it easy and affordable to obtain immediate results with minimal social downtime. Go to our website or call for details on our Non-Surgical SPECIALS for microdermabrasions; laser treatments including Microlaser peels, hair, vein, and tattoo removal; Coolsculpting; Botox, Fillers and more! Gift Certificates are available!

1952 Waddle Rd., State College (Across from Outback Restaurant) (814) 234-1420

Chocolates by Leopold

Only the best for the holidays. That includes Leopold’s chocolates. Leopold uses fourth generation chocolate recipes to satisfy every chocolate lover’s palate. Find specialties such as Buttercrunch, Stout Caramel and Truffles. Or, find holiday creations--Gobbler Pops, Molded Turkeys of many sizes, Pumpkin Spice Truffles, and more. Everyone says Leopold’s is the way chocolate should taste.

107 West Main Street, Boalsburg (Next to Seven Mountains Winery) Hours: Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 11:30 to 4:30 814.808.6254 •

Christine’s Hallmark

Let Christine’s be your one stop shopping destination for everyone on your holiday gift list. We offer a wide range of merchandise including Vera Bradley, Lizzy James jewelry, Yankee Candles, and so much more!  We aren’t just your typical card store. Stop by and see what’s in store. Store hours: Monday-Saturday 10-9, Sunday’s 12-5. Free gift wrapping available. We offer gift baskets upon request. The holidays are in full swing at Christine’s Hallmark!

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BILLIARDS & DARTS Why Buy at a Box Store?

HASSLE FREE Shopping Here!! We Stand Behind Our Products! Pool Tables

• Selection of custom pool tables and cues, ping-pong, shuffleboard, air hockey & poker tables, dartboards, lighting, and other game room accessories. If we don’t have it, we can get it!


• Free delivery and set up • 12 months same as cash with No Interest • Billiard table cloth recovering, repairs, and service

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1358 E. College Avenue State College


Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. call for holiday hours.

This Holiday Season, Share the Taste of Amish Food! Easy Ordering, Direct Shipping Request Your Free Catalog Today!

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351 Wise Rd., Howard, PA 16841

Come See Us on December 9th at Bellefonte Victorian Christmas!

Conklin's Corner Antique & Gift Barn 20 Plus Dealer Antique Co-op Plus...Huge Country Gift Shop Including Amish Crafts & Accessories Thompson's & Swan Creek Candles & Melts Wind & Fire Bangles • Byers' Choice Carolers Handbag & Fashion Apparel

Open 7 days a week until 8 p.m. Black Friday thru December 23.

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CO2 The Unique Boutique

Made in America, Alex and Ani Bracelets are made of recycled materials. Each bracelet comes with a gift box and meaning card. Easy to take on and off, lightweight and comfortable and with a price point of $28-$58, these bracelets make a wonderful gift.

104 N. Allegheny St. Bellefonte, PA 16823 814.353.4258 19 East Main St. Downtown Lock Haven, PA 17745 570.748.2862

Start your New Year off right at East Coast Health & Fitness, Your Hometown Gym!

Surprise your loved ones this holiday with a gift certificate for personal training, a massage, a reformer session or a membership. East Coast Health & Fitness offers a fully equipped weight area with a wide variety of machines, free weights, and cardio options as well as fun fitness classes led by our devoted team of accomplished instructors!

250 W. Hamilton Ave., State College, PA 16801 814.234.9400 •

Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery

Start a new family tradition for the holidays with Happy Valley Spice, a traditional German gluehwein with an old world taste, and Bondari, a port style wine with flavors of blackberry, cherry, and almond. As well as a locally hand-crafted Amish cheese will make a memorable gift for those who enjoy a ‘taste of the valley’. We have wine accessories for those special individuals on your holiday gift list.

576 S. Foxpointe Dr., State College 814.308.8756 •

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Downtown Bedford and ALTOONA’s Pleasant Valley Shopping Center OR ONLINE at WWW.BEDFORDCANDIES.COM (814) 623-1545

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Bring your favorite Happy Valley Tradition to any holiday and bowl game party! Like us on Facebook and catch up with old friends on the Train Station Restaurant Facebook alumni group page!

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51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg (814)466-6263

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Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art Annual Holiday Art and Ornament Sale

Join us on Saturday, December 2, for our annual fundraiser, featuring the 2017 commissioned ornament by Christine Stangel. Another great gift idea is a Friends’ one-year membership, which includes invitations to exhibition and special event receptions and a 10 percent discount at the Museum Store!

Palmer Museum of Art • Penn State Curtin Road • University Park, PA 16802 814.865.7672 •

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars says “Relish the Cranberry”!

No holiday gathering is complete without the fresh, crisp, taste of Seven Mountain’s award winning, 100% cranberry wine. Perfect to serve with a Thanksgiving turkey, and sure to become a family tradition! Don’t forget to check out our Wine Bar, “Mountains on Main” on the Diamond in Boalsburg, PA.

Main Location: 107 Mountain Springs Lane, Spring Mills only 20 minutes from State College, GPS use 324 Decker Valley Road Boalsburg Location: 101B North Main Street 814.364.1000

Simply Health Salt Spa

Himalayan Salt Lamps make a great holiday gift. We carry a large selection of Authentic Himalayan Salt Lamps. Also known as “the world’s only natural ionizer and air purifier.” These Lamps produce negative ions naturally and are known to help alleviate symptoms caused by allergies, sleep disorders, migraine headaches and depression. They also help to eliminate common indoor air pollutants such as dust, mildew, electromagnetic fields from TV’s, computers and other electronic devices. Gift Certificates Available.

1760 S. Atherton St. • State College, PA (In the Creekside Plaza with Honey Baked Ham) 814.954.7731 78 - Special Advertising Section

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Holiday Gifts for your Penn State fan at Old State Clothing Co.

The official licensed Penn State merchandise store! PSU hoodie designs, pet accessories, sports & tshirts, popular jewelry, coasters, lion paw pottery, golf accessories, automobile gear, Gameday Couture (featured on Shark Tank), PSU blankets, and Christmas ornaments!

101 East Beaver Avenue, State College • 814.234.1415 • w w Special Advertising Section - 79


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State Amusement Company

Table games are BIG this year, including Bubble Hockey, Air Hockey, Ping Pong, Foosball, Poker, and of course, Pool Tables! Maybe this is the year for a vintage pinball game! State Amusement has it all- the best selection in town in and an educated showroom staff that can help you choose the best pool cue, chess set, poker chips, dart board, or other unique gift idea. State Amusement has everything you need for your game room, including Penn State Pool Tables, Bar Stools, Penn State logo overhead lights, and lots more, for the ultimate Penn State Fan game room!

1358 E. College Avenue, State College 814.234.0722

Goot Essa Gift Assortments

Looking for a gift that is unique AND delicious? Design your own gift assortment with Amish cheeses and other foods! Each cheese, spread and fudge are made from all natural ingredients and no added preservatives, from recipes and methods handed down for generations. Direct shipments include a personalized gift card.

Please call 800.490.4387 or email to request our FREE catalog or to place an order!

Way Fruit Farm “Join us at the Farm”

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or just need fresh apples for your holiday pies, we have it all! While you’re here at the farm, plan to stay awhile and enjoy a snack of an apple cider donut and Hot Mulled Apple Cider or even have homemade soup and a sandwich for lunch in the Way Café. Need help with holiday baking? Our bakery has a full line of baked goods for you to take home and enjoy. To place your order for the holidays, call or stop by for the best availability for baked goods and gift baskets.

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Conklin’s Corner Antique & Gift Barn of Philipsburg

Is packed full of unique holiday décor and everyday gifts. Our new boutique area has women’s fashion apparel and accessories including: Simply Noelle handbags, jackets, sweaters, scarves, and gloves, Mona B. canvas bags, Wind & Fire Bangles, Kameleon, and a variety of other gifts for that special someone. With over 10,000 sq. ft. of gift shop area, the barn is often called one of Central PA’s best kept secrets for unique items. Conklin’s Corner has extended Holiday Hours from Black Friday thru Dec. 23rd, open 7 days a week until 8pm.

