Mark your calendars for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration throughout Downtown West Chester! USA Today called West Chester’s Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration “one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season.” The weekend is alive with scores of events throughout the town. Old-Fashioned Christmas events will take place December 5-6-7, and is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. For a full list of events click here or visit Downtownwestchester.com. Below are a few Old Fashioned Christmas events to look forward too!
- Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade | Friday, December 5: West Chester’s grandest parade is the highlight of the Winter holiday season with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza. Dozens of events surround the parade so come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See parking information.
- Holiday Home Tour | Saturday, December 6, 2014: A walking tour showcasing ten beautiful homes each with its own special charm and history. As a bonus, Tanglewood, the home of West Chester University Presidents, will be also be open. 10am to 3pm; snow date December 8. Ticketed event benefiting West Chester Public Library. For details, visit WCPublicLibrary.org.
- Holiday Concert by West Chester Studio Singers | Friday, December 5, 2014: The West Chester Studio Junior and Senior Singers present their Holiday Concert at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street. FREE for the whole family.
A snow storm moved through the region Thursday, closing schools and wreaking havoc with roads and traffic. According to the National Weather Service, here’s how much snow the region got on Thursday night and Friday morning:
- East Nantmeal: 8.0 inches
- West Caln Twp.: 7.0 inches
- East Coventry Twp.: 6.5 inches
- Exton: 6.3 inches
- Thorndale: 6.1 inches
- Devault: 5.7 inches
- West Chester: 5.5 inches
- Nottingham: 5.5 inches
- Warwick: 5.4 inches
- Marshallton: 5.3 inches
- Chester Springs: 5.0 inches
- Atglen: 4.6 inches
- Glenmoore: 4.5 inches
- Chadds Ford: 8.0 inches
Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are under a winter weather advisory in anticipation of Wednesday afternoon snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory, which is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, calls for “periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain” that could make travel difficult.
“Mixed precipitation will change to rain during the day before changing back to all snow toward the evening,” the advisory states. “Temperatures are forecast to be above freezing and this will assist melting … [but] some slushy accumulations are likely throughout the area.”
The NWS advises that travel will likely get more difficult as the day progresses and that residents should be aware of possible power outages resulting from high winds. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-to-upper 30s, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. To stay up to date with the changing weather conditions visit http://www.weather.com.
Yesterday, we posted some events happening over the weekend around West Chester. Below are some additional events happening around the area for this January weekend. Just a reminder to drive carefully in the snow that is predicted for our area this weekend. For more information on the events click here.
Early Education Fair & Sitter Speed Dating
- When: Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Where: Assumption Preschool and Kindergarden, 135 Fairfield Lane,Wayne
- Why Go: Main Line Parent will showcase preschool and kindergarten programs, camps, and educational enrichment programs for children under 6. Meet other families and find a babysitter or nanny in a speed session at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit their website.
Early Education Fair & Sitter Speed Dating
- When: Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Where: Main Line Reform Temple 410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood
- Why Go: Same event as Saturday, only different location and different schools. Main Line Parent will showcase preschool and kindergarten programs, camps, and educational enrichment programs for children under 6 in a family fun day in Wynnewood. Meet other families and find a babysitter or nanny in a speed session at 2 p.m. For more information, please see the event listing.
- When: Sunday, Jan. 27 from 3 – 5 p.m.
- Where: Lower Merion High School
- Why Go: This event gives all our community an opportunity to see stress and success through the eyes of students. Teens Speak is presented by the Youth Advisory Council for the Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion and Narberth. The YAC is made up of students from the following schools: Baldwin, Agnes Irwin, Haverford, Barrack Academy, Friends’ Central, Lower Merion High School, Harriton High School and Shipley.
- Cost: Free
West Chester Bartender’s Ball
- When: Sunday, Jan. 27 from 7 p.m. – Midnight
- Where: Chester County Historical Society
- Why Go: Enjoy a night of open bar, catered food, live music and more – all benefitting local charities.
- When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
- Where: YMCA 1416 Berwyn Paoli Rd, Berwyn
- Why Go: Families are invited to join us for a night of owls at Upper Main Line YMCA! Elmwood Park Zoo will present their live owl and raptor show in the gymnasium. Our staff naturalists will demonstrate owl pellet dissections and then lead a night owl prowl from our Nature Center throughout the YMCA’s Cassatt Preserve in search of some of our local owls. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight! FREE event to the community.
- Cost: Free
Special Kids Camp Expo
- When: Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1 – 4 p.m.
