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Children’s Art and Craft Workshops

Sponsored by Kid-to-Kid and McLanahan’s Downtown Market

While we welcome folks of all ages at our children’s art and craft workshops, participants should be under 12 years old. Crafts are completed on site so that participants can take inspiration and share results with each other.

The Makery
209 West Calder Way
B 1 to 3 p.m.
One Little Word Canvases
Join the folks at State College’s newest art and craft studio, The Makery, to create “One Little Word” fabric collage canvases. Using a variety of materials, participants will create a mixed-media canvas featuring a word or short phrase that they want to focus on in the New Year.

Social Hall, State College Presbyterian Church
132 W. Beaver Avenue
B 2 to 4 p.m.
New Year’s Fun with Danielle Fulmer
Bring int he New Year with homemade crafts. Make your own hats, rings, and noisemakers to help with your festivities this year.

Hats and Infinity Scarves with Jill Lillie and Jan Becker
Make a snugy hat or decorative scarf, something everyone needs in the cold months of winter.

Performer Workshops

Penn State Hershey Medical Group – State College is sponsoring all activities at the State Theatre.

The Attic, State Theatre
Pepper Lotus Belly Dance
B 1:30 p.m.

This workshop is a great introduction to Improvisational Style Belly Dance with Shannon Bishop, the leader of Pepper Lotus Belly Dance Troupe. No experience in Middle Eastern Dance is necessary. You’ll shake and shimmy and wonder why you didn’t take up this popular art form sooner!

Songwriting Workshop with Jim Colbert
B 3:00 p.m.

Have you always wanted to write a song, and didn’t know how to start? Join award-winning songwriter Jim Colbert (and maybe a special guest or two) for tips on jump starting your creativity, turning poems into songs, and finding your muse. Bring a pen, paper and an instrument if you like. We’ll provide handouts, work through some exercises together and get your songwriting motor running! The tips and techniques we’ll share are applicable to all genres. Bring a song to share if you want advice, or just to share!

Bellefonte singer/songwriter Jim Colbert has won the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting and Susquehanna Folk Music Society Songwriting competitions and has performed at festivals, coffeehouses and venues from New England to Texas. He is a board member of Acoustic Brew Concert Series, a DJ for WPSU-FM, and is a fixture in the Central Pennsylvania folk music scene.

State College Presbyterian Church, Room 10
Ukulele Workshop

B 4:30 p.m.
The best way to learn to play the ukulele is to come jam with the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective! This workshop will convince you to add “Learn to Play the Ukulele” to the top of your resolutions list for 2016. Playing the uke is fun, but playing with others is even more fun! If you have your own instrument, please bring it, but a limited number of instruments will be available for the uke-less.