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First Friday November
November 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Friday November is Military Appreciation! Join the fun with special guest Penn State President, Dr. Eric Barron on Allen Street from 5-8 p.m. See below for other fun things happening in businesses around town! See you there!
On Allen Street:
The festivities will begin at 5:00 pm on the 100 block of Allen Street with a performance by Fuse Productions! At 5:30 pm, the American Legion Post #245 will have a presentation of colors by their Honor Guard, followed by the National Anthem, which will be performed by an a cappella group, Arietta. Afterwards, Downtown Improvement District’s new executive director, Irene Miller, will be on stage to welcome Penn State University’s President, Dr. Eric Barron. Then, Stars & Stripes will be performed by two dancers from the Performing Arts School of Central PA. Music will start at 6:15 pm with Centre Heritage Singers, Dan & Galla, and finally, Rodeo Serenade!
There’s more! Give back to the troops by visiting the Dear Hero Program‘s booth to write a letter to a military member, drop off a donated item, or wrap a care package. Visit Downtown State College‘s booth to sign a jumbo Thank You card, get a free cupcake, free flag, or free red, white, and blue glow necklace or bracelet! The PA Military Museum, American Legion, and other community members will have military vehicles on display. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Nittany Crossfit will be there, as well as our friends at Jersey Mike’s!
Other booths include Freedom 5K for PTSD, Jana Marie Foundation, Spring Creek Trout Unlimited, Centre County Veteran’s Affairs, Marine Corps League, PYP Studio, South Hills, Reboot Combat Recovery, and Omega Delta Sigma.
Nittany Entertainment will light up the night with a patriotic light show and Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty will be in attendance!
Old State Clothing Co.
Book Signing by Denise Kaminsky, author of the Nittany Lion Books. Also, Kevin Reilly artist of “Impressions of Happy Valley” will be in the store; light refreshments will be served.
Join us at The Makery for First Friday from 5:30-7:00 p.m.! A brief overview of essential oils, uses and safety, and we will be making diffuser bracelets with Staci Egan of Contempo Jewelry for $20! We will also have a roller bottle bar for you to pick one recipe and make and take a useful oily item!
Diffuser bracelet choices: *Calcite (light pink) – Cleansing *Red Aventurine (autumn orange) – Vitality *Black Agate (natural veining and inclusions) – Clarity All with lava stone accents (stone size and shape may vary from photo, first come first serve) Roller Bottle Bar: *Seasonal relief *Wake Up blend *Itch Stick *Tension relief Food and drinks will be served. Want to make a night of it?! Add on Write to Shine’s First Friday: Kick off of 30 days of handwritten letters challenge for November! Personalized stationary, quote finding, writing and more. 5:30-8:00 p.m.. Attend BOTH events for discounted $30!
Mount NitaNee Kombucha will be joining us for a tasting for the evening.
Buy a pair of FITS Sock Co. socks and donate a free pair to Veterans or First Responders.
Kid Tech will also be joining us for kids and kids-at-heart who like to build and test flying machines! KidTech will provide all the materials to build and fly your very own Hoop Glider that’s easy to build and you get to take home. The usual light snacks and libations will be served.
Woskob Family Gallery
During Downtown State College’s November First Friday, the gallery will host SNAP it! A workshop in making your very own filter for photos and selfies. Using old-school overhead projectors, participants will make transparent collages to create a physical ‘filter.’ Take home a Polaroid instant photo or post your filtered selfies on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check in with a geofilter on Snapchat, and use the hashtags #SNAPit and#woskobfamilygallery.
The State Theater
The State Theater’s show is The Second City Comedy Tour: Our Cure For The Common Comedy at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 front section (+$5.50 ticketing fee), $35 orchestra (+$4.50 ticketing fee); $30 balcony (+$4.50 ticketing fee). You can find details and purchase tickets here.
Art Alliance Gallery
Womanhood: Femininity, Feminism, and Identity, created through mixed media will be on display at the Art Alliance Gallery!
Betsey Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Library
Corinne Webster will be displaying her mixed media throughout November!
Woskob Family Gallery
From playful papier-mâché sculptures to vibrant figurative paintings, the two- and three-dimensional works by recent Penn State graduate Sidney Mullis (MFA ’16) and current BFA candidate Elise Warfield explore coming of age in today’s American landscape. While cheerful and exuberant, the works also provoke discomfort and hint at uneasy undercurrents beneath the idealistic suburban dream, revealing anxieties about the body, gender, and sex. Skinnydipping illuminates the artists’ experiences at the threshold between youth and adulthood. The exhibition was selected from an open call for student curatorial proposals.
The Expect More Store
The Expect More Store presents the work of local photographer Chuck Fong during First Friday! Stop by to view his photographs and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer. After an honors-filled Penn State career, Fong honed his skills in New York, and then attended the Winona International School of Professional Photography and trained with nationally renowned photographers at workshops and seminars. For more than twenty years, his experience has provided the Centre region with fine professional photography. Check out his website here!
Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Launch of the THEY HAVE NAMES walking photo exhibit with a brief talk by photographer Daniel Sonnetag followed by a walking tour of the photo exhibit venues throughout downtown.
The State Theater
The State Theatre’s lobby artist for the month of November, Jan Riggio will hold a reception in our lobby from 5-7 p.m.. We will be donating $1 per ticket from every ticket sold DURING our First Friday event to the Penn State Military Scholarship Fund. We will provide 10% off the ticket price to Blues Brews, and Barbecue Featuring Tab Benoit on Nov. 4th to anyone with a First Friday button (we will give patrons buttons upon request). We will give anyone with a military ID an increased discount of 15% off the ticket price to Blues, Brews, and Barbecue Featuring Tab Benoit.