The WC Press Summer Fun Guide 2018

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden


COLUMNISTS Becca Boyd Jamie Jones Andrea Mason DJ Romeo



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Our no-nonsense table of contents


SUMMER FUN GUIDE 141 local events and activities to enjoy this summer


ONE-TIME EVENTS Don’t miss these events that only happen once a summer


RECURRING EVENTS You’ve got more than one chance to catch this events


ONGOING ACTIVITIES Activites you can take advantage of all summer long


SUMMER CAMPS A directory and preview of some area camps


PHOTO HUNT Find the five differences between the two pictures and win!





Education SPOTLIGHT STORY Dr. Heidi Gough

The Director of Marketing and Communications at PA Leadership Charter School talks about how education is evolving in the digital age. Distance learning and/or correspondence courses and schools have been around since the early 1900s, but the new buzz words these days are “cyber school,” ”cyber education” and “online learning.” So what do these terms really mean? Many institutions of higher education have long offered courses or certificate-based programs online for their students. These courses provide a flexible option, allowing students to attend school without worrying about missing days due to life’s many other commitments. The programs can vary from just submitting correspondence, to participating in a live, online class debate. The K-12 population was introduced to this movement around 15 years ago, and today, in Pennsylvania alone, there are 14 state-approved cyber charter schools serving more than 45,000 students. Cyber charter schools provide expanded choices regarding the educational opportunities that are available within the public

school system. Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools, but charter schools are still accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. Cyber charter schools follow an instructional model that’s similar to a home schooling model, without the responsibility of purchasing curriculum, designing lessons, or having parents carve out further time in their busy schedules. Students and their cyber charter teachers interact primarily online with some opportunities for physical interaction at field trips and group outings. Teaching in a virtual environment is different from teaching in a traditional classroom. Cyber education offers a flexible approach to teaching and encourages forward-thinking behaviours. Teachers spend their day inspiring creativity in their students, creating fun and exciting assignments, as well as holding interactive, live class sessions. The excitement can be felt through the testimonials of parents and students involved in cyber charter schools: “Best school ever! Great teachers, fun classes, great school trips around PA, and one of the best places to make friends, not just the students but the teachers too!” –Cody H. Pittsburgh, PA

“My daughter has been doing SO much better since enrolling here at PALCS. With her issues with her 1st grade teacher and some of the admin, its great to have my daughter smile and be so happy to learn again. Thank you so much for allowing my daughter to enroll in your school. My husband and I are so thankful, and we cant wait for the rest of the year!” –Jaime P. Sharpsville, PA Cyber-schooled students are still required to log attendance every day, submit assignments, attend online, live lessons and complete the state mandatory testing. Using different types of programs —Moodle, Blackboard, etc.—students receive their education through an electronic device and the internet. Many cyber schools offer socialization opportunities including international travel and local community gatherings. While, parents and students choose cyber school for its flexible-but-structured approach to learning, it’s important to remember that not all students learn the same; it’s essential to find a model of education that works for your situation. At PA Leadership Charter School, we’re always available to answer questions to help you decide the right approach for your family’s individual needs.






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Dan Mathers shares some personal insight about this month’s theme

It’s obvious that our annual Summer Fun Guide has grown. The cover of our first edition, printed back in 2013, proclaimed in bold letters, “53 reasons NOT to go to the beach this summer.” We thought that was a solid list, and the following year we announced that our June issue was, “The definitive guide to summer in West Chester.” In retrospect, that claim was highly hubristic, because now in its sixth year, the Summer Fun Guide boasts nearly three times as many listings, spans 20 pages, and I’m confident there is still plenty that we missed. What might be less obvious is how this guide has evolved. My mother raised me to an age where I was a functioning and contributing pseudo-adult—I had a job, a car, responsibilities, and was mostly capable of taking care of myself. It was at this point that she must have realized she could do better, because Mom opted to start again from scratch. By 2013 she had one son running a local magazine, and two sons in elementary school. Our first Summer Fun Guide was an attempt to keep Jimmy and Luke— who seemed constantly in need of entertainment—out of her hair. Now my brothers are teenagers—Jimmy will be entering his sophomore year at East come the end of August—and the priorities have changed. Kids who once clung to their mother are now adolescents beginning to assert their independence. While my mom sometimes revels in the long-awaited opportunity to spend quality time with her husband, she’s also spent 32 years nurturing offspring and is constantly looking for ways to bring the family together. So, while those early guides heavily featured ideas for keeping kids occupied while school is out, we’ve begun to focus on events and activities that the entire family can enjoy together. Our front cover, featuring a mother and daughter braving the aerial adventures at Treehouse World, is a great example. There are also canoe lessons, helicopter rides and volunteer opportunities that will engage parents and children. In addition to these family-friendly events, we’ve made sure to work in adult-centric options—like Date Night at The Painted Plate, or Levante Brewing Company’s Elevate Your Craft Series—for those times when the kids are acting a little too independent. There’s also a directory of summer camps when you just need to get thm out of the house. I have a feeling this issue will continue to evolve. As we go to print, my friend and business partner, Nick Vecchio and his wife Shannon, prepare to welcome a new generation to West Chester. As my mom embraces her empty nest, little Olivia Vecchio will be in need of entertainment. Come Spring 2019, Uncle Dan will likely be filling the Summer Fun Guide with a lot more activities similar to Princess Camp and Bitty Ballet, which we’ve included this year. I believe this magazine’s continued evolution is a testament to its value. I intend to make sure that every issue grows and changes in response to the needs of our growing and changing community. One thing that won’t change is our goal: while we may not catch every event or identify every detail, we will continually strive to be your definitive guide to West Chester. —






Becca Boyd shares tips on life and cooking on her blog at


As you might expect, my idea of summer fun typically centers around the food. In June, the perfect, early summer nights line up one after the other, not unlike the plans for barbecues. If you’re looking for a hearty and absolutely scrumptious appetizer to help out the host, you’ve got to try this enchilada dip—it’s a staple for me (and feel free to make its namesake dinner with any leftover dip). As for the bonbons, I figure there’s always room for a sweet treat that’s this healthy and simple to make, whether it’s to feed your hungry snackers or to enjoy with your coffee on the first sticky morning. –

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Chicken Spinach Enchilada Dip 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 lg. onion, diced 1 tsp. kosher salt 12 oz. fresh baby spinach 3 1/2 c. cooked, finely shredded or chopped chicken 1 tsp. cumin 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. cayenne, or to taste 1 3/4 c. prepared salsa 8 oz. cream cheese

1. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. 2. Add onion and salt – sautée until softened, about five minutes. 3. Add spinach and sautée until wilted and liquid is released;

continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates.

4. Add chicken and stir to combine. Add spices and stir to com-

bine. Add salsa, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese and stir to combine.

5. Transfer to serving bowl/pie plate and serve with chips. If

making ahead, cover and refrigerate. Warm in 300 degree oven until heated through.

Chocolate Almond Cherry Bonbons 1 1/3 c. bittersweet chocolate chips 1 tbsp. almond butter 1 c. old fashioned oats 1/3 c. roasted, salted, almonds, chopped 1/3 c. dried cherries, chopped

1. Place chocolate chips and almond butter in a glass mixing bowl. Microwave 1 minute and stir. Microwave another minute and stir until smooth. 2. Add oats, almonds and cherries and stir to coat. Drop by

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tablespoon (a small cookie scooper will work best here) onto parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until hardened and set. Store in the fridge in airtight container.



