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Kate Chadwick shares some personal insight into this month’s theme

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” ~ George Gershwin

Does any song written about summer (and they are legion, spanning decades and genres; google ‘songs about summer’ and you’ll be there all day) better encapsulate the season more beautifully and succinctly than Gershwin’s “Summertime”? While the jury is out as to whether it’s America’s most beloved season, the love for summer is ingrained in most of us at a young age. The liberation of “no school” alone sets the general tone of freedom. Schedules are relaxed, vacations taken, windows flung open (at least in the beginning), and almost everything worth doing inside can also be done outside. Even confirmed “indoor” people can occasionally appreciate the experience of dining outdoors, marrying the two sensual experiences of nature and eating, or jumping into a swimming pool. On the other hand, if you have a child, know a child, or ever WERE a child (you were, FYI), the traditional lament of “I’m bored—there’s nothing to doooo” has been summer’s soundtrack for generations. While the advent of cellphones and the internet have blunted it somewhat, that freedom and lack of a structured schedule can result in a feeling of being unmoored, rudderless— and is often accompanied by endless requests to be entertained. And yes, this affliction can and does carry over into adulthood. I don’t remember having a dedicated “summer family vacation” as a kid, but that shouldn’t be construed as a complaint. With grandparents who had a year-round home in Wildwood and an aunt and uncle with a place in the Poconos, we visited both on a very regular basis, all year. Between the ages of maybe 10 and 15 I did get to spend two weeks each summer (BY MYSELF NO PARENTS OMG) at my grandparents’ shore house—what joy. And, on Sundays in the spring and summer when we were at home in Delco, my dad would pile us in the car and we’d literally take a Sunday drive, always heading straight for the gorgeous rolling hills and countryside of Chester County. While COVID impacted traditional family summer vacations somewhat in the past couple of years—whether jaunts to the Jersey shore or getting on a plane bound for Europe—you truly do not have to leave West Chester to have a fun-filled and action-packed summer—or a kicked back and relaxed one, for that matter. This issue is proof positive. While summer has “built-in” events, starting with Memorial Day, followed by graduations, peaking with July 4th, and punctuated by Labor Day, our Summer Fun Guide will be your map for any and every activity, event, camp, festival, and diversion in between. So, put this issue in a primary spot in the house and consult it frequently. It’s truly your comprehensive guide to summer in West Chester. Thank you for reading The WC Press—and don’t forget your sunscreen. —


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TURKS HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL Celebrating 39 years of great, free music SOUTHEAST PA TEEN FILMAKERS SHOWCASE Presenting the best young filmakers from the region MARKET FORECAST Your planetary predictions with a particularly local twist WHERE’S THE BUZZ? BEER GARDENS There’s something special about a cold brew in the outdoors DESIGN DILEMMAS Our resident interior designer helps you upgrade your space SUMMER PARK CONCERT SERIES Live music in some of the borough’s most beautiful venues HOME BECCANOMICS Becca Boyd shares tips on life and cooking


EAST GOSHEN COMMUNITY DAY Fun, games and fireworks


SUMMER HIT LIST DJ Romeo curates a list of songs you’ll be singing this spring


TRAILBLAZER RUN Take to the woods on foot and compete with friends


SOUNDS OF SUMMER MUSIC AT UPTOWN! The can’t-miss musical performances of the season









When: Saturday, June 5th (Rain Date June 6th) from 12–7pm Where: Everhart Park

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merica is home to some big-name music festivals that have been around for decades. Coachella’s brought music to California for 23 years. Lollapalooza, another household name for music fans, debuted in 1991, and while for many of us that feels like yesterday, it was depressingly longer ago than that. Those are both impressive runs, but they fall short of our very own Turks Head, now in its 39th year. If you’ve somehow missed out on this event every year for the last four decades, it’s an awesome mix of festival and fair that brings seven regional bands to our beautiful Everhart Park. And there’s one particular feature that sets it apart from other music festivals: it’s free. “The fact that it’s a free event makes it stand out,” says Keith Kurowski, Director of Parks & Recreation for the borough and the man who’s been responsible for this

COST: Free

show for 18 years now. “You can bring your own cooler, fill it with drinks and food, and have an entire day in the park, with awesome live music, and not spend a penny.” Now, that’s not to say there aren’t ways to spend your money if you’re so inclined. Beyond the music there are more than 40 crafters and vendors filling the grounds, along with food trucks, inflatables and all kinds of extra fun for the whole family. So, if your kid wants to hop around the bouncy house, or you wanna sample some funnel cake, you’re going to need to shell out a few shillings. If you’re thinking that a free festival can’t be good, prepare for a pleasant surprise. Turks Head is a draw for fans and musicians alike. Each year the festival’s review committee has to filter through press kits and samples sent in from musicians all throughout the region — and sometimes

from across the States — who all want a part in the party. This year’s lineup runs the gamut, showcasing all kinds of musical styles. Up first is onyx&honey, local legend Rob Perna’s duo with Nikki DiGiorgio. “Rob’s been playing music around here for like 20 years,” says Keith, “You’ll probably know him from The New Kings of Rhythm.” onyx&honey shares some similarities with New Kings’ funky feel, but they also bring in the diversity of some more poppy sounds. Up next will be Skylar Love, a new name on the music scene, and — based on the buzz — we should expect big things. “She’s an up-and-coming songwriter who’s been playing festivals all over, from Ohio and Michigan down to Florida,” says Keith. While her vocals have an undeniable hint of Billie Eilish, the instrumentals shed Billie’s electro-grunge vibe for a much more indie rock feel.





