10th Annual Progressive Dinner!

2014 • 8th Annual Progressive Dinner at the home of Sue and Charles.

2014 • 8th Annual Progressive Dinner at the home of Sue and Charles.

Join your FMSP friends and neighbors for a fun evening of food, festivity, and great camaraderie at five neighborhood homes facing Marshall Square Park.

We split into two groups for the appetizers and then come together at the fifth home for dessert and a final toast.

  • This exclusive, members-only event fills up fast — GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
  • RENEW your membership, JOIN FMSP, Pay Dues, and Buy Tickets all at marshallsquarepark.org.
  • RSVP BY JANUARY 31, 2016
  • Questions? Email bets.woodrow@verizon.net or call 610-574-6449
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 — 6 to 10PM
  • $75 per person
  • To reserve online, link to our 2016 Progressive Dinner page.
  • To reserve by mail, send check payable to:
    Friends of Marshall Square Park
    PO BOX 3264, WEST CHESTER, PA 19381-3264
  • Include guest names,  your contact info, and note any special requests if you wish to party with particular friends. We will email your group assignments and host addresses.
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It’s like 1889 in Marshall Square Park!


See VIDEO below


The original Marshall Square Park fountain from 1889. Found in 2012, and restored to its original site on December 16, 2015, where Victorians walked and truly appreciated the fountain’s contribution to their community. (See “Big News…” under The FOUNTAIN tab.)

Heritage Metalworks of Downingtown arrived with trucks, a van carrying fountain pieces, and three excited men, dedicated to the fountain they restored—in the park they knew as children.

Watch the video then GO SEE IT IN PERSON!

To finish the fountain project, we need funding. Nonetheless, we plan to welcome Spring 2016 with a working fountain and new drifts of 2,000 daffodils donated by Ben & Pete Rotteveel of DutchGrown LLC, 1-800-277-0215.

Friends of Marshall Square Park has the support of our exceptional Borough community, with all monies coming from residents and without using taxes.

You can make your family a permanent part of this project. Just email contact@marshallsqurepark.org and ask about fountain donation opportunities. Or, visit marshallsquarepark.org.

Heritage Metalworks of Downingtown’s
Team who restored and installed our fountain.

Heritage Metalworks of Downingtown

Ben Woods, Matt White, and Mike Sticley — The fountain restoration team from Heritage Metalworks of Downingtown. These guys have a lot of pride in their work, and it shows in the final product — an historic fountain they feel honored to restore.

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Luminaria Around the Park for Old Fashioned Christmas

Biddle Street Luminaria

Biddle Street Luminaria

With the help of the Boy Scouts (Troop 14), FMSP lights up the streets surrounding Marshall Square Park with over 300 luminaria for our town’s season kickoff in December—Old Fashioned Christmas (First Friday).

Franklin Street Luminaria

Franklin Street Luminaria

Click each photo to feel the splendor :-)

We urge all houses on the four blocks facing Marshall Square Park to take part in this community celebration. In earlier years, nearly 1000 luminaria lit up our neighborhoods — quite spectacular! Please join us this year for the best display ever!

Anatomy of a Luminaria PDF
2015_1114FMSPAnatomy of a Luminaria
1. The cost of the luminaria this year is $1.00 for ONE bag with candle. Sand is not included.

2. Sand can be purchased at a local hardware store. A1 lb. coffee can per bag should be enough. Fun Fact: you can expect to get about 25 full coffee cans from one 40 lb. bag of sand!

3. It is recommended that you purchase one of the butane lighters with the long necks to light the candles in the bags.

4. Placing the bags on the inside (house side) of the sidewalk is best, so people can get in and out of parked cars and so the cars don’t totally obscure the light.

5. Pick up is at the Walters’ house, 224 E. Biddle Street starting DECEMBER 2nd through DECEMBER 4th. Please EMAIL Anne Walters at: annefwalters@comcast.net with your name, how many luminaria you would like and when you want to pick them up.

6. OPTION – For the 4 blocks that FACE the park only: If you would like to hire the Scouts to set up your luminaries for you (take down and cleanup is included), the cost for this service is $2.00 per bag, with a $15 minimum charge. Please let Anne know if you would like to hire the Scouts for their help with the luminaries and how many you would like.

7. The Friends of Marshall Square Park are also asking everyone to try and get your “old fashioned” decorations up by Friday the 4th. That includes white candles in windows, garlands/wreaths on porches, railings, doors, windows (evergreen style).

8. These make great gifts!

9. Please consider donating an extra $5, $10 or $20 (or whatever you can afford) toward the “Luminaries Around the Park” sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Square Park. The group plans to line the perimeter of Marshall Square Park with the candlelight glow of approximately 300 Luminaries on December 4th!!

Aerial of Luminaria at East Marshall and North Matlack

Aerial of Luminaria at East Marshall and North Matlack

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West Chester & Chadds Ford Life magazine features our fountain

A long-lost fountain will rise again in West Chester

By John Chambless
Staff Writer
West Chester & Chadds Ford Life

The West Chester & Chadds Ford Life October 2015 issue will be sent to homes in the West Chester and Chadds Ford areas. Here’s a “teaser.”

In 1883, a leisurely stroll through Marshall Square Park in West Chester was a chance to enjoy the shade of large trees, to see and be seen by neighbors and passers-by, and to stop and admire a fine fountain that splashed in the northeast corner of the park. By 1889, civic pride – and a little funding – led to this first fountain replaced by an even grander example. It had five cast-iron layers, allowing the water to jet out from the top and then trickle down over the ledges to the basin below.

But as the decades went by, fountains became nothing to admire anymore. By the 1960s, the fountain was gone. And that would have been the end of the story, if not for the Friends of Marshall Square Park, a group of residents who got together in 2005 to maintain the trees and surviving buildings in the park. They had historic photos of the park, with the fountain standing tall. They started investigating what happened to it.

Eventually, the pieces were discovered to have been at the farm of Gene and Joan Gagliardi, who had installed three of the tiers and kept the fountain operating on their property. The top tier was never found. The Friends of Marshall Square Park recovered the three tiers after the Gagliardis moved, and have had them in storage since 2012, lining up the restoration process.

Of course, there was the question of what remained inside the corroded iron fence around the area where the fountain once stood. So shovels hit the dirt. Keep Reading!

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FMSP’s 5K and 2 Mile Run!



September 19, 2015

Four Great Events

5K Run
2 Mile Walk
Kid’s Fun Run
Student 5K

Kid’s Fun Run starts at 5:15 PM
All others start at 5:30 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon at beautiful
E. Biddle and N. Matlack Streets
West Chester, PA 19380›

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Music at Marshall broadcast live tonight!

Sin Brothers perform at 2014's Music at Marshall

Sin Brothers perform at 2014’s Music at Marshall

Music at Marshall’s featured band is on the radio today at 9AM!

Tune in to WCHE 1520AM to hear Bill Mason interview The Sin Brothers.

Tune in again at 6:30PM when the Music At Marshall concert is broadcast live! Catch both online at http://www.wche1520.com/tuneinhowto.htm.

Our Music at Marshall concert/picnic season ends tonight. Because of the rain postponement last week, we need everyone to come out, have some fun, and show our great sponsors we appreciate their support.

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Music At Marshall • 6:30 PM, Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The last of three Music At Marshall concert/picnics for the 2015 Season. Be there!

Featuring The Sin Brothers!

Flashback to 8/21/14, last year’s August concert.


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