When are the Hayrides, Community Suppers, and Craft Sales?

Happy Fall

Have you added your fall or winter event to the GoPennsValley.com Community Calendar yet? Today’s the day to check that off your “to do” list!

We’ll help you reach hundreds of Penns Valley families as well as State College folks who look to GoPennsValley.com as their source for all-things-Penns-Valley.

Simply go to our Community Calendar page to get started. As always, if you have any difficulty, simply send us an email and we’ll help you as quickly as possible.

 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 9/10 – 9/13

old-tractorThis weekend, head down Route 192 to Penns Cave for the 41st Nittany Antique Machinery Show. (Plan to stop by plenty of yard sales on your way!)

Our traditional favorite things: the homemade ice cream (we vote for vanilla!); the tractor parade; the old fashioned steam engines that wash clothes, husk corn, and work wonders; and the endless do-dads and knick-knacks that – year after year – seem to be exactly what we need. :)

From the Nittany Antique Machinery Show website, here’s what you can expect:

41st Annual Fall Show featuring
Minneapolis-Moline Company, honoring the Model “U”
Sept. Sept. 10, 11, 12, & 13, 2015  
Dawn to Dusk Daily

Daily Admission $5.00 | 4 Day Pass – $15.00 | Sr Citizens – (Thur Only) $3.00

Children under 12 – Free

Free Parking!

For nearly forty years, folks from various parts of the United States have traveled to the Penns Cave grounds to enjoy the large flea market with over 700 vendors where they have found treasures, old and new. They say that if you can’t find what you’re looking for here you probably won’t find it anywhere!

The food vendors offer the best eats you’ll ever try.

But always, the stars of the show are the over 800 tractors on display, over 800 campers, and more than 40 parts vendors available on the grounds. There’s a little something special for everyone. Why not spend some quality time looking back when quality meant everything. We look forward to seeing you!

I’ve discovered some of our favorite decorations at the Show for great prices. One year, I bought my first canner and canning supplies from an enthusiastic woman who was delighted that “the next generation is interested in canning”. She threw in a free set of canning tongs. :)

After you go and love it, would you come back here and tell me about the treasures you found? I’d love to know…

Enjoy your home,

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Big Hero Six on the Big Screen


Our family LOVES “Big Hero Six”. Truly, it’s one of the best animated movies we’ve seen in a long time AND it has a memorable fist bump that quickly became part of our daily conversation (you’ll know it when you see it).

The good news for you is that Old Gregg School will be playing “Big Hero Six” for free on the big screen September 26th. (Fist bump!)

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Old Gregg also wants your suggestions for movies that you would like to see with friends and family. They’ll use your favorites to create a movie list for October.

Here’s what you need to know: movie night is free and donations are welcome. Bring your own movie snacks or bring a picnic dinner. Bring your family, neighbors, team, or book club.

What movie do you want to see on the big screen?? We’ll send your recommendations along to the Old Gregg School Office. (Or, you may contact them through their facebook page.)

 Enjoy your home,

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How to Promote Your Business in 2016


Well, the school year has begun again and we’re all back to work.

As you brainstorm ideas for promoting your business, political campaign, or community outreach in 2016, consider advertising with GoPennsValley.com.

With over 5,000 page views/ month with 700 – 1,000 unique visitors each month, we’re becoming a household name amongst folks in the Valley. Our most successful ads are “call-to-action” ads, like The Barber Shop’s $6.99 special. Mr. Jones purchased a story, a sidebar ad, and a Business Directory listing for 7,000 impressions in one month. We created an advertising package for him at a special rate and we’d be happy to do the same for you.

Here are 3 great options to help you meet your business goals:

1. List your business in the directory for $5/ month or $50/ year. You’ll get the greatest “bang for your buck” by keeping your listing available throughout the year. Your listing includes a photograph as well as a link to your website or Facebook page.

We often receive emails from people searching for businesses that are not yet in our Business Directory. They’re looking for you! Create your business listing by clicking here.

 2. Purchase an ad on the front page of the website. Choose from 3 sizes: small sidebar button ($40/ month), medium sidebar button ($60/ month), or large banner ($100/month). Your ad will remain active all day, every day, and will appear every time someone looks at GoPennsValley.com. It will link to your website or Facebook page, and will also appear in our weekly email newsletter.