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SUNDAY JUNE 10 Chester County Hospital Polo Cup Hosted and sponsored by the Chester County Hospital, the 12th Annual Polo Cup in Toughkenamon is a wonderful day for a derby. Bring your fascinators and fancy hats because you’re part of the party. General admission is $30, but prices vary and range up to $300. All proceeds benefit the Ob/Gyn Clinic and the Women’s Auxiliary’s NICU Pledge. Brandywine Polo Club at Toughkenamon 260 Polo Road, Toughkenamon | 610.268.8692





ONE-TIME EVENTS JUNE 1 RTC Classic Broadway Gala For the third year in a row, The Resident Theatre Company is hosting its Classic Broadway Gala. Come out to the Art Association from 6:30 to 11pm to celebrate their first season and get a preview of season two! Featuring a pre-party with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, a live show with New York City performers, and a VIP red carpet event with an all-star cast. Tickets are $100 to $150. Chester County Art Association 100 N Bradford Ave | 610.696.5600 Hoka One One John Hay Pennsylvania Distance Festival This annual one-mile race is a fantastic opportunity for student and nonstudent runners to compete on a lightning-fast track post season. Spend the day starting at 9am at Henderson cheering on your fellow athletes. Tickets are $10 per athlete and $5 for general admission. Henderson High School 400 Montgomery Ave | 610.696.0115 Flea Market and Bike Resale Looking to get a fresh new start this summer by cleaning out your house? Or are you looking for new items to fill your house? This event is for you. Join West Chester Parks and Recreation for their annual flea market and bike resale event from 9-1pm. Spaces for sellers are $15. The Spellman Building 829 Paoli Pike | 610.436.9010

JUNE 2 Up on the Roof Party Join the West Chester Downtown Foundation for an unforgettable night up on the roof of the Chestnut Street Garage for the 16th year in a row. From 7-11pm, take in the beautiful panorama of downtown as you enjoy dinner from Limoncello and cocktails and appetizers from West Chester’s best restaurants. Dance under the summer night sky with the Donny Syracuse Band. Tickets are $105 in advance and $125 at the door. All proceeds benefit the ongoing beautification of downtown West Chester. Chestnut Street Garage | 610.696.8211 JUNE 3 Super Sunday Get ready for the first downtown street festival of the year. From 11am -5pm, enjoy a free, family-friendly event featuring 90 vendors, delicious food, and entertainment including crafts, games, rides, artisan merchandise, and more. Gay St. between Matlack and Darlington 610.436.9010 The Mainliners Featuring First Ladies of Rock & Roll Come to Uptown! at 2pm for an acapella chorus that has been entertaining since 1963. The Mainliners Men’s Acapella Chorus will perform a variety of songs from Broadway hits to modern rock. The First Ladies of Rock & Roll will also cover the best rock & roll hits of history. Tickets

© Lenny Rogers are $30 to $35 for adults, and $20 for students. Uptonw! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 West Chester History Train Back by popular demand, the West Chester Railroad is hosting their Summer Picnic Special starting June 3rd. Two-hour train rides start at noon and cover eight scenic miles around West Chester, including a picnic. As you eat, enjoy an interactive presentation about trains from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for children ages two to 12, and free for children under. West Chester Railroad 230 E Market St | 610.430.2233 Race for Rescue Help raise money for the Malarney Mutt Rescue with a 5K at 9am and a one-mile run at 9:45am. You can register for one or both events, and remember to bring your dog! The $25 fee includes a t-shirt for you and a treat for your furry friend. Oakbourne Park 1014 S Concord Rd | 610.696.0115





JUNE 7 Harvest Dinner at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast In the first of a series of Harvest Dinners, join Faunbrook from 6-9pm for a Harvest Dinner featuring apricots, a fruit described by English writer John Ruskin as “shining in a sweet brightness of golden velvet.” Meet new friends as you sip cocktails from 6 to 7pm, followed by a four-course meal with beer and wine. Tickets are $90 per person. 699 W Rosedale Ave | 610.436.5788

JUNE 4 Quest for the Chamber Cup Golf Outing This annual golf outing starts at 10:30am and is a great opportunity to play a round with the business leaders who make West Chester and Chester County amazing. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s Education Foundation Scholarship Program! Enjoy a lunch, a cocktail hour, a free umbrella and swag bag, and more. Registration costs $215 for an individual and $860 for a foursome, with options to add more players. Sponsorship opportunities start at $100. Concord Country Club 1601 Wilmington Pike | 610.696.4046 JUNE 5 Kombucha Class If you love kombucha but have never had the chance to make it yourself, join Highland Orchards’ Kombucha class taught by Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew at 6pm. Learn how to perfectly ferment your kombucha and impress your friends and family with this ancient Chinese beverage known as the immortal health elixir. Tickets are $40 per person. Register online. Highland Orchards 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd 610.269.3494 |

JUNE 6 New York City On Your Own Spend the day in New York City on your own (or with your friends)! Take a carriage ride through Times Square, shop at Macy’s, or see a Broadway show — the choice is yours. Cost is $55, or $50 for seniors 60 and older. The bus leaves West Chester at 7:30am and departs New York City at 5:15pm to return at 7:30pm. West Chester Municipal Building 401 E. Gay St | 610.436.9010

West Chester Community Concert Band Since 1986, the all-volunteer West Chester Community Concert Band has been performing in and around the West Chester area. Under the direction of Joseph Gehring since 2003, the band plays everything from classical and jazz to marches and contemporary pieces. The concert is free and will be held at East Goshen Park from 6:30 to 7:30pm. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950



Steely Jam: The Ultimate Steely Dan Experience For one night only, experience Steely Dan’s immortal music with Andy Mowatt’s 10-piece “Steely Jam,” the ultimate experience for Steely Dan Fans. Mowatt has been critically acclaimed in reviews appearing in PA Musician Mag, Fly Magazine, and more. Tickets are $25 for all ages. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787

Dub C 4-Miler This race includes a four-mile race, a two-mile walk, and a kid’s run. Come out at 6:45pm to Kildare’s and support the Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group and Parkinson Council. Admission fees are $25 for the four-miler and the two-miler, $30 on race day, and $5 for the kid’s run. Kildare’s Irish Pub 18 W Gay St | 610.696.0115





JUNE 9 Carmen The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra along with Flamenco sensation Lilliana Ruiz are performing in West Chester as part of their cross-country tour. Their 22-piece orchestra comprises strings and five virtuoso percussionists playing over 40 instruments. The concert begins at 8pm and tickets range from $25 to $40 (students pay $15 with an ID). Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 JUNE 16 Trailblazer Run Run through 600 acres of private woods and fields. The Trailblazer Run supports East Bradford Township’s public trails. Participants compete in the five-mile run or opt for the more leisurely 1.5-mile hike (perfect for the family). On-site registration begins at 2:30pm, and the race begins at 4pm. All participants receive a free beer from Victory Brewing Company, with root beer for minors and non-drinkers. 1300 Valley Creek Rd | 610.269.9111 | Flag Retirement Ceremony At 10am, West Goshen Township will partner with the American Legion Post 134 for a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the J. Arnold Bair, Jr. Gazebo in West Goshen Community Park. Flags that have been used, but are no longer fit for service, will be burned in a proper ceremonial retirement. Anyone with old U.S. flags is welcome to bring them to the ceremony or deposit them at any time in the flag disposal box at the American Legion Post 134, 305 E. Gay Street. West Goshen Community Park 1023 Fern Hill Rd | 610.696.5266 JUNE 10 Helping Other People Party at Levante Levante Brewing is celebrating their third anniversary with their third annual H.O.P (Helping Other People) party. From 12 to 7pm, you’ll get to enjoy food trucks, live music, and craft beers with a portion of ticket sales going to the Chester County Food Bank and Fiorenza’s Food for Friends. Get a free beer if you donate five non-perishable food items. The VIP session runs from 12 to 1pm and costs $30. The general session runs from 1 to 7pm and is a la carte. Levante Brewing 208 Carter Dr Suite 2 | 484.999.8761

Opera Tutti Cabaret Opera Tutti! is a monthly series, with a different operatic theme from each of the entertainers. From Puccini to Gershwin, “Opera Tutti!” features fantastic performers like Heidi Starr, soprano and director; Catherine Friedman, soprano; and Josh Graves, tenor. Along with the accompanist, Timothy Crawford, this is a group that can’t be beat! The next performance of “Opera Tutti!” will be “That’s Still Italian!” on June 10th at 3pm. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $20 at the door. Uptown Knauer Performing Arts 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 Family Event at Everhart Park Spend the afternoon outside in beautiful Everhart Park. From 2-4pm, enjoy family-fun time filled with whatever you want, whether that’s sharing a picnic, playing catch, or bringing Fido to run around. Everhart Park 610.436.9010 JUNE 12 U.S. Air Force Heritage Winds Quintet The Heritage Winds is the woodwind quintet component of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. As professional