Rt. 350, 670 Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, PA 16866 814.342.0650 •

Woolrich Company Store

is where you’ll discover a great selection of Woolrich apparel,outerwear, accessories and more. Plus woolen throws woven in Woolrich, PA., perfect for your cabin or home. A great experience and worth the trip.

Woolrich Company Store 1039 Park Ave. Woolrich, PA 570.769.7401

Dam Donuts

Give the gift of Donuts! Let us treat your guests to something sweet and unexpected. A box of delectable donuts is sure to make anyone smile this holiday season. To satisfy your donut obsession, we also have earrings, shirts, hats, mugs, and even donut pillows! Surprise your friends and family with a dozen donuts delivered to their office or home. Gift cards are available. Even Santa can’t resist a donut with his glass of milk!

216 West High Street, Bellefonte, PA 814.548.7825 • 82 - Special Advertising Section

Drink Local. Drink Happy.

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-6pm Friday 11- 9pm | Saturday 11- 9pm | Sunday 1-6pm

576 S. Foxpointe Dr., 814.308.8756 State College, PA

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Home of Way CafĂŠ, Bakery & Deli Come enjoy a snack of an apple cider donut and Hot Mulled Apple Cider or even have homeade soup and a sandwich for lunch in the Way Cafe! To place your orders for the holidays, call or stop by!

2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda 814-692-5211 • Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. -6:30 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Sat., December 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center 215 Innovation Park, State College PA

Shop local, buy handmade this holiday season!

Handmade treasures created by over 70 artisans-jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood, mixed media, glass, metal, photography, painting, and more. Plenty of free parking and dining available at Legends Restaurant within the center.

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Give the Gift of Science!

Spark creativity, curiosity, and imagination this holiday season with memberships and passes for anyone on your list! Family or Grandparent memberships are available for $65-$75.One-day passes are available for $7 each. Check out our expanded gift shop, where you can find unique, fun science gifts for children of all ages! Pencils, tornado tubes, fun jewelry, robot kits and more can be found at Discovery Space at our new location!

Discovery Space 1224 N. Atherton St., State College, PA 16803 814.234.0200 •

Ace Hardware of State College

…has great gift ideas for entertaining and home décor, including Proctor Silex electric knives, Lodge cast iron skillets, Bodum French presses, tag custom color candles, and Oster toaster ovens! Oh, and we have paint and hardware, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, and an extensive catalog for special orders. Let our friendly staff help you find everything you’re looking for this Holiday Season!

150 Rolling Ridge Dr. in Hill’s Plaza South Shopping Center, off South Atherton 814.237.3333 •

Herlocher’s Dipping Mustard

Wake up hotdogs, dazzle veggies, dunk cheeses, dip pretzels, slather meats, and spice up sandwiches all with the sweet and rough flavor of Herlocher’s Dipping Mustard. A gluten-free, salt-free tasty gift for the favorite people on your list. Available in these local stores: Weis, McLanahan’s, Wegmans, Giant, Ace Hardware, Honey Baked Ham, Tait Farm and many more.

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“Your Hometown Gym” For 25 years, our mission has been to provide the facilities and programs to enhance fitness, athletic performance, health and quality of life. Our Programs & Facilities include: • One-on-one training • Private and Semi-private Reformer Sessions • Wide Selection of Cardio, Selectorized Equipment and Free Weights • Nutrition Counseling • Massage Therapy • Child Care • Tanning • Silver Sneakers • Healthways Prime Group Fitness: Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Spinning, Barre, Zumba and many more.

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Pennsylvania Military Museum… Community, Commonwealth, Country

The Pennsylvania Military Museum preserves and honors Pennsylvania’s military history from 1747 to the present, interpreting for citizens and visitors the story of the Commonwealth’s “Citizen Soldiers”, civilian activities on the home front, and the contributions of Pennsylvania industry to military technology. Visitors of all ages can enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, lectures, tours, and special programs year-round. Memberships are a great gift for the history buff on your list.

P.O. Box 160A, 51 Boalsburg, Avenue Boalsburg, PA 16827 814.466.6263 •

Robin Hood Brewing Company

For the craft beer lover on your list, a Mug Club Membership to Robin Hood Brewing Company is the perfect gift this holiday season. Benefits include a free birthday dinner, 15% off merchandise, invitations to Bow & Arrow Club events such as special brew releases, and of course beer served in a special 18-ounce mug. Check out other great gift ideas from hats, ear warmers, fleeces, and t-shirts!

1796 Zion Rd, Bellefonte, PA 814.357.8399 •

Bedford Candies Hand-Dipped and Homemade

Bedford Candies hand-dipped chocolates, gourmet popcorn and homemade fudge are made fresh daily in our store. Stop by our stores in Historic downtown Bedford and the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center Altoona to enjoy 18 flavors of popcorn daily, with 8 flavors changing bi-weekly. We carry a wide selection of homemade chocolates, truffles, gummies, retro candies and more. Our chocolates and popcorn are perfect for all occasions including weddings, showers, corporate celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries and more!

Pleasant Valley Shopping Center 3415 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602 • 814.201.2105 • 86 - Special Advertising Section

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Give the Gift of Outdoor Living 135 – Cozi-Back Double Swing 126 – Comfo-Back Outdoor Furniture 8 – Song Bird Feeder 7 – Post Mount Spindle Feeder Made from Recycled Milk Jugs. 2271 Johnson Mill Rd., Lewisburg, Pa 17837 570.524.0544


Bryce Jordan Center

November 3 Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell 6:30 p.m. 5 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Bloomsburg (exhibition) Noon 10 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Campbell 4 p.m. 10 Penn State women’s basketball vs. Siena 7 p.m. 12 Penn State women’s basketball vs. Drexel 1 p.m. 12 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson 5 p.m. 15 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Montana 7 p.m. 17 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Columbia 7 p.m. 20 Penn State women’s basketball vs. Central Connecticut State 6 p.m. 24 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Oral Roberts 3 p.m. 28 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical 6:30 p.m. 30 Penn State women’s basketball vs. Wake Forest 7 p.m. 90 - T&G November 2017

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Scores of alumni will reunite as the annual Penn State Homecoming Parade steps off at 6 p.m., marching through campus and down College Avenue, the evening before the Nittany Lions take on Rutgers at Beaver Stadium. We Are!

Sing carols, enjoy goodies, and greet Santa at the annual tree lighting in Downtown State College. Donations are collected for the State College Area Food Bank and Toys for Tots.

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and British pianist Kathryn Stott, his longtime collaborator, will perform at Eisenhower Auditorium.


Speaking of Homecoming, the Penn State men’s and women’s basketball teams open their home slates with bookend weekend double-headers at the Bryce Jordan Center. Both teams will be in action on the 10th and again on the 12th.



17 The Penn State Blue Band and the Penn State Symphonic Band will pres ent their annual Bandorama concert in Eisenhower Auditorium.

28 A Christmas classic will glide from the TV screen to light up the stage when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical lands in the Bryce Jordan Center.

