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It’s Friday, Nov. 3, 2023: After a quiet summer, Restaurant Inspection Reports are once again getting out of hand. Last month, 18 local restaurants were found out of compliance. Plus, Marshall Square Park completes its child safety enhancement project, West Goshen’s having a no good, very bad week, high school football playoffs begin tonight, and we get ready for an election on Tuesday. And you thought things were going to slow down.
Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
Tuesday is Election Day – and Local Candidate Info is Hard to Find!
In case no one has mentioned it yet, Tuesday is election day. There are no high-profile national races on the ballot but there are several important state and local elections you’ll want to weigh in on.
There are a couple of Supreme Court appointments (if you’ve heard about any of the state races it’s probably this one) and a Commonwealth Court judge. There are also two County Commissioner positions on the ballot, five judgeships open on the Court of Common Pleas (10 candidates are running, five from each party), District Attorney, Sheriff, Prothonotary, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds, School Board, and West Chester Borough Council. The last two of which we are going to focus on today.
For the other candidates, there is information out there but you’ll have to put in a little leg work. Both Chester County Democratic and Republican websites have bios on their “endorsed” candidates. However, this is only at the county level. For your local townships, try their respective local party pages. This can add up to a lot of pages to review – especially if you plan on making a truly educated decision.
West Chester Borough
There are three seats open on West Chester Borough Council – Wards 2, 4, and 6. Ward 4 covers the southeast corner of the Borough, Ward 2 is Ward 4’s neighbor to the north and Ward 6 includes downtown West Chester and Everhart Park. Not sure in which Ward you live? Here’s a map for you.
Click on the name of the candidate below for more information.
WARD 2 – BRYAN TRAVIS
Bryan Travis is running in Ward 2 replacing Councilman Nick Allen. Bryan and his family have been living in the Borough since 2006. He sees parking, trash, more resources for our parks, and affordability as key issues. Bryan is running unopposed in Tuesday’s election.
WARD 4 – NICOLE SCIMONE
Nicole Scimone is running in Ward 4 looking to succeed Borough Council President Michael Stefano. She praises the town for its walkability, restaurants, and events. A member of the West Chester Community Campus Committee, she wants a better WCU relationship. “In my ward, we are always asking, ‘How do we continue to improve the non-student, student relationship?’” Nicole is running unopposed.
WARD 6 – BERNIE FLYNN
Councilman Bernie Flynn is running for re-election in Ward 6 – or as he puts it, “the sweetest ward in the Borough.” Bernie believes his institutional knowledge will be an asset to the newer council members. After shepherding through changes to pension investment and the car purchasing programs, he shares where he thinks the Borough goes next. He is running unopposed.
West Chester Area School Board
There are three school board regions with open seats and all of them impact West Chester residents in some way. Region 2 covers East Goshen and has two open seats, Region 3 covers East Bradford, West Goshen, and Westown and has one open seat, and Region 1 covers West Chester and West Goshen and has four candidates vying for two open positions.
The candidates are grouped into two camps – United for West Chester Area School District (United) and Back to Basics (B2B). You are obviously welcome to mix and match candidates as you like but candidates in each group share a similar vision for the district.
Region 1 candidates, you will need to pick 2.
REGION 1 – United Candidates: ALEX CHRISTY & KATY FREY
Appointed by the WCASD School Board to replace outgoing member Kate Shaw in March, Alex Christy is technically already on the board but this is the first time he will face the voters. Alex grew up in the district and has worked as a WCASD substitute teacher and with the Special Olympics. He would like to see work done to close the achievement gap, increase teacher support, and grow community collaboration.
Katy Frey lives in the Borough with her husband and toddler daughter. She has a background in social work and thinks WCASD can do a better job ensuring mental health access – a sentiment echoed by parents in a recent district survey. She also believes public tax dollars belong to public schools. She and Alex weighed in on Private School vouchers this summer.
