Each May members of the Pennsylvania National Guard gather at the Boalsburg Military Museum to remember those who have fallen. The ceremony brings an emotional afternoon with the presentation of colors and wreathes.
Earlier this week I heard that the tulips at the Penn State Arboretum were in full bloom. I swung by to see for myself and snapped some photos as I smelled the fresh blooms. When I needed a location to take a portrait of a local mom who was receiving her masters for a Mother’s Day feature, I knew the place to go.
Each spring youngsters who are intrigued by fire trucks and fireman get a hands on experience at the Alpha Fire Company open house. There are some fun activities, like dunk the fireman… with a fire hose! Then learning activities to promote fire safety, like teaching young ones how to crawl out of a house that may have smoke. There were even learning activities for adults with sprinkler demonstrations.
Garth Brooks isn’t just in Happy Valley for the weekend to perform. Today his organization Teammates hosted a floor hockey pro camp with the help of Penn State hockey players for local youngsters. Many of the youngsters didn’t even know what the country star looked like until he was there rooting them on and encouraging them to be the best that they can be. He took time to laugh with the kids, one girl even pointed out her cowboy boots to him, and another said he mom was a huge fan and was at last nights show.
As I walked into the Penns Valley gymnasium tonight there was a different odor in the air, laughs from the crowd and more than humans running up and down the court for a basketball game. Tonight was the Future Farmers of America’s annual Donkeyball fundraiser, where FFA students hopped onto donkey’s to play some basketball. Each donkey moved ad their own pace, despite the prodding from it’s rider, and some bucked their rider right off. The night was more about fun then winning and loosing, and all about raising money for the group.