Join us for December to Remember!
November 27 – December 18, 2020
Join us for December to Remember!
We’ll have an Artists’ Market with over 200 artists and makers, Festive Fridays, and more!
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Our artists’ market is the perfect place for holiday shopping while you support independent artist-entrepreneurs across the country. Who needs a big box store or website named after a river when you have so much cool stuff at your fingertips? Whether you’re looking for a work of art, piece of jewelry, housewares, or all of the above, our exhibiting artists have something for you. You’ll find over 200 of the country’s most talented artists in a wide variety of media from ceramics to wood. You’ll meet old friends from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, Williamsburg’s Occasion for the Arts and the Rockville Arts Festival – some the east’s best festivals – in this special invitational event.
We’ll have four Festive Fridays of entertainment streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. In addition to our live musical entertainment, each Friday we’ll release short videos of special cooking demos, craft cocktail making, home décor, and other seasonal treats. These videos will remain on our YouTube page, so if you’re not home to see them the first time around, you can come back whenever you want. We’ll also curate a selection of on-demand entertainment to make your dark winter nights just a little brighter.
It’s all happening wherever you are!
Pennsylvania Winter: People, Places, and Things
Yes, we know. Winter in Pennsylvania isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Days are short, skies are grey, and cars are dirty. But there’s a lot of beauty in a winter here too. Holiday decorations appear overnight, tree farms welcome customers, and unique holiday traditions abound. From the Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg to the Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia to Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, winter brings out the artist in so many Pennsylvanians. Our virtual gallery exhibition, Pennsylvania Winter: People Places and Things is the perfect place for emerging and established artists to show us what they love (and hate) about winter in the Keystone State.
Puttin’ on the Glitz
We’re celebrating the season with a holiday decorations contest! Show us how you’re decorating the exterior of your home or apartment this year. Some families opt for evergreen garlands with the occasional red bow and single candles in windows…tasteful stuff. Others go all out with lights that flash in time with music and inflatable characters and reindeer, AND a manger scene…heavy on the WOW factor. No matter what your style, we’d love to see what you’ve got!
The deadline to enter is December 11. Contest winners will be announced on December 18.
At Home Fun
Since just about everything “in person” is on hold, we’ll all be spending more time at home this winter. No matter how smart your TV or how big your screen, sooner or later Netflix and other streaming services will lose their appeal. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Try your hand at making snowflakes. It doesn’t take long to cut out a basic design but like anything else practice makes perfect. If snowflakes don’t float your boat, take a stab at making friendship bracelets or assembling our Festival poster jigsaw puzzle (if you think it’s too easy, try it without looking at the image on the box). You can also try our color-it-yourself poster. At 24 by 36” inches, it should keep you occupied for at least a few nights. Readers will enjoy the winter reading list put together by our friends at Schlow Centre Region Library.
Our online store is a great place to pick up some fun holiday goodies and support the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts while you’re at it! We’re excited to share our delightful porcelain ornament designed by Saige Sommese. Our Festival poster jigsaw puzzle makes a great gift…and not just because it’s in a box that’s easy to wrap! We’ve also added some clearance items too. We’ve found some First Night 5K Resolution Run 100% cotton, long sleeved t-shirts in our storage facility and they’re priced to move! We’ve also reduced the prices on select Festival posters. They’re perfect for Penn State grads and art lovers alike, and are guaranteed to brighten any room suffering from the winter blahs.
Alas, we can’t serve up chicken-on-a-stick, funnel cakes, or frozen strawberry smoothies online, but we can treat you to other tastes of the Festival. Our virtual artisanal food court lets you take home a taste of Central Pennsylvania. We’ve got the small batch goodness of the Village Eatinghouse dressings, spicy treats from the Piper’s Peck, and Tait Farm Foods’ shrubs, chutney, and holiday baskets galore. We’re also delighted to welcome a new vendor, University Wine Company, which can ship Arts Festival White or Arts Festival Rosé right to your door. Yay!
All these goodies are terrific treats for yourself and make great gifts too!