The WC Press Summer Fun Guide - June 2019

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

There was a time shortly after I launched this magazine that I felt mature beyond my years. While my friends were working entry-level positions, I had my own company. Being a 24-year-old business owner felt like a lot of responsibility, which I conflated with maturity. Nowadays I’m only one of a handful of friends who have ownership stakes in business ventures (many much larger than my own), and several of my acquaintances have advanced their lives in ways I never will. My peers are getting married and having kids, and I’m still getting to the bar and having beers. Other 30-somethings are taking their families to fairs and chauffeuring kids to soccer; the closest I come is taking my pups to the park. Aside from attending weddings, hitting the bar each weekend has been the centerpiece of my social calendar for more than a decade, and I’ve seen no reason to change. But there are signs that my social life might be on the precipice of a great shift. For one, I just can’t handle the hangovers anymore. If I have more than a couple drinks on a Friday night, my Saturday morning is absolutely awful. If someone convinces me that shots are a good idea, I’ll feel the repercussions of that tequila for days. I’m also battling a slowing metabolism. The calorie count in a sixpack is now enough to show on the scale the next morning — no amount of lifting and running seems able to compensate. More than anything, I’m just plain bored. I’m no longer excited for Friday happy hour or Saturday day drinking — these things have just been my default for so long that I do them more out of habit than out of desire. I sat on the couch last Saturday and thought, “I don’t wanna go to the bar tonight, but what else is there to do?” Drawing a blank was depressing, but at least it also served as motivation: I’ve now resolved that before I hit the pub, I’ll first check the Summer Fun Guide for other options. If you find yourself feeling like me, like your social life’s been stuck in a rut, take heart: the opportunities for change appear promising. While our main goal with this issue is to assemble a list for parents to consult for their kids in the school-less summer months, this guide also offers a perfect starting point for adults to find alternative entertainment. Just in the first two weekends of June there’s Up on the Roof, the DubC 5k, the Chester County Hospital Polo Cup, and — if I have a hankering for a beer — I can swing by Levante for Brews for Bassets and imbibe my favorite beverage while supporting my favorite cause: dogs. I’m confident that no matter your age or interests — whether you have a family in tow or are riding solo — you’ll find plenty to enjoy this summer. I don’t intend to suddenly stop frequenting my favorite drinking joints; I have no interest in becoming a teetotaler. All I’m saying is that I’m planning some new adventures. I’m bringing some excitement back into my life, which means taking some alcohol out of it. Just because I never intend to have toddlers who I’ll take to tee ball doesn’t mean I should be eternally irresponsible. There’s more to maturity than business burdens, and I intend to find out what it entails. —





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Near and Far

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

It is no secret that I love travel. I love planning it, researching new destinations, hearing about other’s experiences and, of course, going away myself. I guess it helps that I ended up in the career that I did. I think it is also no surprise that travel is good for relationships. Personally, my mom and I connect on a daily basis discussing the trips we plan and the people we plan them for. We have also explored new destinations together as well as getting lost wandering down side streets (my mom loves side streets). My kids are angels when they travel. There is little to no fighting, arguing or whining from the moment we get on the plane until we return home. The same goes for my husband. I believe the key to our marriage is travel. He gets a break when I go solo and we rekindle the romance when we go together. I was curious what a relationship therapist thought about the benefits of travel so I reached out to Emmalee Biery of West Chester Therapy Group. A mutual friend introduced Emmalee and me a few years ago over margaritas and nachos. Her fiery personality left an imprint on me – if I ever seek therapy, I would want a therapist just like her. Unfortunately, margaritas and nachos are a conflict of interest in the patient therapist contract, but she was able to provide some great insight on travel from a relationship perspective. Below is what Emmalee shared: “It’s no secret that long term relationships can hit a rut, or maybe it feels like your family has the same routine every week, and it’s hard to interest your kids during typical family outings. Life gets busy and habitual and we forget to act like a “tourist” in our own life. Traveling with your family or loved one can help to reignite your curiosity and interest in the world around you and each other. It is easy to get lost in our patterns of screen time and binge watching, we have so many couples that come into the office because they feel they’ve lost the passion or spark in their relationship, or they feel so disconnected from their children. It’s not just the actual travel part that’s exciting; it’s the planning and discussing beforehand, and talking about the memories after, that can bring connection. We think of the idea of travel as a luxury and prioritizing our relationships gets put on the back burner. Experiencing new things together can help to remind us of all the new in the world we still have to experience together, to remind yourself you don’t know everything there is about your partner.” Emmalee brought up a great point: the planning and anticipation of travel can sometimes be just as exciting as the travel itself. When couples and families meet with me to plan their next adventure, I enjoy being a part of their process and excitement. Asking tons of questions to recommend special experiences, helping find balance between different travel styles (he wants to relax and she wants the days to be filled with activity) and creating unique travel itineraries brings joy to my life just as it does for my clients. If you have hit a serious relationship rut, reach out to the West Chester Therapy Group. Need to rekindle the flame? Plan a vacation. —





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JUNE 3 Quest for the Chamber Cup Golf Outing

JUNE 1 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 17th year in a row. From 7-11pm, take in the beautiful panorama of downtown as you enjoy dinner, cocktails, and appetizers from West Chester’s best restaurants. Dance under the summer night sky with live music by Josh K and the Sons of Thunder. Tickets are $105 in advance and $120 at the door. All proceeds benefit the ongoing beautification of downtown West Chester. Chestnut Street Garage | 610.696.8211

Strawberry Harvest Celebration

Kick off the summer season picking delicious strawberries. Shuttle rides to the strawberry field will be available, along with local vendors, food trucks, face painters, beer and wine. The bakery will have their famous apple cider donuts and fresh baked fruit pies on hand. The event goes from 12-5pm, and attendance is free. 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road 610.269.3494 |

JUNE 2 Bark in the Park

A new event for our furry friends, where dogs are welcomed to Hoopes Park. Enjoy K9 demonstrations, vendors, contests, activities, food, and even onsite dog adoptions. This event goes from 12-4pm and is free to the public. Hoopes Park | 610.436.9010

History Train Back by popular demand, the West Chester Railroad is hosting their Summer Picnic Special starting June 2. Two-hour train rides start at noon and cover eight scenic miles around West Chester, and a picnic. As you eat, enjoy an interactive presentation about trains from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children ages two to 12, and free for children under two. 230 E Market Street 610.430.2233

This annual golf outing starts at 10:30am and is a great opportunity to play a round with the business leaders of West Chester. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s Education Foundation Scholarship Program. Enjoy lunch, a cocktail hour, a swag bag, and more. Registration is $215 for an individual and $860 for a foursome, with options to add more players. Sponsorships start at $100. 1100 Country Club Road 610.696.4046

