Each Spring and Fall the Ladies Auxiliary to the Boalsburg Fire Company hold a Flea Market (indoor yard sale) at the Fire Hall. There are usually 30 tables available for local folks to reserve a space to sell assorted items. I guess by having different people manning each table (the flea market model) means buyers give money to separate sellers…instead of the yard sale model where buyers can pick up a bunch of items and pay for all of them at the end.
This flea market is one of the major fund raisers for the auxiliary and this money goes to help the Fire Company purchase new equipment. The side benefit is sellers have an opportunity to get rid of stuff!
So, yesterday and today the Fall flea market was held at the Fire Hall.
We had a small crowd but that didn’t stop us from having a good time visiting with each other. If sellers made some money, who knows how many buyers were auxiliary members!
The Boalsburg Village Conservancy is hoping you take advantage of the many things to see and do during the Memorial Day weekend celebration. While Main Street and Church Street will be filled with over 115 vendors and entertainment on the Diamond on May 30, three specific locations invite you to check them out.
On the West end of Boalsburg, The Boal Mansion’s estate grounds provide the perfect setting for our diverse activities as part of the Village-wide celebration. Enjoy live music, Civil War re-enactors, living history demos, great food, craft vendors and special museum tours!
The Boalsburg Fire Company sponsors the carnival held behind the fire hall. It will run from Thursday evening, May 26 through Monday, May 30, 2022.
The Parade will be Saturday, May 28, 2022. No preregistration is required. Line-up will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the Parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. “Rain or Shine.”
Marching groups will be staged at Blue Spring Park on Wagner St. Depending on weather prior to parade day, smaller vehicles participating in the parade may be staged at the park also. Large vehicles will be staged on W. Main Street. Personnel will be out to assist with further direction on parade day. Watch for the signs.
Please come and enjoy Memorial Day weekend with us!
The Boalsburg Village Conservancy has finalized the musical entertainment for the Memorial Day celebration on May 30, 2022. Music has always provided the backdrop to the ongoing activities of the day. We hope you come and enjoy it while checking out the many vendors and their wares. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Boalsburg, see www.historicboalsburg.com.
The Boalsburg Heritage Museum (www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org) at the East end of Main Street will be open for visitors. Background music will be available all day, including music on the Museum porch by Dan & Galla. They offer a mixed selection of upbeat folk music and popular standards of the ’50s and ’60s, country, ragtime, polkas, pop and patriotic music. You can learn more about their music at www.gallaanddan.com.
The Boal Mansion Museum (www.boalmuseum.com) will host light musical entertainment on the grounds throughout the day. Their events include:
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.-The Bellefonte Community Band
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.-JT Thompson & The Denicats
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.-OverheaD
On the Diamond at Main Street and Church Street, the line-up of musical groups is varied and entertaining.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.-You’ll be able to enjoy the State College High School Jazz Band. These young folks always have a rousing performance to get you in the mood to explore the many vendors on Main Street.
11:30 to 12:00-The A Cappella Choir from St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg will showcase their lovely voices.
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.-The Little German Band will present lively entertainment in the German “oompah” style that features bass horn, trombone, clarinet and trumpet. This group has been performing around Centre County since the 1960’s. You can read more about them on Facebook.
12:30 p.m.-Dancing around the May Pole. (More about that as we get closer to the event!)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.-Music by The Screaming Ducks. They have been a force for Classic Rock in Center County for over 30 years. They’re a regular addition to the Boalsburg Memorial Day festivities. You can learn more about them on Facebook.
2:30 to 3:00 p.m.-When you are ready to take a restful break, please pull up a chair (or curb) and enjoy a smooth and mellow half hour with Bob Timney. His offerings of acoustic, acoustic rock and pop music will give you that rest. He can be found on Facebook and you can listen to some of his music at www.reverbnation.com/bobtimney/songs.
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.-To end the afternoon of musical entertainment, the final group at the Diamond will be Pure Cane Sugar. This is a female-fronted Americana band based out of State College, PA. With descriptors such as “sultry voices, soulful harmonies and powerful lyrics,” this last group should leave you feeling like it’s been a good Memorial Day celebration!
Ceremony at the Church Cemetery
6:00 p.m.-As part of the solemn ceremony at the Cemetery, music will be offered by the Nittany Knights. They sing a cappella in the barbershop style of harmony. This international, non-profit organization, first chartered in 1962, performs at many community activities.