3. Hire us to write an article about a product, sale, event, or story that you’d like to share with the community. This will include photographs and links, will be highlighted on our Facebook page, and will be mentioned in the weekly newsletter. ($75)

Begin by emailing us at info(at)GoPennsValley(dot)com and we’ll take care of you!

 Enjoy your home,

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A Memorable Fair


As you unpack from the Fair, what are some of your best memories of Grange Fair 2015? We enjoyed our good old traditions – trying out the tractors, getting some hair cuts (including a French Braid this year), the freshly-squeezed Orange Juice, the animal shows, and Kiddie Day rides.

One of my favorite moments was when we saw dear friends sitting on a bench near the tram. Suzanne patted the seat next to her and said, “Here, sit down and talk a bit!” I guess we never outgrow our need to be welcomed, because this meant the world to me. I pulled the stroller over and we talked about this and that. They even passed up a tram while we were talking and waited for the next one instead. True friendship! :) The people are the best part about the Fair, no doubt about it.

(I also got a glimpse of the famous Pierogi-maker, Helen Beveridge. As she served pierogis, she had the hugest smile on her face. 91 years old?! She looked incredible. No older than 70. I think it was the smile.)

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So fancy!


I cannot believe that they are big enough to ride those zippy swings! Where has the time gone?!


The highlight for these three was the packed-house Francesca Battistelli concert on Friday night. They said she rocked!


What’d you love this year?? I’ll store your ideas away for next year…

 Enjoy your home,

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Get Strong with Coach Joan


Penns Valley’s Coach Joan of Blueberry Hill Academy Fitness makes me want to live better and take care of myself. Here’s something she recently posted on facebook:

“We do not have a “weight” problem. We have a lack of strength problem.

And it doesn’t have to be a “problem” if we are working at gaining strength.

The human species is not a sedentary species, nor a weak species. Just look at all the joints we have….and our musculature…. and consider for a moment….why?

Because movement, in all sorts of directions and ways is our heritage.

Find something you dig, don’t get caught up in whether it’s “the right” thing or not…or the popular thing… or if you’re doing it long enough or hard enough. Just find the thing(s) you dig – and do it so it is enjoyable.

Quit beating yourself up (if you are), quit waiting for the PERFECT time (“perfect” is a rainbow-unicorn), quit waiting for approval from others (it is utterly unnecessary).

Get after it.”

 Enjoy your home,

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The Great Grange Fair 2015: August 21st – August 29th


It’s time to dust off a copy of The Grange Fair: An American Tradition and get excited about the Valley’s biggest event of the year!

Everything you need to know about the schedule can be found on the Grange Fair website, but I pulled up some GoPennsValley.com links from our past Grange Fairs in case you want some suggestions about what to eat, see, and do.

Visiting the pigs, cheering on the 4-H kids, and learning about farming

Enjoying the playground and the Library Field Trips

Spending as much time as possible at the Equine Arena

Trying Something New: animal dressing contests and freshly squeezed orangeade

Flying high on the “Funnest Ride” in the Park

Hair cuts at the Fair??

The Grange Fair Talent Show

Who’ll be the Grange Fair Queen this year?

I’ve discovered that it’s good to go into the Fair with some goals about how to make the most of your time there. Who do you want to spend time with? What do you want to experience? What do you want to see? And, of course, what do you want to eat?? :)

What’s at the top of your list for Grange Fair 2015?

 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 8/7 – 8/9

Agriculture is in the air, Penns Valley! This weekend, enjoy our 4th Annual FarmFest AND PASA’s 10th Annual Farm Tour. These are top-notch events that celebrate the people and the land we love.

Visit our Community Calendar for other great events happening in the Valley this weekend!



 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 7/31 – 8/2

Visit our Community Calendar to discover the great things happening in the Valley this weekend (including more community yard sales…).

This week, we’re highlighting Family Life of Penns Valley’s 5K Walk/Run and 10-mile Bike Ride. What a great way to get some exercise on a beautiful summer’s day.  Here’s what you need to know:5K WALK RUN BIKE 2015 Registration Form


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Friday Night Fish Fry at Burk’s!


The all-you-can-eat buffet at Burkholders Country Market has moved to Friday Nights starting July 31.

This week, it is Fish Fry Friday (try to say that 10 times fast)!

$11.95 all you can eat, including the incredible salad bar, and Mrs B’s home made desserts. Stop by any time between 4 and 8 p.m.

See you there!

 Enjoy your home,

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