Airman-musicians, they’re dedicated to using the power of music to honor veterans, inspire patriotism, and communicate the Air Force story. This performance is free, but seat reservations are required. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 JUNE 16 Second Annual Craft Beer Festival The second annual Craft Beer Festival runs from 12-5pm and features local breweries, vendors, and sponsors, and live music. General admission includes a sampling glass, while VIP tickets also grant you adavance admission and a complimentary lanyard. Tickets are $40, VIP is $50, and non-drinking tickets are $5. Charles A Melton Center 501 E Miner St | 610.692.9290 JUNE 17 Father’s Day Express Treat Dad to a 90-minute ride through the West Chester scenery on the borough’s most historic train. During the brief layover at the Glen Mills train station, you will be able to enjoy a picnic along Chester Creek. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children ages two to 12, $5 for Dad, and free for children two and under. West Chester Railroad 230 E Market St | 610.430.2233



JUNE 17 FatherFest Nothing says “thanks for everything, Dad!” quite like a ride in a helicopter. A host of other activities go along with the day’s theme of “Celebrate the World of Flight,” such as birds of prey demonstrations and exhibitions with Mike Dupuy Falconry and “The Falconry Girl,” Sean Young. Festival admission is $10 per person. Helicopter rides are $60 and are first come, first serve. American Helicopter Museum | 1220 American Blvd | 610.436-9600 | JUNE 19 Speaker Series: Aadil Malik Uptown’s Speaker Series is back again, this time with spoken-word poet Aadil Malik and “Our Futures Are Virtual: A Poet’s Take on Social Media,” which explores his generation’s obsession with social media and the experience of living in both real and virtual worlds. Tickets for this 6:30 show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 Language for Littles Bring your preschoolers to class from 10 -11am and learn how to incorporate foreign languages into everyday life. Focusing on an animal theme, the library will make it fun and engaging for your preschooler. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 JUNE 20 Passport Cultural Series: Discover Ireland Music and step dance tell as much of a story as words do, and from 5:30 to 7:30pm, you can learn about Ireland’s culture with harpist and storyteller Joanna Mell and the McDade-Cara Dancers. CCHS members pay $10 ($5 for kids), non-members pay $12 ($7 for kids), and students with ID pay $5. Light refreshments will be provided. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High St | 610-344-6923 JUNE 21 Go Skateboarding Day Come out to Robert Lambert Park for Go Skateboarding Day, an annual event hosted jointly by West Goshen Parks & Recreation and Fairman’s Skate Shop. At 1pm, Fairman’s experts will offer tips, and you can compete in contests, win prizes, and skate to music. All activities are free! Robert Lambert Park | Aram Avenue 610.696.5266 |

JUNE 23 Extreme Doo Wop Acapella Concert Classic Urban Harmony LLC brings street-corner doo wop acappella to Uptown! at 7pm. Enjoy listening to the best of blues and doo wop harmony that was born out of 1940s and 1950s urban America. Tickets are $40, or $55 for gold seats. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 “Got Grit?” Color 5K Run/Walk From 10am to 1pm, take part in this untimed 5K run/walk that benefits the Youth Mentoring Partnership and celebrates color with cornstarch-based powders that are non-toxic and biodegradable. Perfect for the whole family! Registration is $35 until June 8th, after which the price increases. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.7171

© Scott Sigman New York City On Your Own Explore New York City for a day with the help of the West Goshen Parks & Rec! Meet at the township building to be ready to leave at 9am. Tickets are $40 per person. The day is yours from there — just be ready to leave the Big Apple at 7pm. West Goshen Parks & Recreation 1025 Paoli Pike | 610.696.5266 JUNE 26 Applebrook Golf Outing This residents-only golf outing starts at 9am and spends the entire day on the green. Residents can bring up to three guests. A shotgun tee time begins at 1pm. Registration is $105, and $135 if registering with a caddy. Applebrook Golf Club 100 Line Rd, Malvern | 610.692.7171







EGT Community Day Celebration Come out to East Goshen Park and celebrate the community that makes our area amazing. You’ll find moon bounces, live music, a helicopter landing, a petting zoo, and 10 food trucks! This event is free, with a rain date of July 1st. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.7171

Fourth of July Decorated Bike Parade Come out to West Goshen Community Park for the annual Bike Parade at 10am. Bring your bikes, trikes, training wheels, big wheels, strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs decked out in their patriotic finest for a parade through the park. Prizes awarded to the most creatively decorated bike. All participants receive medals. Event is free. Remember to wear your helmets! Rain date: July 7th at 10am. West Goshen Community Park 1023 Fern Hill Rd | 610.696.5266

JULY 2 Fourth of July Concert & Cookout Bring your family and friends to East Bradford Park from 6 to 8pm to celebrate Independence Day as a community. The Lukens Band will get you in the spirit of the holiday along with free burgers, hot dogs, beverages, and of course, American flags! Bring along pet food or pet supply item to donate to the Chester County Pet Food Pantry who help those in need who would not be able to keep their pet without assistance. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Dr | 610.436.5108

JULY 13 Better than Bacon Improv Better than Bacon Improv is completely improvisational and comes to Uptown! to perform hilarious routines, games, and interactive activities. It’s never the same show twice! Tickets for the 7:30pm performance are $15. Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St | 610.356.2787

JULY 14 The Complete History of America (Abridged) Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that has been connecting communities with the cultural arts in the region for 14 years. Now, they bring “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” to Everhart Park. Six hundred years in 6,000 seconds — what an emotional roller coaster ride this 90-minute play will be! Cost is free. The first of three performances is at the West Goshen Community Park on July 14th at 7pm. Additional performances are listed in this guide on July 19th and July 29th. Rain date: July 21st. West Goshen Community Park 1023 Fern Hill Rd | 610.696.5266





JULY 14 Mykal Kilgore Once again, Uptown! brings the best of Broadway to West Chester. This time it’s with Broadway “Hair” star, Mykal Kilgore. Live with a full band starting at 8pm, Mykal sings classic Broadway hits. Keep an eye out for him on NBC’s upcoming “Jesus Christ Superstar!” Tickets are $25 with a $3 service fee. VIP tickets are $45 with the service fee and include a meet-and-greet with Mykal and one free drink. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 JULY 15


Turks Head Music Festival What’s not to love about the Turks Head Music Festival? Keith Kurowski, Director of Parks and Recreation, has a list of his top three reasons to love this event:

Speaker Series: Val Vigoda Val Vigoda will dazzle audiences with her violin performance and “Transform Fear into Flow” with musical storytelling. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. A $3 service fee is applied to each ticket. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787

Number 1: Priceless…For Real Attendance for the Music Festival is free. Number 2: The Festival’s Longevity “We’ve been running this event on this weekend, with few exceptions for the past 35 years,” he stated. Number 3: The Community Feeling “If you look around the neighborhood, folks have barbeques and parties as you can usually hear the music in the block around the park,” he said. Everhart Park | 100 S. Brandywine St | 610.692.7574 |

JULY 19 The Complete History of America (Abridged) See the listing for the first performance on July 14 for more information. This second performance will be hosted in East Goshen Park. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.7171

Summer Sidewalk Sale This five-day event is a paradise for bargain hunters and shopaholics. All of your favorite retailers will be out in force throughout the borough, so map out your favorite destinations, put on your walking shoes, and shop your way across town. 610.738.3350 JULY 21 Doo Wop to Soul Concert Celebrate the harmony created by doo wop and soul with the recent stars of America’s Got Talent, “The Masqueraders” at 7pm along with three acappella groups: Quiet Storm, Brooklyn Connection, and Rememberthen. Tickets are $40. VIP Tickets are $55. All have a $3 service fee. Meet-and-greet starts at 5:30pm. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 uptownwestchester.orgmuseum





AUGUST 9 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra The most popular and sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements has come to West Chester. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. All include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 The Museum of the American Revolution The day starts at 9am with a presentation about the Battle of the Brandywine, the Battle of the Clouds, and the Paoli Massacre at the West Goshen Township Building. Following that, you’ll hop on a bus where you’ll learn more about the Battle of Germantown and the British Invasion. Once in the city, check out the new Museum of the American Revolution and historic sites in Society Hill before the return ride, where you’ll learn about the British withdrawal from Philadelphia. The day ends at 6pm and the cost is $49. 1025 Paoli Pike | 610.696.5266 JULY 29 The Complete History of America (Abridged) See the listing for the first performance on July 14 for more information. This third performance will be hosted at Everhart Park. 100 S. Brandywine St | 610.202.7878


