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West Chester & Chadds Ford Life Fall/Winter 2015

10/21/2015 11:03AM ● By J. Chambless

In this issue of West Chester & Chadds Ford Life, we cover everything from favorite traditions like Chadds Ford Days to the emergence of the Resident Theatre Company's productions as the hottest ticket in town. Chadds Ford Days marked a major milestone this year, and we talked to officials from the Chadds Ford Historical Society about the planning of the 50th event. We also talked to the Resident Theatre Company's founding artistic director, Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, about bringing professionals from New York City and Philadelphia to West Chester audiences. We profile opera singer Stephen Powell, who grew up in West Chester and now performs on stages around the world. We explored how an 1899 fountain is being reinstalled in its former location in Marshall Square Park. We also tell readers about how the former studio of artist Tom Bostelle is being refurbished along the Brandywine River. Writer Richard L. Gaw introduces readers to Lou Samba, co-owner of Anytime Fitness in West Chester who, with the help of his friend and co-owner Evie Cunliffe, is achieving his biggest dreams. And the subject of the Q & A in this issue is Lisa Kershner, who owns North Star Orchard. We talked to Kershner about her participation with the West Chester Growers Market, and about what keeps vendors and customers coming back season after season.

Kyle Reynolds demonstrated how to make candles using 18th century methods in front of the John Chadds House during Chadds Ford Days

Chadds Ford Days: A tradition celebrates 50 years

'This has always been a family event -- a gathering place to celebrate the history in the area.' Read More » 


The original fountain with Chester County Hospital in the background Photo courtesy of Chester County Historical Society

A long-lost fountain will rise again in West Chester

Friends of Marshall Square Park restore an 1899 fountain, and return it to its original home Read More » 


Matt Corr and Nikki Van Casselle

The hottest ticket in town

The Resident Theatre Company's new home at The Armory Theatre on High Street won't be ready until 2016, but the organization is already delighting audiences. Read More » 


Q & A: Lisa Kerschner

Lisa Kershner, who owns North Star Orchard with her husband, talks about what keeps vendors and customers coming back, and what is in store at the West Chester Growers Market this fall. Read More » 


John and Karen Delaney are the new owners of the 1900s dance hall across from Lenape Park that was the longtime studio of artist Tom Bostelle

A former dance hall and art studio is saved

Tom Bostelle's former studio will be preserved, thanks to a dedicated couple Read More » 


Lisa Vonderstuck I love to take the old and turn it into new I like saving the past It doesnt matter what it is  I will do my best to give it a new home

A bit of everything at Brandywine View

Visitors have to plunge in to explore three floors of antiques and repurposed items Read More » 


Stephen Powell and his wife Barbara Shirvis

A lifelong love of music leads to career on the opera stage

Stephen Powell grew up in West Chester and has performed around the world Read More » 


Throughout late summer and early fall the Liondale Farms 20 acres of sunflowers became a must-see for hundreds of visitors who flocked to the site

The field that became a phenomenon

When a portion of the Liondale Farm was dedicated to be a field of sunflowers earlier this year, owner Jim Sinclair and his wife Ann had no idea that their meadow would become a must-see. Read More » 


Lou Samba and Evie Cunliffe are co-owners of the Anytime Fitness franchise on West Chester Pike

His silver lining

Lou Samba gave Evie Cunliffe a plentiful blend of energy, hope and vision, and when it came time to thank him, Cunliffe gave Samba the opportunity he had worked for his entire life. Read More » 


The new team at Kildares West Chester  From left to right Executive Chef Stephanie Gray co-owner Tom Farnesi co-owner Dane Gray bartender Ryan Uhler and wait staffer Xana Lindsay

Oh, my Guinness! 

In July, business partners Tom Farnesi and Dane Gray became the new owners of Kildare's West Chester. Our local version of Dublin is headed to a strong future. Read More » 


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