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Reasons NOT TO GO

To The Beach : Your Guide to Summer Fun in West Chester


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From the Editor...

We’re gonna need a bigger boat

The beach is great, but the borough’s better

Publisher Dan Mathers Dan@thewcpress.com Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Nick@thewcpress.com Copy Editor Kehan DeSousa kdesousa@thewcpress.com Columnists Chelsea Durning cdurning@thewcpress.com Jill McDevitt jmcdevitt@thewcpress.com Rory Musselman rmusselman@thewcpress.com Jennifer Ozgur jozgur@thewcpress.com Clare Haggerty chaggerty@thewcpress.com

My career started at the beach. For nearly three years I lived and worked in Cape May. Many people in West Chester vacation there and are likely familiar with the company that helped get me to where I am today (shout-out to Exit Zero). Many in this area have fond memories of the Jersey Shore, but most people only know one side of those towns–the summer side. When you live there all year long, you get to know a different side of things. Towns filled with 80,000 vacationers during the summer season quickly drop to a year-round population in the low four digits come September. Cape May’s population was about 3,000 in the off-season, but it felt like far less than that. Living there from October to March is tough for an ambitious 20-something. Winter was a pretty significant reason why I moved back home. When you live at the beach, the ebb and flow of the seasons and the impact they have on local business is blatantly obvious. It’s impossible not to notice when streetlights start flashing yellow, businesses close their doors, and parking meters turn off (one of the few benefits). West Chester experiences an inverse ebb and flow, albeit less pronounced. When the bars fill in Sea Isle, the bars empty in West Chester. When the kitschy shops open their doors in Ocean City, the artisanal stores of the borough pay the price. I hated seeing businesses empty in Cape May, and I like seeing it even less in West Chester, especially because, for a place like this, it’s completely unnecessary. Sure, the beach is great, but West Chester has a ton to offer during the summer that–much like the beach–you just can’t get all year long. There are block parties and street fairs, bike races and music festivals. If you’re leaving West Chester, you’re missing out. This topic came up while having dinner at my parents’ house. My brothers Jimmy and Luke were grilling me on why I hadn’t written about them yet (happy, boys?), and I started trying to explain the way the themes work in our magazine. I told them about the theme of this issue: how we were going to promote all the great reasons not to visit the beach this summer–the festivals, the activities, the events–and Luke, smart little eight-year-old that he is, stumped me, asking, “Yeah, but don’t they have all that at the beach?” I had to give it to him–they totally do. I drove home thinking it over, and this is the best reason I came up with for staying in West Chester this summer: it’s home. That might not seem like much, but to me it means a lot. This is where we live, where we work, and it’s the place we want to see thrive. Why go to Jersey for an outdoor festival when I can enjoy the same activities in West Chester and support local businesses at the same time? Why migrate to the ocean when I can spend a Saturday on the Brandywine, and my dog can come along? I’ve only lived in three towns in my life, and I’ve only been conscious of two of them (State College was a blur). Still, I feel confident that those who’ve lived all over the world would be as impressed as I am with the multitude of things you can do in West Chester this summer. No packing the car, no loading the kids and no burning a hole in your wallet. I’m sorry, Cape May, but West Chester is the place to be this summer. -DM

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Worth Noting...

Our trimmed-down table of contents 15. I Y Cycling in WC 17. School’s Out. Now What? 19. Bartender of the Month 25. 53 Things to Do 39. Owner of the Month

41. I Y When Students Leave 49. The Look 57. I Y Eating in WC 59. Local Talent 65. Games

To the Editor...

Our favorite letter this month On behalf of West Chester University, thank you very much for returning to campus and sharing your experiences, perspectives, and ideas with Greek students at yesterday’s panel event. The students in attendance very much enjoyed and certainly benefitted from the opportunity to learn from and meet with you, and the University is very thankful for your volunteerism and commitment to student success. The ad looks great for West Chester’s Reunion Weekend, too. -Ashley Reichenbach

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WC FILM FESTIVAL photos Paul Imburgia

4/26–4/28

The ninth annual festival took place over the last weekend in April and showcased top-notch short films

Carol Quigley, Michael Ciuita, David Hoopes

Renee McGusty, Gregg Voltz

Jodi Knapp, Pam Bayless, Kathy DiSanto, Gretchen DelRossi

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WC FILM FESTIVAL photos Paul Imburgia

4/26–4/28

The ninth annual festival took place over the last weekend in April and showcased top-notch short films

Bret Walker, James Walker Goutal

Greg Koorhan, Dan Armella

Darragh, Nicole, John Doe

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patio at the Four Dogs Tavern with I LOVE THE BEACH AS longtime friends who are visiting MUCH AS ANYBODY. Few from Hawaii. I’ve made quick busithings give me more pleasure than ness of a glass of Pinot Grigio, and digging my bare feet into the sand as a result, the normal rush of my early in the morning, feeling the anxious mind has slowed to a pleaswarm layer on top yield to the ant flow. cool dampness beneath the surface. Most people I know are not Sometimes, though, I find the crush enamored with the dense humidity of vacationers distressing. And I of midsummer, but to me it’s a rehave yet to locate an egg sandwich minder of being alive. Even late into that approaches the sublimity of the this evening, there is a dewiness that ones I make in my own kitchen, sits on my skin and makes me feel with big brown eggs from the farm connected to the air I breathe, the down the road, pillowy soft rolls people around me, and the world from Highland Orchards, and a that stretches out beyond us all. flick of cheddar so sharp your toes Without its weight, I feel naked curl. The truth is that as much as and vulnerable. As much as we try I love being down the shore, a few Professor Jesse Piersol shares her thoughts on why West Chester to live otherwise, human beings are things inevitably creep into my is the place to be this summer. fundamentally moist creatures, and thoughts while I’m lying there trying to read some book so trashy that I hide the title out of embarrass- getting out of the air conditioning and into the outside is a great reminder of that fact. Yes, I am saying that being sweaty is a lovely ment. (Got a must-read? Drop me a line. I especially enjoy pirates.) experience. Disclaimer: I’m a cyclist. Penultimate disclaimer: This one contains meat. Sort of. Before you stop reading, give me a moment to set the scene. It’s I really don’t like meat or often eat it, but for some reason I am just after daybreak in late June, and a mist is rising from the streets as the stored heat dissipates in the morning. No matter how many mar- inextricably bound to the small town institution that is the chicken garitas I’ve had the night before, I get up extra early to roll out Creek barbecue. Over the years, I have learned to schedule my beach visits Road in hopes of outpacing the heat of the day. Now, before you give at a time other than when the local firehouses hold their chicken me any crap about those cyclists who hog up the road, just listen for barbecue fundraisers. The few years that I’ve missed out on one, I a minute — not to me, but to the whoosh that the group generates have felt an emptiness inside me, and not from the physical lack of a as it passes by, to the crisp clicking of gears. Notice the beautiful crispy-skinned chicken, or a white dinner roll that purportedly qualisymmetry of an experienced pack of riders as each one moves as part fies as food. On barbecue day, smoke curls through the streets; all the people of a single organism. It is an elusive art, a melding of technique and terrain that makes these undulating back roads unfurl in a smooth you haven’t seen since last year stand in line; and the whole town catches up one more time. In a world fragmented by technology, I ribbon of tarmac. You’re not excluded from this enchanting experience if two love standing there, with the people of my community, engaging in wheels aren’t your speed, though. Get your convertible out of the a timeless summer tradition. It’s one of the few times I feel like I truly belong to a place. garage and drive it on those same roads. Or, get up early and watch I suppose it’s kind of like that magical moment when all the bike your dog run out the dirt road at the Stroud Preserve. If you stand in just the right spot, the bustling suburban energy becomes a hush, riders in the peloton get it right and the road disappears under our and the downtown that is only a moment down the road disappears wheels. It is the same as that hot, sticky evening that fades into the from sight in every direction. It’s getting away from it all without darkness at the Four Dogs Tavern. For one collective breath, everyone on the patio sits back and drinks in the thick air, listens to the getting away from it at all. Another disclaimer: I love the humidity. That’s right. Ninety thrumming of the cicadas, and revels in the thin sheen of sweat on our arms. In my mind, perfect moments don’t come any better than degrees and humid and I am ecstatic. Before you shake your head, let me describe the setting. It’s just that. Disclaimer: You may want to stay right here this summer. WCP after dusk on an oppressive July weekend, and I’m sitting on the

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coloring to each pocket to create different colors. Once happy with the colors, add your handles, making sure they stick out for little hands to hold onto, then freeze. When a hot day comes around, bring your ice paint and some paper outside. As the sun heats up the ice a bit, it will get runny and your child can paint the day away. If you are using the ice paint indoors, let the cubes sit for a few minutes to begin melting a bit so the ‘paint’ will work. Let your work of art dry and then display!

