Annual Bellefonte award winners to be honored at kick-off Friday in the 'Fonte event

– by Downtown Bellefonte Inc.

Each year, Downtown Bellefonte Inc. recognizes the champions of growth, progress, and resilience within the downtown community during its annual award ceremony. This year, DBI’s annual awards will honor five individuals, businesses, or organizations for their dedication to the Bellefonte community.

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Award categories include: Business of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Renaissance Award, Award for Resilience, and the #LoveBFT Award presented by

Winners of this year’s awards will be announced starting at 6:30 p.m. during Friday in the ‘Fonte events in Talleyrand Park, during a short ceremony at the gazebo. Awards will be presented by members of the Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Board of Directors.

Friday in the ‘Fonte festivities kick-off for the first time this year at 5 p.m. on May 27 in Talleyrand Park. Friday in the ‘Fonte is a free event in Downtown Bellefonte that is held annually on the last Friday of May, June, July, September, and October.

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Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy live music featuring the Stacy Tibbetts Trio, pop-up vendors, and activities in Talleyrand Park through 8 p.m. Grab takeout from your favorite downtown restaurant or enjoy food options at the park while sipping on a craft beverage from Big Spring Spirits and Axemann Brewery.

On May 27, Friday in the ‘Fonte will commence with a National and State Park-theme and will feature two organizations that are committed to educating the public about these natural assets. Bellefonte READS is an organization that strives to foster a love of literacy in the local community. Each year, they hold their “One Book, One Bellefonte” program that works to put quality books in the hands of children and families. In conjunction with their book program, Bellefonte READS will be in Talleyrand Park on May 27th with activities for children to learn more about the parks. The organization will also raffle off a basket filled with this year's entire 5-book collection. On the same night, Bellefonte READS and The Governors’ Pub & Talleyrand Tavern have teamed up to host a family-friendly night of National Parks-themed trivia. Trivia will be from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m at The Talleyrand Tavern; call to reserve your table early.

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Pennsylvania Master Naturalists will also be set up in the park with a children’s activity. Their mission is to train a knowledgeable corps of citizen volunteers in the natural sciences to protect the natural world around them. Volunteers perform conservation service by stewarding streamside buffers, installing and monitoring bird habitats, leading nature hikes, planting trees and native wildflowers, and educating the community about nature.

Sunset Slush, Bees Knees Coffee, Happy Wraps, Belle Mercantile, Fez Records, Federalist Studios, Sisters’ Sunflowers, Prachi’s Bohemian Art, Rivera Artistry, Keystone Cultures, Blackbranch Farm and Pole Cat Hollow Farm are a sampling of the vendors that will be in attendance. The DBI table will have a collection bin for empty cereal boxes that will be sent to Jabebo Studios for use in their earring production. Local Historia will be offering free historical walking tours and Felicity’s Pet Supplies will have treats for the four-legged guests in attendance.,
Blink, and Stuckey Ford Bellefonte are this year’s sponsors for the Friday in the ‘Fonte 2022 Summer Series.

Visit Downtown Bellefonte Inc.’s website for up-to-date information about Friday in the ‘Fonte.

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Here’s what else is happening around town:

2022 Bellefonte Discovery Passport
During Friday in the 'Fonte, Downtown Bellefonte Inc. will be introducing a brand new way to explore all that downtown Bellefonte has to offer! The 2022 Discovery Passport will go on sale for the first time on May 27!
Get a passport, then complete challenges by receiving stamps from participating businesses or by attending events and activities around town. For each challenge completed, be entered to win prizes!
Passports are $10 and can be found at the Downtown Bellefonte Inc. table during Friday in the 'Fonte. After kickoff, find them at our booth in Belle Mercantile. See where you can earn a stamp below!

Art a la Carte, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
107 S Allegheny St •

Art a la Carte features dozens of Central PA artists. In the shop, you will find jewelry, pottery, purses and bags, and much more! Be sure to catch them at each Friday in the ‘Fonte with artist demonstrations, sales promotions, and cookies. This business is included on the Bellefonte Discovery Passport. Ask for a stamp with purchase!

