The WC Press Summer Fun Guide - June 2016

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THE SUMMER FUN GUIDE 71 exciting events and experiences you won’t want to miss THE LOOK Invest in quality shades from Sterling Optical BARTENDER OF THE MONTH Tony DeRemer’s serving up drinks at Barnaby’s POOL HOPPING WC’s best spots to cool off this summer OWNER OF THE MONTH Dan Wright makes a living climbing trees PHOTO HUNT Can you find the differences in these two photos?





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“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” –Russell Baker

One in five Americans will have skin cancer, and pale-skinned, blueeyed people like me are particularly susceptible to sun-related issues. Especially if they love soaking up those UV rays. So, the odds don’t look good for me. I try to be smart about it. I’ve got polarized sunglasses that go on anytime I leave the house. If I know I’ll be spending time in the sun, I slather on the SPF. Sometimes, I put a dab of Hawaiian Tropic on my nose when I get out of the shower in the morning, because this schnoz is constantly roasting. This time of year, so is the rest of my body. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I revel in the warm weather. I’d prefer to be shirtless and sandaled than in any other attire. Whether with a book in my backyard or a board on the beach, I love being outside in the summer heat. Sitting and sweating in the sun with a Peloton Cold Brew or a Corona Light? Now that’s living. Of course, that wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I even began to enjoy sitting still. I read books as a kid—mostly while I was grounded during the school year—but I didn’t return to devouring novels until the past couple years. Throughout my entire childhood (which I think extends right up until your third year out of college), I always wanted to be on the move and doing something, and I was terrible at entertaining myself. I distinctly remember pestering my mom, constantly asking, “What should I do now?” In those days it was perfectly acceptable for my mom to kick me out of the house for the afternoon, tell me to hop on my bike and go bother the neighbors and their kids, but I’m sure she wished she had an answer for,“What should I do now?” that was a bit more specific than, “Grrrraarrrr! Dan you’re driving me crazy, get out of the house!” Yes, my mother has been known to growl. And she’s a noted masochist, since she willingly subjected herself to a second round of pestering: she’s currently raising two more boys, aged 13 and 11. I created The Summer Fun Guide three years ago with her in mind. Now in its fourth iteration, the Guide has continued to grow. In most issues we have three or four feature stories, but to accommodate the scope of this year’s installment— which spans ten pages and could have been much longer— we were only able to fit in one other story. This issue is, possibly, the most useful one we put out every year, because it is absolutely jam-packed with information about what to do to entertain yourself, your family and your friends in West Chester this summer. So, I suggest you follow my lead, recline in a lawnchair with a cold Corona, and soak up all this information with a heaping portion of summer sunshine. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.



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June 3 Better Than Bacon Interactive Improv Comedy Better Than Bacon performs completely unscripted improvisational games, and YOU are the driving force. Make your suggestion, interact, then see what happens. This event takes place at Sprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Alley. Doors open at 7:30pm, and tickets are $10 for holders with a Sprout membership and $15 to become a member. 610-738-3350 | June 4 Up On The Roof Go up where the air is rare, and see the city from the roof of the Chestnut Street Parking Garage. From 7–11pm, guests socialize under the glow of starlight while enjoying live music from the Manny Trio and a complimentary bar with beer, wine, and martinis. Dinner will be provided by Limoncello, with appetizers and desserts from A Taste of West Chester. 14 E. Chestnut Street | June 4 Spring Flea Market & Bike Sale Searching for some good deals and possibly wheels? West Chester’s Flea Market is the perfect place for you to find that new bike or plenty of other treasures this summer. The flea market will run from 9am to 1pm at the West Chester Municipal Building. And if you’ve done some spring cleaning and want to reserve a spot to sell your items, it is $15 for a space. 401 East Gay St | 610-436-9010 | June 4 Historic Goshenville Artisan Fair This fair has something for everyone! Taste food from the age of homespun courtesy of Waffatopia, Carmen B’s Honey, MacDougall’s Cakes, and Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters. Enjoy blacksmithing, chair caning, and leather working, along with yarn and corn husk doll-making for the kids. The Goshenville Artisan Fair will keep your entire family entertained all day. The fair will be held from 11am to 4pm. Rt 352 & East Boot Road | 610-692-7171 | June 4 Cars & Motorcycles of England Show The 93-acre Oakbourne Park provides the setting for the spectacular vehicles of the Cars & Motorcycles of England Show. Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club and the Delaware Valley Triumph Club, this show is a spectator’s delight. The field opens at 8:30, judging begins at 10, and prizes are awarded beginning at 2:30. 1014 S. Concord Road | 610-692-1930 |

June 5 Super Sunday Happening from 11am to 5pm, Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington becomes a giant street fair for all ages. There are rides, games, moonbounces, a dunk tank, and much more for the kids, antique cars and craft booths for parents, and plenty of food vendors for everyone. Admission for this event is free. 401 East Gay St | 610-436-9010 | June 8-11 West Chester University Poetry Conference This a three-day comprehensive conference will offer workshops, critical seminars and keynote speakers, including British Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion. The option of a one-day workshop on varying topics is available, as well as a full conference package including lodging and meals. 700 South High Street | 610-436-3235 | June 11 Iris DeMent’s The Trackless Woods Poetry becomes lyrics in this concert to culminate the WCU Poetry Conference, when folk singer Iris DeMent plays from her sixth album, The Trackless Woods, at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. The lyrics are poems by Anna Akhmatova, as translated by Babette Deutsch and Lyn Coffin, set to compositions by DeMent. Tickets are $35. 700 South High Street | 610-436-3235 | June 9 Harvest Dinner Series at Faunbrook Faunbrook’s Bed & Breakfast Dinner Series, a collaboration between local artisans, continues in June with a dinner centered around mint. Included in the cost of your ticket is hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner with mint-based items, specialty mint cocktails, beer and wine. Tickets are $85. 699 West Rosedale Avenue | 610-436-5788 | June 10 Dub C Four-Miler Witness an exciting Friday night four-mile run, two-mile walk, and several children’s races, all benefiting the Chester County Down Syndrome and the Parkinson 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 |



