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FROM THE EDITOR Dan Mathers’ thoughts on what you hold in your hands OWNERS OF THE MONTH Speaking to the brains behind West Chester Therapy Group MAKEOVER Calista Grand does some incredible things with color THE WEST CHESTER SUMMER FUN GUIDE 60 fairs, festivals and fantastic ideas for things to do this summer BARTENDER OF THE MONTH Brian DiTomo chats about crafting cocktails at Doc Magrogan’s THE LOOK Blink adds a splash of color to your summer attire with prints #GIRLSNIGHTOUTWC We combine social media and a night on the town LOCAL TALENT Ted Way of Way Martial Arts is a self-defense expert 14 SUMMER COCKTAILS BEST SIPPED IN THE SUN Our tour of the best patio drinks in West Chester PHOTO HUNT Your favorite bar game, only free

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“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ” –Anton Chekhov

There are myriad reasons I chose to start my own company: the challenge, a strong belief in myself, the knowledge I’m a terrible subordinate, and—chiefly—unlimited vacation time. Of course, the vacation time was all theoretical for quite a while. I’d traded my annual two weeks for a 24/7/365 work schedule. Once a month I got drunk with my staff and got to sleep in the next day. That was it. But this past year marked a watershed moment for me: I finally took more than two weeks vacation. In the last 12 months I’ve visited Hawaii, took three trips to Key West, and spent 11 days following the World Cup, living out of a backpack and sleeping on the tiled floors of airports from Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro. Every trip comes with distinct appeal, and the trip I took to Key West the first week of March was no exception. When I boarded my early morning flight out of Philadelphia there was still five inches of dirty snow on the ground and West Chester was expecting a high of 26F. Five hours later I was sending a Snapchat selfie of my arrival on a sun-baked runway with a big 80F emblazoned above my Ray-Bans. It was euphoric. Waiting for my swim trunks and sunscreen on the baggage carousel, the friend with whom I stay in Key West strolled up, tossed me a tangerine he’d stashed in the cargo pocket of his shorts and said, “Ugh, you can feel spring is coming. It’s way too humid.” At that moment my high was unassailable, so it wasn’t until weeks later that I thought back on our exchange and considered what it might feel like to live in a place that never actually experiences winter. Is the grass always greener, even when your yard is full of coconut palms and Key lime trees? I wouldn’t know. I’ve lived my life seeing spring as a season of hopeful expectancy, the harbinger of the beauty of summer. Throughout May, as days grow longer, West Chester comes alive. There’s a feeling of shared excitement not unlike the euphoria I felt as I stepped onto that runway in Key West. That connection has intrigued me as I’ve developed this issue. I’ve found that I’m constantly comparing the beauty of a West Chester summer to the stunning places I’ve visited. The Projito I sipped at Pietro’s Prime flooded my senses with memories of caipirinhas in Ipanema. The rush of live music took me back to the Bad Fish concert on Key West’s Sunset Pier. I was slowly struck by the realization that, no matter where our travels take us, what we love most about any new destination is discovering all the things that remind us of home. Despite how far I’ve come, my unlimited vacation time is still theoretical. I’ll sneak away for a few long weekends in Cape May, and I’ll sleep until noon after a new issue goes to print, but I won’t be putting up my out-of-office auto-reply for months to come... and I’m good with that. After three years producing this Summer Fun Guide, I planned my annual vacation time confident that the best place I could spend this summer is right here.

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INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

Caitlyn Caracciolo, Emmalee Bierly and Jennifer Chaiken are the Marriage and Family Therapists of West Chester Therapy Group. Do you each have a specialty? EB: We’re all marriage and family therapists, but my area of expertise is trauma survivors—anyone who has gone through sexual or physical PTSD. JC: I specialize in anxiety and depression. CC: I specialize in working with ADHD, OCD and anxiety disorders. I should also point out that our masters degrees all have a concentration in sex therapy. A concentration in sex therapy? EB: It’s more than just an interest in the field—we’re specifically trained in sex therapy through our degree programs.

Is that what brought you all together? JC: We all graduated from the same master’s program at Thomas Jefferson University, and we all decided that there was a need for a private practice in West Chester. Is it helpful that you’re younger? EB: I think that, realistically, with sex and couples work, people don’t feel comfortable talking about sex with their mom and dad… or someone who reminds them of their mom or dad. We have a more grounded, relatable approach to things. Do you all approach things the same way? JC: We each use our individual personalities in our sessions. We’re ourselves when we do therapy—we don’t take on some intense psychobabble personality. Is there a benefit to working as a team? CC: Well, just because you come to us doesn’t mean all three of us are going to discuss your case, but we do a lot of peer supervision with each other. You always need that feedback, and sometimes you just need a different set of eyes. JC: It’s important to step outside yourself. Each of our views come from our own perspective. While we’ve learned the same

things, it’s important to hear from others’ experiences. Do you find that people are sometimes hesitant to seek professional help? EB: I think that it’s totally understandable. It’s really scary to open up to a stranger and allow us into this intimate part of your life. All three of us have had experiences with really awful therapists, so we suggest you go therapist shopping because finding a person you trust really matters. If I wwere therapist shopping, what would be the selling point of your practice? CC: Our masters are in marriage and family therapy, a special degree that many psychologists don’t have. It means we take a systemic perspective and look at individuals in the context of the systems they’re in: families, work places, friend groups. Even if we’re working individually with someone, we take into account relationships that exist outside the room. JC: It’s more of an active process. EB: We won’t just nod our heads and say, “Yeah, I see.” We’ll help you identify patterns, help call you out on your stuff and help you make positive changes in your life.

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Kate Chadwick takes a moment to spotlight a local citizen for doing something swell.

Who he is: Bill McDonough What he does: Bill is husband to Marycate, and father to Laura, Liam, Catherine and Emma. He volunteers at Brandywine Hall, a Genesis Healthcare facility for seniors. Why he’s on this page: When Bill moved to West Chester in 2006, he began seeking volunteer opportunities. He joined St. Agnes Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister to deliver communion and prayers to parishioners unable to attend services. “The two primary areas where assistance was needed were visiting patients at Chester County Hospital and Brandywine Hall nursing home” he told us. Bill visits the Brandywine residents every week and takes along his own children and others. “My visits at the nursing home exposed our children to the benefits for both me and the residents. So we offer the opportunity to other students at St. Agnes. Since 2013 roughly 20 students have participated in weekly and monthly visits.” Bill says that five or six students typically attend the monthly mass St. Agnes’ Father Gleason gives at Brandywine Hall, and a similar number visit on Tuesday afternoons. What he likes about West Chester: How family-friendly it is, of course. “We enjoy the restaurants, and Brother’s Pizza is part of our family Friday night at-home celebrations,” Bill said. “We like going out as a family and seeing the parades in town, especially the Christmas parade.” What we like about him: He sees the value in connecting generations. “First and foremost, seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces—and the staff’s—during the children’s visits is great. Even as residents are struggling with their own health, there’s always a warmth and an open greeting when they see the kids,” Bill said. “Our children have participated in getting Christmas gifts for residents, and have seen the value they can bring. There’s a crayon drawing our youngest did several years ago. That drawing is still posted in the room of a resident, above her bed, and we see it every time we visit—pretty amazing.” Moral of the story: Teach your children well. “Recently a resident found out he had cancer, with very little time left,” Bill said. “During our last visit, he thanked a group of students for their visits and explained how much they meant to him. Shortly after we left, my son was struggling with the thought. He asked if we could go back to the nursing home, immediately, so he could tell the resident how much the visits meant to him, and that he would miss him. Watching my son explain this to the resident, and seeing the emotions on both his face and my son’s was an incredible feeling. Volunteering is a great opportunity to see the impact one small, simple act can have on the lives of others.” For more information on Brandywine Hall, please visit genesiscc.com/ brandywinehall, or call 610-696-3120. Know a WC resident who’s doing good things and deserves a little recognition? Let us know! kchadwick@thewcpress.com.