REGION 1 – B2B candidates: ROBERT RAFETTO & NICK SPANGLER
Robert Rafetto, former owner of the Dilworthtown Inn, doesn’t have children of his own but as an employer, he understands how they are being prepared for the workforce. He also believes he’s in a unique position to bridge divides. “Throughout this whole conversation, we have not talked about politics. We need to focus on the kids, parents, teachers, administrators – and the taxpayers.”
Now retired, former Learning and Development analyst Nick Spangler has seen three generations of his family go through the WCASD. He is impressed by individual achievements but worries about academic performance overall and student safety. “If [students] are in an environment where kids are being bullied, they don’t want to come to school,” he said in an interview.
More information on all school board candidates:
- The League of Women Voters held an issues forum with 9 School Board candidates in October. (Robert Rafetto was not in attendance.)
- All the Back to Basics candidates also participated in a candidate questionnaire issued by Broad + Liberty. Note: While this publication does tend to have a political bent, these are not editorial pieces (but maybe because of the latter not all candidates participated.)
- Here are the responses provided by: Robert Rafetto, Nick Spangler, Alain Oliver, Peggy Schmitt, and Amanda Greenberg.
- Not exactly apples to apples but here are brief profiles of Alex Christy, Katie Frey, Daryl Durnell, Karen Herrmann, and Gary Bevilacqua provided by Together for Public Schools and more on their combined core values.
Health Inspection Reports: October
Halloween may be over but, man, there are some reports last month that will give you the chills. Such as, one employee handling food with a bandaged finger and no gloves. Ew. On the plus side, China Palace, The Red Sombrero, Kung Fu Tea, Nudy’s Cafe, Los Alquisiras, and La Rancherita Mexican are all back in compliance. There are so many this month I am ranking them from least to most violations. (Continue at your own risk.)
Wasabi, Bradford Plaza, out, 2 violations including raw fish stored above other ready-to-eat fish – reorder that fish and hopefully we’ll be good to go!
Blazin’ J’s, 139 W. Gay St, out, 2 violations including a few cleaning tasks and flies in the restaurant. Hopefully, this week’s cold snap will put an end to that.
Applebee’s, 1107 West Chester Pike, out, 3 violations including dirty mainline cooking equipment and floors in the food service area.
Steaks West Chester, 698 E. Market St, out, 4 violations. According to this month’s reports, Steaks West Chester failed their opening inspection; a fact that did not affect opening weekend. Violations mostly had to do with malfunctioning equipment.
So Sabroso (formerly the West Goshen Deli), 105 C Westtown Rd, out, 4 violations including squeeze bottles not labeled with the common name of the contents and no sink for the mop.
Gadaleto’s Seafood Market, 1193 Wilmington Pike, out, 4 violations including counters, floors, and pans not cleaned at the end of the day.
Timothy’s West Chester, 929 S. High St, out, 5 violations including dented cans intended for use and raw chicken and cut produce stored at unsafe temperatures. These items were discarded onsite.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, W. Gay St, out, 5 violations including several leaking sinks, a broken walk-in refrigerator door, and not getting in the corners. “Although all floors have been cleaned, additional cleaning is still needed,” the report read.
Farm Store, 1596 Paoli Pike, out, 7 violations including having no prep sink to wash the oranges being used in the Zumm juice machine. Hope that doesn’t mean they just weren’t washing the juiced fruit…
Great China, 929 S. High Street, out, 7 violations including bulk foods in need of a label, no place to hang the mop, and no thermometer to check internal food temperatures.
Giant Sushi Counter, Bradford Plaza, out 7 violations, including Poke Bowls not being stored at sufficiently cold temps and a dirty ledge between the prep area and 3-compartment sink.
Baan Thai Sabaidee, 704 W. Neilds St., out, 8 violations including an ice machine not clean to sight and touch, and using sponges to clean food contact surfaces. Sponges, FYI, are absorbent and spread bacteria. The more you know.
Love Again Local, 18 S. Church St, out, 10 violations including employees not properly washing their hands, dented cans intended for use, and “non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.”
Ram’s Head Diner, 907 S. High St, out, 13 violations including foods stored in a way to encourage contamination; potatoes stored in the shed out back; and food service equipment, a dishwasher and floors in need of scrubbing.
