With Winter Storm Nemo on the way, you can stay warm with some of the great indoor events happening this weekend in Downtown West Chester!
Papyrus Exhibit Opening Reception
- When: Friday, Feb. 8 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.
- Where:The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank 16 W Market St, West Chester
- Why Go: The public is invited to this Artists’ Reception on Friday night. Six artists find expression in this ancient medium, reflecting their unique visions. Whether sculptural in form or as an element of a complex composition, paper as a medium unites the art in this exhibit. Refreshments served.
- Cost: Free
Conference: ADHD and the Brain – Unlocking Potential
- When: Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Where:WCU Sykes Student Union, 113 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester
- Why Go: Chester County/Main Line CHADD Presents a half day conference “ADHD and the Brain – Unlocking Potential.” Presentations by authors and experts on ADHD through the Lifespan, Executive Function, and ADHD Stress and Social Connections. Includes a special program for high school and college students and their parents. “College Success for Students with ADHD”
- Cost: $30.00 single admission/$50 double admission
Annual Feast of Decadent Chocolate
- When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.
- Where: Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, 501 S High St
- Why Go: The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester will have its Annual Feast of Decadent Chocolate after each service on Sunday. Start by joining us for services at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Then enjoy the “Feast,” which is a special potluck chocolate social hour. All are welcomed. Go to www.ucwc.org for more information.
- Cost: Free
“An Unfailing Legacy: Lincoln University”
- When: Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2 – 5 p.m.
- Where: Milestone Events 600 E Market St, West Chester
- Why Go: Chester County Chapter of the Lincoln University Alumni Association will host a book signing of the recently published, “An Unfailing Legacy: Lincoln University.” Copies of the book may be pre-ordered online.
- Cost: Free
Barbone Street Jazz Band
- When: Sunday, Feb. 10 from 4 – 6 p.m.
- Where: First Presbyterian Church 130 W Miner St, West Chester
- Why Go: Come celebrate Mardi Gras with the 6 member Barbone Street Jazz Band. Fellowship Hall at the Church will be set up with tables and chairs. Light refreshments available (non-alcoholic) The music, New Orleans Jazz and Swing, starts at 4 PM and ends at 6 PM. Family friendly.
- Cost: Free will offering
- When: Thursday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 10
- Where: Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University
- Why Go: The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County presents H.M.S. Pinafore. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
- Cost: Adult $23, Senior $19, Youth $10
Valentine Craft and Tea Party
- When: Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Where: Municipal Building, 401 E Gay Street, West Chester
- Why Go: Kids ages 4 -6 are invited to create Valentine hats and crowns and a beaded heart decoration, followed by a mini tea party with refreshments and face painting.
- Cost: $15
A large winter storm is expected to hit the Philadelphia area and most of the northeastern United States Thursday through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. As much as 2 to 4 inches of snow is in the forecast for Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, mixed with some rain. Slightly less is expected in most of Chester and Delaware counties.
In general, the storm’s effects are expected to be more severe farther up the coast, with one to two feet predicted in parts of New England. Weather.com tracks the expected effects day by day from what The Weather Channel has christened Winter Storm Nemo. For more information stay tuned to www.weather.com and keep checking for up to date information, delays, and cancellations from around the area.
Could Hurricane Sandy, winter storm hybrid, be worse than the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 that slammed the East Coast? Some meteorologists believe so and have grown increasingly concerned, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba and already turned deadly in the Caribbean.
Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
However, regardless of the exact track of Sandy it is likely that significant impacts will be felt over portions of the U.S. East Coast through the weekend and into early next week, the hurricane center reported this morning. It is important to prepare properly for the storm and to take all precautions necessary. I wanted to share a link with everyone courtsey of Ready.gov, it explains helpful safety tips for hurricane preparation: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Today thousands of people from all around the nation traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; a town about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. You may be asking yourself, Why would anyone travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? Well if you didn’t get the hint from the title of this article, It is for the annual ceremony to see if the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil would cast a shadow or not?
Incase you are not as knowledgeable about the holiday known as “Groundhog Day” like myself, Here is some background information… “Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.”
At this point you are probably curious whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not? Because lets get real, who wants another 6 weeks of winter. Regardless if the legend is true or not, I would rather have Phil not see his shadow just incase there is some truth behind the Holiday… As you can tell I enjoy warm weather and everything Spring has to offer. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow today, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter and shattering my dreams of Spring coming early this year. As far as this year goes, I am going to have to say the day known as “Groundhog Day” and the tales that go with it are a complete myth… Maybe next year Punxsutawney Phil will make a believer out of me by not seeing his shadow therefore bringing Spring early!
Some residents remain without power after Saturday’s storm and are reminded that, for future storms, personal preparedness is crucial. “The first thing we do is we urge everybody to be prepared, to take personal preparedness seriously,” said Robert Kagel, spokesman for the county’s Emergency Services Department. “Be sure to think about the things you need every single day of your life and know where they are so you can gather them quickly and be prepared.” Kagel said heavy clothing and winter blankets ought to be added to personal emergency kits should any kind of emergency arise during the winter season.
The emergency services department coordinates with hospitals, dialysis center providers, schools and home health care agencies, so that each one has a plan in the face of extreme weather, such as snowstorms, and that each has a generator and is well-staffed. “We’re ready for whatever Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said Kagel. Kagel said the department will be prepared and is in close contact with the National Weather Service and commercial weather systems, although predictions about this winter season’s snowfall have yet to be made. “There’s nothing that’s pointing to being above or below normal (yet), so it’s tough to say what we’re going to see this winter,” said Jason Krekeler, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in central Pennsylvania.