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Towns & Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley Festival

West Chester is proud to be one of the three premier towns of the Brandywine Valley -- West Chester, Kennett Square and Phoenixville -- each offering three days of block parties and events May 15, 16 and 17.

In downtown West Chester, the 78 stores are offering specials for browsers and plenty of activities for family and friends. 58 restaurants offer a taste of West Chester and many will be offering live music for dancing and entertainment.

There is free parking Saturday and Sunday at the meters and public garages.

Live music is offered starting at noon on Friday featuring The Ryan McNeely Quartet and will continue each afternoon through Sunday on the steps of the historic Courthouse in downtown West Chester.

High Street brings the sounds disk jockey music from the steps of what will soon be the Warner Hotel, West Chester's first premier lodging in 100 years.

Market Street will have the Lincoln Room Courtyard (28 W Market St; 610-696-2102), open for outside dining and entertainment. Guided historic walking tours will explore highlights of West Chester's history and its place on the Underground Railroad, the connection to Abraham Lincoln, the architecture of Thomas U. Walter, and how the bloodless Battle of Turks Head established West Chester as the county seat for Chester County. Breakfast at 8 am; tour at 9:30 am. Tours are approximately 90 minutes.

Revue Boutique & Gallery (138 E Gay St; 484-356-7163) will be hitting the streets for a fun sidewalk sale. It will be the perfect time to peruse this edgy, eclectic new shop in West Chester. Offering fine handmade jewelry, screenprinted organic tee's, consignment clothing, housewares all the way to fun finds like Smencils & Kid Robot products.

The West Chester Growers Market will be open from 8 to 1 pm on Saturday at the corner of Chestnut & Church. Only handmade, or homegrown products, produced or harvested by the vendors themselves are sold at the market. You’ll find flavorful farm produce, colorful cut flowers and bedding plants, free range meats, oven fresh bread, artisinal soap, locally produced cheese, homemade preserves & relishes and a variety of fresh baked goods to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Across from the Growers Market, Wag Your Tail (22 W Chestnut, 610-436-9247) will be open Friday 'til 8 PM with wine & light fare, Saturday open 10 to 5 where you can stop by in the morning and meet Brookline Lab Rescue, as well as some of their great foster dogs looking for homes. On Sunday, their open noon to 3, so bring your dog in for a free taste of organic frozen Yoghund.

Get a taste of West Chester with the many fine cheeses, gourmet Italian foods and desserts at Carlino's Specialty Foods & Catering (128 W Market St; 610-696-3788). New gourmet fresh-cut beef and poultry are now added to the extensive selection of freshly prepared groceries.

Browse at The 5 Senses (133 W Market St; 610-719-0170) and discover a range of useful and affordably priced art objects, all appealing to the senses to give as gifts or keep for oneself.

Beadniks (119 W Market St; 610-692-6710) is offering an inspiring and imaginative atmosphere in which customers can craft their own beaded works of art from beads found at the far corners of the globe.

Looking for something different? The Painted Plate (104 W Market St; 610-738-0603) is West Chester's paint-your-own pottery store providing you with everything you need to get started. The friendly staff is always on hand will help you create that one-of-a-kind masterpiece. When you're finished, you will have a piece that is microwave, dishwasher and food safe.

Market Street Grill (6 W Market St; 610-429-5328) the winner of Main Line Today's Best Breakfast, is the perfect place to get your day started. The menu will include specials such as specialty omelets with crab and spinach, smoked salmon and fresh dill cream cheese. If you're really in the mood for something special try the Brown Sugar Swirl Stuffed French Toast with caramelized bananas, cream cheese and walnuts.

Enjoy the evening at Pietro's Prime (125 W Market St; 484-760-6100), a steak house serving only Pureland Premium Black Angus Beef richly marbled for robust flavor then aged to perfect tenderness. Relax at their martini bar for a quiet moment and some great cocktails.

Enjoy shopping through the luxurious bath and body products along with vintage cottage inspired home furnishings at Grandiflora (122 E Gay St; 610-918-4880). The shop has been recognized as 'Best of Philly' and 'Best of the Main Line' for its fine candles, imported soaps, elegant sleepwear, table top, baby gift, and women's accessories.

Kreutz Creek Winery (44 E Gay St; 610-436-5006), one of the Brandywine Valley's premier wineries will offer tastings of their best wines. The experience makes an ideal prelude to an evening at any one of downtown's BYOBs. There is live music Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 pm where you can take advantage of Kreutz Creek Winery's BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). Pick-up some carry-out or bring a favorite dish from home to match a bottle of your favorite vintage. Then sit back and enjoy the evening.

On Friday night, enjoy dancing with DJ Tommy C and on Saturday, listen to the best of live music at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House (117 E Gay St; 610-429-4046), which will take you back in time to the days when oysters were the town's specialty.

Want to end your day with a great meal? Make a reservation now at Gilmore's Restaurant (133 E Gay St; 610-431-2800) and enjoy the cuisine of Peter Gilmore, previously the chef de cuisine at the world famous Le Bec-Fin. A rare and wonderful experience within an ambience of an 18th-century townhouse adapted to contemporary French cuisine. It's a BYOB so bring your favorite wine.

Limoncello Ristorante (9 N Walnut St; 610-436-6230) will have its new bar open where diners may relax before being seated in the dining room or stay and enjoy a light meal. The ambiance has been preserved including the wood-fired brick oven where pizzas and other Italian dishes are baked.

