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Chester Springs Life - Spring 2017 Premiere Issue

04/05/2017 10:43AM ● By J. Chambless


Welcome to the premiere issue of Chester Springs Life. In this first issue, we meet Katherine Lovell, the new executive director of Anselma Mill, and share her vision for the national landmark's future. We explore the history of the St. Joseph Parish, from its humble start to becoming the church with the largest parish in Chester County. We take you inside the Chester Springs Studio, a vibrant arts center at Historic Yellow Springs. We also talk to Steve Plaugher, the manager of the Downingtown Main Street Association, about the organization's efforts to maintain a vibrant downtown in Downingtown. We visit the Villaris Self Defense Center in Chester Springs, where children learn the basics of self-defense and also develop the essential life skills of character, confidence and self-respect. We talk to the talented individuals behind SALT Performing Arts, which has provided thousands of young people with a chance to learn about the craft of theater and experience the thrill of performing in a nurturing environment. We visit backstage at SALT, to where a 31-member cast of teens and pre-teens recently prepared to rock the stage with performances of the rollicking “Seussical, Jr.” Finally, we take you on a visual tour of the Eagleview Town Center in Exton, which welcomes thousands of visitors a year to a full schedule of events and activities. You can always find more stories about Chester Springs and the communities in our coverage area at

Photo by Eileen McMonagle The Chester Springs Studio front entrance

A home for history and the arts

Artists hone craft in scenic antiquity at Chester Springs Studio Read More » 


Artist Daniel Garber in his brimmed hat taught art classes in front of the Crystal Diamond Springhouse

A rich legacy of art

In 1916, Historic Yellow Springs was established as a welcoming home for creativity Read More » 


Downingtowns commercial district is unique Photo by Steve Hoffman

Leading Downingtown's revitalization efforts

The Downingtown Main Street Association works collaboratively with borough officials, businesses, and other organizations in the community to maintain a vibrant downtown Read More » 


The Mill at Anselma along Pickering Creek in Chester Springs opens for the season on April 1 The operational grist mill traces its beginnings to the 18th century

History comes full circle for new Anselma Mill head

Katherine Lovell tapped as national landmark’s executive director Read More » 


Villaris Self Defense Center owner Paul Manili assists a young student with tying his belt

'It's about the progress'

Villari’s Self Defense Centers in Chester Springs teaches children the basics of self-defense. It also develops character, confidence and self-respect Read More » 


St Joseph Parish From a humble start to largest in Chester County - 03132017 0354PM

St. Joseph Parish: From a humble start to largest in Chester County

The Downingtown church is more than 160 years old Read More » 


A recent production of The Wizard of Oz included several cast members who had attended summer camps

The Chester Springs theater of dreams

Since 2013, SALT Performing Arts has provided thousands of young people with a chance to learn about theater and experience the thrill of performing Read More » 


Devon Mitchell was a member of the Jungle Creature Ensemble

Photo Essay: Dr. Seuss, turned loose

Chester Springs Life was on hand backstage moments before the show's final dress rehearsal Read More »