Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Minutes of Past Meetings
Friday, April 12, 2013
Location: Home of True Fisher, 228 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte
Attendance: Keith Koch (president), Romayne Naylor (vice-president), Jim Dunne (Secretary), JoAnn Knupp, Dick Knupp, True Fisher, Gay Dunne, Sally Houser, Joann Tosti-Vasey, Dave Kurtz, Colina & Ralph Seeley, Nancy & Carl Miller, Gary Hoover (Chamber of Commerce).
Minutes (3/26/13, available on line: www.bellefonteARTS.org): Minutes approved.
Treasurerís Report (www.bellefonteARTS.org)(Eggler): No discussion
Summer Sounds (JoAnn Knupp): Schedule attached. Bonnie Leathers is working on Wednesday evening concerts.
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas (Sally Houser): More activities are being considered for the Middle School to bring more traffic to the Arts & Crafts Show, such as Dickens Troupe, activities for children, jazz concert. A meeting is planned for 4/16.
Sunday Afternoons at the Library (SAL): Free Sunday Concerts at 2:30 PM. Sunday, April 21 - Nittany Wind Quintet
Gallery at the Gamble Mill: Art of the Bellefonte Schools, April 20 - June 1; reception 7-9PM, April 30.
Edible Landscape Garden: Work session scheduled for April 14. Check out the new sign.
Talleyrand Park Committee (True Fisher): A meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 29 with a walk through evaluation of the park. The Bellefonte Walking Tour Map is at the printer for a blue line proof printing.
Hoover" <BellefonteCOC@aol.com>): A grant has been obtained to restore one car
of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society. It may be ready for a tour in a
year. A car holds 80 people.
An Antique Fair is scheduled for October on High St. between Allegheny & Spring Streets. It will be the last show on an antique fair circuit.
Garman Opera House: JoAnn talked with Ron Beard, the IDA lawyer who indicated that if we submitted a plan, due by May 15, we might be considered for the Garman. Richard Hughes, of Hughes Engineering of Clearfield, a structural engineer, will tour the building and will provide a detailed report for a $650 fee. Dick Knupp, Jr. will supply him with exterior photos. Gay reported that the IDA will also obtain a structural & architectural assessment by Sky Limited within the next week. Sally reported the HBI has a preservation covenant. If BHCA or one of its umbrella groups obtains the property, HBI could ask the judge to revoke the covenant. To get a loan, the IDA would need to approve the plan and the Borough may need to cosign. The bank can work with pledges. Joanne Tosti-Vasey moved and Carl seconded a motion that we approve $650 - $1000 of BHCA funds for the structural engineering evaluation by Hughes Engineering with a detailed analysis for restoration. The motion passed. If the report suggests that the Garman can be restored, we will call an emergency meeting of BHCA for further discussion. Garman use: Tracy Hendricks had previously suggested an artistsí co-op; there are new members in our community who are interested in such a use.
Old House Fair: No Discussion.
Next Meeting: Friday, May 3, 7 PM, at the home of Cecil And Sally Houser, 716 N. Allegheny St, Bellefonte.
James Dunne, secretary