The West Chester Story Slam will celebrate the launch of its fifth season on Tuesday, January 14th with a story slam themed “Firsts!” Anyone can take the stage and tell their five minute true story based on the night’s theme. Three judges are selected from the audience and the storytellers will be given scores based on content and presentation. The winning storyteller wins a coveted West Chester Story Slam coffee mug and, more importantly, a slot in the 2014 GRAND SLAM! Here’s how the theme “Firsts!” is described on the West Chester Story Slam website:
The theme “Firsts” could be about your first love, first job, first wife, first husband, first car, first bicycle, first child, first pet, etc. You get the idea! We want to hear your memorable moments – good and bad – and what you learned from your first ___________!
The Story Slam is held on the second floor at Side Bar and Restaurant, located in Downtown West Chester, PA. The show begins at 8:00pm but people often arrive around 7:00pm for dinner. For more information or to reserve a seat click here or visit www.wcstoryslam.com.
Don’t miss the West Chester Growers Market this Saturday January 4th, 2014. They are now offering their Winter Market Season with select vendors at the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets. The Winter Market Season continues on the first and third Saturdays through April, rain or shine. The event takes place between the hours of 10am to 12pm. For more information on the West Chester Growers Market visit the official website, westchestergrowersmarket.com.
The Chester County Historical Society presents its nationally recognized clothing collection in the first comprehensive installation in more than 20 years. Spectacular high style pieces, Quaker plain dress, and ordinary work clothing of women, men and children tell the stories of fashionable lifestyles, women’s health, and social reform movements of the 19th century. Many are new acquisitions never exhibited before. See more details at ChesterCoHistorical.org.
It’s a charity gala that feels more like a party! The 2014 West Chester Bartenders Ball will be held on Sunday, January 26th from 7pm-12am at the Chester County Historical Society (High & Chestnut Streets with free parking at the Chestnut Street Garage), attendees will be treated to a five-hour premium open bar and food service plus live music by some of the area’s premier entertainers. Tickets can be purchased in advance at WCBartendersBall.com for $50, or at the door on the night of the event for $60. You must be at least 21 to attend. Beneficiaries include the West Chester Fire Department, West Chester Food Cupboard, YMCA P.A.L. and the Chester County Hero Fund. For more information on the event visit http://www.WCBartendersBall.com.
On Thursday, December 12th, The Galer Estate is hosting a pop-up show featuring 12 local artists, showing and sellling their work, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Give the gift of art, and enjoy shopping and sipping wine, while supporting a great cause, the Chester County Art Association’s New Building Fund! Artists include Carol Apicella (mosaics), Arden Bardol (jewelry), Meghan Bergman (ceramics) and Sara Bleemer (photography).
The annual Old-Fashioned Christmas parade will be taking place tonight at 7:15pm (rain or shine). More than 30,000 spectators come out to enjoy it and the entire parade route is free and open to the public. Due to its popularity, the downtown will be crowded. It is advisable to come into town early (the streets begin to close in the late afternoon), find parking, and enjoy dining and shopping before the event. Old-Fashioned Christmas is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the event visit www.downtownwestchester.com.
- Old-Fashioned Christmas (mywestchesterpatown.com)
Since its Russian premiere in 1892, The Nutcracker ballet has become the seasonal favorite for audiences around the world. It is performed by the Brandywine Ballet made up of an outstanding mix of invited professional and local dancers. Performances occur at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University from December 13th through the 22nd. Production and choreography by Donna Muzio and Nancy Page. Music by Tchaikovsky. See complete dates and times, as well as special events related to the ballet, at BrandywineBallet.com.
The WCPL’s annual Holiday Home Tour is right around the corner! The date of the event this year is Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00am – 3:00pm. The tour features ten beautiful homes plus one special stop in the southern section of the borough.
Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase them online by clicking here, or at the library and at Chester County Book Company. Advance sale ticket prices are $30 per-person; day of price is $40. All proceeds benefit the West Chester Public Library’s services and programs for the greater West Chester community. For more information the event visit, www.wcpubliclibrary.org.
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 first comprehensive interpretation of nineteenth century Chester County clothing and the people who wore them is exhibited at Chester County Historical Society, beginning this Friday, November 22, 2013 and lasting through August 30, 2014. Entitled Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s, it examines the century long evolution of clothing profiles including Empire-style gowns, children’s Turkey red print dresses, elaborate men’s vests, and highly detailed dresses of the Victorian era. Supported by a grant from the Coby Foundation. The opening reception benefits CCHS. For more information on the exhibit visit www.chestercohistorical.org.