West Chester Community Concert Band Since 1986, the all-volunteer West Chester Community Concert Band has been performing in and around the West Chester area. Under the direction of Joseph Gehring since 2003, the band plays everything from classical and jazz to marches and contemporary pieces. Tonight they will be at East Bradford Park from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Cost is free. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Dr | 610.436.5108 AUGUST 7 National Night Out Against Crime National Night Out Against Crime has been hosted by the West Chester Police Department since 2013 and is an evening for the community to show support against crime and violence. Residents express solidarity by locking up their dwellings, turning on a porch light, and coming into town to participate in a street festival with the community, first responders and law officials. 400 Montgomery Ave | 610.696.2700

AUGUST 9 Chesapeake Brass Band Formed in 1996, the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band is comprised of amateur and professional musicians from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. The band performs a varied repertoire of contemporary and traditional brass band music throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Come on out at 6:30pm for a night of tasteful music and fun with your friends, family, or even a date. And it’s free! East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Dr | 610.436.5108 Into the Woods Bravo Theatre Company will be performing “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s musical adaptation of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with a modern twist. Shows are at 7:30pm on August 9th and 10th, 1pm and 7:30pm on the 11th, and 2pm on the 12th. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and members of the military. Madeleine Wing Adler Theater 700 S High St | 570.766.1139





AUGUST 11 Summer String Fling Fiddlers Picnic Enjoy a day of fiddlers and the sounds of violins, violas, cellos, and more at the Summer String Fling Fiddlers Picnic. Come out from 2-10pm and enjoy great music, good food, and even better company. Tickets are $10. Children under 12 get in for free. Thornbury Farms CSA 1256 Thornbury Rd | 610.793.2933 AUGUST 12 Touch a Truck Day This event is a blast for fans of all things automotive. Local businesses will bring their vehicles to the Chester County Government Services Building parking lot so you and the kids can get up close and personal with cars, trucks, (including fire trucks!) and tractors for exploring. There will be clowns to entertain the kids and plenty of food vendors. The event runs from 12-4pm and is free. Parking is $3. Government Services Building 601 Westtown Rd | 610.436.9010

AUGUST 11 Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic and Block Party The Twilight Cycling Classic is one of downtown West Chester’s largest and most thrilling events. Cheer for the professionals in the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium and the Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium as they zip through the streets at speeds topping 40 miles per hour. Amateur racers can take part in the Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium. Don’t miss out on the other events, like the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge and the West Chester Dental Arts Kid’s Race, the Kids’ Zone, Community Festival, and Market Street Block Party. Downtown West Chester | 610.696.4046 | AUGUST 15


Discover Africa Passport Cultural Series Come out to the Historical Society for family-friendly African culture activities, gallery tours, and light food and beverages. CCHS members pay $10 ($5 for kids), non-members pay $12 ($7 for kids), and students with ID pay $5. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High St | 610.692.4800 AUGUST 16

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Trip Take a ferry from New Jersey’s Liberty State Park to explore Ellis Island and get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty. Leave from the West Goshen Parks & Rec building at 8am and return by 7pm. Tickets are $59 for adults, $50 for seniors if bought by July 30th, and $50 for children ages 6 to 16 if bought by July 30th. West Goshen Parks & Recreation 1025 Paoli Pike | 610.696.5266

MissBehavin’ Band MissBehavin’ Band is a rockin’ cover band, performing a mix of material from the 60s to today, like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Metallica, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, and more. And you can catch them at this free event starting at 6:30pm. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Dr | 610.436.5108

Thornbury Farms Summer String Fling Fiddlers Picnic Enjoy a day of fiddlers and the sounds of violins, violas, cellos, and more at the Summer String Fling - Fiddlers Picnic. Come out from 2 to 10pm and enjoy good music, good food, and even better company. Tickets are $10. Children under 12 arefree. Thornbury Farms CSA 1256 Thornbury Rd | 610.793.2933





AUGUST 19 Community Day 5K & 2K Walk Give back to your community by running the Melton Center’s Community Day 5K & 2K Walk! The day starts and ends at Saloon 151, opening with registration and closing with beers and afterrace awards. Registration begins at 8am and the race is at 11. Registration costs $20 per person before August 10th, and $25 after that. Saloon 151 151 W Gay St | 610.692.9290

AUGUST 25 WC Summer Soirée Similar to “Diner en Blanc,” which is held in large cities like Philadelphia, New York City, and San Francisco, the WC Summer Soirée invites community members to dress all in white and either bring a picnic dinner and cocktails, or purchase food and beverages offered on-site by Arianna’s and Saloon 151 at their annual party. There will be food, drinks, fabulous live music and dancing underneath the stars. The location will be a surprise, announced the day of the event. Proceeds from the event benefit at-risk children in the community. The event runs from 6:30 to 11pm with live music and dancing under the stars. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased in advance by visiting the event website. Surprise location! | 917.699.8166 |




World Helicopter Day It’s an amazing afternoon filled with helicopters, education, and celebration. According to the WHD website, “World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them.” Festivities kick off at 12:30pm. Events are free; helicopter rides are $60. American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Blvd | 610.436-9600

West Chester Swing Kings If you love swing music, you’re gonna love the West Chester Swing Kings. Come out at 6:30pm and listen to a 19-piece band with a large repertoire of music from the golden years of the 40s by such artists as Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington; as well as more recent tunes by artists like Brian Setzer, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Dr | 610.436.5108

East Goshen Food Truck and Music Festival This free event will feature live music with several bands and performers, a moon bounce for the kids, and trucks serving up all manner of cuisine, including that most important of all food groups: dessert. The event will run from 4-8pm, and attendees are welcome to come picnic in the park. East Goshen Township Park, Stage Area 1580 Paoli Pike





West Chester Public Library The local library might just be your best source for activities this summer. In fact, this guide features more than a dozen events hosted by the library! West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721

RECURRING EVENTS Summer Picnic Special Spend Sunday afternoon relaxing on a 90-minute ride from West Chester to Glen Mills with the sounds of the train and the warm summer breeze. Pack a lunch or purchase one on board from the snack bar. Adult tickets are $15, children two to 12 are $13, and children under two ride for free. The Summer Picnic Special runs every Sunday until September 23rd. Train departs at noon. West Chester Railroad 230 E Market St | 610.430.2233 Classic Movie Monday Uptown’s Classic Movie Monday series is back! Running every Monday evening from June 4th until August 20th at 7pm, you’ll be able to experience your favorite old-school films in the theater again. In preparation for Incredibles 2, Uptown! kicks off Movie Monday with Incredibles. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787

Painted Plate DIY Wood Sign Workshop Calling all amateur and expert crafters — join the Painted Plate as you turn a chunk of raw wood into a masterful wood craft that will make you reconsider your day job. These wood signs make the perfect home décor or gifts. Begins at 6:30pm every Wednesday, and is also offered at 11am on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Painted Plate 104 Market St | 610.738.0603 English Conversation Group Need to brush up on your English or just looking to chat? West Chester’s Volunteer English Program (VEP) hosts an English Conversation group every Wednesday from 12-12:55pm in the Library’s Community Room. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721

Painted Plate Ladies’ Night Treat yourself to a night of crafts with Ladies’ Night at the Painted Plate every Thursday starting at 5pm. All ladies get half off the studio fee. Feel free to bring food and your own wine and they will provide the wine glasses. Prices vary depending on the pottery painted. Painted Plate 104 Market St | 610.738.0603 Quilting at the Library/Quilts for Kids Starting June 6th from 1 to 3pm, and every other Wednesday from there out, transform plain pieces of fabric into beautiful quilts to be gifted to children in need. All you need to bring is your sewing talent, a sewing machine if you have one, and quilting gear. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721





Science Saturdays at the American Helicopter Museum The Helicopter Museum is hosting Science Saturdays this summer on June 23rd and June 30th. The first theme is “Helicopter Hunt.” The event runs from 2-3pm and is free with paid museum admission. No reservations required. 1220 American Blvd | 610.436.9600 Tinker Thursdays Kids 5 and older can attend Tinker Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm to invent, learn, and be creative in the library’s “Maker Space,” with a different theme each week. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 Swingin’ Summer Thursdays Join the street festival that is Swingin’ Summer Thursday from 6:30-9pm every first Thursday of the month. Enjoy a night filled with live music on the streets of downtown West Chester, indulging in delicious food and enjoying merchandise offered by local vendors and artisans that stretches for two blocks. *Note: to avoid interfering with Independence Day celebrations, July’s Swingin’ Summer Thursday is happening on 6/12. Downtown West Chester 610.436.9010

