On Stage: The Philadelphia Folk Festival has a loaded lineup

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you’re in the mood for a lot of music this weekend, then you should head north — to Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville to check out the 2019 Philadelphia Folk Festival (Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, 800-556-FOLK, www.pfs.org). This Philadelphia Folk Festival is a music festival that is on a plateau all its own. Now in its 58th year, the festival...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony under the stars

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A great way to spend a warm summer evening is to sit in the audience at the Open Air Theater at Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) with a mild breeze blowing and the Kennett Symphony playing onstage, That scenario will exist on August 17.    Send article as PDF   ...

What To Do: Concert under the stars at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens You can enjoy a two-for-one treat if you visit Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) on August 17. The featured attraction will be a concert by Kennett Symphony of Chester County at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Open Air Theater. Visitors to the site will also be able to check out...

On Stage: Willie Nile is still rockin’ it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile The name “Nile” is associated with superlatives. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4,130 miles and has a drainage basin that covers 11 countries. Willie Nile is an internationally acclaimed rocker whose career spans 40 years.    Send article as PDF   

Volunteer to tutor an adult student

By Mimi Burstein, Special to The Times Chin Wei Huang (left) with tutor Laura Jenkins. Library users may have noticed several pairs of adults in the Reference section, deep in quiet conversation, poring over books, laptops, and papers together. In many cases, they are student-tutor pairs, working with the Adult Tutoring program based in the Chester County Library.  The program is a partnership...

On Stage: Tessa Violet at Voltage Lounge tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tessa Violet Tessa Violet turned in a sparkling performance when she headlined a Philly show last September at The Fillmore. Now, the talented singer/songwriter/indie rocker is returning to Philadelphia on August 14 when she brings her “I Like (The Idea Of) You” Tour to the Voltage Lounge (421 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 215- 964-9602,...

Fellow commissioners surprise Cozzone with service pup named in her honor

Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline, with Kathi the Canine Partners for Life service puppy, named by Commissioners Kichline and Farrell in honor of her colleague Commissioner Cozzone. WEST CHESTER — A traditional charity check presentation at today’s Chester County Commissioners’ public sunshine meeting included an element of surprise for one Commissioner.  ...

Registration Opens for Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix

COATESVILLE — Start your engines! Registration is now open for drivers and owners of vintage race cars and motorcycles who would like to compete in the Fourth Annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix on Saturday, September 21 from 8:30am to 5pm. Registration deadline is August 31, 2019. Vendors and sponsors are also welcome to register. The event is expected to attract 5,000 people...

On Stage: Jamison Ross is a rising star in jazz world

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jamison Ross Jamison Ross, who is headlining a show on August 12 at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com), is one of the rising stars in the world of jazz. He is a drummer, a composer, a Grammy Award nominee and the winner of many prestigious awards, including the prestigious Thelonious...

On Stage: New Reveille is worth getting to know

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times New Reveille When Shawn James’ fans make the trip northward to Upper Bucks County to catch his show on August 10 The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com), they would be well advised to get to the comfy theater early enough to hear the opening band’s set. Performing the role of lid-lifter will...