Oriental Pearl Restaurant, 1550 Paoli Pike, out, 16 violations including employees touching foods with bare hands, foods stored in a way to encourage contamination, soups and veggies stored at improper temperatures, and an ice bin observed to have food residue on it.
America’s Pie, 323 E. Gay St., out, 21 violations including steam tables not keeping items warm enough and coolers not keeping them cold enough. Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food was stored without proper date marking and the restaurant failed to disclose the recipe for its house garlic sauce. Seriously. “Facility must provide CCHD with the recipe for in-house prepared Garlic hot sauce.” Of course, that it was found on the counter unrefrigerated probably didn’t help.
Gramm’s Kitchen, 557 E. Gay St., out, 22 violations including staff not washing hands between tasks, eating while working, and not changing out their gloves when they become contaminated. Eggs were found left out on the counter and discarded. The restaurant was left with a list of cleaning tasks.
Brother’s Pizza, 670 Downingtown Pike, out, 25 violations including employees not washing hands, wiping clothes without sanitizer solution, and food splash buildup found along the walls and on several appliances. The restaurant also did not have a policy outlining when employees should discard cooked pizza. According to the health inspector, the answer is within 4 hours.
Restaurante Morelos, 611 W. Strasburg Rd, out, 29 violations including employees “washing” their hands without using soap and handling food with bare hands. One employee was reportedly handling food with bare hands while his hand was bandaged prompting the inspector to write, “Cover with a glove to ensure these items do not become lost in the food.” Ew. Also, ice stored on the floor, lettuce with a dirty sour cream bottle on top, dead cockroaches found by the backdoor, and bottles of Raid found on the kitchen shelf. Chemicals were removed and the facility ordered to be immediately treated by pest control.
You can find all the Restaurant Inspection reports here. Search by location for more details.
Riverstone United Annouces Fall Open House
Riverstone United Christian Academy (RUCA) is a private school option for families in and around Chester County. We are an independent, Christian middle school and high school that serves students in grades 6-11.
Our educators are driven to support your child’s academic success through Christian education. We challenge students with a rigorous and active curriculum, and we support them with small class sizes and individualized attention.
Trouble in West Goshen. Last month, the widow of West Goshen’s former director of public works John David Woodward filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the township, the board of supervisors, and the township manager. What we didn’t know when his “unexpected” death was first reported in early August was that Mr. Woodward had committed suicide. Now his widow is asserting that accusations made against her husband by the township caused him to take his own life.
According to a recent article in the Daily Local, the incident stems from a long-standing – although unwritten – snow day policy under which hourly employees who worked during declared township “snow days” were allowed to “squirrel” away equal time to be taken as vacation at a later date. It was a practice new Township Manager Christopher Bashore viewed as potentially illegal. According to the lawsuit he referred to the practice as “payroll fraud” and suggested “people go to jail for these things.” The insinuations may have been too much for Mr. Woodward who according to court documents left behind a note stating, “I can’t take any more of this waiting around to be fired from a job that was my life.”
For the record, no West Goshen managers were fired over the practice. You can read more about the tragic situation here. The case has been assigned to Judge Jeffrey Sommer. It is not known yet if or when a trial can be expected.
More trouble in West Goshen. And the hits just keep on coming… As if the whole incident with the former public works director wasn’t troubling enough, politicians have jumped in to make it just that much more disturbing. Last week Chester County blogger Chester County Ramblings reported that someone had vandalized a series of West Ghoshen election signs scrawling the word “murder” over them in what she suggested may have been a political ploy. Well, guess what? West Goshen PD using surveillance cameras in the area identified the culprit as Paul Linkmeyer, a West Goshen Township Republican committeeman.