Dueling Pianos This ongoing series features a new duo every month as they battle for the best piano performance of the night. Performances will take place on June 8, July 19 and August 24. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Each include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 Painted Plate Date Night Need new ideas for date night? The Painted Plate Date Night is perfect! You and your date both receive half off the studio fee starting at 5pm every other Saturday. Enjoy an evening of painting, crafts, creativity, and passion as you unleash your inner artist. Painted Plate 104 Market St | 610.738.0603 West Goshen Summer Concert Series Enjoy free summer concerts at West Goshen Park this summer! These concerts offer a variety of performances over six Sundays during the season, all starting at 6:30pm. June 10th kicks off the concert series with Lolly & Yoyo, a concert for children, followed by an evening with

two of Philly’s top acapella groups, After the Bar and Keystone (June 24th), popular Celtic rock band The Malarkey Brothers (July 8th), the big band sound of the Swing Kings (July 22nd), Motown band Love’s Magic (August 5th), and the classic and contemporary country songs of 309 Express (August 19th). *Rain location: East High School Auditorium on Ellis Lane. West Goshen Community Park 1023 Fern Hill Rd | 610.696.5266 Brandywine Baseball Club Come out to East Goshen Park for an afternoon at the ball game. June 10th marks the first of many home games this summer, followed by June 30th, July 14th, and August 11th. Games start at 11am and end around 2:30pm. The Brandywine Baseball Club formed in 2013 and is modeled after its 1865 West Chester namesake. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950 Family Movie Nights Bring the whole family to these movie nights for all ages every Wednesday from June 13 until August 15 from 6-8pm. The event is free and takes place in the Library’s Community Room. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721





Skate Jam The West Goshen Park and Recreation Department continues its partnership with Fairman’s Skate, Surf, and Snow Shop by offering free Skate Jams on the second Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm. The Skate Jams are an awesome way to get pointers from Fairman’s staff of professionals. In the event of rain, the Skate Jam would be held on the following day. Robert Lambert Park Aram Avenue | 610.696.5266 Drop-In Storytime Take your preschoolers and “drop in” anytime between 10:30- 11am. Get lost in the stories, rhymes, and songs of the library and take home activity sheets after storytime is over. Storytime happens every Wednesday from June 13th until August 15th and is free. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 Town Tours and Village Walks The Town Tours and Village Walks are happening this year for the 24th summer in row. Kickoff takes place on June 14th at 5:30pm at the Historical Society and continues every Thursday night until August 30th. Tours last roughly 50 minutes, with the first tour leaving at 5:30pm and the last at 7pm. All tours are free. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High St | 610.344.6923

© Chester County’s Brandywine Valley Artisan Exchange Every Saturday from 10am-2pm, check out the Artisan Exchange from some of the best products West Chester has to offer, such as fresh coffee from Golden Valley Farms, sweets from Sweet Ladybug, Masala Meals, Pure Scents candles, and more. 208 Carter Drive, Unit 13B 610.719.0282 1-2-3 Play with Me This playtime event for preschoolers occurs every Friday starting on June 15th from 10:30 to 12pm. Your children can interact with educational toys while you meet new families and caregivers. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 Book Discussion In conjunction with the Summer Reading Challenge, the library will be hosting a series of book discussions starting on June 20th and continuing on the third Wednesday of the month. Join this group to discuss new and classic novels from a wide range of genres. Bring a lunch. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721

FUNdamentals of Theater On June 20th, July 18th, and August 8th at 2pm, kids learn the basics of theater in an approachable, fun-filled way. Each onehour class allows children ages 3 to 5 to enjoy a mix of theater games and activities. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 Music at Marshall Picnic Concerts Do you love music? Do you love Marshall Square Park? Here’s your chance to enjoy them both during the Music at Marshall concert series. Complete with an optional potluck dinner and fabulous views of the gazebo stage, Music in Marshall is a community event you won’t want to miss. The first concert of the season will take place on June 21 featuring BirlGirl Design with performances by Sin Brothers, followed by July 19 and August 16. Marshall Square Park 610.436.9010 | LEGO Club Every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6:30 -7:30pm, enjoy building anything you can imagine with the library’s collection of LEGO bricks. This club is for anyone over the age of four, so granddad can come too! West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721





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Levante Elevate Your Craft 5K Series Join Levante Brewing Company on June 14th, July 12th, and August 23rd at 7pm to race this 5K and elevate your craft. Participants must be 21 or older and will receive a free beer after the race. Registration costs $25 for each race or $70 for the whole series. Levante Brewing Company 208 Carter Dr Suite 2 | 484.999.8761 Happy Hour on the Terrace Enjoy this “Antiques Appraisal” Happy Hour on the Terrace from 5:30-7:30pm, where John Thompson and Rochelle Christopher of Victorian Vanities will be on hand to appraise those heirlooms you’ve got stashed away in the attic. Appraisal begins at 6pm. The cost is $20 for the first item, which includes the Happy Hour charge, and $15 for each additional item, with a limit of three items per household. Events take place on June 22 and July 20. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 East Goshen Farmers Market The East Goshen Farmers Market will be held from 3-7pm on Thursdays until October 11th. Swing by to pick up farm-fresh, locally grown produce as well as meats, baked goods, and more to enjoy for all of your summer meals, picnics, and backyard barbecues. You’ll also find handmade soaps, jewelry, and other gift items too. East Goshen Park 1660 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950

Teen Book Club Brunch This book discussion just for teens ages 14 to 18 allows them to eat brunch and discuss this month’s book with their fellow Young Adult book lovers! Food and drinks are provided. The first meeting is June 30. Check with the library for future dates. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721 West Chester Growers Market Want to check out your favorite local producers, farmers, and growers? For the entire summer, you can stop by every Saturday from 9am-1pm to peruse the different stands and support local farms and businesses. Corner of Church & Chestnut Teen Advisory Board Do you have opinions about books? Or what activities the library should hold? Take up a leadership role with the Teen Advisory Board on the first Wednesday of every month from 3-4pm. And as a bonus, membership will look great on your college application or resume. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721

Afternoon Summer Sports Clinics Whether they love soccer, lacrosse, skateboarding, or even ice hockey, there are a variety of clinics supervised by experienced instructors for children ages five to 12 all summer. All clinics run from June 25th until August 9th on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3pm at West Goshen Community Park. (Skateboarding is held at Lambert Park and ice hockey is at Ice Line). Registration is $60 per sport for West Goshen residents and $75 for non-residents. The ice hockey clinic has an additional $35 fee for ice rink time. West Goshen Community Park 1023 Fern Hill Rd | 610.696.5266 Movie Night As of now, there are two movie night dates: June 28 and August 9, but others may follow. Enjoy feature films at the Melton Center. Movies start at dusk and will be family friendly. Movie nights are free to attend. Charles A Melton Center 501 E Miner St | 610.692.9290 Teen & Tween Tuesdays Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5pm, teens and tweens are invited out to the library to read and discuss your favorite books. Connect with fellow like-minded readers right in the heart of the library. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721






Soul Harmony In this first of nine shows, Soul Harmony will tell the story of Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til, and the Orioles, singing hits like “Crying in the Chapel” from 1953 and other classic R&B songs. Tickets for this 7:30pm show are $40 to $55. VIP tickets range from $100 to $250. Show runs June 20 through July 1. Uptown Knauer Performing Arts 226 N High St | 610.356.2787 Stroud Preserve Looking for a new place to take a stroll or go for a summer night’s run? The rolling green hills of Stroud Preserve will enchant you, encompassing over nine miles of unpaved trails that will take your outdoor adventures to new heights. Welcome to your new favorite nature spot. Stroud Preserve 449 N Creek Road | 610.353.5587 Treehouse World With so many activities going on each day at Treehouse World, it’s very easy to branch out and try something new! Treehouse World is an adventure park in the woods, filled with innovative tree houses including a FiveCar Train Treehouse, Old Greybeard, Pirate’s Cove, a giant Oak Leaf Platform, and the Pirate Ship Treehouse. New treehouse party rooms include a Tiki Hut, Pavilion and a Yurt. Treehouse World offers adventures for the whole family. In their Tree Climbing, Buccaneer Zipline, Walk the Plank, Archery Tag, Gaga Ball Pit and Tomahawk Throwing, children as small as 20lbs. can participate. For the super adventurous, they also offer the chance to challenge yourself on the Valley Creek Zipline Aerial Tour. 1442 Phoenixville Pike | 484.329.7853 | West Chester Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge Calling all bookworms! The Library’s Summer Reading Challenge kicks off on June 9th at 10am. Running until August 18th, you have the entire summer to read as many books as you can. The kickoff event will have registration, crafts, tattoos, balloons, and lots of activities fun for the whole family. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church St | 610.696.1721