- Where: Valley Forge Educational Services 1777 N Valley Rd, Malvern
- Why Go: Members of the community are invited to come learn about regional summer programs and camps that support youth who learn differently. Year-round programming and community resources will also be represented. For more information contact Holly Zipperer, Director of Summer Programs & Ancillary Services at: 610-296-6725 x115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Snow date: February 2.
- Cost: Free
A huge storm moving into Pennsylvania today is expected to bring a mix of snow, ice and rain to the state. It has the potential to be severe in parts of the region Wednesday into Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, the storm will mostly be in the form of heavy rain, some snow and possibly significant icing in parts of the area.
Here’s what to expect: Philadelphia/I-95 Corridor: Brief snow beginning around noon, but warm air will move in quickly and change any snow to sleet, or even straight to rain. Rain will become heavy 6 p.m. to midnight, with some flooding possible. Temperatures will rise at night, and there could even be a thunderstorm.
South and east of the city: Rain begins in the late morning and becomes heavy by late in the day. Some thunderstorms are also likely, leading to localized flooding. Temperatures could jump into the 50s Wednesday night.
Gusty winds are also expected. The storm will begin to clear on Thursday however and we’re in for plenty of sunshine on Friday. Another storm is expected to hit on Saturday. The track of this one means more of the storm will be snow. As of Tuesday night, it doesn’t look like it will have as much moisture as Wednesday’s storm. It will also be moving quickly, so it is not likely to be a huge snowstorm. But with the storm track moving just south of us, much of this storm could be snow, even in the Philly and the surrounding suburbs, with at least some accumulation.
I have been shopping/supporting Fairman’s Skate Shop for about 10 years now and stand by it as one of the best local shops in West Chester. I remember the first time walking into Fairman’s and feeling nervous, I was very young and new to the whole skateboard scene/lifestyle at the time… Also because I was walking into a place were I knew many legendary skateboarders have worked and came out of, such as Bam Margera, Kerry Getz, and Andrew Cannon just to name a few. However, As I entered the shop I was quickly greeted by staff and they were very helpful and kind, right then and there I felt nervous no more, I felt right at home. After that first experience at Fairman’s I have been shopping and hanging out there ever since, I am now close friends with every staff and team member. I have Fairman’s to thank for growing my love and passion for skateboarding and thank them for helping me assemble my very first skateboard years ago.
Next time you’re in town make sure to stop by Fairman’s located on the corner of West Gay and North Church Streets in the heart of historic downtown West Chester. Even if you do not skate, snow, or surf they offer a wide selection of apparel and shoes for everyone. Below is a short description of the shop and hours of operation… Happy shopping!
“Fairman’s was established in 1977, It is one of the East Coast’s oldest and most respected Skate, Snow and Surf shops. We are a single-location, family-owned business. We’re proud to be skating into our fourth decade.”
REGULAR STORE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
This winter has definitely been nothing short of typical, with very little snowfall and warm sunny conditions. However, yesterday West Chester was hit with snow and colder conditions reminding us that winter is not over just yet!
Forecasters called for two inches around the area and they were right on the money, for once. The snowfall that started Wednesday afternoon wasn’t a major headache, no area schools are closed today, but drivers around the area had to be wary of icy spots on back roads this morning, after scraping off their cars. The official snow measurement for West Goshen township was 1.0 inch as of 10:25 p.m. on 2/8, however other local areas saw more.
As I was walking home from work yesterday I took some pictures of the snow throughout town. As I continued through town I noticed many people who seemed very unprepared for the snow, myself included. I think east coasters have adapted to this warm winter, so when forecasters called for snow yesterday many did not believe it, or want to believe it. I believe that yesterdays snowfall was a sign from mother nature, warning us that winter has just begun.
Heavy rain’s the main concern today for Philadelphia and its suburbs, while areas to the west and north could see snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Predicted snow accumulations range from a coating to an inch in outer Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, to two to four inches for Reading and Allentown, to perhaps six inches in the Poconos. With up to three inches possible in places, a flood advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to late tonight from central Delaware to central Jersey.
Small streams and the usual poorly drained low-lying streets are likeliest to flood, potentially causing traffic headaches for both the morning and afternoon commutes – and, for some spots, perhaps even into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, those western and northern areas should be snow mix in, followed by a changeover to just snow. Then colder temperatures will settle in, with highs in the 40s through the weekend, and lows around freezing mark for a few nights, followed by dips into the 20s Saturday and Sunday.