And that’s just the first two acts! The show will go on for another five hours, featuring performances from Slim and the Perkolators, Side Hustle, Station Hill Bluegrass, Ndichu and Perpetual Motion. Knowing the talent on display, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Turks Head pulls in folks from all over the region. “I grew up 40 miles away, but I know people from back home who come here for every show,” says Keith, ”and I talk to people every year who are coming from New York, from Delaware, just to enjoy this event.” Arguably the most dedicated fan of Turks Head is Chris Wilson. “Every year for damn near 40 years Chris has shown up with 15-20 volunteers. He builds the stage, manages the performances, and we absolutely couldn’t do this without him,” says Keith. “I don’t know if he was at the first festival, but he’s been to just about all the rest.” Even Chris isn’t sure exactly when he started. “I’ve been coming since.. I don’t know... might’ve been the second year?” he says. “I worked with the Tom Larsen Blues Band, and we were out on the road, and Tom said we had to do this gig in West Chester. And I’ll be honest with you: I’m from here, and I hadn’t heard of Turks Head.” Back then, name recognition wasn’t the only thing this grassroots festival was lacking. “My first year, we showed up after a night when we hadn’t slept at all for... whatever reasons, and we drove up from Baltimore in that state to find it had rained all night and was still coming down a little... and there wasn’t a proper stage, no sort of roof,” says Chris. “So, we took a bunch of 2x4’s that the local hardware store let us grab from their scrap pile — not a straight board in the bunch — and we duct taped some of those colorful gym class parachutes on top of them to make a roof for the stage.”

“we took a bunch of 2x4’s that the local hardware store let us grab from their scrap pile ... and we duct taped some of those colorful gym class parachutes on top of them to make a roof for the stage.” –Chris WIlson

The festival has grown in a lot of ways since then — not least of which is that it now sports a properly covered stage — but one thing that hasn’t changed is the diversity of the musical acts. “It’s always been really eclectic,” Chris says. “Back in the day it was just bands from West Chester, or like Chester County, but obviously it’s gotten bigger than that. It’s always a great time, and with all the different genres, it keeps you entertained all day, no matter what you’re into.” Keith agrees. “We bring in some really great musicians, and there’s nothing like this in any surrounding areas. I mean, where else can you go see seven solid acts, bring your family along, and not pay a penny?” It’s evident in talking to Keith that the event is all about family. He’s adamant that there’s something for everyone. The same can be said for Chris. “To tell you God’s honest truth, what keeps me coming back is my son, Blake,” says Chris. “I got him involved from an early age, and after his mother and I split, this became an especially important thing that we could do together every year. He’s 27 now and getting ready to move to Washington state, so this might be our last Turks Head together. I’m sure it’ll be an extra great one.” We’re sure it will be, too. –Dan Mathers





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very high school around here has a film club, and anyone with a phone can put out a high quality film in a day,” asserts Jason Lang, Director of Parks and Recreation for East Goshen Township. “But there wasn’t a film festival in this area specifically for teens.” Sure, East Goshen was doing its part to celebrate teen-centered creativity. They hosted the Awesome Fest in 2018 in East Goshen Park. “It was just for teens, a positive lifestyle, anti-drug event,” Lang explains, “celebrating teen interests.” There were comedians and artists, with 150 kids total. When he solicited feedback at the event’s conclusion, one of the participants hollered out that it needed a film festival component. “And the light bulb went off,” Lang says. So in 2019, the township launched the Southeast Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase for filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 19. Submissions are allowed a maximum run time of 12 minutes and must adhere to the guidelines for a PG13 rating (or lower). The submission process and all events are free for teen filmmakers.

That first year, the showcase garnered 19 submissions, with the 15 final selections screened at Movie Tavern in Exton. One hundred fifty people sat in the theater, including the front two rows of seats that were filled with the teen filmmakers. “The coolest moment,” Lang recalls, “is when this one girl’s film finished, and a guy looked over at her and said ‘that was awesome!’ You could see that these teens had found their people, their niche in life.” In 2020, the event exploded, with 1200 submissions from across the globe. “We had so many submissions that FilmFreeway [the platform used for submissions] called me to make sure it was a real festival,” Lang laughs. In 2021, with more than 2500 submissions from 175 countries, the event expanded into a multi-day endeavor, which continues for 2022. For the Opening Night screening, films from teens from within a two-hour drive from the Movie Tavern are selected. “It’s a blackand white- tie affair, with a red carpet and everything,” says Lang.

When: Monday, August 8 through Thursday, August 12 Where: Movie Tavern Exton (in person events); Zoom (virtual events) Film Submissions: Tickets: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/293993351027 Presented by East Goshen Township

Schedule of Events: Monday, August 8 Opening Night with in-person showcase for local filmmakers at Movie Tavern Exton: 5pm - Filmmakers Social Mixer, on air interviews with WCHE1520 Radio and a Question & Answer Session with University Film School faculty and industry professionals 6pm to 7pm - Screening of selected films 7:30pm to 7:45pm - Voting for Fan Favorite Award via Social Media App 8pm - Awards Announcements and conclusion of Showcase Tuesday, August 9: Live Streaming national/local edition: 5pm - Filmmakers Social Mixer via Zoom 6pm to 8:30pm - Screening of selected films (Selected films will be from Pennsylvania as well as across the country)





Wednesday, August 10: Virtual Live Streaming International Edition 5:00pm - Filmmakers Social Mixer via Zoom 6pm to 8:30pm - Screening of selected films (Films include all local films plus international selections) Thursday, August 11: In-person screening of local films for general audience 5:30pm to 8pm- Screening of selected films Other Film-related Events Happening this Summer: Movie in the Park: Encanto Bring the family to East Goshen Park for an outdoor screening of Disney’s Encanto. Free popcorn and drinks. When: Saturday, June 18 at 8:30pm Where: East Goshen Township Park Cost: Free $5 Movie MOndays Classic movies on the big screen at Uptown! at 7pm on Monday nights.

The next two nights take place on Zoom, with screenings of national and international films in the mix along with the local projects. Teens often see the themes of international films reflected in their own work. “A lot of these films from around the world deal with heavy topics, like identity, smoking, parent issues, drug abuse,” Lang notes. “These teens in West Chester find themselves identifying with kids from Ghana, or Japan, or anywhere in the world.” Typically, the money raised from the screenings would go back into the showcase, but this year, there is a different recipient. One of the films selected this year, Valera, is from a young Ukrainian filmmaker named Olga Artushevska. Lang learned that Artushevska’s latest project was interrupted because the war started on the first day of the shoot, and he reached out for an interview on Zoom. “While we were talking,” he shares, “her phone starts beeping, and she says, ‘Hold on a second.