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Makeover Calista Grand offers so much more than hair and makeup. As we move into the summer months, vibrant colors will be all the rage. Stylist Brittany has taken advanced classes in rich, fantasy colors and model Ali wanted a Kylie Jenner inspired teal ombré with a dropshadow root. First Brittany used a balayage technique throughout the ends with a bond-strengthening color additive called Olaplex. She processed, conditioned and blow dried, then applied Eugene Perma of Paris dark brown color to the roots only. Brittany then mixed three different teals—a dark one for the root, and two lighter teal colors blended through the ends—with Pravana Vivids Hair Color. The color sat on Ali’s hair for 30 minutes then was rinsed, deep conditioned and styled with Calista Tools Perfecter in the one-inch barrel for a beachy, fun wave, paired with Calista Tools Reclaim Mist for added shine and frizz control. Continuing the Kylie Jenner look, makeup artist Renee started by perfecting Ali’s skin with It Cosmetics Your Skin, But Better CC Cream, and Bye Bye Under Eye, then set with Smashbox Halo Powder and Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte. She then applied Creative Copper by Mac to Ali’s eyelids, followed by Jet Set waterproof eyeliner in deep black and mascara. The look was finished off with lipstick in Brave by MAC and liner in Nude Light by Smashbox.

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60 festivals, fairs and fantastic ideas for things to do

this summer in West Chester by Janae Fecondo

You’ve already finished binge-watching House of Cards and summer has barely begun. Instead of starting another series and spending the warm days cooped up indoors, step outside to experience one (or all) of the awesome events taking place in West Chester this summer. Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or ways to entertain the little ones, West Chester has a calendar packed with thrilling events for all age groups. Here’s the best news of all: most of the events taking place this summer are free. That makes West Chester the ideal location for penny-pinching students or families looking for an inexpensive way to entertain the whole brood for an entire season!

The following guide provides a slew of festivals, fresh markets, block parties and other uniquely local events. With all the live music, local food, and festivals galore, there’s no need to book a trip beyond the borough to have a memorable summer. Besides, the final season of Mad Men will still be waiting in your queue when September rolls around again. Get out there and enjoy everything West Chester has to offer!

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June 6 Up On The Roof

June 6 Flea Market Searching for some deals and wheels? West Chester’s Flea Market is the perfect place for you to find a new bike or various other treasures this summer. The flea market will run from 9am to 1pm at the West Chester Municipal Building. If you want to reserve a spot to sell your items, it's $15 for a space.

One-Time Events June 5 Dub C 4-Miler On this exciting Friday night, join a four-mile run, a two-mile walk, and several children’s races, all benefiting the Chester County Down Syndrome and the Parkinson's Council. The main race will start at 7pm in front of Kildare’s Irish Pub. For the entire summer schedule of other downtown races stop by the Chester County Running Store. 24 S. High Street | 610-696-0115 | dubc4miler.com June 6 Historic Goshenville Artisan Fair This fair will be sure to have “something for everyone!” From a waffletopia to book binding and coloring opportunities, the Goshenville Artisan Fair will keep your entire family entertained for hours. The fair will be held from 11am to 4pm. Rt 352 & East Boot Road | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

401 E Gay St | 6104369010 | west-chester.com/139/Parks-Recreation June 7 Super Sunday Happening from 11am to 5pm, Gay Street will be full of fun for all ages. Jugglers, clowns, carnival games, amusement rides and a magician will be entertaining the crowd. Bands performing include Couple Days, Mason Porter, Wave Radio and Annachristie. In addition to live performances and excitement for the children, the adults can stay entertained by the food and craft vendors. June 12 Liv Live Concert Do you enjoy a rocking good time? Join the community in a free concert at East Goshen Park at 6pm. This benefit concert is free in support of mental health awareness and is hosted by the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Come hungry because Just Jackie’s Food Truck will be providing hot food and That Pop Shop! will offer cold beverages. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

June 6 Up On The Roof Get close to the stars while enjoying an evening on the roof of the Chestnut Street Parking Garage. From 7–11pm, guests socialize under the night sky while enjoying live music and a complimentary bar. Food will be provided from local restaurants and desserts from local West Chester shops.

June 13 Annual Brandywine Food and Wine Festival The Brandywine Valley Association is hosting this wonderful summer festival again. As usual, there will be wine, food, crafts and music. From noon to 6pm enjoy one of the area’s largest parks, live music, local wine from vineyards like Kreutz Creek, and food from area vendors. Spend the day in the great outdoors while indulging in wine, music and food.

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June 13 The Wanderlust Film Festival Walnut Street Labs presents their first annual Wanderlust Film Festival. The festival will include four featured travel documentaries: Paddle to Seattle, Go Ganges, 30 Ballparks in 30 Days and Race to the Bottom of the Earth. Enjoy a pleasant evening in downtown West Chester after the films end. The festival is planned to begin at 12pm.

June 21 FatherFest

23 North Walnut Street | 610-999-3546 fb.com/thewanderlustfilmfestival June 14 Chester County Hospital Polo Cup A family-friendly event, with free admission for children under the age of 16, is a great way to spend your Sunday. From live entertainment to tailgating and silent auctions, you and your family will stay busy the whole day. The festivities will begin at 1:30pm and the match will start at 3pm. Admission is $25 for tickets purchased in advance, or $30 at the gate. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Prenatal Clinic and Chester County Hospital. 260 Polo Road | 610-431-5328 cchosp.com/polo June 18 Trail Blazer Run Participate in a scenic 5-mile race on the trails of Chester County! If running is not your passion, enjoy a 1.5-mile family fun hike as an alternative option. The race starts at 6:30pm, registration will open at 5pm. After the race, enjoy a complimentary beer from Victory Brewing Company. Parking is free. 1300 Valley Creek Road | 610-436-5108 runtheday.com/race/trailblazerrun June 21 FatherFest The Annual American Helicopter Museum invites all fathers and their children to spend the special holiday exploring classic cars and motorcycles. Helicopter rides will be available to the public at $50 per person, and $40 for children 12 & under. The fest will run from 11am-3pm and is being held rain or shine. 1220 American Blvd | 610-436-9600 americanhelicopter.museum

June 22-24 Grandparents University West Chester University will be holding a three-day event including meals, entertainment, a variety of college courses, and even a graduation ceremony at the end of the mini-semester. Come show your grandparents all West Chester University has to offer! 700 South High Street | 610-436-3383 | wcupa.edu/conference.services/forms/gpu/ June 26 BVA Dead Fest Hosted by the Brandywine Valley Association, spend your night listening to Grateful Dead music performed by the area’s best musicians and experience the music of the Grateful Dead in the great outdoors. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $20 at the event. 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road | brandywinewatershed.org June 26 Summer Movie Nights June 26 will be the first of three movie nights held at Oakbourne Park. Big Hero 6 will be shown at 8:30pm on June 26. On July 17, The West Chester Community Band will be performing from 7pm to 8:30pm followed by a movie (to be determined). The final movie night will be August 14, and the movie is also to be determined at a later date. 1014 S. Concord Road | 610-692-1930 | westtownpa.org June 26 Poetry in the Park Join a variety of poets for the first Poetry in the Park event at East Goshen’s recreational park. Feel free to bring your own poetry to share or simply come enjoy the work of others. The event is free for all and will start at 5:30pm. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org June 27 East Goshen Community Day Celebrate with your family and friends at Community Day, taking place at East Goshen from 5pm to dusk. Enjoy live music, moon bounces, laser tag, and pony rides. Stick around for a fireworks spectacular at dark. It is a day full of fun and even some surprises! Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 28th. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

