With more events happening for the first time since the pandemic, here are some things to do in Center County this Mother’s Day weekend and beyond.
After a two-year absence, the celebration of the library, comics and all fandoms at the Center County Library and Historical Museum returns Saturday. There will be competitions for cosplayers and trivia fans, as well as games in the Bellefonte library. Activities for children, including games and face painting, are set up at the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden.
Essen and a number of other vendors will be in attendance. The Novel Con takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, see centrecountylibrary.org/novelcon.
Saturday is also Free Comic Day and Jake’s Cards and Games is giving away comics. At State College, ComicSwap will be open from 10am to 6pm facebook.com/comicswap/ for more details.
Spring is here, which means it’s time to get out in the garden.
The Pennsylvania Native Plant Society’s Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival and Sale will feature educational tables and programs. The sale will take place Saturday from 10am to 3pm at the Boal Mansion in Boalsburg. Visit panativeplantsociety.org to find out more.
The Lemont Village Association’s spring plant sale benefits the group’s pollinator garden fund and features annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables and more. The sale takes place on Saturday from 9am to 1pm on the Village Green between Dale Street and Mount Nittany Road.
Gilbert and Sullivan
The English Speaking Union Central Pennsylvania Branch meets in person for a presentation on Gilbert and Sullivan and a toast to the Queen of England. James Stebbings presents The Topsy Turvy World of Gilbert & Sullivan. The group will also toast the Queen on her 70th jubilee with a cup of tea.
The presentation begins Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe at State College. For more information, see esuus.org/centralpa/.
The Frog Festival at Muddy Paws Marsh in Spring Mills offers an opportunity to explore nature through art, science and play at hands-on learning stations. Learn about the species of frogs that live in the swamp, their life cycle, and what they make.
The family program takes place on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes and boots that can get muddy. Bring binoculars for bird watching. Visit pennsvalley.net/frogfest for more informations.
Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin brings her Steady On 32nd Anniversary Tour to the State Theater at State College. Colvin celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Grammy-winning debut album, Steady On, by releasing a re-recorded acoustic version.
She will perform the full acoustic album at her show on Tuesday at 8pm. For more information, see thestatetheatre.org.