Chester County Briefly: April 11


Chester County Fund for Women and Girls and Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County

Join the CCFWG and the CVC during Sexual Assault Awareness Month for a free screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground from 7-9:30 PM on Wednesday, April 18 at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.

Following the film will be a thoughtful and informative panel discussion, the goal of which is to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and to educate the community about preventative measures for combatting sexual violence.

Using expert insight, first-person testimonies, and staggering statistics, The Hunting Ground exposes rape culture on college campuses through the eyes of victims-turned-advocates. The documentary addresses the failures of college administrations to address the problem of sexual assault, sexual violence, and the ongoing harassment survivors face in their pursuit of justice.

Tickets are free, although donations to the presenting organizations are encouraged. Click here to reserve your seat.

Enoteca Tredici

The popular restaurant will soon open a location in Downingtown, at the former paper mill at 20 East Lancaster Avenue that previously housed Firecreek and Milito’s, writes Michael Klein for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Restaurateur Greg Dodge bought the property for $2.6 million and intends to spend $1.5 million for renovations.

The Downingtown location will have what Dodge calls a sprawling outdoor patio overlooking the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek.

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West Chester Preservation Awards

The West Chester Downtown Foundation is accepting nominations for the Eighth Annual West Chester Preservation Awards. The purpose of the Preservation Awards Program is to raise awareness and appreciation of West Chester’s significant historic character and to encourage the preservation of its historic integrity.

The nomination period runs through June 8. Download the Nomination Form by clicking here.

Award winners will be announced during the West Chester Preservation Awards Ceremony and Reception on Oct. 18 at the Chester County Historical Society.

Victory Brewing Company

Victory welcomes back Summer Love Ale for its ninth consecutive year, but this time with a new, vibrant look. The Golden Ale’s new packaging showcases all the best summer has to offer: sunshine, blue skies, and beach days. For the first time, Victory will offer Summer Love Ale in 15-pack cans to give fans 36 more ounces of the Golden Ale.

“Summer has always been prime time for making good memories, and we know that our Summer Love Ale has contributed to many great ones,” said Victory Co-Founder Bill Covaleski. “Knowing that all good times come from exciting experiences, we amped up the packaging to reflect the cool comfort during hot days that our fans rely on Summer Love Ale for.”

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Mushroom Festival

Officials of Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival recently awarded 52 local nonprofits with grants, and thus reached a $1 million milestone in giving back, according to a report in the Daily Local News.

“We are very excited to have reached the million-dollar milestone,” said Kathi Lafferty, Mushroom Festival Coordinator. “When I started volunteering for the Festival and we started the grant program, a million dollars was never thought about. In 2000, the first year we gave grants, we were only able to split $500 between three organizations.”

After the success of the 32nd Annual Mushroom Festival in 2017, its Board of Directors was able to award a record $114,068 in grants and donations this year, bringing its total giving over the million-dollar mark.

Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce

The DTRCC will present three Civic Awards at its 73rd annual dinner to be held on April 24 at 5 PM at the Downingtown Country Club.

Virginia “Ginny” Pierce is the 2018 Citizen of the Year; the Downingtown Country Club is the 2018 Business of the Year; and the Housing Partnership of Chester County is the 2018 Community Organization/Nonprofit of the Year.

Click here for tickets or contact Steve Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or

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