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Break out of the winter doldrums with the West Chester Winterfest in February

Beautiful downtown West Chester in the wintertime
Beautiful downtown West Chester in the wintertime

The Brandywine Valley knows how to put on unique events that draw thousands from around the region. From the Kennett Mushroom Festival to Winterthur Point to Point to the Chester County Restaurant Festival (among many others), the Brandywine Valley does festivals in style. In 2014 comes a new festival to add to the growing list, and it is one to draw those visitors that don’t want to wait until spring. It is the West Chester Winterfest, happening Friday through Sunday, February 14-16, 2014.

West Chester and it’s ever-growing, bustling downtown with its close-knit streets are perfect for festivals. The Winterfest will be no exception. It will be worth it to brave the cold weather and walk the store and restaurant-lined streets for what the Winterfest has in store. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides all three days of the festival that will take you throughout the downtown.

There will also be an interesting ice sculpting exhibition by a professional ice sculptor on Saturday the 15th at the Courthouse. On the same day, prepare to be mesmerized by the talents of Black Violin, a duo of classically trained instrumentalists that will entertain you with a variety of music influences ranging from Bach to Jay-Z. This takes place at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building.

The weekend ends in fascinating fashion as a special American tea menu at The Lincoln Room in the Lincoln Building, which is West Chester’s most historic structure. There are two seatings at 11am and 1pm on Sunday the 16th and each one will include a classical guitar performance of period music followed by a guided tour of the Lincoln Building, where Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for the presidency started.

Of course, the draw to West Chester is always the shops and restaurants and there will be retail sales to be had for the weekend. The Winterfest is a start of a new tradition in West Chester and if you have been cooped up inside because of the cold and snow, this provides the perfect respite to get out and enjoy the town.