Proceed with caution. Twice in three days, nearly identical sections of Bradford Avenue were shut down due to major vehicular accidents. The first incident took place at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of Bradford Ave and Price Street and involved a flipped Jeep and what appears to be a totaled Toyota. West Chester Fire Department rescued one individual and her dog from the Jeep. Multiple crash victims were transported to the hospital for treatment. Then in the early morning hours of Halloween, Bradford Avenue was again closed to traffic from Price to Sharpless St. after a truck struck a utility pole and caught on fire. The fire was extinguished and the driver was cleared at the scene. Bradford Avenue, however, didn’t escape quite so easily. It was closed for a good portion of the day while Verizon worked to repair damage caused by the wreck.
The post-Halloween lifespan is short. Have a pumpkin that has fulfilled its Halloween destiny and is now looking for a place to rest? Chester County Agricultural Development Council recently shared a list of area farms accepting aging pumpkins. (Holly Hollow Farm in Coatesville seems to be the closest.) Just remember no paint, wax, or rot. Some pumpkins just can’t be helped.
Periodic lane closures coming your way. PennDOT is continuing its work in West Chester. First, on the West Chester Bypass (US 322). Expect periodic lane closures starting Monday morning and running through Friday. Work is scheduled each day next week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are also beginning work on Miner St. A weekday lane closure is scheduled between New and Price Streets. Work on Miner begins Monday and is expected to continue through the end of the month.
It’s November. That means it’s time to bundle up in your spirit-wear best and head to the bleachers to cheer on your favorite home team. All three West Chester high school football squads will be on the field tonight hoping to grab their first win of the post-season.
West Chester Rustin. Of the three local schools, Rustin has the highest rank at the #5 seed. The Golden Knights come into the tournament with a record of 8-1 including a final regular-season victory over Unionville. They will face #12 seed Chichester at home. Look for big yardage from QB David McClain.
West Chester East. East has a #9 seed at the moment. After a slow start, the Vikings have won four in a row including a 7-0 victory over Henderson on Friday. Look out for their stifling defense and strong offensive line. They will face Phoenixville at Phoenixville tonight at 7 p.m.
West Chester Henderson. After winning three in a row, that loss to East hurt but the Warriors have held on to secure the #14 seed. They will have to play #3-seed Springfield on the road but hey, everyone loves an underdog!
You can read reviews of all the match-ups and see the sports writers’ picks, here.
Also, a shout-out this week to girls with speed and endurance. This year four area runners qualified for the PIAA Cross Country Championships this weekend in Hershey – all of them female. All area schools are represented with junior Maria Heebner qualifying for East; senior Maddie Miller and sophomore Sophia Hnetinka qualifying for Rustin; and senior Ana Carlow qualifying for Henderson.
Despite being a senior, this is Ana’s first year competing in cross country making her rise to state-level competition especially impressive. “Her team is wildly excited for her!!” Jeff Carlow shared in an email last week.
Speaking of the postseason, as of last Friday we had two teams still competing. Now there is one (football notwithstanding). Sadly, the West Chester East volleyball team fell to a tough Unionville team on Saturday leaving the Rustin Boys Soccer team.
The Golden Knights won on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals where they lost to Abington. Though down, they are not out. They will play #4 seed Downingtown West in Downingtown tonight for a chance to secure third place. However, win or lose, they have earned a berth in the state tournament.
Good luck to all the athletes competing this weekend!
And finally, “best of” news –
- Chester County Hospital was named to the first-ever Newsweek ranking of “America’s Best-In-State Hospitals”. In total, 600 hospitals representing all 50 states qualified as “best” including 24 in Pennsylvania. Among PA hospitals, Chester County came in at a respectable #11. You can see all the PA hospitals that qualified here.
- Chesterbrook Academy was named one of the best private schools in America by Niche, a school and community info aggregate. According to the site, the pre-K through fifth grade school earned an “A+” in academics and teachers, and an “A” in diversity for an overall score of “A+.” “This grade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers,” said Head of School Joe Rodia in a release.
Have you been to Marshall Square Park recently? It is looking fabulous. Last week the Friends of Marshall Square Park (FMSP) completed their landscaping project along the busy corners of N. Matlack and Marshall Streets. The project, part of the FMSP master plan, was undertaken to enhance safety around the playground equipment and called for the addition of a new low fence surrounded by seasonally appropriate plantings. The fencing, which includes replicas of the acorns found in the original design, matches what was used around the fountain on the northeast side of the park.