To have an event listed in “What’s Happening,” e-mail

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Children & Families 1, 8, 15 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:15 a.m and 10:30 a.m., 1, 8, 15 – 3s, 4s, & 5s, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., 1, 8, 15 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., 1, 8, 15 – Parenting Discussions, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, 3, 22, 27 – Discovery Day, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, 4 – Young Writers Workshop, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, 4 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 4, 11, 25 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 6, 7, 13, 14 – Baby & Me Lapsit, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., 6, 7, 13, 14 – Baby & Me Movers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:15 a.m., 6, 7, 13, 14 – Tales for Twos, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 11 – Elementary Explorers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 12 – Farm Frenzy, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 18 – Kids Day IV: Dress Up and Discover, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, noon, 19 – Nutcracker Ballet, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2:30 p.m., 28 – Polar Express Pre-Registration Begins, Schlow Center Region Library, SC,

Classes and Lectures 3 – Gallery Talk: Collection in Context: African Objects at the Palmer, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 92 - T&G November 2017

3 – Paper Views Conversations: Interiors, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., 7, 21 – Learn about Hip or Knee Replacement – “A Joint Venture,” Mount Nittany Medical Center, 11 a.m., 9 – Free parents-to-be class, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7 p.m., 16 – Family Medicine Seminar: Mindful Practice, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6:30 p.m., 18 – Schlow Labs: eBook Basics, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., 25 – Free Introductory Karate Classes, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m.,

Club Events 1, 15 – Outreach Toastmasters, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon, 2, 9, 16, 30 – State College Downtown Rotary, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, SC, noon, 3, 10, 17 – Comics Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 3:30 p.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – Chess Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 6, 20 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., 8 – Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, SC, 7 p.m. 8 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, SC, 7 p.m., 861-0770 9 – Schlow Stitchers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., 14 – The Nittany Valley Writers Network, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., 14 – Women’s Club Midday Connection, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 404-3704 15 – CR Active Adult Center Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:15 p.m.,

18 – Boardgaming Meetup, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10 a.m., 18 – Lego Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 20 – Parrots Owners’ Group, Perkins, SC, 7 p.m., 237-2722 21 – Adult Evening Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., 22 – Adult Afternoon Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m.,

Community Associations & Development 21 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, 7:30 a.m., 22 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, noon, 237–2822

Exhibits 1 – The Art of Poetry, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 1-31 – Asher B. Burand: To Begin Again, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1-31 – New Acquisitions: Minna Citron after Atelier 17, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1-31 – BIG DEAL: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 – Paper Views Exhibition: Interiors, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 10 a.m., 4 – Finding Centre: Paintings by Alice Kelsey and Sarah Pollock, The State College Framing Co. & Gallery, SC, 10 a.m.,, 5 – Docent Choice Tour: Art with a Message, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m.,

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26 – Neuropathy Support Group of Central PA, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 2 p.m., 531-1024 30 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 10 a.m., 30 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Renewal, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 10 a.m.,

Music The Palmer Museum of Art features The Art of Poetry, with poet Lee Peterson, on November 1. 12 – Docent Choice Tour: Sculpture at the Palmer, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., 19 – Docent Choice Tour: The Inspiration of New York City: American Art and Artists Come of Age, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m.,

Health Care 1 – Breast Cancer Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 5:30 p.m., 4 – Move Your Feeties for Diabetes 5k/1k Walk/Run, Tudek Memorial Park, SC, 10 a.m., 8 – Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 9 – Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 15 – Basic Life Support (BLS) - Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., 15 – Alzheimer’s Support Group, Elmcroft Senior Living, 6:30 p.m., 235-7675 16 – Parents-to-Be: HEIR & Parents Hospital Tour for Expectant Parents, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6:30 p.m., 20 – Cancer Survivors’ Association, Pink Zone Resource Center in the Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11:30 a.m., 238-6220 94 - T&G November 2017

1 – A People’s Production: Jam Session and Reception, Borland Project Space, Penn State, 4:30 p.m., 2 – McLovin & Flux Capacitor, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 3 – Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 4 – Blues, Brews & BBQs with Tab Benoit, The State Theatre, SC, 3 p.m., 4 – Glee Club, Worship Hall, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 4 – Sacred Rhythms, Grace Lutheran Church, SC, 7:30 p.m., 5 – Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: Faculty Artist Series, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., 5, 12 – Penn State Oriana Singers, Worship Hall, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 2 p.m., 7 – Alice Dade, flute, Music Building II, Penn State, 5:30 p.m., 9 – Thompson Square, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 9 – Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 10 – Jazz in the Attic Presents: Steve Rudolph & Tom Strohman, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 10 – An Evening with Keller Williams, The State Theatre, SC, 9 p.m., 12 – Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: D.M.A. Solo Recital, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., 12 – Brass Night at Schwab, Schwab Auditorium, Penn State, 6:30 p.m.,

29 – Penn State Percussion Ensemble II, Music Building II, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 30 – Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor, Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Celebration with Amanda Powel, soprano, and Ross Hauck, tenor, Schwab Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m.,

Special Events

Pianist Carina Hui will be featured in the Sunday Afternoon Concert series at Palmer Museum of Art on November 12. 14 – Center Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, Schwab Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 15 – The Art of Music: D.M.A. Solo Recital, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 15 – Penn State University Choir, Worship Hall, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 15 – Inner Dimensions and Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, Schwab Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 16 – Jazz@the Palmer: Penn State Faculty Jazz Combo, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 16 – Native Sons & Daughters Attic Series Presents: Chris Rattie & The New Rebels, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 17 – Penn State Bandorama, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 27 – Penn State Percussion Ensemble I and Mallet Ensemble, Music Building II, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 96 - T&G November 2017

3 – First Friday Downtown, Downtown SC, 5 p.m., 3, 10, 17 – Downtown State College Farmers Market, Locust Lane, SC, 11:30 a.m., 4 – Fall Bazaar, Our Lady of Victory, SC, 9 a.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – Bellefonte Farmers Market, Gamble Mill parking lot, Bellefonte, 8 a.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – Millheim Farmers Market, Hosterman & Stover Hardware Store, Millheim, 10 a.m., 4, 11, 18 – North Atherton Farmers Market, SC Home Depot parking lot, 10 a.m., 7, 14, 21, 28 – Boalsburg Farmers Market, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., 7 – Tuesday State College Farmers Market, Locust Lane, SC, 11:30 a.m., 8 – Tap Takeover Featuring Victory Brewing Company, Legends Pub in The Penn Stater, Penn State, 6:30 p.m., 8-11 – Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade International Craft Sale and Rug Event, University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma St., SC, Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 11 – Veterans Day, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 14, 21, 28 – Tuesday State College Farmers Market, Municipal Building, SC, 11:30 a.m., 16 – Tree Lighting, Downtown State College, 5:30 p.m.,

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25 – Sampling Saturday: Holiday Cheeses & Italian Pizzelles, Tait Farm Harvest Shop, Centre Hall, 2 p.m., 30 – Tait Farm Annual Open House, Tait Farm Harvest Shop, Centre Hall, 10 a.m.,

Sports 3 – Bellator 186, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 6:30 p.m., 3, 4 – Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State, 7 p.m., 3, 4 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State, 2 p.m., 4 – Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Rutgers, Rec Hall, Penn State, 7 p.m., 5 – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Bloomsburg, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, noon,

Penn State’s women’s volleyball team has home matches this month against Rutgers, Maryland, and Indiana.

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9 – Penn State Wrestling vs. Army West Point, Rec Hall, Penn State, 7 p.m., 10 – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Campbell, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 4 p.m., 10 – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. Siena, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 7 p.m., 11 – Penn State Football vs. Rutgers, Beaver Stadium, Penn State, noon, 11 – Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Maryland, Rec Hall, Penn State, 7 p.m., 12 – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. Drexel, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 1 p.m., 12 – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Farleigh Dickinson, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 5 p.m., 12 – Penn State Wrestling vs. Bucknell, Rec Hall, Penn State, 2 p.m., 15 – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Montana, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 7 p.m., 15 – Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Indiana, Rec Hall, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 18 – Penn State Football vs. Nebraska, Beaver Stadium, Penn State, 20 – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. Central Connecticut State, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 6 p.m., 24 – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Oral Roberts, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 3 p.m., 24, 25 – Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan State, Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State, 7 p.m., 30 – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest, Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State, 7 p.m.,

The Sound of Music comes to Eisenhower Auditorium on November 14 and 15.