I just got another message that I should go to a bomb shelter.’ She showed me her phone and it had 20 alerts in the last two hours. They had already found two bombs out on street.” Artushevka and her family have decided not to leave the 13-story apartment building they call home. To help her finish her film, showcase organizers have partnered with the Ukraine Film Office in Kiev to donate this year’s proceeds to her. A new addition for 2022 is a second in-person screening at Movie Tavern. On Thursday evening, there will be a general admission audience for the local teens, rather than Monday’s audience of mostly friends and family. “They’ll be nervous this time, seeing how the public reacts to their art,” Lang says. “They will have the feeling of what a general audience would be like. A lot of these kids want to go to NYU film school, or have a career in film.” -JESSE PIERSOL

June 6: Grease Sing-a-Long June 13: Dirty Dancing June 20: Belfast June 27: Meatballs Where: Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center iCamp Summer Media Academy at West Chester University Application-based summer film and media camp for students from Philadelphia high schools. Accepted students live on campus for the week and create media projects that are screened for the community on July 30. When: July 24-30 Where: West Chester University Cost: Free, but only open to juniors and seniors in Philly high schools Acting for the Camera/Improv Workshop for Teens Four full-day sessions where teens rehearse and shoot commercials and TV scenes under the guidance of a professional actor/director. Culminates in a live performance on Friday. Ages 11-18. When: June 20-24, 9am to 3pm (aftercare available) Where: Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center





Market Forecast

Resident astrologer Kate Chadwick provides your planetary predictions with a particularly local twist Aries (3/21-4/19): We’re all outside more this time of year, ram friends, but especially you this summer. Venus transiting your sign translates to cash. Maybe a second job serving at Limoncello will show you the fresh air and the money. Taurus (4/20-5/20): We love you just the way you are, but your keyword this summer is “transformation.” You decide what that means—as if anyone can order a bull around: a body transformation at Gage Strength Training, or a hairstyle one at La Difference. Gemini (5/21-6/20) The summer starts with you, twin star, and there’s nowhere to go but up. No matter what fun beckons, you’re an eternal student, so set your intentions and learn something new. Check out the offerings at Chester County Night School. Cancer (6/21-7/22) This summer’s gonna shake things up for you, dear crab—not your favorite thing. But change can be positive, so steady as she goes. Practice mindfulness—a class at Symmetry Pilates may be just the ticket. Leo (7/23-8/22) “Tumultuous” is your summer buzzword, Leo. That can mean exciting and fun or chaotic and turbulent. But for you, it’s all about the look. Lady lions, get to Kaly, and gentlemen cats, refurbish the fits at Phineas Gage. Virgo (8/23-9/22) Mercury arrives in your sign in August, dear Virgo, so start the summer by focusing on you, whatever that entails. Perhaps a bit of quiet time before others distract you. FYI: the West Chester Library is peaceful—and air conditioned.. Libra (9/23-10/22) You’re notorious for avoiding conflict, lovely Libra, but a conversation you’ve been ducking for too long catches up in August. Whether family member or colleague, head to Brother’s to discuss. It’s hard to be angry while eating pizza. Scorpio (10/23-11/22) It’s summer, Scorpio—not exactly your “in your element” time of year—but lighten up. Get out of your own way and get the heck outside. Go to all the events, embrace all the activities, do all the things. Or as many as you tolerate. Sagittarius (11/23-12/21) You’ll be thinking BIG this summer, archer friends: full moon in June signals the end of a cycle, Jupiter retrograde in July brings allll the clarity. Shoot your shot—a new house, maybe? Connect with Moore and Maguire. Capricorn (12/22-1/19) Saturn retrograde in early June sets your summer tone, steadfast goats: chill. Let go and have fun. Your self-imposed rules aren’t going anywhere. Get outside and be with people (colleagues don’t count)—there are plenty of events. Aquarius (1/20-2/18) Everything goes smoothly in early summer, and then boom: Why is everyone around you suddenly so emo?? Emotions aren’t your thing, so think before you speak, and stick to activities where talking is minimal. Destination: Uptown! Pisces (2/19-3/20) Mars starts the summer in your sign, fish friends, and with it, a major confidence boost. Explore your inner artist (or expand the outer one) by hitting Painted Plate with some pals. A love connection may await you. –





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LEVANTE makes it easy to forget you’re in an industrial park


n the blink of an eye, summer is upon us. When we think of this special time of the year we look forward to vacations, sports activities, fireworks, food, and the great outdoors. School’s out, the pools are open, and the heat is on. But for those looking to add some spice to their outdoor grilling or social gathering, summer is the best time for beer. Ever since the 1980’s, beer culture and breweries have spread across America as we now account for nearly 7000 independently owned breweries. And it’s not slowing down. The expansion has become a major drawing factor in our socializing culture. New experimental recipes are constantly coming out, and if they prove successful,

it leads to a following. In fact, there’s even an app for your phone called Untapped—a social media platform for beer connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Not only can you explore local surrounding bars and beer marts, but you can also track when various craft beers will arrive at your favorite place of business. Because it is a social media platform, the app includes a rating system, pictures to share with other users, and has an algorithm for new recommendations. Did I mention the industry is still growing? Summer is a profitable time for breweries. The best beers are in high demand as early as April with mixtures of classic pilsners, citrus blends, pale ales (India and New England), sour beers, and Saisons.