Bubble Snakes

As a pre-school teacher and nanny, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to occupy kids. Be honest: how often have you tried to get something else done by turning the TV on for your kids? (Guilty.) These days, TV, video games, and the Internet can make for very convenient babysitters. Gone are the days when kids are outside until the street lamps come on. Regardless, this summer, try some new things with the kids to keep them occupied, but also from staring at a screen. I have tried what feels like hundreds of different crafts, kid-friendly recipes, and games over the past few years, and these are some tried-and-true activities that I’ve had success with that your kids are bound to ask for again and again. They might even give you a few free minutes to enjoy your summer, too…

Watercolor Suns, Fish, Flowers • Coffee filters • Washable markers • Spray bottle filled with water • Paper plates Set out a variety of colored markers and let your kids scribble on the coffee filters — no need to draw anything specific, the water will ruin it anyway. Remember, the more color on the filter, the more colorful the end result! Once colored to your child’s satisfaction, place the filter on a paper plate and allow your child to spray it with the water. Tilt and turn the plate to help the colors run together. Allow the filters to fully dry and then go to town! Cut them into fish or flowers and tape them to your child’s bedroom window (or a kitchen window for you proud parents out there), and it will act as a suncatcher.

Ice Painting

• Empty ice tray • Food coloring • Water • Popsicle sticks (or broken-off plastic utensils, anything you can use as a handle)

This activity is great for a hot day, but it requires some prep before your child can play. Fill the ice tray as usual, but this time, add food

• Empty, clean water bottle • Washcloth (or an old sock) • Rubber band • Dish soap • Water

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the bottom off the water bottle. Tie the washcloth or sock over the large opening with the rubber band. In a bowl, mix dish soap and water until it forms a bubbly solution. Once in a bubble-friendly area (read: backyard or driveway, not the living room), place the washcloth end of the water bottle into the solution. Once soaked, bring it back out and blow through the mouthpiece of the bottle to form bubble snakes. Be sure to tell the kids not to inhale, or they will end up with a mouth full of soap! If the kids are too young to create the snake, they will have fun chasing it and popping the different pieces that form. For even more fun, add a bit of food coloring to the bubble solution or use a colored marker on the washcloth/sock to create colorful snakes.

Jolly Rancher Lollipops (requires parental supervision) • Bag of Jolly Ranchers • Lollipop sticks • Baking sheet • Parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Allow your kid(s) to create combinations of candies set out in rows, leaving enough room to insert sticks later on. Get creative! Cherry Apple? Blue Raspberry Grape? For younger kids, let them pick combinations based on colors or patterns. Once preheated, put the baking sheet in the oven, and set the timer for about five minutes. In my experience, the melting process takes closer to 20 minutes, but all ovens vary slightly, so be sure to keep a very close eye on the pops. Once the groups of candies are melting together, flattening out, and slightly rounded on the end, remove the tray gently from the oven. Carefully insert the lollipop sticks into the pops. Twirl the stick in the melted candy a bit so that the end is fully covered and will hold. Make sure you work fast enough to finish all the pops before the candies harden. Allow the lollipops to cool and set for about 30 minutes, then enjoy! –Sarah Burkhardt

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Hanging at Vudu Lounge with JC Calderón Story Dan Mathers Photo Adam Jones

With my wife overseas visiting family, I was left to occupy myself for a week. I wanted alligator sausage, but I have hang-up about eating alone in public. Still, my hunger for Creole outweighed my desire to be cool, so I headed to Vudu Lounge and forgot my fear of looking lonely. Vudu has a way of making you feel like you’re in good company even when you’re by yourself, and most of that has to do with the man behind the bar. Bartender JC Calderón is the type of person who has a lot of best friends, and Donny Syracuse, the owner of Vudu, is one of them. The two of them are behind the bar when I walk in. JC is good-looking and has an ancestry that leaves him with a year-round tan. He knows his wine, loves to travel, and doesn’t golf well on Bermuda grass, although he and Donny both golf a lot. He earned a full ride to Valley Forge Christian College to play the drums, and while there he got his start in the restaurant industry with a job at Bertolini’s in King of Prussia. He followed the standard course–from bussing tables, to waiting tables, to serving drinks. He left Bertolini’s to pursue a master’s degree at the LA Academy of Music. When asked what you do with a master’s in drumming, JC’s reply is honest: nothing. “Unless you’re drumming for Justin Bieber, there’s really no point. At that level, that’s who you’re competing against. My professors were playing for the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake. If I wanted a job, I had to beat them out. It’s tough competition.” He ended up touring for three years with Christian bands, despite the fact that, when asked if he’s a Christian, his answer is an emphatic, “no,” accompanied by equally emphatic hand gestures. “I’m spiritual,” he says, “but the structure of the church was created by man.” JC eventually moved back to the Philadelphia area to find that his friends from Bertolini’s were all taking jobs at Coyote Crossing in Conshohocken. He joined them. When Coyote Crossing came to West Chester, he was asked to open up the rooftop bar. He’s been in town ever since. From Coyote Crossing, JC got a gig working lunches at Limoncello. He still works there today. “I’m lucky to work where I do,” he says. “They’re the two spots everybody wants to work, and I work at both.

Bartender of the Month We’ve tried to get some other bartenders in the area to moonlight here at Vudu, take a night or two a week, but their owners and managers won’t let them.” What’s different about JC’s situation? “I’m lucky to work for two awesome guys. Donny and Frank [Mingrino, of Limoncello] are my best friends.” Lucky is how JC tends to describe himself frequently, and it’s easy to see why. Having just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic–where he stayed in a house owned by a regular from Vudu–and spending some time in his native Guatemala, he’s back behind the bar looking as if he were still on vacation. It’s just about 1am when Roberto Guadagnini, the owner of Teca and

one of JC’s other best friends, walks in and orders a bottle of wine to share. Kerry Greco, the owner of Market Street Grill and one of JC’s party on the DR trip, also joins us and buys a bottle. I’m the mooch. JC takes the two bottles off the shelf, bottles of such a high quality that I feel unworthy of sipping them, and sets out five glasses. He locks up the bar a bit early, starts pouring drinks for his friends, and tells us all that our money is no longer good this time of night. Later, while standing out front, JC tells me he has a passion for his job. As he sips his wine and takes a drag from his Marlboro Red, it’s easy to see why. WCP

