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...

SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION

Class registration for the Summer Semester will go live on Monday, June 5, 2017.  Adult classes include throwing and handbuilt pottery, drawing, still life painting, plein air painting, sculpture, and life drawing and painting. We are offering pottery and drawing/painting classes for teens, as well claymation animation for kids. Register on June 5th at http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/. Workshops in oil and acrylic painting, watercolor painting and mixed media are currently available for registration online at http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/workshops/.Kids’ Half-Day Summer Camp and Archaeology Dig is currently available for registration at:...

2017 SUMMER KIDS HALF-DAY CAMPS

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR HYS’ SUMMER HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP!  Register online at:  http://yellowsprings.org/classes-workshops/camps/  We encourage you to register NOW as these camps fill quickly and you don’t want your children to miss out on the opportunity to explore and play in art and clay at Yellow Springs. Kids have fun exploring the weekly themes – creating with paint, pencils, paper, mixed media and clay!  HYS offers four weeks of Creative Art and Clay Half-Day Camps for children 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years. Drop-off and pick-up for all kids is at the Lincoln Building. Week 1:  June 26 – June 30 – Ocean Wonders Explore the wonders of the ocean to create sea life underwater Week 2:  July 10 – July 14 – Wide World of Animals Animals from around the world and local too-build a clay birdhouse Week 3:  July 17 – July 21 – Music Makers Learn about art-inspired music; build a natural passion for music and art Week 4:  July 24 – July 28 – Nature Explorers Explore native plants, learn about wildlife, create art to enjoy the beauty of nature All classes are $165 for members; $185 for Non-members (includes materials) REGISTER NOW AND WATCH AS YOUR CHILDREN HAVE FUN WITH ART AND CLAY!  Check our website for full details:  www.yellowsprimgs.org/classes-workshops/camps/.  Contact Cher Pizzi, Studio Program Manager, at cpizzi@yellowsprings.org or call 610 827-7414 Ext. 16 with questions. KIDS’ ARCHAEOLOGY DIG – August 14 – 18 The popular archaeology dig – TREASURE HUNTERS – at Historic Yellow Springs will be offered August 14  – 18.  We begin our day at 9 a.m....

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO

THE PAINTERLY APPROACH— AN EXPLORATION WITH GEORGANNA LENSSEN Saturday and Sunday – June 17 – 18 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Explore still life or image as a point of departure. Rather than simply recording or representing the painting subject, students will explore their connection to a subject and its essence. We will discuss contemporary painters and approaches to painting while developing our working knowledge and visual awareness of composition, shapes, color, paint application and surface quality. In this marriage of “interpretation and expression” students will learn a contemporary and liberating method of painting. All levels welcome – limited to 12 students                 $110 for members/$125 non-members   PAINTING IN NATURE’S STUDIO – WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH MICK McANDREWSSaturday and Sunday – August 12 – 13 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This two-day en plein air workshop at Yellow Springs is the best way to learn to maximize your painting time in the outdoors with beautiful surroundings, natural light and the sights and sounds of nature.  Nature’s Studio presents a great challenge as well as a great reward. You will gain a partnership of you the artist with the medium.  Come enjoy the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive. All levels welcome – limited to 12 students                 $170 for members/$190 non-members   MULTI-MEDIA WORKSHOP WITH NANCY BARCHSaturday and Sunday – August 26 – 27 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Explore your creative vocabulary and learn new techniques each day in this multi-media workshop.  You will learn to combine paint, pastels, and printmaking to achieve stunning results in color and texture.  Techniques such as image transfers, monotypes and wax paper reverse printing will be...

DON’T MISS THE 23rd TOWN TOURS AND VILLAGE WALKS 2017

  WHAT:  CHESTER COUNTY 23RD TOWN TOURS AND VILLAGE WALKS WHEN:   Thursday, July 27 – RAIN OR SHINE! WHERE:  Village of Yellow Springs TIME:  Tours begin 5:30 p.m. and continue till 7 p.m. COST:  FREE to the public – everyone invitedHistoric Yellow Springs is pleased to be participating in the 2017 Town Tours and Village Walks program on Thursday, July 27, for the 22nd consecutive year.  It is our honor to invite Chester County residents and beyond to visit our village and learn about its deep and rich history.  The theme for 2017 is the Philadelphia Campaign of the Revolutionary War.  Three of the battles of this campaign took place in Chester County:  The Battle of the Brandywine, The Battle of the Clouds and the Paoli Massacre.  These battles will be explored at twelve sites throughout the county.  Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour starting at 7 p.m.  All tours are free to the public. We at Yellow Springs will explore a much sought after inquiry re the Revolutionary War in our area.   Our presentation is titled THE REMAINS OF THE DAY.  The question often put forth is:  “Where are the bodies buried?” and we shall answer that question as we know it. Cemeteries are a tragic reminder of the cost of war.  They are also places where we honor those that have bravely served.  With the Revolutionary War Hospital at Yellow Springs and the Quaker Meeting Houses, churches and private homes in our area utilized as medical facilities, we know that many Revolutionary War officers, soldiers and community members suffered and died here during the...