Theater 3 – The Second City Comedy Tour: Our Cure for the Common Comedy, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 9, 30 – Happy Valley Improv, In the Attic of The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 11 – Lady Grey’s Heroes & Villains, In the Attic of The State Theatre, SC, 8 & 10 p.m., 14, 15 – The Sound of Music, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 15, 16 – Penn State Opera Theatre and Members of the Chamber Orchestra: Cosi Fan Tutte, Playhouse Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., 16 – A Sneak Peek of the Feature Film: The Turn Out, The State Theatre, SC, 6 p.m., 17 – State High Girls Basketball Presents: Moana, The State Theatre, SC, 7:30 p.m., 17-19 – The House at Pooh Corner, presented by State College Area High School Thespians, SCAHS North Building Auditorium, SC, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., (814) 231-4188. 18 – Metropolitan Opera HD Presents: The Exterminating Angel, The State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., 24 – Argonautika, Pavilion Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., T&G

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from the vine

Pinot Noir is Right for Fall By Lucy Rogers Pinot Noir could just be the ideal wine for fall: it can be light- to-medium-bodied, and has great earthy tones that pair well with fall foods like roast chicken and duck, mushrooms, and dried fruits. It typically has enough structure and acid to hold up well with other bold flavors found in heartier coolweather dishes, so now seems like the right time to investigate. Regardless of the fact that Pinot Noir is a finicky grape that can be difficult to grow, it can be found growing in most of the world’s wine regions. One of the more interesting things about Pinot Noir is that it is a grape that makes wine that is truly reflective of the place it is grown, or its terroir. While Pinot prefers cooler climes like Burgundy, the Finger Lakes region of New York, and New Zealand, it can still grow in warmer climates with longer growing seasons where the grapes can get riper — in places like Santa Rita and Santa Inez in the Central Coast region of California, or in Sonoma, Calif., that still enjoy cool evenings brought about by maritime breezes or fog. The wines produced in each region are distinct from one another, and knowing what style you prefer can help you find the right wine. Pinot Noir styles range from light and delicate with good acidity that are meant to be consumed with food, to fuller-bodied versions with riper fruit flavors upfront and slightly less astringency. Regardless of the style, the wine’s basic flavor profile consists of berry — strawberry or raspberry, and sometimes cherry — that blends with savory mushroom, subtle herb, and/or earthy notes. It is not uncommon for the wine to have floral notes — rose in particular — showing in both the nose and on the palate. These delicate and complex flavors are what make Pinot Noir so interesting to wine drinkers worldwide: the balance between fruit and savory, the subtleties of herb and earth, the all-important acidity. If you don’t have the time, inclination, or budget to taste Pinot Noir from all over the world to determine your preferences, the following guidelines can be used to help steer you in the right direction. Pinot Noir’s most distinguished wine region in the world is Burgundy, France. It is believed to be the original home of Pinot Noir, where it is the only red grape grown in the region (with the exception of the sub-region of Beaujolais, where the Gamay grape is grown). This is important to know, because if you pick up a bottle of red wine with a label that says “Bourgogne,” 100 - T&G November 2017

you will know that it is Pinot Noir. There are five main sub-regions in Burgundy; Cotes de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits are the two of five that produce mostly red wines — and these are good words to recognize if looking for a red wine from Burgundy. What can be expected from Burgundian Pinot Noir? You will find wines that are lighter-bodied, with almost all the flavors more nuanced than counterparts from regions with warmer growing seasons and longer days of sunlight. When they are well-made, these Pinot Noirs are elegant and retain just the right amount of acidity and tannin, with gentle flavors of berry complemented by rose, herb, and earthiness; these are usually understated wines that are not appreciated by all. When poorly-made, they are thin and lean, often tasting of unripe fruit or green beans with too many tannins and/or acid levels, often lacking in flavor. An additional difficulty is that bettermade Burgundian wines are going to cost you — likely upward of $35. We tasted the Domaine Michel Gros 2013 ($60) from the VosneRomanee region of Cotes de Nuits that delivered a little petrol on the nose with flavors of cranberry and cherry cola on the palate. This wine was a bit tannic, and we wondered if it needed more time in the bottle. Not knowing when we tasted it how much it cost, I couldn’t help but think it should have been better than it was when I heard the price. We also tasted Domaine Fichet 2013, a simple Burgundy that also showed a lot of cola but was tight and a little dead inside. Price tag? $16, and it showed. Similarly light-styled wines at a slightly more approachable cost can be found in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where the climate is also cool and the number of warm, sunny days is limited. The Pinot

Noirs our panel tasted from the Finger Lakes were from wellrespected producers Ravines (2013, $30) and Dr. Konstantin Frank (2015, $25). While initially they hit all the marks for Pinot Noir, and did prove to be elegant, there was a muskiness about them that evolved after time spent in the glass. When I tried them the following day, I found them both to be undrinkable. New Zealand’s Central Otago region is another place to look for lighter-styled Pinot Noir. On the other end of the style spectrum are wines from the West Coast of the United States, where growing conditions vary significantly from the Central Coast of California up to Sonoma and north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Central Coast Pinot Noir is grown best in Santa Maria, Santa Rita Hills, and Santa Inez, where warm, sunny days have the advantage of cool evenings, which allows the grapes to ripen more fully but still retain their acidity, preventing the wines from being too jammy. Wines from this region can range in price from $12 to $60 or $70, depending on the winemaker and whether the grapes come from a single vineyard or are a blend from many vineyards. Central Coast would be a good place to start your research if you think you want something more fruit-forward and you don’t have a huge budget. Many producers will have multiple offerings at different price points; you can start at the low end and work your way up to single-vineyard offerings that will likely offer more complexity if you find the producer is making a style you enjoy. Sonoma’s Russian River Valley winemakers also offer a range of wines at varying price points. Moshin is a boutique-type winery whose Pinot Noir we have tasted several times in varying vintages and are rarely disappointed, but it comes at a price — usually about $50. A bigger company like Rodney Strong or La Crema will have multiple entries that will allow you to find an affordable wine to

begin your research, and you can decide whether you want to move on to their higher-end bottlings. Don’t forget to consider Sonoma Coast and the Carneros regions of Northern California as well. Lastly we come to Oregon, whose Pinot Noirs also tend to be richer than the Burgundian style. We tasted two wines from Arterbury Maresh Winery, located in the Dundee Hills sub-region of the Willamette Valley. Both wines were of the same vintage, but one was a single-vineyard wine and cost $40 more than the other. The first wine had cherry lollipop, baking spices, and pomegranate flavors and was well-balanced with just a touch of rose; it was thoroughly enjoyable. The second wine showed more specifically cinnamon flavor, with cherry and cocoa mid-palate. While nice tasting, it was hardly worth the $70 price. While I am confident there are great Oregon Pinot Noirs out there offering a nice balance of medium-body and bright fruit flavor with plenty of complexity, I have not found they offer a great value. Really tasting and considering the wines thoughtfully will go a long way to helping you develop your palate, and keeping track of what you tasted and what you liked about it is a key element of learning, even if you write down just a few observations. Eventually when you look back at your notes, you will begin to see a pattern emerging that will allow you to more easily identify your “go-to” wines. Good luck! T&G Lucy Rogers is the tasting room manager for Big Spring Spirits in Bellefonte. She can be reached at lucy@, or you can find her in the tasting room. 2017 November T&G - 101

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Taste of the Month

Crowd-Pleasing Pairings Robin Hood Brewing Co. serves its craft beers with a varied menu

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By Vilma Shu Danz Photos by Darren Andrew Weimert

Meatball and Angus beef ancho sliders paired with Robin Hood Brewing Co. Peasant Pale Ale.


Arrive hungry and ready to throw back a beer or two at Robin Hood Brewing Co. in Bellefonte. Only 12 miles from Beaver Stadium, this familyfriendly restaurant and brew pub at 1765 Zion Road opened in 2008, with the addition of the brewery in 2013. With seating for 180, Robin Hood Brewing can accommodate small and large groups. It’s open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight on Friday night), as well as Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The crowd-pleasing menu consists of a good mix of American, Italian, and pub fare including salads, wings, pizza, cheesesteaks, burgers, and tacos.

“There are 14 different tacos on the menu,” explains general manager Mark Lambert. “The Baja crispy fish taco is our most popular, but we also have your traditional beef, a chorizo sausage, a Cajun shrimp, or our Asian-inspired Banh Mi taco!” Pizza and cheesesteaks are by far the most popular items on the menu, followed by the 14 to 17 styles of craft beers on tap. As craft beer continues to grow throughout the country, it’s important to remember that

Smoked pork chop dinner paired with Robin Hood Brewing Co. F. Tuck Porter.

