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Archive For: Behind the Scenes

An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

The Hotel State College is the heart of our downtown.

Change has always been the order of the day in State College, but it seems as if our downtown is changing even faster than usual. The Fraser Center is finally complete and open for business. One mega-sized student-centric building, The Metropolitan, is complete and filled with Penn Staters.… Read the rest


Follow the Clues to the Fugitive

fugitiveA couple of weeks ago, I had a call from our sales rep from 3WZ radio, Cathy Brown, asking me if I would be the station’s fugitive in a contest the station was holding. I wasn’t to be a real fugitive, on the run from the law. Instead, she explained that the station would give out clues to my identity starting on a Monday, and, with any sort of luck, some enterprising Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple would suss out my identity by the end of that week. … Read the rest


Dear 2017 Festival Intern

Lauren Hallowell and Sarah Dickinson

2016 Intern Lauren Hallowell (L) and 2015 Intern Sarah Dickinson met as the Festival drew to a close.

We were delighted to have Penn State student Lauren Hallowell–our third excellent intern named Lauren– as our Festival Intern for the summer of 2016. The intern’s final assignment is traditionally a wrap-up of the summer or a note to the next intern.Read the rest


Meet Volunteer Anne Layng

Anne LayngHang around at the Arts Festival’s Silent Auction barn in front of Panera Bread long enough, and you’ll surely see volunteer Anne Layng. She’ll be the one with flowers in her hair, flashing a bright smile to all who pass by and stop to browse and bid.

“It’s such a neat surprise when you see people you haven’t seen all year long,” says Anne, who has volunteered with the Silent Auction for the past six or seven years.… Read the rest


Support the Festival on Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayThis is the time of year when days of the week have alternate names. Thursday, November 26 is Thanksgiving. It’s followed by Black Friday. Then there’s a weekend devoted to football, recovering from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and more football. After that, it’s time for Cyber Monday, though for a guy reared in Central Pennsylvania, that day will always be The First Day of Deer Season.… Read the rest


Festival Elects New Officers and Directors

Jonathan Friedman Moses Davis Kathleen Raupach

The Annual Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is one of those bittersweet moments where, among other business items like approving a budget, we thank departing board members for their service and welcome new colleagues.

And so, bright and early (as in at 8:15 am) on the morning of October 20, we elected officers for the coming year.… Read the rest


Arts Festival Conference in Kansas City

Plaza Art Fair

Kansas City’s Plaza Art Fair

Last week, Sidewalk Sale Coordinator Pam Lautsch and I had the opportunity to attend the Seventh Annual Arts Festival Conference sponsored by Zapplication, the folks who produce the software we use to manage artist applications and jurying for the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition.

The conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri so that attendees could also attend the 84th Plaza Art Fair, one of the country’s top festivals.… Read the rest


A Visit to Long’s Park Art and Craft Festival

Long's Park Visit September 2015

L to R: Tim Ardinger, Linda Bell, Bill Care, Carol Baney, Jennifer Shuey, Rick Bryant

When I was in elementary school I thought field trips were the best thing ever. It was great fun to go someplace with my classmates from Radio Park Elementary School and still have it count as a school day.… Read the rest


Welcoming Schreyer Honors College Students

Schreyer Honors College Students

Some of my new friends from Schreyer Honors College

I’m occasionally invited to things—luncheons, receptions, dinners, and so on—because I’m the “Arts Fest guy”. A guy needs to eat and I like rubber chicken as much as the next guy, so if my schedule allows, I typically say yes. The most recent invitation I received wasn’t for a chicken dinner, it was for breakfast…with incoming freshmen at Penn State.… Read the rest


Mayor Goreham & President Barron Promote Arts Festival

Mayor Goreham and President Barron

Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and President Eric Barron take a selfie with Downtown Eugene Brown

It must be dreadful to be a college president. On a good day you get to deal with alumni upset that you haven’t fired an athletic coach who’s not having a good year; you spend time kowtowing to legislators who think you heat college buildings by burning money, and you listen to parents upset that there isn’t a better selection of kale dishes in your dining halls.… Read the rest


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