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, 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 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

Music at Marshall • June 19, 2014

Picnic Photo Album  (Take a look back, after the fact.)

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

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

Less than 1 week away, this year’s first Marshall Square Park summer concert is Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 pm. The evening features:

  • Sin Brothers
  • BirlGirl Design
  • Popular Potluck Picnic by Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation, Inc. and Friends of Marshall Square Park.
  • We’ve been 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 the Sin Brothers 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, MacElree Harvey Law Firm, EBW Civil Engineering Design & Land Surveying, D.L.Howell Civil Engineering and Land Planning, and Stillman Volvo.

If you haven’t paid your annual dues, an FMSP officer will gladly accept cash or check at the FMSP table near the grill.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

$15 Senior/Student
$20 Individual
$25 Family
$50 Organization

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

Thank You Clean-up Volunteers!

WCU Men's Soccer Team

WCU Men’s Soccer Team & Jeff Beitel in red
(Click to enlarge)

To all FMSP,

I hope you all saw how great MSP looks after last Saturday’s clean-up efforts (4/26/14). The WCU Men’s Soccer Team  worked very hard and deserve our sincere appreciation.

A personal thanks to Joe Glah, Jennifer Seaver, Bill Scott, Michael South, Bob Teti, Joan Albisser (Bill’s first cousin), and Miriam Coleman for all your hard work!

Jeff Beitel, President
Friends of Marshall Square Park

Annual Park Clean-up on Saturday, April 26, 9-10:30 AM

Saturday, 4/26, is the annual park clean-up from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Please come out to help get the park in tip-top shape for summer.

The Borough Public Works Department cleaned up most leaves, but residual debris remains. Also, we’ll form a crew to remove the built-up soil from our historic brick swales.

If you can, bring gloves, rakes and a wheelbarrow. We hope to have volunteers from WCU to help. Please mark your calendars, and plan to help spruce up our park.

Thanks,
Jeff Beitel, FMSP President

8th Progressive Plates Review & Slideshow

As always, our Progressive Plates (formerly Progressive Dinner) was a smash hit. We had fun with neighbors, we ate well, and we drank well.

Previously, because homes have a limited capacity, many could not get tickets. To have room for more, we added a home, dined in two groups for the first two plates, and then joined for dessert.

The 8th Plates made more money for the Fountain Restoration than any other event because, even though the ticket price increased, more people could buy tickets. Membership increased, and people paid their annual dues. Way to go Friends!

Our Progression

The Walnut Group

6:00 to 6:50—First Plate: Home of Cathy & Mike Norris, N Walnut 7:00 to 7:50—Second Plate: Home of Sue & Charles Scott, E Lafayette 8:00—Sweet Plate: Home of Colleen & Jason Brennan, N Matlack

6:00 to 6:50—First Plate: Home of Cathy & Mike Norris, N Walnut
7:00 to 7:50—Second Plate: Home of Sue & Charles Scott, E Lafayette
8:00—Sweet Plate: Home of Colleen & Jason Brennan, N Matlack

The Matlack Group

6:00 to 6:50—First Plate: Home of Lee & Eric Miller, E Marshall St 7:00 to 7:50—Second Plate: Home of Wendy Wallace & Gary Varney, N Matlack 8:00—Sweet Plate: Home of Colleen & Jason Brennan, N Matlack

6:00 to 6:50—First Plate: Home of Lee & Eric Miller, E Marshall St
7:00 to 7:50—Second Plate: Home of Wendy Wallace & Gary Varney, N Matlack
8:00—Sweet Plate: Home of Colleen & Jason Brennan, N Matlack

How We Looked

Thanks to Jim Salvas & Patrick McCoy
for preserving our lovely faces ;-)

Click to See Slideshow

Progressive Plates at Scott's

2014 Progressive Plates Event

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Neighbors & Friends of Marshall Square Park,

Your invitation to our 8th Annual Progressive Plates gathering was mailed—if yours didn’t arrive, please print and use this PDF of our Invitation.

Our beloved winter wine & dine event is Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 6 PM. This year’s format is slightly different from earlier years, with five neighborhood homes hosting three different stops, allowing twice as many members! At 6 PM, we divide into two groups for the first two stops; then the groups rejoin for dessert and a final toast. Please let us know if you wish to be grouped with particular friends. We will respond by January 25 with details.

Please send your Progressive Plates reservation as soon as possible but by January 20… and do not forget to include your annual membership dues—donations are welcome, too. As always, 100% of proceeds pours into our park in one form or another. In 8 years, our volunteer group added trash can enclosures, a park information board, bricks around the gazebo, a restored 1878 original structure known as the Swiss Cottage, and special trees were tagged and mapped.

Original 1889 Fountain. (See the original Chester County Hospital in the background?)

Original 1889 Fountain. (Note the original Chester County Hospital in the background.)

Now we need funds to restore the original 1889 fountain, FMSP’s biggest and most exciting project.

Again, reserve by January 20, and please send your membership dues, even if we won’t see you there.

Linda Scott Treasurer