Town Tours Supper Lectures Continue

Town Tours Supper Lectures Continue We enjoyed a delightful summer evening on August 23 when 60 Chester County residents met at Yellow Springs to enjoy a summer boxed picnic supper and hear an interesting lecture on mills of Chester County presented by Dan Campbell, AIA. HYS Tour Guides then took our guests on a stroll through our lovely village. This is the first time this program was presented by the Chester County Historic Preservation Network partnering with HYS. Two more picnic suppers are planned. Thursday, October 25 – Scarborough Faire:  Are You Going? Dolly Cusumano and husband Steve will take us on a virtual trip to the Faire. You will learn about the history of the ancient festival and the song of the same name. Holly has been a member of The Herb Society of America for many years and has studied the history of herb usage. Find out more about the historic use of herbs, what you can grow in your pots or garden and how to use them. Thursday, December 13 – A Christmas Past Jane Peters Estes has developed an extensive expertise focusing on traditions, lifestyles and fashions concerning the period surrounding the American Civil War and extending into the Victorian era. Her holiday program explores the origins of many of our Yuletide holiday traditions (i.e. tree, hanging stocking by the fire) and highlights Christmas customs observed during the Civil War (1861-65). Her presentation will be accompanied with interesting stories, examples and recreations of actual fashions, and illustrations from the period. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Space is limited to 60 people. Cost of Box Supper is $15. Register...

Celebrating Clay – Chester Springs Studio at 40!

Celebrating Clay – Chester Springs Studio at 40! Celebrating Clay Artist’s Reception: September 23, 2 – 5pm Exhibit: September 23 – October 7, 2018 Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 2-8pm Saturdays & Sundays, noon-4pm  Chester Springs Studio, in Historic Yellow Springs, is commemorating a milestone 40th anniversary with the exhibition Celebrating Clay from September 23 through October 7, 2018. The exhibition enriches the Studio’s current clay and wood-firing program while simultaneously honoring our commitment to the field of ceramics and clay artists. Celebrating Clay features functional and sculptural work by thirty-three recognized ceramic artists from across the Delaware Valley. A festive artists’ reception with music by the West Chester University Steel Drum Ensemble and refreshments opens the exhibition on Sunday, September 23, 2-5pm. Ceramics Demonstrations, throwing on the wheel and firing the wood-kiln, are planned for October 6, 2-4pm. Celebrating Clay’s exhibition, artists’ reception, and ceramics demonstrations are open and free to the public. If you would like to volunteer to work at this exhibit, please click on the button directly below. For additional questions about the exhibit, email Matt Wren, Ceramics Studio Supervisor or call 610.827.7414 ext. 21. More...

Archaeology for Kids

Kids—Learn about Archaeology and Participate in an Actual Dig at Historic Yellow Springs! Join the fun on August 13-17, at the Historic Yellow Springs Archaeology Dig for Kids, for ages 8 to 16 years, in Chester Springs, Chester County, Pennsylvania. What treasures can you unearth at an archaeology dig? Here at Historic Yellow Springs (HYS) we have discovered projectile points used by Native Americans, paint brushes used by artists in decades past, oyster shells from when HYS was a resort, and marbles from when it hosted an orphanage. Last year we found a toy trolley car. A professional archaeologist will coordinate the dig and train the children in how to survey the site, excavate and sift soil to uncover artifacts, track daily progress, map discoveries and record findings All archaeological findings are documented and become art of the historic record at HYS. This popular hands-on summer dig allows kids to learn about local history while studying the process of archaeology. Kids research and explore local history as they follow clues left by the artifacts to identify the object, how it was used and by whom. They learn about past human lifestyles and events, and discover how and why they have changed. Information recovered from the dig plays an important part in reconstructing local history. There are just a few spots left (for children 8–16 years). Classes begin on Monday, August 13th. Questions? Email Cher Pizzi, HYS Studio Program Manager, cpizzi@yellowsprings.org. Learn more and Register >...

Workshops: Introductory to Mold Making for Sculptors

This summer we have a great line up of workshops for artists and sculptors! On August 4th and 5th we are offering a mold making workshop for sculptors with George McMonigle. “Did you ever want to make a mold of one of your sculptures or wonder how they were made?” Maybe you had mold making back in school and wondered what has changed! If so, this workshop is a perfect place to start. You will be making a silicon mold of a small (3′ to 4′) very simple sculpture. A demonstration will be given explaining modern mold making materials and techniques. Time will be given to create a small sculpture. George will then walk you through the step-by-step process of dividing your piece with shims, pouring layers of silicon and making a mother mold and a plaster cast of your work. In mold making “size matters.” To get the most out of this workshop and an understanding of the process, we will only be molding a small simple sculpture. This same process can easily be scaled up for much larger and more complex sculptures in your own studios. More information and registration...

WE WELCOME BABY THEODORE

Congratulations to Caitlin Burton and George Meresitzis as they welcome baby Theodore Spiros Meresitzis into their lives.  Caitlin serves as Venue Manager at Historic Yellow Springs planning and hosting all our weddings and events at The Washington. Theo was born on December 27, 2017, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long.  Caitlin told us, “This was the best day of my life and experience to bring this little soul into this world.”  She reports that he is a very good baby and got all gold stars on his one-month check-up.  We look forward to watching Theo grow and thrive. Caitlin will be returning to her position here at HYS following a maternity leave. Her creative and business skills will continue to assist our brides in planning the most memorable day of their lives and introduce The Washington to area corporate partners. Again, all best wishes to Caitlin and George and their new little...