Altoona, Blair County is proud to be a Small Destination with Big Adventures!

first_imgOne major event in the area during the month of May is the annual Blair County Arts Festival. For over 50 years visitors have been enjoying museum-quality art exhibits, a wide variety of live music and dance, children’s art projects and activities, handmade crafts and delicious food at the festival.There is a full schedule of events during the two-day event. You can watch a variety of performances that take place both outside and indoors. This year’s festival is on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. The festival takes place on the beautiful park-like campus of Penn State Altoona. New for 2018, Explore Altoona invites you to stop by the Tourism Expo at the festival to get information on other adventures to explore during your stay in Blair County!This is the only place in the world where you can watch a train wrap around you as it travels through the Allegheny Mountains! The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is an engineering marvel that was built using only hand tools. The track was built in the shape of a horseshoe to keep the tracks gliding along the natural formation of the mountains. It is documented that it was on the top 10 hit list during WWII. The Horseshoe Curve is open for the season. Hours during the weekend of the Blair County Arts Festival are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.If you enjoy taking a train ride, The Everett Railroad Company offers scenic train excursions on a steam locomotive! The excursions begin at a newly constructed old-fashioned train station. The train travels through Pennsylvania’s countryside along the banks of the Juniata River. On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 the schedule includes a Family Train Ride and an Ice Cream Special. The Everett Railroad operates a variety of excursions, most of which are an hour and a half long.DelGrosso’s Park recently expanded and now has an extensive Italian Themed Water Park! Cool off during a hot summer day floating past a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Lazy River or if you enjoy a water adventure spend some time in the Wave Pool. The entire water park includes various interactive water features. With an Italian theme, of course there are Italian foods on the menu. You can create your own pasta dish using the park’s own pasta sauces at Pasta Fresca located inside the water park. The ride park is open weekends in May and the water park opens Memorial Day Weekend. The park is open daily starting Saturday, June 2nd. In the beautiful countryside of Altoona, you’ll find Fort Roberdeau, a Revolutionary War lead mine fort that is the westernmost Revolutionary War site in America. It is Pennsylvania’s only maintained Frontier Revolutionary War Fort that is open for tours. Fort Roberdeau opens for the season on May 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The site hosts numerous events throughout the summer season.For more information about these Big Adventures, seasonal events and more in Blair County, Pennsylvania visit explorealtoona.com or call 1-800-842-5866.last_img read more

Syracuse continues success in Madison Square Garden

first_img Published on December 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 “I know there’s a lot of people in New York City saying that we are (New York’s College Team),” Fair said, “and then St. John’s, they’re not going to feel too happy about that. I’m not going to say we’re New York’s college team to start something, but we just wanted to come into the Garden and put on a show.”And they did. Under the bright lights at MSG, Fair played Batman as the Orange edged its longtime rival in the Red Storm. SU improved to 93-47 all-time in the historic arena and 75-46 under head coach Jim Boeheim. It has played at least one game there for 32 consecutive seasons.Of the 16,357 that attended on Sunday, the majority appeared to be Syracuse fans, though St. John’s was equally represented in the lower sections. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought both groups of fans were into it,” Boeheim said. “I just thought it was a great game in the Garden. That’s why we signed up to play in it. “We knew it would (be a good game). We knew they had a lot of guys back and would be a good team, and there was no surprise there.”SU isn’t scheduled to return to MSG this season, but could wind up there in the NCAA Tournament Eastern Regional if it gets a good draw. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img NEW YORK—The normally even-keeled C.J. Fair couldn’t help but laugh. New York’s college team.It’s a term thrown around more by athletic officials and diehard fans than the players. But for Fair, it’s clear there was pride on the line in No. 4 Syracuse’s (10-0) 68-63 win against St. John’s (6-3) at Madison Square Garden on Sundaylast_img read more