The team used shrubs, perennials, ground covers, and ferns, many of which are native plants, as well as pollinators, on either side of the new fencing. They also took into consideration the sloping terrain. The result? A beautiful safety enhancement that will help to stabilize existing slopes over the long term and eliminate the need for mowing!
“The new plantings are designed to enhance the park’s “edges” and will offer seasonal color and interest throughout the year,” the group shared in a statement. They are certainly doing a wonderful job now.
This project was undertaken and funded by the FMSP. The plan was designed by founding member, landscape architect Anne Walters, and supported by FMSP President Jeff Beitel. The group has also pledged to take care of all future maintenance on the project (and provided all these gorgeous photos!)
Also, this week it’s hello to more from Farmer Jawn. The Philly farmer who took over the Westtown School farm after longtime steward Pete Flynn retired last fall, shared with Daily Local reporter Bill Rettew that she would be expanding her offerings in 2024. While farming just two acres of the land this season, she is expected to increase that number to 63 acres next year. With all that new plantable space will come chemical-free produce such as kale, beets, carrots, and corn, berries, and 20 acres for rye, barley, and buckwheat. The latter are all earmarked for a local Black-led brewer.
In the meantime, the store is up and running. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday.
Finally, as if we didn’t already have enough good pizza places to choose from, soon we will also have a Pizza Hut. The original home of the stuffed crust pizza is set to soon open a Hut at 607 E. Market Street just up from Dunkin’.
Last month West Chester Orthodontics said goodbye to their E. Marshall St. offices and moved into shiny new digs on Hannum Avenue. The new 3400 sq ft office space was designed to be “modern, relaxing, and bright” – but still deliver that scenic view existing patients had come to enjoy.
“I wanted the clinic to be backed up to the trees so our patients could feel a sense of calmness, relaxation, and feel immersed in nature within a state-of-the-art environment,” said practice lead Dr. Christine Ferrell.
So, any new features? I asked. (Silly question.)
“Everything is new,” said Dr. Ferrell. “We use 3D printers to make retainers, iTero scanners to eliminate goopy impressions, and custom clear braces that are 3D printed to perfectly fit the patient’s teeth and shorten treatment time.” They also use Dental Monitoring, an AI solution that allows the dentist to review progress remotely reducing the number of in-person appointments.
The office is now open and accepting new patients. I wonder if they also have a consultation room backed up to the trees for parents learning for the first time what kind of work will be needed to correct their children’s messed up teeth?
Finally, say goodbye to any lingering Downton Abbey fantasies you may have had. Greystone Hall, the 55,000 sq ft West Goshen estate is reportedly under contract.
Pay it forward.
This Saturday kicks off West Chester University’s third annual “Ramthon” event, a no-sitting dance party to raise $30,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The six-hour-long continuous event begins at 1 p.m. in the Sykes Student Union. There will be line dancing, zany party games, dance performances, Zumba workouts, free t-shirts, and food donated by generous area vendors.
“We are expecting more than 500 students and members of the community to attend RamTHON this year,” said Sammi Rudner, a West Chester University junior and RamTHON organizer.
This event is open to the public – and free if you pre-register by today. Walk-ins are welcome on Saturday but it will cost you a $10 entrance fee.
More of a sketcher than a dancer? Organizers of West Chester’s Porchfest are looking for someone to capture the essence of this growing neighborhood music festival on an 11” x 17” piece of paper. The winner of the poster contest will have their work posted up in windows and lawns all over town. In addition to vision, there are copy requirements. You can find them here. Poster designs are due Nov. 17.
While you may bleed green on Sunday, you’ll be seeing green on Monday when Chester County hosts Operation Green Light from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the courthouse steps. Operation Green Light began last year after the National Association of Counties introduced it at their annual convention (there is a group for everything). The goal of the event is to help shine a light on the plight of veterans in counties across the country.
