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. Or simply snuggle up with a great book from Schlow Library’s winter reading list.

For more adult fun, you can try your hand at putting together one of four specialty craft cocktails.

Let it Snow With Paper Snowflakes

For our December to Remember community craft project, 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.

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!

More details about the project are here.

We’ll create a hanging sculpture from them in the atrium of the State College Municipal building. The variety of snowflakes will reflect the beauty and diversity of our community.

Festival Poster Coloring Project

In honor of the 50th Festival in 2016 we created a “color it yourself” version of the Festival poster. The 24″ by 36″ poster features the Festival jester and a menagerie of friends sharing a ride on the way to Central Pennsylvania’s best summertime event.  No matter if you color outside the lines or within, use colored pencils, markers, or watercolors, this poster makes a fun project and delivers a work of art and a sense of accomplishment when its completed.

Purchase the color it yourself poster and we’ll throw in the colored version to use as a guide (though you certainly don’t have to match that). The kit is $25 plus $5 shipping.

Tying Us Together Friendship Bracelets

At the end of May, we announced our 2020 Tying Us Together project. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping us apart, we wanted something that would highlight how the bonds of love and friendship tie us together. And we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with friendship bracelets, long a staple of the Festival’s Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale. 

Our friendship bracelet kits have everything you need to make some bracelets that will take you back to lazy summer evenings, that trip to the beach, or time spent with special friends.  Each kit contains approximately fifteen skeins of embroidery floss. The number of bracelets each kit will make depends on the the style of bracelet you make. Kits are $7.50; shipping is free. Purchase them here.

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.

Festive Spirits Craft Cocktails

Big Spring Spirits, Centre County’s first craft distillery, makes it easy to enjoy of their signature cocktails this holiday season while supporting the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. 

During December to Remember, take a virtual trip to Big Spring Spirits. We’ll drop a different video each week, where master mixologist Brandon Wagner shows us how to make cocktails so good, they’re worthy of a French statesman, not to mention the seven governors who have called Bellefonte home.

Each cocktail is available in kit form so you can make your own with Brandon. The kits contain everything you need except the ice and glass to make a delicious craft cocktail.

Winter 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 in winter, when days are short, temperatures are cold, and skies are gray?

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.

Bring Nature Indoors with a DIY Terrarium

The Centred Outdoors is a program of ClearWater Conservancy. The folks at ClearWater Conservancy know that getting outside is good for our minds and bodies. It’s also good for the Earth, since even a short walk in the woods connects us to nature and its many wonders. Centred Outdoors shows us that we shouldn’t take the natural gems in our backyards for granted. In this project they show us how to great a simple DIY terrarium.

Happy making!

Visit the Festival Store!

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