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“The Best of the Best Come Here:” Skateboarder Tommy Ries Gives Us a Tour of Camp Woodward and Penns Valley

Like most kids who grew up living and breathing skateboarding, Tommy Ries knew about Camp Woodward — the elite skills-building camp for aspiring athletes — he just didn’t know where it was. “I don’t think I’d ever even been in the state of Pennsylvania before I visited,” he recalls. By 2012, he’d made the drive (albeit one that included a speeding ticket right around DuBois on I-80). And as soon as he took the Pleasant Gap exit and headed up over the Centre Hall mountain, he fell in love.

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DelGrosso’s Park & Laguna Splash

The Home of Family Fun & Famous Food

Come join us for an amazing family fun day at DelGrosso’s Park with great amusement park rides and the awesome Laguna Splash Water Park.

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Bear Lodges, three non‑traditional B&Bs located in Pennsylvania Grand Canyon country, offers a unique, remote, peaceful grownup getaway. “Bear Lodges are not just accommodations… they’re the destination,” says owner Jim Meade. “Anniversary couples, rail trail bicyclists, birders, dark skies and other outdoors enthusiasts wanting to access wilderness, enjoy this getaway.”

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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

After two years as a virtual event, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts returns to downtown State College and Penn State’s University Park campus from July 14-17, 2022. Children and Youth Day will be Wednesday, July 13.

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The Arboretum at Penn State

The Arboretum at Penn State, located at Penn State’s University Park campus, is a special Happy Valley treasure. The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, open daily from dawn until dusk, offer visitors ten acres of specialty gardens. Beyond the gardens lie fields and woodlands for hiking, biking, and observing wildlife. Admission is free.

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Winter in Bellefonte: Skating at the Rink at Talleyrand Park

Happy Valley winters got a little happier with the addition of an ice-skating rink in historic Bellefonte’s picturesque Talleyrand Park. Now visitors have another activity to enjoy along the banks of Spring Creek, just a short walk away from downtown’s cafes, restaurants and shops.

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The Makery at the Museum Opening January 7, 2022

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County and The Makery of State College are pleased to announce the opening of “The Makery at the Museum”, a dedicated, delightful children’s art studio on the second floor of the Bellefonte Art Museum.

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