The list goes on and on. You’ll have no problem choosing at least one favorite. Beyond Fourth of July barbeques and baseball games, it’s a chance for music festivals, renaissance fairs, and beer gardens to gain recognition—especially beer gardens. Now, I know what some of you might be thinking: what exactly is a beer garden? Simply put, it’s a designated outdoor area where beer and food are served with shared tables. If you’re familiar with Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany you’ll know exactly what I mean—just another outstanding tradition brought to America from across the pond. With West Chester in mind, who has





shade or sun it’s your choice at greystone

a local beer garden worth checking out? Look no further than Levante Brewing Company, located in the heart of Chester County on Carter Drive, and their larger location, The Stables, in Chester Springs. When their doors opened for business in 2015, they wanted to give Pennsylvanians a harnessed mixture of contemporary blends that infused New World hops from Italy into American IPAs. They’ve done an excellent job since then at expanding upon a simple principle into the creation of an impressive menu. Trevor Martin, the general manager of Levante, has outdone himself. I had the chance to visit the location on Carter Drive. While the garden may look small on the outside, once the main garage

door opens on a warm summer evening the outside flows into the interior. This place checks off all the boxes a great beer garden needs: barrel tables, lights, laughter, and outdoor service. Cloudy and Cumbersome, a New England style pale ale, was my favorite sample and the most popular. Tickle Parts came in at a close second, but that’s not all. “They’ve got a great selection here!” says Matthew Gilberg, a patron of Levante. “The one to look out for would be Purple Pine Drops, a session IPA that tastes like a summer ale. It should be available in June.” Not only is Levante’s beer garden a great social gathering hotspot, but it also has live music on Friday nights. Will Gardner has been playing guitar at the Carter Drive

location from 6-9 pm every Friday under his solo act The Unit since 2021. “When Covid started to slow down, I offered to play, and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s a lot more fun playing outside in the beer garden with the garage door open. But The Stables is where it’s at. That’s a real beer garden. They have the space and the size. I would highly recommend it.” Will also performs at Levante Stables on Sundays with his full band, Willie and the G’s. They perform covers of all the iconic rock songs, and I would highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the mood for good tunes to go along with a good brew. While Levante’s beer gardens might sound livelier and more upbeat, some





oh, and gresystone has more than beer...

may prefer another alternative—one that is more on the mellow side but still offers some pizazz and energy. It’s always great to have options. The Social on Gay Street might just be what you’re looking for, right in the heart of downtown West Chester. Ever since they moved in 2016, the expansion of the facility continues to impress. Every square inch of this location oozes a top-shelf atmosphere, and the beer garden almost resembles an actual garden with full bar service. “One thing I love about our beer garden is its chill vibe,” says Gunnar Funk, an employee of The Social for over five years. “While we tend to use it more towards social events and parties, it’s a very intimate space. No traffic noise or commotion from the street. Our most popular drinks to serve in the garden are our blueberry mojito and our 19-ounce shakers, which come in a wide variety of blends.” Then there’s Greystone Oyster Bar on Church Street. They represent one of the

newer beer gardens in town, as it was introduced on March 22, 2021. “One thing that separates our beer garden from others is that we brew our own beer on site,” says Chris Jones, general manager of Greystone. “Despite our previous six feet distancing regulations, we’re still rockin’ and rollin’!” They’re “rollin’’ out some new décor, too. “Something we’re excited about introducing this year are our canvas sails for the patio tables rather than umbrellas. We’re going for a new look to attract new customers, right in time for our Greystone Pilsner and Golden Ale, our most popular blends.” So, a 5pm happy hour, $2 oysters, and an endless menu? Sounds like a great night out right here in the borough. It doesn’t end there. Highland Orchards on Thorndale Road established their own Spring Fling Beer Garden in 2018 alongside their long running farmers market and bakery. A hard cider at an orchard? Absolutely! You can’t argue with that option on the menu. “We’re very family oriented,

which separates us from other beer gardens,” says Orchard co-owner Alan Hodge. There are some familiar faces here, like Levante Brewery, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Big Hill Ciderworks, and many more. Highland Orchards officially opened their beer garden this year on May 28 and sticks around, excluding Mondays, until October 30. You’ll just need to swap out your shorts and tees for jeans and sweaters to carry that outdoor socializing right into the fall months. While we try to move past the last two years, businesses continue to tough it out while introducing new ideas for a brighter tomorrow. Beer gardens have a lot to offer when the weather is gorgeous and the lights are low. It’s a feeling of normalcy at these spots even if you’re just looking to have a social drink with friends. Raising a glass outside with those you love in groups large or small is what visiting a beer garden is all about. -John Reshetar





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

Constantly evolving, the design world keeps us on our toes with both fresh ideas and repeated styles with a new twist. Summer is upon us! And while we will most likely be spending most of our time outdoors and on vacation and staycation adventures, there will be days where we are driven inside by the heat, either working or just wanting to stay put and cool off. I’m going to give you a few design tips on how to bring those summer vibes indoors and to help keep your home a cool and comfortable oasis.. Open your windows. Take advantage of any of the cooler days to keep your windows open. The smell of fresh-cut grass and the sounds of birds chirping allows us to connect with nature even while inside, and gives us that extra pep in our step during the day. The best time to let in fresh air is the early morning and late evening when the temperatures are at their lowest. Once the sun is up, it’s best to close them to keep the cool air inside. Also, by lowering the shades you will better shield your home from the heat of the hot sun and keep things nice and comfortable. Create a cool breeze. Yes, air conditioning is a necessity during the intense dog days of summer, but the best feeling on a hot day is creating some air flow. This can be with a ceiling fan or even a portable fan. Either one will do the job of circulating the air in your home, helping simulate the enjoyment of a cool summer breeze. Pick fresh flowers. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh flowers? Summer is filled with so much color and aromatic beauty. Collect a big bouquet from your local store or backyard and adorn your house with charm. Any opportunity to bring the outdoors inside is a definite boost for our mental health. Add a punch of color and pattern. Bright colors and pastels are always a nice way to remind us that summer has arrived. This is a great opportunity to switch out all your accent pillows or throw blankets with all the colors of the rainbow. Patterns like florals and ikats lend a relaxing effect to your house and provide a little staycation feel to your environment. Use natural materials. Introduce a few outdoor materials to your home, like a jute rug or a decorative ceramic vase. Fill a bowl with lemons or oranges. A dried flower wreath can make a beautiful wall decor statement, and accessorizing with wood accent bowls or woven baskets make perfect additions during these summer months. The more outdoor elements, the better! Implement lighter textiles and materials. Swap out your heavyweight flannel sheets for more lightweight cotton. Replace your cozy wool blankets for breezy light ones. Decorate your tables with linen tablecloths and napkins. All these materials help to create a calm and cool summer ambiance. On those summer days we’re stuck indoors, these are terrific ways to keep you maximizing your warm-weather fun—or at least enjoying it from the comfort of your air-conditioned home! –