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June 11 Summer Reading Club Kick Off The West Chester Public Library is a fantastic resource for entertainment this summer, and their Summer Reading Club is at the center of it all. Come out the second Saturday in June and register for their summer activities, plus enjoy balloons, crafts, games, temporary tattoos and much more. Bring the whole family! 415 N. Church Street | 610-696-1721 | June 12 Chester County Hospital Polo Cup This 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 be stay busy the whole day. The festivities begin at 1:30pm, and the polo match starts at 3pm, so pack a picnic for 'the Sport of Kings' event. Admission is $25 for tickets purchased in advance, or $30 at the gate. Proceeds benefit The Prenatal Clinic and Chester County Hospital. 260 Polo Road | 610-431-5328 |


June 16 Trail Blazer Run Participate in a scenic five-mile race on the trails of Chester County! Even if running is not your passion, you can enjoy a 1.5-mile family fun hike as an alternative option. The race starts at 6:30pm, with registration open at 5pm. After the race, enjoy a complimentary beer from Victory Brewing Company. Parking is free. 1300 Valley Creek Rd | 610-436-5108 | June 18 West Chester History Train All aboard for a trip back in time. Westtown Township historian David Walter and West Chester University Professor Jim Jones will provide an interactive presentation with passengers to bring the scenic eight miles of track alive with the rich history of one of the earliest operating railroads in America. The station at Glen Mills will be open with railroad-related displays for passengers to explore upon arrival. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for children 2-12, and toddlers ride free. 230 E. Market Street | 610-430-2233 | June 19 West Chester Railroad Father’s Day Express All dads ride for a special reduced fare today—take him on a 90-minute round trip train ride to Glen Mills. You’ll be able to explore the historic Glen Mills station and the picnic grove at Chester Creek. And you can treat Dad to lunch—his is halfprice with the purchase of yours, and can be purchased with tickets online. There are two trips, noon and 2pm. 230 E. Market Street | 610-430-2233 | June 19 FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum The Annual American Helicopter Museum invites all fathers and their children to spend the day exploring classic cars and motorcycles and enjoying drone and MedVac helicopter demonstrations. Helicopter rides will be available at $50 per person, $40 for children 12 and under. The fest will be held from 10am-3pm, with helicopter rides beginning at 11. The event is rain or shine. 1220 American Boulevard | 610-436-9600 | June 24 Seventh Annual Dead Fest Hosted by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, spend your night listening to Grateful Dead music performed by more than 20

of the area’s best musicians and experience the magical music of the Grateful Dead in the great outdoors. Tickets are $10-20, and the event is from 6-10pm. 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road | 610-793-1090 | June 25 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 |





7/17 June 28 Applebrook Golf Outing Residents can bring up to three guests for this outing at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern. There is a 1pm shotgun start tee time, preceded by a lunch on the veranda. Golfers can carry, use a pull cart (personal) or use a caddy, but cannot change option once at the golf outing. To register, contact Jason Lang at 610-692-7171. Fee: $100 ($30 caddy fee) 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | July 7 Chester County Concert Band The Chester County Concert Band is back in 2016! Spend an evening under the stars listening to the wondrous sounds of over 50 musicians on stage at once! The night may include standards, movie soundtrack scores, and modern songs – their set lists are constantly changing. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to to their beautiful open-air venue. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | July 8 National Lands Trust’s Annual Friday Night Lights Live music and star gazing with professional astronomers will be on tap - along with beer and wine - at this fantastic evening at Coatesville’s ChesLen Preserve, one of Chester County’s most inspiring landscapes. Roast marshmallows while enjoying local wine, or try a signature beer from Victory Brewing Company created just for this event. Rain or shine, adults 21+. 1199 Cannery Road | 610-353-5587 | July 11 - 30 Sunset Sidewalk Sale The $25 window and sidewalk sale at Sunset Hill Jewelers will run from July 11-30. It's a treasure trove of eclectic estate, silver, and gemstone items and they'll be adding new pieces throughout the sale. Take a peek if you're passing by! 23 N. High Street | 610-692-0374 | July 17 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 34th 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 offer regional bands for your entertainment. In addition to the bands, over 70 vendors will be selling unique handcrafted art and an array of delicious food. The festival will take place from 11am-8pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Tickets are free! Rain date is Sunday, July 24. 100 S. Brandywine Street |

July 18 - 21 High School Entrepreneurial Academy In this academy for entrepreneurs ages 14-18, participants form teams and take a product from “concept” to “SOLD.” They’ll also visit and tour area corporation facilities, and hear from local entrepreneurs. Each team will also take part in a “Shark Tank,” pitching their ideas to Penn Liberty Bank’s Commercial Lending Department. The program concludes at the East Goshen Farmer’s Market as each team “sells” their product to market participants. Registration is capped at 24, make sure you register early. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | July 19 - 24 Sidewalk Sale Extended this year to a six-day event, this is a shop-til-youdrop extravaganza. Cross your fingers for good weather as you stroll through the beautiful borough and hit the sales at all of your favorite downtown retailers. 119 N. High Street | 610-738-3350 | July 20 Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company's Tartuffe Pack your beach chairs and blankets to enjoy a free performance of Tartuffe by Moliere. Presented by The Commonwealth Classic Theatre at East Goshen Park stage, this classic comic masterpiece pokes fun at both individual and societal moral smugness. This event is free. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | July 31 Shakespeare in Hoopes Park PA Leadership Charter School’s Center for Performing & Fine Arts presents a free Shakespeare production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Enjoy an afternoon in the park and experience this Shakespeare comedy. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket, or lounge chairs for your comfort. The show will begin at 4pm. 700 Hoopes Park Lane | 610-430-6525