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June 27 Color Run 5k Run through an explosion of color (non-toxic, biodegradable dyed cornstarch) during this 5k at East Goshen Park. All proceeds from this event benefit the Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP) and its Friend Fitness Program. The race will start at 10am. It is a guaranteed good time for all runners! 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 eastgoshen.org July 10 Commonwealth Classic Theatre at Everhart Park The Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents a free Shakespeare production, The Tempest. This journey will provide the audience with a show full of self-discovery and redemption. Come enjoy a night at the park and experience this classic performance. The show will begin at 7pm. 100 S Brandywine Street | 610-692-7171 commonwealthclassictheatre.org July 10 An Ode to Ireland The well-known Celtic Spirit is coming to East Goshen Park. A night full of Irish tunes and dancing will be sure to make you feel the Irish spirit. The event is free and begins at 6pm and will continue until dusk. The Celtic Spirit plans to hit the stage at 7pm, you will not want to miss this performance!

July 19 Turks Head Music Festival The past 30 years have seen West Chester’s music scene flourish with the help of the Turks Head Music Festival. Now celebrating its 33rd year, the festival continues to support local artists by providing the West Chester community with a day of fun in Everhart Park. Two different stages will be presenting regional bands for your entertainment. In addition to the bands, over 70 artists will be selling unique handcrafted art. Make sure you come hungry because food will be available all day as well. The festival will take place from 11am-5pm. Admission is free! Rain date is Sunday, July 26th.

August 8 Iron Hill Twilight Criterium Cyclists will gather for the annual bike race in West Chester this August. From amateurs to professionals, this competition will definitely be one to excite everyone. It is a 32-mile course through the downtown streets of West Chester. If the kids want to join in the race, bring them over to Market and Walnut Streets at 5pm. Then, the Amateur Men’s Criterium (6pm), the Pro-Am Women’s Criterium (6:45pm), and the Pro Men’s Criterium (7:45pm), will start and finish at the corner of Gay and High Streets. So grab your bike and cycling gear and start spinning through the streets!

100 S. Brandywine Street turksheadfestival.com

119 N. High Street | 610-696-4046 ironhilltwilightcriterium.com

July 20-24 High School Entrepreneurial Academy An academy for entrepreneurs will teach teams how to take a product from concept to SOLD! The program concludes at the East Goshen Farmer’s Market where each team will pitch their product to market patrons. Immaculata University is the program’s official partner and will be onsite during the academy providing business modules and advisors to each team. Registration is capped at 24, make sure you register early. Ages: 14–18.

August 8 West Market Street Block Party You don’t have to be a cyclist to participate in the fun on August 8. Join downtown West Chester (between Church and Darlington Streets) for the Market Street Block Party. Starting at 4pm, local businesses will provide face painting for the children, a Kid’s Zone, live music, delicious food and more! West Market Street | 610-696-4046 ironhilltwilightcriterium.com

1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 eastgoshen.org

1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 eastgoshen.org July 11 Running of the Bulls Bar Crawl You don't need to book a flight to Spain to enjoy the excitement of running with bulls. Just don a white shirt and red scarf and join West Chester Sport & Social Club's inaugural bar crawl through the borough! playphillysports.ticketleap.com

June 27 Color Run 5k

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August 15 NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick East Goshen Park is holding a kicking contest! Winners will proceed on to a regional competition, then finalists will move on to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The final stage for winners will be a 2015 Playoff Game for National Finals. The event is free of charge and will be held from 10am to 12pm. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org August 15 Park After Dark Movie East Goshen Park is offering its first Park After Dark Movie at 8pm, and its first showing will be Paddington, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie on the big screen under the stars! Movie begins around 9pm. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

August 16 Touch a Truck Day Spend the day exploring and touching different trucks. Located at the Chester County Government Service Building Parking Lot from 12-4pm. Various local businesses will be bringing their vehicles out for you and your children to explore. 601 Westtown Road | 610-436-9010 west-chester.com/recreation.php August 21 West Chester University Baseball Camp Join the Golden Rams this summer for a day full of baseball. From 1pm to 6pm on August 21, West Chester University’s baseball coach Jad Prachnaik will be holding a baseball camp to help all up-and-coming players perfect their skills. Each camper should bring a glove, bat, cleats, sneakers, batting gloves, water and sweatpants. 700 South High Street | 610-436-3555 | www.wcupa.edu

Recurring Events Swingin’ Summer Thursdays West Chester will be full of music on the first Thursday of every month. Come downtown to take an evening stroll through town while listening to two live bands and tasting West Chester’s best food. Themes will vary from week to week. June 4th will take place between High & Darlington, July 2nd will take place between High & Matlack, August 6th will be held between High & Darlington, and September 3rd will take place between High & Matlack. Swingin’ Summer Thursday runs from 6:30–9:30pm.

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Kreutz Creek Vineyards Summer Evening Concert Series Starting June 27, every Saturday throughout the summer from 6-9pm, come out to the vineyard at Kreutz Creek for live music, food and fun. Every week has a different theme, from jazz, to rock ’n’ roll, to Jimmy Buffett covers. There will be food trucks to keep your appetite satisfied while you enjoy wine and music. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the event. 553 S. Guernsey Road | 610-436-5006 | kreutzcreekvineyards.com First Fridays Every Thursday is full of life, so why not add Fridays? Shop at your favorite local boutiques, which will be staying open late for your convenience! First Fridays will take place on June 5th, July 3rd, and August 7th. Participating stores include: The 5 Senses, A Taste of Olive, Artifact, Bella & Betty, BIG Diamond Importers and Fine Jewelry, BLINK, Chester County Running Store, Fairman’s, Feminique, G & G Cigars, Green Eyed Lady, Halladay Florist, Jane Chalfant, KALY, Kiki Boutique, Kreutz Creek Winery, Malena’s, Moonflower, nich, OBVI, Painted Plate, Penwick Design, Piper’s Way Celtic Imports, Ruby Slippers, Second Reading Book Store, Sterling Optical, Sunset Hill Jewelers, Taylor’s Music Store, Timeless Dwellings, and Tish Boutique.

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Vintage Garage Sale The Vintage Garage Sale takes place in the Chestnut Street Parking Garage from 4–9pm on the first Fridays of May, June, August and September. Search through a variety of antiques, upcycled furniture, vintage clothing and more. The event features wine tastings, live jazz music, and food-truck favorites Ka’Chi and Dia Doce. 14 E. Chestnut Street avintagegaragesale.com West Chester Grower’s Market Every Saturday from 9am–1pm throughout the summer, the local Grower’s Market offers fresh produce and local goods. Corner of N. Church and W. Chestnut westchestergrowersmarket.com Music at Marshall Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for three different concert events this summer at Marshall Square Park. On June 18, July 16 and August 20 gather at the park starting at 6:30pm for a live musical performance. The popular band, Sin Brothers will be kicking off the series on June 18th. Artisan Exchange From 10am-2pm over 40 local artisans, farmers, chefs, and bakers provide goods and demonstrations. Live music will be provided throughout. 208 Carter Drive | 610-719-0282 artisanexchangewcpa.com

Pre-School Entertainment Starting in July, every Tuesday at East Goshen Park in the Ira Hicks Pavilion, you and your children can spend time together. The series of performances will be perfect for your children’s entertainment level. “The Magic of Kelly and Kyle” is on July 14, “Family Stages – Kid’s Theater” on July 21, and a “Cris and Lou Sing-Along Concert” on July 28th. All shows begin at 10am.