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Schedule of Events: June 30th 6-8pm Hoopes Park Music: onxy&honey Food: Surf and Turf Food Truck (sur- “We bring the beach to you, curbside!,” says Cindy Matas, owner of the Surf and Turf Truck. “What better way to celebrate summertime than eating delicious seafood on a beautiful summer day?” Featured on the Travel Channel's Food Paradise for their BLT Lobster Roll and Surf and Turf Sandwich— “those are our claim to fame” they have something for everyone. “Besides our seafood options we serve our Rosemary Steak Sandwich if guests are more inclined to go ‘turf.’ We also offer fully vegan items, and even chicken tenders and fries for the kiddos!”

onyx&honey kick off the summer concert series


uilding upon the success of a concert staged at Hoopes Park last summer, the brand-new Summer Park Concert Series spans three months and the same number of parks this year. “It was a big success, and everyone who came out had a great time,” recalls Keith Kurowski, who has been West Chester’s Director of Parks and Recreation since June of 2009. “Summer Park Concerts are just a great way to bring communities together to listen to music, socialize, and make new friends,” he says. The series takes the place of West Chester’s Swingin’ Summer Thursdays and is part of Kurowski’s broader vision to create events in different areas of the borough in order to draw in more participants. “This whole series is new. Since Gay Street will be closed for the Open-Air Market, I thought it would be a great idea to get our parks more involved,” he says. The series kicks off in Hoopes Park with onyx&honey., who describe their sound as “a fine blend of electro-pop-punk-funksinger songwriter-soul.” Their repertoire revolves around their own original music, although they infuse their unique style

into an eclectic mix of well-known cover tunes, too. “We are most looking forward to sharing our music and mission to a whole new audience, thanks to the folks who coordinate and organize this series,” says core member Nikki DiGiorgio. “We are an independent band whose success has come from a completely organic approach and reach, so to be given this opportunity to introduce ourselves on a larger scale is an absolute blessing.” Attendees will have a chance to hear new original songs that they may have previously heard onyx&honey. play as an acoustic duo, but with a full band lineup this time. A fan favorite to listen for is “Wishing Well.” Their connection to West Chester has deep roots. Rob Perna, the other core member of onyx&honey., has lived here essentially his whole life. He grew up playing music in town back when there would be five or six different music acts in bars to choose from every night. DiGiorgio recalls when the town had a hippie vibe, “with artists galore collaborating with storefronts to put on art and music shows.” Since moving into the borough four years

Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza ( Both classic and more adventurous toppings perched atop Mezzaluna’s signature thin and pillowy, yet crispy, crust made from Central Milling's organic flour. Add Mike’s Hot Honey to a pepperoni or sausage pizza for an extra kick. July 14th 6-8pm Everhart Park Music: Ndichu Food: Buddy's Burgers (

food-truck) Burgers of all varieties including classic, smokin’ chipotle, and steakhouse. Nathan’s hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian offerings available, as well as a kids’ menu. Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza ( Mezzaluna’s variety of fresh pizzas is back again this month. How about changing it up with a mushroom pie featuring Kennett Square mushrooms? (We’ll bet Mike’s Hot Honey will add some extra magic to this one, too.)



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ago, she has made it her personal mission to revive and capture a mixture of the two essences that both of them remember. Shifting gears a few weeks later, the “high-powered, tightly-wound, groovebased original music spanning funk, world, reggae, soul, fusion, and rock” of Ndichu will take the stage at Everhart Park on July 14th. “Music is a gift to us,” says founder and bass player Frank Pagliante. “And any time we are playing to people is special.” For the show on the 14th, they will be debuting music from their upcoming CD. “The folks will be hearing funk, soul and African rhythms, as our singer, Liz Ndichu, is from Kenya.” Ndichu has a two-fold connection to West Chester: Their percussion player, Guy Russel, is a lifelong resident of the area, and Pagliante is a WCU graduate. Although music is the focal point, each concert also features face painting and other family-friendly activities, along with the all-important food truck. Currently, there are four different trucks scheduled. Lance Bermudez has been operating Savanna’s Tender Love and Fries for about

seven years. He named the truck after his daughter, who was born one month before he opened. “It was my dream to start a future, so always follow your dreams, too,” he effervesces. He notes that the Savanna’s brand pairs perfectly with the concerts because the bright orange color of the truck speaks to how fast and consistent they are with their offerings. “We are known for a lot of dishes, but three that stand out as the most delicious are the cheesesteak egg rolls and our amazing curly fries,” he says. “And of course, we can’t forget about what we are known for: chicken tenders!” For anyone craving a burger, Bermudez has that covered too; he recently took over the Kennett Square-based Buddy’s Burgers truck, which will be at the July and August concerts. Of the three parks hosting concerts, Keith Kurowski has a special connection to Everhart Park, due to its long history hosting the Turks Head Music Festival— and because of the playground. “We just completed it,” he says, “and it took two years to finish, including a pandemic.” –Jesse Piersol

Yes, that’s an entire pizza oven mounted to the back of a truck — mezzaluna doesn’t mess around. August 11th 6-8pm Greenfield Park MUSIC: To be determined. FOOD: Buddy's Burgers ( food-truck) Buddy’s is back again this month. Mix it up with a grilled chicken breast sandwich this time, featuring Frank's Red Hot buffalo sauce, pickles, lettuce, and blue cheese crumbles. Savanna’s Tender Love and Fries (

php?id=100057302865274) Named one of the area’s top six food trucks by Main Line Today, Savanna’s brings hearty offerings such as buffalo fries, chicken tenders, and cheese steak eggrolls in generous portions.






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The borough is a sight to see in summertime. Schedules are relaxed, the days are long, and cooking at home when the workday ends earlier and the sun stays up later consistently brings me my best summer memories with family and with friends that feel like family. This healthy burger will be a repeat make for you, and the trifle will feed a crowd. –

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Turkey Zucchini Burgers makes 5 burgers PATTIES SAUCE 1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt 1 lb. lean ground turkey 2 Tbsp. tahini 1 packed cup grated zucchini, squeezed very dry* (one 1 Tbsp. lime juice medium zucchini) 1/2 tsp. cumin 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro 1 garlic clove, minced 2 scallions, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. water 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. lime juice *Grate it on the largest holes of a cheese grater and 1 tsp. cumin then transfer to a clean kitchen towel. Squeeze until 3/4 tsp. salt you can’t get another drop of water – then measure.