Stryke Force Laser Tag Be the hero of your own story at Stryke Force Laser Tag. This unique, intense arena is different than any laser tag you might have played before. With realistic, state-of-the-art Battle Company weapons and over 30 riveting missions on a set that rivals Hollywood, defeat your friends and family in this extraordinary, engaging battlefield experience. Stryke Force Laser Tag 540 E Union St | 484.787.2525

Highland Orchards Fruit Picking There’s nothing like a fresh-picked piece of fruit on a summer day, and picking it yourself at Highland Orchards ensures it’s as fresh as can be. Choose from a variety of strawberries, cherries, peaches, and other fruits. Bring the kids along to help pick, and enjoy an afternoon with the family at the orchard’s playground, animal area, or take a hayride. Highland Orchards 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd 610.269.3494|





Escape Rooms Escape Rooms are all the craze, and you’ve got plenty of options in West Chester. You’ve got one hour for you and your friends to solve your way out of a room. Escapes rooms are part puzzle and part team building and always a great time. Bates Motel Escape Rooms offer teams of six to 10 players the choice of room themes including the haunted Bates Manor, an Egyptian tomb, Revenge of the Serial Killer and 60 Minutes to Save the World. Entry costs $29.95 per person. 540 E Union St | 484.459.6663 Escape West Chester is currently running two themed rooms: Detention, where you have to solve your way out of a classroom, and Dog Pound, where the theme suggests you’re helping dogs find their way to forever homes. Costs $26 per person. 1027, 116 S High St | 484.266.7118

Escape the Room West Chester currently has two themed rooms: a creepy cabin and one titled The Prom. Tickets cost $28 per person or $250 for the whole room. 323 E Gay St | 610.429.1200 Mathnasium Summer Classes Don’t be a victim of the dreaded summer brain drain! For kids, early summer learning losses have consequences later in life, including high school curriculum placement. Without the stress of other classes, summer is a great time for kids to focus on courses that might give them a particular math. Mathnasium is the solution! Mathnasium specializes in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them and their summer courses are the best way to keep your child’s mind sharp. Mathnasium 113 Turner Ln | 484.971.4452

Painting with a Twist Summer Classes We get it — some of us aren’t the best at creating art. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn or you should give up. Check out Painting with a Twist this summer to paint beautiful and professional designs, even if you’re an amateur. It’s BYOB, so have fun and be safe. Painting with a Twist 1502 West Chester Pike | 484.313.4059 Can You Canoe Clinic Learn the basics of canoeing—including parts of the canoe, proper grip, steering, swamping, and righting your canoe— and then set out on a guided tour of the Brandywine with your instructor. Canoe clinics are by appointment only and cost $38 per person over 2.5 hours. Northbrook Canoe Co 1810 Beagle Rd | 610.793-2279





QVC Studio Tours With QVC right in your backyard, take this summer to go on one of their tours. Studio tours start at 10:30am, noon, and 2:30pm and last for one hour. Tickets are $10 ($8 for children ages 8 to 12). 135 Enterprise Dr | 484.701.1000 Family Fun Canoe Trip Who needs a lake when you’ve got a river to jump into — specifically, the Brandywine? Families large and small can get started with some on-shore games and instructions. Learn the basics of canoeing and then hit the water for a guided trip down the scenic Brandywine Creek while playing in the water and looking for critters. This trip is three hours long and $68 per canoe. Northbrook Canoe Co 1810 Beagle Rd | 610.793.2279

Thornbury Farm Tours Tour Thornbury Farms’ historic homes and scenic fields all summer. These tours can be tailored for schools, history buffs, or those interested in agriculture, high tunnels, or organically grown foods. Costs $25 per couple. Thornbury Farms CSA 1256 Thornbury Rd | 610.793.2933 ACAC Group Exercise Classes Maybe you weren’t so diligent with your exercises in winter, so get motivated by taking group exercise classes at ACAC. With a variety of yogas, aqua fits, meditations, sports, pilates, and more to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Prices and times vary. 1130 McDermott Dr | 610.431.7000

ACAC Activity Pool & Waterpark Cool off this summer with ACAC’s aquatic hours! Bring your family and friends to the waterpark from 9:30am to 7:45pm on weekdays and from 9:30am to 6:45pm on weekends. Membership gains you access to all their facilities, including two waterslides, a zero-depth entry for kids, a poolside cafe and plenty of deck space for lounging. and a children’s waterpark, in addition to all the other great services offered by the gym. 1130 McDermott Dr 610.431.7000




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West Chester Sports Leagues Games aren’t just for kids! West Chester Sports Leagues offers adult softball, volleyball, kickball and even cornhole, among other popular games for teams and individuals. Check out their website for information on sport availability and how to register. 215.483.9340 Waterview Swim Club Relax and cool off this summer in a beautiful three-acre property right in the borough. The Waterview Swim Club offers more than just swimming — be a part of parties, games, sports, picnics, and more! It’s a great option for families looking for a cooling solution during just the summer season: sign up for a family membership starting at $325. Waterview Swim Club 6305, 16 Lochwood Ln | 302.798.5144

Volunteer at the BVSPCA What better way to show your love and support for your favorite pets than to volunteer? At the Brandywine Valley SPCA, you can apply for any number of their volunteer opportunities, as long as you are at least 16-years-old. Administration volunteers are perfect for those who are savvy with computers and data. Adoption counselors are best for people who love matching pets with their forever homes. You can also volunteer to take care of the dogs and cats staying at the SPCA, including grooming, feeding, walking, and loving! One of the more unique qualities to volunteering at the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the opportunity to participate in “Dogs and Cats on Tour,” which involves taking adoptable pets to local shelters, animal hospitals, and fundraisers to increase their likelihood of being adopted! Or you can be a pet photographer, a treat-baker, toy-maker, and so much more, including volunteer opportunities for children! Linda Torelli of BVSPCA expressed why volunteering has such a positive impact. “Each time a volunteer interacts

with an animal at the shelter, it changes that animal’s day for the better,” she said. “That cat or dog may have lost the only home they knew or maybe knew only neglect and cruelty, and the time with a kind volunteer helps the pet relax and enjoy the moment. It’s a very rewarding experience to make a difference to animals that have lost everything.” BVSPCA 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610.692.6113 Many Nations | Chester County Now until December 31st, from 9:30 to 4:30pm each day, check out the Many Nations exhibit at the Historical Society. It will reveal the many stories about the people who made this community what it is today. From the first contact between the Lenape and the European immigrants in the 1600s, Chester County has become a part of a global community. This event is free for members, $8 for adult non-members, $6 for senior non-members 65 and older, $5 for students with ID, $4 for children, and children under 6 get in for free. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High St | 610.692.4800





SUMMER CAMPS BVSPCA Critter Camp 2018 If your kid’s crazy about critters, this week-long camp is for them! Children ages seven to 12 can attend, and nurture animals in need, learn about animal care, listen to guest speakers from around the world, participate in team-building events, and even read to canines. Camp runs from 9am-3pm, and costs $300/week. Aftercare from 3-5pm costs an additional $50. 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610.692.6113 ACAC Summer Camp From June 11-August 20, your child can spend the summer days at ACAC! This camp is full of activities like swimming, indoor and outdoor sports, field trips, talent shows, and glow parties! Half-day camp runs from 9 to 12pm, and the full-day schedule is from 9 to 3pm. Cost is $290 for members and $335 for non-members. 1130 McDermott Dr | 610.431.7000 WC Friends Summer Programs With 10 weeks of summer programs, the West Chester Friends School will entertain and educate your children throughout the season. Each week has a different theme, highlighting literature, arts, fitness, and gardening. Camp days run from 9- 3pm and cost $295 per child per week, with a discounted rate of $495 per child for two consecutive weeks. Aftercare is available from 3 to 5pm for $9 per hour. WC Friends School 415 N High St | 610.696.2820 Triple Threat Discover or strengthen your child’s acting skills with Triple Threat from June 18th to June 29th. Campers ages seven to 17 will be divided into groups by age to experience singing, dancing, acting, and improvisation. Each session concludes with a cabaret performance on Friday at 2pm. Camp costs $575 for 9 to 3pm day, with an extended day option that lasts until 5pm available for $720. WC Studio for the Performing Arts 226 N High St | 484.995.2915

