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First Friday April
April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April is National Poetry Month, so we are kicking it off this First Friday! Collect poems from the downtown businesses your own poetry book. You can pick up your “poetry passport” folder with a list of all participating locations. Check out the list below, and stay tuned for more locations! If you are a business owner and would like to handout a poem, please contact the DSCID at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allen Street Grill * Anthym Running * Appalachian Outdoors * The Branch and the Vine * Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore * The Corner Room * Harper’s * The Nittany Quill * Old State Clothing Company * Schlow Library * The State Theatre * The Tavern * Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe * Your Cigar Den
Wine, Cheese and Pop-Up Shop…OH MY!
Come celebrate with Harper’s as they’re moving into their new location. While not setup quite yet, they will be having a pop-up shop with their products in their new location: 224 E. College Ave. For the pop-up shop you can enter through Centennial Way, directly across from the Tavern. Stop in between 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pop-Up Pottery Sale
Woskob Family Gallery is moving out of their space for this First Friday, and is hosting Penn State’s Pottery Club in a pop-up pottery shop in the downtown in front of the Allen Street Gates from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. See all the unique pottery for purchase!
The Branch and The Vine will have some tasty treats in addition to their usual sampling of olive oil and balsamic. Definitely checkout their newest addition: a wine bar!
Create a Poem, Create a Tree!
Get over to Old State Clothing Co. and grab some light refreshments while creating a leaf poem to add to the Poet-tree!
Penn State Downtown Theatre
Plan on buying tickets to the opening night of the exhilarating musical, The Light in The Piazza! The musical starts at 7:30 p.m. but doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Downtown Theatre
Head over to The Makery for the ultimate girl’s night experience. Join designer Staci Egan of Contempo Jewelry to create beautiful customized jewelry, then hang out with stylists from Evolve Studio at the braid bar and get a new hair do! There will also be wine and tasty treats!
Run with Appalachian Outdoors!
Stop in for libations and pick a chip for 10-40% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE. Also join us on a FUN 5-MILE RUN at 6 p.m. with Sarah from La Sportiva. Demo shoes will be available for the run and Sarah will have some great giveaways from La Sportiva. This is a FREE event!
Your Chariot Awaits!
Take a ride on the Vamos Lion Chariot for FREE, sponsored by Beck Psychotherapy!
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Opening Reception at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
Stop by the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for the opening reception of In a Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. “In A Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA, eight Centre Country artists dedicate their practice to capturing the effervescent spirit of this magnificent landscape. Through varying processes and with unique perspectives, they share with us the essence of what it means to call Centre County ‘home.'”
Art Exhibit & Reception at The Expect More Store
The Expect More Store presents the work of local artist Jean Forsberg during First Friday! Stop by to view her original abstract oil paintings; enjoy cheeses, wine, & beer; and enter the prize drawing. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Expect More Store on Allen Street.
Artist Reception at The State Theatre
Head over the The State Theatre for featured artist, Young Sook Kim. There will be a meet and greet reception in the lobby between 5 – 8pm!
Artist Reception at Webster’s
Stop by Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe for an artist reception with Alex Hess from 6-7 p.m. “Alex Hess is a premiere artisan illustrator that focuses on creating what would be best described as intricate illustrations influenced by retro compositions and stylistic traits. Inspirations range from vintage Americana, Art Nouveau, Pop Art, Art Deco, Street Art, and even contemporary poster artists in the ever revolving print world.”
Exhibit at Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery in Schlow Library
Check out the Tae Hee Kim exhibit “Empty and Full” at the Betsy Rodger Allen Gallery until 6 p.m.!
Kitchen Kaboodle will be showcasing beautifully framed poetry and many other typography themed items. Dogs are welcome!
Jam out with Good Vibes Jazz Quartet in front of the First National Bank on South Allen Street from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. They will be performing a variety of music genres from country, to Latin, to Dixieland! There’s something for everyone.
Eric Ian Farmer
Enjoy singer, songwriter Eric Ian Farmer in the Tavern Walkway from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. He’ll be performing originals along with some covers!
Intermission Improv will be performing at the Barranquero Cafe between 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Stop by to hear their alternative Indie jam.
Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania
PASCP will be performing sections from their Cinderella showcase at the Schlow Library . In addition, some of the dancers’ Cinderella-themed poetry will be on display. Stop by between 5 p.m.-8 p.m. to witness the magic!
Urban Fusion will be bringing their smooth jazz in front of the Student Bookstore from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Richard Beinnghoff will be making his way through the downtown mystifying all who pass with his awe inspiring magic tricks from 5-9 p.m.
Anthym will be having their Clearance Clear Out Sale! Select shoes and apparel 20-50% off, continues through the weekend!
Come in between 5-9 p.m. and get half off studio time!
McLanahan’s Downtown Market
Buy any cafe item, and get another cafe item free! Just wear your First Friday button between 5-9 p.m.
Stop into Rita’s with your First Friday button between 5-9 p.m. and get 50 cents off any item!
Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore
20% off the price of “Boundless Light–Poems of Healing.
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