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Independence Day is a time to celebrate America’s Birthday and a chance to get together with family and friends. Watching Fourth of July fireworks is one of the many highlights to celebrating, so here are a few events happening next week in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley.
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM – Park Ln, Kerr Park, Downington, PA
Good Neighbor Day is a day-long event that starts with the Run for Life (5K in 2019) and 5K Freedom Walk at 8:00 a.m. Approximately 1,500 athletes participate each year. Throughout the day you can enjoy fabulous food, visit 80-100 craft exhibitors or simply enjoy one of the many activities scheduled for the day. The day is capped off with a Fireworks Grand Finale that starts at dusk.
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 – 9:15pm – Friendship Field, Phoenixville, PA
The fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:15 – 9:30 p.m. when the skies are sufficiently dark to enjoy the show. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets after 6 p.m. Vendors will provide cold refreshments, funnel cakes, french fries, and other snacks. Have a safe, happy 4th of July and enjoy the show!
Saturday, July 6th, 2019 – Dusk – Minch Park, Parkesburg, PA
A fun filled, family friendly day of live music, great food, local vendors, games, community fellowship and FIREWORKS at dusk!
See the night sky in a new light with our astonishing Fireworks & Fountains Shows. Fireworks fly, fountains dance, and music sets the tone during these captivating evenings.
Star Spangled Spectacular—July 3 at 9:15 pm
Well-known patriotic music abounds as we celebrate America, featuring such songs as The Olympic Fanfare, The Winds of War, The Stars & Stripes, and more.
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The Piano Men—July 20 at 9:15 pm
From Tiny Dancer to Uptown Girl, our fireworks soar and fountains sway to the iconic sounds of two of the greatest artists of all time—Billy Joel and Elton John.
Swan Lake—August 10 at 9:15 pm
Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet takes new flight in our graceful rendition of this poignant story of metamorphosis, romance, and tragedy.
Night at the Movies II—September 1 at 8:15 pm
You loved Night at the Movies … now get ready for the sequel featuring a whole new lineup of silver screen hits from The Greatest Showman, Footloose, Slumdog Millionaire, and more.
Queens of Soul—September 28 at 8:15 pm
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to keep us from celebrating legends like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and more in this incredible, soul-stirring tribute.
Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. We spend time having backyard BBQs, enjoying family gatherings, or enjoying a nice day out at a Chester County event. However we choose to celebrate Memorial Day in the Brandywine Valley, we honor those who have lost their lives for our freedom. Here is a list of parades happening through out the county to honor our brave veterans.
SATURDAY, May 25, 2019
SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019
MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019
THURSDAY, MAY 23 – JUNE 2, 2019
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019
SATURDAY, MAY 25 – MONDAY, 27, 2019
SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019
Written by Emma Rudolph
Over the last few years, the borough of Phoenixville in Chester County has experienced an incredible cultural revival. A walk down Bridge street offers endless shopping and dining options. But a peak inside some of these businesses will show that they have more to offer than their various goods and services.
Located at 227 Bridge Street is Phoenixville’s prized attraction, The Colonial Theatre Built in 1903 as “The Colonial Opera House”, The Colonial Theater is an iconic location in Chester County, representing more than a century of American culture. Harry Houdini performed one of his remarkable escape illusions at The Colonial in 1917 when he escaped from a burglar-proof locked safe. Movie-goers from all over the Philadelphia area enjoyed the theater throughout the golden age of film in the 1920s and 30s. But the Colonial Theater is most recognized for being featured in the 1958 classic horror film “The Blob”. In the climax of the film, theater patrons frantically run out of the theater to escape the ever-growing alien life form that seeks to consume everything it encounters. This classic cinematic moment turned The Colonial Theater into a local treasure that people still visit for its legendary exterior. It’s like a little piece of Hollywood right in Chester County!