JUNE 5 24th Annual Poetry Conference

The West Chester Poetry Conference is the nation’s only all-poetry conference dedicated to formal verse and offers workshops in traditional poetic craft. It is a national platform for many who attend to discuss major trends and concepts of contemporary poetry. The event runs from June 5-8 starting at 5pm. Tickets and registration online. West Chester University 700 S High Street 610.436.1000 |





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JUNE 7 Malena’s Anniversary Party

Malena’s Boutique is turning 16 and hosting a two-day event to celebrate. They will open the private showroom space to the public both days and offer 16% off all inventory (excluding fine jewelry and consigned items) to honor the community that has supported her through the years. The party starts at 11am both days! Malena’s Vintage Boutique | 101 W Gay Street 610.738.9952 |

Steely Jam: Countdown to Ecstasy

Named for Steely Dan’s 1973 sophomore album, Countdown to Ecstasy has dedicated themselves to this music and to their audience of hipsters, old-heads and youthful seekers of truth. Tickets available online for $30. All include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Dub C 5K

Kick off your summer running in the 10th annual downtown race supporting Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group and Parkinson Council. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners. A quarter-mile kids’ fun run for ages 1-13 will start at 6:45pm at a cost of $5. Both 5K and 2K walks start at 7pm and cost $25. Register online. Church & Market Streets | 610.696.0115

JUNE 8 The First Ladies of Rock & Soul

Back at Uptown! For their third appearance are these topnotch professional musicians. The First Ladies of Rock & Soul will perform music from the girl groups of the 1960’s that have captivated audiences for generations. The show starts at 7:30pm, tickets available online. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Brews for Bassetts

Tri-state Basset Hound Rescue is hosting their second annual fundraiser. This fun event includes games, raffle prizes, food trucks, craft beer, a “Smooch a Pooch” kissing booth, and hounds available for adoption. The event goes from 2-5pm and attendance is free. Levante Brewing Company 208 Carter Drive, Suite 2 484.999.8761

JUNE 9 Dog Walk and Brunch

Looking for something special to do with your dog? Enjoy a day dedicated just to him/her hosted by Canine Creature Comforts. Starting at 9:30am, take a beautiful 2.5 mile hike through Stroud Preserve. Afterwards, take your pup out to brunch on the patio at Four Dogs Tavern from 11:30am-1pm. To reserve a seat, give them a call or fill out the sign-up sheet at their office in Malvern. 1300 W Strasburg Rd 610.296.8407

Let Freedom Sing featuring Mainliners Men’s Chorus and the Victory Belles

At 2pm the championship Mainliners Men’s Chorus will perform a variety of songs in tribute to WWII and all our veterans. Joining them will be The Victory Belles, a trio performing music from the 1940’s. Purchase tickets online for $20-$35. All include a $3 service fee. Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Brandywine Baseball Club Home Game

Come out to East Goshen Park for an afternoon at the ball game. The Brandywine Baseball Club formed in 2013 and is modeled after its 1865 West Chester namesake. They will be facing the Elkton Eclipse starting at 11am. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950




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JUNE 9 Chester County Hospital Polo Cup

Hosted and sponsored by the Chester County Hospital, the 13th 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 $350. All proceeds benefit the Ob/Gyn Clinic and the Women’s Auxiliary NICU Pledge. Brandywine Polo Club at Toughkenamon, 260 Polo Rd, Toughkenamon, PA 610.268.8692 |

JUNE 10 Playing a Round for SHINE

Join in on Side Bar’s annual golf outing in support of The Chester County Hospital Foundation, SHINE, which helps patients with their fight against cancer. The event will be held at Applebrook Country Club starting at 9am. Single golfer cost is $130 and includes greens fees, cart, lunch, kegs on the course, and a two-hour open bar/buffet at Side Bar & Restaurant afterwards. Side Bar and Restaurant 10 E Gay Street | 610.429.8297

JUNE 12 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 West Chester | 610.436.9010

JUNE 13 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 from 7-8pm. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950

Clay With Us - Kids Edition

Join in and create your own one-of-akind ceramic project. During each session, Julie Pook will share her love of clay and create a unique experience. The class begins at 10am, and registration is required. The cost is $18 for kids ages 3-11. Highland Orchards 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road 610.269.3494 |

Faunbrook Open House

Besides an incredible venue for private parties, weddings and events, Faunbrook B&B is a property rich in West Chester history—it was built in 1860 and purchased in 1867 by the Darlington family. If you’re interested in hosting your next big event there, now’s your chance to get the tour! The event is from 6-8pm. The tour is free, but an RSVP on their Facebook event page is encouraged. 699 W Rosedale Avenue | 610.436.5788

Trailblazer Run

Run through 600 acres of private woods and fields. The Trailblazer Run supports the East Bradford Township 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 5pm, and the race begins at 6:30pm. All participants receive a free beer from Victory Brewing Company, with root beer for minors and non-drinkers. 1300 Valley Creek Road 610.269.9111 |





JUNE 16 Father’s Fest

JUNE 14 The Music of Billy Joel

Celebrate one of the world’s best artists, Billy Joel at Uptown! John Grecia and his band will perform some of your favorite hits like “Piano Man,” Movin Out,” and “My Life.” Tickets can be purchased online and start at $15 with a $3 service fee. The show begins at 7:30pm. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Dead Fest

The 10th Annual Celebration of the iconic Grateful Dead starts at 6pm, when 50 musicians from around the Brandywine Valley will come together for a night full of fun. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $25 at the gate. For children ages 12-18, it’s $12, and kids under 12 are free. Brandywine Red Clay Alliance 1760 Unionville Wawaset Road 610.793.1090

JUNE 15 ETT 5K Join the Expanding the Table 5k Run/ Walk, and enjoy food, fun, and prizes for the top runners. Registration is available online and ends June 13. Registration for students and kids is $12 and $25 for adults. The fun begins at 9am! 1190 Shiloh Road | 610.937.1474

Cruisin’ 4 Chris Car Show Come out and support Chris’ fight against Cancer by attending the car show and benefit in his honor. There will be food, music, prizes, kids rides, and raffles. The show goes from 9am-2pm, rain or shine. Goshen Fire Company Fairgrounds 6251, 1320 Park Avenue 610.430.1555

Nothing says “thanks for everything, Dad!” quite like a ride in a helicopter. From 10am-3pm enjoy an exciting day with antique cars, motorcycles, food trucks, and more. Festival admission is $10 per person. Helicopter rides are $60 and are first come, first served American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard 610.436-9600

