The 2014 West Chester WinterFest is slated to begin this Friday (February 14, 2014) and last through the weekend. Below is a list of events that will kick-off the festival on Friday to see the rest of the schedule visit Downtownwestchester.com.
- Carriage Rides | West Gay Street | 6pm-9pm: Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown as you learn some of the more interesting aspects of this historic town.
- Retail Sales | all-day, half-the-night: Check out the various participating retail boutiques that have made West Chester a shopping destination not matched by any other. Shops open late with many offering refreshments.
- Art Exhibit and Family Craft / Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center / 5pm – 7pm: Join the YMCA for a fun evening full of possibilities! Enjoy the Lobby Art Exhibit and craft for kids, in celebration of February holidays. Learn more about your local Y by taking a facility tour. Be sure to check out the Wall of Y History located in the lobby and sign up for camp.
- Museum Exhibit | Chester County Historical Society | 9:30 to 4:30: The Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St) presents Chester County Clothing of the 1800s, a nationally recognized clothing collection. From spectacular high style pieces to Quaker plain dress, this exhibit tells the stories of fashionable lifestyles and social reform movements of the 19th century.
Looking for something fun to do this Friday? Escape the cold weather by attending one of the many indoor events in Downtown West Chester tomorrow!
- Artists’ Reception at The Art Trust Gallery: Warm up with awesome art (and a glass of wine) at the The Art Trust Gallery Artists’ Reception (16 W Market St) starting at 5pm. Featured exhibit is All Aboard profiling the work of Art Trust board members including John Baker, Ellie Byrom-Haley, Diane Cirafesi, Jeff Schaller, Lisa Strode and Emily Wilkins. Open to the public. Free refreshments. Exhibit continues through February 21.
- Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Patience’ at WCU: Young ladies, rapturously caught up in the fads of today, pine after two free-spirited poets, both of whom are in love with Patience, a simple girl who cares nothing for poetry or fads. In a modern adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s splendid musical comedy, Patience learns the true meaning of love, military suitors try to win the hearts of young ladies, and everyone ends with a suitable partner even if only a tulip or a lily. Stage direction by Daniel K. Williams and music direction by Florrie Marks. At theMadeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Swope Music Building, West Chester University. See ticket information.
- Planetarium Show at WCU: West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Andromeda: Our Galaxy Neighbor at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.
It saddens me to hear the news that The Lincoln Room, located in Downtown West Chester, will be closing its doors this May. Below is a message from there website, www.lincolnroomwestchester.com:
I am sadly announcing that The Lincoln Room is closing. Saturday, May 10, will be our final day for serving.
The past six years have been most remarkable. Designed as a tea room, we wanted to have a West Chester destination that would be fun and relaxing while reflecting the heritage of the Lincoln Building where the first biography of Abraham Lincoln was published. I think we created that experience. The business has continued to grow and bring new customers.
Over the years, The Lincoln Room included many special events. The Lincoln Room was the first to sponsor horse-drawn carriage rides. We created Fondue Fridays Nights, Lincoln Tea & Parlor Games, where everyone was a winner, Paws for Tea and Santa Causes, and a home for historic walking tours and ghost tours.
The Lincoln Room could not have existed without the incredibly generous support of so many people. These include Karen Simmons, Executive Director of the Chester County Community Foundation that owns the Lincoln Building, Richard May of West Chester LLC, Steve Pinkston who designed the remarkable Lincoln Room logo, Jo Anne Durako of County Lines Magazine, Sharyn Flaherty and Jill Johnson at the Chester County Night School, the West Chester BID, and The Lincoln Room’s loyal and hard-working staff.
Of course, we are so very grateful for the many customers who have entered our doors over the years, many who have become friends. The Lincoln Room has been a place where we have shared traditions and special events of so many people. We’ve hosted special birthday parties, wedding showers and baby showers. We’ve seen couples meet in the tea room, marry and eventually introduce their children to us. Some visitors we see nearly every day and others less often–everyone is special to us.
As I am leaving to start a new path, the future of The Lincoln Room remains uncertain. It could be taken over by a new owner or perhaps have a new incarnation as something else. I will continue to be an active part of downtown West Chester and will always cherish the memories of The Lincoln Room.