Phoenixville also has some of the most unique shopping experiences Chester County has to offer. You won’t find the same reproduced styles that you might find at the local mall. Instead, your closet will be enriched with one-of-a-kind designs at the many boutiques and shops on Bridge Street. If you are looking for high quality clothing from original designers, stop in at Threads Marketplace at 131 Bridge Street. Threads is a newer addition to Bridge Street, having only opened in October 2018. Every garment is personally chosen by store owner, Tammy. She spends her free time exploring national trade shows to find the trendiest styles in apparel and home fashions. Most of the fashions come from New York and LA design houses, giving Chester County an exclusive peak at the newest trends for each season. Threads also carries skincare and beauty products that are also chosen by Tammy for their natural ingredients and sustainable brands. Threads Marketplace doesn’t carry the biggest names, but it does carry chic fair-trade products that will make anyone feel ready to walk a runway or take on the town.
For an inside look at the art scene in the Chester County area, stop in at The Diving Cat Studio and Gallery at 246 Bridge Street. This glass blowing and pottery studio also features work from more than 200 artists and vendors. Their work is on display throughout the store in the form of paintings, ceramics, apparel, jewelry and many more mediums. The studio also offers pottery classes on Thursday evenings from 6pm-11pm. The $30 class include all materials needed to make your own clay creation and a step by step demonstration from Diving Cat owner and accomplished artist, Markels Roberts.
Another cultural hub in Phoenixville is the dynamic Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery. This charming establishment was recently reopened on Bridge Street with new owners. A coffee shop by day and a brewery/concert hall by night, Steel City is the home of Chester County’s best open mic entertainment. Every Thursday evening, local aspiring creatives gather to share their talents while enjoying the three varieties of house-made brew. The Steel City stage is also a great place to see rising musical acts right in Phoenixville. Steel City has worked hard to create an atmosphere that is both casual and conducive to the creative process. You will come in for the coffee and stay for the community.
If you are a daily user of Instagram, love vibrant photos, and enjoy living/traveling to West Chester, Pennsylvania, then you need to be following Erik Weber, aka @WestChesterViews. His Instagram page has a large following and a lot of locals are catching on to his beautiful photography. Recently Erik started an e-blast and we would like to share his photos and adventures in the last month.
” Now that I am working full time on my West Chester social pages, photography and as a real estate agent, I have more time to dedicate to town and discovering interesting places, facts, beautiful WC homes and unique doors to name a few.”
Exploring WC over this past month I found:
I wandered in to Dia Doce for the first time and I loved it. The people are great and very welcoming. The look inside is unique, warm and cozy. The coffee hit the spot and the cupcakes were AMAZING (I have been back twice already this week) and the best part is that they allow dogs too.
I’ve always loved how WC is such a dog friendly town, and the nicer weather has really been bringing more dogs out now and during my walks with Miley(my dog) we met several new friends
As I am out and about working on Real Estate and looking at homes, these were my favorite WC home fronts and doors that I came across, in addition to the ones I had posted on my page
*To see the other doors I discovered check out the full post here -> Instagram.com/p/BviAKRIAr9e
And lastly, a unique thing I discovered was this sign in one of the alley ways off New St, which was a good reminder to stop, enjoy life and take it all in.
Follow Erik on Instagram, Instagram.com/WestChesterViews, as well as on Facebook, Facebook.com/westchesterviews
Learn everything you need to know about West Chester on Brandywinevalley.com/west-chester
A trip to St Peter’s Village is like a step back in time. This charming 19th century industrial village, narrow and just a ¼ mile in length, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The main street, St Peter’s Road, runs parallel to the rocky French Creek, which adds to the charm and unique experiences of the village. Hiking the paths along the creek and exploring its waterfalls and boulders is an experience itself.
A visit to the region should begin with a stop at St Peter’s Bakery recently named The Best Little Bakeshop in America. This delightful artisan bakery café makes every item on site, daily from scratch. There are no preservatives and their dough starters date back 100 years! They serve breakfast and lunch plus Friday night gourmet pizza served up with live music. The rear patio offers amazing views of the French Creek accompanied by the soothing sounds of rolling water and native birds.
Quaint St Peter’s Village seems to resonate with artists and collectors. Glassblowing, woodworking and antique galleries can be found along the village main street. Since 1981 Gaslight Studio has been producing fine hand-made glass and lighting. Don’t miss this magical studio located along the banks of the French Creek. Back on St Peter’s Road into the heart of the village is Dilworth by Design, a gallery of outstanding artistic expressions of wood, many from reclaimed stock, inspiring the motto, “Yesterday’s find is… Tomorrow’s work of Art!” Traditional antiques shops are found at St Peters but in keeping with the quirky spirit here, visit Village Arcade, a classic haven of 25-cent vintage pinball machines. Open weekends only, in a quaint store overlooking the beautiful creek, it is near another old-fashioned gem – The Village Scoop Ice Cream Shop (the shop should open for the season soon, meanwhile St Peter’s Bakery is serving their delicious ice cream.)