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Wheat Ale won the bronze medal and the Blooming Spring IPA won the silver medal at the Denver International Beer Competition in 2016. Schell studied anthropology at Hartwick College and uses his science background and passion for brewing to produce the equivalent of 1,600 kegs of beer every year at Robin Hood Brewing paired with Robin Hood Brewing Co. Co., which is Bulls IPA. 200,000 pints! “Our best sellers are our American IPA, Pennsylvania is a hotbed for Bulls IPA, and the wheat beers. independent craft breweries that Our Blueberry Wheat is one started in the early 1990s. we have year-round and our Head brewer Chris Schell seasonal for November is our began his brewing career at Orange Wheat!” says Schell. Cooperstown Brewing Co. in “My favorite pairing is the Milford, New York, in 2010. Godmother sandwich with our F. And then he went to work Tuck Porter because it highlights at Butternuts Beer & Ales in the smokiness of the cheese.” Garrattsville, New York, before Try a flight of 5-ounce coming to Robin Hood in pours to get a sampling of the 2013. Over the years, his beer different style from lagers and has won numerous awards. IPAs to porters and stouts. Most recently, Robin Hood “Some of our most unique Brewing Co. Frost Autumn and must-try beers include IPA won the bronze medal in our BlueBoary Pancake Porter the Double IPA category at made with real pancakes and the Raise a Glass International our Chili Pale Ale made with Beer Competition 2016 in Fresno, poblano, serrano, St. Louis. The Pomegranate

Fish taco

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pimiento, and jalapeno peppers,” says Schell. “We will also have a Crooked Arrow Three Orange Sour ready in November that we left to ferment in oak barrels for seven to 10 months!” For a lifetime membership fee of $50, join the Mug Club to enjoy benefits including a free birthday dinner, 15 percent off merchandise, choice of a 25-ounce or 64-ounce growler, $10 in rewards on your card for every $100 you spend, invitations to Bow & Arrow Club events such as special brew releases, and your beer served in a special 18-ounce mug. “We do a lot of fundraising with schools and booster clubs where we donate 10 percent of the food sales from 4 to 9 p.m.,” says Lambert. “We also have a ‘Giant Pizza’ challenge where we let your organization choose one person to attempt to eat a 24-inch pizza and if they complete the challenge, we will donate $250 to your organization in cash or gift cards for team meals.” Robin Hood Brewing Co. has happy hours Monday 5-7 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday 4-7 p.m. To check out the menu and the brew list, visit T&G For a special offer of 10 percent off your food order at Robin Hood Brewing Co., visit (Offer excludes alcohol).

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dining out

All restaurants are in State College or on the Penn State campus, and in the 814 area code unless noted.

Full Course Dining bar bleu, 114 S. Garner St., 237-0374, 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 matchups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers in addition to crafted cocktails, including the “Fishbowl,” concocted in its own 43-ounce tank! Pub fare featuring authentic Kansas Citystyle barbecue is smoked daily on-site. AE, D, DC, ID+, MC, V. Full bar. Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining, 2255 N. Atherton St., 308-9522, Barrel 21 offers a unique gastro-distillery dining experience that features our one of a kind spirits and beer which are made on premise. Our menu of rotating seasonal items blends classic dishes with current trends to deliver new and interesting presentations for our guests to enjoy. Sunday brunch is a favorite with madeto-order omelets, Bloody Mary bar, and full buffet, including Irving’s bagels, house-made pastries, and much more. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m.Tuesday through Friday, featuring half-price Barrel 21 spirits and Otto’s beer. Our tasting room also is open if you would like to take a bottle home with you, and our private dining room is available for your special event. We look forward to seeing you at Barrel 21! Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 234-2424. An exquisite boutique hotel offering fine dining in a relaxed yet gracious atmosphere. Your dining experience begins with a wide array of appetizers and entrees that compare to the best restaurants of the largest cities in the United States. Additionally, the Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant wine list is one of the best in the area and features a wide variety of wines from California, France, and other countries. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, D, V. Full bar.

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Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 S. Allen St., 237-0139. A true authentic Thai restaurant offering casual and yet “cozy” family-friendly dining experience. Menu features wide selections of exotic Thai cuisine, both lunch and dinner (take-out available). BYO (wines and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. The Deli Restaurant, 113 Hiester St., 2375710, The 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 awardwinning desserts are homemade here early in the morning folks. Look for its rotating menu of food- themed festivals throughout the year. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8590. Fine continental cuisine in a relaxed, gracious atmosphere. Casual attire acceptable. Private dining rooms available. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern, On the Diamond, Boalsburg, 466-6241. The Boalsburg Tavern offers a fine, intimate setting reminiscent of Colonial times. Dining for all occasions with formal and casual menus, daily dinner features, specials, and plenty of free parking. AE, MC, V. Full bar.

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Faccia Luna Pizzeria, 1229 S. Atherton St., 234-9000, A true neighborhood hangout, famous for authentic New York-style wood-fired pizzas and fresh, homemade Italian cuisine. Seafood specialties, sumptuous salads, divine desserts, great service, and full bar. Outside seating available. Sorry, reservations not accepted. Dine-in, Take out. MC/V. Federal Taphouse, 130 S. Fraser St., 954-4888, New restaurant serving craft beers and signature cocktails. Over 100 beers and wine on tap. Scratch kitchen specializing in artisan pizzas, coal and wood-fired fare. Catering/private event options. AE, D, MC, V. Full Bar. Galanga, 454 E. College Ave., 237-1718. Another great addition to Cozy Thai Bistro. Galanga by Cozy Thai offers a unique authentic Thai food featuring Northeastern Thai-style cuisine. Vegetarian menu selection available. BYO (wines and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V.

The Gardens Restaurant at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5090. Dining is a treat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Gardens Restaurant, where sumptuous buffets and à la carte dining are our specialties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer. Gigi’s, W. College Ave, on the corner of Cato Ave., 861-3463, Conveniently located 5 minutes from downtown State College, Gigi’s is a farm-to-table dining experience inspired by the hottest southern trends. Outdoor Patio. Lunch & Dinner. Full Bar. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., 308-8822, Located behind The Original Waffle Shop on North Atherton Street. Visit our Greek tavern and enjoy authentic Greek cuisine. From fresh and abundant vegetables to the most succulent kebabs, each dish has been perfected to showcase genuine Greek flavors. When we say “authentic,” we mean it. Full service, BYOB. D, MC, V.

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Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, “Where Bacon Is An Herb,” 132 W. College Ave., 272-0738. Located next to the State Theatre. Serving authentic Austrian home cooking in Central PA. Ranked #1 Ethnic Restaurant in State College for 8 years in a row. Eat-in, Take-Out, Catering. Glutenfree options available. Bacon-based dessert. Homemade breads, BYO beer or wine all day. Sense of humor required. D, MAC, MC, V. Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., 237-0375, The State College tradition for nearly 50 years, nobody does it better than Hi-Way! Offering more than 29 varieties of hand-spun pizzas made from scratch offer an endless combination of toppings. Its 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. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar.

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Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1454 North Atherton Street, 234-4009, Since 1983, Hoss’s has been providing considerate service, delicious food, and a pleasant environment that brings family and friends together. We offer a variety of steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches. Hoss’s showcase is our all-you-can-eat Hosspitality Bars — offering fresh salads, soups, breads, and desserts. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V India Pavilion, 222 E. Calder Way, 237-3400. Large selection of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes from northern India. Lunch buffet offered daily. We offer catering for groups and private parties. AE, D, MC, V. Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, 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. Foodies — Inferno offers 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 as a boutique nightclub with dance- floor lighting, club sound system, and the area’s most talented resident DJs. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.