Town Tours & Village Walks Every Thursday from June 11 through August, enjoy a free tour through the towns of historical Chester County. Learn all about the interesting history of the Underground Railroad and the Africans who were enslaved by William Penn. Tours begin at 5:30pm and will finish around 7pm.

1580 Paoli Pk | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

225 North High Street | 610-344-6285 landscapes2.org

Cruise Nights Faulkner’s Cruise Nights are happening again this summer! On the second Friday of every month from April to September, from 6-9pm, you can find antique, classic, and custom cars while enjoying a DJ and maybe even win one of the various door prizes and giveaways. Don’t forget to bring a food donation for Faulkner’s food bank.

Story Slam Story Slam continues at Side Bar & Restaurant on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month will feature a new theme and various stories will be shared based on the varying themes. Enjoy the entertainment starting at 8pm on June 9th, July 14th, and August 11th. Tickets are required to attend this event.

705 Autopark Boulevard | 610-436-5600 faulknerauto.com

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West Goshen Summer Concert Series The West Goshen Community Park will be holding six free concerts this summer: Cat’s Pajamas on June 14th, The Greaseband on June 28th, Zydeco-a-Go-Go on July 12th, Love’s Magic on July 26th, Hometown Boyz on August 9th, and John Flynn on August 23rd. Bring a dry-good donation for the West Chester Food Cupboard. All concerts begin at 6:30pm. Fern Hill Road and N. Five Points Road 610-696-5266 | wgoshen.org

Jazz Cocktail Hour Presented by Uptown! Entertainment Alliance, the 2015 concert series will be held on June 18 and July 16 at The Ballroom at the Westside, where parking is free. Doors open at 6pm. Cocktails and small bites will be provided before the concert. 430 Hannum Ave | uptownwestchester.org East Goshen Farmer’s Market The East Goshen Farmer’s Market will be held on Thursdays, starting at 3:30pm. Shop for locally grown and flavorful food to cook for your backyard barbeques. 1661 Paoli Pike eastgoshenfarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing Activities The Painted Plate If you’re looking to express your artistic talent, the Painted Plate is the perfect spot to visit. Choose from a variety of pre-made pottery pieces, painting them however you may please. Get half-off your studio fee with specials throughout the summer: every Thursday is Ladies’ Night, and every alternating Saturday is Date Night. Bring your kids on the last Saturday of every month for Family Night, offering free pizza and soda! 104 W. Market St | 610-738-0603 | paintedplatepottery.com Chester County Historical Society Whether you are a resident of Chester County or visiting the area, the Chester County Historical Society offers several exhibits to inform you all about the history of the county. Join the historical society for a scheduled public program or a custom program for groups throughout the summer months. 225 N. High Street | 610-692-4800 | chestercohistorical.org Chester County Art Association The Chester County Art Association is a great way to stay cool and appreciate art masterpieces. The Association offers a number of different exhibitions and they even hold a summer art camp for children! Check back throughout the summer to find out about more exhibits and openings.

Art Classes at Chester County Art Association Have you always wanted to express yourself through art or perfect your skills? Then the Chester County Art Association is the place for you to sign up for art classes. Learn how to paint, make jewelry, sculpt and much more. Visit the CCAA’s website for more information. 100 N. Bradford Ave | 610-696-5600 | chestercountyarts.org West Chester Railroad Take a ride on the West Chester Railroad! The 90-minute train ride runs from Market Street to Glen Mills’ Victorian station, and is a perfect way explore Chester County’s beautiful scenery. Summer Picnic Specials will be offered every Sunday at 12pm. Visit their website or call them for more information. 230 E. Market Street | 610-430-2233 | westchesterrr.net Waterview Swim Club Join the club at Waterview this summer for access to a refreshing, Olympic-sized pool, shuffleboard courts, a playground, a picnic area, and much more. The club is open every day from 12–8pm.

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Hiking at Stroud Preserve Looking for a new place to take a stroll or go for a summer’s night run? Stroud Preserve offers over nine miles of unpaved trails that will thrill you during your outdoors adventures. The historic beauty of the preserve will be sure to make this your new favorite nature spot.

Summer Classes at WCU Stay smart even during the summer months! Sign up for classes at West Chester University to keep your brain on point even after the regular school year ends. The second summer session runs from June 30 to August 2, and the post-session runs from August 4 to 22.

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Highland Orchards Pick your favorite in-season fruits and produce at Highland Orchards this summer. Choose from a variety of strawberries, cherries, peaches and other fruits. Bring the kids along to help pick and enjoy an afternoon at the orchard’s playground, animal area, or even go on a hayride. 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd 610-269-3494 highlandorchards.net Brandywine Picnic Park Brandywine Picnic Park is the perfect place to spend the day outdoors tubing, riding paddle-boats and amusement rides, rock-climbing, and more. The kids will be sure to thank you after bringing them here! Public admission dates and prices are available on their website. 690 S. Creek Rd | 610-793-3198 | picnic.com Skatepark Do you enjoy skateboarding but aren't sure where it's permitted? Robert E. Lambert Skatepark is open daily from sunrise to sunset for all responsible skateboarders. You can watch the park live on the site’s webcam and see how crowded the park is. Pottstown Pk near Greenhill Rd | wgoshen.org Chester County SPCA Since summer is full of fun and free time, the Chester County SPCA is a perfect place to spend your day. You can play with the puppies or adopt a new pet whom you may fall in love with during your visit. 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610-692-6113 ccspca.org

Tee It Up Golf It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro golfer or a beginner, Tee It Up Golf is suitable for any level golfer. Tee It Up is a great place to take advantage of practicing on the greens or to use their 35-Course Simulator for perfecting your game. Before you know it you’ll be getting a hole-in-one! 21 Hagerty Boulevard | 610-429-0800 teeitupgolfpa.com Carousel Ballroom Shake it off at the Carousel Ballroom. Any dancer, of any level is invited to waltz or take dance lessons here. Dance parties are hosted on weekends. You can bring a friend or come alone. Enjoy appetizers, desserts, and great company as you dance the night away. 319 Westtown Road, Suite P | 610-701-0600 carouselballroom.com

Ice Cream If you’re craving a sweet treat this summer, West Chester is your spot. Choose between Kiwi, Rita’s, and Dairy Queen, or sample the handmade gelato at D’Ascenzo’s or Gemelli. Northbrook Canoe Company If it is too hot for you to be outside without being in water then head to the Brandywine River. The Brandywine River, located in the wonderful town of West Chester, allows you and your friends to go canoeing, kayaking, or even lie around in a tube downstream for an afternoon. Pack your lunch and a blanket to enjoy the scenery after spending time on the river. 1810 Beagle Road | 610-793-2279 northbrookcanoe.com Baldwin’s Book Barn Make a visit to Baldwin’s Book Barn to view the historic barn built in 1822. Full of history, scenic grounds and rare finds, Baldwin’s Barn is sure to excite you this summer. You may even find an antique that thrills you enough to come home with a souvenir! 865 Lenape Road | 610-696-0816 bookbarn.com Wing Night Reward yourself after a long day at work with wings and a beer at one of West Chester’s wing nights. Every Wednesday at Barnaby’s from 3:30pm-12:30am 10 wings are $4. Bring your kids with you because they eat free on this night! Barnaby’s is located at 15 South High Street. Ryan’s Pub, located at 124 West Gay Street holds their weekly wing night on Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to midnight, 5 wings for $2. On Monday nights at Kildare’s of West Chester, all-you-can-eat wings are all yours for $8.99. West Chester Public Library The West Chester Public Library is a great way to keep children entertained during the summer. Every Saturday at 10am, kids can battle it out at Chess Club. Every second Monday at 6:30pm is Lego Club for kids 8+, and every fourth Monday is Junior Lego Club for kids 5-7. Happening all day on June 13, the library’s summer reading program kicks off with balloons, crafts, games, tattoos, music, science demonstrations and more!

