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
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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: 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

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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Where’s the Fountain Garden?


Planted in 2006, the garden is now pushing up weeds for excavation and installation of the original fountain now out for restoration. Watch the video and read about the process.

The drawing on the sign and these blueprints illustrate our goal. You’ll find lots more info at The FOUNTAIN pull-down menu at

Consider putting your name on the fountain by supporting its restoration. Or sponsor Your Own Park Bench!

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A Walk in the Trees

Trees at Monument in Marshall Square Park 4/26/2014

Trees at the Monument in Marshall Square Park 4/26/2014 • Click to enlarge—breathtaking!

How did it go? Might there be a sequel?

Thanks for the note. We missed you, but the walk was wonderful.

We got to see our Kentucky Coffee tree! — Number 28 on Tree Location Map PDF below.

Was reminded of the significance of different leaf formations. Finally learned what those little red booties are that appear under the magnolias this time of year. In some ways, it was like a refresher of high school and college biology classes.

Ken (LeRoy) was absolutely charming; his enthusiasm for the park made everything ALIVE …and so fortunate for we who have it.

Not sure if Ken will come back, but there are others with other points of view that we should encourage to teach us about what we have!

Marshall Square Park Tree Location Map • June 27, 2012

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