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Tom Laird on why Philipsburg will always be home: “It’s feisty fun”

If you visit Philipsburg and make your way to the new Moshannon Valley Heritage Center (we highly recommend that you do!), you’ll inevitably run into Tom Laird. He is, after all, a lifelong Philipsburg resident, original member of The Cold Stream Beach Bums, and can regale you with stories of old dams, forgotten ruins, hollows and hills of the area. “It sings to me,” he says.

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We Are Inn’s Pat Romano: Serving up generous portions of Happy Valley hospitality

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Owner and Chef Pat Romano is a long-time Penn State super fan who built his Philipsburg inn and restaurant with his family around the theme of the university. His love for his family, career, Penn State, visitors and patrons is evident in all his work, and is one reason he received the inaugural Peter Walker Spirit of Hospitality Award by The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau in fall 2022.

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Get (re)acquainted with Happy Valley’s dynamic arts scene

2022 will offer the opportunity for visitors and locals to re-engage with the dynamic, vibrant arts scene in Happy Valley as festivals prepare for an exciting year and museums and venues open their doors.

Here is a look at some of the arts and music opportunities in the coming year.

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Top picks for your next Happy Valley shopping spree

Happy Valley has a dynamic shopping scene, with one-of-a-kind finds to be discovered at shops throughout Centre County. You’ll want to spend a few days to shop them all, starting with these top picks:

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Historical Destinations in Happy Valley

Philipsburg’s Heritage Days

Philipsburg’s annual Heritage Days celebration was founded as a way to keep enthusiasm for local history alive.

In 1997, Philipsburg celebrated its bicentennial. The town came together to treat thousands of visitors to a week’s worth of events featuring reenactments, vendors, crafters, presentations, concerts, a parade, and fireworks, among other things.

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