Brandywine Ballet Summer Intensive This four-week intensive program features several styles of dance — ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, Broadway, contemporary, yoga, and choreography. Focused on developing the dancers’ own sense of artistry, this program will run for four weeks daily 9:30 to 3:30pm. Prices depend on how many weeks and times classes are taken. Registration starts at $40. 317 Westtown Rd #5 | 610.692.6402 Skate Camp West Goshen Parks & Recreation and Fairman’s are offering week-long skate camps taught by Fairman’s experienced staff. This camp is for children ages 8-14 and is offered June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, August 6-10, and August 20-24. Skate camp runs from 9 to 12pm daily. Each oneweek camp costs $190 ($180 for West Goshen Township residents). Robert Lambert Park Aram Avenue | 610.696.5266 Fashion and Machine Sewing Camp This crafty camp is for the nine to 15-yearold kid in your life who wants to learn to sew. Whether future fashion designer, Halloween costume extraordinaire, or simply learning an eminently practical skill, your child will learn to read and use patterns to create their own project. Costs $490 for the full day. Camp runs until August 3rd. West Chester University 700 S High St | 610.660.9600

Red Hound Stables If your kids have been yearning to learn how to ride a horse, now’s their chance! From 9 to 4pm from June 25th until August 17th, they will develop their equestrian skills, swim in the pool, do arts and crafts, and ride among their peers. $285 for multiple weeks or $350 for a single week. Red Hound Stables LLC 171 S Bridge Rd | 484.880.1387 Bitty Ballet Summer Camp From July 9-12 and July 23-26, children ages 3-6 can enjoy the Bitty Ballet Summer Camp. They’ll learn what it means to be a ballet dancer as the camp encourages campers to foster their love for dancing and creativity. Each day lasts from 10 to 11:30am and costs $80 per 4-day week. Spellman Building, Room 2B 829 Paoli Pike | 717.418.2143 Photography Camp Fuel your child’s passion by enrolling them in this camp with award-winning professional photographic instructors from The Photography Workshop. The camp covers basic concepts, such as rules of composition, motion, lighting, focus, perspective, color and tones, and textures. Your child will learn how to get the most out of his/ her camera including which settings are best for specific photographic situations and powerful tricks to take their images to the next level. Children nine through 16 can participate. The camp runs July 16-20 from 1-3pm. Cost is $299 per participant. Participants may bring their own DSLR cameras or use cameras provided by the Photography Workshop. Coopersmith Park 101 Spring Ln | 610.696.5266





West Chester Summer Stage If your child has ever wanted to act, sing, and perform in front of their family and friends, they won’t want to miss out on the West Chester Summer Stage. Classes run from 9am-3pm for Mainstagers (entering 8th grade+) and Rising Stars (entering 3rd grade+), or from 9am-12pm and 12-3pm for Broadway Babies (2nd year of preschool up to first grade). Classes run from July 9th to 27th. Register online! Villa Maria Academy 370 Old Lincoln Hwy, Malvern 610.644.2551 WC Studio for the Performing Arts Camps WC Studio for the Performing Arts 226 N High St | 484.995.2915 Storybook Theater For children ages four to seven, this weeklong camp running from June 11-15 and July 23-27 brings out the joy of imaginative play through theater games, art, fairy tales, and music. Campers will create a show to be performed on Friday at noon (4:30pm for later camps). Cost is $210 per week. Extended day camp is $395. Summer Stock Kids Calling all children ages 8 to 12, get ready to perform in the Kids’ Summer Stock Show. A professional actor and director will take 18 kids on a theatrical journey through rehearsals and a one-act play. Camp runs from July 16-20 from 9am-3pm, with an option to extend the day to 5pm. Cost is $375, or the extended day cost is $440. performance is held on Friday at 2:15pm. Broadway Kids Cabaret Singing, dancing, acting, and fun — that’s all kids need to be amazing in this Broadway Kids Cabaret Camp. Children ages 7 to 12 will be able to enjoy this week-long camp from August 13th to the 17th. Each camp day is from 9 to 3pm, with extended day being from 3 to 5pm. Cost is $375 and extended day is $440. The performance will be held on that Friday at 2:15pm. Acting for the Camera Kids ages 8-12 will work with professional actors and directors learning about what it means to act for TV and film. The camp week lasts from July 30-August 3, and the day runs from 9AM-3pm, with extended day being 3 to 5pm. The week costs $375, and extended day week costs $440. The performance will be Friday at 2:15pm.

Summer Stock Kiddos This Summer Stock Show will be held August 6-10 and will allow 18 performers ages 6-11 to discover what it means to be an actor. Camp day is 9am-12:30pm, with extended day being from 12:30-5pm Monday through Thursday. Cost is $210, with extended day being $395. The performance is that Friday at 12pm. Summer Stock Teens This camp will be held August 13-17 and will allow 18 teen performers ages 13-17 to discover what it means to be an actor. Camp day is 9M-3pm, with extended day being from 3-5pm. Cost is $375, with extended day being $440. The performance is that Friday at 2pm. Summer Camp Kids Show Put some hilarity in your child’s summer with “How to Eat Like a Child,” a play your child will have three weeks to prepare with other campers. Highlighting the joys and sorrows of being a child, this camp for kids ages 8-14 costs $650 for all three weeks with a day that runs from 9am-3pm, or you can extend the days to 5pm for $890. Glee Week All campers will perform solo as well as a member in quartets, octets, and large group numbers in a cabaret after working with a professional actor and director. Camp runs August 6-10, 9am-3pm, with extended day 3-5pm, Monday through Thursday. Cost is $395 per week, and $460 for extended day. The performance will be on that Friday at 2:15pm. West Goshen Summer Rec Camps 610.696.5266 | The following eight-week programs cost West Goshen residents $200 for one child, $350 for two, and $100 for each additional child. Non-residents pay $300 per participant. Kids Coopersmith, Baker, and West Goshen Community Parks Running from June 18-August 10 for ages five-12, this camp offers children supervised time outdoors playing sports, participating in, games, and crafts, and weekly field trip opportunities. Each day runs from 9-12pm, but field trips may run longer. Teens Robert Lambert Park Teens age 13-15 have the opportunity to play dodgeball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, skateboarding, and Capture the Flag. They can also enjoy the indoor teen clubhouse, which includes ping pong, foosball, video games, and more.

Diane Matthews School of Dance & Arts 315-9 Westtown Rd | 610.692.3398 Princess Camp Your children (ages 3.5 to 6) will learn what it means to be a princess! They can dance to their favorite Disney Princess music, dress up for the Royal Ball and have fun making crafts to take home. Your princess will explore age-appropriate dance that includes creative movement, ballet, tumbling. Plus, they can enjoy a tea party! Wholesome snack, juice and story time will be included each day. The camp week is July 9-13 and each day lasts from 9 -11:30am. Camp costs $150. Dancers & Dolls Camp Any child age 6 to 10 can dance with their dolls at the Diane Matthews School. From July 30-August 3, they bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal for a fun week packed with dancing, games and great tales of both dolls and dancers. The last day of camp includes a fashion show your child will put on for family and friends! Each camper will receive a specialty T-shirt, along with daily snack and drinks provided. The camp day lasts from 9-4pm and costs $300. The Handwork Studio Workshops Got a crafty, creative kid on your hands? We’ve got a camp for you. The Handwork Studio Workshops is a kids’ fashion and needle arts community. Sign your budding crafter or fashionista up for a hands-on experience in hand sewing, knitting, weaving, and more. Day camp for ages 5 to 12 costs $440 for the full day, $315 for morning, and $190 for afternoon. West Chester University 700 S High St | 610.660.9600 The Painted Plate Kids can unleash their creativity at the Painted Plate’s Summer Camp. All children ages 7 and older will learn how to create art using wet clay, paint pottery, fuse glass, and paint canvases, as well as stain and custom-paint wood signs. Each camp day is Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm, running July 9-13, July 23-27, and August 6-10. Registration costs $149 per week. The Painted Plate 104 W Market St | 610.738.0603