JUNE 16 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 online, $13 for children (2-12), $15 for Adults $15, $5 for Dad, and free for kids under two. West Chester Railroad 230 E Market Street | 610.430.2233





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JUNE 22 West Chester Craft Beer Festival

The third annual Craft Beer Festival runs from 12-5pm and features local breweries, vendors, sponsors, and live music. General admission includes a sampling glass, while VIP tickets also grant you advance admission and a complimentary lanyard. Tickets are online for $40, VIP is $45, and non-drinking tickets are $5. Charles A Melton Center 501 E Miner Street | 610.692.9290

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JUNE 16 Opera tutti! Presents: The Old Maid and the Thief

The Old Maid and the Thief is one of the first operas composed specifically for radio broadcast by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Commissioned by NBC in 1939, the production has become a comic opera classic. The show starts at 2pm, and tickets are available online for $10-$30, children under 10 free. All include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

JUNE 19 Quilting at the Library/Quilts for Kids

Starting June 19 from 2–4pm, transform plain pieces of fabric into beautiful quilts to be gifted to children in need. Bring your sewing talent, a sewing machine if you have one, and quilting gear. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

In conjunction with the Summer Reading Challenge, the library will be hosting a series of book discussions from 1-2pm. Join this group to discuss new and classic novels from a wide range of genres. Bring a lunch. This session the group will be discussing Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

JUNE 20 Death of the Most Hated Man on Broadway The CPFA Theater is performing an exciting broadway show on June 20, 21 and 22. They continue their murder mystery comedy theme from years past by taking a look at the inflated egos of celebrities. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students or seniors. PA Leadership Charter School Center for Performing and Fine Arts 211 Carter Drive, Suite C | 610.430.6525

Story and Yoga Time

Join Libby Piper, author of her newly released book, Honeysuckle Hugs, is reading this Mother Nature-themed adventure. After the reading, she will do a guided interactive yoga practice. Free meditative coloring pages will be available to take home. Ages 4-9 are welcome, and the event starts in the community room at 12pm. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

JUNE 21 Happy Hour on the Terrace: Meet the Pharaohs

Ever wanted to view ancient Egyptian artifacts? Sherin Motawea, former head of the Egyptian Museums Department in the Supreme Council of Antiquities, will bring 100 pieces from her Meet the Pharaohs exhibit. A cash wine, beer, and soda bar will be offered as well. Tickets are $10 each and includes a drink of your choice. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721




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AUGUST 8 Harvest Dinner at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

Join Faunbrook for a Harvest Dinner featuring corn as their star ingredient. A four-course meal by caterer John Serock, and event planning by Engaged Event Management are the highlights. Enjoy a wonderful night out at an elegant, historical venue. 699 W Rosedale Avenue 610.436.5788

JUNE 22 Doo Wop Explosion Four

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 available online for $45. All include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

JUNE 23 Saloon 151 Anniversary

If you needed a reason to visit Saloon beyond a huge whiskey selection and amazing barbecue, how does 50% off gift cards and a Phillies’ tickets giveaway sound? Come celebrate Saloon’s anniversary with live music from Dan Frants, Check Lawmen and Side Arm, plus great specials on food and drinks. Saloon 151 151 W Gay St | 610.692.9290

JUNE 24 Challenge For Cancer Bike Ride

Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Sign up for this bike tour, created to raise money for cancer patients living in Chester County. You can register to ride individually, or you can build your own challenge team. The ride starts bright and early at 7am, and registration fees start at $45. Chester County Challenge for Cancer 915 Old Fern Hill Road

JUNE 26 International Brotherhood of Magicians: Ring 6

Watch a family friendly magic show featuring award winning acts by The Core. The show begins at 7pm and will run for approximately two hours. Tickets are $12 for kids (ages 12 and younger) and $17 for adults with a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

JUNE 29 New York City On Your Own Bus Trip

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 $45 per person. The bus leaves West Chester at 9am and returns at 10pm. West Chester Municipal Building 401 E. Gay Street | 610.436.9010

EGT Community Day Celebration

Come out to East Goshen Park and celebrate. You’ll find moon bounces, live music, a helicopter landing, a petting zoo, and 10 food trucks! Music lineup includes The Swing Time Dolls, The Little Red Rooster Band, and Not Quitting Our Day Jobs. This event is free and runs from 4-8pm. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.7171





Swinging Through the Ages

Join the Pennsylvania Philharmonic Big Band celebrating the best of the Swing era with all-time favorites. The show begins at 7:30pm, and tickets are available online. Tickets are $39 in advance and $42 at the door, with a $3 service fee for both. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

JULY 1 Fourth of July Concert & Cookout

Bring your family and friends to East Bradford Park from 5:30–8:30pm 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! East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Drive | 610.436.5108

JULY 2 Bus Trip to New York’s Citi Field

See Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Mets in New York’s Citi Field. Fans receive a Spiderman bobblehead on Marvel Superhero Day! The bus will depart from West Goshen Municipal Complex at 9am and return to West Chester at 7pm. Tickets are online for $70. West Goshen Municipal Complex 401 E Gay Street | 610.436.9010

AUGUST 10 Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

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. The event is free to watch. Downtown West Chester | 610.696.4046 |

JULY 3 Split Rail Anniversary Party

JULY 9 Succulent Arrangement Workshop

From open to close, Split Rail will be celebrating their anniversary all day long. Enjoy live music, special guests, and fancy food and beers. More details to come. RSVP on Facebook and receive more updates about this exciting event! Split Rail 15 N Walnut Street | 484.999.8805

Join in on an evening of beer, succulents, and creativity with Terrarium Therapy. Everything you need will be included with your ticket, along with a free beer while you work. The workshop begins at 6:30pm. Reserve your seat online for $46. Appalachian Brewing Company 142 E Market Street | 484.473.8030

Founders Treason Day Celebration

JULY 13 Magic Bus

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 admitted free. Thornbury Farms CSA 1256 Thornbury Road | 610.793.2933

Attend a performance in tribute to The Who, one of rock’s most iconic bands. Magic Bus captures the sound and feel of The Who, covering the songs you know and love. The two-hour show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are online starting at $33. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787



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JULY 21 Turks Head Music Festival

What’s not to love about the Turks Head Music Festival? Keith Kurowski, Director of Parks and Recreation, has a top three reasons list: Number 1: Priceless…for real: attendance for the festival is free. Number 2: The festival’s longevity: “We’ve been running this event on this weekend, with few exceptions, for the past 36 years.” 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” Everhart Park | 100 S. Brandywine Street | 610.692.7574 |

