Our Park—New Site for Plein Air Painting and Photography Competition

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 6.41.43 PMPlein Air Brandywine Valley is pleased to announce a new award to eligible Artists—a $500 cash prize for the winning painting or photograph taken at one of our new sites, Marshall Square Park in West Chester, PA. In turn, the winning artist donates the piece to Friends of Marshall Square Park to use in their fundraising campaign to restore the Park’s 1889 Fountain.

Painting Our Cottage

Painting Our Cottage

Painting Our Park

Painting Our Grove

Painting Our Monument

Painting Our Monument

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting/photography competition, show, and sale celebrating the beauty of the Brandywine Valley as interpreted by artists from around the country. For four days, artists paint and photograph its most scenic properties, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned duPont properties.

From Monday, October 20, through Thursday, October 23, you might see many painters and photographers capturing the beauty of Marshall Square Park. After judging, the winning works and the artists’ own choice work are shown at a gala, art exhibit, and sale on October 24 at 7PM. Purchase Gala tickets through the Plein Air Brandywine Valley website. Part of all art sale proceeds benefit the Children’s Beach House of Delaware whose vision helps children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and communities.

1st Annual Marshall Square Run/Walk

Saturday, September 20, 2014, is the 1st Annual Marshall Square Run/Walk.

  • 12:30 PM – Registration Opens (September 20, the day of the event)
  • 1:30 PM – Kids Run
  • 2:00 PM – 5K Run or 2 Mile Walk

FREE: T-Shirts for entrants and a FMSP water bottle for the first 25 registrants! Prizes to the top three male and the top three female finishers.

Registration is $20 before September 10th at 11:59pm and $25 after. The Kids Fun Run is $5.

Marshall Square Park — Corner of E. Marshall and N. Matlack, West Chester, PA

Marshall Square Park — E. Marshall & N. Matlack Streets, West Chester, PA

The Friends of Marshall Square Park is a group of concerned neighbors formed to support the care, preservation and improvement of our Park for the benefit of the citizens of the Borough of West Chester.

Currently, we are raising money to restore the 1889 fountain and dedicate it in memory of Mrs. Joan Chandler Gagliardi, who did much to protect this treasure over the years.

Click to learn more about this and other FMSP fundraising opportunities.

Music at Marshall Look-Back through Pictures • June, July, and August 2014

Concert/Picnic Photo Albums

We had fun! See you June 18, 2015.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 20:  5K RACE/WALK to benefit Marshall Square Park. Details to come.
Saturday, September 27:  FMSP GARDEN PARTY—Italian Style. Details to come. (Rain date, Sunday, September 28.)

Please come to our events, become a Friends of Marshall Square Park (FMSP) member, give whatever you can, and pay your dues. Fill out our website form under DONATIONS/FUNDRAISING/PAYMENTS and pay by PayPal or mail.

Photos by Jim Salvas
June’s photos by Lane Randall—Jim didn’t want credit for those ;-)

Music at Marshall • August 21, 2014 • The LAST concert for 2014

NEWS: Weather looks good until about 8PM, so
WE’RE GOING FOR IT!  See you there.


 

Only 2 weeks away, the Music at Marshall August summer concert is Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 pm! Fingers crossed.

Only 2 weeks away, the Music at Marshall August summer concert is Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 pm! The evening features:

  • Free Rein
  • BirlGirl Designs
  • Popular Potluck Picnic by Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation, Inc. and Friends of Marshall Square Park.
  • Some have asked, What’s the deal on the concert picnics? It’s pretty simple: Bring a dish to share and eat for free—or—donate ten bucks and eat for cheap.
  • We set up tables around 5:30; bring your dish to kick off the picnic around 6 pm. It’s a lot of fun.
  • Our stage, The Gazebo, is empty now, but FreeRein will rock it Thursday!

Stroll over to the gazebo for an evening of music, dancing, conversation, and food—bring blankets or chairs for concert viewing, consider bug repellant too. And the more the merrier, so feel free to invite all your friends and family!

Picnic Photo Album from June 19, 2014

Special thanks to our primary sponsor  Kit Anstey Real Estate TeamFree Rein is sponsored by Stillman Volvo and D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc.

If you haven’t paid your annual dues, a FMSP officer will gladly accept cash or check at the FMSP table near the grill. OR… to pay online via PayPal or mail a check, go to our Membership page.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

$20 Senior 65+
$20 Full-time Student
$30 Individual
$40 Family
$60 Organization

To keep up to date with our concerts, like us at facebook.com/MusicMarshall.

 

Fig Magazine Interviews Gene Gagliardi and FMSP Fountain Committee

Fig Magazine is working on a story for their next issue about our efforts to restore the Marshall Square Park fountain. Present at their photo shoot were members of the Friends of MSP fountain committee, including committee chairperson Anne Walters and members Gordon Woodrow, Jeff Beitel, and Jim Salvas.

They were joined by Gene Gagliardi, who is working with Gordon Woodrow on a major fundraising event for this October. Mr. Gagliardi and his late wife, Joan Chandler Gagliardi, saved this fountain from destruction over many years.

Jeff and Mary Veale, who purchased Southdown Farm in East Bradford from the Gagliardi family, are the last private owners of the fountain. They generously donated it to the Friends of Marshall Square Park, who have worked ever since to raise enough funds to restore the 1889 fountain.

We plan to dedicate the restored fountain in memory of Mrs. Joan Chandler Gagliardi, who did much to protect this treasure over the years.

l to r: Anne Walters, Jim Salvas, Gordon Woodrow, Jeff Beitel, Mr. Gene Gagliardi, and Photographer Michael Miville

l to r: Anne Walters, Jim Salvas, Gordon Woodrow, Jeff Beitel, Mr. Gene Gagliardi, and Photographer Michael Miville

 

Fountain Committee Members Gordon Woodrow, Anne Walters and  Jeff Beitel discuss renovation plans.

Fountain Committee Members Gordon Woodrow, Anne Walters and Jeff Beitel discussing renovation plans.

Music at Marshall • July 17, 2014

The Gazebo is a bandstand at all Music at Marshall Concerts.

The Gazebo is a bandstand at all
Music at Marshall Concerts.

Only 1 week away, the Music at Marshall July summer concert is Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 pm! The evening features:

  • Back2Life
  • BirlGirl Designs
  • Popular Potluck Picnic by Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation, Inc. and Friends of Marshall Square Park.
  • Some have asked, What’s the deal on the concert picnics? It’s pretty simple: Bring a dish to share and eat for free—or—donate ten bucks and eat for cheap. To join in… email MSPpotluck@gmail.com. We set up tables around 5:30; bring your dish to kick off the picnic around 6 pm. It’s a lot of fun.
  • Our stage, The Gazebo, is empty now, but Back2Life will rock it Thursday!

Stroll over to the gazebo for an evening of music, dancing, conversation, and food—bring blankets or chairs for concert viewing, consider bug repellant too. And the more the merrier, so feel free to invite all your friends and family!

Special thanks to our sponsors  Kit Anstey Real Estate Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Back2Life is sponsored by National Penn Bank and Edward B. Walsh & Associates, Inc.

If you haven’t paid your annual dues, an FMSP officer will gladly accept cash or check at the FMSP table near the grill. OR… to pay online via PayPal or mail a check, go to our Membership page.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

$20 Senior 65+
$20 Full-time Student
$30 Individual
$40 Family
$60 Organization

To keep up to date with our concerts, like us at facebook.com/MusicMarshall.

Picnic Photo Album from June 19, 2014