Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Minutes of Past Meetings


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January 12, 2017, 7 PM
Bellefonte Art Museum

Present: Romayne Naylor, President, Jim Dunne, Secretary, Dave Eggler, treasurer, Jeanne Newlin, Joseph Griffin, Julia Kasdorf, Philip Ruth, Mack Mahan,  Melady Kehm, True Fisher, Sally Houser, Nancy Perkins.  A quorum was in attendance as defined by the BHCA bylaws.

Minutes – Minutes of 2016-11-17 were approved (Joseph, True).

Treasurer’s Report (Dave Eggler) click here for the report- Victorian Christmas netted $5192 which was split between HBI and BHCA.

Committee Reports

     Summer Sounds - (Nancy Miller, report submitted) - "JoAnn Knupp, chr., Sandy Johnston, Bonnie Leathers, Nancy Miller, Denise Snook.    Met Mon., Jan. 9.  Dates- June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug.6. Performers asking for dates & other possible performers discussed. Assignments made & next meeting Jan 18. Request from non-committee person to bring Beatlemania to the Park. We talked to their agent who mentioned a $4000 fee. We are doing a feasibility study on that one!  Possibly the agent can get them down to $3,500. The only way this could be done is If we find a sound system, find some grant money or find corporate sponsors." Sally will work with JoAnn for corporate sponsorship.  Melady suggested that Beatlemania, if held indoors, could be used s a fund raiser, and not necessarily a Summer Sounds program. For future consideration.

     Sunday Afternoons at the Library – Sundays, 2:30 PM, Centre County Library Historical Museum

January 15 - Camerata Amistad - Hispanic Music

February 12 - Revamped Duo - Violinists Mark and Sally Williams Minnich

     Victorian Christmas (Sally, Jim) - There has been a rumor that the Arts & Crafts Show was planning to close the YMCA venue that is not correct. Sally will reassure the downtown merchants, who had expressed concern, that the Y will continues as a venue.  There was discussion about how to increase the number of vendors and perhaps limiting the show to Saturday only.  One of the Y vendors has expressed interest in helping with next year’s show.  Jim will contact her.  If all goes as expected, we will move from the Middle School to the High School for the 2017 Show.  Dan and Gallo was a bright spot.  We will need a sponsor for them next year.

     Poetry (Julia) - Patrick will organize the February Bellefonte Moth.

January 27 - 7:30 PM - South African Poet Babeba Baderoon

February 17, 7:30 PM - Bellefonte Moth “Love Hurts”

    Old House Fair (Joseph, Melady, Jeanne), April 28 & 29, 2017 - Friday dinner will be catered by Harrisons.  Ed McMahon ( is the keynote speaker. The preliminary program schedule is attached.  The continuing education program is being developed.  There  will be an advisory committee, and a strong email promotion to real estate agents and contact people in all of Pennsylvania..  Joseph requested a financial contribution from BHCA. A motion to contribute $1000 (Nancy P., Gay) was passed.

    Historic Preservation (Jeanne) - Trinity United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary..  Congratulations to Karen Arnold for her wonderful booklet “Ebenezer”, a history of 8 historic Bellefonte churches with still active  congregations. It received a front page review in the Lock Haven Express.

    Talleyrand Park (True) - A sign is prepared for the fountain relic. The High Street Welcome sign is nearing approval.

    Destination Bellefonte Marketing Committee (Sally) - Strategy meeting Jan 26 at APS at 3 PM.  The project manager wil work with the Borough and Code..

    New Business - None  

Next BHCA Meeting: 7 PM, Thursday, February 16 at the Bellefonte Art Museum.

 Jim Dunne, Secretary