A Perfect Festival Day: Friday
I’m not going to lie, you’re going to walk a lot today. Prepare for it. It’s OK – it’s good for you and it will help you see all the things that are going on today.
Like yesterday, park at Bryce Jordan Center — but don’t take the free shuttle, start walking down Curtain Road toward campus. You’re heading toward Penn State’s Berkey Creamery for breakfast! On the corner of Curtain and Bigler Roads, the Creamery opens at 7 a.m. so it doesn’t matter when you get there – you can get lots of goodies that are made fresh either at the Creamery or somewhere at Penn State. You’re a grown up so if you want ice cream for breakfast, go ahead!
Continue down Curtain Road to the Palmer Museum Art, where docent-guided tours of A Room of their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections start at 10 a.m.
It’s a short walk to Pattee Library from the museum. No, I’m not suggesting you pick up a book and read (but don’t miss BookFestPA on Saturday) – I’m suggesting you enjoy one of the many exhibits housed at Pattee, including Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians: A Musical Legacy, Back in the Day: Student Traditions at Penn State, and Research/Penn State Magazine: Celebrating 30 Years.
Your off-the-beaten path Arts Festival tour over, head down the Pattee Mall to Pollock Road to the Sidewalk Sale. Which direction you head – down Pollock towards Burrowes or down the Old Main Mall towards College Avenue – is completely up to you.
If lunch is on your plan, grab a healthy bite at Irving’s (110 East College Avenue) which boasts a great mix of sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. This a great time to rev up for your afternoon and rest your feet.
You can also relax while you listen to Triple Take at 2:30 at the Festival Shell. This classical trio is anything but boring – with an unexpected mix of instruments and musical genres.
After this musical interlude, you’ll venture off the beaten path again. Make your way to the HUB-Robeson Center Galleries which is just east of the Old Main Lawn (follow the path that goes directly in front of Old Main). You’ll get to see the Arts Festival Images 2010 Exhibit and vote for your favorite for the Viewer’s Choice award.
From the HUB, head south to College Avenue and make your way to Hiester Street for Italian Street Painting. By the time you experience this 16th century European tradition, the artists will have made great progress and you’ll be able to recognize some famous works of art.
For a change of pace, walk west on Beaver Avenue – you’ll pass some historic fraternities on your left which feature lovely architecture and character. When you reach Fraser Street, about 6 long blocks, take a left onto Fraser Street. Take note of the State College Presbyterian Church on the corner of Fraser and Beaver – you’ll be going there later!
Your next stop is Sidney Friedman Park, just past the State College Post Office, for the jazz trio Tri-Fi at 5:30. Take this time to grab dinner – the crab cakes at Chesapeake Diversified Foods are to die for (oh, they have other yummies, too!). Enjoy the evening – and relax – before your next performance, The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, at the Church on the corner at 7 p.m. This gospel choir not only entertains, it inspires! A button is required for this performance.
After The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers stay for the next performance, Simple Gifts, and their combination of folk music tradition and innovation.
I know it’s getting late and you’ve been walking a lot (I warned you!) but you won’t want to miss the Family Brew at the Festival Shell at 11 p.m. for a sing-a-long tradition. I know it’s been a long day but this fun will re-energize you – plus you are near the bus stop at College and Allen. The last shuttle takes you back to Bryce Jordan at 12:30 a.m.