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The Makeshift Chef Chelsea Durning is a cook by trade, and she’s not shy about sharing her wisdom with our readers Summer is ideal for fresh ingredients and outstanding flavors. Grilling is by far one of my favorite cooking techniques. Seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables are all perfect for the grill. And in the spirit of some good, old-fashioned outdoor cooking, here are a few of my all-time favorite summer recipes. Grilled Vegetable Kabobs 1 yellow squash, large dice; 1 zucchini squash, large dice; 1 pack button mushrooms, whole; 1 red onion, large dice; 1 pack cherry tomatoes, whole; ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil; salt and pepper, to taste; skewers, metal or wooden (if wooden, soak in water before skewering the vegetables) Toss all the vegetables in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Layer the vegetables on the skewers. Grill on each side for about 3-4 minutes. Grilled Soft-Shell Crabs 4-5 soft-shell crabs; ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil; Old Bay, to taste; salt and pepper, to taste; 2 lemons, wedged Brush the crabs with the oil, season with Old Bay, salt and pepper, and place on the grill at a 45° angle so the legs and claws don’t fall between the grates. Grill for 4 minutes on each side. Serve with lemon wedges. Watermelon Cream Bars 1 box round vanilla wafers, finely ground; 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 stick unsalted butter, melted; 1/2 cup sugar 5 cups watermelon juice (from about 1/2 of a large watermelon) 1/2 tsp lemon zest (from 1 lemon); sprigs of mint leaves 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons) 4 small envelopes of unflavored gelatin(1 oz. total) Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Mix the melted butter into the finely ground vanilla wafers and add 2 tbsp of water. Mix well and press the crumbs onto the bottom of the prepared pan, forming a crust. Bake the crust for 20 minutes and allow to cool. Set aside 2 cups of the watermelon juice in a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 3 cups of watermelon juice with the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and heavy cream. Sprinkle the gelatin over the reserved 2 cups of watermelon juice. Allow to sit for 2 minutes so that gelatin can dissolve and begin to absorb liquid, or “bloom.” After the gelatin blooms, heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high, or heat gently in a small pot over low heat on the stove top, until the gelatin has completely melted into the juice and the liquid is smooth. Add the watermelon juice with the melted gelatin to watermelon/heavy cream mixture. Stir to combine. Gently pour the mixture over the prepared crust and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the mixture is firm. Garnish with the mint leaves. cdurning@thewcpress.com

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We see you.

Your car is packed and you’re headed down to the shore. For the next few weeks, you’ll spend your days parked underneath a beach umbrella re-reading Fifty Shades of Grey and eating caramel corn. It’s a riveting plan, for sure, but we want to let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to go to the beach to have a fantastic summer. In fact, you don’t even have to leave West Chester. We’ve been searching for the best summertime activities this town has to offer, and West Chester didn’t let us down. The following list gives you 53 festivals, markets, block parties, and other uniquely local activities that will make the beach seem like... well, a giant pile of sand. No matter your age or your interests, it will be impossible not to find yourself wildly excited by the opportunities in West Chester this summer. The only thing we ask? Unpack that car right now, put Christian Grey back on the shelf, and start crossing things off this list.

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1. June 1 - Flea Market and Bike Sale Downtown West Chester invites you to “find your treasure” at Borough Hall. The Flea Market and Bike Sale will take place from 9am–3pm, giving you plenty of time to rummage around for the perfect knick-knack to satisfy all of your summer re-decorating cravings. Happy hunting!

2. June 2 - Super Sunday

From 11am–5pm, Gay Street will be transformed into a bustling hub of excitement. Jugglers, clowns, carnival games, amusement rides, and a magician will be on hand to entertain. Even Dora the Explorer and Clifford the Big Red Dog are stopping by to see what all the fuss is about. Adults will find an antique car show, craft and artisan booths, food vendors, and plenty of live music. And, don’t miss the Third Annual Ride For Heroes–see the ad at right for more information on this amazing fundraiser for the men and women of Chester County Who give their all for your.

3. June 7 - Gallery Walk Experience all the art West Chester has to offer during the Gallery Walk. From 5–9pm, you can walk through the town’s art galleries, like the Art Trust Gallery, the John Hannafin Studio, the Visual Expansion Gallery, and the Z Gallery to view their unique collections of paintings, sculptures, and photography. Additionally, local businesses will showcase local art from hospital rehabilitation programs, school programs, plus a variety of up-and-coming artists. Participating stores include: The 5 Senses, BLINK, The Chester County Historical Society Museum Shop, Fairman’s, Green Eyed Lady, Jane Chalfant, KALY, Katie Mac Floral Design, Kiki Boutique, Kreutz Creek Winery, Lincoln Room Gifts, Sterling Optical, Sunset Hill Jewelers, Taylor’s Music Store, and Timeless Dwellings.

4. June 7 - Dub C 4 Miler The energy of downtown West Chester creates the perfect atmosphere for the Dub C 4 Miler, benefitting Chester County Down Syndrome and the Parkinson Council. On this exciting Friday night, be sure to line the streets and witness a four-mile run, a two-mile walk, and several children’s races. The main race starts at 7pm in front of Kildare’s. dubc4miler.com

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Also check out the Chester County Running Store’s summer schedule for other downtown races. 24 S. High Street | 610-696-0115 | runccrs.com

5. June 8 - Up On The Roof Unless you’re afraid of heights, the Up On The Roof fundraiser promises to be an incredible evening. From 7–11pm, guests can socialize under the stars while enjoying food from Limoncello, desserts from Yori’s and D’Ascenzo’s, and music from The Donny Syracuse Band. A complimentary bar will feature the “Rooftop Martini.” Just don’t have too many or it will become a sidewalk martini. The event will take place at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage, and all proceeds go towards the beautification of downtown West Chester. 14 E. Chestnut Street | downtownwestchester.com

6. June 8 - West Chester Public Library 125th Anniversary Block Party It’s time to celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary. From 10am–2pm, head down to North Church Street and experience an extravaganza of music, crafts, food vendors, moon bounces, local authors and so much more. The party resumes from 6– 8pm with magic, storytelling, and live music on the lawn near Milner & Associates. 415 N. Church Street | 610-696-1721 | wcpubliclibrary.org

7. June 9 - Hoop Dance The Hoop Dance, put on by eat. drink. Om. puts an exciting spin on the time-tested hula-hoop. Burn calories, improve your mood, and make friends with fellow hoopers at 3pm at the Goodwill Fire Department. Check out the “eat. drink. Om. YOGA CAFE” Facebook page for more details. 552 E. Union Street | eatdrinkom.com

8. June 16 - FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum Year round, the American Helicopter Museum invites the


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public to enjoy their collection of old and modern helicopters. As a special treat this summer, the museum will be hosting FatherFest from 10am – 2pm. Celebrate Father’s Day with an antique motorcycle and car show. If you treat your dad to a helicopter ride, the gesture may just win you favorite kid status. 1220 American Boulevard | 610-436-9600 | americanhelicopter.museum

9. June 22 – C-MAC’s Saturday Smash Philanthropy will be music to your ears. From 2 – 9pm at the West Chester Fire Training Center, tributes to Led Zeppelin, AC/ DC, Van Halen, KISS, and MÖtley CrÜe will delight the audience. Local eateries like Doc Magrogan’s and Bagel Bistro will be providing food. The event will be MC’d by the Fishman and “Viva La Bam’s” Brandon DiCammillo. Proceeds benefit the First West Chester Fire Company and the Chester County SPCA. You can buy tickets at CMAC’s Barber Shop (133 E. Market Street). 351 Snyder Avenue | cmacssmash@gmail.com

10. June 22 - East Goshen Community Day Celebrate Community Day from 5pm to dark. Enjoy live music from Blue Sky Band and other local groups, and meet Stubby the Helicopter from the American Helicopter Museum. Moon bounces, laser tag, and pony rides will also be available. Stick around for a fireworks spectacular at dark. The event promises lots of fun, and even some surprises, so you don’t want to miss out on this one. Food will be available for purchase. 1580 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

11. July 4-6 – Independence Day Fireworks Our country is turning the big 237 this year! Celebrate at sundown with East Goshen’s famed firework extravaganza. Grab a blanket, your friends, and some party hats and head over to East Goshen Township Park. 1580 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org On July 6, continue the festivities at Brandywine Picnic Park for another evening of fireworks and fun. 690 S. Creek Road | 610-793-3198 | picnic.com

12. July 7 - Iron Hill Twilight Criterium Hundreds of cyclists will flock to West Chester to take part in the area’s most exciting bike race: The Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. Watch these iron men and women complete a 32-mile course through downtown West Chester. A kids’ race will take place on Market and Walnut Streets at 5pm. Then, the Amateur Men’s Criterium (6pm), the Pro-Am Women’s Criterium (6:45pm), and the Pro Men’s Criterium (7:45pm), will start and finish at the corner of Gay and High Streets. You will not want to miss this adrenaline rush. 119 N. High Street | 610-696-4046 | ironhilltwilightcriterium.com

13. July 7 - West Market Street Block Party While the cyclists are gearing up for their races, you can head over to Market Street (between Church and Darlington Streets) for the Market Street Block Party. The festivities will begin at 4pm, and West Chester’s local businesses have so much in store: kids can decorate the sidewalk with chalk masterpieces, get their faces painted, and explore Criterium’s Kids’ Zone. Bungee jumping, a BMX stunt team, live music, and great food will also be provided, making July 7 one of the most exciting days of the summer!

