Lesley Kistner

Lesley Kistner

Public Affairs Director

A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Lesley enjoys cooking, history, sports and the outdoors. She likes capturing photos of Happy Valley's beautiful scenery, and of discoveries made while going off the beaten path to explore, particularly old homes, barns and churches. More than likely, Lesley's adventures and photos will find their way to the Dispatch!

28 articles

Centre Film Ribbon

Arts & Culture

Journey Into Happy Valley's Dynamic Art Scene

Happy Valley is known for exuding small-town charm while boasting big-city amenities, including an inspiring and innovative arts and performing arts scene. From the striking marquee of the beautifully restored and century-old Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg to colorful artwork that has transformed the facades of many buildings in Downtown State College, appreciation for the arts is outwardly evident.

Three Chairs Square

Arts & Culture

Centre Film Festival brings independent filmmaking to your door

The 2020 Centre Film Festival is going virtual. From the comfort of your home, you can enjoy a masterfully curated collection of films and shorts from some of the nation’s most talented independent filmmakers, as well as student filmmakers. We have the inside scope about why you won't want to miss this year's festival.

Inglebean sundae

Food & Drink

In Happy Valley, farm fresh ice cream is always in season

The summer might be winding down, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy a scoop or carton of delicious, farm fresh ice cream. In keeping with Happy Valley’s deep agricultural roots, there are plenty of places to cool off (or get your chill on) with this popular frozen treat straight from the farm.

Allen Street Corner

Itineraries

Spend a day in and around State College

Home to Penn State University, State College is a safe, vibrant and diverse university town. If it’s been a while since you explored the downtown, plan to spend a day or two visiting new establishments and popular favorites.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau cannot stress enough that we believe in responsible and safe travel. We do encourage visitors planning business or leisure travel to Happy Valley to refer to the following resources for reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please keep in mind that some articles on this blog were written in a different age pre-virus. Please refer to the individual business websites for current status and hours available. HVAB links to business and other appropriate pages at every opportunity.