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Bellefonte Art Museum, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. + special event hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
133 N Allegheny St •

During Friday in the ‘Fonte, Elody Gyekis will be doing quick portrait sketches from 5pm - 7pm and Jim Colbert will be performing live. Be sure to check out their rotating exhibits, The Makery and gift shop, which has fine art and handcrafted gems! You can get a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport with a purchase at BAM!

Belle Mercantile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
135 S Spring St •

Belle Mercantile is a collective marketplace featuring local artisan, handmade, vintage and unique finds. They will host a Sip + Shop from 4pm - 6pm featuring a seasonal drink, beer and wine. Follow their social media to learn about features and any other pop-up events throughout the year. You can get a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport with a purchase at Belle Mercantile!

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By A Thread, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
115 W bishop St Bellefonte PA 16823 •

By A Thread is a women’s clothing boutique featuring colorful spring tops, cute boho dresses, floral patterns and trendy accessories. Grab a cocktail and don’t miss Matt Wagner playing outside the shop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport with a purchase.

Centre County Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
200 N Allegheny St •

The Centre County Library & Historical Museum is a free community destination providing books, information, internet access, and technology resources to preserve history and promote a lifetime of reading and learning. Don’t miss the National and State Parks books, movies, and audiobooks display that fits the Friday in the ‘Fonte for May! Earn a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport by signing up for a library card or borrowing an item.

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Confer's Jewelers, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
100 N Allegheny St •

Confer's is the fun jewelry store where everyone feels loved. Enjoy 25% off anything with a red, white, or blue sticker! Find them on the Bellefonte Discovery Passport and ask for a stamp with a purchase.

Good Intent Cider, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
167 S Potter St •

Good Intent Cider is a family-owned and operated cidery located in the heart of Pennsylvania apple country. They strive to make the best cider and set themselves apart by adding no water and very little sweetness to their ciders. Check them out this Friday for their small-batch cider release! Show your Bellefonte Discovery Passport and receive a stamp with purchase.

Felicity’s Pet Supplies, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2022 Axemann Rd •

Felicity’s Pet Supplies is a place where you can be confident in all your pet supply purchases. Visit their table at Talleyrand Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., or check out their store location for more pet supplies, treats, and frozen yogurt for the pups! Make sure to show your Bellefonte Discovery Passport to receive a stamp with purchase.

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Plumb’s Cards and Gifts, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
105 N Allegheny St • 814-355-3225

Plumb’s offers beautiful home decor, gifts, cards and stationery. And don’t forget about their old-fashioned soda fountain with hand dipped ice cream. Buy 3 cards and get one free, or enjoy a 25% off your purchase during Friday in the ‘Fonte and be sure to collect your stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport.

The Queen, A Victorian Bed & Breakfast, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
176 E Linn St •

Step back into a more elegant time by taking a tour of the garden. Free tours will be available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m during Friday in the ‘Fonte or call 717-419-6400 to schedule an appointment outside of those dates and hours. Friday in the ‘Fonte participants may book a stay or buy a gift card for 10% off! Make sure to ask for a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport when the tour is finished or after you’ve made a reservation.

Smith + Front, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
160 Dunlop St •

Smith + Front is a husband and wife maker team with a carefully curated shop supporting local and handmade products located in rural PA. They will have pop-ups featuring baked goods, candles, macrame, art prints, jewelry, knits and more. Vendors include: Designs by Mel, Prickly Cactus Ranch, Diirtstains, Bella Ame by Kenz. Collect your stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport with a purchase from Smith + Front.

Tadpole Crossing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
135 S Spring St •

Stop by Belle Mercantile this coming Friday and Saturday for a porch sale from Tadpole Crossing. They are clearing out their inventory to make room for new things coming in the next months. There's lots of opportunity for great deals on great gifts. Nothing over $10 and many items under $5!

Talleyrand Tavern, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
211 W High St • 814-353-1008

Ready to put your National Parks knowledge to the test? Gather your team and join Bellefonte READS for a fun trivia night during the first “Friday in the ‘Fonte” celebration of 2022! The event is family-friendly, so community members of all ages are encouraged to attend. The game will be run by Quizzo Trivia and the top 3 teams will walk away with some awesome prizes (and of course, books)! Registering your team is free, but guests are strongly encouraged to purchase food and/or drinks. Spots are limited, so don't delay in calling the tavern to reserve your table and team!

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at