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Light Painting Meet-Up – Chester County

Light Painting Meet-up by Andrew J Wood (http://www.awoodpix.co.uk)
Light Painting - Andrew J Wood (http://www.awoodpix.co.uk)

For those of you that live in the Chester County PA area, I am trying to put together a Light Painting Meet-Up!

For those of you that are new to the idea, I suggest you take a look at the following example:

So if you are interested, please let me know.

In the mean time, check out either

for the latest information!

– Andrew
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Oktoberfest – Exton Beverage Company

On Friday night, it was Oktoberfest at Exton Beverage Company in Chester County, and was well attended throughout the evening.

Overview of the Sierra Nevada Beer Sampling
Overview of the Sierra Nevada Beer Sampling

The great music was provided by the local band, Holt 45!

The Holt 45 Band at Exton Beverage Oktoberfest
The Holt 45 Band at Exton Beverage Oktoberfest

One of my favorite shoots of the night, was this view of these future ‘groupie’ girls, creating and holding up various signs of admiration of the band!

Future Groupies holding up signs of admiration
Future Groupies holding up signs of admiration

In one of the signs that you are getting old, and the torch is being passed to the next generation, these pre-teen fans started a very loud cheer when Holt 45 stated to play Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic “Sweet Home Alabama”, and then at the end, started to shouting “Free Bird”!

In the munchies department, there were Philadelphia Pretzel Factory’s nuggets, Pulled Pork shooters, Turkey Wraps and an awesome Crab Queso Dip provided by Riverstone Cafe in Exton!

Turkey Wraps - Oktoberfest  Fest at Exton Beverage
Turkey Wraps – Oktoberfest Fest at Exton Beverage

Five sampling areas were setup for breweries to showcase their Oktoberfest lineups, and as any beer drinker knows, this is a great time to try something new.

Great Lakes Brewing Company was there, and was a first time experience for me, and many others.

Great Lakes Brewing Company - Oktoberfest at Exton Beverage
Great Lakes Brewing Company – Oktoberfest at Exton Beverage

I only got a chance to sample three of their offering, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Currently On Tap Burning River Pale Ale and the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, all of which were very good.

Both the Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Burning River Pale Ale had a pronounced hop taste, but had mellowed in tartness in the aftertaste, compared to local Victory’s Hop Devil (one of my wife’s favorites), and I very much enjoyed the chocolate tones in the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. If you can find a variety case…

Shock Top Belgian White glasses - Oktober Fest at Exton Beverage
Shock Top Belgian White glasses – Oktober Fest at Exton Beverage

Another new company for me was Shock Top, and their Pumpkin Wheat was very nice, with nice citric tones.

Exton Beverage sign at sunset
Exton Beverage sign at sunset

Once again, it was great way to end the week, and I very much encourage you to follow Exton Beverage on Facebook for future events!

– Andrew
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2011 Chester County Balloon Festival

Tethered Balloon Ride - 2011 Chester County Balloon Fest 034
Tethered Balloon Ride

Back in May, on the Chester County (PA) Photography Facebook page, Daniel Potter posted the first link for the “Chester County Balloon Festival“.

To be honest, I had never heard of this event before and over the next couple of weeks, I tried to help keep the topic alive in my “social” network.

That being said, when Saturday arrived, the kids were very eager to go, and were having a hard time understanding that we were going to be leaving later in the day.

Our plan was to be there for the “Mass Ascension Hot Air Balloon Launch”, which was scheduled to start at 6pm.

Getting there was a breeze, and parking was the typical off-road and on to the grass arrangement.

We got there early enough that the real crows had not gathered, so we were able to leisurely walk around and check up the some of the vendors and get some food.

As we relaxed and ate some dinner, we sat in the field that was allowing folks to walk into semi-inflated interior, and watched as some people climbed into another tethered for a quick ride into the sky..

The starting time for the “Mass Ascension Hot Air Balloon Launch” neared, and we headed toward the viewing area, and managed to squeeze into a small spot.

Both Madison and Logan stretched their necks to see the balloons slowly gaining size as the handlers blew up the balloons with hot air.

Handlers adding hot air to the balloon
Handlers adding hot air to the balloon

We watched as each colorful balloon gained its final shape, and lifted into the air.

Balloons being launched into the air
Balloons being launched into the air

The last few balloons were taking much longer then the traditional ones to fill with air, and kept may new comers guessing what they were, but it was apparent that they were something complex.

Finally the Clown Head and Haunted Halloween House had taken shape, and in the spirit of the balloon, the crew added a little extra touch to the moment!

Skeleton in the Haunted House balloon
Skeleton in the Haunted House balloon

The kids had a great time, and we do plan to go back next year!

