Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release



Sponsored by Mimi Barash Coppersmith and Scott Yocum RE/MAX CENTRE REALTY

Friday & Saturday, November 30 & December 1 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2 – Noon to 4:00 p.m.

The Centre Furnace Mansion 1001 E. College Ave.
State College, PA 16801 - (814)-234-4779 

State College, PA – Welcome the holiday season with a local tradition at the Centre Furnace Mansion! Over 50 regional fine artists, antique dealers, crafters and dedicated Historical Society volunteers have been working year round planning and preparing for the Stocking Stuffer. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit the Centre County Historical Society to support its preservation and public programming efforts. You may know a child who has been on a school field trip to the Centre Furnace Mansion or Boogersburg School and brought home a story about days gone by. Or perhaps you have brought guests for a tour of the period decorated ironmasters Mansion. Maybe you’ve attended one of our several public history programs that highlight the stories of Centre County or historic preservation, listened to one of Katie O’Toole’s new “Dead Centre” series podcasts, or utilized the Historical Society’s archive collections for research.

By attending and doing some of your holiday shopping at the Stocking Stuffer sale, you support these efforts this holiday season and, in turn, support the work of area artists and businesses. When you have finished your shopping, enjoy hot cider and delicious holiday cookies to get you in the holiday spirit from the generous donations of local bakers and restaurants. Whether a new or returning shopper, our vendors provide a variety of new and exciting items each year!

Just in time for the Stocking Stuffer, Centre Furnace Mansion’s dining room, grand front hall and parlors will be festively decorated for the holiday season through the generosity of some of Centre County’s finest florists: Avant Garden, Daniel Vaughn Design, and Woodrings Floral Gardens. Boughs, berries, bulbs and bows will bedeck the Mansion’s exterior and Hearth Room contributed by Tait Farm Christmas Trees and our talented Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners.

Some of the sales offerings include: Holiday wreaths and swags prepared by the Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners, ceramics, fine paper arts, pewter, books, decorative soaps, china and glassware, antiques and vintage collectibles, linens, needlework, photography, jewelry, something for everyone. The Historical Society’s museum store also features beautiful commemorative pewter ornaments created by local pewter artist Jerry Jackson along with many books on local history. A complete list of vendors and details can be viewed on the Centre County Historical Society’s website event page:

New this year: In response to many cookie recipe requests, our new Stocking Stuffer Cookie Cookbook, features recipes of all who have contributed cookies to the Stocking Stuffer Sale!

Book signing events during the sale include (more information on the last page):

  • Friday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. Author Ralph Seeley, Native People and Their Paths in Central Pennsylvania.
  • Friday, November 30, 2:00 p.m.: Author Roger Williams, Evan Pugh's Penn State.
  • Saturday, December 1, 11:00 a.m.: Author Jodi Moore, author of children’s books: When a Dragon Moves In, When a Dragon Moves in Again and Good News Nelson
  • Saturday, December 1, 11:00 a.m.: Author Mimi Barash Coppersmith, Eat First, Cry Later
  • Sunday, December 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Author Ron Smith, Nailed to the Crossbar. Wreath and Swag Making Demonstrations: presented by the Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners will be scheduled at these times:
  • Friday, November 30 @ 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1 @ 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2 @ 1:00 p.m.

STOCKING STUFFER SALE DETAILS: ADMISSION: General Admission: $5 – includes hot mulled cider and holiday cookies. Admission tickets are valid for re-admission throughout the weekend.

WHEN: Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1 @ 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

STOCKING STUFFER PREVIEW PARTY DETAILS: ADMISSION: $60/person – reservations are limited and required by November 28

Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Stocking Stuffer celebrates its Opening Night with a fundraiser where the holiday decorations are unveiled and will remain in place for Mansion tours through December 21. Irresistible holiday savories and sweets donated by fine local restaurants, wineries and bakers will be ready for guests at the Stocking Stuffer Preview Party. 

A special Preview Party musical treat: The Mansion will be filled with special holiday melodies performed by Ancient Echoes playing music of Ireland, France, England, Germany and more on Irish floor harp, hammered dulcimer, recorder and guitar.

WHERE: The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue., State College, PA.



If you would like more information about this event, please contact Mary Sorensen, Executive Director  (814) 234-4779 or email at 

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