“We’re seeking formal recognition of Operation Green Light to connect veterans with benefits they have earned,” said Carbon County, Pa. Commissioner Chris Lukasevich who brought the program to the attention of the organization.
Locally, in addition to flooding the historic courthouse with green lights, there will also be information stands on how to access Veterans’ services in Chester County.
Operation Green Light runs throughout the week. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by shining their own green light. If you don’t have a green light handy, don’t worry. Chester County Veterans Affairs has partnered with Walmart to give green light bulbs to county residents. Just don’t go to Walmart to get it. You can collect yours at the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs at 601 Westtown Rd.
The Weekend Marquee by Uptown
Better Than Bacon “Bacon Gives Back” | Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm
West Chester’s favorite improv comedy troupe is back with fresh skits and dynamic audience games. Improv, as they say, is a one-time-only performance. Get your tickets today!
The freakin’ weekend.
What are you up to this weekend? We are heading back out to the soccer fields for a few wrap-up games and then hopefully lying low after several event-filled weekends. Don’t forget, clocks, for better or worse, change this weekend.
If you are heading out this weekend, a few West Chester restaurants are participating in the Main Line Restaurant Week. Participating locations are offering prix fixes dinners at $30, $45 or $55 and lunches at $25, $30 or $35. You can find the list of participating restaurants here.
On Saturday the West Chester Senior Center is hosting a Casino Night fundraiser that sounds fun (note – registration is required.) Then on Sunday, West Chester is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The procession runs from Henderson to Gay St. Then west down Gay and over to the Historic Courthouse on N. High St.
And a very special thank you to Uptown! Knaur Performing Arts Center, this week’s Hello, West Chester Community Sponsor. Chester County’s premier destination for the performing arts, Uptown is conveniently located on N. High Street mere steps from dozens of West Chester’s best restaurants. Follow them on Facebook and start planning your next night out!
Make memories this December at Uptown! Bring family and friends to one of our first annual Holiday Season Shows. It all begins on December 1 with a Holiday concert performed by our Uptown! Studio singers, and ends on December 28 with Ballets with a twist, classic ballet with a Holiday party theme. For a full line up of all of December’s Holiday offerings, and to purchase tickets, go to Uptownwestchester.org.!
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Mark your calendars:
- Nov. 1 – 11 – Bayard Rustin’s Local Roots, Chester County History Center, 60 years ago on August 28, the March on Washington shown a spotlight on racial inequity. West Chester native Bayard Rustin organized that peaceful demonstration. To commemorate this milestone, an exhibit about Rustin’s life is on display through Nov. 11.
- Nov. 3 – First Friday, Downtown West Chester, 4 – 8 p.m. Come explore Downtown West Chester with extended store hours. Street parking is free starting at 5 p.m.
- Nov. 3 – Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, Hop Fidelity, 6 – 10 p.m. You bring it, they spin it! Every Friday.
- Nov. 3 – West Chester Haunted History Tours, Historic West Chester Courthouse, 7 p.m. Come along for a chilling walking tour through West Chester’s spooky history. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cover 1 mile of ground. Tickets: $20/adults;$10/kids 12 and under.
- Nov. 3 – Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Uptown Theater, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Dave Matthews Tribute Band is a national and international sensation with over 1500 performances. Tickets: $35/in advance; $40/at the door
- Nov. 4 – West Chester Growers Market, Chestnut and Church St. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Nov. 4 – WCASD Annual Craft Fair, East High School gym, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 60 crafters selling handmade wares plus, raffles and a craft fair. Proceeds go to support West Chester’s Gifted Education program.
- Nov. 4 -5 – Fall Fine Craft Fair, Chester County Art Association, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Nov. 4 – Plagues and Pestilence: A Walking Tour, Chester County History Center. Tours are being held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Learn the astonishing, little-known history about the diseases that transformed the lives (and deaths) of the people of West Chester. Tickets are $15. Tour lasts 1.5 hours.
