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First Night in State College 2011 Art & Music Schedule of Events (continued) Ron Ray – Organ Grinder

7 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza The hand-cranked street organ was developed in 18th century Europe as a small instrument used to aid in training songbirds to sing specific songs. From this humble beginning, this small musical box evolved into larger instruments that we think of as street organs. As in pipe organs, sounds are created when a bellows forces air through organ pipes of different sizes. A roll of perforated paper, like a piano roll, controls which pipes open and which close, to create the enjoyable melodies we hear.

Chris Ruggerio

*Button 2:30 p.m.; Downtown Theatre Chris Ruggerio, otherwise known as the Ultimate One-Man Variety Show performs a blend of juggling, magic, and comedy and is packed with audience participation. Chris juggles unlikely objects, reads the minds of audience members, and sometimes even breaks into some dance moves.

Alan Sands

*Button 7, 8:30 & 10:15 p.m.; State College Municipal Building A third-generation performer, comedy hypnotist Alan Sands has performed at colleges and universities all over the country. You’ll see right away that there’s so much more to his show than a swinging pocket watch and the chant “You are getting sleepy….” The comment most often heard after an Alan Sands show is “I laughed so hard it hurt”! Imagine the possibilities for entertainment, education, and good old fashioned First Night fun with energetic and original performer.

Skytop Blues Sponsored by Hold-It Self Storage *Button 10:15 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church SkyTop Blues is a five- piece blues band from central Pennsylvania that plays a diverse mix of electric blues from artists like Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others. The band features the dynamic combination of Richard Wylie and Anthony Stauffer on guitar, and the seasoned growl of singer Mike Wilks.

Phil Spangler & Joel Blunk

*Button 10 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church Contemporary folk – Phil and Joel perform original songs that help us understand that our everyday hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows are anything but pedestrian. Phil and Joel pursued musical careers in Los Angeles and Nashville before embracing the delights of Happy Valley and alternate careers as a contractor and a minister. Their thoughtful original songs and soft folk sound has garnered them a large and loyal following.

State High Jazz Band Alumni Sponsored by Connections Clothing

*Button 8 p.m.; State Theatre The State College Area High School Jazz Band is among the finest in the United States and has an international reputation for excellence. The band has received 30 consecutive years of superior ratings in festivals and competitions. In 2003 and 2006, the band traveled to Europe and performed at both the Vienna Jazz Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In 1998, 1999, and 2006, the State High jazz band performed at Lincoln Center in New York City as a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition. The 2001 and 2005 the group won the North American Music Festivals Megafest championship given to the highest scoring jazz ensemble from among their 20 festivals.

Summit Hill Bluegrass *Button 10 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ Strasburg, Pennsylvania’s Summit Hill Bluegrass is comprised of four members, Roger Eberlin on bass fiddle, mandolin and lead vocals; Ron McVey on fiddle; Elvin Burkhart on the banjo; and Tim Kilby on guitar. The group has been playing together for more than 15 years and has been a fixture at First Night® Wilmington, Delaware. Their shows typically include bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, country, and old-time fiddle tunes.

Tarnished 6 Sponsored by First National Bank *Button 3 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church The Tarnished Six has been together for 34 years. They have performed at jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; St. Louis, Denver, and Washington, D.C. The group has released several CDs including, The Tarnished 6 Does 30 Years.

Toot-in-Common *Button 3:30 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Flute choir – After returning from a tour of the Baltic States with the International Flute Orchestra, Judy Moore was inspired to form State College’s flute choir, Toot-in-Common. The group’s repertoire consists of popular and classical favorites arranged for flute choir and works written especially for flute choir. Instrumentation includes one piccolo, six to eight C flutes, two alto flutes, one bass flute, and one cello. In addition to performing at First Night® State College, the group has performed at other festivals and events in central Pennsylvania.

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Debbie Trudeau and Anne Sullivan *Button 4 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ Anne Sullivan began her career as a concert harpist at age 12, when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, and symphonic soloist. She has accompanied classical and popular artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, and Roger Daltrey. She is currently harp instructor at the University of Delaware and Swarthmore College. Debbie Trudeau also began her musical career early at age eight. A graduate of San Jose State University and the New England Conservatory of Music, she is the former Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmergalss Opera. Today she performs with Music at Penn’s Woods, the Nittany Valley Symphony, and Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and serves as concertmaster with the Altoona Symphony. 

Jay Vonada Quartet *Button 5:30 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ The Jay Vonada Quartet has played jazz standards and original compositions at regional festivals and celebrations for several years. The band released the CD Jammin’ in 2008.

Worship Services: Two downtown churches will offer New Year’s Eve services. The public is invited. Faith United Church of Christ will hold a Worship Service at 7 p.m. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church will offer Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m.

Saturday, January 1, 2011 Borough of State College Giant Ice Sculpture Exhibit & One-Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit 10 a.m.- Noon.; South Allen Street and Sidney Friedman Park Sponsored by the Borough of State College and Downtown and State College area businesses, ice sculptures are displayed for your enjoyment.

The Outback Bowl at The State Theatre Noon; The State Theatre The State Theatre will air the Outback Bowl on January 1 with doors opening at noon and game time set for 1 p.m. After enjoying the ice sculptures and a hot chocolate, we invite you to settle in and cheer on the Nittany Lions against Florida on the giant 31-foot screen, the largest in Centre County, with fellow PSU faithful. Admission is free.

Red Cross Blood Drive Schedule Dec. 27 - Jan 8

MON 27-Dec MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER, 1800 E. PARK AVE., STATE COLLEGE........10:30-4:30 MON 27-Dec NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 119 COBBLESTONE CT., SPRING MILLS......... 1-7:00 MON 27-Dec COLUMBIA VOLUNTEER FIRE HALL, 140 CURTAIN ST., OSCEOLA MILLS................. 1-7:00 TUES 28-Dec RED CROSS DONOR CENTER, 135 S. PUGH ST., STATE COLLEGE Weis Market Bakery Donuts in the canteen!.......... 10-4:00 TUES 28-Dec CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE, HOPKINS ST., IRVONA....................................... 1-7:00 TUES 28-Dec TRINITY UNITED METHODIST, 121 S. FRONT ST., PHILIPSBURG...................... 1-7:00 WED 29-Dec CHRIST THE KING PARISH CENTER, 123 GOOD ST., HOUTZDALE............................ 1-7:00 WED 29-Dec HOWARD FIRE HALL, 14 WALNUT ST., HOWARD................................ 1-7:00 THUR 30-Dec TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 128 W. HOWARD ST., BELLEFONTE    Pizza Mia Pizza in canteen!.................................... 12-6:00 THUR 30-Dec LANSE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 255 COTOHISC RD., LANSE.............................. 1-7:00 FRI 31-Dec RED CROSS DONOR CENTER, 135 S. PUGH ST., STATE COLLEGE................... 8-1:00 Tues 4-Jan Red Cross Donor Center, 135 S. Pugh St.,State College Fresh Baked Giant Cookies in the Canteens........... 10-4:00 Tues 4-Jan Calvary United Methodist Church, 167 Blue Ball Rd., West Decatur.............................. 1-7:00 Thur 6-Jan Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Branch Rd., State College Pizza Mia Pizza in the canteen .............................. 12-6:00 Sat 8-Jan Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte Pizza Mia Pizza in the canteen ................................ 9-2:00

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