Andrew (SDC) - View my '2011 Chester County Balloon Fest' set on Flickriver
- Andrew
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CANCELED – Devon Horse Show Photography

Just got off the phone with the Head of the Photography, Peter Doubleday, and he informed me the Devon Horse Show is really cracking down on non-official photographers selling images taken during the events.

This 2-3 year old policy is in an effort to preserve the copyright value of the Devon Horse Show event.

If you take pictures, and sell them, the DHS lawyers might be giving you a call, even if you are hired by one of the Stables that are participating.

Apparently, more and more Horse show are following this trend to protect their copyrights.


– Andrew
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2010 Downingtown Christmas Parade

Yesterday was the Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade, and once again, it appeared to be a big success!

The weather was definitely warmer than last year, with the temperatures in the low 40s, and mostly overcast. (Several members from the Flickr groups I belong to, also expressed delight with the warm weather!)

Madison and I were the only ones from our family that were able to go. Logan was coughing way too much for Mom to allow him to stand around outside. (Our whole family, plus many other folks I know, have been fighting this dreadful lingering cold…)

We headed downtown around 2:15pm, with the thought of trying to avoid the hassle of trying to find parking, and to get a good viewing spot.

As we got closer, there did not appear to be much of a crowd, which made parking a breeze.

We walked from our spot at the Downing Center lot, and headed over to the center of town.

As we arrived, there were some people already there, with unfolded chairs and blankets, but not as many as I would have expected with the parade starting so soon.

We decided to walk around, and ended by stopping into the Minquas Fire House, where the Christmas Committee was hosting an Open House with Cookies and Hot Drinks.

After a few minutes of warming up inside, and some cookies, we talked back down town, and eventually staked our claim in a little spot near the Rt. 322 intersection, almost the same spot as last year.

As we waited and watched, we noticed a group of parents and kids gathering to the right of us, in front of the Coffee Cup, getting ready to perform.

Leaping over the Streets (014)
Leaping over the Streets (014)

They started a little after 3pm, after they introduced themselves as “The Touch of Class Dance Studio“.

As the instructors started to move the littlest members onto the street and into position, things started to get a little strange.

To the left of us, you could see that the police had already stopped the Rt. 322 traffic from turning on to the main parade route, but several Township vehicles and Police cars were still driving up and down Rt. 30.

At one point, a fast moving township pickup truck seemed as if it was going to run right into the little performers sitting in the street!

Needless to say, the spectators were getting a little agitated with what they were seeing, causing one parent from across to street to yell out: “Guess they did not get the memo!”.

Leaping over the Streets (007)
Leaping over the Streets (007)

The little dancers were easily cleared from the street without problems, and one of the adults from the Studio, did walk down the street, and confront an Official to confirm that it was okay to continue, and she was assured that is was.

Several minutes later, another unmarked gray police car drove back down the street, causing the kids to once again to scamper of the street, sparking an even more satirical comment “One more time!” from the same parent as earlier.

Getting a better view (047)
Getting a better view (047)

Finally, the Studio was able to continue without incident, and thrilled the crowd with their various dance routines.

On several occasions, with the music playing and the dancers jumping and spinning, children from the crowd entered the street and joined the performing Dancers.

As the performances continued, proud parents and children moved to the street to get a better view of the action, including one child, who seemed to just want to take a nap!

After about 30 minutes, the whole Troop gathered on the street to finish their performance.

The Finally - All hands on Deck! (053)
The Finally – All hands on Deck! (053)

Now it was time for the Main Event!

The Start of the 2010 Parade! (058)
The Start of the 2010 Parade! (058)

The celebration of the Holidays, is to look back to the past…

Old Fashion Steam Fire truck (142)
Old Fashion Steam Fire truck (142)

as well as what we have today…

Some of Downingtown's Fire Trucks (119)
Some of Downingtown’s Fire Trucks (119)

as well as trying to remember the innocent’s of youth…

"Hi There!" (072)
“Hi There!” (072)
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"Look at that!!" (100)
“Look at that!!” (100)

and good food! (Think these pretzels are big enough??)

"I know I can finish this..." (039)
“I know I can finish this…” (039)

and our animal friends…

Apologies to the Commissioner! (065)
Apologies to the Commissioner! (065)

as well as the music of the season…

One of Santa's musicians (080)
One of Santa’s musicians (080)

and the array of colors!

The Season of Colors (077)
The Season of Colors (077)

or the First Family of the Holiday’s, that help to bring it all together!

Santa and Mrs. Claus (155)
Santa and Mrs. Claus (155)

Happy Holidays to all!

Andrew (SDC) - View my '2010 Downingtown Christmas Parade' set on Flickriver

Additional Images of this Event can be found on Flickr
– Andrew
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