NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

On August 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared November to be Native American Heritage Month.  This was a landmark bill honoring America’s tribal people and building bridges of understanding and friendship in local areas. Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to honor the Lenape Indians who first built their campfires and erected their lodges in our area, establishing a village here.   Long before white settlers were to name the area Pikeland, the Lenape knew of the curious yellow water which bubbled up from the ground and were the original people to name Yellow Springs. William Penn made treaties with these peace-loving Americans who were settled here.  Archeological evidence suggests that the Lenape Indians utilized the magical springs for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.  In the summer of 2006, Dr. Heather Wholey, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, brought her class to our village and they did a field project discovering the existence of a village in the Iron Spring Gazebo area.  Significant artifacts were uncovered from the Late Archaic (3000-1000 BC) period.  A notched point of Quartz Eshbach from the Middle Woodland (300 BC-500 AD) period was also unearthed. Other archeological research has been conducted since that beginning exploration and we continue to hold our Archeological Camps for kids during the summer months.  All the “digs” have produced interesting artifacts covering all the eras of HYS history. The Lenape were Woodland Indians who hunted, fished and even cleared land in their villages for growing crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash and beans.  They assisted the early Welsh, Quaker, German and English settlers in clearing land for their...

RESCHEDULED: ELAINE D. ORR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF ELAINE D. ORR, SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 29, WAS CANCELLED DUE TO AN ACCIDENT IN THE FAMILY AND WHILE ALL IS WELL NOW, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO BE HERE. The celebration is now scheduled for Sunday, December 10, at 11 a.m. in The Washington in the Village of Yellow Springs. A light lunch will follow. Please mark your calendars and plan to join sons Gus and Jake Orr and their families and all of us at Yellow Springs to honor Elaine. Gus and Jake apologize for any inconvenience and trust you will join them on December 10.  They also would like any contributions in Elaine’s memory be made to Historic Yellow Springs.  Thank you. For more information, go to www.yellowsprings.org, call 610...

CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO ARTIST OF THE MONTH

This is the first in a series of articles to highlight the extraordinary artists at the Chester Springs Studio who bring their talent and passion to share with our students. NELL HAZINSKI We are pleased to honor Nell Hazinski as our Artist of the Month for November. Nell remembers that when she first came to teach at the studio many years ago there was no potter’s wheel! In 1990 Nell left the Studio and accompanied her husband to Japan where he was teaching for four years. While there she taught art and pottery at an International School and had the opportunity to study the wonderful pottery and pottery techniques found there.  The family returned to the United States and Nell returned to the Chester Springs Studio. Nell sees her Studio experiences as exciting and filled with incredible energy. She said, “I think the village is a magical place where Feng shui exists. She is not the first person to express this feeling when visiting or working here. Nell will be conducting a Nerikomi workshop on November 5 here at the Studio. This old Japanese process uses colored clay to make designs which are then applied to pottery. Nell also works on her farm at her Milkhouse Studio where she teaches classes and workshops. A native of Northern New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University and later studied drawing and photography in Denver. Pottery, however, has been her “forever” love since Rutgers. Nell is happy to see all the growth at the Chester Springs Studio and gives praise to Matt Wren and Cher Pizzi for all the wonderful things they have brought to art in Chester...

YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW POSTER COMPOSITION

WHAT:  2018 YELLOW SPRINGS ART SHOW POSTER COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION WHEN:  December 8 – 17, 2017  WHERE:  Lincoln Galleries TIME:  Opening Reception Dec. 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. – Open Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. THIS EVENT IS OPEN AND FREE TO THE COMMUNITY Join us in this first event to celebrate the 45th Annual Yellow Spring Art Show.  All artists in our current show are invited to submit work representing a village scene or an historic reference to Yellow Springs.  They may also submit one other piece of art.  All pieces are for sale with the exception of the piece that is chosen to represent the 2018 Art Show.  This piece will be auctioned at the Opening Gala of the show and you will see it on all our mailings, the catalog and other marketing pieces. Art Show Chair Maureen Fendrick said, “We have such talented artists in our show and we are always surprised how they interpret our village.  It is such fun and we can’t wait to see the work that they will bring to us this...

