At Home Fun

While things are returning to some semblance of normal,  we’re still not there quite yet.  No matter how smart your TV or how big your screen, sooner or later Netflix and other streaming services will lose their appeal.  So we have some activities for you for the times when you just can’t bear to put on decent clothes and go out and deal with people.

Have you thought about decorating your house for the holidays? This might be the year that you win our county-wide holiday decorations contest. Details are below.

Who doesn’t like a paper snowflake? No one we’ve ever met, that’s for sure! Did we mention that there’s a new Arts Festival jigsaw puzzle? We’ve all read more in the past year, and the helpful librarians at Schlow Centre Region Library have curated a seasonal reading list. When isn’t it a good time to spend time with a good book?

It’s one again time to remember our feathered friends with an attractive birdseed biscuit, brought to you by our friends at Clearwater Conservancy.

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 10. Contest winners will be announced on December 17.

Let It Snow!

Our community craft project was such a hit, we’re doing it again!

It couldn’t be simpler: we’d like you to make and send us paper snowflakes. One of the best things about snowflakes is that each one is unique. Just like us. We’ll create a sculpture or sculptures to hang in various locations in the Centre Region. The variety of snowflakes will reflect how diverse our community is. Paper snowflakes are easy to make. You might have learned in elementary school, and if you didn’t, now’s the time. You just fold a piece of paper, cut parts of it away, unfold it, and voila… a snowflake.


Festival Puzzle

It’s the year of the jigsaw puzzle!  Sponsored by the Downtown State College Improvement District, the puzzle is a collage of Festival posters dating from 1990 to 2019. This 1,000 piece puzzle is 20″ by 28″ when completed.  If you fall in love with any of the posters in the puzzle, please check our Festival Store. There’s a chance that poster might be available for purchase.

The puzzle is $25 plus $7.50 shipping. Purchase it here.

Fall Reading List

Anna Quindlen once wrote “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Indeed, reading is one of life’s great pleasures, like a cold drink on a hot day, or sharing a well prepared meal with family and friends. What better time is there to enjoy a good book than on a cool fall evening, as you enjoy a mug of warm Pennsylvania cider?

Our friends at Schlow Centre Region Library looked through the 150,000 items available at the library or online, and offer reading lists for adults, teenagers, and children. The titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

Happy reading!

Feed our Feathered Friends with Birdseed Biscuits

We shouldn’t ignore the songbirds who don’t fly south for the winter. After all, not all birds like hanging out around golf courses and watching retirees play shuffleboard. As our birds’ habitat is diminished by suburban sprawl, feeding birds takes on more importance, and provides a good way for kids to learn about nature. With this in mind, our friends at Clearwater Conservancy have a great project in mind: birdseed biscuits. These cookies made from just a few ingredients are easy to make, attractive to look at, and most importantly, tasty for the birds. They make an excellent gift for anyone who likes to see birds enjoying a snack in their backyard.

Visit the Festival Store!

Visit our online store to buy Festival t-shirts, posters, friendship bracelets and our special jigsaw puzzle.