Near and Far

Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts

Did you know that there is a tunnel that goes under the U.S. Capitol Building? I had heard rumors of this tunnel and attempted to get detailed information, only to be given a vague description of a subway only used by members of Congress. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to follow the footsteps of the leaders of our country through the private corridor underneath our nation’s most symbolic and architecturally impressive building. A few weeks ago this was my reality. Only accessible to members of Congress and their staff, the tunnel system is used to move between the Capitol and Library of Congress securely and secretly. During a recent visit to The Hill on “official business” advocating for the travel industry, I was fortunate to score an escort form Congressman Dwight Evans office to take me through the tunnel so I could make a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on time. Lining the walls of the corridor was artwork submitted by schools across the nation. Midway through we boarded a tram that took us to the end of the line where we entered the heart of the Capitol building. Steephen, my escort, paused beneath a glass ceiling to point out the closest vantage point of the Statue of Freedom. The statue is part of Thomas U. Walter’s design for the dome, approved in 1855, and it has crowned the cast iron dome since 1863. We continued on through private corridors until we reached the north wing, and I said farewell to Steephen. Little did I know the connection between the U.S. Capitol and our hometown. Upon returning to West Chester I wanted to know about our own government buildings. In a previous life I worked in the Annex of the Historic Courthouse but only made it into the actual historic courtroom a handful of times. I always envisioned the trials and decisions that would cross the bench. I reached out to Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of West Chester BID for some insight into the history of our town and he shared some incredible information with me, including his own self-guided walking tour of Historic West Chester. Among the links Malcolm sent was a familiar name: Thomas U. Walter, the same guy that designed the dome of our nation’s Capital Building! Upon further reading I learned that Walter designed West Chester Presbyterian Church, The Bank of Chester County, Horticultural Hall, Chester County Prison and our very own Chester County Courthouse. Even though it is not easy for the general public to experience the Capitol as I did, there are exclusive behind-the-scenes options that can be arranged if you know the right people. Access to the tunnel is limited, but a getting a privately guided tour that shares secrets and takes you in where most tours pass, is possible. Malcolm has spearheaded the movement to keep our local history alive and accessible to those who want to learn more about it. With a little bit of research and connecting, learning about our local history as near as West Chester and as far as Washington D.C. is something we should all do. —





Employee of the Month

PHOTO Amy Tucker INTERVIEW Skye McDonald

Chef Kevin Diskin of Righteous Tap House discusses his culinary influences and the ethos of his kitchen How long have you been working here? Since October 2017. What do you like about it? I like the owners, the people I work with, and the clientele. And I love the scenic drive to work, too. How long have you been a chef? Since I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998. As an executive chef, I owned Bigfork Restaurant in Chadds Ford for nine years, but I have three kids, and I wanted to spend more time with my family. As an owner, even on my days off I was still working. I just wanted to cook.

How’s life as a Righteous chef? The owners, Jon and Mike, are great. They give me an opportunity to broaden my horizons and do what I want on the menu, with the clientele in mind. Have any favorite dishes? The specials, like the burgers and wings. We had chicken and dumplings too, and shrimp and grits. I try to elevate simple dishes, and create great pairings—a soft meal should be paired with a crunchy side. It’s all about fresh ingredients and not overhandling them. You want to prepare it in a way that doesn’t compromise the dish. Simply pair quality ingredients, like starch and veggies with a nice, homemade sauce. Everything’s from scratch? I like to use veal or pork stock, or shrimp shells. I utilize every part of the ingredient. It seems almost like a puzzle. It is actually! You learn what goes well with what, and you can always experiment. How did you know you wanted to be in this field? I grew up in Springfield and we had a Philly-Italian woman across the street named Mrs. Flaherty. She would invite our family over for dinner, and I just remember every time walking

into that house, there were so many aromas. My grandfather did all the cooking when I was little, and he was amazing. In grade school, I started watching the PBS Great Chef series, and they were all so professional. I wanted to be like them. I was a bit picky with what I ate as a kid, but I always enjoyed the experience. So what happened next? I went to the University of Scranton and ended up getting a job at The Scranton Club. I discovered my passion for cooking there and couldn’t wait to go back the next day. How do you think you’ve improved over the years? We did so many mundane things at the Culinary Institute, like mincing parsley and dicing tomatoes. But now I know exactly what’s going on in the kitchen because of that. Working elbow-to-elbow with other cooks helps too, and using bits and pieces from different cookbooks. It’s like a melting pot of cooking ideas. It is, and I try to always be learning and improving. Now that I’m at Righteous, I want to get to know the clientele more—I want to tailor my dishes to West Chester.





Design Dilemmas Andrea Mason of Perceptions Interiors is a professional interior designer who wants to help you upgrade your space

If you are currently living with a rugless room, then it’s time to fill your blank canvas with something spectacular. It’s amazing what a fabulous rug can do to a room, but if the size, color, pattern, or texture are wrong, then it can throw off the entire aesthetic of the room. Below I discuss each of these elements in detail to help you make the perfect decision for your space. SIZE: Sizing is so important when selecting a rug. One of the most common design mistakes I see is a postage stamp size rug in a room that needs a bigger one. Depending on what is in the room, there are rules to follow when considering size. In a space where furniture is floating, all of the furniture should be completely on the rug. When furniture is against the wall you want at least the front 2 legs of the furniture to be on the rug. For your dining room the rug should be at least 2’ from the table’s edge so that all of the table and chairs fit comfortably on the rug and will not snag on the rug when the chairs are pulled out. For your bedroom, you should have a large rug under the entire bed hanging about 3’ from all three exposed sides of the bed. An alternative is to have two runners flanking the sides of the bed. COLOR: When choosing the right color for your rug, consider what else is in your room, and tie in a color that is already in the space. You want to make sure you don’t have too much of the same color in the room, so if there is already a lot of color it’s best not to compete and actually choose a more neutral rug. Vise versa, this is also a good time to introduce color to a room that is lacking. PATTERN: Depending on what other patterns you have in the room already, a patterned rug or lack thereof can make a big difference. A room that already has a lot of florals, stripes, or other patterns would look best with a rug that has little or no pattern at all. In room that has very little going on, a patterned rug would add personality and depth. Oriental, striped, floral... the list goes on, and the options are endless. TEXTURE: Choosing the right texture for your rug can set the tone for your space. Shag or more plush rugs can make a cozy and comfortable room. A sisal or natural rug can look great in rooms that already have a lot of pattern and color in the space. PRO TIPS: If you have a small rug that you don’t want to part with, consider layering it on top a larger rug. I love a great neutral sisal rug with a patterned rug on top! A great way to save money is to bind your old carpet or purchase a piece of broadloom for a rug. Feels great on your toes and looks great as a rug. With these hot tips I hope you can find the perfect rug for your room. It’s amazing what a rug can do to a space when chosen correctly. Have fun decorating! —





If you spot the five differences, in this photo of the Annual West Chester Mile, a professional race held at Henderson High School, then send your answer to you’ve got a chance to win a Barnaby’s gift certificate. Congrats to April winner, local attorney Jeremiah Kane who identified all the changes to the runway models.





Summer Playlist DJ Romeo curates a list of the tracks you’ll be enjoying all summer long. 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

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Rita Ora ft. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX – “Girls” John Mayer – “New Light” Dave Matthews Band – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” Dierks Bentley – “You Can’t Bring Me Down” Charlie Puth – “The Way I Am” Marshmello ft. Juicy J & James Arthur – “You Can Cry” Chromeo ft. DRAM – “Must’ve Been” Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj – “Ball For Me” Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out Of Five” Christina Aguilera ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz – “Accelerate” Jess Glynne – “I’ll Be There” Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull – “Move To Miami” Anevo – “One Kiss” Netta – “Toy” Royce Da 5’9” ft. Eminem & King Green – “Caterpillar” Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight” Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams” Luke Combs – “Beautiful Crazy” Dan + Shay – “All To Myself” Sofi Tukker – “That’s It (I’m Crazy)” Kardi Williams – “Daydream” Liam Payne & J Balvin – “Familiar” Kaskade ft. BROHUG, Mr. Tape & Madge – “Fun” Madison Beer – “Home With You” Labrinth, Sia & Diplo (LSD) – “Audio” Mikolas Josef – “Lie To Me” Jungle – “Happy Man” Yellow Claw ft. Tabitha Nauser – “Crash This Party” Bryce Vine – “Drew Barrymore”



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