JULY 17 Shakespeare in the Park Enjoy a free performance by the Commonwealth Classic Theater Company: William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Kay Richardson. The show will go from 6:30-8:30pm. All are welcome. East Goshen Township Park, Stage Area 1580 Paoli Pike

JULY 17 Book Discussion In conjunction with the Summer Reading Challenge, the library will be hosting a series of book discussions from 1-2pm. Join this group to discuss new and classic novels from a wide range of genres. Bring a lunch. This session the group will be discussing Less by Andrew Sean Greer. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

JULY 18 West Chester Community Concert Band

Summer Sidewalk Sale

Since 1986, the all-volunteer West Chester Community Concert Band has been performing in and around the West Chester area. The band plays everything from classical and jazz to marches and contemporary pieces. The concert is free and will be held at East Bradford Park from 7pm-8pm. East Bradford Park 735 Kenmara Drive | 610.692.8950

This three-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 19 Better than Bacon Improv

The most popular and sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance 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 range from $45 to $55, and all include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Better than Bacon 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 $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

JULY 20 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra





AUGUST 8 The West Chester Mile

Run the West Chester Citizen’s Mile on Henderson High School’s track, followed by watching America’s fastest elite distance runners. After the race, Hotel Warner will host a party with free pizza, wings, and drink specials. You must be 21 to attend the after party. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids who want to run the 400 meter race. Spectator tickets available for $5. The race starts at 6:30pm. Henderson High School 400 Montgomery Avenue |

JULY 25 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. You can catch them at this free event from 7–8pm. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Drive | 610.436.5108

Summer Jazz Factory Concert

Attend an end-of-summer jazz concert featuring both middle school and high school students in the area. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the CBFA box office. The performance starts at 5pm. PA Leadership Charter School Center for Performing and Fine Arts 211 Carter Drive Suite C | 610.430.6525

JULY 29 Goshen County Fair

The 70th Annual Goshen County Fair is back, featuring amusement rides, food, games of chance, agriculture contests, animal exhibits, and more. The fair is a weeklong event. The grounds will open at 6pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday at 5pm, and it’s free to attend. Goshen County 1320 Park Avenue

AUGUST 1 West Chester Swing Kings

If you love swing music, you’re gonna love the West Chester Swing Kings. Come out at 7pm 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, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as more recent tunes by artists like James Brown, Brian Setzer, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Drive | 610.436.5108

AUGUST 1 Peach & Corn Harvest

It’s prime picking season at Highland Orchards this time of year. Enjoy delicious corn and peaches while sipping some local craft beers. Food trucks and apple cider donuts will be available as well. The festivities go from 12-5pm. 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd 610.269.3494 |

AUGUST 6 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 homes, 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 Avenue 610.696.2700 |

AUGUST 8 Jeff Domenick & the Fraction Band

Enjoy a mini concert in the park by Jeff Domenick and the Fraction Band starting at 7pm. Their music encompasses many styles such as 90s pop, 60/70s rock, and even hits from the 21st century. This event is free to the public, and will last until 8pm. East Bradford Park 835 Kenmara Drive | 610.436.5108





AUGUST 24 WC Summer Soirée

AUGUST 9 Chess The Bravo Theater Company will be performing Chess, a musical featuring The Chester County Pops. Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice. Performances will be run August 9, 10 and 11. Tickets available on their website, and show times will be announced in early June. Madeleine Wing Adler Theater 700 S High Street | 570.766.1139

AUGUST 10 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 $55 for adults, $50 for seniors if purchased by July 1, and $50 for children ages 6-16 if purchased by July 1. West Goshen Parks & Recreation 1025 Paoli Pike | 610.696.5266

AUGUST 11 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 engines!) 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 Road | 610.436.9010

AUGUST 17 Teen Awesome Fest

Teen Awesome Fest was created in 2018, in collaboration with the Chesco Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, the YMCA of the Greater Brandywine, West Chester branch, and 11 other community partners. During this festival, teens ages 12-19 can enjoy free food, games, teen comedians, and musicians. It runs from 5-8pm and attendance is free. East Goshen Park 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950

Similar to “Diner en Blanc,” which is held in large cities like Philadelphia, New York, 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 onsite. There will be fabulous live music and dancing under the stars.The location will be a surprise, announced the day of the event. Proceeds benefit at-risk children in the community.The event starts at 6:30pm and runs rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the event website. Surprise location! | 917.699.8166

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 picnic in the park. East Goshen Township Park 1580 Paoli Pike






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


Summertime in West Chester provides nearly endless reasons to get outside. Packed lunches (and sometimes dinners) are a daily occurrence and for melding flavor, health and convenience, these bars have you covered. As for the second recipe, you may be raising a skeptical eyebrow, but bear with me. Using your slow cooker allows you to spend optimal time in the fresh air with friends and family and that, folks, is what June is all about. Banana Oatmeal Everything Bars - Makes 8x8” pan 3 overripe bananas, mashed 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut 1/2 c. peanut butter 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 c. maple syrup 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips 1 tbsp. ground flax seed 4 c. oats 2 tbsp. hemp seeds 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk bananas, peanut butter,

vanilla, and maple syrup until mixed. 2. Add seeds, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips and oats. Stir to combine. 3. Line an 8x8” baking pan with a parchment sling. Dump batter into pan and press in evenly. 4. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool ten minutes and remove with sling. Cut into bars and serve or store, room temperature or refrigerated. Slow Cooked Chicken Basil Curry - serves 4-6 1 (15 oz) can light or full-fat 2 tbsp. curry powder coconut milk 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 3 chicken breasts 1 tbsp. corn or tapioca starch 1 tbsp. olive oil (or coconut oil) 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 lg. onion, sliced 1 bunch scallions, sliced (light 2-3 bell pepper, sliced green and green parts) 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated 1/4 c. packed fresh basil 1 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced 1 lime, juiced 1-2 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1. Combine coconut milk and chicken in crockpot. Set on high for 3 hours. 2. When crockpot has about an hour left, heat olive oil/coconut oil in large skillet. Add onion and peppers and saute until slightly softened. Add ginger, garlic and jalapeño (if using) and stir to combine – let cook about one minute or until fragrant. 3. Add curry powder, salt, starch and pepper and stir to combine. 4. Add mixture to crockpot and stir to combine. Let cook for the remaining hour. 5. Add basil, scallions and lime juice and stir to combine. Taste for salt. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice. JUNE 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM




