ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS

The Gallery CONCERTS

2024 Concerts:  April 13, April 27, & May 11

Join us inside the walls of our beautiful Ned Smith Gallery for three intimate springtime concerts featuring top local and national talent. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks are included with admission!

Desoto Amphitheater

2024 10th Anniversary Concert Season:  May 25 - September 21

Celebrating 10 years in 2024, the DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts remains a celebrated expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. The DeSoto Amphitheater provides a home for music and theater performances, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Performances begin at 7:30p.m., unless otherwise noted.

 

Please note that all NSCNA member coupons must be redeemed by calling 717-692-3699.

NSCNA member coupons are NOT valid for Lords of 52nd Street or Heart by Heart.

Nature & Arts Festival

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Join us for our annual FREE community-wide celebration of nature and the arts -- the perfect way to celebrate summer! This popular event began as the “Ned Smith Tribute Festival" in 1994 and has run each year since. Three decades later, the fesival continues to bring family-friendly educational entertainment to thousands of people across the region. Although elements of the festival have changed over the years, certain favorite activities remain permanent fixtures, like the make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live-animal demonstrations, delicious local food, and artisans!

 

Send vendor inquires to asinger@nedsmithcenter.org.

Ted Lick Memorial Sporting Clays Classic

Presented by Stonebridge financial group

Friday, August 23, 2024

Ready, pull!

You don’t want to miss this high-profile sporting clay shoot, held at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club in Linglestown, PA.

Enjoy a round of 100 clay birds, Troegs Beer, awards, food, and live auction. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and shoot with dozens of central Pennsylvania business leaders while supporting the Center and our unique and dynamic education programming.

 

Tröegs + NSCNA Rugged 5K Trail Run

Saturday, September 14, 2024

Our Tröegs-sponsored RUGGED Trail Run engages 300+ participants PLUS spectators, staff, volunteers, and vendors. We are gearing up for making this year's run another successful fundraiser in support of our mission of merging the arts and the natural world.

The Center boasts a beautiful woodland setting, 9+ miles of trails on 500+ acres, a scenic bridge over the Wiconisco Creek, a natural play area, three ever-changing art galleries featuring Ned Smith’s art and prominent national and local artists, a gift shop, AND innovative educational programs.

This race is open to all ages, and prizes will be given to the top male and female runners in each age group.

On your mark, get set, go!

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Online Wildlife Art Auction

September 30 - October 12, 2024

For 30+ years, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art has held the premier spot for wildlife art auctions! This event is not to be missed. You will find every big name in wildlife art, including prints and originals from Ned Smith himself.

Once again this year, the 2024 Ned Smith Center Wildlife Art Auction is being held completely online!

View auction pieces online prior to the auction through the Lane Ryan Auctions and NSCNA websites.

Consignment Basics:

  • Please contact us about donations and consignments for the auction. Call the Center at 717-692-3699.
  • NSCNA will assess a 30% consignment fee following the auction. The remaining 70% will be paid to the consignor following the auction.
  • All artwork must be framed and ready to hang prior to the auction.
  • The Center reserves the right to refuse artwork at its discretion.
  • The Center only uses one of any given piece in the auction each year.  If a consignor wishes to consign a piece that has already been secured for the next auction, that piece may be held until the following year.
Pick up for the 2024 Art Auction is October 14 - 18, during normal business hours. Additionally, we will be open Saturday, October 19, from 10am-4pm for pickup.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

October 1-31, 2024
- Celebrating Autumn at the Ned Smith Center -

 

Explore the Center’s trails and solve this year’s mystery! This self-guided adventure will take you on a short stroll around the Center’s property to various interactive stations and is appropriate for the whole family.

The scavenger hunt remains up from dawn to dusk every day in October. Pick up a passport from the trailhead kiosk and follow the map to find all our exploration stations, learn about the outdoors, fill your passport, and turn it in to earn a reward!
Rewards can be collected Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Offices (downstairs) or Gift Shop (upstairs) until November 1, 2024.

Limit one prize per child, while supplies last.

NED sMITH cENTER ANNUAL gALA

Friday, November 8, 2024

Get dressed up and join us for an exciting evening benefiting the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art! Don't miss all the fun we have in store for this special evening, including music, an elegant cocktail buffet, raffles and auctions, and more than a few surprises!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.

Contact the Executive Director or call 717-692-3699.