All aboard Santa’s Express! This Sunday (December 22, 2013) join Santa for a 90 minute journey 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; so don’t forget 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. For ticket information visit www.westchesterrr.com or click here.
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.
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.
Now through November 24, 2013 The Brandywine River Museum located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is offering admission for free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Enjoy breakfast with a view from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The restaurant offers “Breakfast on the Brandywine” with a menu that changes weekly and costs $7. A children’s meal is also available for $3.50. For more information and a list of upcoming events visit The Brandywine River Museum’s official website at http://www.brandywinemuseum.org or simply click here.
Incase you’re skipping out on the beach this weekend here are a few events to check out over the weekend. On Saturday, July 20th, The Brandywine River Museum is hosting Tip-A-Canoe and Barbecue, too! Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy for a relaxing canoe ride down the Brandywine River followed by an outdoor party with live music! Take in the natural surroundings of the Brandywine that the Conservancy has worked so hard to protect while enjoying a summer afternoon with family and friends. Tickets are still available for the evening barbecue. Call 610-388-8315 to make your reservations.
Also, this Sunday, July 21st, is the annual Turks Head Music Festival at Everhart Park in West Chester! The 31st annual Turk’s Head Music Festival will host a dozen bands from around the area. The bands will share two stages at this day-long celebration of regional music held at Everhart Park beginning at noon. Up to 90 artists will set up booths throughout the park to sell their high-quality arts and crafts. Local food vendors will keep everyone well-fed. Click here to see a full schedule of events. Stay cool and have a great weekend!
Did you know that Mother’s Day is this Sunday? If your looking for a fun event for the whole family to enjoy check out West Chester Railroads Mother’s Day Express. What better way to show your Mom how much you care then getting everyone together for a relaxing 90-minute train ride to Glen Mills and back, on the West Chester Railroad. All Moms ride for a special reduced fare. Train departures are taking place at 12pm and 2pm. For more information visit West Chester Railroads official website, www.westchesterrr.net
- Mom: $5.00
- Adults: $15.00
- Children (ages 2-12): $13.00
- Toddlers ride free!
Looking for a place to go on Sunday morning with the family? Lucky for you the Olive Branch Restaurant will be hosting a Family Brunch on Easter Sunday, March 31. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious meal accompanied by complimentary mimosas. The feast highlights include berry-stuffed French Toast with Grand Marnier maple syrup, honey-baked ham, rosemary and olive oil-roasted lamb, sweet potatoes whipped with Jack Daniels, green bean almondine, dessert plates, and much more. The cost is $17.95 per person. Reservations are recommended; call (610) 431-7141 to make yours today!
The Annual Chester County Antiques Show is coming up next month, April 5, 6 & 7, 2013. The event is presented by the Chester County Historical Society at the The Phelps School in Malvern, P.A. It will feature 18th and 19th Century American and Continental Antiques. Below is a schedule of the events that will be taking place.
- Preview Party: Friday, April 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm | Cost $130
- Show Hours: Saturday, April 6 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday, April 7 11:00am-5:00pm
- Expert Verbal Appraisals: Sunday, April 7 11:00am-1:00pm
General Admission tickets are on sale now for $15.00 and include Show Catalog & Free Parking. The tickets also include free admission to the Chester County Historical Society for Friday and Saturday. For ticket information call the Chester County Historical Society at (610) 692-4800 or visit www.chestercohistorical.org.
After receiving a parking ticket in Downtown West Chester the other day, I thought it would be a good time to clear up confusion and remind visitors about parking. First and foremost, I would advise you, if you haven’t already, to watch Malena’s Where to Park in West Chester video. Also, on-street parking meters have been changed to allow customers to park up to three hours. At the same time, there are new hours of enforcement posted on affected meters:
- 8am to 10pm, Monday thru Friday.
- FREE on Saturday until 5pm. Saturday evening enforcement from 5pm to 10pm.
- FREE on Sunday except during major events which have a $5 flat fee.
Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester
are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting a parking ticket. To add convenience to downtown parking, there is a pilot program currently underway to test new parking meters. They’re the shiny ones found on portions of Gay and Market Streets and they now accept Visa/Mastercard as well as quarters. Incase you do encounter a ticket in the future, paying them just got a little easier! You can now pay them online by visiting the Borough of West Chester’ official
Come root for your favorite star and movie while enjoying food, fun, and stylish entertainment on February 24th! This year, there’s excitement building around the distinct possibility that the movie Lincoln, based on West Chester’s favorite son, will sweep the Oscars with multiple awards and Lincoln himself (in the guise of Daniel Day-Lewis) will win the big one.
You can reserve your spot at the Oscar Extravaganza in Downtown West Chester now by visiting the Chester County Community Foundation website. All proceeds from the event will benefit local charities. The Oscar Extravaganza event in West Chester is sure to be a great time! Below is what the night will feature, hope to see you there!
- Red Carpet arrivals (begin at 7 p.m.)
- The 85th Academy Awards Oscar® Telecast (begins 8:30 p.m.)
- Valet Parking
- Food Stations & Oscar Specialty Drinks
- Photos Taken on the Red Carpet by Our Own Paparazzi
- Tour Civil War & Oscar Exhibits in Your Ford Theatre Finery or Oscar Glamour
- West Chester Lincoln Oscars will be Awarded for Best Lincoln Costume, Best Glamour Glitz, Best Pajamas
- Lincoln Bingo
- Oscar Trivia Contest