14. July 14 - Commonwealth Classic Theatre All the world’s a stage, but the players of the Commonwealth Classic Theatre have chosen West Chester’s Everhart Park to perform their Shakespeare extravaganza. Marvel at The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), where just three men will act out every Shakespeare play in under two hours. Can they do it? Now that is the question. The show starts at 7pm. commonwealthclassictheatre.org

15. July 21 - Turk’s Head Music Festival The past 30 years have seen West Chester’s music scene flourish with the help of the Turk’s Head Music Festival. Now celebrating its 31 year, the festival continues to support local artists by providing the West Chester community with a day of fun in Everhart Park. Throughout the day, 11 local bands will be performing on two different stages. Additionally, more than 70 artists will be peddling unique arts and crafts, and local vendors will be selling food to sustain the crowd throughout the day. The festival will take place from 11am – 8pm and the rain date is July 28. 100 S. Brandywine Street | turksheadfestival.com

16. August 2 - Wizards’ One-Night Magical Melee If you’re between the ages of 7 to 12 and you’ve always suspected you were a witch or wizard, come on out to the Council Chambers at the West Chester Municipal Building. From 5:30 – 8:30pm, you’ll be making potions, learning Defense Against the Dark Arts, and visiting a magical joke shop. Just pray to Dumbledore that Voldemort doesn’t show up.

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17. August 18 - Touch a Truck Day Bring your kids to the Government Service Complex. From 12–4pm they will find dozens of trucks and other magical vehicles to marvel at. The TCL Clowns will be on hand to provide extra fun. 601 Westtown Road | 610-436-9010 | west-chester.com/recreation.php

18. TBD - Basics of Fishing Clinic Spend the day fishing with the help of the PA Fish and Boat Commission. For kids eight and up, this clinic will teach basic fishing skills and important conservation information. According to East Goshen Township, everyone always catches at least one fish! Check in with the township to find out the date and location of this event. 1580 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

19. Summer Concert Series at Marshall Square Park Head out to Marshall Square Park for a three-part concert series presented by the Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation. Enjoy music from Back2Life on June 20, John Grecia on July 18, and The Lukens Band on August 15th. The shows start at 6:30pm. Throw your picnic blanket down early to ensure a good spot.

20. Swingin’ Summer Thursdays Every first Thursday the streets of downtown West Chester will be swingin’ with the sounds of live music. Each Thursday boasts a different musical theme and will feature two live bands. June 6 is blues night, July 11 is Americana night, August 1 is jazz night, and September 5th rock n’ roll/funk night. Food and artisan booths will also be selling their goods. Every Swingin’ Summer Thursday runs from 6:30–9:30pm.

21. First Fridays First Fridays: you know them, you love them, and you’ve got to see what they have in store for you this summer. Stay out late and enjoy special offers from your favorite stores. First Fridays will take place on June 7, July 5th, and August 2. Participating stores include: The 5 Senses, A Taste of Olive, Artifact, Bella & Betty, BIG Diamond Importers and Fine Jewelry, BLINK, Chester County Running Store, Fairman’s, Feminique, G & G Cigars, Green Eyed Lady, Halladay Florist, Jane Chalfant, KALY, Kiki Boutique, Kreutz Creek Winery, Malena’s, Moonflower, nich, OBVI, Painted Plate, Penwick Design, Piper’s Way Celtic Imports, Ruby Slippers, Second Reading Book Store, Sterling Optical, Sunset Hill Jewelers, Taylor’s Music Store, Timeless Dwellings, and Tish Boutique.

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27. The Lincoln Room The Lincoln Room will be hosting a special breakfast and historic, 90-minute walking tour of downtown West Chester three times over the summer. Breakfast will begin at 8am and tours will follow at 9:30am. These events will take place on June 15th, July 20 and August 17. Reservations are required. 28 W. Market Street | 610-696-2102 | lincolnroomwestchester.com

28. The Note 20 22. Vintage Garage Sale West Chester Parks and Recreation is giving you yet another reason to go out on First Fridays. The Borough’s latest addition, The Vintage Garage Sale, will take place in the Chestnut Street Parking Garage from 4–9pm on the first Fridays of June, August, and September. Sift through antiques, up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, and much more. Not content to stop there, the event will feature wine tastings, live music, and food-truck favorites Ka’Chi and Dia Doce. avintagegaragesale.com 14 E. Chestnut Street

23. Tish Boutique

If you love First Fridays, be sure to check out “Shop & Sip Sundays” at Tish Boutique. Every Sunday from 12-5pm, you can have a mimosa as you peruse the store’s offerings and look for cute summer styles. 138 E. Gay Street, 610-692-7500, tishstyle.com

24. West Chester Grower’s Market The Grower’s Market will continue to be held on Saturdays from 9am–1pm throughout the summer. Head down to the corner of N. Church and W. Chestnut Streets to pick up plenty of freshly grown produce as well as other locally made goods. Corner of N. Church Street and W. Chestnut Street | westchestergrowersmarket.com

25. Artisan Exchange While you’re out and about on Saturday, check out the indoor Artisan Exchange. From 10am–2pm, you can browse the goods of more than 40 local artisans and farmers, partake in hands-on demonstrations, and listen to live music. 208 Carter Drive, 610-719-0282 | artisanexchangewcpa.com

26. East Goshen Farmer’s Market If you’re crazy for markets, West Chester’s got your back. In addition to the Grower’s Market, you can stop by the East Goshen Farmer’s Market on Thursdays at 3:30pm for even more local, unique, and delicious foods. 1580 Paoli Pike | eastgoshenfarmersmarket.org

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The Note’s summer concert calendar features dozens of mustsee bands. You’re not going to want to miss the Original Wailers on August 13 and the incredible elements they’re bringing to the reggae genre. Then on August 17, let your teenage dirtbag out at the Wheatus show. 142 E. Market Street | thenotewc.com

29. Pre-School Entertainment Every Tuesday in July, bring your little ones to Ira Hicks Pavilion in East Goshen Park for a series of performances targeted just for their inquiring minds. “Mad Science-The ABC’s of Science” is on July 9, “The Magic of Kelly and Kyle” is on July 16, “What Knott Farm Animals” is on July 23, and a surprise show is on July 30. All shows begin at 11am. 1580 Paoli Pike | 610-692-7171 | eastgoshen.org

30. West Goshen Summer Concert Series The West Goshen Community Park will be the site of six concerts this summer: Ernie and Neal on June 23, The FortyNiners on June 30, The West Chester Band on July 14th, The Greaseband on July 28, Runaway Train on August 11, and Loni Gamble and Sound Cheque on August 25th. Bring a dry-good donation for the West Chester Food Cupboard. All concerts begin at 6:30pm.