Step into a European villa and enjoy an evening at Trattoria Alberto (116 E Gay St; 610-430-0203) where you'll find a wine cellar boasting an exquisite selection of wines from the valleys of Italy and California as well as an extensive list of wines by the glass. Music Friday and Saturday night.

Looking for an old-fashioned deep fried donut made fresh on the premises? Or a hand-scooped ice cream cone? West Chester Scoop (22 N Darlington St, Btwn Gay & Market; 610-696-0464) is the place for an afternoon treat while you're exploring downtown West Chester.

Whatever your tastes, Halladay Florist (29 S Church St; 610-696-5200) will meet your personal needs or help you achieve that certain look from a full line of fresh flowers, plants, fruit and gourmet giftware that will make any occasion special.

Piper's Way Celtic Imports (109 N Church St; 610-431-9772) has stashed the entire countries of Scotland and Ireland into a quaint, downtown West Chester shop. Every handpicked piece has traveled from either Scotland, Ireland, or other parts of the United Kingdom and include Edinburgh Crystal, jewelry, sweaters, minipipes, swords, dolls, candles, rugs, family crests, hats, and haggis all help create a fine inventory.

View the brewery at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Gay & High Sts; 610-738-9600) where hand-crafted ales and lagers are created and served fresh on-premises. Casual, upscale and distinctive, Iron Hill will serve specials including Sunday Brunch 11am to 2pm and Sunday Prime Rib Dinner 4pm to 9pm. A perfect way to end the festival weekend.

Enjoy a wee bit of Ireland at Kildare's Irish Pub (18-22 W Gay St; 610-431-0770), an authentic Irish Pub with Irish music offered all weekend along with the menu created from the best of Irish recipes.

Landmark Americana (158 W Gay St; 610-701-9900) is a sports bar, upscale eatery, and lounge all rolled into one located in West Chester's newest structure, Darlington Commons. Landmark's main floor offers great American dishes and drink menu -- over 20 beers on tap. Friday and Saturday night, enjoy the great lounge with a DJ spinning the best lounge, dance, and hip-hop.

Get a taste of West Chester at place where to locals go. Penn's Table Restaurant (Gay & Church St; 610-696-0677), located in the heart of historic downtown West Chester, provides you with a casual American eatery of home cooked fare the way Mom made it. Local menu favorites include homemade soups, a famous chicken salad, in-house roasted turkey and 'hot-off-the-griddle' thick french toast and buttermilk pancakes. Penn's Table Restaurant will serve breakfast all day, every day during the festival.

Bling It On! (134 N High St; 610-696-6996) offers the option to bring your own items in, and embellish them with crystals and other 'bling' or select from a whole line of Bella Bandanas, as well as beautiful crystallized purses, shirts, and hats.

Besides offering a number of ongoing world-class exhibits, Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St; 610-692-4800) is featuring a number of temporary exhibits including "A Lincoln Bicentennial" exhibit which features displays of authentic diaries, memorabilia and artwork from the 1860s relating to Abraham Lincoln's connection to Chester County, and "What is Open Space?" asks the provocative question of how Chester County has been shaped by, as well as influenced, open space issues in the past 50 years.

Check out G & G Cigars (118 N High St; 610-436-9999) and their state of the art humidification system housing over 600 hand selected cigar for the aficionado or the curious. The "Cigarden", a pearl of smoking lounges located behind their fresh crop of cigars will be open.

At Jane Chalfant and Kiki Boutique (123 N High St; 610-696-0290), you will find downtown West Chester's upscale women's boutique offering the finest in stylish women's apparel. Stop by for refreshment and an exciting browsing experience.

If you are looking for that special gift, an accent piece for your home or that signature stationary or card, Penwick Design (132 N High St; 610-431-2739; PenwickDesign.com) is the place. Create custom invitations from an extensive selection of design options. Refreshments and specials the entire weekend.

Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery (23 N High St; 610-692-0374) will offer a combination of antique, estate, one-of-a-kind, and modern jewelry. But don't forget to visit the upper floors, devoted entirely to the fine arts. The second floor gallery will feature original art work from regional artists while the third floor is permanent home to The Harry Dunn collection (think Mr. Magoo).

Visual Expansion Gallery (126 N High St; 610-436-8697) will feature original paintings and limited edition prints from the finest Brandywine Valley artists. The gallery has a huge selection of traditional original artwork that reflects quintessential Pennsylvania.

American-born Master Chocolatier Chris Curtin presents delectably and decadent chocolates handcrafted with only the best of imported ingredients at Eclat Chocolate (24 S High St; 610-692-5206). Vogue Magazine said Éclat Chocolate had the "World's Greatest Caramels." An affordable luxury you won't want to miss.

Kati Mac Floral Design (36 S High St; 610-431-9414) offers gifts and custom design floral arrangements for every occasion plus fun gifts to remember your visit.

OBVI (30 S High St; 610-696-2477) will offer the newest styles of the season from European and American catwalks turned into wearable fashion for everyone. Great prices.
In the evening, listen and dance to music at Barnaby's of West Chester (15 S High St; 610-696-1400) located in the old Borough Hall and Police Department. Outdoor dining in the rear patio.

Taste award winning olive oils at A Taste of Olive (40 S High St; 610-429-0292) where a wide variety of traditional and flavored premium balsamic vinegars imported from the best artisans are offered. Mix your favorite flavors together to take your cooking to a new level.

If you're bringing your favorite family member, make sure you visit Wag Your Tail, (22 W Chestnut St; 610-436-9247) a boutique for you and your pet. Your dog will never forget it. But if Fido is home guarding the house, stop by and browse the variety of products for cats and dogs and take a gift home.

 
 

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