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'September First Sunday' in Bellefonte: Here's What's Happening


Downtown Bellefonte Bellefonte , Pennsylvania 16823


First Sundays in Bellefonte continue to attract a 100,000 people to the streets of town to celebrate small businesses, family fun, and Victorian architecture.

Okay, okay: fine. That's not true and we both know it. There's not quite that many people showing up. Yet.

But never mind that, because these First Sundays have been a wonderful success with remarkable turnouts and interest.. Born up out of the Bellefonte Art Museum's long-running (and extremely successful First Sunday Art Opening Receptions), the town-wide First Sunday spirit continues to shine in September as we begin to say goodbye to summer, get ready for Pumpkin Spice Days...formerly known as Fall/Autumn.

Lots going on around Bellefonte on Sunday, September 2nd so let's catch you up with the highlights.

Okay, first off, if you were ever going to take that flying leap into a vat of serious ink- like you've been talking about forever now- and treat yourself to your first tattoo: theres never been a better time to do it. That's because High Street Tattoo at 203 West High Street is teaming up with Centre County PAWS for Tattoo Paw-Looza!. Owner and artist Gab Yunis will offering a select bunch of $60 (cash money only!) tattoo specials, first come/ first serve. Plus rumor has it that there will be some dogs there too, just in case you need some gentle persuading when you get cold feet. In case you aren't familiar with them, Centre County PAWS does fantastic work finding homes for animals that need them in our area. So this is a win-win for anyone looking to get a first tat or add to that growing sleeve.

Down at the Bellefonte Art Museum (BAM), 133 North Allegheny Street, they'll be celebrating the opening of a riveting new photography exhibit called '"We Are - Nittany Lion Football Fans". The exhibit is a fascinating look at Penn State football fans in a whole new light. Back in the late 90's and the early 2000's, esteemed Penn State photography professor, Gerald Lang, turned his camera towards the fans in Beaver Stadium. The results are a documentarian look at the passion, the highs, and the lows of being a modern American sports fan. This is an exhibit that crosses cultural lines...which is exactly what the best art manages to do. Opening reception will be at the museum from 1-4pm. Plus don't miss these new exhibits opening as well: Sieg Gallery - Roxanne Naydan; Community Gallery - Jean Forsberg & Doug Marme;  Print Gallery - Paulette Berner & J.E. Crum.

And, if that's not enough: the museum is grandly opening up it's brand new Twiga Gift Shop (Twiga is Swalhili for 'giraffe'). The new space will feature handcrafted artisan gifts like jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and fine art on a rotating basis.

And best of all? You buy art here, you help bring more art here.

So stop in to BAM on First Sunday. You're long overdue for an Art Attack.

Elsewhere in Bellefonte, there is much to see and do on September 2nd. Bone Bar and Boutique is another must-stop destination for animal lovers this month. The shop at 135 W. High St. features homemade gourmet treats, grain-free foods, hand-knit sweaters, toys, collars, leashes, and other accessories for dogs and cats. They'll be offering First Sunday customers 30% off a bunch of cool items. Pop in and show them your new tattoo.

Other highlights:

Jabebo Studio Store, 224 W High St, noon to 4 p.m. - Buy two pairs of Jabebo Earrings, get one free.

The Great Mish Mosh, 128 S Allegheny St, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Special pricing on sidewalk items .

Pappy Chuck's Candy Shoppe, 125 W Bishop St,  will be open 12 noon to 9 PM  and will be featuring the new Asher fudge line-up with Maple Nut, Peanut Butter, & Chocolate with Reese's Pieces on top. Plus be sure and snarf down one their homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches featuring cookies baked right over at Pizza Mia.

Bella Vino Wine Bar, 325 W High St, will have their wine bar open from 3 to 8 p.m for wine sampling... with 5% off a bottle of wine.

Lastly, if you're coming from out of town or just need to have a little get away for the weekend, Our Fair Lady, A Victorian Bed and Breakfast at 313 E Linn St will take 5% off your stay if you mention First Sunday.

There you have it. September First Sunday in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Bring the kids. But no tattoos for them just yet, okay?


Bellefonte's September First Sunday
Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note that, although the event is listed as 10am-4pm, each Bellefonte business sets their own hours for the event.
The Bellefonte Art Museum will be open for its Art Opening and Reception from 12 to 4:30 p.m.

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