31. Cruise Nights at the Faulkner Dealership Faulkner’s Cruise Nights have been lighting up West Chester for 18 years. Come see what all the fuss is about: June 14 is “Cruise into Summer Night,” July 12 is “PA State Police Camp Cadet Night,” August 9 is “Dog Days of Summer Night,” and September 13 is the “Season Finale.” From 5:30 - 8:30pm, you can marvel at antique, classic, and custom cars while enjoying a DJ and trying to win various door prizes and cash giveaways. Don’t forget to bring a food donation for Faulkner’s food bank. 705 Autopark Boulevard | 610-436-5600, | faulknerauto.com

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No dance experience is necessary to participate in this unique dance class held Mondays and Thursdays at Turks Head Yoga from June 17 to August 15. Founder and choreographer Nora Fitzgerald leads innovative, creative, and fun sessions, exploring hip hop, jazz and funk set to upbeat, contemporary music. 780 Miles Road | myconfidance.com


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33. Chester County Historical Society Are you a history buff? If not, you’re probably not even sticking around to the end of this sentence. If you are, then the Chester County Historical Society has several exhibits to make you swoon. “On The Edge of Battle” will run until the end of August and gives visitors a sneak-peek into the lives of local men and women who experienced the Civil War. Permanent exhibits include “Chester County: A View of the Past,” and “Decorative Arts: Chester County Craftsmanship.” 225 N. High Street | 610-692-4800 | chestercohistorical.org

34. Chester County Art Association Until June 14th, the “Members’ Open Exhibition” and “CUBA-ism: Jeff Schaller and David Haines” will be on display. Check back throughout the summer to find out about more exhibits and openings. 100 N. Bradford Avenue | 610-696-5600 | chestercountyarts.org

35. Art Classes at Chester County Art Association If the exhibits at the Chester County Art Association have your inner Picasso yearning to break loose, sign up for art classes. Try your hand at sculpture, painting, jewelry making, and much more. Consult the CCAA’s website for class schedules and more information. 100 N. Bradford Avenue | 610-696-5600 | chestercountyarts.org

All aboard the West Chester Railroad: this 90-minute train ride runs from Market Street to Glen Mills’ Victorian station, and is an ideal way to soak in Chester County’s magnificent scenery. Summer Picnic Specials will be offered every Sunday at 12pm Visit their website or call them for more information. 230 E. Market Street | 610-430-2233 | westchesterrr.net

38. Waterview Swim Club Join the club at Waterview this summer for access to a refreshing, Olympic-sized pool, shuffleboard courts, a playground, a picnic area, and much more. The club is typically open every day from 12 – 8pm so if you must lounge around reading some scandalous romance novel, you might as well do it at Waterview. 2 Waterview Road | 1-302-798-5144 | progressivepool.com/waterview

39. Summer Classes at WCU Spend your summer like a Ram! Sign up for classes at West Chester University, and finally cross French off your bucket list. The second summer session runs from July 1 – August 2, and the post-session runs from August 5th – 23. 700 S. High Street | 610-436-1000 | wcupa.edu

40. Brandywine Picnic Park Brandywine Picnic Park also offers tubing, paddle-boats, amusement rides, rock climbing, and more on select days throughout the summer. Be sure to check their website for public admission dates and admission prices. 690 S. Creek Road | 610-793-3198 | picnic.com

41. Tee It Up Golf

36. The Painted Plate At the Painted Plate, you can choose from dozens of pre-made pottery pieces and paint them however you please. Get half-off your studio fee with specials throughout the summer: every Thursday is Ladies’ Night, and every alternating Saturday is Date Night. Bring your kids on the last Saturday of every month for Family Night. Free pizza and soda are served from 6 – 9pm. 104 W. Market Street | 610-738-0603 | paintedplatepottery.com

Whether you’re into real golf or the mini variety, you’ll find Tee It Up Golf a great place to practice your swing. You can even step into their unique 35-Course Simulator to get tips on your game and experience some of the greatest greens in the world. Miniature golf is half price every Sunday from 9am – 1pm 21 Hagerty Boulevard | 610-429-0800 | teeitupgolfpa.com

42. Chester County SPCA Summer is the perfect time to get to know a new pet. If you adopt a pet from the Chester County SPCA, you could be outside playing with it rather than watching that depressing Sarah McLachlan commercial. Win-win. 1212 Phoenixville Pike | 610-692-6113 | ccspca.org

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Congratulations! You’ve adopted your dog, now you’ve got to take him some place fun. Head over to Stroud Preserve and hike over nine miles of exciting, unpaved trails. Chester County will never seem more beautiful than when you’re enjoying it with your best friend. N. Creek Road | 3/10 of a mile south of Route 162 | 610-344-3443


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Put on your dancing shoes and waltz over to Carousel Ballroom. Latin and ballroom dance lessons are offered to dancers of all abilities. Dance parties, a Carousel favorite, are hosted on weekends. You can bring a friend or come alone. Enjoy appetizers, desserts, and great company as you dance the night away. 319 Westtown Road | Suite P, 610-701-0600 | carouselballroom.com

45. eat. drink. Om…

“The tiny yoga studio with the big heart” always has room for more yoga lovers. This summer, whether you’re a beginner or an old pro, eat. drink. Om… has a packed schedule of classes that are sure to enrich your life with peace and flexibility. Sign up for classes on their website. 124 E. Gay Street | 484-356-8655 | eatdrinkom.com

46. Calista Grand Salon & Spa and Peter’s Salon & European Spa

Treat yourself to a day of luxury. Both Calista Grand and Peter’s offer a wide array of amenities, including massages, facials, manicures, and hair styling. Calista Grand: 1211 Wilmington Pike | 610-399-6677 | calistagrand.com Peter’s Salon: 1009 West Chester Pike | 610-436-6464 | peterssalonandspa.com

47. Ice Cream

Between Scooped, Kiwi, Rita’s, and Dairy Queen, your ice cream cone will never be empty this summer. And don’t forget D’Ascenzo’s Gelato. Their inventive, house-made flavors are constantly changing. The WCU Wednesday special at D’Ascenzo’s is continuing all summer, so students have no reason to leave the borough. Show your Ram Card and get $1 off every Wednesday.

48. Highland Orchards

All summer long at Highland Orchards, strawberries, cherries, peaches, and countless other ripe summer fruits are just a pluck away from making their debut on your kitchen table. Kids will also enjoy the orchard’s playground, animals, and hayrides. 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road | 610-269-3494 | highlandorchards.net

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49. Patio Dining

Experience West Chester from a whole new perspective— from the patio of one of the many fine restaurants. You’ll be able to enjoy the fresh summer air, the bustling downtown scenery, and a delicious meal all at once. Try out Doc Magrogan’s, Limoncello, Side Bar, Landmark, The Social Lounge… just to name a few. [For more, see our editorial about the patios on page XX]

50. West Chester Public Library

There’s never a shortage of things to do at the library this summer. Every Saturday at 10am, kids can battle it out at Chess Club. Every second Monday at 6:30pm is Lego Club for kids 8+, and every fourth Monday is Junior Lego Club for kids 5-7. June 8 marks the beginning of the library’s summer reading program, “Paging Through Time.” 415 N. Church Street | 610-696-1721 | wcpubliclibrary.org

51. Baldwin’s Book Barn

A visit to Baldwin’s Book Barn is like a step back in time. The barn, built in 1822, is itself a testament to America’s rich history and houses hundreds of thousands of rare, used, and leatherbound books. Stop in and start your search for that precious gem you’ve been looking for. Then take a seat in the barn, or outside on its scenic grounds, and dive right in to a piece of history. 865 Lenape Road | 610-696-0816 | bookbarn.com

52. Northbrook Canoe Company

You’ve done your summer reading and now you want to get your Huck Finn on. There’s no need to travel all the way to the Mississippi—West Chester’s own Brandywine River offers plenty of adventures. The Northbrook Canoe Company, which has been open since 1977, allows customers to canoe, kayak, and tube down the Brandywine all throughout the summer. Make a day out of it and enjoy lunch at the Picnic Grove. You can bring your own food or visit the Food Shack for barbeque. 1810 Beagle Road, 610-793-2279, northbrookcanoe.com

53. Kreutz Creek Vineyards: West Chester Tasting Room

Speaking of dogs, why not bring yours to Kreutz Creek Vineyard’s tasting room? Every Thursday during the summer is Yappy Hour — your furry friend will get you $2 off each bottle of wine you purchase. As usual, the tasting room features locally grown wines and is BYOF. Bring food from home, or pick up some takeout on your way over. Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10pm feature live music. 44 E. Gay Street | 610-436-5006 | kreutzcreekvineyards.com

