The American Philatelic Society, located nearby State College in Bellefonte, Pa., is the largest nonprofit organization for stamp collectors in the world.
The newly renovated building is located in a repurposed match factory along with a host of other businesses, including Big Spring Spirits, a craft distillery.
“With nearly 5,000 square feet in meeting space it provides ample space for everything from an intimate meeting to events pushing 200 people,” Smith said.
Spaces include Sundman Hall, a banquet space for up to 200 people theater-style, and the Air Mail Room, which accommodates events ranging from a 14-person board meeting to as many as 50 people
Taste Buds Kitchen
A visit to Taste Buds Kitchen is a terrific idea for groups that would like to include a fun and delicious hands-on camaraderie-building experience somewhere in the meeting itinerary.
“If you’re looking to pick up a skill and bring something home with you, then Taste Buds Kitchen will be a great fit,” Smith said.
Interested groups can book a private event to learn various culinary skills in this educational kitchen. Options include learning how to prepare handmade pizza, cooking with wine, making sushi and a seasonal class focused on creating gingerbread houses.
Beginners, Smith added, are more than welcome.
“No cooking experience required!” she exclaimed.
Groups intrigued by history will be entertained during a visit to the Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum.
Located just a short 10-minute drive from the Penn State campus, this attraction is a treasure trove of artifacts, including Dolly Madison’s piano, Christopher Columbus’ admiral’s desk, two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus and much more.
“Who knew that the largest collection of authentic Christopher Columbus artifacts in the Western Hemisphere would be found in Boalsburg, Pa.?” Smith said.
The Boal Mansion grounds, which feature large lawn spaces and myriad photo opportunities, accommodate open-air and tented receptions. A tour through the grounds takes 1.5 to 2 hours.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home to the New York-Penn League’s State College Spikes, was the first LEED-certified stadium in the world when it opened its gates in 2006.
Groups will enjoy an outing to watch this popular Minor League Baseball team in action.
“With suites, boxes and 5,570 seats in total there isn’t a bad seat in the house,” Smith said. “The view of Mount Nittany behind the fence is also an awe-inspiring backdrop to watch a game.”
The Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team also plays here.
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