Legends Pub at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5080. Unwind with beverages and a casual lounge menu. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar. Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., 954-4923, A worthy destination inspired by their passion for knowledge, skill, and small-batch artisan goods. Liberty is a humble neighborhood joint with design cues from the industrial revolution that provides a comfortable post for a few drinks, saints logo.white2.eps food, and good times. A one-of-a-kind, worldclass digital-menu-driven draft system features nitro-coffee, craft sodas, cocktails, wine, ales, lagers, and hand-pumped cask ale. Specializing in American whiskey, Liberty boasts a bottled beer, wine, mead, cider, and spirits list that would make your buddy jealous. Hungry? Liberty’s menu focuses on small-batch, local, organic, and artisan food made 100 percent in-house, fresh from scratch. Charcuerie, fromage, and flat breads are at the heart of the menu that is complemented by many other classic gastropub favorites. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. every day (kitchen ’til midnight). AE, D, MAC, MC, V. SAINTS_Green only.eps

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Otto’s Pub & Brewery, 2235 N. Atherton St., 867-6886, State College’s most awarded craft-beer pub and brewery featuring more than a dozen fresh, house-brewed ales and lagers on tap as well as fine, affordably priced, local American food with vegan and vegetarian offerings, a kids’ menu, weekly features, and seasonal menu. Open for lunch and dinner in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. Barrel 21 craft distilled spirits available. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar. Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Philipsburg, 342-0379, Restaurant open to the public! Monday-Saturday 11-9, Sunday 9-3. Member-only bar. New golf-member special, visit our Web site for summer golf special. AE MC, V. Full Bar (members only). The Tavern Restaurant, 220 E. College Ave., 238-6116. A unique gallery-in-a-restaurant preserving PA’s and Penn State’s past. Dinner at The Tavern is a Penn State tradition. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar. Whiskers at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8580. Casual dining featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and University Creamery ice cream. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar.

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Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar, 324 W. College Ave., 237-8474. Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar features ingredient-driven, seasonal, new American cuisine paired with an extensive wine list, certified wine professional, and exceptional service. Zola’s also features a new climate-controlled wine room, premium by-the-glass wine pours, fine liquor, and craft beer at its full-service bar. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations recommended. Catering. Free parking after 5:30 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.

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Bagel Crust, 460 Westerly Parkway, 308-9321, Fresh, daily-baked New York style bagels with no artificial ingredients, no oil, no butter, and no cholesterol! Gourmet breakfast and lunch sandwiches with the best cold cuts from Boar’s Head. Come try our organic coffee blends, organic herbal and black teas, as well as flavored smoothies. Catering is available. AE, MAC, MC, V. Barranquero Café, 324 E. Calder Way, 954-7548, A locally owned coffee shop specializing in authentic Colombian coffees and specialty drinks. Works closely with its coffee suppliers in Colombia to ensure that it receives only the highest quality coffee beans the region has to offer. Also serves fresh fruit juices, empanadas, and more! Hopes to bring a little piece of Colombia to Happy Valley! Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7a.m.-8p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-8p.m. Dosa Express, 128 Locust Lane, 231-2000. The only authentic South Indian Restaurant in State College. Try our savory Dosa, a rice crepe stuffed with your choice of potatoes, chicken, or cheese. Open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Now offering delivery through GrubHub. AE, D, MC, V. Fiddlehead, 134 W. College Ave., 237-0595, Fiddlehead is a soup-andsalad café offering soups made from scratch daily. Create your own salad from more than 40 fresh ingredients. Hibachi San, 7 Hetzel Union Building on campus, 8616900. Our Poke bowl is mouthwatering and prepared fresh daily. Create your own Poke bowl with healthy options. Monday-Thursday: 10-8, Friday: 10-6, Sunday: noon-5. HUB Dining, HUB-Robeson Center on campus, 865-7623. A Penn State tradition open to all! Enjoy 12 different eateries in the HUB-Robeson Center on campus. Jamba Juice, McAlister’s Deli, Starbucks, Chickfil-A, Burger King, Grate Chee, Sbarro, Soup & Garden, Diversions, Blue Burrito, Mixed Greens, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San by Panda.V, MC, LC.


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Irving’s, 110 E. College Ave., 231-0604, Irving’s is State College’s finest bakery café serving award-winning bagels, espresso, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Meyer Dairy, 2390 S. Atherton St., 237-1849. A State College Classic! Meyer Dairy is the perfect choice for a quick, homemade lunch with fresh soups and sandwiches or treat yourself to your favorite flavor of ice cream or sundae at our ice cream parlor. Fresh milk from our own dairy cows (we do not inject our cows with BST), eggs, cheese, ice cream cakes, baked goods, and more! Plus, Meyer Dairy is the best place to pick up your Town&Gown magazine each month! Panda Express, Penn State Campus at the HUB- Robeson Center, 861-6009 & 1870 North Atherton Street, State College, 867-2806. We serve American Asian cuisine; come try our world-famous orange chicken. Atherton open 11-9:30 Monday-Saturday, 11-9 Sunday. Campus open 10-9 Monday-Friday, noon-6 Saturday, noon-7 Sunday. AE, D, ID, MC, V. Saint’s Café, 123 W. Beaver Ave., 238-5707, Established in 1999, we are inspired by travel and a passion for exceptional coffee. Come try our espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, pastries, and free WiFi. Cafe Hours: MondaySaturday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Way Café Bakery & Deli at Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda, 692-5211, Simple country food using fresh, local ingredients! Choose from fresh sandwiches, salads, daily homemade soup, fresh-baked desserts, and more! Shop our farm store after your meal too! Mon.Fri. 8-6:30 p.m., Sat. 8-5 p.m. Closed Sundays. AE, D, DC,MC, V.

Specialty Foods Dam Donuts, 216 W. High Street, Bellefonte, 548-7825, Locally owned, specialty donut shop. Made-to-order donuts are made daily, right before your eyes! House-blend coffee, cold-brew coffee, and bubble tea also. We offer a variety of frostings and toppings to tickle your taste buds! Also offering call-ahead orders and special occasions orders. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. T&G

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Serving One Another UBBC Pastor Bonnie Kline Smeltzer discusses faith, our quest for answers, and the need to understand addiction

University Baptist & Brethren Church Pastor Bonnie Kline Smeltzer (right) talks with Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith at The Tavern.

Bonnie Kline Smeltzer is the pastor at State College’s University Baptist & Brethren Church. Joining UBBC in the fall of 2002, she prepares the weekly service and sermons, provides pastoral care, and works with a variety of programs and activities for the congregation. Her husband, Ken, is an ordained minister and owns his own handyman business in State College. Originally from Dundalk, Maryland, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Elizabethtown College in 1976, and a master of divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1981. Prior to coming to State College, she was a pastor with her husband in Modesto, California, for 16 years. Ken and Bonnie Kline Smeltzer lost their daughter Elizabeth to addiction in 2014, when she died of a heroin overdose. As difficult as the tragedy was, the Smeltzers decided to be open about the problem of addiction and share their story to raise awareness. In addition, they were advocates for treatment and a reduced sentence for the young man who sold the drugs to their daughter and was with her when she died. Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith sat down with Bonnie Kline Smeltzer at The Tavern Restaurant 114 - T&G November 2017

to discuss addiction as a disease, how the community can come together to help find a solution, and what roles faith plays in our daily lives regardless of religious beliefs. Mimi: Well, Bonnie I’ve had the pleasure of being good friends with lots of people that are in your congregation. I got a little taste of spirit at your church in terms of its difference from the old, traditional way of doing it. I can’t help but think of my Sunday experience before this interview. I was invited to attend services at a place of worship for the AfricanAmerican community and I came away so inspired with the spirit of their prayer. There was a culture in that congregation that was captivating because it’s so expressive both in word, song, and physical feeling. How does it happen there and it doesn’t happen in most places that I’m familiar with? Bonnie: Well, it’s interesting in worship; there are differences in expression according to racial and ethnic backgrounds. Years ago, I attended the World Council of Churches’ 6th Assembly in 1991 in Australia. One of the music people there was talking about how being Asian, it’s hard to lead a song from the Asian tradition after we’ve sung something from the

