Being as yesterday (Sunday April 7, 2013) was National Beer Day, I decided to head over to Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, P.A. for dinner and a brew. After an amazing meal and an even better beer, I noticed they had a few awesome events coming up in April. I thought I would share some of the local events hosted by Victory below:
This just in from WestChesterDish.com: Thursday, November 15th, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., marks a night of pure enjoyment for Chester County. Everyone’s favorite dining spots and specialty vendors from the area will gather at Milestone Events in West Chester for a delicious fundraiser. With profits benefitting Safe Harbor of Chester County, this is the ultimate affair that allows guests to taste their way through our flavorful county with one convenient stop, and all for a great cause!
Among the many magnificent participants, guests at the 2nd Annual Taste of Chester County should be particularly pleased to see two vendors in the line-up who received awards at previous events this year. That’s right, both Amani’s BYOB of Downingtown and Cakes & Candies by Maryellen of West Chester will be present and serving up their sweet and savory offerings, so don’t miss out! We hope to see you there this coming Thursday, November 15th!
After almost a year, Pints for the Park returned to the Station Taproom on Tuesday night to raise funds for the Downingtown Skatepark. “The reason we’re (doing this again) is because it was really successful the first time,” said Wesley Terry, founder and chairman of Downingtown Skatepark Association. “We figured, why change the recipe, we’ll just cook the same thing twice.” While the local restaurant was open for dinner, the event offered patrons and community members the opportunity to also donate money and freely sample beer from Artisan Homebrew, a supporter of the skatepark project.
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Sean McGettigan, owner of the restaurant, said that he first decided to become involved with aiding the association because of the recreational benefit he believes it will offer local youths. Although McGettigan does not skateboard, he said he has friends that do. “We’re in our 30s now and we owe it to the kids that don’t have the resources to pull together something like this,” said McGettigan. According to Terry, completion of phase one of the park is within reach, and the association will be present at Borough Council’s work session Wednesday in the hopes of deciding on an intended construction site and determining cost and specifications for the smaller skatepark. Completion of phase one will offer local skateboarders a venue until the larger skatepark is built. Terry said he is already planning for future fundraising events and opportunities, such as a sponsorship plan where donors can dedicate an obstacle or fixture to the park. Anyone wishing to volunteer or contribute can visit www.DowningtownSkatepark.com for more information, such as how to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation using eBay. Check out the video from the recent fundraiser Pints for the Park here.
Runners and walkers are invited to participate in Sea You at the Beach, a 5K run, 2.5K walk and kids’ fun run set for Nov. 19 downtown. Proceeds from the event will benefit For Pete’s Sake Cancer and Respite Foundation and the Christine Federico Ambrose Children’s Education Fund. With more than 700 participants already signed up, the event will celebrate the memory of Christine Ambrose, who is survived by her husband, Larry, and their eight children. The Christine Federico Ambrose Children’s Education Fund was established by friends and family of Christine and Larry Ambrose in May 2011 after her death. The fund aims to give their children “the tools to build mountains of memories and to carry the spirit of their mother throughout their lives.”
For Pete’s Sake was established by Marci Bossow Schankweiler in 1999 in memory of her husband, Peter R. Bossow Jr., whose 15-month battle with cancer ended with his death Sept. 1, 1999. Since its inception, the organization has served more than 3,900 people. The event is hosted by the St. Joseph Downingtown CYO cross country and track teams with hopes of building an ongoing stream of support for the children of Christine and Larry Ambrose. Additionally, Larry Ambrose will donate a portion of proceeds to For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. For Pete’s Sake enables adult cancer patients and their loved ones to take a break from cancer by providing them with an all-expense paid respite vacation to various locations along the East Coast and the Caribbean.
The race starts at the corner of Church and Market streets in West Chester. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Barnaby’s West Chester on 15 S. High St. Registration is $25 and can be made online atwww.runccrs.com or by check payable to Chris Ambrose Memorial Sea You at the Beach 5K. For more information visit www.takeabreakfromcancer.org.