Holiday Stroll 2017

WHAT:  THE 2017 HOLIDAY STROLL AT YELLOW SPRINGS WHEN:  Friday, December 8, 2017 WHERE:  Village of Yellow Springs TIME:  5:30 – 8 p.m. THIS EVENT IS FREE TO OUR COMMUNITY!   The Yellow Springs Holiday Stroll is open free to our community and we welcome all of you to come, share the holiday spirit, and be surprised!  There will be fun activities, holiday stories, tasty snacks, holiday music and so much more as you stroll the village guided by the glowing luminaries. Historic Yellow Springs, the Chester Springs Library and West Pikeland Township join together to welcome you to the 2017 HOLIDAY STROLL.  Join your friends and neighbors for a merry evening of family holiday cheer.  The event on December 8 runs from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and is fun for all – young and old! Our evening begins at the Chester Springs Painting Studio where the West Pikeland Parks and Recreation Department will welcome everyone with music, wonderful crafts for the children to make, face painting and delicious snacks.  The Baroque Musical Ensemble will perform holiday carols here and throughout the village. Stroll across to the Lincoln Building where the Yellow Springs Art Show Poster Competition Exhibition is held.   Enjoy wine and refreshments at the opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.  Also in the Lincoln Galleries will be fine arts and crafts available for sale. Your next stop is THE WASHINGTON where the Chester Valley Dance Academy will perform its holiday celebration. SANTA arrives at THE WASHINGTON at 6:30 p.m. Listen for his sleigh bells and his jolly Ho! Ho! Ho! and gather your little ones for the...

From the Director’s Desk….November 2017

Hi Everyone, We have certainly been lucky with the fall weather this year…for the most part. Here in the village we are starting to think about the holiday season, spending time with family and friends and exchanging gifts. Please remember us in your gift giving plans and if you are buying through Amazon please use Amazon smile and designate us as your charity. Speaking of gift giving, I invite all of you to come to our Fine Arts and Crafts show this month to do your gift shopping.  We have over 50 local artists and a wide variety of types of gifts from which to choose. The show runs Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of November with an opening reception here on Friday night the 17th where there will be all sorts of fun and festive food and drink.  So bring your friends and enjoy this start to the holiday season here at HYS. And…there will be a food truck here the entire fine arts and craft show weekend so you can take a break from your shopping and grab a bite to eat. If the weather cooperates, we will have tables and chairs outside on our porches for you to use. Also, see our write-up on the Holiday Stroll which will be held December 8th. There are lots of exciting things for the whole family to do so please plan on joining us. Of course Santa will be here as well as Chester Valley Dance and Chester Springs Library’s Storytime. There will also be the opening reception for the 2018 Yellow Springs Art Show Poster competition, as...

Fine Arts and Craft Show

  WHAT:  YELLOW SPRINGS FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW WHEN:  November 17, 18, 19, 2017 WHERE:  Lincoln Galleries and The Washington TIME:  Friday, November 17 – Opening Reception:  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.              Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19 – 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. – daily ADMISSION:  $5 per person/Free to Members We will be exhibiting and selling the work of fine artists and craftsmen creating ceramics, glass, wood, paper, fiber arts, photography, jewelry and more.  All artists and craftsmen will be at their booths to discuss their work and assist you in your purchases. Get the first opportunity to shop at this spectacular array of items for sale by over 50 local artists on Friday evening at our reception from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available as you browse and purchase. On Saturday and Sunday a food truck will be available, so plan to meet friends, shop, lunch and then shop again! The Fine Arts and Craft Show sponsors include: Amy P. DeShong, Attorney at Law, Gail Fishman, Renewal by Anderson, Haly Home Comfort & Great Valley Propane. Additional sponsors are still needed. For information on becoming a sponsor, please email Maeve at mdaly@yellowsprings.org now! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Volunteer Coordinator Kathy McGarry at...

JAZZ AT THE SPRINGS – 20 YEARS!

