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It's winter in Happy Valley and that means FUN for all ages. Spend the first few weeks enjoying the full calendar of fall festivals and then, as the weather cools down, we've got you covered! Here are some of our favorite cold weather festivities this season.   Tussey Mountain Tussey Mountain has family fun down pat. Kids (and adults, too) love tubing, and there are seven ski... MORE
The holidays are just around the corner, but we've got you covered. Give them the gift of Penn State with these local finds. It's even more apropos for fans and alumni who can't get back to campus this fall. You can send Happy Valley to them. Here are some of our top picks! Gift cards galore We all know that sometimes, the most foolproof way to please someone with a gift is to let them... MORE
WRESTLING Penn State’s head coach Cael Sanderson had already achieved legendary status as a competitor in his sport long before stepping foot in Happy Valley, and now he is well on his way to cementing a similar standing among the greatest college wrestling coaches of all time, with eight team titles and a bevy of individual national champions on his resume. Sanderson may need to muster... MORE
Fall is here, and while football is top of mind, there are many more ways to celebrate the season in Happy Valley. Here is a roundup of the best fall festivals, events, and activities in the region.   Sept. 28 Harvest Fest Mt. Nittany Winery From 12 to 4 p.m., stroll through the mountainside vineyards while enjoying a complimentary wine tasting, and sample or purchase food... MORE
Every publication ought to have a “letters” page, and who better to curate ours than Mike Herr, the perpetually energetic, smiling presence behind the desk at the University Park Post Office affectionately known to generations of Penn Staters as “Mike the Mailman?” Mike retired from his job of over 40 years back in 2016, and while much has changed for him, his affection for Penn State and his... MORE
By Curtis Stratton   Summer fun in Happy Valley is never far away. Whether it’s crossing off your bucket list with a visit to Penn’s Cave, afternoon fun for the kids at WildRiver Waterpark or a family trip to see the State College Spikes play some minor league baseball, the options are endless — even outside of festival weekends. While school’s out, here are Happy Valley’s top 10... MORE
By Jeff Cavanaugh   There is nothing better than a Saturday tailgate before a big Penn State home game in Happy Valley. Whether it is an early season noon game or a primetime White Out against Michigan, tailgating in the fields around Beaver Stadium is a huge part of the Penn State gameday experience. It is no secret, however, that the best tailgate parties take a lot of... MORE
By Marisa Ramiccio   The lazy days of summer are here, but why stay indoors when there is so much to explore in Centre County? There is no shortage of outdoor celebrations, festivals and competitions that offer something for the whole family. Whether you’re an art lover, a camping guru or a die-hard foodie, there’s a summer event for you. Check out the list below and save the dates for... MORE
By Jeff Cavanaugh   Happy Valley is a football area come Fall, but in the Summer, we are all about baseball.  The State College Spikes return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this June with a jam-packed schedule of affordable, family fun. The Spikes, the Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have an exciting summer planned with hopes of once again... MORE
By Abbe Hamilton   Did you know that Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge AND biggest lake can be found within an hour’s drive of State College? Jack’s Narrows and Raystown Lake are two superlative features of Central Pennsylvania’s landscape, and they’re calling your name this summer. You may have passed through Jack’s Narrows on Route 22 between Mapleton and Mount Union. There is a... MORE


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