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...

Hamilton and Hoecakes

Hamilton and Hoecakes! Tuesday, September. 17, 2019, 6 PM The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs $55 per person – $50 for Friends of DCEF and HYS members Following the Battle of the Clouds with the torrential rain in the Malvern area, the Continental Army as well as the Redcoats retreated. General George Washington and his aide de camp Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton marched through the night and entered the village of Yellow Springs the morning of September 17, 1777. While the army rested, General Washington made plans to march to the furnace area west of the village to replenish his lost ammunition destroyed in the rain and give his men additional rest before marching back to protect Philadelphia from the British. HAMILTON AND HOECAKES We invite you and your families to join us on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at 6 p.m. to celebrate this event: HAMILTON AND HOECAKES. Learn about the history of the Revolutionary War in Chester County and dine in The Washington which is on the site of the original inn where Washington and Hamilton would have dined. Step back into our village rich in history and enjoy an evening of songs from the hit musical Hamilton, stories, Colonial games and crafts and a celebration that took place 242 years ago! The Downingtown Community Education Foundation and Historic Yellow Springs join to present this event. Dress in your favorite Colonial outfit (or other business casual dress) and dine on hoecakes, a favorite of the General, ham, baked beans, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, dessert and more catered by Montesano Bros, of Chester Springs. TICKETS Cost: $55...