In my continuing quest to find great places in the area that accept donated household goods, last week I visited the CentrePeace showroom just outside of Bellefonte (although they have a State College address). This site was suggested to me by the folks at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store as a place that accepted donations of larger household goods and furniture, since the thrift store can handle only clothing and small household goods. (See https://marykisner.com/exploring-the-st-vincent-de-paul-thrift-store/)
CentrePeace is a non-profit organization created in 1975 to support inmates at nearby correctional facilities with their social and communication skills. (See www.centrepeace.org). Their most visible program, Project Restore, created in 1984, is a joint venture between CentrePeace, the Centre County Correctional Facility and the community. All goods are donated by the community to CentrePeace, keeping them out of landfills. Trainees and staff repair and restore pieces that are then resold to the public. The CentrePeace showroom now occupies a 7,000 sq. ft. showroom space at 3047 Benner Pike, State College… quite close to Bellefonte.
Benefits to Trainee Inmates
From the CentrePeace brochure I learned: “Trainees learn skills to repair and restore furniture, small appliances and other goods, while learning valuable job skills. The staff is able to mentor trainees by modeling behavior such as communication and social skills as well as enforcing a good work ethic.”
Benefits to the Community
Volunteers are welcomed to help work with customers and keep the show spaces looking great. Any volunteer with experience in woodworking, upholstery or appliance repair is welcome to help others learn those skills.
Need to downsize YOUR stuff? Consider donating items to CentrePeace. Items can be delivered to their showroom…there is a sign as you enter the parking lot. If items are large or you can’t transport them, give them a call at (814)353-9081 and they will make an appointment for pick up, usually within a week.
Interested in gently used or restored furniture and appliances? Check out their showroom! See photos below!
Tour of the CentrePeace Showroom
And finally, very important Mission Statement and Goals are defined in their brochure. Makes me want to step up and support this organization. How about you?
After two years of having to cancel our Memorial Day activities here in Boalsburg, we are pleased to be able to say…it will be happening in 2022! Boalsburg is one of just a few towns to proudly claim to be the originator of “Memorial Day” activities. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Boalsburg, see www.historicboalsburg.com.
In 2020, all summer events around here were cancelled around here…from Memorial Day through the 4th of July to the various Arts Festivals throughout the summer. In 2021, we were able to have the brief service at the cemetery to honor military veterans and loved ones, but the community-wide events were cancelled again. I’m sure they were cancelled near you too. This year, we are ready to resume the 5-day event, culminating on Monday, May 30, 2022, with our Day in Towne activities.
We are pleased that almost 100 vendors have committed to joining us for the day-long celebration. Leading up to Memorial Day, we have the Boalsburg Fire Company-sponsored carnival beginning on Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30.
Saturday will be the parade and Sunday will be the more serious Walk to the Cemetery, re-enacting the very first time three local women honored their loved ones who had died by decorating their graves.
Our vendors will have unique items for sale along Main Street and Church Street, with musical entertainment on the Diamond in the middle of town. At the other end of town, the Boal Mansion and Christopher Columbus Chapel will also offer tours, food and musical entertainment on their grounds. If you’d like to check out more about the Boal Mansion, see www.boalmansion.com/.
Memorial Day in Boalsburg is truly a community-wide event. We’d be pleased to have you join us for the festivities!
Are you thinking about spring cleaning, or at least cleaning out your closet and dresser drawers? Do you wish you could just box up tired decorating items and pass them off to someone without having to set up a garage sale? It’s unacceptable for me to just toss things in the trash to be buried in a landfill. It would be nice if someone could benefit from my cast offs. I started exploring places in my area where I could donate these items. Of course, Goodwill stores seem to be in every community, but I had also heard about the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store in State College. I decided to check it out yesterday.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of lay Catholics, called to serve the poor in local communities. The most important activity they do is to work with folks in need by providing material assistance such as rent, utilities, food or clothing, job training and emotional support. In south central Pennsylvania (Centre, Blair and Cambria counties) there are eight thrift stores, five food pantries, two food distribution warehouses, a youth ministry program, and two Family Kitchens! Their major fundraising activity is their network of Thrift Stores around the world. Donations of money, clothing and small household items are accepted and sold to support their work. The money stays in the local community.
The local Thrift Store has 140 volunteers who collect, sort, price and sell tons of donated items. Even the managers are unpaid volunteers! You can read more about the beginnings of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at https://ssvpusa.org/ and about the State College store at https://stvincentstatecollege.org/.