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Owner of the Month We caught up with Bill McConnell after his solid victory in our voting for Best Burger in West Chester and chatted over coffee before Billy Burger and Bakery opened its doors for the day. Bill’s been around the block a few times before opening his own restaurant, and he shared his advice on everything from business to burgers to mythical serpents. On career goals as a teen: I was young and cocky. I thought I was gonna be a rock star. I got my culinary degree just as like a back-up. I cooked during the day and played music at night. That went on for about a decade. On school: I just didn’t care–I was a musician. On becoming a chef: One day I just thought, “I figured I’d be famous by now. What happened?” That’s when I focused more on cooking. On wisdom: There’s a really fine line between stupidity and genius, and it’s only time that tells the difference. On being an entrepreneur: When I was 16, I opened a discotheque. There wasn’t anywhere to go for people under 21, so I rented out a hall at a local restaurant, served chips and soda, charged $3 at the door on Friday night, and people ages 16-20 danced to the sound of me spinning records. On opening a restaurant: My wife Sally and I had decades of hardcore experience in the industry. We knew what we were doing, and we came to play ball. On playing ball: You have to pay to play, but at the end of the day, if you have a good product, it’s gonna show. You have to know how to play the game, but if you can play the game and you don’t have a good burger, it ain’t gonna work. You’re just not going to make it. On making a good burger: We use real Angus beef and an

open-fire grill. It’s the most expensive meat you can buy, but in the end you’re gonna taste the difference. On Greek mythology: Working with an open-fire grill, you’ve really got to know what you’re doing. You’ve got to be focused on so many things. With me on the grill, I’m like a restaurant Hydra. On metaphorical houses: If you build a solid foundation and your house falls down, you can rebuild the house. But, if there’s no foundation, you can’t rebuild the house. On the delicious cup of coffee he offered me: It’s Chock Full o’ Nuts with some cinnamon, man. That’s what a good chef can do. We take a bag full of dirt, and we make something great out of it. That’s where the money is. You take simple, basic ingredients and you make something amazing. On quality assurance: My test is, “Would I serve this to my mom?” If not, you’re not going to eat it in my restaurant. That sets the bar high. On Mom-and-Pop shops: You see these two people struggling behind the counter, you see the stress on their faces and you’re like, “Man, I can relate to that.” That’s what makes them so great. On hindsight: The little things make the biggest difference. It may not always feel like that, but when you look back it’s obvious. On appearances: We’re not obsessed about how it looks. We start with the way it tastes–the looks are second. On taking Mondays off: I’m 50 now–I’ve got doctors’ appointments. There’s always a looming procedure. On finding success: The key is adaptability. Things change quickly, and if you know how to change with them you’ll succeed. That’s the theory put forth by Darwin, and it’s true everywhere. On being Billy: I used to be Bill, but after opening this restaurant, I became Billy. I’ve embraced it. WCP

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My home for the past two suminappropriate in their parents’ basement. The mers, 143 East Nields Street, had its quirks– only people from town excited about this sunken bathroom floor, broken steps, drab prospect are the borough’s infamous parking décor–but it was still everything the four of force. They salivate at the prospect as early as us could have asked for. Friends and acquainWednesday morning. tances helped push that rickety building to the When I came home from work the first limit, and it withstood every test, from boot few Fridays of my first summer in West Cheschugs to live bats in the living room. Though, ter to find porches filled with bros in neon at the time, we partied hard enough to drive tank-tops chugging Natty Light, I was a little our neighbors nuts, I now feel as though I can bugged. Here I was, returning from a long sympathize with irritated residents. week at work looking for relaxation, and othBlasphemous, I know. It’s a struggle to side ers had swooped in to live it up and enjoy with people who decided we need signs to tell the spoils of a West Chester summer. It’s a us when and where we need to shush. Councringe-worthy experience akin to listening to cilman Norley’s claim that the new quiet zone someone talk about your favorite band. “Pink signs are an “education tool” is a blatant insult Super-senior Kyle Neubeck won’t miss his fellow Floyd? He’s awesome!” And, if you’re going to young people. I wonder if Norley realizes students when they flee the borough this summer. to annoy an entire block with your shenanithe irony of the situation: “Memo to self: put up signs around West gans, at least drink something that doesn’t so closely resemble urine. Chester treating young adults like children; continue to fine them Nobody likes a nuisance with horrible taste. (Related: Skrillex sucks. like adults.” Sorry to be the one to break it to you.) Still, spending summers in town gives you a new perspective. It’s It becomes apparent that most of the students here are products of easy to undervalue peace and quiet when you’re caught up in the social suburban sprawl. The cul-de-sac kids that make up a large part of the life of the school year. Between yelling over house music at Kildare’s student body have never had to account for dozens of neighbors on a and singing the words to bad/great ’90s songs from our porches, noise 24/7 basis. There’s a difference between living in a colossal neighboris a constant fixture in the lives of West Chester students. hood and a crowded block, and it’s clear most WCU students have yet Summers are different. With class out and many of our friends to pick up on the distinction. at home or down the shore, focus turns to working and paying the I’ve been one of those kids, sleeping until 11am and eschewing bills. A lot more pushing carts, a lot less Mario Kart. The sights and responsibility in the pursuit of drunkenness. But after being on the students we’ve become familiar with go on hiatus. There are no more other side of the fence, I understand why so many borough residents freshmen standing in huddles on street corners waiting to discover hold such ill will towards students. If I’m trying to get some sleep for the night’s big party, no more lines at Riggtown wrapping around the work the next day, you can be damn sure I don’t want to listen to some block. There’s only one sight that’s consistent regardless of the season: dude outside talk about how many shots he had done at Ryan’s. Until people getting up and going to work. my first summer here, it had been a lot easier to cast the borough resiDespite the lack of students, there’s still a buzz on most streets dents as grumpy old people than to think, “Maybe I’m the problem.” during the summer. Residents are more visible, grillin’ and chillin’ I used to view those grumpy residents as annoying drones. I can’t outside. Even with this sudden visibility, noise on the streets of West tell you how many times I’d been asked to turn music down, only to Chester rarely rises above conversational. Townies enjoy West Ches- turn it back up when I thought enough time had passed. “Screw you,” ter’s cool summer nights without making a scene, a stark contrast I thought, “I’m going to listen to Hard Knock Life with my friends from the loud porch parties of the school year. You finally get the and you’re just going to have to deal with it.” But after seeing the luxury of sitting on a porch without having to listen to stumbling tamer side of West Chester, I now prefer the respectful peace of the drunks complaining about the latest drama. With free time all but summer to the total chaos of the school year. Once you see what it’s filled, the tranquility of West Chester nights is a pivotal part of un- like to be one of those drones, it’s a lot harder to shrug off the requests winding from work. of neighbors who just want some peace and quiet. That makes the waves of weekend visitors jarring. Many residents Part of me will always love the chaos of a new school year, old that capped their evenings on their porches during the week barricade friends returning and responsibilities at a minimum. But I could themselves in their homes when the weekend hits. Students who live do without the reemergence of dubstep-blasting bros and the high at home during the summer flock back in full force on the weekend pitched shrieks of sorority girls. This summer, what I’m most looking to reunite with school friends and get hammered in a way that seems forward to is being able to put my window down and still hear myself