Hispanic or African tradition because those are so lively and upbeat. People are physical and almost dance as they sing. He said that it’s not that Asian music doesn’t have the same intensity. It just goes inward. And so, I think there’s a lot in communities of faith that differ depending on your area of the world and your tradition. Mimi: I grew up in a home where I was told to stick to my own because I’m Jewish. My parents emigrated from Eastern Europe, so my early childhood was a very Jewish experience. It was quiet and pensive. It was so different. So, I come to this interview inspired about the things that people like you do, and I’m particularly interested in if you could talk a little bit about your journey as a woman in the service of congregation and some of the things you experienced particularly in this community and along the way. Bonnie: Well, I grew up knowing that whatever vocation I had would be serviceminded. And as a young teenager I thought I’d be a social worker. That’s what I pursued

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in college. And then I realized I didn’t know any women who were ministers, and churches certainly weren’t ready to have women to be pastors. I had a couple of people along the way say that if you want to think about seminary, you ought to think about being a pastor, so those seeds were sown. And by the time I was almost finished with college I thought, well maybe I’ll go to seminary for a theological education. I realized how much my life and values had been shaped by the church. And I thought being a pastor really is a tool in that process of helping people. Coming to State College in 2002, I am now serving my third church. When I was first in ministry, I was often the first woman pastor that anybody had ever met, but I don’t get that anymore. Thirty years in ministry, it has changed. Mimi: So, what’s the most rewarding part of your commitment to this kind of service? Bonnie: Pastors have entry into people’s lives at some of the most joyous and most painful moments. And the privilege of being able to walk in to a person’s life at either

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those times or anything in between is just something that you never tire of. It is a sacred opportunity and to me that’s always felt like a privilege. I don’t take it lightly. Being with the family as they watch someone die or coming in right after a death and helping them decide how to celebrate that person’s life after death, as well as being there in joyous moments like after a baby is born. Mimi: You’re a living example of conquering in a positive way. You have one of the largest losses that a parent could have. Bonnie: The death of our daughter, now obviously is one of the most painful things anybody has to face as a parent. And yet even in dealing with that grief and the ongoing grief of that, there have been opportunities to not let that death be in vain but let it provide some help to others. My daughter died from a heroin overdose. With the opioid epidemic, there are a growing number of parents who have lost children. I’m a bit further along than some parents and I can share my experience and help parents along that road.

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Mimi: What can the rest of us do? That’s a terrible problem. Bonnie: It begins with understanding that addiction is a disease. We need to get rid of the stigma against drug addiction and work at all levels to increase funding for education. I’m working on my legislators whenever I see opportunities to encourage them to increase funding for recovery and rehab facilities because there just aren’t enough. All of our nonprofits are struggling for funds. And you know that that’s one of the beauties of this community, it is one of the things I noticed right away moving here, 15 years ago, was that it is a service-minded community. Mimi: Is there an organization locally concerned about this problem or is it still spread out? Bonnie: There are several different organizations and I don’t know how much they work together. Mimi: Maybe it should start within the organization of leaders of places of worship. Bonnie: I hadn’t thought about that. Mimi: It seems to me, well at least in my own faith, that there are more people who don’t belong to the congregation than do. Is there a decline in the spirit of praying? Do you sense that the ministry is having trouble or growing? Bonnie: I think all churches are experiencing a decline in formal religion and expressions of religion. We’re in an era where whether you’re a Christian, Muslim, or a Jew, the way we used to practice faith and the institutional practices are no longer reliable, that it’s in decline. In the Christian church we talk about denominationalism being dead, that it’s dying and yet there is this spiritual hunger for all people of faith. I noticed after election week, we suddenly had a rise in church attendance. It was like people who were dissatisfied with the election were coming back to church because they were looking for something. We’re on the edge of this real spiritual hunger. People are looking for purpose in their life. People are realizing there’s emptiness with climbing the success

ladder and getting all the material things. Mimi: How do we grasp the value of praying together? Perhaps our traditional churches and synagogues are too much same old, same old. Bonnie: I think people pray, not just with eyes closed and hands clasped. People are learning different kinds of prayer through meditation and yoga. People are seeking out spiritual direction. People are looking for companions to help teach them how to pray and deal with the tough questions of life and faith. Mimi: Do you work with the mental health community? Bonnie: I have mental health professionals who refer people to my church. They sense that the people they’re working with are not looking for black-and-white answers. They’re looking for a community that knows how to welcome and care for people. There can be a community that’s willing to deal with the tough issues of life. And my congregation is a welcoming community. We also welcome the LGBTQ community.

Mimi: And you probably get some condemnation because of that action. Bonnie: We deal with it. But we’re unapologetically open and welcoming. And at the same time, we pretty much let newcomers know that if you’re looking for answers, you probably won’t find them in our community. We’re a community that wrestles with a lot of questions and we don’t always have answers, but we’re willing to be companions along that journey. Life isn’t black and white, it’s all shades. If you want a community that gives you black-and-white answers, this is not it. We really think serving one another, the community, and the world is the key to practicing your faith, having good health and well-being. Mimi: In a climate in which we’re living today, places of worship have a greater challenge to grow and survive. Does a woman make a difference in the quality of the worship within the congregation? Bonnie: I think women in ministry have some unique insights that they can

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bring to the worship experience that male counterparts don’t. Mimi: I think it has benefitted the synagogue too because we represent better than 50 percent of the population and a small percentage of the leadership in this case. Bonnie: We had a rabbi at our denominational conference and she’s famous. She’s written a lot of children’s books. She is just so delightful in the way she approaches scripture, looked at stories and asked questions that were so different than what you might have been taught in seminary by male professors because she had a woman’s experience so she could approach scripture differently. The same way when we have a mix of ethnic folks in ministry who have been oppressed. They look at scripture differently and can help the eyes of the privileged gain new insight. Mimi: Well, I always find it interesting that generally speaking, most people refer to God in a masculine way. And I always get a laugh when I say “thank God, wherever she is.” Just because you know it stops people saying he. Bonnie: Start right out in Genesis and say we’re created in God’s image, male and female, and God created them. Mimi: Why do we see or imagine God to be like a living person? Bonnie: Personified God. I think it’s our own need to be able to make God more relatable. It’s our need to tame God. The best

way to do that is to think of God as a human being, like someone watching over us. I mean that’s the beauty of the Jewish tradition, you don’t say the name for God because God is so unfathomable, untamable, and we cannot contain God. There’s such mystery. I think people want to make God into a being that they can relate to easily. Mimi: My religion, I believe, the part I respect the most is the traditions of religion. Is that true universally? Bonnie: I’m not sure I could say that. I grew up in the Church of the Brethren, which is a small denomination and there are traditions for foot washing. Jesus was washing his disciples’ feet at the last supper. So, we wash feet too, but you know for a lot of people that’s just way too intimate or too weird. Mimi: You’ve been here 15 years; have you had a most unusual experience? Bonnie: Yeah. I came to this congregation at a point where it was in the life cycle of a large number of elderly people. And so, I’ve had a lot of it, helping families deal with death and dying. When one is at death’s door, they’re caught between whatever is in this realm of life and what comes after. And in the Christian tradition people say I am going to be with God but I think there is this period where dying people are caught between now and what happens after death. And I have had some fascinating conversations with dying people.

