It’s a charity gala that feels more like a party! The 2014 West Chester Bartenders Ball will be held on Sunday, January 26th from 7pm-12am at the Chester County Historical Society (High & Chestnut Streets with free parking at the Chestnut Street Garage), attendees will be treated to a five-hour premium open bar and food service plus live music by some of the area’s premier entertainers. Tickets can be purchased in advance at WCBartendersBall.com for $50, or at the door on the night of the event for $60. You must be at least 21 to attend. Beneficiaries include the West Chester Fire Department, West Chester Food Cupboard, YMCA P.A.L. and the Chester County Hero Fund. For more information on the event visit http://www.WCBartendersBall.com.
The Santa Band is a local West Chester group of musicians who have acquired a loyal following by playing holiday music and spreading cheer in local establishments during the holiday season. This year they are taking their performances one step further to help raise funds for Safe Harbor. To Participate: Donate $40.00 to Safe Harbor and receive a wristband which entitles you to a voucher kit filled with deals from participating West Chester businesses. For more information on the holiday event visit www.safeharborofgwc.org or click here.
The WCPL’s annual Holiday Home Tour is right around the corner! The date of the event this year is Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00am – 3:00pm. The tour features ten beautiful homes plus one special stop in the southern section of the borough.
Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase them online by clicking here, or at the library and at Chester County Book Company. Advance sale ticket prices are $30 per-person; day of price is $40. All proceeds benefit the West Chester Public Library’s services and programs for the greater West Chester community. For more information the event visit, www.wcpubliclibrary.org.
December is right around the corner and you know what that means? Santa is coming to town! Below are some events happening in and around West Chester that are perfect to enjoy with the entire family. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, December 7: Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa! Children will have a chance to sit with Santa, share their Christmas wishes, and take pictures with Santa (don’t forget to bring your camera). Limited seating, must pre-register. Download this registration form. Parking at Chestnut Street Garage. Call 610-436-9010 for more information. Buster seats and highchairs are not provided.
- Two-seatings: 8:30am and 10:00am
- Cost: $14 per person (2 years and over)
- Location: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St.
Meet Santa before the Christmas Parade | Saturday, December 7: Come downtown before the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade begins and meet with Santa to share your wish list and have a picture taken (bring your camera).
- Time: Starting at 6:00pm
- Location: DNB First, 2 North Church Street
Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad: Families can join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated and decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap inside the station. Remember your cameras! Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa. Passengers will also enjoy the live music of Greg Wright and friends singing all of your favorite Christmas songs. They take requests so don’t be shy! See more information at WestChesterRR.net.
- Dates: November 29, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
- Times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm | additional 5pm departures December 15, 16, 21, 22
- Location: West Chester Railroad, 230 East Market Street
The first comprehensive interpretation of nineteenth century Chester County clothing and the people who wore them is exhibited at Chester County Historical Society, beginning this Friday, November 22, 2013 and lasting through August 30, 2014. Entitled Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s, it examines the century long evolution of clothing profiles including Empire-style gowns, children’s Turkey red print dresses, elaborate men’s vests, and highly detailed dresses of the Victorian era. Supported by a grant from the Coby Foundation. The opening reception benefits CCHS. For more information on the exhibit visit www.chestercohistorical.org.
The Pennsylvania Cable Network featured West Chester in the Discover Main Street Series that highlights some of the outstanding communities in Pennsylvania. The 30-minute episode, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, interviews local community leaders, examines historic attractions, and steps inside some of the unique shops and eateries in downtown. See the entire West Chester episode at PCNTV.com or click here.
Don’t miss this year’s 4th Annual Running of the Turkeys, set to kick-off at John DeBella’s Annual Turkey Drop on Sunday, November 24th! The event is a unique 1-mile run around West Chester’s business district, starting and ending at the corner of Chestnut and Church streets. Participants in the run dress up and carry frozen turkeys to be donated to City team Philadelphia, a nonprofit company that donates food, diapers, formul, and other household items to families in need.
All you need to participate is one frozen turkey. Registration begins at noon on the day of the event, at Kildare’s Irish Pub. The first 150 people to register will receive a free Running of the Turkeys T-shirt. To learn more about the event or to learn how to donate at DeBella’s Turkey Drop on Nov. 24, visit http://www.wmgk.com.
Visit Tish Boutique in Downtown West Chester now through Thanksgiving weekend for 30% off designer collections! Brands include Milly, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Shoshanna, and much more. It’s a perfect time to find an outfit for all those upcoming holiday parties! Hours this weekend: Friday: 10-7, Saturday: 10-6, and Sunday: noon-5.
Also, mark your calendar for next Thursday’s Girls Night Out in Downtown West Chester. Meet your girlfriends Downtown for some serious shopping therapy! Many shops will be open late and offering everything from refreshments to one-night-only sales and promotions. Be sure to visit The 5 Senses, Artistic Eyewear, Kaly, Mainline Custom Clothiers, The Painted Plate, Sunset Hill Jewelers, Taste of Olive, and Tish Boutique.
Movoto Blog, part of a national real estate brokerage firm that “strives to create unique, and most importantly, fun real estate related stories,” has posted what they consider the top 50 communities in Pennsylvania and featured West Chester in the top ten.
“West Chester has all of the ‘good on paper’ qualities to top our list,” said blogger Natalie Grigson. “It has lots of amenities, a median house value 102-percent higher than the rest of the state, and a high school graduation rate that’s 26-percent above average.
“But it is this town’s undeniable, old-world charm that sets it apart from the rest of the state, and really, the entire country. If you are looking for that quintessential, old-world Pennsylvania, grab your horse and buggy and head to West Chester.” Read more about the top ten Pennsylvania Cities at MovotoBlog.
The winning storytellers from the 2013 West Chester “Story Slam” season will be competing for the title of the “Best Storyteller in West Chester” during the season’s big finale! The Grand Slam event will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 8:00pm, at the Chester County Historical Society. The theme for the night is “Changes.” Tickets for the Grand Slam are $10 and are on sale now. You can purchase your tickets by visiting http://www.wcstoryslam.com. Below is a list of the 2013 winning storytellers.
- January – Luanne Sims
- February – Eryn Travis and Karen Randall
- March – Patrick Carmody
- April – Tim Megaw
- May – Terry Heyman
- June – Sylvie Washington (is not able to attend)
- July – Diane Yannick
- August – Russell Ohneck
- September – Shari Donath
- October – Bill Kilpatrick