• Katz brings the blues to Chester

    Even if he’s playing jazz, ragtime, soul music or rock and roll, Bruce Katz is playing the blues.

    “There is always blues in there somewhere,” he said.

    Katz, a legendary Hammond B-3 organist and keyboardist who has toured with the likes of Gregg Allman and Delbert McClinton, is bringing his band to town for a show at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as part of a 10-city tour.

  • Dancing with the star

    Tonight, for once, Sean Michael Gore won't be front and center on stage, but given the circumstances, that's OK with him.
    Gore, a member of The Gore Boys (or TGB), will be sharing the stage in Greensboro, N.C. with pop superstar Justin Bieber, who is currently in the midst of his Purpose World Tour.
    Gore's father, Dr. Herman Gore, said that Bieber has been running a contest in a number of cities that gives people the chance to win a spot as one of his dancers for a night.

  • The Peter principle

    Chester might be an unusual place to find a protagonist of a novel dealing with Peter Pan, but even more unusual, it’s also the place where you’ll find the author of the same novel.
    The protagonist is Margaret Aldaine, the main character of Panned, and the author of the book, which is currently in e-book form on www.swoonreads.com, is 19-year-old Moriah Chavis.
    Chavis, the daughter of Chester County teacher Denise Chavis, is a student at USC-Lancaster and has lived in Chester for two years.

  • For Minor, life's a stage

    Emily Minor's first performances took place as a child on her family's brick fireplace hearth. She's working slightly bigger stages now.
    Minor, an American Idol alum who has toured the country, will be in Lancaster for a show this weekend.
    Minor didn't necessarily grow up in a musical family, other than her dad's ability to "pick a little on the guitar." While they didn't make much music, the family did listen to a lot of music.

  • Sheila Culp's drama to begin rehearsal

    For Sheila Culp, spreading the Christian message is best done from some sort of stage. Culp is the playwright who created the popular Christian drama Time Out, seen in Chester at different venues in years past.
    She has just completed casting the parts for a sequel to the play, called Time Out/Word In.
    Her plans are to tour the new production in several area churches and she'd like to present it in a venue like the Little Theater at Chester Park Elementary.

  • FLCC plans first theater production

    Members of the Fort Lawn and surrounding communities are invited to audition for the first play ever produced at the Fort Lawn Community Center.
    The Fort Lawn Community Center announced this week that it will be home to the community’s newest community theater:  The Fort Lawn Community Playhouse.  The premiere season kicks off June 13th with a production of Moliere’s comic masterpiece,  The Miser.

  • Paint and hang a sunflower

    If you love sunflowers, you'll love the next art class presented by the Arts Council of Chester County. On Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Arts Council will host an adult painting class entitled “Acrylics on Canvas with artist Frankie MacLauchlan.” The class will be held at the Arts Council of Chester County at 123 Main St.

  • And a one and a two...it's Stagger Lee

    "I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog call, he was..." The year was either 1946 or 1947 and he, John Lee Westley, was all of 13 years of age, writing those words as a freshman at Finley Senior High School, the heart of East Chester. Being tall and big-sized, he'd always put his age up by three years enabling him to do things at an earlier age, including entering high school.

  • Rash builds success with family stories...by Amanda Phipps

    Family stories provided the bridge to success for writer Ron Rash.
        Rash was raised in Chester, where his family lived to take advantage of working opportunities at the Eureka Mill.
        Rash lived in Chester until he was eight years old and said some of his earliest inspiration came during his time at Chester Elementary School.
        “The teachers helped get me interested in reading,” he said. “They had an (affect) on me becoming a writer later.”

  • Great Falls Youth Community Praise Choir celebrates three years of song

    They sing, they praise, they rejoice and they do it all to the glory of God.
    For several weeks, the Great Falls Youth Community Praise Choir has rehearsed tirelessly to present their best gift of song to the community. They will celebrate their third anniversary at 6 p.m. on Saturday at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Great Falls. Evangelist Mary Talford, who organized this choir, said this ministry is “a great need for Chester, York, Fairfield and Lancaster counties.”