June Friday In The ‘Fonte Festivities Feature Craft Beverages, Kids Activities And More

– by Ellie Aungst

Downtown Bellefonte Awards ceremony set for June 24

Friday in the ‘Fonte is here for the month of June, and on deck for the celebration are the 2022 Downtown Bellefonte Awards, celebrating community and business excellence.

The 2022 Downtown Bellefonte Award ceremony was postponed in May after a rainy forecast canceled outdoor Friday in the ‘Fonte activities. Now, on June 24, Downtown Bellefonte Inc. will recognize five individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community who have displayed growth, progress, and resilience throughout this past year during the annual awards ceremony.

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

The awards will be presented by the Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Board of Directors starting at 6:30 p.m. during the Friday in the ‘Fonte festivities at Talleyrand Park.

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Celebrating Friday in the ‘Fonte

Friday in the ‘Fonte events will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Talleyrand Park Annex next to The Match Factory. This free event will feature a live musical performance by Miss Melanie, and food and beverage pop-ups from Savory Station, Bonnie Blues, Axemann Brewery, Big Spring Spirits, Bees Knees Coffee, Sunset Slush Happy Valley, The Cakeshop by Tati, and Good Intent Cider. Activities are planned for all ages, including a therapeutic horse from Rising Hope, balloon art, and rock painting.

While you are enjoying the live music, grab some food and drink and walk around the park to visit vendors Fez Records, Federalist Studios, Sisters’ Sunflowers, Rivera Artistry, Hannah Simon Art, Julia Hamilton Equine Art, Blackbranch Farm, and others.

Don’t forget to bring your empty cereal boxes to recycle for the Jabebo Studios Collection Bin at the DBI table at Friday in the ‘Fonte.

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Local Historia will be offering free historical walking tours, Felicity’s Pet Supplies will be set up with treats for your furry friends, and Belle Mercantile will have a pop-up with a sample of items to showcase various vendors from their store on South Spring Street.

Bellefonte.com, Blink, and Stuckey Ford Bellefonte are this year’s sponsors for the Friday in the ‘Fonte 2022 Summer Series.

Be sure to check out the specials from downtown businesses and restaurants. Many of these businesses and organizations are participating in the 2022 Discovery Passport, an initiative of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. to encourage local shopping and dining. Visit the DBI table during Friday in the ‘Fonte or the DBI booth inside Belle Mercantile to purchase your passport.

More information about the passport can be found on the Downtown Bellefonte Inc. website.

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Here’s what else is happening around town:

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 • artalacartepa.com

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!

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 • bellefontemuseum@gmail.com

During Friday in the ‘Fonte, Elody Gyekis will be doing quick portrait sketches from 5pm – 7pm. 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.

Art a la Carte

Belle Mercantile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

135 S Spring St • bellemercantile.com

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.

By A Thread, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

115 W Bishop St • byathreadboutique.com

By A Thread is a women’s clothing boutique featuring colorful spring tops, cute boho dresses, floral patterns and trendy accessories. Grab a cocktail featuring flavor-infused sugar cubes, enjoy live music, and check out their new shop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport with a purchase.

Belle Mercantile product

Centre County Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

200 N Allegheny St • centrecountylibrary.org

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. On Friday they will have a display featuring health and wellness related books, movies, and audiobooks. Earn a stamp for the Bellefonte Discovery Passport by signing up for a library card or borrowing an item.

Felicity’s Pet Supplies, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2022 Axemann Rd • felicityspetsupplies.com

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.

The queen

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. 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 • thequeenbnb.com

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 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, 11 a.m to 7 p.m. + special event hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

160 Dunlop St • smithandfront.com

Join Smith + Front for Friday in the Fonte! Each month they will have a selection of local vendors. This month’s featured vendors include Artistic Knots, HM Books + More, Teaberry Design Co., and Keystone Kreastions. Smith + Front is filled with handmade and local items for you to browse and shop.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events