WHAT:  JAZZ AT THE SPRINGS – 20 YEARS! WHEN:  Sunday, June 4, 2017 – RAIN OR SHINE! WHERE:  Lawn behind Chester Springs Studio                  (Inside The Studio Barn if raining) TIME:  3 – 5:30 p.m. COST:  FREE to the publicTHIS SUNDAY! – JOIN US FOR JAZZ AT THE SPRINGS – 20 YEARS!  That is Sunday, June 4, 3 – 5:30 p.m.  We are excited to be celebrating our 20th year of great jazz, a great place, tasty treats and beverages and a relaxing day to sit back and enjoy your visit to Yellow Springs.   AND YES – 20 YEARS OF BALLOONS!Plan to meet on the lawn behind the Chester Springs Studio Barn – RAIN OR SHINE!  (In the case of rain, we will move inside the Studio Barn.) We will have Grammy Award nominated producer and drummer GLENN FERRACONE AND FRIENDS to entertain us as they have done for many years.  Glenn presents the best in jazz that combines his music with the beauty of the landscape.  The sound doesn’t get much better! The Cedar Hollow Inn will be serving their delicious pulled pork sandwiches! So, spread out your blankets, set up your chairs, bring your picnic basket and sit back and relax and enjoy the afternoon.   CERAMICS STUDIO PART OF JAZZ AT THE SPRINGS An exciting part of this Sunday afternoon at the Springs is the community firing of the Chester Springs Studio Wood Kiln.  Matt Wren, our Ceramics Studio Supervisor, will be on hand to discuss the wood kiln and its application to ceramics firing.  The process is a multiple day event including loading the kiln,...

From the Director’s Desk…June 2017

Hi Everyone, Thanks to all who came out to enjoy and purchase the incredible artwork that was on display at our 44thAnnual Yellow Springs Art Show.  Our thanks go to Maureen Fendrick, art show chair, and co-chairs Gail Fishman, Lisa Seward, Kathy McGarry, Jan Mest and Tracey Gola plus all of our volunteers who worked so hard to truly make it a beautiful and successful show.  Special thanks to Gail Fishman who spent countless hours setting up our new art show sales software.The month of May was incredibly busy for us here in the village.  In addition to our art show, we continued our tradition of supporting the arts with the award of two art scholarships. The Historic Yellow Springs Prize at PAFA has been given to a graduating senior, in honor of George Congdon, since 1985. The Tom and Jan Hall Art Scholarship is in its second year and is given to a graduating senior from Downingtown East High School.  Both award recipients are chosen by the school’s art faculty. We start June with our 20th Annual Jazz at the Springs. When you come, you will see the village full of activity with Jazz Fest going on behind the Chester Springs Studio or inside the Studio Barn painting studio if it rains. There will also be a wood kiln firing, pottery wheel throwing demo and great pots for sale. Our thanks go to Board Members Bob Willson and Steve Cottone for “chairing” the entire event and to our Sponsors who, through their donations, enable HYS to offer this wonderful family event for free. We have lots of things...

IN REMEMBRANCE OF ELAINE ORR

HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS SADLY ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ELAINE D. ORR 1945 – 2017 Elaine Orr became a member of Historic Yellow Springs in 1978 shortly after she moved to Chester Springs.  She joined the Board of Directors and become president of the Board for the first time in 1980.  She was to serve a total of three terms as president over the years.  When not president, she worked diligently as a Board member and volunteer, chairing and serving on all committees.  She was the epitome of TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE. Elaine worked closely with then Executive Director Sandy Momyer and together they weathered many successes and challenges.  The permit to build our large parking facility was secured after three year’s deliberation with the community.  Together Elaine and Sandy wrote the state grant to secure a loan to rebuild our sewer system.  Our first open space easement was established.  And, Elaine worked hard in rehabbing our wonderful historic buildings, growing our programs and events, upgrading our organizational functions, and just keeping HYS alive and moving forward. There are many wonderful stories and pictures of Elaine at HYS doing everything from painting rooms, gardening, cooking, Frolicking in the meadow, presiding at meetings and so much more.  Elaine was ready for any obstacle.  She would sit down, analyze the situation and then come up with a plan to move on – which always worked!  She enjoyed telling the story of her first day as president of the Board in 1980 when she opened a piece of mail. It was a foreclosure statement on the Yellow Springs property from Girard Bank.  HYS had...