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With Centre County’s Arts Festivals canceled, Titan Market steps up to host

PHOTOS PROVIDED Titan Market, located at 2042 Axemann Road in Bellefonte, will play host to its first-ever Arts Festival starting today. The Arts Festival will look to replace the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the People’s Choice Arts Festival. It will feature a “Young Artists Block” where young artisans will have a chance to show off — and sell — their works.

BELLEFONTE — With Centre County’s two most popular arts festivals canceled for the second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Titan Market has stepped up to fill the void.

The popular market, located at 2042 Axemann Road in Bellefonte, will play host to its first-ever Arts Festival today and Saturday, July 10. The Arts Festival was the brainchild of Titan Market founder Corinna Anskis.

“We had a few artisans who come to the market suggest (that we have) an Arts Fest after the People’s Choice Festival canceled,” Anskis explained.

Titan Market has become a popular destination for weekend shoppers. Vendors typically sell everything from home-grown pickles, baked goods, household items, arts, crafts and everything in between. This weekend’s Arts Festival will feature its regular lineup of vendors, plus many artists, craftsmen and even live music.

According to Anskis, the response has been overwhelming.

“We have had a great response and I think people in the community are excited about it,” Anskis said.

And while there are a few other places in Centre County that are playing host to replacement Arts Festivals this weekend, Anskis said that Titan Market will stand out from the rest. One of the things that makes it unique, she said, will be a “Young Artist Block.”

“The Young Artist Block gives our children the opportunity to display and sell their artwork. Art is a wonderful way for our youth to express themselves. Thanks to Stauffer’s Happy Valley Landscaping, we are also able to offer this special section at no charge to the kids,” Anskis said.

Since Titan Market is indoors, the Arts Festival will take place this weekend — rain or shine.

“The other thing that makes us different from the other festivals is that it’s all indoors. So no matter what the weather is, people can come and enjoy the festival. And we have so much open space that it never feels crowded,” Anskis said.

There will be plenty of food vendors at the Arts Festival. Bellefusion will have hot dogs, hamburgers, hoagies, chicken sandwiches, walking tacos as well as chicken and waffles. There will also be a nice selection of sweets — everything from fresh donuts, cookies, pies and homemade ice cream. And, of course, the popular Axemann Brewery is right next door for those who want to grab a pint or a bite to eat before or after perusing the selection of art.

The Arts Festival will not be the last event for Titan Market — not by a longshot. On July 31, there will be a celebration for the children who took part in Titan’s “Summer Reading Program.” On that same day, local auctioneer Al Hamilton will be holding an auction. On Aug. 6 and 7, there will be an Arts and Crafts Fair at the market. On Saturday, Aug. 14, Titan will play host to a Car Show.

All in all, it’s shaping up as a busy July and August, Anskis said.

“We have a great mix of artisans, craftsmen, farmers and small businesses,” Anskis said.

The Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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