The Lincoln Room
There is a winter storm watch that will take effect tomorrow morning through late Tuesday night (Tuesday January 21, 2014). Below are some details of what to expect tomorrow during the storm.
- Hazard types – snow
- Snow accumulations – 4 to 7 inches possible.
- Timing – snowfall will begin Tue morning and continue into Tue evening with heaviest snowfall expected Tue afternoon and evening.
- Impacts – accumulating snowfall could cause periods of hazardous travel across the area.
- Winds – north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
- Temperatures – in the lower 20s.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts and if traveling remain extra cautious.
Start planning your trips to West Chester to enjoy the multitude of year-round events in the historic setting of the Borough. New this year is the West Chester WinterFest, February 14-16, 2014, a three day festival with carriage rides, ice sculpting, retail sales and restaurant specials along with musical performances at select venues. Head over to Downtownwestchester.com to see a full list of events happening throughout Downtown West Chester the year.
Everyone knows that to book a table at Talula’s Table, in Kennett Square, you typically have to call a full year in advance. There are only two tables in the restaurant per night: the Farm Table (seats eight to 12 diners) and the Chef’s Table (seats two to eight patrons). However, currently there are a few rare openings and the opportunity to score a coveted reservation. If you would like to reserve one of these rare seats call Mary Ellen at (610) 444-8255, before it’s too late! For more information visit talulastable.com, below are the openings available:
Farm Table Openings
- Wednesday, February 12
- Thursday, February 13
- Friday, February 21
Chef’s Table Openings
- Sunday, February 2
- Wednesday, February 26
You spent the holidays shopping for others and now it’s a great time to shop for yourself! Downtown West Chester is a browsers paradise with more than 75 retail shops and boutiques offering a diverse and unique shopping experience. Below are a few stores in West Chester offering end of the season sales and specials. For a complete retail directory visit Downtownwestchester.com or click here.
- Kaly Clothing: Offering 25% – 50% off fall and holiday clothing, gifts, jewelry and accessories!
- Tish Boutique: 50%- 60% off all winter merchandise!
- The 5 Senses: 20% off almost everything in the store, with select products marked down 50%!
Don’t miss the annual Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens! The Orchid’s will be on display starting January 25th and lasting through March 30th. Living plants become works of art inside the lush, 4-acre Conservatory. Nearly 5,000 colorful orchids hang from baskets, create inspiring arrangements, and adorn unique forms throughout the Orchid Extravaganza event. To discover what’s blooming throughout the Gardens during Orchid Extravaganza visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org or click here. Also, check out the video below to learn how the Longwood staff pulls off beautiful displays during the winter season and throughout the year.
The West Chester Story Slam will celebrate the launch of its fifth season on Tuesday, January 14th with a story slam themed “Firsts!” Anyone can take the stage and tell their five minute true story based on the night’s theme. Three judges are selected from the audience and the storytellers will be given scores based on content and presentation. The winning storyteller wins a coveted West Chester Story Slam coffee mug and, more importantly, a slot in the 2014 GRAND SLAM! Here’s how the theme “Firsts!” is described on the West Chester Story Slam website:
The theme “Firsts” could be about your first love, first job, first wife, first husband, first car, first bicycle, first child, first pet, etc. You get the idea! We want to hear your memorable moments – good and bad – and what you learned from your first ___________!
The Story Slam is held on the second floor at Side Bar and Restaurant, located in Downtown West Chester, PA. The show begins at 8:00pm but people often arrive around 7:00pm for dinner. For more information or to reserve a seat click here or visit www.wcstoryslam.com.
A snow storm moved through the region Thursday, closing schools and wreaking havoc with roads and traffic. According to the National Weather Service, here’s how much snow the region got on Thursday night and Friday morning:
- East Nantmeal: 8.0 inches
- West Caln Twp.: 7.0 inches
- East Coventry Twp.: 6.5 inches
- Exton: 6.3 inches
- Thorndale: 6.1 inches
- Devault: 5.7 inches
- West Chester: 5.5 inches
- Nottingham: 5.5 inches
- Warwick: 5.4 inches
- Marshallton: 5.3 inches
- Chester Springs: 5.0 inches
- Atglen: 4.6 inches
- Glenmoore: 4.5 inches
- Chadds Ford: 8.0 inches