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CHRISTMAS in WEST CHESTER

  • Strolling Carolers Friday night 7pm-9pm and Saturday 11am-1pm
  • Shops participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL)

Brandywine BalletTHE NUTCRACKER by BRANDYWINE BALLET
December 12-21, 2014 | various times

The timeless ballet is performed by the Brandywine Ballet Company at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. Production and choreography by Donna Muzio and Nancy Page. Music by Tchaikovsky. See performance times and ticket information.

SANTA'S EXPRESS on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD
December 20-21 | 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
West Chester RailroadAll aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at Market Street Station, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glan Mills Station where there's plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap, so remember your cameras. Live music by Greg Wright & Friends. On board snack car offers hot dogs, hot chocolate and various snacks (cash only). A rain, shine, or snow event. See details.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH
The MessiahSunday, December 21, 2014 | 2pm
George Frideric Handel's famous masterpiece The Messiah is performed by The Brandywine Singers with the Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra playing on period instruments. At the historic Methodist Church building, 129 S High St at Barnard. Ticketed event. Free parking available at the Bicentennial Garage, 20 S High St.

YEOMEN OF THE GUARD at WCU
January 29-30-31, 2015 | 8pm
Yeoman of the GuardJanuary 31 and February 1, 2015 | 2pm
Considered to be among the finest of the Gilbert & Sullivan light-operas, Yeomen of the Guard is a production of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County. It breaks some of the conventions of comic opera without loosing the ability to please the audience. Directed by Bob Binkley with Florrie Marks, Music Director. At the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University.

FIRST FRIDAY
First FridayFriday, February 6, 2015

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. 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).

West Chester University LiveBLACK VIOLIN at WCU
Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Black Violin, returning after their jubilant response last year in West Chester, to perform their classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266. 

West Chester University LiveBRIAN CONWAY at WCU
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Brian Conway with Mary Courtney, Brendan Dolan, and John Whelan for an evening premier Irish-American Sligo-style fiddle music performed with skill and force. At Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre Performing Arts Center. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

FIRST FRIDAY
First FridayFriday, March 6, 2015

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. 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).

Jane PauleyJANE PAULEY at WCU
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 8pm
WCU Live! President's Speaker Series will welcome Jane Pauley as she presents Your Life Calling, a practical and inspirational speech that allows people to see themselves in a powerful new way. She will shine a spotlight on people who are reinventing themselves, changing how they live, and pursuing their dreams. At Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, West Chester University campus. See ticket information.

West Chester University LiveMASTERS of SOUL at WCU
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents a celebration of the legendary songs that defined Motown and soul music performed by Masters of Soul with an all-live band. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

WCU Live Popovich Comedy Pet TheaterPOPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at WCU
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and his performing pets each rescued from the streets. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

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.

WCU Live!TAIKO DRUMMING & DANCE TROUPE at WCU
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the performance of nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, as they blend thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folk dancing. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

THE JUNGLE BOOK at WCU
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 3pm & 5:30pm
WCU Live! presents the Missoula Children's Theatre production of The Jungle Book. Local students, Kindergarten -- 12th Grade, are invited to audition for up to 50 roles. See wcupa.edu for details. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 5pm-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 creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. 5pm to 9pm. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID.

Brandywine BalletSLEEPING BEAUTY presented by THE BRANDYWINE BALLET
May 1-3, 2015 | various times

The Brandywine Ballet Company presents The Sleeping Beauty, a grand production of the charming fairytale with enchanting choreography, luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fanciful characters. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. See performance times and ticket information.

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.

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