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Mimi: Any wisdom to pass on to living people? Bonnie: Oh absolutely. One person told me that there’s nothing to be afraid of about death. It’s beautiful and most of us spend all of our lives being afraid of death when there’s nothing to fear. And this person also said that everything is connected. We’re all connected in some way, and that was a powerful revelation and very comforting. To know on this side of death that we need not fear is a comforting thing that we can walk towards death without fear. And just recently I had an experience with a person who was seeing loved ones on the other side and talking to them and it felt like the loved one was there with them. Mimi: I want to send you away from this interview with the challenge of how our community can take a look at this whole addiction issue that is taking too many young people and ruining too many lives. Maybe

Happy Valley could gather some people together that would at least talk about the potential because it’s very important. Bonnie: Yeah, and it’s happening across all the divides, so maybe finding a solution would be a bridge across some of those divides. Mimi: People have to talk about it to be able to figure it out. And we have this great institution across the street and a community of people who care. Bonnie: Bright minds and kind hearts. Mimi: When you think about all of the social services that happen here, in spite of the cost. This would be a great project for leaders in this community to pick up and try to set an example of working together to solve this problem. Thank you for taking the time and for making me feel a little mellow. Bonnie: My pleasure. Thank you. Glad to do it. T&G





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Artist of the Month

Bound with Style Lisa Baumgartner expresses hands-on creativity through the art of bookbinding By Miranda Buckheit

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of Lisa Baumgartner’s most indelible memories is of pulling apricots from trees while riding her bicycle. She laments that Silicon Valley, as it’s known now, is heavily congested, but that fact doesn’t clutter her mind when she muses on the beauty of those scenic memories. Baumgartner’s love of beautiful scenes and spaces heavily translates into her artistic life. Baumgartner is one of the co-founders of the International Women’s Craft Group, based in State College. IWCG offers local craftspeople a space in which they can express their artistic capabilities. They meet every other week to create projects. At their last meeting, they made felted acorns. Baumgartner’s contribution to the group is her latest hands-on endeavor — bookbinding. “I’ve always liked doing things with my hands. I garden. Before I did bookbinding I did felting. It’s like massaging wool,” says Baumgartner. Massaging probably wasn’t an accidental choice of words. Baumgartner holds degrees in sociology and anthropology but

wanted to spend more time at home with her children when they were young. To be able to do so, she became a nationally certified massage therapist. Baumgartner operated as a licensed massage therapist for 11 years. She says it was almost like problemsolving to help someone’s pain. But wanting a change of pace from the practice that she was winding down, she decided to take a one-day workshop in rustic bookbinding on an artist retreat farm in the fall of 2012. She later built on that experience during a trip to England. During that family trip while her husband, Hans (a Smeal College of Business professor of marketing and the chair of the department), was on sabbatical, she took advantage of the many activities that Cambridge University had to offer. She particularly enjoyed a group that offered a way for international people to feel involved. They would take field trips and did crafts once a week at a master’s house. She loved this idea so much, she brought it home with her to State College when she created the IWCG. When Baumgartner came across Brignell’s Bindery during the family’s time in England, she became immediately intrigued. Barry Brignell taught her the art of traditional bookbinding, which added to her previous knowledge from the retreat. She says she was eager to learn, and Brignell was always generous and helpful. She says with a laugh that she’s sure she was annoying at times with her fanaticism. Baumgartner says she sticks to the more artistic side of bookbinding. She explains that the traditional side is more labor-intensive and Artist Lisa Baumgartner displays papers used in creating books in a cabinet in her workshop.

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reparative, with a high level of craftsmanship involved, leading to a more basic look. “I like trying different things. I’m always trying something new,” she says. Her workspace is filled with many types of paper, different styles of books, and various projects. She stains some paper with leaves and metals. Baumgartner’s workspace is a cozy room with her beautiful papers lying about. She gathers some of the leaves she uses from her garden, and talks about the different ways you can use them to put imprints on the papers. She has made diaries, notebooks, large journals, and miniature-sized books as well. There are a few different styles she uses, such as Coptic, leather, and screw-bound. “The Coptic binding method is the oldest of the codex bindings,” she notes on her website, “This early binding method leaves the chain-link stitching on the spine exposed, creating a beautiful visual element to the finished book. Coptic-bound books will lie completely flat when open — perfect for writing in.” She met her husband while working in the Stanford University library. Once he graduated, he had offers in Chicago and France. He decided on Penn State to be a professor of marketing in 1988. They have now lived in the area for nearly 30 years. “I was always trying to get us back to the West Coast, but things work as they are meant to be,” she chuckles. Baumgartner says Hans enjoys woodworking, and they share the working space. He is looking into making her a new piece of equipment, called a punching cradle, since hers was warped by water. The punching cradle is a V-shaped tool to create the holes for the book pages to be bound together. She lays the papers inside, takes a sharp, needle-like tool, and punches holes into the center folds of the pages. Baumgartner says she has made hundreds of books now. She bounces between smaller, easier-tomake books and larger and more involved pieces. “I’ve always been a hands-on, artsy sort of West Coast girl,” she says. During her time as a bookbinder, Baumgartner has taught around a dozen people this art form. She wants there to be

An example of a Coptic-bound book, which lies completely flat when open.

a community for it within State College. “I would love to share the enthusiasm,” she says. Baumgartner is currently helping an international woman learn English and bookbinding. They have been meeting for more than a year now. Baumgartner says her friend thinks “out of the box” and presents new ideas all the time. “I tend to be a little bit precise about things, which is good, but it is also good to loosen up. Especially if you want to learn,” she says. One of Baumgartner’s goals is to make a book with a wooden cover. She plans on making it in the Coptic fashion, which she says is the way Christians in Egypt bound their books when scrolls became outdated. She recently had a show at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, and has her work for sale within the Lemont Gallery Shop. Baumgartner has even considered starting an online Etsy store. “The thing with bookbinding is that there’s sort of an engineering element behind it,” she says. “You sort of have to strategize how to get things to function the way you want and be structurally sound. There is a problem-solving aspect.” T&G Lisa Baumgartner posts some of her work to Instagram (@lisab.binder) and has a website,

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Building Beautiful Relationships New Executive Director Susan Woodring leads Pink Zone efforts to help breast cancer survivors ‘do great things’ By Emily Chertow October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but efforts to find a cure, raise money for research, and spread the word are not just a 31-day occurrence. They are pushed 365 days a year. Susan Woodring is helping lead those efforts as the new executive director of Pennsylvania Pink Zone. The Pink Zone promotes cancer awareness and empowers survivors. “It’s really easy to talk about it because I just love it,” says Woodring, who was named to the post in September. “I love being able to help make a difference.” Woodring, a Penn State grad, comes to the post with 34 years of development and alumni relations experience at the university. She held a number of positions within the division of development, most recently as the director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Altoona from 2003-17. She served in various development roles on the University Park campus for 20 years, including as the associate director of development with the Eberly College of Science. Woodring has a strong team standing behind her. She says the Pink Zone board wants to give away most every dollar that is raised and not put money toward many administrative costs. “I admire the wish to do that and I endorse it,” Woodring says. “I feel so often people are caught up in the money and salaries, but the board of the Pink Zone wants the money to go to help those women who are enduring and being diagnosed with breast cancer.” Woodring says the Pink Zone team has “really committed a lot of time and they’ve invested their hearts and souls into their positions. It is just overwhelming to be witness to their beliefs, and seeing what they want the Pink Zone to be and become.” Woodring says the position has allowed her to build beautiful relationships, and she sees that as the best part of the job. 124 - T&G November 2017

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The executive director’s primary goals for the Pink Zone are to build new relationships, steward current donors, and expand the message of the Pink Zone outside of the Centre Region. The Pink Zone is not just benefitting those in the local community, but is impacting organizations it has built strong relationships with all around the state. Beneficiaries include Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Mount Nittany Medical Center, PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and Penn State Cancer Institute, among others. “It has been my honor and privilege the last month to be able to deliver checks to these organizations and you just can’t imagine the stories that you get to hear and you can’t imagine the leaps and bounds that these organizations have made because of the gift we have given them,” Woodring says. “It’s really an unbelievable situation for everyone.” Over the course of time, $1.6 million has been raised for the Pink Zone in efforts to conquer breast cancer. “We want to see these women be survivors who go on and do great things,” Woodring says. T&G To learn more about the Pink Zone, visit

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BEST WESTERN PLUS University Park Inn & Suites 115 Premiere Drive, State College, PA 16801 814.234.8393 • 866.840.0931

Wherever Life Takes You, Best Western Is There.


Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated.

November Town&Gown 2017  
November Town&Gown 2017