Making a Difference

Each month the Rotary Club of West Chester contributes a column exploring the organizations that are making a difference in our community. In February of 1905, a 37-yearold attorney moved to Chicago to establish a law practice. Knowing few people in town, Paul Harris decided to create a network of business professionals to help grow his practice and connect with potential clients. Harris set up a meeting with a coal dealer, a tailor, a printer and a promoter, and he established the idea that they would meet on a regular basis and “rotate” the meeting spaces between their offices. Thus, Rotary was born. Membership quickly grew and rules were established. Only one member of a vocation was allowed in the club at a time; the gentlemen would address each other by first names only; and while fellowship was the primary goal, giving back to the community would be an important function. In 1907, Rotary’s first service project was completed as the members raised funds to erect a “comfort station” or public restroom in downtown Chicago. The concept soon spread. In 1908, Manual Munez was transferred to San Francisco from Chicago and took the idea of Rotary with him. Two years after the Great San Francisco Earthquake, the second Rotary Club was formed and helped rebuild and reinvigorate that city. From there, three additional clubs were formed that year in California and soon began popping up across the country. In 1911, the 19th Rotary Club was formed in Philadelphia. From that club, charters were formed in Harrisburg, Scranton, York, Camden and Chester. In March 1921 a group of gentlemen met at the Greentree club in downtown West Chester and decided to form a Rotary Club in the Borough. The attendees that day read like a street map: Reed Henderson, Laurence Sharpless, Geary Stroud and Alger Whitcraft all became charter members of the world’s 910th Rotary club on May 24. Shortly thereafter, the 1000th club formed in York, England along with the first clubs in Australia, Africa and mainland Europe. In 1943, The Four-Way Test was adopted and all Rotarians live by the code: Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned? Is it the truth? As more and more clubs were charted, the ability to do good in the world expanded. In West Chester, work was done with local youths, parks were built and when World War II broke out, Rotarians mobilized, serving on draft boards, facilitating scrap metal drives, blood drives, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in war bond sales. Rotarians created and managed Brian’s Run, named for Henderson High School football player Brian Hatcher who sustained a spinal cord injury on the field. The club also created and continues to manage the West Chester Chili Cook-Off, with proceeds benefiting over a dozen local non-profits each year. In 2019, Rotary is strong as ever, with 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide. West Chester has four clubs, each with its own personality and projects. One thing has never changed since Paul Harris convened the first meeting: Rotarians are always looking to make a difference. – Interested in making a difference? The Rotary Club of West Chester meets at West Chester Country Club every Thursday at noon.





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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

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 buy one on board from the snack bar. Adult tickets are $15, children ages 2-12 are $13, and children under two ride for free. The Summer Picnic Special runs every Sunday until September 22nd. Train departs at noon. West Chester Railroad 230 E Market Street | 610.430.2233

Classic Movie Monday

Uptown’s Classic Movie Monday series is back! Running every Monday evening from June 3 until August 19 at 7pm, you’ll be able to experience your favorite old-school films in the theater again. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Subscriptions are also available for $60. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787

Paul Imburgia

Teen Advisory Board LEGO Club

Every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6:307:30pm, 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 Street | 610.696.1721

FUNdamentals of Theater

Kids learn the basics of theater in an approachable, fun-filled way led by teachers from the West Chester Studio for the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Classes will be held on June 3, 10, and 17 from 4-6pm. Children entering grades 1-5 can attend and register online. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Teen & Tween Tuesdays

Every Tuesday from 3:30–5pm, teens and tweens are invited to the library to read and discuss your favorite books along with enjoying crafts, games, and snacks. Grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

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 4:30-5pm. And as a bonus, membership will look great on your college application or resume. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Drop-In Storytime

Drop in STEAM-themed storytime for all ages starting at 6:30pm. Get lost in the stories, rhymes, and songs of the library and take home activity sheets after storytime is over. Every Tuesday of each month, starting June 12. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

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 gift. Begins at 6:30pm every Wednesday, and the cost is $55. Painted Plate 104 Market Street | 610.738.0603





The Art of Industry

Featuring the traveling photograph exhibit I am Coatesville Steel, sponsored by the Steward Huston Charitable Trust and the National Iron and Steel Museum. Photos and oral history video tell the stories of Luken Steel workers. This exhibit runs through August 3, and tickets are available online or at the door. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High Street 610.692.4800

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 25 until August 9 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30–3pm at West Goshen Community Park. (Skateboarding is held at Lambert Park, and ice hockey 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 Road | 610.696.5266

East Goshen Farmers Market

The East Goshen Farmers Market will be held from 3-7pm on Thursdays until October 11. 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





Parents Night Out

Looking for a night without the kids? Drop them off at Neverland, for a night full of exciting experiences. Every Friday this summer, ages seven and older can come join in from 6-9pm. Reservations are required for this event. Neverland Virtual Reality 209 E Market St | 610.241.9685

Crafty Tuesdays

Supplies and ideas for different crafts you can make and take home each week. Caregiver supervision requested for young children. Geared toward ages 4 and older. No registration required. Every Tuesday starting at 10am. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Swingin’ Summer Thursdays

Join the street festival that stretches for two blocks and is known as 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. Downtown West Chester 610.436.9010 |

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 Street | 610.738.0603

Tinker Thursdays

Kids ages five 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. Caregiver participation is encouraged. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Movie Night

On select Fridays, there will be a free movie in the park starting at dusk (~8pm). June 21st, they’ll play The Sandlot, July 19 The Princess Bride, and August 16 Night at the Museum. All movies are rated PG. Oakbourne Park 1014 S. Concord Road

Family Yoga with Treehouse Yoga

Join in on select Thursdays for 30 minutes of outdoor guided yoga by Treehouse Yoga instructors. It’s $5 per person, age two and older, and be sure to bring a mat or towel. The select Thursdays are: June 13 and 20, July 11, and 18, and August 8 and 15. Registration is required. Highland Orchards 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road 610.269.3494 |





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, then July 19 and August 16. Marshall Square Park | 610.436.9010 |

Oreo Poker

Painted Plate Date Night

Do you like oreos? Now you can play poker to win a jackpot full of them! Teens ages 13-18 can compete in a fun game of poker on select Fridays. Games are held June 28, July 26, and August 30 at 3:30pm. A maximum of 10 players can play at once, so make sure to be on time. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

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 Street | 610.738.0603

1-2-3 Play with Me

Kids Chess Club

This playtime event for preschoolers occurs every Friday starting on June 14 from 10-11:30am. Your children can interact with educational toys while you meet new families and caregivers. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Learn how to play chess by practicing playing chess with Coach Nick. Open to kids ages 6-12. This free event will be every Saturday starting June 15 through August 24 at 10am in the community room. West Chester Public Library 415 N Church Street | 610.696.1721