August 3 National Night Out Against Crime Join the West Chester Borough Police Department for a meet and greet event at the 4th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. From 6 to 9pm, displays of police, fire and EMS vehicles will be present, along with free refreshments, live entertainment, a children’s fingerprinting station and activities. The event will take place at the West Chester Borough Municipal Building. 401 East Gay Street | 610-696-2700 | August 14 Touch a Truck Day Come out and play. This fun event features cars, trucks (including fire trucks!) and tractors from local businesses for the exploring. Located at the Chester County Government Service Building Parking Lot, this event runs from 12-4pm. There will also be food vendors, and clowns to entertain the children. The event is free and parking is $3. 601 Westtown Road | 610-436-9010 | August 20 West Market Street Block Party You don’t have to be a cyclist to participate in all of the Criterium fun on August 20. There’s a block party, and you’re invited. 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, chalk drawing, live music, delicious food and more. Do not miss out on this free, fun event for the whole family! West Market Street | | 610-696-4046 |

August 20 Iron Hill Twilight Criterium Whether you’re an amateur cyclist, a professional, or just an excitement junkie spectator, this is the event for you. This annual West Chester bike race is a 32-mile course through the downtown streets of the borough. 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 come join the excitement! 119 N. High Street | 610-696-4046 | August 26 Movie in the Park East Goshen Park is offering Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the stars! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie on the big screen, and get there early for popcorn and Time To Leap’s Star Wars dance performance. Bring your light saber! Movie begins around 9pm. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | August 27 East Goshen Community Day Celebrate with your family and friends at Community Day in East Goshen, 5pm to dark. 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, August 28. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 |





Recurring Events

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Prescribe a Trail: Walk with a Doc in East Goshen Park Go take a walk. Better yet, do it with a health care professional. All fitness levels are welcome, and make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Bring a stroller, bring your dog, and check in at the Paoli Hospital event table on July 28 and August 27 at 6pm. Get rejuvenated and get some of your medical questions answered by a professional. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 |

Treehouse Yoga Children’s Summer Camp Summer camp at Treehouse World - what child wouldn’t love it? Treehouse Yoga for Children is offering three yoga camp weeks for kids, starting June 28, July 12, and August 2. Registration is limited to one head instructor and one assistant for every 10 children. Yoga among the trees at Treehouse World - a truly magical way to enjoy the summer. 1442 Phoenixville Pike | 484-329-7853 |

Swingin’ Summer Thursdays West Chester will be full of music on the first Thursday evening of every month. Come downtown to take a stroll through the borough while listening to two live bands and tasting West Chester’s best food. Themes will vary from week to week. June 2nd will take place between High and Darlington, July 7 will take place between High and Matlack, August 4 will be held between High and Darlington, and September 1 will take place between High and Matlack. Swingin’ Summer Thursday runs from 6:30–9:30pm. 14 E. Chestnut Street |

Bravo Theatre Company Presents: Company Directed by Daniel K. Williams and under the musical direction of Sarah Jane Gober, this production of Company, with music by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by George Furth, will be presented by West Chester University’s own Bravo Theatre Company from August 18-22. There are matinee and evening performances available. 2 East Rosedale Avenue | 570-766-1139 |

Kreutz Creek Vineyards Summer Evening Concert Series Starting June 25 and 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 Buffet 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. 44 E. Gay Street | 610-436-5006 |

Summer Movie Nights Friday Night Summer Movie Nights at Oakbourne Park will kick off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 17, followed by Inside Out on July 15, and The Princess Bride on August 19. Movie times are from 8-9:30pm; bring a lawn chair or a blanket and the family and stretch out under the stars. 1014 S. Concord Road | 610-692-1930 |




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Paul Imburgia First Fridays & Gallery Walk West Chester is an eminently walkable shopping and browsing nirvana, with more than 75 boutiques, galleries and shops to satisfy every taste in clothing, jewelry, gifts, decor and art. All of your favorite local stores and galleries will be staying open late for your convenience on the First Friday of each month, taking place on June 3, July 1, and August 5. Check the website for participating stores, where you’ll no doubt find favorites old and new. 14 E. Chestnut Street | Chadds Ford Winery Friday Night Concert Series Kick back, relax, and enjoy some music with some award-winning Pennsylvania wine. Enjoy snacks or dinner from local food trucks, or pack your own picnic. Listen to Brian LaPann on June 3, Lower Case Blues on July 15, and The John Byrne Band on August 12. Tickets include one glass of wine. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 632 Baltimore Pike | | 610-388-6221 Music at Marshall Park Bring the family, a picnic, and a blanket for three different concert events this summer at Marshall Square Park. On June 16, July 21, and August 18 (rain dates are the following Thursday), gather at the park starting at 6:30pm for a live musical performance. 200 East Marshall Street |