The St. Vincent de Paul State College Thrift Store recently (2019) moved to a large building on the Benner Pike. It shares the building with Dick’s Homecare and is near the new Centre Crest facility. My specific goal was to see what they had so I had a better idea of what kinds of things I should donate.
Entering the store feels like entering a quality Boutique! It does not feel like a Thrift store or a flea market. Very nice!
I was able to talk with the manager on duty who was very clear what kinds of things they accepted…clothing and accessories and small household items. Larger appliances and furniture would be passed on to Centre Peace…another charitable organization nearby. I think I’ll check them out soon. Prices were very reasonable…I was able to get a silk scarf for $1.00.
What wonderful service in this community! Selling items like these keeps them out of landfills, offers bargains to one and all, and the profits benefit the local community! A win all around!
So, if you are wondering where to donate your gently used clothing and household items, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will gladly help you out. If you’re looking for bargains to redecorate or add to your wardrobe, the Thrift Store may have just what you’re looking for! If you need assistance with anything, give them a call. If they can’t help you, they are well connected in the community to help you find what you need! Here is their contact information:
So, let’s get started on cleaning out all our “stuff” now that we know a place to pass them on! Enjoy!
Yesterday I attended an Open House at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum. This is truly a hidden treasure in our small community. I’ve known about it for years but had not managed to make the time to explore the building and grounds.
At least 40 years ago, when I was teaching elementary school in Boalsburg, one of my colleagues was actively involved in helping her young classes learn about the history of the local area. These youngest students would learn to read using stories about the “olden days” in Boalsburg. She was instrumental in developing curriculum materials and organizing field trips to see the artifacts to learn how folks lived in the Boalsburg area back in the late 1800’s. Ruth Corter’s advocacy stimulated community interest in collecting and preserving tools, household items and stories in a museum that could be enjoyed by all residents of the area. Her work inspired us all!
In 1983, the Sarah Sweet house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Aikens who presented the property to the newly formed Museum Association as a gift. The property of the Sarah Sweet House, currently the site of the Boalsburg Heritage Museum includes the house itself along with the Light House, the 2008 rebuild of the Bank Barn, and the Summer Kitchen. You can read more details about how the house and property became the Boalsburg Heritage Museum as their website, https://boalsburgheritagemuseum.org.
I’d like to share a few special displays that I found in my exploration of the museum.
How wonderful to see this tribute to Ruth Corter (1907-1997) presented in 1996:
The first room in the Museum had information about how ice was collected and stored before electric refrigerators were common. The displays about the process and the giant tools used to cut and collect the ice were very interesting.
I love the display of the ice box with instructions to the housewife:
Many musical instruments were showcased, from brass instruments from the Boalsburg Brass Band (around 1861-1865) to the Parlor organ:
Who knew Dr. Richard Ishler (our family doctor) and his wife donated this Parlor organ!
One of the upstairs bedrooms was set up as a one-room school. I found this interesting, since both of my parents and my grandfather taught in one-room schools. Mother shared many stories about being a “city-girl” trying to adapt to a “rural school” setting, with keeping the stove fire going and handling all the grades in one room. Some of her students were bigger than she was!
And of course, what child in 1900 wouldn’t want to play with this doll house!
I took the time to see the “Summer Kitchen” in a separate outbuilding near the back of the house. I could imagine all the bread and stews that were cooked in that kitchen!
On a nice day this summer, I’ll explore more of the outbuildings. For this tour, the drizzling cold rain limited my tromping around.
Please check the Museum’s website for more information. They are an integral part of our yearly Memorial Day activities and offer a wonderful look into our past.
Yesterday I spent the day helping with the indoor yard sale sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Boalsburg Fire Company. The fire hall was filled with tables that were rented out to individuals in the community to display their own items for sale. This was closer to the Flea Market model. I helped with the table displaying items from the members of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Sales formats of markets could be classified by size…like yard sales (with one seller), flea markets (with many individual sellers), or estate sales (providing the goods from one family estate); or by the kind of goods, like hand crafted items, glassware or tools.
It is easy for me to get overwhelmed when I first go to a sale. So many neat things available, so many choices! I am easily distracted by things that folks have offered for sale. Of course, I really don’t NEED any more stuff, but as a crafter and seamstress, I’m especially attracted to beautiful things other creative people have made.
Often, I’ll find evidence of the kinds of things folks collect, from glassware or jewelry to puzzles and collector dolls.