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Beyond Books & Booze Clare Haggerty is a WCU student who knows there’s much more to West Chester than drinking and studying During the weekend of Cinco de Mayo (aka Drinko de Mayo), “I’m Shmacked,” a company that plans parties in college towns and films the results, came to West Chester. “I’m Shmacked” is very active on social media, so the university was buzzing. My friends and I had no plans to attend the event because we had a feeling it might get busted. Plus, tickets for the party cost $15 a pop. Imagine the ticket buyers’ surprise when the bash lasted less than two hours! Police were originally called for noise violations, but when they arrived at the scene they found 500 people packed into a rental property on Walnut Street, way beyond capacity. Furthermore, the cops heard the party hosts were charging attendees; it’s illegal to charge people for alcohol without a liquor license, so they broke up the party and kicked everybody out. The students didn’t want to waste their $15, so they took to the streets to get their money’s worth. In the ensuing chaos, a group of guys flipped a car (this all happened in broad daylight.) Now three of them are being charged with riot, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. One particularly smart gentleman is facing additional charges for failure of disorderly person to disperse, forgery, and carrying a fake ID. Considering these events (which are just the most recent in a constant stream of party-related mischief), I’m sure the residents of West Chester are eager for the end of the semester. Summer means fewer ragers and keg parties, and one can only hope for fewer flipped cars. It’s my guess that summertime in West Chester means a decrease in petty crime. Fewer students in the borough means fewer incidences of underage drinking, public intoxication and noise violations. However, I think serious crime rates, like larceny, don’t change much, especially since they aren’t very high in the first place. I tried to get some concrete crime statistics from the police department to back up this theory, but I gave up after several games of phone tag–and generally a bunch of buck-passing–so the majority of this is speculation. Here are the facts I did manage to collect: according to the 2010 census, the population of the borough is just under 20,000, but the university population is a little over 15,000. Although 33% of WCU students are commuters, and some students obviously stick around to take summer classes, at least 8,000 young adults will be leaving the borough this summer. I’d guess that a major reason petty crime and misdemeanor rates would fall is simply because there are fewer people in the borough; fewer potential criminals means fewer crimes. There is, however, one damning statistic that could discredit my theory: studies show that crime rates tend to rise in the summer. Whether that’s thanks to the heat or juvenile delinquents with too much time on their hands, it could mean that crime rates won’t plummet even if the average age of town residents climbs… but I doubt it. I’d wager the police are looking forward to summer. I’d bet petty crime is going to drop off precipitously in June, so borough residents can rest easy knowing their cars will stay on all fours… at least for a few months. chaggerty@thewcpress.com

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The Look

OBVI keeps you ahead of the fashion curve with two of this month’s best looks

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T-Strap Maxi Dress by Tulle - $85 Mint Zipper Wallet by Girly - $18 Vegan Leather Wrap Cross/Infinity Bracelet by Zad - $14.50

Printed Sweetheart Party Dress by Tulle - $72.50 Bead Burst Necklace by Girly - $19.50 Oversized Vegan Leather Clutch by Girly - $38.50

The maxi dress is a must-have in every girl’s summer wardrobe–it’s easy, it’s comfy, and it’s chic. This maxi by Tulle combines a floral pattern with a coral color, keeping it on trend for this summer. The solid T-strap detail in the back shows just enough skin to make this dress stand out from the rest. Make it your own by accessorizing with some wrap bracelets and a bright colored clutch–add your favorite sandals and you are ready to go. Simple, sweet, and sexy all at the same time.

The sweetheart party dress has a neckline that is flattering on every body shape and works as a look that can easily be taken from day to night–think graduation party into night out in West Chester. For the day look, wear it with flats and throw on a cardigan with it. At night, lose the cardigan and add some heels. This dress has a tie-back that allows you to create a flawless shape while adding a little detail to the back. It also has pockets which are every girl’s favorite in a party dress. The dark navy print pairs perfectly with a brightly colored, summery statement necklace. Wear it in the day, wear it at night–either way, you’re going to look fabulous. WCP

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Children In Tow Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still finds time to get out and about with the family I once had a friend say that life was like a roll of toilet paper; once you notice that it’s starting to go, it seems to keep running out faster and faster. I thought it was rather odd, but the metaphor stuck with me. I must humbly admit that I agree with the observation. With every passing year, I find that time seems to pass more and more quickly. Such is the case with the arrival of summer vacation. Maybe it’s because I had a really action-packed schedule this year, teaching three grades for the first time since my first year of teaching 13 years ago. Perhaps it has something to do with being able to mark time’s passing with the development of my ten-month-old son. Then again, whenever I small talk with my colleagues, it’s not just me who agrees that this school year has come and gone at warp speed–yet their situations are different. So it’s got to be the general sign of the times. Whatever the reason, we’re faced with drastically switching gears from rushing a micro-scheduled calendar to nine weeks of… what, exactly? I’ve always thought that a nine-week hiatus was too long of a mental break for the young mind. The intensity at which students learn material during the academic year comes to a grinding halt that is not conducive to the retention of concepts. I did a little online research to confirm the explanation of summer vacation. It’s more complicated than the commonly accepted idea of giving time off for the kids to help with the farming. (If that were the case, extended breaks should be during the spring planting and fall harvesting instead.) It’s actually due to cost-cutting reform, lack of air conditioning and fear of disease, and the antique notion that too much education could make one neurotic. Over a century later, we’ve overcome two out those three obstacles, yet those nine weeks remain vacant. So let’s try to fill that block of time with something constructive and bring ourselves into the 21st century, shall we? There are the traditional summer camps of the great outdoors, and I am a big fan. As a Girl Scout of ten years, I’ve got the patches that document my ability to start a fire, paddle a canoe, ride a horse and make way too many crafts involving sticks and yarn. Those two weeks of resident camp were never enough. But what to do with the remaining month and a half? How about what I like to call “smart camps?” Science Explorers offers day camps in the five-county area for kids from ages 4 to 11. Learning about the environment, physics and chemistry are among the subjects explored. Visit their website: ScienceExplorers.org. Young Writers camps offered by the PA Writing & Literature Project welcome all students who enjoy writing and reading. Sessions are held on the West Chester University campus and at 15 other locations throughout the region. Find details at www.pawlp.org. Summer is also a time for freedom and exploration. With the luxury of the amount of time available, I think it’s totally possible to embrace these ideas—both physically and mentally—before all those weeks go down the drain. jozgur@thewcpress.com

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I’ve never been a big beach fat kid I keep hidden from the world fan. I get too hot. I hate lying demands immediate satisfaction, and around half-naked next to a bunch of the crisp bread is a great way to curb sweaty strangers on the sand. I defithat hunger while awaiting my masnitely don’t play Frisbee or volleyball. sive, savory entrée! But it’s not just Sure, I want to have fun with my the food that sells me on Limoncelfriends and family, and the sunshine lo’s patio; location is a big part of the and warm weather call to me, but I restaurant’s charm. Limoncello is not find my fun and relaxation is usually on one of West Chester’s main streets, within walking distance. I start getso I can enjoy a delicious meal on the ting excited as soon as the weather front patio without sweaty runners warms, brick patios replace parking brushing by my table. This coziness spots, and restaurants start setting up and calm while dining allows me to outside. That’s my vacation. I get the relish the cuisine. sunshine, day-drinking, friends, and A good meal can transform my delicious food I crave without getting entire day. On Sundays, Side Bar sand everywhere. has, in my opinion, the best brunch Picture this: you’ve been at work in town. Before I begin the struggle for what feels like centuries. You’re of choosing from all their tasty optired, possibly grumpy. You need a tions, I order my drink. I like a pick-me-up. There’s no better time to strong Bloody Mary with just the grab a drink with some close friends right amount of spice (which is often Nich general manager Mimi Zaborowski is confident the and forget about what a draining day hard to find), and Side Bar has the outdoor dining in town beats a drive to the beach. you’ve had. Social Lounge’s Alley Bar market cornered on morning drinks, is my go-to bar after a long, tiring day. Trendy patrons, overhead from perfectly spiced Bloody Marys to refreshing Mimosas. Add strings of lights, and an intimate size give the vibe of a neighbor- an order of Eggs Benedict to that, and I’ve got the perfect start to hood party in Brooklyn. Plus, they have an awesome $1, $2, $3 my sunny Sunday. Happy Hour with great service and creative specials that even I Although they’re few and far between, I sometimes have those can afford. It’s the perfect mix of party life and relaxation. days when I just want to feel like I’m not in town anymore. That’s When I want a classic taste of Americana, I head for Barnaby’s when I throw on some shorts and head to Doc Magrogan’s back patio. Like The Social Lounge, it offers seclusion and a party vibe, patio, where I relax at Doc’s Crab Shack. The picnic tables and but Barnaby’s is more of a spot to bring your family. The court- aluminum walls with retro surf art give the Shack a relaxed Caliyard offers sun, shade, and your choice of dining tables or bar fornia vibe. This patio is one of the only outdoor areas in West seating, so I can head over with my niece and grab a table, or Chester that is covered, so it’s enjoyable rain or shine. Sit out my friends and I can snag seats at the bar. If I enjoyed sports, I’d back, indulge in some great seafood (I recommend the seared Ahi head over to catch the game, because Barnaby’s has a huge TV Tuna), and I promise you’ll find yourself waiting for a sea breeze out back that combines the fun of a sports bar with the pleasure to blow through your hair or hoping to feel sand under your feet of being outside. But I don’t do sports at all, so the number one (you know, if that’s your thing). reason I sneak off to Barnaby’s is to share a bite to eat or a drink Sunshine and warm weather make me want to relax and rewith family, like when I grab a drink with my mom and her work treat from my everyday routine. But as a non-beach person who pals on Fridays when they take advantage of the deals Barnaby’s doesn’t want to waste time in weekend traffic, I’d much rather offers to teachers. explore some options closer to home. There are so many great When my inner fatty kicks in, I want more than a sandwich. I places right in the heart of West Chester that offer everything I’d want a bone-in Veal Parmigiana worth raving about, and Limon- want to find at the beach, minus the sand and sea. cello always satisfies. I love taking my seat and being greeted with And, let’s be honest. Who really goes in that dirty water anya freshly baked basket of bread, and some oil for dipping. The way? Not I! WCP