Artisan Exchange The Artisan Exchange is an excellent way to spend a Saturday. This indoor marketplace is open each week from 10am-2pm, and features goods and demonstrations from over 40 local artisans, farmers, chefs, and bakers. There is also live music to accompany your browsing experience! 208 Carter Drive, 610-719-0282 | West Chester Grower’s Market Every Saturday from 9am–1pm throughout the summer, the local Grower’s Market will provide you with fresh produce and other local goods. The market will be set up on the corner of North Church and West Chestnut Streets. Get there early and then stroll around West Chester’s historic town center after buying your produce for the week. Corner of N. Church W. Chestnut | Tish Boutique's Mimosa Sundays If retail therapy is your thing, trendy hot spot Tish Boutique is the place for you on Sundays. From 12-4pm, escape the heat and head to Tish Boutique to shop while sipping a mimosa. Tish will be offering in-store specials, and you can relax while browsing through their latest arrivals! 138 E. Gay Street | 610-692-7500 |





East Goshen Farmer’s Market East Goshen is the spot for happening events this summer. The East Goshen Farmer’s Market will be held each Thursday starting at 3:30pm. Shop for the freshest locally grown and flavorful food to cook for your summer picnics and backyard barbeques. 1661 Paoli Pike | Town Tours & Village Walks Starting June 9 and every Thursday until the end of August, enjoy a free scenic tour through the towns and villages of historical Chester County. Learn all about the interesting history of the African American Underground Railroad and the Africans who were enslaved by Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn. Tours begin at 5:30pm and will finish around 7pm. 225 North High Street | 610-344-6285 | Preschool Entertainment You and your children can spend time together every Tuesday in July at East Goshen Park in the Ira Hicks Pavilion. The series of performances will be perfect for your children’s entertainment level. The "ABC’s of Science" is on July 12, "Peter Pan," performed by Family Stages Theater Company on July 19, and "The Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly Magic Show" on July 26. All shows begin at 10am. 1580 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 |

school baseball players perfect their skills. The camps will be held on July 8, August 18, and August 25, from 1-6pm. Each camper should bring a glove, bat, cleats, sneakers, sweatpants, batting gloves, and water. 700 South High Street | 610-436-3555 | Story Slam at Side Bar & Restaurant Story Slam continues at Side Bar & Restaurant on the second Tuesday of every month throughout the summer months. Each month, stories will be shared based on a new theme; sometimes touching, often hilarious, always entertaining. The Slams start at 8pm on June 14, July 12, and August 9, and tickets are required to attend. 10 E Gay Street | West Goshen Summer Concert Series The West Goshen Summer Concert Series offers musical performances for an ideal, FREE evening in the park over six Sundays throughout the summer. On June 12, a performance for the kids with Silly Joe, and on June 26, Polkadelphia plays classics and “polkafied” contemporary pieces. July 10 brings the big band sounds of The West Chester Band, and Motown arrives with Love’s Magic on July 24, with Dueling Pianos closing out the series on August 7. All concerts begin at 6:30pm. Fern Hill Road and N. Five Points Road | 610-696-5266 |

West Chester University Baseball Camp Join the Golden Rams this summer for a day of baseball. West Chester University’s baseball coach Jad Prachniak will hold three one-day baseball camps to help up-and-coming high





Tree House World And now for something completely different. Whether it’s a birthday party or just an afternoon with family and friends, Treehouse World is like no other destination. Rock climbing, archery tag, trampolines, and, of course, treehouses. You and your favorite kids will never run out of things to do here. 1442 Phoenixville Pike | 484-329-7853 |

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The Painted Plate If you’re looking to express your artistic talent, the Painted Plate is the place to go. Choose from a variety of pre-made pottery pieces, painting them however you please. Get half off your studio fee with specials throughout the summer: every Thursday is Ladies’ Night, and alternating Saturdays are Date Night. Bring your kids on the last Saturday of every month for Family Night, with free pizza and soda! 104 W. Market Street | 610-738-0603 | 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 | Art Classes at Chester County Art Association Have you always wanted to express yourself through art or perfect your artistic skills? Now is the time, and the Chester County Art Association is the place for you to sign up for art classes and free your inner artist. Learn to paint, make jewelry, sculpt, and much more. Visit the CCAA’s website for class schedules and more information. 100 N. Bradford Avenue | 610-696-5600 |

Waterview Swim Club Join the club! Waterview Swim Club is the place to be for access to a refreshing, Olympic-sized pool, shuffleboard courts, a playground, a picnic area, and so much more. The club is open every day from 12–8pm, spend the day lounging poolside or swimming at Waterview. 2 Waterview Road | 1-302-798-5144 | Summer Classes at WCU Stay smart during the summer months! Sign up for classes at West Chester University to keep your brain on point after the school year ends. The second summer session runs from June 27 to July 30, and the post-session runs from August 1 to 19. 700 S. High Street | 610-436-1000 | 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. 100 N. Bradford Avenue | 610-696-5600 | 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, and hayrides. 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road | 610-269-3494 |



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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 | Brandywine Picnic Park Brandywine Picnic Park is a perfect way 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, prices, and more information is available on their website. 690 S. Creek Road | 610-793-3198 | 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. Tee It Up is a great place to take advantage of practicing on the greens, or 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 | Hiking at Stroud Preserve Looking for a new place to stroll or go for a summer’s night run? Stroud Preserve offers more than nine miles of unpaved trails that will thrill you during your outdoor adventures. The historic beauty of the preserve will make this your new favorite nature spot. N. Creek Road | 3/10 of a mile south of Route 162 | 610-344-3443 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, a Carousel favorite, 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 | eat. drink. Om… At eat. drink. Om. it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro at yoga or just starting - this studio has plenty of space for any and all types of yoga lovers. Check their website to find the class that’s perfect for you. With a little time, you’ll feel more relaxed and flexible than ever. 124 E. Gay Street | 484-356-8655 |

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 9pm to midnight, 5 wings for $2. On Monday nights at Kildare’s of West Chester, enjoy a pound of their tasty wings with a pint of beer for only $10. West Chester Public Library The West Chester Public Library is a great way to keep children entertained during the summer. There’s Lego Club (and Junior Lego Club), Family Movie Night, Woodland Dance, art, chess and even a class on making your own nutritious, thirstquenching drink with a certified dietician. There’s so much going on at the library this summer, so make sure to check out their website for the dozens of events and activities that we couldn’t fit in this list. 415 N. Church Street | 610-696-1721 | Baldwin’s Book Barn Make a visit to Baldwin’s Book Barn to view this historic barn built in 1822. Rich in history, scenic grounds, and rare finds, Baldwin’s Barn is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. You may even find an antique that thrills you enough to take home as a souvenir!

