2014 Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We’ll do fun stuff—socialize, imbibe, snack, make friends, and talk Park!
Come hash out our plans for the future and review accomplishments.

Marshall Square Park admirers: please come and bring friends—you’ll make more.

  • 6 PM––Social Hour
    Upstairs at the Side Bar & Restaurant
    10 East Gay Street, West Chester, 610-429-8297
  • 7 PM––Light Buffet
  • 7:30 PM––Park Confab

$12 Buffet and Cash Bar. Click to pay in advance
Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP!

We really hope you’ll come.

Plein Air Honors MSP and Awards Jim Salvas

Plein Air Honors MSP and Awards Jim Salvas

From Photographs of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air judged FMSP’s Jim Salvas the $500 First Place Prize Winner of the MSP Photography Competition!

Oh, what a night! Late October at our host’s Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Friday (10/24/2014) culminated Monday through Thursday of grueling competition. From dawn to dusk, the 72 artists photographed and painted the minimum of four entries from three of the 13 locations.* Did you see the artists in the park? Look at the photo; there’s one painting the Swiss Cottage. [Come back later to see ALL the MSP photos and paintings.]

Jim had one of those “I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened” moments. He placed FIRST in the MSP Photography Competition and THIRD (photo below) in the Overall Photography Competition! The First Place for the MSP Painting Competition is Catherine  Carney. [To fully appreciate, click photos to enlarge.]

From Paintings of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air awarded Catherine Carney a $500 FIRST Place Prize in Painting .

From Paintings of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air judged Catherine Carney the $500 FIRST Place Prize Winner of the MSP Painting Competition .

Jim and Catherine’s MSP award is a fundraiser for our park. They each donate their winning artwork to FMSP, and we auction them at February’s Progressive Plates event. The auction winner donates the winning bid to FMSP for park improvements. Confused yet? ;-)

Jim is exhausted but grateful for the awards and seeing the normally-restricted properties but unusually sorry the challenge is over and hoping to compete next year. Hone your artistic skills and join him.

Plein Air Third Place prize

From photos of 13 designated properties, Plein Air judged FMSP’s Jim Salvas the Winner of the $1000 THIRD Place Prize in Overall Photography!

* Designated Locations
Auburn Heights (Hockessin)
Frederick Estate (Hockessin)
Gahagan Estate (Wilmington)
Hagley Museum (Wilmington)
Haskel Farm (Wilmington)
Janssen’s Market (Chadds Ford)
Marshall Square Park (West Chester
McCoy/Cigler Property (West Chester
Milner Property (near Stroud’s Preserve)
Nielsen Estate (Wilmington)
Pilot School (Wilmington)
Poston Estate (Wilmington)
Winterthur (Wilmington)

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.


$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.