On Stage: Hamilton storms into Philadelphia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hamilton This is the week for big stage productions to arrive in the area in a variety of genres – musical theater, international ballet and modern circus. First and foremost is the eagerly awaited arrival of the mega-hit musical “Hamilton,” the show that took Broadway by storm a few years ago and never let up.    Send...

On Stage: Albert Castiglia was born under a good sign

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Albert Castiglia Over the next few days, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) is presenting a series of shows that will please a wide variety of music tastes – blues, western swing, classic rock tribute, singer/songwriter and indie pop. It starts on July 25 with modern bluesman Albert Castiglia. “Born...

On Stage: Tim O’Brien brings bluegrass to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien got interested in music at an early age and has stayed with it ever since. Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia in the 50s and 60s, O’Brien was drawn more to traditional music than the rock music that dominated the airwaves. His musical path led him to bluegrass, country and, eventually, contemporary bluegrass....

Chester County Fire Chiefs Association salutes volunteer firefighting dads

Editor’s Note: As we celebrate Father’s Day this year, the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association gives a special thank you to all dads who volunteer to keep Chester County lives safe and encourages more to do the same by learning about the many volunteer opportunities available at www.helpfightfire.com.     Rick King and Family Four years ago, Rick King had one of his proudest moments as...

Rudolf hired as Kennett Twp. interim manager

KENNETT — Alison Rudolf will serve as Kennett Township’s interim township manager beginning Tuesday, May 28. She will replace, on an interim basis, Lisa Moore, who was terminated by the township last week and is the subject of an ongoing investigation over alleged fiscal improprieties.    Send article as PDF   

What To do: Cinco De Mayo in Kennettt

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cinco De Mayo is day for partying. Along with El Dia de Los Reyes (Day of the Kings) and El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it is one of the biggest party days of the year for the people of Mexican descent. On St. Patty’s Day, everyone is an honorary Irishman. On Cinco de Mayo, everyone is an honorary Mexican (except Donald Trump). ...

On Stage: Marianas Trench gets deep into its work

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Marianas Trench Marianas Trench, an indie-pop band based in British Columbia, broke into the Canadian music scene in 2006, met with immediate success and has been riding high north of the border ever since. The four-piece band from Vancouver — Josh Ramsay (lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, pianist, songwriter), Matt Webb (lead guitarist, backing...

On Stage: No need to ‘Cringe’ at this act

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cringe There are times when fans head to a show to see one of their favorites as headliner and cringe if they have to sit through an opening act. When fans head to The Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on April 23 to attend Tesla’s “Shock USA Tour,” I they get there early, they’ll see...

Commissioners file suit against Sunoco over pipeline construction

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell, and the County of Chester have filed a civil lawsuit against Sunoco Pipeline LP regarding the Mariner East pipeline project.  The Commissioners and the County are seeking a permanent injunction against Sunoco relating to the company’s disregard of the language of supplemental permanent easements...

What To Do: April means Cherry Blossom time

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sakura Week at Shofuso If you want to see hundreds of lovely trees showing off their pink blossoms, you can find what you want at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival (http://subarucherryblossom.org), which is known in Japanese as Sakura Matsuri. The event is running April 6-14 at a variety of locations around the Philadelphia area.   ...