Northbrook Canoe Company If it’s too hot for you to be outside, go jump in a river. The Brandywine River, that is, located in the wonderful town of West Chester. You and your friends can go canoeing, kayaking, or simply float downstream in a tube 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 | Skatepark Do you enjoy skateboarding but aren’t sure where it is permitted? Robert E. Lambert Skatepark is open daily from sunrise to sunset for all skateboarders. You can watch the park live on the site’s webcam and check how crowded the park is in advance. Pottstown Pk and Greenhill Rd |










Becca Boyd has a passion for good food


As the temperature rises, the food I make is lighter, and I want to spend less time in the kitchen. Fresh produce is gathered in abundance at the grower’s market, and easily transformed into healthy, delicious meals. This salad fits those trends perfectly: it comes together in minutes and—although meat-free— it’s chock-full of protein. The cake is challenging, but with Father’s Day and Independence Day pending, it’s a scrumptious gift that will be much appreciated. Black Bean, Edamame and Fresh Mozzarella Salad Serves 4 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed; 1 1/2 c. grape tomatoes, halved; 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed; 1 c. frozen edamame, thawed; 1/3 c. sliced green onion; 1 Anaheim or Poblano (or bell) pepper, seeded and diced; 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro Dressing 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil; 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice; 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1/2 tsp. salt; 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1. Combine beans, tomatoes, edamame, pepper, mozzarella, green onion and cilantro in a mixing bowl. 2. Whisk dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl to combine. Pour over mixture and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate for several hours before serving. Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake Serves 12 Cake 1 c. plus 2 tbsp. cake flour; 1/4 tsp. salt; 1 3/4 c. sugar 12 large egg whites; 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tarter; 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tbsp. lemon zest; 2 tbsp. lemon juice; 1 tbsp. poppy seeds Glaze 2 c. powdered sugar; juice of 1 lemon; 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. If not using a tube/angel food cake pan with a removable bottom, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.. 2. In a food processor fitted with blade, add the total amount of sugar (1 3/4 c.). Process for 1 minute. Remove about half of the sugar and place in a small bowl. 3. Add the flour and salt to the processor. Process for 1 minute. 4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. 5. Add reserved sugar in a steady stream with mixer running. Continue to beat egg white mixture on medium high until soft peaks form. 6. Add vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until combined. 7. Sift flour/sugar mixture over egg white mixture in three parts, folding in gently each time with a rubber spatula. Add the poppy seeds with the second addition of flour/sugar. 8. Scrape mixture into pan. Smooth the top of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until cracks look dry in the center and a toothpick comes out clean. 9. Immediately turn pan upside down on the neck of a wine bottle. Cool for 3 hours. 10. Using an offset spatula, loosen cake gently from the edge of the pan and turn out onto a serving platter. 11. To make glaze, whisk sugar, juice, and vanilla together to a pourable consistency. 12. Pour glaze over center top of cake, letting drizzle down the sides and middle. Sprinkle with additional poppy seeds, if desired. To serve, cut in a sawing motion with a serrated or bread knife.






photo Andrew Hutchins model Dianna Brosius

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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.


Now that we’re heading into the fullfledged growing season, why not think about participating in a Community Supported Agriculture program, otherwise known as a CSA? If you’re not familiar with the concept, it works like this: When you join a CSA, you’re buying a share of a farm’s produce before it’s grown, which helps the farmers with their up-front expenses. Then you receive a share of the harvest each week for the duration of the growing season. And it can be very economical. A small share might be as little as $20 a week. But membership in a CSA means more than getting your weekly bounty. You become part of the farm! You can visit, walk the fields and talk to the farmers. And most CSAs include some opportunities for members to pick their own produce. So, in a CSA, you know who your farmers are, and where and how your food was grown. Many farms send a weekly email with updates about the farm and what to expect that week's share. Grocery stores—even your favorite carrier of wholesome food—just can’t offer the benefits of produce from a CSA. For one thing, CSA produce is harvested just before it’s distributed, so you get a level of freshness, flavor and nutrition that isn’t available in produce that was harvested, say, a couple of weeks ago. And ultra-fresh produce stores longer, so there’s less waste. Because they only distribute locally, CSA farmers can raise crops for their flavor, not their transportability. So you get unique, flavorful varieties that can’t be found in grocery stores that rely on produce that’s trucked long distances. According to Suzanne Adams, chair of the West Chester Food Co-op, there are other good reasons for investing in a CSA, even aside from the quality of the food. “Your CSA investment helps keep local food available and small farmers employed—which, in turn, helps keep valuable land in farming,” she noted. “Some people have asked me how a CSA is different from the Food Co-op,” Suzanne continued. “It’s pretty simple: When you buy a share in the Co-op, you’re buying equity—a piece of the business. When you buy a share in a CSA, you’re buying a portion of the farm’s seasonal production—not a piece of the farm.” You’ll be happy to know the Food Co-op has been working with two certified organic local farms—Two Gander Farm and Crawford Organics—to bring CSA membership opportunities to town. Pickups for both farms will be at Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 S. High St, on Tuesdays between 4 and 7pm. Pete's Produce Farm's CSA also offers a great local option for produce. When you purchase your membership, you're given a debit card for the value of your purchase to be used at their farm, allowing you to make an investment as large or small as you wish. Considering your involvement in a CSA means supporting local, sustainable agriculture, eating healthy and delicious food and getting a good deal, CSAs are a no-brainer! Find more information about the above-mentioned farms at:, and





