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
Archive For: Behind the Scenes
A 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
Hang 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
This 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
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
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.
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
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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