End the day with dinner and overnight at the historic Inn at St Peter’s Village. The restaurant, located on the main level, features a full bar, indoor candlelight dining as well as two decks overlooking the gorgeous creek. The Inn offers seven beautiful guest rooms each with a private bath and rates include a continental breakfast, with fresh baked pastries from St Peter’s Bakery! Plan a trip to this throw back village soon, you’ll be glad you did.
Situated along the beautiful Brandywine River is the Brandywine River Museum of Art. It is known for its outstanding collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting as well as an unparalleled collection of works by three generations of the Wyeth family of artists.
Within minutes of the Brandywine River Museum of Art are three fascinating tours that bring to life the Wyeth heritage in the Brandywine Valley. A shuttle bus provides transportation from the Museum to each site; tours are approximately one hour in length and require a separate ticket. The season begins April 1 and runs through November 24, 2019.
The N.C. Wyeth House & Studio Tour offers a glimpse at the life and work of the family patriarch, Newell Convers Wyeth. It is here that he raised a family of extraordinary creativity and began the legacy of the Wyeth family in the Brandywine Valley. Tour the family homestead and separate artist’s studio located behind the home. The property is a designated National Historic Landmark.
A special exhibition this year, N.C.Wyeth: New Perspectives, will be on display at the Museum celebrating the legacy of the family patriarch. Known for his bold illustrations that illuminated such classics as Treasure Island, the exhibition will also highlight landscapes, portraits, murals and more. N.C.Wyeth: New Perspectives will be on view from June 22 through September 15, 2019.
The next stop in the exploration of the Wyeth story is the Kuerner Farm Tour. From the age of 15, Andrew Wyeth, son of N.C. Wyeth, found a major source of inspiration at the nearby home of Karl and Anna Kuerner. Nearly 1000 paintings and drawings were inspired by the property and tours include areas of the house, barn and landscape depicted in many of these works.
The Andrew Wyeth Studio, originally a schoolhouse, was built in 1875 and was Wyeth’s home for over two decades. He and wife Betsy raised their two boys here and son Jamie’s first studio was also in the family home. Andrew Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008 and thousands of works are associated with the building and surrounding landscape.
Visit all three of these incomparable tours and be inspired by this great family and their home, the Brandywine Valley.
Antique automobiles are things of beauty and enjoying them along the backdrop of the bucolic Brandywine Valley Countryside is spectacular. Get your motor running with a look at the evolution of transportation and plan to stay the night as delectable restaurants, wineries and breweries are also a staple of the region and can complete your perfect getaway.
English royalty takes center stage at Winterthur, Muesum, Garden & Library, one of the last great American country estates in 2019. “Costuming THE CROWN,” an exhibition of 40 iconic costumes from the Netflix award-winning series, will be on display in Winterthur’s galleries.
To complement “Costuming THE CROWN,” there will be a British flair to Winterthur’s Historic Auto Event on June 1, 2019. A collection of elegant post – World War II vehicles will include Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, MG, Triumph and Austin-Martin, as well as Winterthur’s newly acquired Rolls-Royce Phantom/Pall Mall.
Costuming THE CROWN is on view in the Galleries until January 5, 2020. The Crown is produced by LEFT BANK Pictures in association with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION for NETFLIX.
Kennett Square’s Annual Mushroom Festival celebrates the region’s number one crop with culinary events, growing exhibits, entertainment and more than 200 vendors. It also features an Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Stroll charming tree-lined Broad Street and check out vintage autos including some of the oldest electric-powered cars. All walks of cars will be on display, from a 1916 Rauch and Lang vehicle to a modern day Volt, courtesy of the Eastern Electric Vehicle Club.
Going on that same weekend, September 6, is the 6th Annual Oxford Car Show. Cars! Trucks! Motorcycles! and so much MORE! Remote Control Race Track, BMX Stunt Rider, Vendors, Food, Music and Fun!