1. Combine all burger ingredients in a large bowl and divide the mixture into five parts. Shape each part into a burger patty and transfer to a plate. 2. Heat grill pan, skillet, or grill over medium low heat. Spray with nonstick spray or about 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Place burgers onto a pan and let cook until golden brown. Flip and cook on the second side until golden brown. 3. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth. Prepare burger buns/pitas. 4. Transfer cooked burgers to buns or salad and top with sauce, as well as sliced tomatoes, lettuce, or other accoutrements. Warm Grain Salad w/ Walnuts, Greens & Dried Cherries serves 6 Pre-baked 8x8 Brownies 3 c. heavy whipping cream, divided 1-1/2 c. butterscotch sauce 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 (8 oz) bag toffee bits pinch salt 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1. Whip with whisk attachment on electric mixer 1 c. whipping cream with cocoa, sugar, and salt until soft peaks form. . Clean the whisk, then whip 2 c. remaining whipping cream until soft peaks form. 3. Roughly chop brownies. 4. Form layers in 9x13 glass pan so that it works out like this, starting on bottom of pan: cocoa whipped cream, toffee, brownie, butterscotch, whipped cream, toffee, brownie, butterscotch, whipped cream, toffee, butterscotch (toffee in three parts, butterscotch in three parts, cocoa whipped cream in one part, regular whipped cream in two parts, brownies in two parts). Refrigerate until ready to eat!

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EN EAST GOSH ay d y t i n u m com


n the formative days of East Goshen Township’s Community Day some 15 years ago, Jason Lang recalls, the organizers had a vision for a single event where everyone in the community could see some of the people they haven’t seen all year, where all of them would feel welcome and could create one collective memory. In fact, Lang cites creating opportunities for people to make memories as the primary goal of his role as East Goshen’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “Township wide, we’d bring everyone together to kick off summer and celebrate each other,” he says, “with as many residents as we can cram into the park.” Today, the East Goshen Community Day event draws upwards of 4,000 attendees. This year, Lang is looking forward to bringing back pre-COVID elements to the celebration, including a major highlight of the festival: the arrival of the JeffSTAT medevac helicopter, Jefferson Hospital’s high-tech medical transportation chopper. “It lands in the baseball field, and the kids absolutely lose their minds,” he says. “The pilot talks to them and lets them see the cockpit.” Occasionally the helicopter can’t make it to the festival at the last minute, so Lang has learned the hard way not to announce its arrival until he physically sees it in the sky. The one year he did do it, the thousand or so kids and parents breathlessly awaiting its arrival, their faces pressed against the fence around the baseball field, gave him quite a hard time when it was rerouted to an emergency right before the event. One of Lang’s favorite memories over the years is the 2017 celebration of the 200-year anniversary of the official split between East and West Goshen townships. For that year, both East and West Goshen joined in the festivities, with elected officials from each township ushered into the park as part of a parade. Of course, a fight broke out. A choreographed “dispute” ensued between the rival park directors, with Lang representing East Goshen. The argument culminated in the challenge to a

When: Saturday, June 25th (Rain Date June 26th) from 5pm to fireworks Where: East Goshen Township Park COST: Free

duel, which was executed with the help of re-enactors from the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and was performed in period clothing. Both park directors faced off with authentic 1800s-style revolvers loaded with blanks, of course. “We both missed,” Lang laughs. “And we agreed to part ways amicably.” Each year, the festivities reach a crescendo at dark with the fireworks show, Lang’s favorite part of the event. “The neat thing about our fireworks show is that it’s a digital production. We have a raffle in the park, and the winning kid gets to push the button to start the fireworks show,” he explains. “For the child, it’s a very visceral

reaction that they get, because you can see the fireworks go off over their shoulder as soon as they press that button, and they know they were the person who did it.” Lang notes that years later, kids will approach him to talk about when they got the chance to push that button. As the fireworks light up the night sky, Lang describes the sea of blankets, with thousands of community members assembled beneath the pyrotechnic display. “Having all people in the community, of every gender, age, and color, all there gathered together,” he says. “That’s the best part of it all.” –Jesse Piersol





Summer Hits List DJ Romeo curates a list of the tracks you’ll be singing all month 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. And, you can now stream the list in its entirey at: @DJRomeo24 |

Sunroof – Nicky Youre, dazy Freeze – Kygo 21 Reasons – Nathan Dawe, Ella Henderson Crazy What Love Can Do David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson 2step – Ed Sheeran, Lil Baby As It Was – Harry Styles I Love U – The Chainsmokers About Damn Time – Lizzo I Ain’t Worried – OneRepublic SUPERMODEL – Måneskin Caught Up – Gryffin, Olivia O’Brien Meet The Moonlight – Jack Johnson Something Real – Alison Wonderland Find You – Martin Garrix, Justin Mylo, Dewain Whitmore Dream Girl Evil – Florence + The Machine 10 Things I Hate About You – Leah Kate Sundress – HAHA-YO For the Love of Money – The Black Keys I Can’t Help But Feel – Surfaces Heaven Takes You Home Swedish House Mafia, Connie Constance On Repeat – Robin Schulz, David Guetta Words – Alesso, Zara Larsson First Class – Jack Harlow Ferrari – James Hype, Miggy Dela Rosa Belly Dancer – Imanbek, BYOR All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love) – Lauv Out of Time, KAYTRANADA Remix – The Weeknd Hold MY Hand – Lady Gaga Love Me More – Sam Smith AM Gold – Train





N U R r e z a l b trail

When: Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm Where: Paradise Farm Camp sign up: register/detail/2022-trail-blazer-run5-mile


he Trail Blazer Run impacts the life of almost everyone who lives in this area, regardless of whether they’ve ever laced up a pair of running shoes. Funds raised from the event contributed to the creation of the East Branch Brandywine Trail that winds through the woods and fields between Route 322 and the Brandywine Creek, providing a picturesque byway to all who travel past.

ral year, participants parked at Paradise Farm Camp and rode in shuttle buses over to the start of the race on the trail, which proved to be a logistical nightmare. The next year, portions of the course were relocated to Valley Creek Road, which was closed off to automobile traffic during the run. Since 2012, the entire race has been staged within the Paradise Farms trail system and facilities.

