Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not stroll through downtown soaking up the holiday spirit best displayed by 51 beautifully decorated storefronts?
Last month West Chester Business Improvement District Executive Director John O'Brien shared feedback from its members on the Gay Street closure to the Borough Council Public Safety Committee. The topic at stake – what should the future of Gay Street look like?
Every summer, on and off, since 1970 West Chester has been hosting its very own music festival. The all day concert has the feel of the another area. Maybe it’s all the tie-dye and crochet-embellished clothing for sale or maybe it’s the concert’s organic beginnings - just a group of musicians and the friends that came to see them play - but there is something nostalgic about the whole production. After being forced to cancel last year due to COVID-19, Turks Head is back and ready to rock 50 (and 1) years after that first concert in the park.
Nearly 18 months after the start of the pandemic, confusion and hesitancy continues to loom especially when it comes to large gatherings. While some events, like West Chester’s Halloween Parade and Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival, are back; others, like the Chester County Restaurant Festival, are not. This has left holes in the Borough's otherwise active events calendar or, as local realtor Renee Ryan likes to think of them, opportunities.
With nothing last summer and COVID variants still haunting this summer, there is something extremely appealing about a low-key outdoor music concert - and West Chester has plenty planned this summer. Bring a blanket; bring a cooler or hit up a food truck; kick off the shoes and lean back and listen.
After 150 years of going unrecognized, organizers of Juneteenth events are making up for lost time. By some counts there are over 40 events planned in Chester County over the coming weeks. I talked to author and Chester County Community Foundation Community Engagement Officer Malcolm Johnstone about the role West Chester played in the lead up to the events of 1865. Plus, a list of recommended events to help you celebrate.