Mark your calendars for The West Chester Parks & Recreation Department’s annual May Day Festival of the arts taking place Sunday, May 4, from 11:00am-4:00pm. May Day Festival of the Arts is a daylong celebration of the arts held at Everhart Park. Approximately 45 to 60 artists set-up booths throughout the park to sell their high quality arts and crafts. Artisans and crafters are welcome to apply for the event, more information available at (610) 436-9010.
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.
West Chester University School of Music presents Albert Herring, a comic opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten, England’s preeminent 20th-century composer. Composed in the winter of 1946, this light-hearted chamber opera is set in the imaginary East Suffolk town of Loxford. It contains some of Britten’s wittiest musical invention and his gifts for parody and caricature, already evident in Peter Grimes, are given full reign. Performances at 7:30pm at The Main Stage Theatre, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 East Rosedale Ave. Call 610-436-2266 for tickets and details.
- Masters of Motown at WCU (mywestchesterpatown.com)
This Friday, October 4th, enjoy four art openings and sixteen one-night-only special events throughout downtown from 5:00pm to 9:00pm as the semi-annual Gallery Walk takes place. Featured are many new works from the best artists in the Brandywine Valley. See the participating galleries and special events. The event is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and supported by Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery and West Chester BID. For more information on the Gallery Walk visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or click here.
Come downtown next Thursday, September 5th for the final Swingin’ Summer Thursday festival of the season! Enjoy great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and more. The event is FREE for the whole family and will be taking place from 6:30-9:30pm! Rock-n-roll is the theme of this month’s event and Chaos Thompson and Blue Apple Groove will play between High & Matlack Streets. For more information on Swingin’ Summer Thursday visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or click here.
Tonight, join the fun at the newly-renovated Mezzanine at Teca for a fabulous evening with friends. The event will feature Beer/Wine open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, and door prizes. Enjoy a showcase of fashion and beauty with Ruby Slippers Boutique, Silvanus All Natural Apothecary; Feminique Boutique, Premier Designs Jewelry. For more information contact Janet Reynolds by phone, 610-764-1243. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Brandywine Valley CISV Hosting Program. Ticket prices are as followed: Tickets: $22 / Advance; $25 / Door
Studio180 is organizing a flash mob for downtown West Chester on the evening of Thursday, September 5. The rehearsal will be at Marshall Square park in West Chester on Thursday, August 29 from 6-8pm. All ages and dance levels/backgrounds are welcome! Spread the word becuase the more people that are involved, the more fun it will be! For more information and sign-ups please visit: http://www.180dance.org.
This Thursday, Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation presents the Marshall Square Park Summer Concert Series starting at 6:30pm and is free for the entire family! Featured is a special Billy Joel night with John Grecia. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a community picnic.
Also, if your into local music make sure to check out Turks Head Music Festival this Sunday. Over a dozen bands will share two stages at the 2013 Turks Head Music Festival. The day-long celebration of regional music will be held at Everhart Park starting at 11am. Up to 90 artists set up booths throughout the park to sell their high quality arts and crafts. Local food vendors will keep everyone well-fed. Presented by the Borough of West Chester’s Parks and Recreation Dept. Rain date: July 28. FREE for the whole family.
Did you attend the 2013 West Chester Film Festival this past weekend? If so, present your West Chester Film Festival ticket stub to any of the below participating businesses through May 10, 2013, for special discounts and offers!
- FAIRMAN’S Skate, Snow & Surf Shop (43 W Gay St) — 20% discount on all clothing & footwear
- Jane Chalfant (123 N High St) — 15% discount on any two items
- Penwick Design (132 N High St) — 15% discount on any one item
- Feminique (104 N Church St) — $4 discount on any massage product
- Green Eyed Lady (132 W Gay St) — 10% discount on entire purchase of regularly priced items
- Kreutz Creek Winery (44 E Gay St) 20% discount on all wine bottle purchases
- Ruby Slippers (18 N High St) — 15% discount on any two items of shoes, clothing & handbags
- Nutrition Does It (113 N High St) — sample nutritious items and learn about healthy food choices
- The 5 Senses (133 W Market St) — 15% discount on your entire purchase (excluding consigned & sale items)
- Bella & Betty (117 W Gay St) — 15% discount on your entire purchase (excluding consigned & sale items and other offers)
- Artistic Eyewear (127 N High) 20% discount on prescription eyewear and sunglasses
- Faunbrook B&B — 15% discount for guest stays when mentioning Film Festival based on availability
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be taking place on February 27th & 28th at the Chester County Historical Society. The two day event will consist of nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries on outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues. The screenings include a bite to eat and drink, and an opportunity to gather with friends and family for an evening of education and inspiration. Different films will be shown each night. Doors open at 6:30 and the films begin at 7:30 Hosted by Trail Creek Outfitters and benefits The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center. Tickets sell out each year and can be purchased online at: http://trailcreekoutfitters.bigcartel.com or by stopping in the Trail Creek Outfitters store in Glen Eagle Square.