2019 Holiday Stroll in the Village of Yellow Springs

JOIN US FOR THE 2019 HOLIDAY STROLL VILLAGE OF YELLOW SPRINGS 2019 HOLIDAY STROLL AT YELLOW SPRINGS Friday, Dec. 13, 4:30–8 pm Village of Yellow Springs FREE The Yellow Springs Holiday Stroll is open free to our community and we welcome all of you to come and share the holiday spirit. There will be fun activities, holiday stories, tasty snacks, holiday music and dancing and so much more as you stroll the village guided by the glowing luminaries. Add a little jingle to your holiday and join us on December 13!Historic Yellow Springs, the Chester Springs Library and West Pikeland Township join together to welcome you to the 2019 Holiday Stroll. Come and join your friends and neighbors for a merry evening of family holiday cheer. The event is December 13, runs from 4:30-8 pm and is fun for all – young and old! Stroll our historic village lighted by luminaries to add sparkle to the season. CHESTER SPRINGS LIBRARY: 4:30 PM Our evening opens at the Chester Springs Library where you will be welcomed for our Holiday Story Time. Sit down and enjoy the stories of the season and have fun with holiday crafts. CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO: 5–8 PM The Studio will be open all evening until 8 pm for crafts, games, music and refreshments presented by West Pikeland Parks and Recreation. JENNY LIND HOUSE Stop by the JENNY LIND HOUSE for hot chocolate and tours presented by LIFE’S PATINA. CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO: 5:30 PM COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING THE BOY SCOUTS will be selling holiday snacks in an outdoor venue by the studio. WEST PIKELAND TOWNSHIP Builiding: 6-6:30 PM Performance by the Chester Valley Dance Academy LINCOLN BUILDING: 6–8 PM Art Poster...

Open Sculpture at Chester Springs Studio

Do you have a concept for a sculpture project but need assistance to realize it? Or, have you been wanting to try your hand in this media? Either way, the Open Sculpture class at Chester Springs Studio may be what you are looking for. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sculptor, you will expand your skills and talents in this workshop. As the Director of sculpture for the Franklin Mint, George McMonigle has worked with award-winning sculptors around the world to perfect their skills and talents. As instructor of the Open Sculpture class at Chester Springs Studio, McMonigle will assist you at your individual level of skill to realize your vision. Do you want to explore a particular subject like birds, animals or a portrait? Bring your ideas to the first class, and you will be walked through the design and composition stage and on to the execution of your sculpture in the round. If you would like to work on a relief or plaque, that would be great! The goal will be to enjoy the process of creating sculpture while learning in a manner that you can apply to your future works. Learn more about this class > Register Now...

General George Washington and the Continental Army March into Yellow Springs

Today, September 17, 1777, is the day Yellow Springs entered the Revolutionary War. The Philadelphia Campaign was raging in Chester County with the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of the Clouds and eventually the Paoli Massacre. It was early in the morning of September 17, after the Battle of the Clouds in Malvern, that this rag-tag army marched a grueling six miles overnight across the Great Valley through torrential rain, cold temperatures, and mud filled fields and trails. They were cold, wet, hungry and tired. Local West Pikeland residents offered food and some lodging. Most of the army camped minus tents throughout the area. Meanwhile, General Washington set up temporary headquarters in the tavern that existed at that time right in our village. Sending correspondence written by his senior aide de camp Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton, he told them he would head west to the furnace area to replenish ammunition and give his men rest. Also with him were James Monroe and Anthony Wayne. The General then decided to send Wayne with a small contingent to watch over the British at Malvern. Thus, the Paoli Massacre. To follow, we know of the Valley Forge Encampment, the building of the Revolutionary War Hospital at Yellow Springs, the knowledge of the medical department here, the support of the doctors and the West Pikeland community, and the steady march to freedom at Yorktown. The freedom we love today. Join me in the commemoration of this momentous event in the history of Yellow Springs. Join me in standing tall and proud of what happened here on this sacred ground that we walk upon...

New Stairway at Chester Springs Studio!

  Thanks to Matt Milkiewicz and the Eagle Scout Troop 216 we now have a new stairway at Chester Springs Studio! They have designed and are in the process of constructing the new stairway. All at HYS are thankful to Matt Milkiewicz, Eagle Scout Troop 216 and all who have contributed financially for this generous addition to the historic Chester Springs Studio. The new stairway and handrail also add to the safety of the many students attending classes at the Ceramic and Fine Art studios. Thanks for all of your hard work and valuable contribution!...

Eels Released into Pickering Creek at Historic Yellow Springs

On Thursday, August 29 more than a 1,000 young American Eels were released into Pickering Run, a tributary to Pickering Creek, at Historic Yellow Springs. Project partners Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and United States Geologic Survey are undertaking a three-year study in which they will re-introduce eels to Pickering Creek. American Eels are native to the Pickering, but they are a migratory fish whose access to streams has been reduced by dams. Over the past few decades, American Eel populations have decreased dramatically in the Schuylkill River watershed, including Pickering Creek. An integral part of the ecosystem, declines in eels have potentially far-reaching implications for the health of the streams they traditionally live in. A three-year study in which American Eels will be re-introducd to Pickering Creek is being conducted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and United States Geologic Survey. Project partners have been working with local conservation groups, including Green Valleys Watershed Association, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, and Historic Yellow Springs. A major component of this study is to learn if the re-introduction of eels has an effect on the population of invasive crayfish in the creek, the numbers of which have increased as the numbers of eels decreased. Re-introducing native eels could be a potentially valuable conservation tool in the efforts to control invasive crayfish and restore native crayfish. At the event, project partners released over 1,000 young eels into Pickering Creek, marking an important step in the study and ecological restoration of the creek. “The...