I especially enjoy talking with the sellers. It’s fun to find out where they find their items, what motivated them to collect certain items or how they made the items for sale.
I managed to control myself and found only a few things that just had to come home with me.
It would be so easy to fall in love with many items offered for sale, like old toys that I remember from long ago or a beautiful glass vase that would just go with my decor. However, at this stage in my life I must remember I still have a lot of stuff in my cupboards that should probably grace a yard sale table at some point!
It’s been 57 years since I graduated from high school (hard to imagine, I know!). My small circle of close friends from those days are now scattered around the world and of course, many have passed on. However, a core group of folks who stayed or returned to the area, like Bert and I did, have managed to maintain or reestablish friendships over the years. Some of our parents stayed in the area and provided that link for many of us to connect again.
I’m not sure how long this group of women has been getting together once a month, but I discovered the group after our 50th high school reunion. What fun this has been for me!
Each month we meet at a local restaurant and enjoy an hour or two of great conversation. This month we met at Way Fruit Farm just outside of State College.
I took a lot of pictures and then discovered their website had similar pictures with detailed descriptions of how they started and the many activities they offer for the public. I had no idea they had been in business since 1826! Six generations have been on the property for almost 200 years and each generation has expanded or updated their products and the way they sell or distribute them.
If you are interested in learning more about them, check their website for their history and current offerings at www.wayfruitfarm.com. They are on Rt. 550 just north of State College.
While I waited for the girls to arrive for lunch, I took a few pictures around their store. They have certainly expanded since I was here last.
This was a great way to rekindle old friendships and enjoy a good lunch! Thanks to all my old and new friends from high school for great conversation!
Check out local farm markets near you…you may find hidden treasures of food and fun! Enjoy!
For several years I’ve been wanting to stop by the home I grew up in (224 Ridge Avenue) to take some pictures. My family moved to State College in 1947. My sister, Jean, was ten years old and my brother, Mark, was seven. I was born in November of 1946, so I was just six months old when we moved from New Jersey.
When my mother passed away in 1988, Dad moved to Foxdale Village in State College. The home has had several owners in the last 30 years and it has been remodeled and updated over those years. While Dad had some contact with the folks that first bought the house from him, after a year or two he felt he didn’t need to stay in touch with subsequent owners.
The house was a Sears, Roebuck & Co. craftsman home built in 1926. Here are some pictures I have of the house around the 1950’s.
In the 1960’s Dad had the house remodeled inside and out. The front porch was enclosed with huge windows and a fireplace. The back porch was turned into a landing that led to an enclosed room with lots of windows that became Dad’s office. I don’t know exactly how long the construction lasted, I just remember having to step over construction materials as I went through the back door in my senior prom dress!
I’ve been able to check the property out on Google over the years and lately I noticed the most recent renovation drastically changed the roof line of the house. Obviously, an addition to the back of the house increased the living space of the structure. I think a second story was added to the room my Dad used as an office. Here are two screen shots from Google maps:
I stopped by the house this week to take some pictures. I rang the doorbell, but no one answered. So much for thinking I could see the inside of the house!
First, I checked out the front steps…I know when the concrete was poured on the steps in the 1960’s, I signed my initials and placed a 1964 penny there. I guess it’s been covered up. These steps look much better!
I saw this plaque by the front door:
From the porch, looking down the driveway to the garage, the view is certainly filled with green plants.
When I turned around to go to the front sidewalk, I realized how HUGE the tree in the front yard was! I don’t even remember if there was a tree there at all. There may have been a large pine tree there when I was much younger. This tree has to be almost 30 years old, but it’s beautiful.
The people living here certainly like lots of plants and privacy hedges.
When I stood back closer to the curb to take a side picture, I can barely see the brick chimney on the right with the overhang from the tree in the front yard. Yellow siding and white painted brick certainly changes the whole look of the house. However, it is the best kept house on the block.
The Adams house next door is still there but doesn’t look like it’s been upgraded at all. Next to that is the brick apartment house on the corner of Burrows Street. From the evidence of assorted stuff outside the house, it looks like student housing.
As I drove down Atherton Street toward Boalsburg I was stopped at the light at Atherton and College Avenue. Imagine my surprise to see giant high rise apartment buildings on either side of the intersection! Things have certainly changed! I guess I should drive through town now and then just to keep up!
I guess things stay the same only in our memories! To my family, I hope you enjoyed the updated pictures of 224 Ridge Avenue! To everyone else, treasure the memories you have of the places you’ve lived! Enjoy!