Music Picnic Series | South Hills School of Business & Technology

Join us in 2020 for the 31st Annual Music Picnic Series!

The concerts have ended for this summer, but we hope you'll join us next year!

Thank you to all the performers and the attendees who joined us in 2019 for the 30th Annual Music Picnic Series. We're already looking forward to next year!

The annual Music Picnic Series are casual, fun, and free concert performances that are held Sunday evenings in June through August at the main campus of South Hills on 480 Waupelani Drive in State College. The community is invited to bring a picnic supper and listen to local musicians perform on our north lawn. School grounds open for setting up and picnicking at 5pm, and the music is played 6–7:30pm. Lemonade is still 1₡ a glass, parking is still free, and the snack bar will sell hot dogs and other picnic fare for guests. The summer-long series of concerts are sponsored by the Mazza Foundation for Education in conjunction with the school. Concerts are typically held in the band shell on the school’s front lawn in State College, but events are moved inside the school when it rains.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.