Bartender of the


PHOTO Andrew Hutchins

INTERVIEW Kate Chadwick

Tony DeRemer has been serving up drinks at Barnaby's for the better part of a decade. How long have you been working at Barnaby’s? Well, they’ve been open for nine years, and I’ve been here for eight of them. It’s a great place to work. And how many bars do you have? There are seven bars, actually. And do you work them all or do you have a designated spot? We move around—it helps to keep things fair. Do you work days and nights? What’s your preference? I work nights, usually between two and four nights a week, depending upon the season. Because of how the season impacts your day job, correct? Yes, I work full-

time in the athletic department at West Chester University, where I coach women’s rugby. There’s some travel involved for games, so I can’t work at Barnaby’s as much during the playing season as I can when it’s off-season. That’s one of the reasons I like it here so much. The owners and management are really flexible and supportive with that. They’re great employers. How long have you been bartending? I worked at a place called Maddie’s in Malvern for a couple of years before coming on board here after Maddie's closed. I was doing both for a while. What do you like to drink when you’re out and about? I’m a Captain and Coke guy—that’s my favorite. And if I’m going to do a shot, it’s usually tequila. Tell me about the food. We have the best wings, period. They’re fantastic. On wing nights at other bars, they sometimes swap out their regular wings for cheaper, smaller ones. Not here— Wednesday nights you get the real deal. I also really like the Chesapeake Chicken Sandwich (chicken breast topped with Crab Imperial, bacon and Jack cheese).

What do you do on your days off? That’s a good question. I’m really into sports, so my friends and I like to catch a Phillies or Eagles or Flyers game, depending on the season, obviously. So you’re a Philly fan all the way? Some people like random teams from elsewhere, but while I’m from Carlisle, PA—which is halfway between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, so some people from that area might like Pittsburgh teams—I’m a die-hard Philly fan. What do you like most about your job? You never know what you’re going to get on a given night. And there’s such a variety of people who come in—married couples, families, college kids—you just meet a lot of people, and develop a lot of relationships. And do you live here in town? Yes I do. I went to college at WCU, and after that I ended up buying the place where I lived while I was in school! It’s a great town, and it’s become a destination. And I love living here, because I can walk or ride my bike to my job... to both my jobs, I should say. I’m always working. But I love my jobs, both of them.







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on a chaise lounge under a blazing sun is one of the most iconic images of summer, and you may be surprised to learn just how many options you have to do so.

Whether your goal is working on your tan, making new friends, or reaching a new level of fitness, there’s a pool for you in West Chester, and we're here to tell you all you need to know to make an informed decision this summer.





Pools & Swim Clubs


838 Spruce Ave. | As described on their website, “Roslyn Swim Club has been, from the beginning in 1956 to the present day, a neighborhood pool where families and friends gather to enjoy the sun, water and companionship.” Features:  25-meter lanes for training  Family-friendly environment  Home of the Roslyn Stingrays, the 200+ member swim team composed of athletes ages 4-18 who compete against other local clubs in the Southern Chester County Swim League Membership & Cost: Dues range from $370 for one person to $644 for seven or more family members. Additionally, there is a non-refundable $400 initiation fee payable over two years. Members may bring guests for $5 each person. Additional fees required for the swim team.

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WATERVIEW POOL & SWIM CLUB 2 Waterview Rd. (GPS: 16 Lochwood Ln.)

Home to the Waterview Sharks swim team (, the Waterview pool is open to anyone who purchases a membership.

Membership & Cost: $325 for an individual membership, ranging up to $850 for a family of 8. If you would like to sponsor a young swimmer at Waterview, the cost is $175 for a child between 12 and 17. (The child must be accompanied by an adult member.)

Multipurpose Venues


1130 McDermott Dr. | With their large outdoor pools, acac offers more than just exercise classes and equipment. “We have something for everyone here, and our facilities are top notch,” describes Katie Curry, Marketing Director at the West Chester ACAC. “Members of all ages can enjoy the pools for both exercise and play.”




Features:  Olympic-sized main pool  Wading pool  Swim lessons  Picnic area with grills  Lifeguard training courses  Snack bar  Special themed swims, including “Raft Night” and “Teen Swim”

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And swimming is just the beginning. She continues, “We often hold fun events for members to make their experience more special. Throughout the summer, we have themed nights with food, activities, and games for families. Members can bring guests for free on those nights!” Features:  Two outdoor pools with waterslides, tumble buckets, and beach entry access  Warm water pool and exercise pool for group classes and lap swimmers  Swim lessons for children and adults  Youth swim team, including options for beginners  Lifeguard certification and training programs  Birthday pool parties




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18 West Gay Street West Chester PA 19380 (610) 431-0770 ~

Membership & Cost: The cost of a membership varies depending on access to the club and number of people on the membership. Visit acac's website to request a quote.


