On Stage: Slambovian Circus of Dreams enjoys Philly NYE tradition

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Slambovian Circus of Dreams The Mummers Parade is a great Philadelphia tradition. It dates back more than a century, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on January 1. There is another Mummers tradition in Philadelphia. It dates back more than a decade, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on December 30. Some bands...

Inner Nature: Gender — sex made visible

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times Charles Darwin concluded his seminal “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” with this immortal paragraph: “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers,...

Bosworth honored for 10K hours of service on Kalmar Nyckle

Tony Bosworth aloft in the rigging of Kalmar Nyckel in Washington D.C. in 2009. Climbing 95 feet above the deck of The Tall Ship of Delaware would be a thrill for some of us.  For Tony Bosworth, it’s been a 21 year passion. As a Kalmar Nyckel volunteer he reached his 10,000-hour milestone for service to the ship this summer, and now a carving of his likeness will be mounted on the stern of the ship...

Mushroom Farmers to display an all-new booth at Pa. Farm Show in 2020

AVONDALE — After ringing in the New Year, festivities will continue at the 2020 PA Farm Show, January 4-11 in Harrisburg, at the PA Farm Show Complex, featuring the state’s number-one cash crop, Pennsylvania mushrooms. Delicious, nutritious and highly versatile, mushrooms feature prominently at America’s largest, not-to-be-missed indoor agricultural exhibition. For the 2020 Show, Mushroom...

Houlahan deserves credit for careful consideration on impeachment

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times By now, America has absorbed the fact that President Donald J. Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. While Republicans in Pennsylvania had little choice but to submit to the cult of Trump personality — conform or suffer electorally fatal Twitter attacks from the president — Democrats, like our own Rep. Chrissy Houlahan approached...

On Stage: Rockin’ Christmas puts local stars in spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tantric’s singer Hugo Ferreira could ask the band’s live audience if he could sing a fado song for them. Having no idea what he was taking about, they would probably respond – “forget that…just rock out, dude.” Ferreira is an Portuguese-American singer, songwriter and musician who has been the front man of the hard rock band Tantric since...

On Stage: A Very Cheadle Christmas in Ardmore

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Laura Cheadle If you like Christmas music but are would like to hear something other than the same old traditional songs done the same old traditional way, there is a show for you tonight. If you want to enjoy the traditional songs and rock out at the same time, plan a trip to Ardmore. On December 20, The Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore,...

What To Do: Busy holiday — and non-holiday — event schedule this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times March In at Valley Forge Which is harder to do right now – go 10 minutes without being bombarded by holiday advertising or finding a non-holiday activity on the area’s event calendar? The Christmas season seems a little different this year. The holiday spirit is in the air but the traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost normal —...

Longwood Gardens, Willowdale Steeplechase team up for special Mothers Day package

Action from the Willowdale Steeplechase can now be combined with time at Longwood Gardens. File photo. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world, together with one of the region’s finest horse racing events, the Willowdale Steeplechase, invites visitors to spend Mother’s Day weekend in the charming bucolic countryside of the Brandywine Valley, Chester County,...

Operation Phoenixville Elves hold annual wrapping party

Volunteers for Operation Phoenixville Elves wrap gifts Sunday at the Great American Pub. PHOENIXVILLE — A hearty group of “Elves” gathered Sunday at the Great American Pub to wrap gifts and spread a little bit of the holiday season cheer to local families in need. After starting in 2014 with just about about 12 families, Operation Phoenixville Elves is now working to help more than 250...