All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at Market Street Station, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glen Mills Station, where there’s plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap, so remember your cameras. There will also be live music by Greg Wright & Friends. Incase you get hungry along the way the on board snack car offers hot dogs, hot chocolate and various snacks (cash only). Santa’s Express is scheduled for multiple weekends this holiday season including: December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 @ 11am, 1pm, 3pm and additional 5pm departures on December 13-14, 20-21. For more information on the event or to learn more about the West Chester Railroad click here.
Thursday, August 21, 2014, The Uptown! Theater Alliance presents Mason Porter, a three-member band that blends folk, rock, blues, country and bluegrass influences into a unique musical personality. It is part of a new series called A Night of American Roots Music with performances at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 110 West Market St. Doors open at 6pm. with cocktails & light bites; concert from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Tickets are $10, available at door or online at uptownwestchester.org. Free parking after 5:00pm at the Market Street Justice Center Garage.
First introduced in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition, the Clydesdales have served as a living symbol of not just Budweiser, but the unconquerable American spirit. Famous worldwide for their appearances in parades, television broadcasts and even Presidential inaugurations, they’re now set to do their most important job yet — delivering beer to select downtown watering holes. Join this historic and fun event in downtown West Chester as the fuzzy-footed giants clippiy-clop along Market and Gay from 6pm to 8pm on Friday August 29, 2014. For more information visit Downtownwestchester.com.
This weekend is your last chance to take a ghost tour of West Chester! Your guide will lead you on a 90-minute walk through the spooky lanes of downtown neighborhoods where you will explore the place of the shadow people, learn of lost souls of the underground railroad, and stand where the gallows once stood. The Ghost Tours of West Chester start at The Lincoln Room, (28 West Market St.) Tours begin at 8 pm, cost is $10. Offered only on Friday, 10/25 & Saturday, 10/26! Reservations are required! Don’t miss out on all the Halloween fun call 610-696-2102 for more information.
Tonight come Downtown for the annual Halloween Parade! Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starting at 7pm for the West Chester Halloween Parade. Parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street. Marching bands and cheerleading performances are featured as well. Families and groups are welcome to participate. For more information call the West Chester Parks and Recreation at 610-436-9010. There will be free parking offered at the Justice Center Garage (Market & New Streets). Hope to see you there!
All residents and businesses within the Borough of West Chester are required to recycle their leaves. Starting early November through the middle of December, the Public Works Department conducts a six (6) week collection program using leaf vacuum machines and street sweepers. During these six weeks, the areas north of Market Street are collected Mondays and Tuesdays. The areas south of Market Street are collected Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each neighborhood will have three collection weeks, for specific collection dates click here.
The leaf collection crews generally follow the 8 AM – 11 AM sweeper routes on those days as the absence of parked cars lets the collection move along swiftly. After 11 AM the crews then attend to the other streets in the area scheduled for collection that day. Residents are instructed to not pile up leaves for curbside collection until the last week of October; collection does not begin until November. Please be sure to finish placing piles out for collection by the Sunday before the final collection week. The Borough will not collect leaves after the final scheduled collection week in middle December.
To dispose of leaves any time other than the scheduled collection season, bring your bagged leaves to the drop-off area at the Public Works Department at 205 Lacey Street. Please open the bags and dump the leaves into the pile and take all plastic bags home with you. This drop off is open to Borough of West Chester residents ONLY. For more information visit http://www.west-chester.com or click here.
Fall Leaves | By Matthew Steindl
The Ghost Tours of West Chester is the popular walking tour with tales of ghosts, folklore and history. Your guide, dressed as a gentleman from the 1850’s, will lead you on a 90-minute walk through the spooky lanes of downtown neighborhoods where you will explore the place of the shadow people, learn of lost souls of the underground railroad, and stand where the gallows once stood and murderers were hanged. New stories of phantoms, apparitions and witches are added. This event is perfect for the entire family.
The Ghost Tours of West Chester start at The Lincoln Room, 28 West Market Street at Wilmont Mews. Tours are every Friday and Saturday night in late September and all of October. They begin at 8:00 pm and doors open at 7:00 pm rain or shine. Enjoy a casual dinner is the Courtyard. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Price for the event is $10 per person ages 5 years and up. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Call 610-696-2102. Also, visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com for more information.
The 73rd annual Chester County Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event offers a look inside dozens of houses in the county. This year the tour focuses on the northwest quadrant of the county.
Preview the homes on this year’s Chester County Day Tour with a slide show presented by the West Chester Public Library. The event begins at 7:00pm on Monday, September 30th, at West Chester Borough Hall, 401 E Gay St, West Chester. The event is free to attend. For more information on the event visit www.cchosp.com or click here.
This Thursday, September 26, come out for the 2013 West Chester Fashion Showcase at the Chester County Historical Society from 7:00-10:00PM. The fashion event will consist of 30 well-dressed models presenting the season’s best from downtown’s most fashionable shops. Also, there will be complimentary food & drinks available throughout the night. Tickets will be onsale the night of for $10.00 at the door or you can purchase tickets in advance for $8.00 at WC Press. For more information visit the official event Facebook page by clicking here.
Next weekend, September 26th and 27th, take a ride on the West Chester Railroad Haunted Train as the friendly (and only slightly ghoulish) crew gives out treats (and some tricks) to each of the passengers. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes. It’s not too scary for the little ones; it’s Halloween fun while enjoying the Chester Creek autumn scenery from the comfort of a heated train which departs at 12pm & 2pm. See West Chester Railroad for details.