What To Do: Get a jump on Valentine’s Day with wine & chocolate

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A February highlight each year is Valentine’s Day and one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Wine-loving chocoholics are celebrating – all month The Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com) will host Wine & Chocolate Pairings every Saturday and Sunday in February (through...

True story of Cinderella at Uptown

WEST CHESTER — You know the story of Cinderella, but you have never heard it told like this. Opera tutti,  or “Opera for all”, presents the classic tale as a comic, fractured mini opera at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in downtown West Chester on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00PM. With a cast of fourteen talented local artists, the West Chester region is well represented in this ninety-minute...

What To Do: Chocolate Lovers Fest gets bigger and better

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dull, grey midwinter days can lead to feeling glum but there is an antidote – a vacation on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If that seems attractive but not very realistic, there is another antidote — chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even a small dose of the brown-colored treat can elevate your mood. And, a mild sugar rush can...

What To Do: Snow? What snow? Orchids are in bloom at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Every year when January arrives, Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) celebrates one of the largest families of plants in the world. If you did a Google search to find out which are the largest families of flowering plants in the world, this is the answer you’d receive – The three largest...

Przywara named new YMCA Chief Operating Officer

Rich Przywara WEST CHESTER — Earlier this month, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine welcomed Rich Przywara as their new Chief Operating Officer. Przywara was the Senior Vice President for Operations at Ashley Addiction Treatment in Maryland prior to joining the Y, but he is a familiar face in the Chester County area. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the West Chester University Foundation...

Korengel named So. Chesco Chamber Citizen of the Year

Pictured L to R: James E. Turner, SCCCC Chairman of the Board; Leon R. Spencer, Jr., 2016 Recipient; Annalie Korengel, 2019 Recipient; Joan Holliday, 2014 Recipient; and David M. Haradon, 2015 Recipient. WEST GROVE — The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce has selected Reverend Annalie Korengel, pastor of Unionville Presbyterian Church, as its 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Year for her...

Into The Woods at UHS, March 19-21

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Unionville High School presents the Tony award-winning musical Into the Woods on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.mat Unionville High School. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales. While...

What To Do: Ponds may not freeze over, but lots of great skating options locally

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Power Play Rink Based on what we’ve seen from the area weather so far, skating on frozen ponds around Chester County will only happen in dreams. Fortunately, there are quite a few very good indoor locations for ice skating in the area. One of the best local skating sites is Power Play Rinks (701 Haywood Drive, Exton, 610-458-9160, www.powerplayrinks.com)....

Orchid Extravaganza returns to Longwood Gardens, Jan. 18

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Escape to a lush sanctuary filled with nearly 5,000 blooming orchids during Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens January 18 through March 22. As one of the first plant collections at Longwood, orchids have held a place of distinction since 1922. Longwood’s talented horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with an artful display that includes spiraling Phalaenopsis,...

2020: Happy New Year!

A very Happy and Healthy New Year to all of our readers, advertisers, supporters and friends. We hope the new year brings prosperity and good news. We’ll be enjoying a bit of down time for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but be right back with fresh content on Thursday, Jan. 2. Again — may 2020 be a happy, healthy and positive year for you and your family.   ...