Back in 2010, when the trail was under construction, East Bradford Township managers and volunteers were brainstorming creative ways to raise money to match the county and state grant funds allocated for the project, and the idea for a trail run was born. The race was an immediate success. In that inaugu-

Over the years, the Trail Blazer Run has matured into the de facto community day for East Bradford, according to Township Director of Parks and Recreation Rich Phifer, who also wears the Race Director hat. “We used to have East Bradford Day up until Trail Blazer took off,” says Phifer. “It is by far our biggest event, in terms

of the most participants and volunteers. And it’s still a fundraiser.” Phifer is excited—and a little nervous—as the event returns for the first time in two years due to the pandemic. “It’s a chance for everyone to see some old friends,” he says, “Plus, we’ve got a new key sponsor.” West Chester’s Artillery Brewing Company will be dispensing the beverages this year, a change about which Phifer is stoked. “The company is definitely emblematic of the small community feel of this run,” he says. Bellwether runners Kara Rubinich and James Brophy have won their respective women’s and men’s races numerous times over the years. But not everyone is pushing to cross the finish line first.





Other Running Events This Summer Run to Find a Way #ScottStrong What: A 5K run/walk and 2 mile walk that benefits the Scott Elliott Scholarship Fund. Elliott was a beloved coach and mentor in the West Chester swimming community. When: Saturday, June 4 at 9am Where: 1100 Shiloh Rd. Sign up:

“What’s great to see is the few folks over the age of 80 out there still doing it,” says Phifer. He is also inspired by the community support. “We have great volunteers that help out and make it possible,” he says. “We need so much support with course marshaling and water stations and registration.” Phifer is quick to point out the loyal sponsors that have kept the event going over the years, too. “All local businesses,” he adds. “It would be impossible to do the event without them. We appreciate them, and many of them are supporting us every year, without even being asked.” In addition to funding the East Branch Trail, proceeds from the race help to purchase the tools and materials used by volunteers to maintain all the natural trails within Harmony Hill Nature Area. Funds also support a longer-term project as well: Phase 1 of the Plum Run Trail initiative, which will establish a paved trail that connects the south campus of West Chester University to the Strodes Mill Historic District at the intersection of Lenape and Birmingham roads.

The week prior to the Trail Blazer Run is one of Rich Phifer’s favorite times all year. “It’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun,” he relates. Being a part of the event has left him with vivid memories, such as the spirited thunderstorm that released a torrential rainfall moments after the starting gun launched runners onto the course in 2019. “I remember the runners coming back drenched and mud soaked,” he recalls. “So many of them told me it was the best run they’d ever had. I was worried they’d be sore about it, that it had rained, but here they were having the time of their lives out there.” Phifer describes the synergistic magic that takes place on race day. “Once it’s all set up, and all the volunteers are there, and things are functioning. When it’s actually underway,” he reflects. “To look up and see that all the work you’ve done to prepare for it, to see people having a good time. Some people really want to run, sure, but some people just want to see their friends. That’s my favorite part. Knowing we did the best we could for another good run.” –Jesse Piersol

Race/PA/WestChester/RuntoFindaWayScottStrong Penn Fusion 5K Charity Run What: Choose from either a 5K or 2K run through the borough. All proceeds benefit the Headstrong Foundation and Family Service Chester County. When: Saturday, June 4 at 10am Where: Intersection of Church and

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Race/PA/WestChester/PennFusionCARES5K West Chester Mile What: Races run in heats based on ability, with $6,000 in prize money for elite racers if men break 4:00 and women break 4:35 for the mile. When: Thursday, August 11 at 6:30pm Where: Henderson High School Sign up:






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MER M U S F O S D SOUN n! w o t p u t a music

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ith all the concerts happening outside this summer, it’s easy to lose perspective on how nice it can be to be inside during those sweltering summer months. Fortunately, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is hosting a full roster of musical acts, and air conditioning isn’t the only draw. And there’s not a bad seat in the house. “Uptown is an amazing venue. We are in an historical building that was exclusively built-out to become a performing arts center. We have just 327 comfortable seats with no obstructed views, so audiences enjoy a very intimate experience here,” says April Evans, Executive Director of Uptown!. “To top that off, our building is fully accessible

with movable seats for companions,” she continues. “We have followed bestin-class health and safety protocols and offer paperless ticketing. We want everyone to feel welcome, safe, and to have a great time.” In addition to the performance venue, there is also a lobby bar, Mac's Foxhole Lounge, as well as the exclusive Dining Partner Program available for all Uptown members. Memberships start at $100 and offer discount dining on event nights to local favorite restaurants including Mercato, Kooma, Roots Café, Opa Taverna, Iron Hill Brewery, Greystone Oyster Bar, and more. As for the music, a great deal of thought and planning goes into choosing which bands to include in the lineup.

Schedule of Events: Saturday, June 25th at 7:30pm Live at the Fillmore: The World’s Greatest Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band

Allman Brothers fans will love Live at The Fillmore, arguably the most popular and best-known tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band. “They pay great attention to recreating the music with an unparalleled degree of authenticity,” notes Uptown’s website. The band has been featured on Time Life Southern Rock Cruise and received rave reviews for their Spring 2017 performance on national TV as part of Axs TV’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands. Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30pm Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs

Grammy-winner Peter Rowan brings his versatile blend of rock, folk, and bluegrass talents to a night with his rock collaborators, Los Texmaniacs. “Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues, and R&B riffs,” writes Rhythm & Roots website in 2019, “and you’ve cooked up the tasty Grammy winning Los Texmaniacs groove.”





