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    The Cure for Winter Blues

    By Fig Guest Blogger Zoe Musselman

     

    Winter can be a hard time for those of us who can’t stand the cold, snowy weather. Although it’s tempting to pass the time stowed away indoors until warmer weather comes, don’t forget the fun activities that you can take advantage of in winter. Don’t get bogged down by the winter blues, instead, enjoy some of these activities that were made to brighten winter in West Chester!

    Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

     

    West Chester’s new theater in town offers everything from comedy shows to concerts. Uptown! is the perfect place to spend a few hours inside enjoying live performances or a movie. Be sure to visit their website to see all of their events. Here are a few to put on your calendar for February:

     

    Chosen Dance Company “Evvolution”

    February 2, 7:30 pm & February 3, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

    Come out and see the evolution of American hip-hop unfold before your eyes. See how the style has progressed and changed since the late 60’s.

     

     

    Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County “An Evening of G&S and Trial by Jury”

    February 9, 7:30 pm & February 10, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

    Celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s 30th anniversary at Uptown with full orchestra performances of the society’s greatest hits, including a performance of “Trial by Jury.” Visit Uptown’s event calendar for ticket availability and pricing!

     

     

    2018 Oscar Shorts

    February 12, 6:30 pm

    Prepare for the 2018 Academy Awards by coming out and seeing all Oscar-nominated short films! Enjoy a relaxing evening with theater snacks and drinks while keeping up with the latest and greatest shorts made this year. Tickets are only $20, grab yours now!

     

     

    Be sure to keep up-to-date with all events at Uptown! by visiting their website

    Old Soul Décor

    Shopping Downtown

     

    Although it can get quite chilly, winter is one of the most beautiful times in downtown West Chester. Bundle up, grab a hot drink from one of our many coffee shops, and spend the day window shopping. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a store for you! Stop into The 5 Senses to browse beautiful hand-made treasures, or Old Soul Décor to find new unique ways to decorate your home. If clothing is what you’re looking for, stop into Green-Eyed Lady or KALY to find your new favorite outfit. When the sun goes down, keep in mind the bustling night life downtown offers as well. Gather your friends and enjoy a night out at Kildares Irish Pub or Barnaby’s. What are you waiting for?!

    Visit a Park

     

    Nothing is more peaceful than a walk around the neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. Take advantage of the parks in and around West Chester this winter to help ward off cabin fever. Get out your warmest winter clothes and spend a few hours at Everhart Park on the corner of W Miner Street and S Brandywine Street enjoying a walk, or bring your kids along to play on the playground. Another spot to check out is Marshall Square Park on N Franklin Street which is home to some Victorian and Civil War monuments for the history buffs in your group. West Chester also has many great parks a little farther outside of town. Stroud Preserve and Ridley Creek State Park both offer huge areas of land to hike and explore. Take a trip with your friends and family and see all that Chester County has to offer!

    Visit the Library

     

    For those who enjoy reading, cold weather is one of the best excuses to stay inside snuggled up with a hot drink and a great book! If you’re like me though, sometimes sitting in one place for too long can drive you crazy. West Chester has several libraries that offer readers a sanctuary to check out new books as well as discover new cozy reading spots. West Chester Public Library on N Church Street is the perfect spot to hunt down your new favorite book. If you live closer to campus, stop into the Francis Harvey Green Library which houses thousands of books in its six floors. Although on campus, it is open to the public and offers computers and printing services to visitors as well. While you visit our libraries, you can scour out the best places to sit and read outside when the warm weather comes!

    Longwood Gardens

     

    Although a little farther outside of West Chester, Longwood Gardens is worth the car ride! Each season a new attraction is set up, which means that if you’ve been there already, you should go again! As they wrap up their holiday fountain exhibit, visitors can look forward to their next attraction, Orchid Extravaganza, opening January 20th. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture the exhibits that use thousands of flowers and plants to create beautifully mesmerizing patterns and creations.

     

    When the cold feels like it just won’t go away, remember these fun activities that West Chester has to offer! Don’t let yourself get caught up in winter blues, instead come to enjoy the chilly weather and the unique activities that it offers!