“Once you get to the water park, you won’t want to leave,” promises Nia Meeks, who leads the marketing and communications services for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. Named “Brandy's Lagoon,” the park includes an impressive assortment of features, including a pirate ship. One of the unique aspects of YMCA membership is that no one is turned away. “We are here to serve all,” she says. “Everyone is welcome to apply for a membership, and all memberships are based on household income.” Features:  Zero-entry toddler pool area  Intermediate and six-lane adult pools  Double pool slides  Pirate ship  Family changing rooms  Member-only events all summer long  Snack Shack, offering quick bites for adults and kids  Pavilion for members to enjoy meals  Guests are welcome in the company of a full member Membership & Cost: $425 for the whole family for the season.

Private Clubs


With the oldest “pool” in West Chester, Quarry Swimming Association is an invitation-only, member-supported private swim club. Rather than a traditional pool, members swim in the natural waters of the quarry and sunbathe on the surrounding beach. Curious about its history? Check out the book The History of the Quarry: The ‘Hole’ Story published by the association in 2002. Features:  Swim and dive in the natural environment of the quarry  Very private and exclusive (they didn't even want to tell us about their pool!) Membership & Cost: Potential members must be invited by two current members in good standing. Once the application is submitted, the potential member must then attend a social gathering organized and attended by both sponsoring members as well two committee members. New members must pay an initiation fee plus a separate application fee. Annual dues are per person and vary depending upon age. All members must also take part in scheduled work days.

WEDGEWOOD SWIM CLUB 957 S. Matlack St. |

A member-owned and run swim club since 1957, Wedgewood boasts three pools that provide swimming and recreational activities for area families.



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Features:  Swimming and diving pool  Wading pool for toddlers  Separate pool for lap swimming and team use  Swim team  Picnic grove with a pavilion surrounded by shade trees  Large deck  Grills Membership & Cost: Potential members must submit an application form along with a non-refundable $25 fee. Applicants may choose either a bonded membership (purchasing a refundable $500 corporate bond with reduced annual dues) or a non-bonded membership (no bond purchase, but increased annual dues). Bonded applicants receive preference when there is a waitlist for membership, which is limited to 380 families (subject to the discretion of the Board). In addition, new applications must be accompanied by the signatures of two current members.








Country Clubs

RADLEY RUN COUNTRY CLUB 1100 Country Club Rd. |

The organized swimming program at Radley includes a competitive swim team that practices regularly in the mornings and hosts numerous meets with neighboring clubs. They also also host a variety of social events around the pool, such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, float nights and movie nights. In addition to the pool, members enjoy four lighted tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts, and a gorgeous 18-hole course.

WEST CHESTER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 111 W. Ashbridge St. | Located just blocks from downtown, West Chester Golf & Country Club enjoys a rich history dating back to our founding in 1897. They are a member-owned club, with a restaurant, pool, and tennis courts, in addition to a beautiful nine-hole course—the only golf course located in the borough of West Chester.

Features:  25-meter pool with slide  Baby pool with fountain feature  Games, including 4-square, table tennis, foosball, and bag-toss  Competitive swim team  Private swim lessons  Pool social events, including Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, float nights and movie night  Full-service snack bar and poolside service for food and beverages

Features:  25-meter lap pool with a diving board and diving well  Shallow water area with fountains and a safe, zerodepth entryway that is handicapped accessible and ADA compliant  Swim team for athletes age 5-18  Pool available for private party rentals  Scenic poolside lounging areas, surrounded by manicured lawns and a private golf course  Full-service wait staff and kitchen offering a mix of kid-friendly meals and snacks, as well as a variety of entrees, salads and desserts  Full-service bar with a variety of beers and cocktails that members can enjoy poolside

Membership & Cost: Go to Radley Run’s web site to request a quote.

Membership & Cost: Contact the main office at 610-696-0150 for info.





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Dr. Geoff Winkley is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who operates Doctor's Best Immediate Medical Care

The warmer, longer days of summer inspire us to spend more time outdoors enjoying summer activities. Yet for many, summer’s benefits present unique challenges to health and well-being. The increased exposure to sun, heat and insects creates opportunity for illness and injury. Consider these recommendations to understand the risks and prepare for summer’s most common health problems: Sun Exposure: Regardless of skin tone, everyone should wear sunscreen while outdoors, especially during peak sun hours to reduce the chance of skin cancers and other skin conditions. Insect-borne Illnesses: Tick- and mosquito-caused illnesses can be prevented by using insect repellent (with at least 20% DEET), wearing light-weight clothing to cover arms and legs, and avoiding tall grass or brush, and standing water. Lyme disease, caused by a deer-tick attachment, is the most common insect-borne illness in our region. It is treated with common antibiotics and symptoms include fever and chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain and a tell-tale circular rash or “Bull’s Eye.” However, 20-30% of people never see a rash. West Nile virus is caused by a mosquito bite but most people never have symptoms. If you have a bite and develop headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, see a doctor. ZIKA virus infection from mosquitos is not yet occurring in the US. It can be acquired during travel to affected countries, through intimate contact with an infected individual or it can be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eye, headache and muscle aches, but most have people no symptoms. If you have traveled to areas with active ZIKA outbreaks and develop any of these symptoms, see a doctor, especially if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The bottom line—if you have fever, chills, headache and muscle or joint aches without cold symptoms or another known illness this time of year, see a doctor for evaluation. Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration: During the warmer months, it is important to drink more water than usual because we use more water maintaining our normal body temperature. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink! If you feel overheated, seek a cool, dry place to rest or take a cooling shower or bath. If your symptoms persist after attempting to cool down, or if you experience severe headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, muscle cramps or dark-colored urine, see a doctor immediately. Food borne illness: Outdoor parties on a warm days are a recipe for illness! Keep food cold at all times, keep preparation areas, utensils and hands clean, and pre-cook meats to avoid under cooking on the grill.