Uptown! has a full season of fantastic acts, like AM Radio Tribute Band Friday, August 12th at 7:30pm AM Radio Tribute Band

The AM Radio Tribute Band invites listeners to indulge the magic of “perking up when the radio plays a song that first hit on popular radio stations when you were young.” They have shared stages with Peter Noone & Herman’s Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Felix Cavaliere, The 5th Dimension, The Turtles, The Association, Classics IV, The Vogues, The Cowsills, and Nate Watts and the Stevie Wonder Band. “Be prepared for a ride in the way back machine,” exudes Uptown’s website, “as AMRTB emulates the sounds, voices, appearances, slogans, images, and styles in authentic detail with outfits ranging from mod dress to multi-colored flower power, psychedelic tie-dye shirts, go-go boots, long hair, and an amazing energy that urges you to travel back to one of the most creative decades of our time.” Saturday, August 13th at 8pm Hollywood Nights: The Bob Seger Experience

“Of course, schedules come first if the band is touring, and then we look for fun experiences that we think our audiences will really enjoy and come out to support,” says Evans. “We want Uptown to be a destination for music here in Chester County, so we also look for a mix across all of our music.” She points out that there is something for everyone this season. “From classic rock tributes to the legendary Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs, to a feature evening of AM Radio, we have a full summer of concerts lined up so that audiences can plan which they want to add to their summer schedule. Maybe more than one, even!” And don’t forget: concerts are just the

tip of the event iceberg at Uptown!. There is a full roster of entertainment offerings here this summer, including theater performances, camps and classes for adults and kids via West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts, as well as workshops, improvs, and private coaching. Catch a $5 Monday Movie Night or some live comedy events, including perennial favorites Better Than Bacon. You can even rent this space for your own event, or become a sponsor, donor, vendor, or volunteer at Uptown! Check in with their website often to stay updated throughout the summer and the year. Tickets to all shows are available at –Jesse Piersol

Enjoy the ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The Uptown website notes that this nine-piece, New Jersey-based band “has re-created everything about Bob and his music, right down to the smallest detail, and prides itself on continuing the amazing groundwork laid down by Bob over the past 30 years.” Saturday, August 27th at 8pm Best Friend’s Girl: The Cars Experience

Best Friend’s Girl celebrates the timeless hits of The Cars, including such irresistible earworms as “Best Friends Girl,” “Shake It Up,” “Magic,” “Let’s Go” and “Moving in Stereo.” Composed of lifelong, top-notch, professional musicians, the band aims to keep the music of The Cars alive with every performance.





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Turks Head Music Festival 6/5 12-7pm

Enjoy a day-long celebration of local music held at Everhart Park. Approximately 40 artists and vendors set up booths throughout the park to sell high quality arts and crafts, and two stages will feature seven bands throughout the day. 100 S Brandywine St

Chess Wizards Summer Camp July 18–22 from 9am-12pm & 12-3pm August 1–5 from 12-3pm & 9am-3pm August 15–19 from 9am-12pm & 9am-3pm

This summer camp is designed to teach your child the game of chess and other life skills, all while having fun. There are half-day and full-day options available. 401 East Gay Street

Concerts in the Park Once a month you can enjoy a night of local music beginning at 6:30pm. There will also be free face painting and clowns with ballon twisting, plus food for sale by local vendors. June 30 at Hoopes Park

Band: onyx&honey Food: Surf and Turf Food Truck, Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza and Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes 700 Hoopes Park Lane

July 14 at Everhart Park

Band: Ndichu Food: Buddy’s Burgers Food Truck, Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza and Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes

For more information about these and other events, visit the parks & recreations website, and make sure to follow them on facebook to stay up to date.

Just Tennis Summer Camp and Classes July 11–August 1 from 6-7:30pm:

Adult classes Monday & Wednesday July 11–15 from 9-11am:

Children’s Summer Camp July July 11–15 from 11am-1pm:

Teen Summer Camp July August 1–5 from 9-11am:

Children’s Summer Camp August No matter your age, tennis is always fun and accessible. That’s why this program hosts adult classes, children’s summer camps, and a new teen camp for tennis at Hoopes Park this summer. 700 Hoopes Park Lane

Movie nights in the Park The magical movie nights in the park are far more fun and infinitely less expensive than going to the theater (they’re free!). Films kick off just after sunset. There will be free face painting and food for sale. July 8 at Greenfield Park

Movie: The Sandlot Food: Hot Dogs & Donuts 701 S Franklin St

August 5 at John O Green Park

Movie: Sing Food: Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza and Savanna’s Love and Tenders 201 E Miner St

Science Explorers This is a fun and informative half-day science camp for ages 4-11 in Hoopes Park Pavilion. Space is limited, so make sure to register your child soon. June 27–July 1

Far Out Space Academy: Explore the stars and our outer universe with stargazing, engineering your own spacecraft, and making dry-ice comets! July 25–29

Take A Dive: Learn about marine biology and oceanography by looking into the lives of sea creatures and developing your ocean survival skills! August 8–12

Rockin’ Concoctions: Discover the exciting world of geology and looking at our Earth’s past with dinosaur fossils, crystals, and DNA extraction! 700 Hoopes Park Lane

Theater in the Park July 16 at Marshall Square Park

An evening of theater performed by the Arts and Athletics Club at Marshall Square Park. The local club is proud to bring a production of The Artist to life. The show starts at 6pm and is free to attend. 405 N Franklin St

USA Sport Group Camp

Philadelphia NFL Alumni Youth Football Camps

100 S Brandywine St

June 27–July 1

August 11 at Greenfield Park

Band: TBD Food: Food for sale by Buddy’s Burgers Food Truck, Savanna’s Love and Tenders and Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes

Kids ages 6-14 can learn non-contact football skills and life skills from NFL Alumni in Hoopes Park. Given the talent on hand, it’s no surprise spaces fill fast, so sign up soon!

701 S Franklin St

700 Hoopes Park Lane



7/11-7/15 9AM-12PM

This multiple sports camp allows your child to engage with over 10 sports throughout the week. Coached by professionals who will teach your child the basics of each sport, plus instill positive life lessons through sportsmanship. Spaces are available for children ages 5-11 at Everhart Park. 100 S Brandywine St