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One More Outdoor Festival?

November 4, 2011 - Jim Price
Yes. One more.

Last weekend, we shuddered indoors as up to 8-10 inches of wet snow fell over the region.

Seven days later, though, it will be a different story, with sunny skies and daytime high temperatures in the 50s forecasted throughout the weekend.

Many people will take advantage of the weather to rake leaves or put gardens to bed for the season. But for those who want to enjoy one last gasp of an outdoor festival for this year, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center near State College will provide that last gasp this Sunday afternoon. And it features live music, too!

Situated in the shadow of nearby Beaver Stadium and operated by Centre Region Parks & Recreation, Millbrook Marsh will host its 9th annual Historic Harvest Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This free festival will feature something for everyone.

For the live music connoisseur, the event will feature live folk music from Unusual Suspects, plus bluegrass and old-timey folk sounds from the Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jam.

Food and refreshments will also be available, as well as a few art and craft vendors. The Nature Center itself features numerous nature exhibits, children’s activities and more, as well as information about the natural history of the area.

Millbrook Marsh’s trail system will be open for the walking and hiking enthusiast. As much of Millbrook’s 62-acre territory is marsh and wetlands, boardwalks enable visitors to safely stroll and observe the natural area, including several streams, the marsh, meadows, birds, trees and more. The hiking is all easy as well; visitors don’t have to be mountain climbers to enjoy what this area has to offer.

For one more opportunity to treat the family to some outdoor fun, relaxation and live music, the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center’s Historic Harvest Festival provides a nice way to enjoy the forecasted crisp mid-autumn weather.

There will be plenty of other live music around the area this weekend as well:


Channel 5 News Team at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Saints Of Sorrow at Aldo’s, Altoona

Lonewolf at Applebee’s, Altoona

The Jam at Club2 (Squared), Philipsburg

Sunset Strip at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Iron Horse Café, Gallitzin

Cottonmouth at Rainbow Inn, Coalport


Limb By Limb, NailDriver and Sound Of Silence at 30 Something, Altoona

Xs For Eyes, Fisticuffs and Railroad City Murder Machines at Aldo’s, Altoona

Without Zerb at Burgi’s Roundhouse, Altoona

The House Band at Family Pizza, Altoona

Johnny Danger at the Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Jim Veazey at Applebee’s, Altoona

Ricky Lee at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (5-9 p.m.)

Rain Must Fall at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Cottonmouth at Magoo’s, Cresson

Sunset Strip at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Ganister at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Tunes For Tails Benefit (for Cambria County Humane Society) featuring Southside Strays, Whiskey River Panhandlers, Blue Collar Fate and Tree the Band at Ace’s Lounge, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m., $10 donation)


Unusual Suspects and Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jam at 9th annual Historic Harvest Festival, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College (2-5 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s, Altoona

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From two years ago, the Kalob Griffin Band performing at the 7th annual Millbrook Marsh Historic Harvest Festival. This year's Festival takes place on Sunday.


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