- Nov. 4 – West Chester Haunted History Tours, Historic West Chester Courthouse, 7 p.m. Come along for a chilling walking tour through West Chester’s spooky history. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cover 1 mile of ground. Tickets: $20/adults;$10/kids 12 and under.
- Nov 4 – Casino Night Fundraiser, West Chester Area Senior Center, 6:30 – 10:30 pm. Join the WCSC for a night of games, a live & silent auction, dinner, beer, and wine. All proceeds go to suppor the Senior Center. Tickets: $60/person, or $50/person for WCSC Members. Registration is required.
- Nov. 4 – The Brit Pack, Uptown Theater, 7:30 – 9 p.m. The Brit Pack – the most authentic British Invasion experience this side of the Atlantic. Tickets: $40/advance; $45/at the door.
- Nov. 5 – Fall Foliage Express, West Chester Railroad, 230 E Market St, 12 and 2 p.m. Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley. 90 minute journey. Tickets: $22/adult; $18/kids 12 – 2
- Nov. 5 – Veterans Day Parade, 2 p.m. The parade route will start at Henderson along E. Gay St. ending at the Historic Courthouse.
- Nov. 5 – Jitters Quizzo, Jitters – 146 W. Gay St, 7 – 10 p.m. Every Sunday
- Nov. 5 – Kildare’s Karaoke Night, Kildares – 18 W. Gay St., 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Every Sunday
- Nov. 6 – Operation Green Light, Historic Chester County Courthouse, 3:30 – 6 p.m. Chester County’s Historic Courthouse on S. High Street will be lit green in honor of our Veterans.
- Nov. 6 – $5 Monday Night Movie, Uptown Theater, 7 – 9 p.m. Free popcorning included! Showing – Bohemian Rhapsody
- Nov. 6 – Poker Night, Saloon 151, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Free weekly Poker Nights every Monday at Saloon 151. Enjoy $9 burgers and $3 Guinness pints all day.
- Nov. 10 – Veterans Day Ceremony, Historic Courthouse, 3 – 4 p.m. The Chester County Bar Association is hosting its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony with Guest of Honor U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan. The event will feature a military aircraft flyover, music by the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, and Revolutionary War Reenactors.
- Nov. 10 – Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, Hop Fidelity, 6 – 10 p.m. You bring it, they spin it! Every Friday.
- Nov. 10 – West Chester Haunted History Tours, Historic West Chester Courthouse, 7 p.m. Come along for a chilling walking tour through West Chester’s spooky history. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cover 1 mile of ground. Tickets: $20/adults;$10/kids 12 and under.
- Nov. 11 – West Chester Growers Market, Chestnut and Church St. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Nov. 11 – Elks Lodge Christmas Art Show, 401 W. Washington, 2 – 5 p.m. Artisian works for sale. Free admission. Free parking. Cash bar.
- Nov. 11 – Better Than Bacon “Bacon Gives Back,” Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m. For the fourth year, Better Than Bacon Improv is teaming up with Uptown! for its Bacon Gives Back fundraising show! Proceeds support ACT in Faith and Safe Harbor. Tickets: $25/in advance; $30/at the door
- Nov. 11 – Nov. 3 – West Chester Haunted History Tours, Historic West Chester Courthouse, 7 p.m. Come along for a chilling walking tour through West Chester’s spooky history. Tours last about 1.5 hours and cover 1 mile of ground. Tickets: $20/adults;$10/kids 12 and under.
- Nov. 12 – Bike Giveaway, “The Spot” at 415 W. Washington St. 3 – 5 p.m. Bikes are free and being provided on a first come, first served basis
- Nov. 12 – Jitters Quizzo, Jitters – 146 W. Gay St, 7 – 10 p.m. Every Sunday
- Nov. 12 – Kildare’s Karaoke Night, Kildares – 18 W. Gay St., 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Every Sunday
- Nov. 13 – $5 Monday Night Movie, Uptown Theater, 7 – 9 p.m. Free popcorning included! Showing – The Big Chill
Psst. Like to plan? Visit the Calendar page for events through December!
That’s it. Stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll see you next week!