Owner of the


PHOTO Andrew Hutchins

INTERVIEW Kate Chadwick

Dan Wright of Treehouse World and Treetop Builders goes out on a limb every day. When we talked last year around this time last year, you were just getting started with Treehouse World. How is it going? It’s always going to be a work in progress. It’s something that we’re building from scratch, and plan to always improve upon. For instance, right now we’re building a labyrinth in the woods. And next weekend, we begin construction on our pirate ship treehouse. What do you already have set up for visitors to enjoy? We’ve got multiple treehouses, you can climb up giant trees with a safety harness, a trampoline

bounce, and even archery tag, which is like paintball for archery. What kind of visitors do you get? Is it more groups, or mostly families with kids? We do have groups—we have 80 Boy Scouts coming this Saturday. But most of our business thus far has actually been birthday parties. It’s really a great place for a birthday party Are you focused more on this full time, or do you find yourself dividing time between both businesses? That’s a good question. I’m definitely still involved in both, but most of the handson construction I’m doing these days is at Treehouse World. And of course, the more you build, the more you have to maintain. We’ll never run out of work here. We’ve got 14 acres of mostly wooded land to expand into. Do you have a specific vision for this property? My vision for this project includes around 40 treehouses, and about 10 to 15 amusement rides or attractions. How many employees do you have? In total, we’ve got 10 full-time and 10 part-time employees. What constitutes a good day at work

for you? As a builder, it always boils down to just getting a lot done. In other words, accomplishing difficult tasks, efficiently and preferably amazingly. But a good day at Treehouse World is when lots of people visit and those people simply have a great experience. You have kids of your own, right? Three boys, ages five, eight and eleven. And do your kids think that you have the best job in the whole entire world? Yes, I think they do. Although, I think they also wish I was less busy. Are you working seven days a week? Pretty much. It’s really, really rare for me to take a day off. If we’re playing games or going somewhere as a family, that’s one thing. But I can’t just sit around—I’m just not that kind of guy. I go nuts, I can’t sit around the house all day. So we’re not going to find you sitting in your recliner with the remote in your hand any time soon is what you’re saying? You might find me in a recliner, but not with a remote. If I’m sitting in a recliner, I’m likely asleep. When I slow down or stop moving, I’m out.





Tell Me something


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

Who she is: Nancy Thompson What she does: Nancy is a local artist who has volunteered throughout the community over the years, most recently at Barclay Friends, a senior living community in the borough. Why she’s on this page: Nancy recently oversaw the direction of a mural painted by residents at Barclay Friends, both to commemorate loved ones and to beautify the space. “Nancy developed a wonderful idea of a mural that she would design and Barclay Friends residents would paint,” said Executive Director Carol Hanson. “The project commemorated our Spirit of Vitality capital campaign and provided an opportunity to recognize donors.” With Thompson’s vision and the support of staff, 15 residents—some of whom are 90 or older—painted 24 panels that were assembled into a mural representing the seasons. The mural will hang in the newly designed meeting space at Barclay Friends. Individuals and organizations contributed gifts to this project to honor or memorialize loved ones. It also commemorates the campaign itself, which raised $1.9 million via 200+ donors over three years, which allowed for state-of-the-art renovations to the living rooms, kitchens, dining and livings areas at the community. What we like about her: She knows her strengths. “When Barclay asked me to be on their capital campaign committee, I suggested my mural idea to raise some funds,” Nancy said. “I knew my strength lay more in art than fundraising.” What she likes about West Chester: Raised in Montgomery County, Nancy moved to Devon when she married former PA Senator Bob Thompson, and they then moved to West Chester in 1962. “The first description of West Chester that comes to mind is its warmth and friendliness—I feel like a native West Chesterian,” she said. “Its quaintness and architectural beauty have always been an inspiration to me, and its opportunities for enrichment are ever-present. I love the uniqueness of the boutiques, and the selection of good places to dine is endless.” Moral of the story: Use your innate talents to help others. Nancy has served several years on the West Chester Charity Ball committee. She also worked with young people waiting for adjudication, in the creation of four murals at the Chester County Youth Center, and she has also donated her work to various charities and organizations. “I’ve volunteered over the years in many different places and in different ways, although most have been related to art.” For more information on Barclay Friends, visit, or call 610-696-5211. Barclay Friends is located at 700 N. Franklin Street. Do you know a WC resident who’s doing good things and deserves a little recognition in Tell Me Something Good? Let us know! Email details to





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Hit List

DJ Romeo curates a list of the hottest songs you’ll hear 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 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 friends. | @DJRomeo24

Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For” Meghan Trainor – “Me Too” Blink 182 – “Bored To Death” Beyonce – “Sorry” Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You” Selena Gomez – “Kill Em With Kindness” Zayn – “Like I Would” Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” Fetty Wap – “Wake Up” Weezer – “King Of The World” Magic! Ft. Sean Paul – “Lay You Down Easy” Kygo ft. Maty Noyes – “Stay” Mako – “Into The Sunset” Fitz And The Tantrums – “HandClap” Cage The Elephant – “Trouble” ZHU x Skrillex x THEY – “Working For It” Jennifer Lopez – “Ain’t Your Mama” Riton ft. Kah-Lo – “Rinse & Repeat” Timeflies – “Once In A While” Ellie Goulding – “Army” Alex Newell, Jess Glynne & DJ Cassidy – “Kill The Lights” Blake Shelton – “Savior’s Shadow” Kongos – “Take It From Me” Sofia Carson – “Love Is The Name” Ben Rector – “Brand New” Coldplay ft. Beyonce – “Hymn For The Weekend” The Temper Trap – “Fall Together” Kenny Chesney – “Noise” Alessia Cara – “Wild Things” (NuKid Remix)











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