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Diane LeBold and the West Chester Food Co-Op examine local food production and bring eaters closer to the source of their food.

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Although the West Chester Food Co-op may be a new idea here in West Chester, the concept of co-ops has been around since the founding of the nation. A lot of that activity took place in and around Philadelphia—and some right here in Chester County. The earliest co-ops were worker coops, driven by the needs of workers to liberate themselves from low wages and abusive labor practices. These kinds of co-ops are owned and democratically controlled by their workers on a one-worker, one-vote basis. Some great examples of how the people of Philadelphia used worker ownership and worker control to protect their interests abound: in 1791, carpenters in Philly formed a co-op during a strike to support themselves; in 1806 when a shoemakers’ labor union lost out in a strike effort, they opened a cooperative boot and shoe factory instead of slinking back to the boss. Closer to home, Mary Ellicott Arnold (1876–1968) was a Quaker writer and social activist who was a member of Providence Monthly Meeting in Media. She and her companion, Mabel Reed, were involved in a number of successful co-ops in the U.S. and Canada, including the Tanguy and Cheyney Cooperative Homesteads. And in the 1930s, S.L. Shanaman from Phoenixville was one of the founding directors of the Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation, a purchasing co-op with current headquarters in Wayne. In the mid-20th century, workers’ rights advocates began to focus on union organizing instead of co-op development. But recently, the worker co-op movement has begun to gain momentum again. Right now, Philadelphia has three operational worker co-ops, with a fourth that’s nearly ready to begin operation. Right here in Chester County, Dansko shoes is 100% worker-owned, which brings its structure close to a traditional worker co-op. Credit unions also are cooperative organizations. We have four in Chester County. And the Energy Co-op, a provider of biofuel and electricity generated by local, alternative resources, is another cooperative group that offers service here. Today, food co-ops are the fastest growing type of cooperative in the Philadelphia region. There are currently eight new food co-ops under development in and around Philadelphia (including West Chester Food Co-op!), all of which benefit from the experience and mentorship of the region’s existing food cooperatives, including Weaver’s Way; Swarthmore; Newark, Delaware; and Mariposa. So we’re happy to say that the West Chester Food Co-op, although a new idea here in Chester County, is part of a larger cooperative movement that has deep roots in our region’s history. –dlebold@TheWCPress.com To find out more about the cooperative movement and how it benefits communities throughout the Philadelphia region, visit Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s website: philadelphia.coop. To see a map of the “Solidarity Economy”—and find out more about who has joined in the cooperative revolution, pop on over to philadelphia.coop/phillycoops

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Bartender of the

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PHOTO Andrew Hutchins

INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

For Brian DiTomo, it was an easy choice to step away from legal briefs and get back behind the bar. So, how long’ve you been bartending? Coming up on five years. Where’d you get your start? It was a small Italian place in Delaware County that’s not even there anymore. What brought you to West Chester? I came out for school in 2006 and never went home. What’d you study? I studied political science, pre-law and communications and graduated in 2010. So, were you working while in school? Well, after West Chester I went on to Widener University School of Law, and

they had a strict no working policy. I studied there for two years, decided it wasn’t really what I wanted to do, and as soon as I left I went right back to bartending. Where else have you worked? I worked at Chickie & Pete’s in Drexel Hill and Más here in town. How long have you been at Doc’s? A year and a half now. Are you happy here? Really happy. I was always bouncing around, a new job every six months to a year before I ended up here. I really like the crew at Doc’s. What differentiates Doc’s? They allow you to have some creativity with the drinks, whereas some places have strict rules and that’s all there is. Here, they take your opinion into consideration and work with it. They listen to the staff and let the bartenders influence everything from the drinks list to the beers on draft, which I think makes for a better overall experience for both our customers and the staff. How so? I think we’re trying to push our drinks menu and turn it into something you really haven’t tried before. Bar manager Matt Hagnauer and I are trying to create a flavor profile that will be very new for a lot of people in town.

What do you mean by that? We’re concentrating on Prohibition-style drinks, like our Absinthe Minded, that features egg whites. I don’t think a lot of people have had egg whites as an ingredient in a cocktail before. Anything cool happening at Doc’s this summer? Well, we just started the new Thursday night specials, meaning $5 fish bowls, $4 craft beers, $3 u-call-its, $2 Stella drafts and $1 Bud Light drafts. Plus we’ve always got the Shore Shack out back, which is a great spot to grab a drink outside, and it’s got a great beachy feel. Are you doing anything different with the Shore Shack? We’ve been focusing on cool craft beers lately, bringing in stuff that other bars won’t have, so we’re interested in doing some rare kegs and keeping them rotating on the six taps out back. Sounds like you’re pretty passionate about your chosen career. Glad you didn’t become a lawyer? Absolutely. I couldn’t imagine being cooped up in an office all day reading case law. I wanted to interact with people. I didn’t just end up bartending, I chose to do this. I have degrees; I can do just about anything, but I love being behind the bar.

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Blink adds a splash of color to your summer attire with prints!

STORY Janae Fecondo

BLINK boutique is stocked with stylish summer pieces, including plenty of looks featuring the season's big trend: prints! Break up solid pieces from your closet with a flirty printed pant or top. The bold, bright geometric prints on the maxi dress at left, enhanced with a braided detail and open back, make it perfect for day or night. The comfortable jersey material of the dress paired with a slip on sandal will make this your go-to outfit for the summer. A punch of color makes this silky, patterned short a standout for the warm weather, and the multi-colored shorts make color-coordinating a top super simple. The pockets and elastic waistband bring elements of added comfort, making it a closet necessity. BLINK offers a wide selection of fashionable pieces. From casual to dressy, rompers to shorts, tanks and maxis, your outfit will be perfect for any occasion, so stop by soon to see what’s in store.

Look One Maxi Dress Tbags Los Angeles, $42 Sandals Splendid, $66 Tassel Bangles HoneyRose&K, $24 each Look Two Silk Printed Shorts Joie, $178 Tank Top Joie, $158 Sandals Splendid, $66 Tassel Necklace HoneyRose&K, $68 JUNE 2015 THEWCPRESS.COM

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’m not much of a “girly girl.” Sure, I love pretty things and luxurious experiences, but when the idea for a “girls night out” piece came up, I tried to offload it onto someone else. I fussed about gender stereotyping. I whined about my face being red and puffy after a facial. [Editor's Note: "whined" isn't a strong enough word] I complained that the whole thing lacked a toothsome angle or compelling story arc. In the end, my editor told me to suck it up and enjoy myself [Editor's Note: That's what this issue is about!]. So we did. On a Saturday night in May, three of my girlfriends and I got pampered at the spa, relaxed at happy hour, refined ourselves at a wine tasting, and cultured our sensibilities at a ceramics joint. We put it all (well, some of it) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rest of it you’ll find in these pages.

