What To Do: Orchids take center stage at Longwood Gardens

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Orchids at Longwood Gardens If you were asked to name the largest family of flowering plants in the world, what would be your response? If you chose the orchid, you’d be right on the money. The largest family of flowering plants in the world is the orchid — a flower that is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful, delicate and graceful flowers in...

What To Do: Ring in 2018 in style!

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The biggest party night of the year is the highlight of this weekend’s schedule. Sunday 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 are invited to kick off Kennett Square’s...

Applications available for Longwood Organ Academy

Applications are now available for the Longwood Organ Academy, a week-long, residential summer intensive program for college students pursuing degrees in Organ Performance. The Academy will be held July 23–28 at Longwood Gardens and will include a combination of instruction, lectures, and performances. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy for more information.  ...

What To Do: Being non-Christian at Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Everyone gets immersed in the Christmas holiday season but not everyone celebrates Christmas. Actually, there are many people who opt to not celebrate Christmas for a variety of valid reasons — most commonly because they are of a different religion. For Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims, Christmas is not a religious holiday. Fortunately for...

What To Do: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The March to Valley Forge The Christmas season is in full swing. The holiday spirit is in the air, traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost impassable and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday event to attend — and maybe even a few events that are not holiday-related. On...

What To Do: The Coatesville Christmas Parade

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade, a holiday classic that is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 2 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway as its starting point. The parade will conclude at the performing and judging...

Kennett, Longwood Gardens look at flooding concern in Hamorton Homes

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times Pennoni Associates engineer Michael Kissinger talks with residents of the Hamorton neighborhood near Longwood Gardens whose homes have been affected by flooding. KENNETT – The rains on the plain stay mainly in Hamorton, according to some residents of the village who spoke at the most recent meeting of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors. Several...

What To Do: Goodbye Black Friday, hello Christmas season

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Longwood Gardens Thanksgiving 2017 is now in the history books. Black Friday has arrived. The tsunami known as the Christmas holiday season is ready to tear through the area with never-ending sales, a barrage of holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bellringers and a huge array of traditional holiday events and activities. One of the region’s...

What To Do: Goin’ to the dogs…and the turkey

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Dog Show Thanksgiving is looming just around the corner and that means a huge number of Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar over the next few weeks. Fortunately for those who are not yet ready to listen to carols and be bombarded by Christmas sales non-stop, there are several special events around the area this weekend that are...

Longwood gears up for Christmas with a French accent

A Longwood Christmas runs November 23–January 7. Photo by Daniel Traub. EAST MARLBOROUGH — There is only one way to describe Longwood Gardens French-inspired holiday display . . . c’est magnifique! Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by fanciful topiary and more than 50 trees adorned in classic holiday tones boasting sparkling crystal ornaments reminiscent of the splendor...