Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Minutes, March 17, 1995


Present: Kevin & Leeshaun Musick, Jim & Gay Dunne, Cheryl & Paul DeCusati (Treasurer), Helen Bechdel, Rob Gannon, Melady Kehm (Vice-President), Claudia Wilson (Arts Administrator), True Fisher, Dave Eggler (Secretary), Joe Vasey, Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Dave Trost, Peter Schneeman, John Kountz, Anna Alters.

Presiding: Kevin Musick (President)

Locale: Adam & Art, hosted by Jim & Gay Dunne


Minutes: Melady moved and True seconded a motion to accept the minutes of the February 17 meeting as read, with the exception that, as noted by Joanne, the Murder Mystery Night committee did report discussion of Bed & Breakfast locales for the production.


Treasurer's Report: Paul presented the 1995 budget (via BHCA accounts alone):



total expenses

total income

projected balance

Old House Fair








Film Forum




Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts




Summer Sounds




Gamble Mill Gallery













Executive Committee

     Kevin presented the highlights of an executive committee meeting of March 15, 1995 (Kevin, Paul, Dave E., Melady absent):

•  Voting members. The BHCA bylaws recognize categories of voting members versus associate members.  We will recognize voting members as those contributing > $10 in dues or donations.

•  Liability insurance.  Kevin is checking on the cost of a policy, and we may check with attorneys on extent of liability.

•  Brevity of meetings.  Several ways were discussed to shorten monthly meetings.

•  Computer.  Paul is checking on cheap ways to replace BHCA's ailing computer/printer.

•  BHCA brochure.  An updated one is needed.

•   Committee liaison.  Each committee henceforth should have at least one active BHCA member as a participant and liaison, not necessarily as chairperson.  Copies of grant proposals under which the committee operates will go to each chairperson.


Arts Administrator:

•Claudia reported that Becky Bennett of the CDT is interested in the upcoming Gamble Mill exhibit of Bellefonte educators and their students and in the summer concerts for coverage.

•Upon Claudia's inquiry, it was voted to place an ad in the program of the Once Upon a Mattress production at the high school. 

•A progress report has been received on the Local Government Grant to the YMCA.  The Y is planning 5 to 6 children's arts programs.

•Information has been sent to the Borough for an additional $500 in Local Government Grants to be matched by the PA Council on the Arts.

•An application is being sent to the Garver Fund for $1000 for Summer Sounds.

•Bellefonte Day in the local schools is coming up.  BHCA (i.e. Melady) may be doing a walking or bus tour.

•Claudia and Kevin asked again if BHCA will be participating in the Bellefonte Bicentennial in the parade or another activity.  Various ideas were discussed including a free lemonade stand.


Old House Fair: Leeshaun reported that the full-page ad appearing in the CDT received wide approbation.  There will be a page write-up in the real estate booklet, a page in an upcoming paper, and announcement on C-Net.


Film Forum: Dave T. announced the concept of an invited film exhibition, with honoria, in Bellefonte in May.  Most, if not all, of the showings would be of film projects from Penn State film students.


Library Concerts: The next concerts will occur on March 26 and April 30..


Gamble Mill Gallery: The show of Bellefonte educators and their students will open April 1, with the reception on April 11. 


Children's Arts:  Kevin announced that the project is on hold for this year.


Summer Sounds: Melady reported that the schedule is set.  A juried talent show open to the public will be held on May 12 to set a cast of performers for one of the concerts.


Murder Mystery Night: No report.


Artscape: Melady reported that the Committee met with Ray Agostinelli regarding the possibility of extending the one-story studio space currently approved for rental to multi-story studio/living space.  He was given a plan by Charlie and a cost estimate by Ed.  "The ball is now in his court."  She introduced John Kountz, who is buying property on Bishop St. with a rear on Cherry Alley.  John is interested in developing studios and residences if prospects look good.  She also introduced Anna Alters, who has a studio in the Crider Exchange, another location Artscape is interested in.


Good of the Order: Melady presented a list of items needed by the Food Drive.


Next Meeting: April 21 at a location to be announced.  The May meeting will be at the residence of Cheryl & Paul DeCusati.


Adjournment: Joanne moved, Jim seconded, no dissension.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,


                                                                        David H. Eggler, Secretary