Radnor Hunt is the home of a renowned Concours d’Elegance, September 6-8, 2019. This nationally recognized motorcar event, an elegant classic car invitational on the historic grounds at Radnor Hunt, evokes the relaxed qualities of an English garden party with a celebration of vintage automobiles. Additionally motorcycles will be showcased and the popular vintage horse-drawn carriages that illustrate the evolution of transportation.
Hagley Museum celebrates automotive innovation at the annual Hagley Car Show on September 15, 2019. Browse more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the early 1900’s to 1980’s. The show features vehicle parades, motoring music and a festival food court all along the backdrop of Hagley’s powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.
The newest addition to Vintage Car events in Chester County is the Invitational event in Coatesville, PA, The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Automobile Grand Prix on September 21, 2019. This event will feature approximately 50 vintage automobiles and motorcycles dating from the early 1900’s through the sixties. These classic racecars can be previewed along “pit row” (2 blocks along Lincoln Highway). Races take place from 9am to 4pm and follow a 2.2-mile cruise along Lincoln Highway (America’s First Transcontinental Highway).
Chester County’s rolling hills have long been the scene of world- class equestrian activities. Spring begins the season and every weekend in May majestic horses race along the countryside. Plan a tailgating weekend with friends and catch the excitement.
On Sunday May 5, 2019, it’s the 41st annual Point to Point at Winterthur – a glorious day of steeplechase racing set amidst the splendor of Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur estate. Pack a picnic lunch or tailgate spread and get ready to enjoy one of the Brandywine Valley’s most stylish and entertaining sporting events!
The Willowdale Steeplechase has been a tradition of spectacular horse racing for 26 years. Families and friends gather to celebrate a day of country life and a showcase of equestrian talent with some of the nation’s finest steeplechase horses and jockeys on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Willowdale is minutes from Longwood Gardens and in May Longwood’s tulips are breath taking, plan to take in both and enjoy a truly memorable weekend.
The Radnor Hunt Races on May 18, 2019 continue the spring tradition of steeple chasing in the Brandywine Valley. A highlight of Radnor is the parade of carriages. After the first race, carriage owners turn out in their finery, driving these distinctive vehicles to the delight of the crowd. Enjoy a tailgate picnic with friends and family while helping to win the race for open space. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is one of the nation’s leading equestrian events. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and running through June 2, 2019, Devon is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the country. While drawing competitors from around the world, Devon epitomizes the local traditions and lifestyles of the famed Main Line.
As spring gives way to summer Polo takes the lead. Nestled in the heart of the area is the 300-acre Brandywine Polo Club (BPC), one of the oldest polo organizations on the east coast. The BPC polo season begins on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019. Sunday polo matches run June through September. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. – picnic brunch anyone?
Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair is fun for the entire family. Held Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend (August 31 -September 2, 2019) the show has been a Labor Day tradition for generations of families for over 75 years. In addition to the rider competition in three rings, there will be Horse Drawn Carriage demonstrations, food, crafts, hayrides, pony rides, entertainment and a variety of vendors. Later in September, 19th through 22nd Plantation Field International Horse Trials where top event horses and riders throughout the country come together in beautiful Unionville, PA to compete. In addition to the competition, guests enjoy a robust vendor village and a terrific tailgating atmosphere along the country course.
Covered bridges are iconic connections to the past and Pennsylvania, with over 200, has more than any other state. Chester County’s Brandywine Valley is nestled in southeastern Pennsylvania, straddling northern Delaware and is home to 15 of these historic structures. In the mid seventeenth century as populations and trade expanded, the need for reliable transportation over the region’s many streams and rivers grew as well. Thus the birth of the covered bridge and although other materials, such as iron and steel, made more modern structures, the beauty and history of the covered bridge has held strong. Many are designated historic sites and will be preserved for generations to come.
A visit to the region should include a stop at the Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center, 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square, just outside the gates of Longwood Gardens. Here a new interactive storyboard, whose pedestal is fashioned into the base of a covered bridge, informs travelers of the many things to see and do in the area including the trail of covered bridges. Finally pick up a Covered Bridge brochure and connect to the rich heritage that defines Chester County’s Brandywine Valley.
Check out this video and get behind the wheel with a sneak peek of the self-guided Covered Bridge Driving Tour.
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