#GirlsNightOutCrew Amelia: A lifelong townie, Amelia currently teaches Kindergarten at Westtown KinderCare, but she’s got reason to celebrate: She just accepted a new job as a Child and Family Counselor at the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County that starts in June. Amy: Founder of Something’s Awry Productions in Landenberg, Amy adds her photography and organizational skills to the squad. Anne: Another lifelong townie (as well as Amelia’s mom) Anne teaches public speaking at WCU. After giving her last final exam the previous night, she’s ready for some girl time. Jesse: She wears many hats around town, including writing impeccable prose as a contributing editor for The WC Press. She deserves a sizable raise [Editor's Note: Let's not get ahead of ourselves] for putting pictures of herself in a spa towel on the internet for this assignment.

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#GetPampered

#GetHappy

Our first stop is La Difference Spa, where owners Dan and Christy Cosgrove meet us on the front porch to tell us about our services. Anne and Amelia are whisked away to the chic new blowout bar on one end of the spa for hand massages and “Destination Blowouts.” Meanwhile, Amy and I are led to the other end of the building, a quiet, tranquil haven for massage and facial services. Amy’s got a full body massage on tap and I’m booked for a premium facial that also includes a hand and foot massage.

Our next stop is happy hour at Pietro’s Prime. Almost the entire bar is ours and bartender Neil queues up four different vibrant-hued drinks. We nosh on a bowl of bleu cheese chips, a flatbread pizza with strawberries, and a grilled chicken quesadilla. Owner Marisa Giunta comes out for a photo, and Neil sends us off with a very special drink that features shredded mint and a sugared rim. Hint: you’ll find it elsewhere in this issue. [Editor's Note: Suuuuuch a good drink (pg 55).]

The Spa Experience: Amelia: “Natalie gave us hand massages and a tour. She was very sweet! Christy did my hair: a shampoo and blowout, then showed me how to do a fishtail braid. I can't wait to try it out! The services were great, and the staff was pleasant and attentive (this is my new spot). I loved the feel of the salon. Not only did I know Nicole at the front desk (since high school--we worked our first job together!), I had other social connections to the staff. They truly are a West Chester family-owned business. The ambiance is warm and inviting and I felt like I was getting salon services from a family friend.”

The Happy Hour Experience Amelia: “I chose a Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy, though the beer selection was quite good and I had a hard time choosing. Summer beers are the best. We also sampled the ‘Pro-jito’ by Neil. It was delicious. My favorite moment was watching my mom take a tequila shot. She's still got it!” Amy: “I had a Cosmo, very good but strong! Favorite happy hour moment was watching the bartender make his signature drink

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Amy: “Natalie did a great job with my massage and gauged the amount of pressure according to my likes and dislikes. My favorite moment was when she did some deep tissue work on my back and shoulders!” Anne: “The blowout from Tricia was relaxing and my hair looked better than I could ever do myself. I loved learning about how to do my hair and getting some great products, self-tanner, shampoo, and conditioner from La Difference. And I loved my hand massage from Natalie.” Jesse: I walked into La Difference wound up so tight it took me 15 minutes to figure out how to get into my terrycloth wrap, but Shannon fixed that straight away. She made me leave my laptop behind so I could focus on relaxing [Editor's Note: That's a minor miracle.]. Any preoccupation I had with my “writing assignment” was rubbed away by her lavender-scented cleanser. My skin looked radiant and I was so mellow I didn’t want to leave.

and trying it. Very good!” Anne: “I had the Orange Crush Martini. The appetizers were delicious, including the flatbread with strawberries, chicken, bleu cheese and balsamic drizzle. And I loved the bleu cheese chips.” Jesse: I had a special margarita. It was fantastic, but strong. The reason I don’t know the name is because I accidentally erased all my notes about halfway through it [Editor's Note: Seriously? You're putting that in the article?]. My favorite moment was lining up all our fancy cocktails. It made me feel very girly.

#WineAppreciation

@Kreutz Creek Winery, 44 E. Gay St. Third on the list is Kreutz Creek Winery. We’re here to sample their offerings and select a couple of bottles to take with us to The Painted Plate. Anne instructs us in the proper sniff-swirl-sniff technique and we meander through the whites, including a Pinot

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grigio, a Vidal blanc and a Chardonnay. We write our impressions on the wine list using wax pencils. Our surprise favorite is the Steuben, with its refreshing and summer-perfect strawberry presence. Before we leave, a West Chester local wanders in with his one-eyed Jack Russell Terrier in tow, providing us with one of the best photos of the evening.

they first opened, we painted star plaques, and it reminded me of when she was a little girl. All grown up now!” Jesse: I recall painting my girl gnome’s hat and braids but things got a bit foggy after that [Editors Note: Wow...].

Favorite Wine Tasting Moment: Amelia: “The one-eyed Jack Russell Terrier sighting! And inventing flavor names for the wines, like meat and campfire.” Amy: “Loved the ambience and camaraderie mostly! The guitarist sounded like he would have been good too.” Jesse: I’ve actually never done a wine tasting session, so that was a fun experience. The Chardonnay evoked the earthy, woody smell of the inside of my guitar case (in a good way). [Editor's Note: For never having done this before, you've sure got the jargon down]

The night was not without costs. Anne returned to her Mini Cooper to find a parking ticket waiting. “The tickets don’t start coming until 5 pm, but the meters don’t let you pay ahead,” says Anne. “I knew I was parking illegally so it is what it is.” In addition, I am hoping that the screen of my new MacBook Pro will recover from the half bottle of chardonnay that may have accidentally splashed all over it [Editors Note: Again, wow...].

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The Painted Plate, 104 W. Market St. The four of us get to indulge our artsy side at The Painted Plate, the last official stop on our tour. Anne creates a tree of life design on a plate for her 10-year wedding anniversary. Amy and Amelia pick out mugs. I get super excited when I come across a girl gnome—a perfect addition for the “gnome trail” at Harmony Hill Nature Area, where garden gnomes mysteriously appear tucked into crevices alongside the trail. Favorite Art Making Moments: Amelia: “I chose a soup bowl-sized mug and painted constellations on it. I think I may have overdone it a bit. Regardless, I'll be able to drink a ton of tea out of it! Laughing with each other, seeing what creations we all made and each of our artistic styles. My Mom is such a fabulous artist, and it is really inspiring to see her in her element.” Amy: “Getting to talk with everyone in a quieter atmosphere than the previous stops.” Anne: “Watching Amelia paint her mug with star constellations. When we went to Painted Plate many years ago when

Favorite Girls Night Out Moments: Amelia: “I would have to say the DELICIOUS drinks and appetizers at Pietro's!” Amy: “Most awesome experience was walking around West Chester and recreating the Abbey Road shot! Pretty funny and not something I would normally do. Overall the experience was 'on fleek.'” Anne: “I enjoyed spending time in my hometown with three very cool ladies, laughing a lot and getting to know a new friend. The ‘Fab Four Photo’ was fun too, and turned out great! Also, we only hit up four places for the day. I never realized that downtown West Chester could really take up a good two full days, with shops, other restaurants, salons, bakeries, art galleries, etc.”

