The West Chester Downtown Foundation is preparing for its annual historic preservation awards program and will start the nomination period on Sunday, April 13, 2014 with a kick-off event at the Chester County Historical Society. Nominations from the community will be accepted until June 13 for projects that reflect outstanding historic preservation practices within the Borough of West Chester. The kick-off event will feature Dr. Jim Jones who will present a lecture entitled Preserving the West Chester Railroad. The event is free and begins at 2pm on April 13, 2014. Parking is also free at the Chestnut Street Garage. RSVP required, see more at Preservation Awards page.
Next Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27 the Trail Creek Outfitters brings the country’s largest environmental film festival to our area with proceeds benefiting The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a celebration of grassroots solutions to environmental challenges. It has an enthusiastic following and has sold out every year. Doors Open at 6:00; films begin at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
N.C. Wyeth, George Washington at Yorktown.
Now on display at The Brandywine River Museum is N.C. Wyeth’s American in the Making. The breathtaking exhibit displays images of inspirational and patriotic events in American history, from Coronado’s 16th-century expedition through the Southwest to Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865. Props from the artist’s Chadds Ford studio, such as a life mask of Abraham Lincoln, a coonskin cap and a Kentucky rifle, will provide fascinating insight into how Wyeth created these paintings. The America in the Making paintings are on loan from the collection of the Brunnier Art Museum of Iowa State University in Ames. An illustrated catalogue from the Brunnier Art Museum will be available. For more information on the event visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Prepare yourself because coming this February is the annual WinterFest in Downtown West Chester! This year the event will be taking place from February 14th through the 16th. During the two day event Downtown West Chester comes alive with events, retail specials, and performances! The event includes Carriage rides, ice sculpting, retail sales and restaurant specials along with musical performances at select venues. The annual WinterFest is sure to brighten your winter season. See the full list of scheduled of events by visiting http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
Now men have a great excuse to meet with friends and have a night out on the town! Meet at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in the rear bar, do some dude-like stuff, and then head out to select shops for some Christmas shopping. Informal and fun, the way shopping is supposed to be. Below our a few of the many shops open tonight in Downtown West Chester for Men’s Night Out! For more information on the event visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
- Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank (16 West Market Street) featuring a collection of original works by a variety of regional artists popularly-priced from $25 to $500. Enjoy libations and snacks from 5 to 8:30pm while you meet the artists. Free. Exhibit continues through January 11.
- Blink (136 W Gay St) offers are specials all day and into the evening with 20-percent off everything in the store, free gift wrapping, and, of course, beer.
- Tish Boutique (138 East Gay Street) offers Men’s Night every Wednesday until 8pm. (Ladies – stop by and make your own Santa’s Wish List for the dude in your life to ensure the perfect gift.) Free beer and gift wrapping provided.
- Jane Chalfant/Kiki Boutique (123 N High St) serves refreshments until 9pm while their elves provide gift wrapping.
- Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery (23 N High) makes it a party while providing jewelry for every taste plus a vast selection of art.
- Ruby Slippers (18 N High St) is open late and offering beer and pretzels while shopping. There’s 15-percent off any one item (sale items excluded) or 10-percent off total order for all male customers. Offers good through Christmas Eve!
- The 5 Senses (133 W Market St) will be open until 8pm with goodies to warm-up with and 15-percent off select jewelry.
Support the arts this season as you practice the art of thoughtful giving at the annual holiday show at the Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank (16 West Market Street). It features a collection of original works by a variety of regional artists popularly-priced from $25 to $500. Enjoy libations and snacks from 5:00 to 8:30pm while you meet the artists. The event is free to attend and the exhibit continues through January 11. For more information visit www.thearttrust.com.
The holiday season’s biggest celebration is right around the corner! It starts with the Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, Friday, December 6, starting at 7:15pm. Dozens of events continue throughout the weekend to ensure fun for the entire family! Make sure to stop by the Fig West Chester table to pick up the new holiday issue. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or click here for a list of events.
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