Town Tours and Village Walks

Explore and tour our historical town by attending the town tours and village walks. Starting off at the CCHS, enjoy light refreshments and live music, followed by a guided tour of town featuring a home in the borough. The first tour will be on June 13 at 5:30pm, and will continue every Thursday until August 29. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High Street | 610.344.6923

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 27, July 25 and August 22. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Each include a $3 service fee. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N High Street | 610.356.2787





Real (Estate) Talk Realtors Brad Moore and Alison Maguire of Keller Williams Real Estate’s Moore Maguire Group take a look at the borough’s booming market

Residential or investment—which kind of home buyer are you? In the present market, investment buyers make up a bit less than 20% of buyers in West Chester. That doesn’t mean that investing in West Chester real estate is not a great idea. Rents in the area are not cheap, so depending upon where your investment is, it will not only pay for itself but might generate revenue for you. The first thing to be aware of is the differences in the actual purchase of an investment property as opposed to a primary residence. For instance, the money: when you’re buying an investment property, you can either purchase it in your own name or under a corporation or LLC. In the latter scenario, you must acquire a commercial loan, which typically has a different amortization schedule, an adjustable rate, and a balloon payment after five years or so. If you buy an investment property in your own name with the specific intention of renting it out, you’ll likely be required to put down 25%, whereas with a primary residential property you can put down as little as 3%. There is one option to invest with less money down: if you’re buying a duplex with the intention of living in one unit and renting the other, you can buy it as an owner-occupied residential property and not be subject to that 25% down payment requirement. Another advantage is known as cash-on-cash return. As an example, if you invest in a $250k property by putting down $62,500, and that property nets $500 a month or $6,000 a year, that’s nearly a 10% return on your $62,500 cash investment, with a much better risk than the stock market. Add to that any equity that will accrue in even as little as five years’ time, plus you have a great tax write off because you can depreciate the property. Another consideration we suggest buyers take into account is the tax benefits to owning an investment property. Recent changes to the tax code have capped the amount of mortgage interest deductions a primary residential homeowner can take at $10,000. However, this cap doesn’t apply to the amount of interest one can deduct on an investment property. Once you’ve secured a property, you need to decide between offering short-term rentals like Airbnb or yearly rentals — we’ve seen investment properties purchased for each of these scenarios. The primary consideration is how much time and energy you want to put into your rental property. With shorter Airbnb-type rentals, you stand to make more — Airbnbs can run anywhere from $80 to $300 or more a night, depending upon the location and size of the property. But you will obviously have a higher turnover, which brings with it things like frequent cleanings, extra bookkeeping, and other maintenance. It’s simply more hands-on than a standard yearly rental property. Finally, we like to remind buyers that their purchase gives them an investment in their financial security, and the added advantage of literally investing in their neighborhood and the West Chester community. That’s not a bad buy. –





s e I t i v i t c a ONGOING

Stroud Preserve

Pop-up Beer Garden

Levante Brewing Company is now working together with Highland Orchards, offering a seasonal pop-up beer garden to the public. Delicious craft brews are served on weekends only from 12-6pm. Food trucks and live music will also be available. Highland Orchards 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road 610.269.3494 |

Weekly Craft & Story Time

Looking for a new summer tradition to do with your child? Every Friday, Monkey Fish Toys hosts a free craft and story time for the public. The craft starts at 10am at their West Chester location. Monkey Fish Toys 662 Downingtown Pike | 484.885.7285

Artisan Exchange

Every Saturday from 10am-2pm, check out the Artisan Exchange for 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

QVC Studio Tours

With QVC right in your backyard, take time 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 7 to 12). 135 Enterprise Dr | 484.701.1000 |

Volunteer at the BVSPCA

At the Brandywine Valley SPCA, you can apply for any number of volunteer opportunities if you are at least 16 years old. Administration volunteers are perfect for the computer and data-savvy. Adoption counselors are best for people who love matching pets with forever homes. You can also volunteer to take care of the dogs and cats at the SPCA, including grooming, feeding, walking, and loving! One of the more unique volunteer opportunities at the Brandywine Valley SPCA is “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 be a pet photographer, a treat-baker, toy-maker, and so much more, including volunteer opportunities for children! BVSPCA 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610.692.6113

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

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 may have played before. With realistic, stateof-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 Street | 484.787.2525

Painting with a Twist Summer

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





Neverland Virtual Reality

Keep the family active while staying cool this summer at Chester County’s first virtual reality arcade. Guests step into a different world using a headset and controllers paired with high-speed gaming computers. Choose your own adventure, with nearly 100 games and experiences. Prices start from $25, and they are open Wednesday-Friday from 10am–9pm and Saturday & Sunday from 1-9pm. Other days and times are held for private events that can be reserved in advance. Neverland Virtual Reality 209 E Market St | 610.241.9685

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. The cost is $25 per couple and group rates are available. Thornbury Farms CSA 1256 Thornbury Road | 610.793.2933

Waterview Swim Club

Relax and cool off this summer on 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 the summer season: sign up for a family membership starting at $375. Waterview Swim Club 16 Lochwood Lane | 302.798.5144

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. Escape rooms are part puzzle and part team building, and always a great time.

Bates Motel Escape Rooms offers

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 is $29.95 per person. 540 E Union Street | 484.459.6663

Escape West Chester is currently running running three themed rooms: Detention, Philly Philly, and The Office (the tv show). In the detention room, try to solve your way out of the classroom, Philly Philly focuses on planning the parade route to get to the locker room, and The Office is going up in flames and you must find a way out. Cost is $26 per person. 116 S High Street | 484.266.7118 Escape the Room West Chester currently has two themed rooms: a creepy cabin and one titled The Prom.Tickets are $28 per person or $250 for the whole room. 323 E Gay Street | 610.429.1200

Nothing to See Here: Prohibition in Chester County Learn all about prohibition in Chester County on the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment. The exhibit includes materials from the CCHS library, Chester County Archives, and several documents from the community. The exhibit is available all summer, and you can buy tickets online or at the door. Chester County Historical Society 225 N High Street | 610.692.4800





Can You Canoe Clinic

Learn the basics of canoeing—including the parts of a 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 Road | 610.793-2279

Family Fun Canoe Trip

Families large and small can get started with some on-shore games and instruction. 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 Road | 610.793.2279

ACAC Group Exercise Classes

Maybe you weren’t so diligent with your exercise in winter, so get motivated by taking group classes at ACAC. With a variety of yoga, aqua fitness, meditations, sports, pilates, and more to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Prices and times vary. 1130 McDermott Drive | 610.431.7000

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 challenging courses. Mathnasium is the solution, specializing in teaching kids 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 Lane | 484.971.4452