#BottomLine

Quit fussing about your girly girl image. Grab some friends. Go do some things outside your comfort zone. Reenact the Abbey Road album cover at the intersection of Church and Miner. Tell stories around a campfire until the sun comes up. It’s all good summer fun [Editor's Note: Told you so].

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Local

Talent

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INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

Ted Way of Way Martial Arts is a self-defense expert What do you teach? The karate I teach is called Tang Soo Do. Where does it originate? South Korea, but it originally came from China, partly because 2000 years ago, everything over there was China. Have you studied other forms? Yes. I also teach the Israeli art of Haganah, which we call the evolution of Krav Maga. I also train in Muay Thai, judo, jiu jitsu and American kickboxing. Do you offer all of that at Way Martial Arts? We have combat fitness, circuit training fitness, karate and Haganah, and we also have a class for senior citizens called Silver Sneakers. We even offer personalized nutrition through Tate’s Wellness. What led you to martial arts? I’ve been wrestling for close to 40 years. After high school I got into kickboxing, then 17 years ago I got into karate. How’d you get into karate? My daughter started taking karate with Mr. Sean McCormick in Oxford. I liked the way he taught, and about six months after my daughter started, I stopped by McCormick Karate Academy and Mr. McCormick said, “What are you doing here? Your daughter doesn’t have class today,” and I said, “I’m here to pick up my uniform and begin my training." And things naturally evolved from there? Ten years ago I opened a school with Mr. McCormick when I was just a red belt. Eight years ago I bought the school. Two years ago I moved it from above the Westtown Post Office to the Westtown Village Shopping Center, and—this year in January—I changed the name to Way Martial Arts. Seems like you caught on quickly. I’ve always been a teacher. From my days with Asplundh Tree Experts training climbing, to my time with MBNA training employees, I’ve always been in the role of educating.

But why do you think you settled on this as a career? I feel that everyone has the right to defend themselves. I read a book when I was in high school about Dan Gable. He was an Olympic wrestler who never lost a match, but tells the story of how his sister was defenseless and was abducted. I won’t go into details about it, but it made me want to teach everyone how to defend themselves. Do you feel this is the best way to do that? There are many ways. Everyone has different styles, different ways of leading

their lives; it’s important to find a way that fits you. That’s one of the reasons I train in so many different styles, so that no matter what works for you, I can help you find a way to defend yourself and your family. For me, that’s pushed my evolution from wrestling, to kickboxing, to karate to Haganah. Plus, it’s fun. I truly enjoy watching everyone learn, from the little kids to the adults. Do you teach a wide range of ages? We do this from ages four up to 104. 105 and I’ll have to make you sign a waiver, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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Becca Boyd has a passion for good food

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As summer bounds into full swing, there’s no better place to be on Saturday morning than the West Chester Grower’s Market. The booths are teeming with beautiful produce and I always wish I came with more cash even as I lug my bags home while rubbing my sore shoulders. The recipe I want to share with you today will showcase your fresh veggies beautifully. No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna Serves 2-4 2 large zucchini, ends trimmed, thinly sliced lengthwise (should be about 12 slices) 8 oz. sliced mushrooms 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1 shallot, minced olive oil, salt, and pepper 1/4 c. chopped fresh basil 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese 1-1 1/2 c. prepared tomato sauce 1 c. grated mozzarella cheese, divided 1 c. low-fat ricotta cheese 1. Preheat oven to 375 if cooking immediately. Spray or drizzle olive oil on zucchini slices and heat grill/grill pan to medium high. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. 2. Grill, flipping once, until golden on both sides. 3. Meanwhile, heat saute pan over medium high heat and add 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add mushrooms and saute, sprinkling to taste with kosher salt (about 1/4 tsp. ). Stir occasionally until tender and golden brown. 4. Transfer cooked zucchini to a dinner plate and set to the side to cool. Transfer mushrooms to cutting board and chop well. 5. Combine chopped mushrooms, shallot, basil, ricotta, cottage cheese, salt and half of the mozzarella. Stir to combine. 6. Spoon about 1/2 c. sauce into the bottom of an 8x8" baking pan and spread to cover the entire bottom. 7. Lay zucchini in the palm of your hand and scoop portions of the filling into the center. Roll up and place zucchini roll in the corner of the pan. Continue, making about three rows of four. Another way to do this is to lay the 12 zucchini slices out on a clean counter and portion out the filling, ensuring you fill each the same amount. 8. Top with a drizzle of the remaining sauce across each row, and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. 9. If eating later, cover with foil and refrigerate. If cooking immediately, cover with foil and place in preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes and then remove foil and switch oven to “Broil” (all of the heat comes from the top of the oven). Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Let cool for several minutes before serving. bboyd@thewcpress.com

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14 ummer S ls i a t k c o C Best Sipped in the Sun

Our guide to patio drinking in West Chester story Dan Mathers photos Andrew Hutchins

Moscow Mule

 1.5oz Stolichnaya Vodka  0.5oz Lime Juice  4oz Ginger Beer

Absinthe Minded

 Muddled Sage  1 Egg White  Spray of Absinthe  2oz Citrus Vodka

This classic has been making a comeback lately, as chefs and mixologists have started to celebrate ginger. The lime is the perfect touch of sour and sweet to offset the powerful gingerbeer bite.

The use of egg white thickens the drink and leaves an aromatic frothy head on the martini, filling your nostrils with the scents of citrus and sage. The drink is strong, but wellbalanced and lacking any noticeable bite.

Barnaby's secluded patio, with live bamboo and a trickling fountain, almost has the feel of a zen garden, so it's the perfect place to relax. They also boast a huge outdoor bar, allowing you the choice between hopping up to a seat at the counter or grabbing a table and chairs.

At Doc Magrogan's Oyster House you have your choice between the Shore Shack out back, which has the feel of casual outdoor dining at the Jersey Shore, or sitting in the shade along Gay Street beneath the gas lamps glowing along the façade.

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Cucumber Martini

Summertime Sunset

 Muddled Cucumber  2oz Tito’s Vodka  1oz St. Germaine  Splash of Sweet Vermouth

 1oz Smirnoff Orange  0.5oz Peach Liqueur  3oz Orange Juice  2oz Sierra Mist  Splash Grenadine

Muddled vegetable means you get what amounts to cucumber pulp in the drink, which adds a nice texture. The flavors are delicate and sweet, allowing the cucumber to take center stage.

The grenadine splash hits you with a taste of cherry right from the first sip, and that flavor is slowly replaced by a refreshing citrus tang, as the lemon-lime soda blends perfectly with the orange juice and vodka.

Kildare's Irish Pub offers the option of sipping streetside out front of the restaurant, surrounded by planters and the hubbub of Gay Street, or relaxing out back in the enclosed patio with a small bar beneath the exposed rafters and hanging flower pots.

Landmark Americana's patio offers views of St. Agnes and plenty of people watching along Gay Street, plus with the width of the patio and the sparse placement of tables, you never feel crowded or as though passersby are impinging on your conversation.

Blood Orange Fizz

 1.5oz Blood Orange Limoncello  2oz Prosecco  Splash of Lime Juice  Splash of Club Soda

Pepino Margarita

 3 Slices of Cucumber  1 Slice of Lime, Squeezed  1oz Simple Syrup  0.5oz Triple Sec  2oz Tequila

The prosecco in this cocktail really shines through—the carbonation bursts on your tongue and is followed by the tart, slightly sour sweetness of the blood orange limoncello. The drink is clearly potent but goes down fast.

