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KELLY MEASHEY & MEASHEY QUINTET
July 31, 2014 | 6pm
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with Kelly Meashey and the Meashey Quintet described as "one of the best-kept secrets in Philadelphia," Kelly has astounded her audience with her style of empowered soul, sweet vulnerability, technical acrobatics, and raw emotion. 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. Also enjoy the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).
IRON HILL TWILIGHT RACE SERIES
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Downtown transforms into a colorful street festival with lots of free activities for the entire family as the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series, West Chester's only professional sporting event, ignites with speed racing. The action begins at 4pm. Besides the professional races, there are block parties, adult tricycle races, and kids games. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester.
NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
Wednsday, August 6, 2014
Join Mayor Carolyn Comitta and the West Chester Police Department for a Night Out Against Crime, a family fun event at the Borough Municipal Building, 401 East Gay Street, rear parking lot, from 6pm - 9pm. Bring the kids for FREE hot dogs and Rita's Water Ice along with a Moon Bounce and face painting. Sponsored by Barnaby's of West Chester, Hotel Warner, Landmark Americana, and New Haven Pizza.
SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, August 7, 2014
A downtown festival event on Gay Street between High & Darlington with great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and more. Featured performers are recording artist Kwesi-K and the soulful sounds of singer/songwriter Danie Ocean. FREE for the whole family from 6:30-9:30pm.
MUSIC at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK
Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:30pm
The Friends of Marshall Square Park present a Summer Concert Series starting at 6:30pm. FREE for the entire family. Featured is Free Rein. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a community picnic -- bring your own or enjoy a $10 grill.
SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A downtown festival event on Gay Street between High & Matlack with great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and more. Featured performers are the Indie-Roots-Americana-Folk-Rock sounds of New Sweden and The Quixote Project playing Rock-to-Rockabilly and Bluegrass-to-Soul. FREE for the whole family from 6:30-9:30pm.
DIANE MONROE & PAUL JOST
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with violinist Diane Monroe & vocalist Paul Jost presenting a new project of songs through the kaleidoscope of modern jazz. This project features vocalist Paul Jost and Monroe’s quartet. Bruce Barth has been compelled to say that “to me, Diane’s playing is so deep in feeling and steeped in the essence of jazz, she’s a joy to listen to.” 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.
Friday, October 3, 2014 | 5pm to 9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night exhibits is what makes Gallery Walk an evening of fun and surprises. More than 20 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown -- most with new works. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID.
SALUTE to the 97th INFANTRY
Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 10:30am-2:00pm | Marshall Square Park
Senator Andy Dinniman invites the public to honor the historic Civil War 97th Infantry in a special ceremony in Marshall Square Park. The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enactment group, will stage an encampment with a Civil War Drill Demonstration at 11:45am followed by a ceremony honoring the 97th Infantry. Learn about a day in the life of a Civil War soldier, learn about the heroic actions of two Medal of Honor recipients, and view historical memorabilia. Refreshments available for purchase. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS CEREMONY
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8am to 10am
Recognition will be given to local preservation projects at the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Chester County Historical Society, 220 North High Street. Continental breakfast provided. Presented by the West Chester Downtown Foundation.
HALLOWEEN PARADE in DOWNTOWN WEST CHESTER
Thursday, October 22, 2014 | 7pm
Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starting at 7pm at the West Chester Halloween Parade. Parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street. Marching bands and cheerleading performances are featured. Families and groups are welcome to participate. Call the West Chester Parks & Recreation at 610-436-9010. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage (Market & New Streets).
DRACULA performed by BRANDYWINE BALLET
October 24-26, 2014
Bram Stoker's DRACULA is set to dance by Nancy Page and performed by the Brandywine Ballet Company. It's the story of a forbidden Victorian romance between beautiful Mina and the beguiling Count Dracula set amidst eerily lit castles and sun-drenched terraces. The tragic story unfolds with impeccable soloing, sensual pas de deux, and exhilarating ensemble dancing. Tantalizing costumes, sword battles, artful makeup and an emotionally moving musical score make Dracula ghoulish fun for all. Current information here.
TERRY KLINEFELTER & FRIENDS
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with recording artist and West Chester University professor Terry Klinefelter is a versatile performer who is at home both in jazz clubs or the classical concert stage. She was described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "on the cosmic cusp where Mozart might meet Mingus." Her 2013 release, Zingaro, features original jazz compositions and standards, as well as several new songs based on the works of renowned poet Dana Gioia. 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.
JAZZ SINGER SARA MICHAELS
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with singer Sara Michaels and her quartet that will bring an element of “Sassy Class” as she performs jazz standards in her own captivating style. You'll hear influences of other great ladies of Jazz including Billie Holiday, Ertha Kitt, and Lena Horne. 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.
EASTER EGG HUNT at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 10am
Come early so you won't miss the fun at Everhart Park. The Easter Bunny will begin the hunt at 10am sharp. For children ages 2 to 9. Bring your own basket or bag for your eggs and meet at the Green Shed. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.
ANNUAL PLANT SALE at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, May 2, 2015| 10am - 2pm
Varieties proven to thrive in the Brandywine Valley are offered at Everhart Park. Proceeds go to maintaining and improving Everhart Park.
MAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 11am to 4pm
Arts, crafts, food booths, and live music at Everhart Park. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.
TURKS HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 11am to 5pm
A day-long array of popular regional bands performing on two stages at Everhart Park. Food vendors and artisan booths. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation. Rain date July 26.