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Natural Lands to host Friday Night Lights on July 13

07/10/2018 11:22AM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw

Staff Writer

In between the Fourth of July celebrations around Chester County and the arrival of its many fall festivals, there's the annual Friday Night Lights event, which will be held this year on July 13 at the 1,282-acre ChesLen Preserve in Coatesville, beginning at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by Natural Lands, Victory Brewing Company and Borderland Vineyards, the evening will be a celebration of live music, food and stars, all beneath the setting sun at the property, which is the largest privately owned preserve of its kind in Chester County.

The event will include performances by Hoochi Coochi, a Delaware-based indie blues band; and The Gilroys, a band from West Chester. Although live music will fire up the evening, the night sky will also be in performance, as stargazing sessions will be led by the ChesMont Astronomical Society, the Chester County Astronomical Society, the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association and the Delaware Astronomical Society.

In addition to food truck fare by Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen, the event will include craft beer donated by Victory Brewing Company, wines donated by Landenberg-based Borderland Winery, and opportunities for roasting marshmallows near an open fire.

Begun in the 1950s, Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The organization has preserved land within a five-mile drive of more than 2.5 million people in the region it serves.

Friday Night Lights will take place on July 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. at ChesLen Preserve (1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville). Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and music begins at 8 p.m. Attendees are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs. No dogs or outside food and beverages will be permitted on the grounds. This event is for adults ages 21 or older.

For tickets to the event, call Natural Lands at 610-353-5587, ext. 221, or visit

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email