There's just something about cucumber—the scent, the flavor—and when you mix it with some good tequila, a little salt and the sour tang of a margarita, the flavors come together to create a drink that's refreshing and uplifting.

Limoncello, with their flower pot-framed railings atop a red brick-lined sidewalk, is the quintessential West Chester patio scene, and the fact that there isn't a single building across the street lends a feeling of expansiveness to what would otherwise be a quaint scene.

...but, let's be honest: when you're sitting on the roof of Mas Mexicali Cantina, looking out across downtown West Chester the historic courthouse and all the poor plebians trundling by down on Market Street, all drinks taste a little bit better, don't they?

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Delray Projito

 2oz Bacardi Silver  1.5oz Prosecco  1oz Simple Syrup  Sugar-Coated Rim

Ram's Spiced Sangria

 3oz Fat Cat Cellars Pinot Noir  1oz Domaine de Canton  Splash of Gand Marnier  Splash of Orange Juice

The Projito was inspired by drinks sipped in Delray, FL. It has all the classic mint and lime bouquet of a mojito, plus an added effervescent burst supplied by the prosecco. It's like someone sipped a mojito and said, "This isn't refreshing enough."

Any good sangria is all about the wine, and Fat Cat's Pinot noir makes a great base. Sweet but full-bodied, and with a kick of ginger on the tongue as you swallow, supplied by the Domaine de Canton, this sangria is refreshing and smooth and really packs a punch.

The patio at Pietro's Prime is shielded off from the passersby on Market Street by a simple, wrought-iron fence, surrounded by hanging plants and shaded by large umbrellas at each table.

Rams Head's patio isn't the biggest in town, but it offers views all the way down Market Street on your way out of town, to the tip of the court house. It's that perfect, "Oh, maybe we should sit outside," kind of place.

Bloody Mary

 1.5oz Purus Vodka  4oz Organic Tomato Juice  Roots Café's Bloody Mary Mix Some days, you just need a little booze in the morning, and if you're drinking Roots Café's Bloody Mary, you can convince yourself it's good for you, too... kind of. It's a classic Bloody Mary, but—as is the norm at Roots—your drink is made with organic and locally produced ingredients, including a delicious piece of Righteous Felon jerky with your garnish. The three-tiered patio at Roots Cafe is surrounded by their herb garden, so you'll find yourself surrounded by the plants that just might end up on your plate... or in your drink.

Captain's Rum Runner

 1.5oz Captain Morgan  0.5oz Blackbery Schnapps  0.5oz Creme de Banana  Splash of Orange Juice  Splash of Pineapple Juice  Splash of Grenadine With how much booze goes into a Rum Runner, it's always surprising how little you taste. Sweet, tart and great on a hot day, Rum Runners are sure to take you back to your last trip to the islands. Whether enjoying the quiet of the second-floor deck at Ryan's Pub, or relaxing in the shade of the trees along Gay Street, the patios here always have the feel of your neighbor hangout.

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151 Punch

 1.5oz Ole Smoky Original Moonshine  2oz Orange Juice  1oz Cranbery Juice  Splash of Sprite

Key Lime Martini

 2oz Stoli Vanil  1oz Malibu Coconut Rum  Splash of Pineapple  Drop of Grenadine

While Ole Smoky might be a bit more refined than what you'd find in the hills and hollers of Kentucky, there's no two ways about it: this drink packs a wallop. Take into account they're serving it with a bourbon chaser, and you'll be feeling purty good.

The coconut is a far more prominent flavor than that of the vanilla, meaning this strong and sweet cocktail has a way of transporting you to the tropics, and the vanilla aftertaste finishes smooth on the tongue.

Saloon 151 is the newest spot in town, and we're pretty excited to include them. This whiskey bar and grill boasts a patio with the only high-top tables in town. Still, you'll want to get inside to check out the awesome overhaul they've performed on the space that once housed Kooma.

Most the patrons on the patio at Side Bar & Restaurant will be sipping craft brews (they have an awesome list), but there' are few things more refreshing than a crisp, cold tropical-inspired drink sipped as dog after dog after dog passes by their patio.

Watermelon Shaker

 Fresh Muddled Watermelon and Mint  2oz Vodka  0.5oz Triple Sec  Topped with Watermelon Juice

Strawberry Margarita

 Fresh Muddled Strawberries and Mint  1.75oz Tequila  0.5oz Orange Juice  0.25oz Simple Syrup  0.5oz Triple Sec  2.5oz Sour

Wanna talk about bang for your buck? How about 20oz cocktails in your own personal shaker to pour at your leisure. This cocktail is all the fun of a vodka-filled watermelon at a tailgate, with a bit more refinement. It's crisp, light and even after just the first half, you're feeling it.

The distinction between fresh, muddled strawberries and a pre-made purée is what makes all the difference here. This margarita is rich, and while it's sweet right from the start, it finishes with the classic margarita sour flavor.

Social Lounge's front patio is spacious and lined with planters, but those in the know hop around back (when available), to hang in their secluded patio that has all the feel of a really cool house party in the city.

Teca boasts the largest seating capacity of any patio in town, and when they open up the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the front of the building, the atmosphere of the bar spills out onto the patio and the vibrancy of the outdoors floods inside.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: It's everyone’s favorite bar game, in print (and you won’t have to pay 50 cents). You can actually WIN money. Compare the two photos at right. They may look the same, but there are five subtle differences between the two. Find those five differences and identify the items that have been changed. Then send an email to contests@thewcpress.com listing those items. You’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to a local business. Winners will be chosen at random, and their name will be posted to Facebook along with the solution at the end of the month. So make sure to like us and follow along if you want to play. Enjoy!

Can you spot the five differences in this images of a New Jersey beach teeming with tourists in summer?

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Computer Support (clothing optional)

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Schedule your remote session today at RemoteWC.com Brought to you by West Chester Computer Doctors, located in the middle of the block at 28 South High Street www.computerwc.com  610.431.0400  support@computerwc.com


Summer

Hit List

DJ Romeo curates a list featuring the top tracks you'll hear played on the radio this month.

The following is a list of songs that will take over the radio stations in the next few months—you'll soon know know them by heart and play them 'til they're tired. But, good news: you can download them first and look like the cool musical genius to all of your lame friends. djromeo@thewcpress.com

soundcloud.com/d-j-romeo

Thur. & Fri. Saturday Sunday 2pm-12am 11am-12am 11am-11pm

Years & Years – “King” Maroon 5– “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” OMI – “Cheerleader” Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand” Twenty One Pilots – “Tear In My Heart” DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It” Elliphant – “Love Me Badder” Blonde ft. Alex Newell – “All Cried Out” Madeon ft. Passion Pit – “Pay No Mind” Galantis – “Runaway (U & I)” Ed Sheeran – “Photograph” Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MO – “Lean On” Deorro X Chris Brown – “Five More Hours” Pep & Rash –”Rumors” Marlon Roudette – “When the Beat Drops Out” Charli XCX – “Famous” Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf” Jeremih ft. Flo Rida – “Tonight Belongs To U!” Muse – “Dead Inside” T–Wayne – “Nasty Freestyle” Zedd ft. Jon Bellion – “Beautiful Now” Big Data – “Dangerous” (Oliver Remix) Fetty Wap ft. Drake – “My Way” Blake Shelton – “Sangria” Tinashe – “All Hands On Deck”

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The WC Press Summer Fun Guide - June 2015  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Summer Fun Guide - June 2015  

Voice of the Borough