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Good to Know / September 2021

Written by County Lines Magazine

Just a few things we thought you'd like to know this month.

DIY Decor.

Instead of do-it-yourself, try do-it-together at Board & Brush Creative Studio in Downingtown. The studio is BYOB with DIY workshops for people who love to create and connect with friends and family as they roll-up their sleeves and learn how to build on-trend farmhouse pieces. Got a busy schedule? Try their “Time Crunch” workshops. Or venture beyond wood designs at their specialty workshops to create charcuterie boards, succulent trays, doormats and personalized glassware. 142 Wallace Ave., Ste. 102, Downingtown.

Bye-Bye Plastic.

Say goodbye to plastic bags and hello to sustainable West Chester. After a pandemic delay, the Borough is ready to kick-start their single-use plastic ban including bags and straws. The new enforcement date is coming soon, giving local businesses a chance to adapt to the eco-friendly change by switching to paper bags made from recycled materials. And shoppers can help even now by starting the habit of bringing their own reusable bags.

Back to Basics.

The Chester County History Center and Chester County Archives are teaming up to celebrate 30 years of genealogy workshops with their “Back to Basics” sessions starting September 11th. This session will walk beginners through the fascinating yet sometimes overwhelming field of genealogy. Learn how to build a family tree, determine what information is and isn’t online and what tools are available for recording and organizing information. Workshops take place on Zoom and sign-ups are available online.

Free Tickets.

Head out to local museums for the 17th Annual Museum Day on September 18, when participating museums offer free admission to those who download tickets. This event lets museums, zoos and cultural centers share the spirit of the Smithsonian Institutes in Washington D.C., which offer free admission every day. If you’re planning to go, visit the museum’s website to download a ticket and find a participating museum near you—including Penn Museum in Philadelphia and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

Picture Perfect.

Congratulations to Erik Weber a.k.a. social media account @WestChesterViews, for creating four years of beautiful photos of West Chester. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook to discover the best spots in town or marvel at stunning shots of local landmarks, like the West Chester University campus, High Street, Gay Street open-air market and, of course, plenty of panoramic rooftop views. Want to preserve the images? The website lets you buy a copy. @WestChesterViews.