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Local Talent Chester County is well known for its tradition of landscape painters, but it also has a growing community of talented younger artists. One such artist is Tugg Deluce, a Chester County local and West Chester University graduate. Interview by Arantxa Mosqueda What media do you prefer to work in? Drawing, print making, painting and sculpture. Personally, sculpture is my main focus, but I exhibit my linoleum prints most often and find that audiences tend to respond to them most frequently. When did you get into sculpture? When I was a student at WCU I was taking a sculpting class, but I wasn’t even that interested in sculpture until I met Casey Eskridge. He is an amazing figurative sculptor, and after meeting him and seeing the caliber of his work, I realized he was a living Michelangelo. I was so impressed that I spent the next year trying to apprentice under him and eventually succeeded and studied under him for about five years. I’d been an artist my entire life, but it took a year under his study to full understand three-dimensional composition. What growth have you seen in your art since graduating? The biggest change is that concept has become more important to me–the idea of telling a clear message or communicating feelings simultaneously with the story has become more important. What do you consider your style in your overall work to be? How would you define it? It’s what I call Improvisational Realism. It’s realism because the observer can understand a literal interpretation of the subject. The improvisational aspect is that the observer can understand the work as a “doodle” instead of just a copy from life. What message are you trying to convey? I learned from Richard Blake, a teacher I had at WCU, that every piece should have a

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story. It took me time to comprehend what he meant, but in retrospect he was on point: a piece should convey a message. My past work tells a story that is really up to the audience to interpret. I am currently working on a series of sculptures that have very literal interpretations. These newer pieces convey very literal social commentaries through visual metaphor. Each conveys an independent message, but they also work well as a whole. They are about social issues and are intended to cause a visceral reaction to inspire real world changes. Every artist has positives that are key to their genius or style, but the balance is held in their flaws. What are some flaws or shortcomings that exist in your art? Painting, drawing and sculpting are all editable mediums of art. I tend to erase just as much as I create. It is a very frustrating process because often it looks great five adjustments ago, before I hit the “undo button.” I have a very turbulent relationship when it comes to art that can be erased. That is why hand-pulled printmaking has become so fulfilling to me as an artist; this medium forces me to make final decisions. It is a very efficient way to work. Plus, I love reproductive works or art in which every piece is still considered original. Do you have a routine that helps you get into your creative process? Because I’m ADHD, I had to figure out how to harness some of that energy. I go out and skateboard to burn up physically, then a like half hour later I come back to continue my work. Where do you see yourself in the future? Well, I definitely hold myself back in areas where I should be more successful. But I don’t really want to get into what I should do in my life. I enjoy creating. It may be work, it may be hard, but it’s more about focus than it is about hard work. WCP

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Three-Letter Word Dr. Jill McDevitt is the proprietor of Feminique and the only person in the world with three degrees in sex Because this issue is all about things to do in West Chester, and because I doubt too many sex-related activities made the family-friendly cover story, I offer up my own list of places in West Chester to get sexuality related information, services, or just a welcoming sex-positive atmosphere. Feminique, 104 N. Church St. I’m biased because I own it, but Feminique offers free services, including a free sexuality lending library, sexuality museum and educational displays, and workshops open to the public. There are also sex toys, lube, lingerie, and condoms for sale for your sexy-time needs. Crime Victims Center, 135 W. Market St. The Crime Victims Center is like the fire department–you hope you’ll never need them, but if you do, you are so glad they exist. They provide free and confidential counseling, community education and prevention workshops, a 24-hour crisis hotline, and advocacy. They accompany crime victims, including victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic assault and stalking, to the hospital, police department, and court. Domestic Violence Center: The Domestic Violence Center offers four housing and shelter programs, for both emergency and longer-term arrangements for victims of domestic violence and their children. They also offer counseling, community education, and accompaniment to the police station or courthouse. WCU LGBTQA, 700 S. High St., Sykes Student Union Room 223 We are so fortunate to be the home of West Chester University, a resource for sex-positive information, education, speakers, galleries, and organizations like the Women’s Center and LGBTQA. LGBTQA is a organization open to the general public that offers support and a safe space to members of the LGBT community and their allies. Urology Center of Chester County, 915 Old Fern Hill Road UCCC has a team of physicians that specialize in the care of the male reproductive system, and offer information and treatment for pain, infections or difficulty related to the penis, testes, prostate or bladder. The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, 501 S. High St The Unitarian Universalist Church is a faith community dedicated to peace and social justice, and they offer a variety of communityminded programs on inclusion of sexual diversity (you have probably seen the gay pride flag on their sign, across the street from the Burger King). They host PFLAG meetings (which stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), participate in community AIDS awareness campaigns, and offer a youth program called Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive, medically accurate curriculum on human sexuality, development and relationships for teens. Planned Parenthood, 8 S. Wayne St. Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization that offers their services on a sliding scale based on income. Planned Parenthood offers health services such as pap tests, breast cancer screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptive services and devices including condoms, vasectomies, and birth control pills. They also provide sex education and an LGBT youth group. jmcdevitt@thewcpress.com

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Summer Bangers DJ Romeo curates a list of songs that are perfect for your BBQ, day at the beach or lazy summer afternoon There are a few things I invariably associate with summer: shorts and sandals, surf and sand, and - of course - upbeat party music. To celebrate the return of everyone’s favorite season, I’ve scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular summer songs ever recorded. So, slip on your sandals, hit the beach and crank up the following tracks. Enjoy your summer.

“Summertime” - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “The Boys of Summer” - Don Henley “Summer of ‘69” - Bryan Adams “Under the Boardwalk” - The Drifters “Summer Love” - Justin Timberlake “Saturday in the Park” - Chicago “School’s Out” - Alice Cooper “Hot Fun in the Summertime” - Sly & the Family Stone “Surfin’ U.S.A.” - The Beach Boys “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” - Bryan Hyland “Summer in the City” - The Lovin’ Spoonful “California Gurls” - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg “Summertime” - Sublime “Wipe Out” - The Surfaris “Summer Nights” - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John “In the Summertime” - Mungo Jerry “Summer Girls” - LFO “All Summer Long” - Kid Rock “Summer Paradise” - Simple Plan feat. Sean Paul “Cruel Summer” - Bananarama romeo@thewcpress.com

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Below you’ll find eight icons representing eight iconic movies. Some are pretty straightforward, some a bit more obscure. Think you can name them all? If so, email your answers to contests@thewcpress.com for your chance to win prizes.

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

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