ACAC Activity Pool & Waterpark

Level13 Games

Try out a new competitive game that many people have grown to love. And don’t just show up, throw axes and go - there’s so much more to do, including pool tables, darts, video games, TVs, music, a dance floor and more. Open 11am-12am, seven days a week. There facility is BYOB for those 21+, and there are often food trucks. Tilted Axes | 19 Hagerty Boulevard 484.798.9369 |

Have too many friends and not enough controllers or PCs? Level13 can help with that. They are an eSports Gaming Center, with 40 high end-computers you can choose from to play your favorite games on. Stop by and check it out, they are open from 10am-10pm, Monday through Friday. 21 S High St | 267.727.1313

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, plenty of deck space for lounging, and a children’s waterpark, in addition to all their other gym services. 1130 McDermott Drive | 610.431.7000

Axe Throwing

Treehouse World

Treehouse World is a wooded adventure park, filled with innovative tree houses including a Five-Car Train Treehouse, Old Greybeard, Pirate’s Cove, a giant Oak Leaf Platform, and the Pirate Ship Treehouse. New party rooms include a Tiki Hut, Pavilion, and a Yurt. Treehouse World offers adventures for the whole family, with Tree Climbing, Buccaneer Zipline, Archery Tag, Gaga Ball Pit and Tomahawk Throwing. 1442 Phoenixville Pike 484.329.7853 |

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 availability and how to register. 215.483.9340





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

Summer is drawing near, and with this humidity it’s no wonder we start to hide away indoors for a little relief. But blasting your air conditioning inside your home isn’t the only solution; there are plenty of ways to keep your house cool without breaking the bank this summer. CEILING FANS are a terrific way to ventilate a room. If you have a home that is lacking in air flow, replacing a few of your major ceiling light fixtures with fans could be the answer. There are so many attractive fans for both traditional and modern settings. If your ceilings are low, try a white fan that will disappear with the ceiling and make the space appear larger. I am also loving the look of three-blade fans for a more contemporary feel. And, the direction of rotation for your fan varies with the season: the blades should be turning counter clockwise to push air down this time of year, but in cooler months, you can switch rotation to pull air up. WINDOWS can be a tremendous help in moderating the heat: keep your windows open on cooler nights to achieve a cooler house during the day. Create cross ventilation by opening windows on opposite sides of the room and moving air through. Light colored drapery, shades, and liners will do wonders by reflecting light; close them during the day when the strong sunlight is at its peak. Installing awnings to your south and west facing windows will also reduce heat gain by blocking out strong rays. Interior and exterior shutters are the ideal window treatment for reducing heat gain. They look fantastic and also protect the house from bad weather. It’s no wonder all of the historic homes in downtown West Chester have these functional shutter treatments. They took all measures necessary to create a cool environment before air conditioning was an option. APPLIANCES like your TV, computer and lamps all generate heat. Make sure you are turning them off or turning the lights low when you are not using them. A bonus is that your electric bill will thank you, and it’s smart for the environment. I also recommend using LED light bulbs instead of incandescent. Not only do they produce the least amount of heat, but they will last longer and are more efficient, therefore saving on your electric bill. PLANTS look beautiful, are great for the environment, and help keep your house cool — what can’t they do? Plants purify toxins and humidify the air, so think of decorating with a beautiful window box filled with some of my favorites: Aloe Vera, Ferns and Ficus. Every bit helps and your home will smell terrific and look gorgeous. These tips will hopefully bring you closer to a comfortable home that you can relax in without spending a fortune this summer. Stay cool West Chester! –



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This camp is for more serious theater students, focusing on dancing, vocals, and acting skills. Selections from three different musicals will be learned throughout the week-long program, running July 29-August 2, 9am–4pm. Cost is $500, and make sure to bring a bagged lunch.

“Practically Perfect” Theatre Dance Camp Sessions

This camp includes structured dance instruction along with performance development for children ages 7-12. In session one, learn original tap and jazz choreography from the movie Mary Poppins, and session two advances learning elements through the Hamilton theater production. The camp for one session is $400, or both for $750. The camps are July 8-12 for session one, and July 15-19 for session two.

Princess Camp

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. Your princess will explore age-appropriate dance that includes creative movement, ballet, and tumbling. Plus, they can enjoy a tea party! Wholesome snack, juice and story time will be included each day. Camp week is July 9-13 and August 5-9. Full days are available from 9-4pm for $275, or half day for $150. 315-9 Westtown Road | 610.692.3398



Join a fun and unique camp this summer, with a virtual reality experience. With this camp children can learn about the human body, space travel, tour wreckage of the Titanic, 3-D painting, and more. Camp dates are from June 24-28, July 15-19, and August 19-23. Register online, at $199. Neverland Virtual Reality 209 E Market St | 610.241.9685


If your kids are 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 June 10 9am-3pm, and costs $300/week. After care from 3-5pm costs an additional $50. 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610.692.6113


From June 10-August 19, your child can spend 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 9am-12pm, and the full-day schedule is from 9am-3pm. Cost is $300 for members and $335 for non-members. 1130 McDermott Drive | 610.431.7000

Discover or strengthen your child’s acting skills with Triple Threat from June 15 to June 26. Campers ages seven to 17 will be divided into age groups to experience singing, dancing, acting, and improvisation. Each session concludes with a cabaret performance on Friday at 2pm. Camp cost is $575 for a 9am-3pm day, with an extended day option that lasts until 5pm available for $665. WC Studio for the Performing Arts 226 N High Street | 484.995.2915


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 24-28, July 8-12, July 22-26, August 5-9, and August 19-23. Skate camp runs from 9am to 12pm daily. Each one-week camp costs $210 ($200 for West Goshen Township residents). Robert Lambert Park Aram Avenue | 610.696.5266


If your kids have been yearning to learn how to ride a horse, now’s their chance! From 9am to 4pm from June 25 until August 23, they will develop their equestrian skills, swim in the pool, do arts and crafts, and ride among their peers. Cost ranges from $250-$375 depending on multi child, single or multiple weeks, and $85 for single days. 171 S Bridge Road | 484.880.1387r






This four-week intensive program features several styles of dance — ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, Broadway, contemporary, yoga, and choreography. Focused on developing the dancers’ sense of artistry, the program will run for four weeks daily 9:30am to 3:30pm. Multiple weeks are available from June 24 through July 26. Prices depend on the number of weeks and class times. Registration starts at $50. 317 Westtown Road #5 | 610.692.6402


From July 8-11 and August 5-8, 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 10-11:30am and costs $85 per 4-day week. Spellman Building, Room 2B 829 Paoli Pike | 717.418.2143


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. Children nine through 16 can participate. The camp runs July 8-12 from 9-12pm. Cost is $299 per participant. Participants may bring their own DSLR cameras or use cameras provided by the Photography Workshop. Coopersmith Park 101 Spring Lane | 610.696.5266


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 to first grade). Classes run from July 8 to 26. Register online! Villa Maria Academy 370 Old Lincoln Highway, Malvern 610.644.2551


Calling all children ages 8-12, 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 June 24-28 and July 29-August 2, from 9am to 3pm, with an option to extend the day to 5pm. Cost is $375. Extended day is $415. Each session concludes with a Friday performance.

