What To Do: Celebrating the orchid at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Orchids at Longwood Gardens The largest family of flowering plants is the orchid — a flower that is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful, delicate and graceful flowers in the world. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew list over 20,000 accepted species with about 800 new species added each year. Additionally, horticulturists have more than 100,000...

Library to host reception, exhibit for local artist

Karen O’Lone-Hahn WEST GROVE – Landenberg artist Karen O’Lone-Hahn has created many paintings as well as pottery, books, and other items in her own folk-art style. From nostalgic black-and-white portraits to whimsical cows and cats in colorful acrylics, O’Lone-Hahn’s works express a rich and talented imagination. Now her art is on view at Avon Grove Library, where paintings and signed...

West Chester man named Railroad Museum volunteer of the year

STRASBURG — The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania announced that West Chester resident Stu Jack as volunteer of the year for 2017. Jack was selected by the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s board of directors from among the Museum’s corps of more than 150 active volunteers for this honor.

What To Do: A snowy, Bowie skate in Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Winter has its drawbacks – without a doubt. But, as long as you can handle cold weather, there are also many things for you to like about winter such as ice skating on frozen ponds (if the weather cooperates), skiing (if the weather cooperates), snowboarding (if the weather cooperates) and winter festivals (in all types of weather). On January 14, the...

TLC Hootenanny Hoedown, Jan. 21

Give A Hoot for Conservation on Saturday, January 21 at The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County’s (TLC) 2017 Hootenanny Hoedown and Winter Beer Garden at Hartefeld National Golf Club. The fifth annual Hootenanny Hoedown celebrates 21 years of TLC. The saloon doors open at 5:30 pm and the party doesn’t end until them cowboys drop. Tickets include music by DJ Frosty, good eats and plentiful...

What To Do: Time to get out and find fun

From murder mysteries to superheroes, lots of reasons to venture out By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  If you’re able to block out the winter weather and want to get out of the house to do something fun this weekend, you have some interesting options. Every Friday and Saturday in January, the Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com)...

Canine Partners For Life seeks volunteers to raise puppies

COCHRANVILLE — You can help change the life of an individual with a disability by raising a puppy for Canine Partners for Life (CPL). CPL trains and places service dogs to assist individuals with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. The service dog industry continues to grow and CPL is processing more applications than ever before. In order to meet the increased demand, CPL has...

What To Do: Ring in 2017 in Kennett Square

Mushroom Drop is just one great local way to celebrate New Years By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The biggest party night of the year is upon us. Saturday night is December 31 – New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve, Kennett Square will be partying in style at its annual “Midnight in the Square” (downtown Kennett Square, midnightinthesquare.com). Young children and their parents...

Uptown! plans New Year’s Eve Grand Opening celebration

WEST CHESTER – On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2016, UPTOWN! Entertainment Alliance will host a Grand Opening Celebration for its new theater. Since the nonprofit organization first found a home for West Chester’s new theater at the National Guard Armory three years ago, it has looked forward to this seminal moment. Uptown!’s New Year’s Eve Gala, The Celebration of the Century, will showcase...

TCHS students bring cheer to families in need

Students, faculty and staff from TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus raised over $13,000 to help purchase new items, goods, toys and clothing for economically disadvantaged families. DOWNINGTOWN — Students from all three Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Technical College High School (TCHS) campuses and the Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) brought an abundance of hope to Chester County...