Culture Corner

CULTURE CORNER: Pine Grove Hall

New and exciting things are happening in Pine Grove Mills.

One of those things is the opening of Pine Grove Hall, a new restaurant located at the site of the former Old Oak Tavern just mineutes from State College and Penn State.

Spearheaded by Liz Grove, known locally as a member of the band Cone of Silence, the restaurant will include a live music venue, which is expected to open to performers at a later date. Grove is a former independent record company executive, and her vision includes a state-of-the-art sound system will attract musicians of all genres.

The restaurant is now open for pick-up, and patrons can order curbside delivery until the restaurant opens for dine-in service in mid-July.

Expect a wonderful menu, as Mark Johnson, founding chef of nearby favorite Elk Creek Café, and Jess Click...

CULTURE CORNER: The Rowland Theater

From its first showing of a silent film in 1917 to the contemporary films being shown today, the Rowland Theater has always been a gathering place for Centre County residents and movie buffs alike.

Considered by many to be the jewel of downtown Philipsburg, the historic single-screen theater has seen decades of cinema history, along with visits from dignitaries like President Jimmy Carter, who made an appearance there in 2002.

The theater is located about 30 minutes from downtown State College and Penn State.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the building has long been a treasure to the community. Even when it was first built, residents were in awe of its size, safety, and appointments. Fortunately, most of its original charm and character has remained intact, meaning moviegoers are treated...

CULTURE CORNER: Palmer Museum of Art

The Palmer Museum of Art, situated in State College on Penn State’s University Park Campus, is a free-admission arts resource center for the university, Centre County and surrounding Central Pennsylvania.

Opened in 1972 and remodeled in 1993 by post-modernist architect Charles W. Moore, it holds 9,600 items. Particularly strong areas include the museum’s collections of American art from the late 18th century to the present, old master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

After strolling through the permanent galleries, make sure you check out the current exhibitions, which rotate seasonally. Many of these exhibits are by world-renowned artists from all periods and places, so...

CULTURE CORNER: Discovery Space

If your family lives in Centre County and you’re interested in science and technology, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is a must-see. Featuring hands-on science fun through interactive exhibits and programs, it’s perfect for kids … and adults are bound to learn something, too!

It all began in 2002 when the Downtown State College Improvement District and other members of the community envisioned a community-oriented science museum. The facility first opened its doors to the public in 2011.

Membership improved over the years, and in 2016, the museum welcomed its 700th member. In 2017, Discovery Space moved to its current location, a larger facility on North Atherton Street just minutes from downtown and Penn State's campus.

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