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Tree Tops Restaurant at Polymath Park in Acme

Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/30 at 12:26 PM

Polymath Park is nestled in the woods of the Laurel Highlands. Three Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired homes sit on 100 acres of tranquil forest, and down a narrow driveway barely visible behind tall trees, is Tree Tops.

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The Asylum Hosts ‘Back to School’ Show Tonight

Posted by Marcus Correll on 11/30 at 10:27 AM

Tonight, The Asylum, a student-run group that sponsors rock shows and events, will once again bring music to State College. The show is at La Casa Blanca, 221 E. Park Ave., and begins at 9pm.

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Pumpkin and Gruyere Fondue

Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/24 at 01:09 PM

Turn the final pumpkins of the season into vessels for rich Gruyere fondue. This recipe comes form farmer and cook Steve Spanelli of Tait Farm.

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Sports

Penn State vs Michigan State preview

Posted by Joe Chuba on 11/24 at 10:46 AM

Steve Jones previews the season finale for the Nittany Lions.

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Winter Squash Quiche

Posted by Michele Frank on 11/23 at 01:04 PM

Monday night football was on the television, and the guys were at my place with their eyes glued to the screen. Anxious to have new recipe test subjects, I proposed that I make some food. However, when I mentioned squash, a loud groan echoed throughout my apartment.

“Why can’t we just order wings?” and “Really? Vegetables for a football game?” But I stood my ground, and finally they admitted that free food was better than no food at all.

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Tait Farm in November

Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/19 at 03:19 PM

The days of fresh berries and sweet corn are long gone. Winter is right around the corner. So what is on the plate of a local foodie during this time of year? Emily Wiley visited Tait Farm in Centre Hall to find out.

Listen to audio and view a photo slideshow of November produce.

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Fostering Greater Music Awareness

Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/18 at 05:31 PM

Take a walk around campus and notice how many people are plugged into their iPods or Zunes. A vast breadth of music from the mainstream to the underground rests in these music libraries. Penn State has the potential to blossom into a musical landscape that harnesses genres of all sorts and fosters a greater musical consciousness.

However, a few pieces seem to be missing from the puzzle. Here is a list that I have compiled, highlighting a few of the issues preventing State College from becoming a notable musical hub:

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Mezzanine’s Battle of the Bands - And the winner is…

Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/17 at 05:28 PM

Five bands took the stage Monday night at the Mezzanine as part of the Public Relations Student Society for America’s (PRSSA) Battle of the Bands competition. The event was well organized and orchestrated to benefit Toys For Tots. Here’s my ranking of the bands from “room for improvement” to the “top contenders.”

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Local Restaurants

Posted by Michele Frank on 11/16 at 04:54 PM

Looking for a restaurant that supports local vendors? Look no further.

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Battle of the Bands tonight, 9pm, Mezzanine

Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/15 at 11:13 AM

Tonight the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will be hosting a Battle of the Bands competition at the Mezzanine to benefit Toys for Tots. The fight for rock glory begins at 9pm. Tickets are $7 for ages 18-20 and $4 for those 21 and older.

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Bob Dylan: Defying Expectations

Posted by Pat Baxter on 11/12 at 06:10 PM

On November 9, 2010, Bob Dylan performed at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA. Much has been written about the man and his storied career. No doubt he is an American icon manifested in a whole host of variations: folk icon, counter-cultural icon, marijuana icon, even Christian icon (during his brief born-again period from 1978 - 1984). Such a thick aura surrounds the man that one can’t help but bring a kind of awe-struck demeanor to the auditorium. That was the case with me as I brought—at least at first—a “Bob Dylan is a legend” kind of attitude to the BJC. However I realized that bringing in these awe-inspired expectations might set me up for disappointment.

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Local Food Journey

Parsnips and Potatoes Bake

Posted by Michele Frank on 11/11 at 02:53 PM

My grandmother makes homemade potatoes au gratin for every big family event. I love her recipe, and I wanted to experiment with locally grown parsnips before they disappear into winter. The outcome is a delicious twist on an old favorite.

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Sports

Joe Paterno 400

Posted by Joe Chuba on 11/09 at 12:52 PM

Steve Jones puts number 400 in perspective

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Cajun Cauliflower Hash

Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/09 at 11:18 AM

Fall vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, and cauliflower are here for just a few more weeks, so take advantage of them now!

Remember to thoroughly wash your market cauliflower before using it. Dissolve 1/4 cup salt in warm water and add cut cauliflower. Fill the rest of the bowl with cold water, and soak for 1/2 hour. Rinse thoroughly and several times, and then enjoy this tasty Cajun hash recipe from Tait Farm.

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Mr. Tambourine Man to Play State College

Posted by Marcus Correll on 11/08 at 05:07 PM

Tomorrow night students and concert-goers alike will have a rare opportunity to see one of the last living rock legends: Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan and His Band take the stage of the Bryce Jordan Center at 8pm. Tickets are available for $47.50 for the public and $25 for any college student with a valid ID.

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