Storybook Theater

For children ages four to seven, this week-long camp runs from June 10-14, July 29-August 2, and August 12-16. The camp brings out the joy of imaginative play through theater games, art, fairy tales, and music. Cost is $210 per week. Extended day camp is $300.

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 June 17-21, and the day runs from 9am to 3pm, with extended day 3pm to 5pm. The week costs $375, extended day week costs $415. The performance will be Friday at 2:15pm.

Backstage Tech Camp

The two-week camp will guide students in skills for practicing technical theater, or behind the scenes work. Topics discussed will be sound design, lighting, stage management, and more. Ages 14-18 are welcome, July 22-August 3. The cost is $375, with the option of extended day for $415.

Summer Camp Kids Show

Put some hilarity in your children’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 kid, this camp is for ages 8-14, on June 17 through July 12. For all three weeks the cost is $650, running from 9am to 3pm, or you can extend the days to 5pm for $800.

Summer Camp Teens Show

Teens will learn and perform the well known movie High School Musical at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Stage, for family, friends, and community. The camp is from July 15-August for teens in 6-12 grade. The three-week camp costs $650 with an extended day option for $800.

Broadway Kids Cabaret

Singing, dancing, acting, and fun — that’s all kids need to be amazing in this Broadway Kids Cabaret Camp. Children ages 7-12 will be able to enjoy this week-long camp from August 12-16. Each camp day is from 9am to 3pm, with extended day from 3pm to 5pm. Cost is $375 and extended day is $415. The performance will be held that Friday at 2:15pm.

Summer Stock Kiddos

This Summer Stock Show will be held August 5-9 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 from 12:30-5pm Monday through Thursday. Cost is $375, extended day $415. The performance will be held that Friday at 12pm.





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 5-9, 9am to 3pm, with extended day 3pm to 5pm, Monday through Thursday. Cost is $395 per week, and $435 for extended day. The performance will be held that Friday at 2:15pm Ages 10-17.

Summer Stock Teens

This camp will be held August 8-12 and will allow 18 teen performers ages 12-17 to discover what it means to be an actor. Camp day is 9am to 3pm, with extended day being from 3pm to 5pm. Cost is $375, with extended day $415. The performance will be held that Friday at 2:15pm.

Improv/Stage Combat

Teens ages 12-17 will use their creative imagination to learn improvisational acting skills and the background of stage combat and fighting. It will run from August 12-16, from 9am-3pm. Costs $375, with the option of extended day care for $415. WC Studio for the Performing Arts 226 N High Street | 484.995.2915


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 to 12pm, running June 24-28, July 8-12, July 29-August 2. Registration is $149 per week. 104 W Market Street | 610.738.0603


Looking for something fun to do this summer? Attend East Goshen summer camp, starting June 24-July 26. Campers are grouped by age and rotate among sports, crafts, science, cooking and music, centered on a weekly theme.The camp runs from 9am to 12pm, Monday through Friday. Ages 5-11 can attend, and registration is $95 for residents and $105 for non-residents. The camp will be at Glen Acres Elementary School.


East Goshen Township is hosting a tennis camp for kids ages 5-14. The children are divided up into groups, depending on age and ability to practice on smaller or larger courts. The camp runs July 15-19, from 9am to 11am. Registration is $105, and you can sign up online.

Rocketry Camp


Robotic LEGO Summer Camps

Kids - Coopersmith, Baker, and West Goshen Community Parks

Want to learn how to build a rocket model and fly it? Kids ages 9-13 can sign up for this five-day camp on August 12-16. The camp will run 9am to 12pm at the Veteran’s Pavilion. For residents, the camp costs $145, and $155 for non-residents. Love LEGOS? Step your game up with LEGO robotics, and learn tons along the way. The camp is separated into tiers, beginner level and intermediate levels. Each level has different camp dates: Beginners Camp Session One is June 24-28, Intermediate Camp is July 8-12, and Beginners Session Two is August 5-9. You can register online for $145 (resident price) or $155 (non-resident). Ages 6-12 are welcome, and camp will be in the EGT Building program room. 1661 Paoli Pike | 610.692.8950

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.

Running from June 17-August 9 for ages 5-12, this camp offers children supervised time outdoors playing sports, participating in, games, and crafts, and weekly field trip opportunities. Each day runs from 9am to 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. 610.696.5266 |



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If you can spot the five differences in this photo for last year’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling (which takes place this year on August 10), email your answers to, and you’ve got a chance to win a Barnaby’s gift certificate. Congrats to our May winner, Joe Dunn from The Social.





June Playlist DJ Romeo curates a list of the tracks you’ll be singing all spring 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

Martin Garrix ft. Macklemore & Patrick Stump “Summer Days” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus - “Old Time Road (Remix)” Ed Sheeran ft. Justin Bieber - “I Don’t Care” Marshmello ft. Tyga & Chris Brown - “Light It Up” Avicii ft. Agnes, Vargas & Lagola - “Tough Love” Kygo ft. Rita Ora - “Carry On” Taylor Swift ft. Brandon Urie - “ME!” Blink 182 - “Blame It On My Youth” Halsey - “Nightmare” Charli XCX ft. Lizzo - “Blame It On Your Love” Blake Shelton - “God’s Country” Billie Eilish - “bad guy” Carly Rae Jepsen - “Dedicated” Lil Dicky - “Earth” Lewis Capaldi - “Someone You Loved” Andy Grammar - “Don’t Give Up On Me” MAX ft. Quinn XCII - “Love Me Less” Morgan Wallen - “Cover Me Up” Shawn Mendes - “If I Can’t Have You” DiRTY RADiO - “My Feelings” Dan + Shay - “Speechless” YK Osiris - “Worth It” James Arthur - “Falling Like the Stars” Mike Posner - “Move On” Bazzi - “Paradise” Travis Scott ft. The Weeknd - “Wake Up” Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - SOS BTS ft. Halsey - “Boy With Live” Dean Lewis - “Stay Awake” Jennifer Lopez ft. French Montana - “Medicine” Keith Urban - “We Were”



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