Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Coatesville Train Station

Rendering of the Coatesville Tran Station, expected to be completed by 2025. COATESVILLE — Local, state and federal officials gathered here Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of the city’s new train station — including Gov. Tom Wolf. For many in Chester County, the day marked a major milestone in the decades-long fight to revitalize the county’s...

What To Do: The spooky and just plain fun in abundance this weekend

Hayrides at Hagley By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend, there is a wide variety of activities that can keep people of all interests occupied. Not surprisingly, the schedule is top-heavy with Halloween-related attractions and events. Fortunately, for those who don’t care about Halloween – or have already reached a saturation point with the marketing for the holiday —...

On Stage: Dukes of Destiny ready to rock Jamey’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dukes of Destiny The Dukes of Destiny are headlining a show at Jamey’s House of Music (32 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, 215-477-9985, www.jameyshouseofmusic.com) and it’s a match made in blues heaven. Jamey’s has become the area’s top showcase for regional and national blues acts – a destination for blues band’s tour schedule and a Mecca...

Inner Nature: Eggs and Seeds

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times I was working in my garden, doing the regular maintenance tasks of weeding and planning my fall plantings. I was planning on gathering seeds from some of my favorite flowers to replant. As I worked, I’d disturb a rock or something (a military joke) and find a germinating weed seed, or a cluster of ants eggs. They were everywhere. Seeds and eggs. Then it struck...

What To Do: Remembering our indigenous roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chester County American Indian Cultural Festival Temperatures that have climbed into the upper 70s and low 80s but don’t let that fool you. We’re in the fourth week of autumn and winter is just around the corner. If you look at an event calendar, you’ll see that it is loaded with autumn and Halloween events. This week’s schedule features a variety...

Willowdale Steeplechase to return to full capacity in 2022

Plans for the 29th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase on Saturday, May 14, 2022 are underway! The races will return to full spectator capacity with some exciting new attendance opportunities. Spectators at the 2022 races will have the choice of purchasing traditional tailgate parking spots, Hilltop Private Party Paddocks or tables in the new Jockey Club at Willowdale. Corporate Hospitality tents...

AG Shapiro announces run for Governor

Pennsylvania Attorney General announces his bid for Governor at an event in Pittsburgh, Wednesday. To the surprise virtually no one — The Times has been reporting this for months — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2022. While there are nearly dozen Republican candidates for governor, Shapiro is currently the only Democrat seeking...

On Stage: Candlelight celebrates the best of its performances

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Candlelight Theater (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) is presenting its brand-new mainstage production – “The Best of the Candlelight Theatre” – now through October 31. The original production is just what its name implies – a series of arranged and choreographed numbers that were...

Everything you need to know about local Halloween events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chadds Ford Pumpkin Carve When October arrives each year, Halloween events are omnipresent. Some are kid-friendly, some are elaborate, and some are really scary. Some are one- or two-day events and some last as long as six or seven weeks. They come in all shapes and sizes — and they are everywhere. One of the most popular Halloween events in the...

Chesco Dems rip Mastriano event falsely claiming 2020 election fraud

On Tuesday, Chester County’s Democrats laced into state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who plans a Chesterbrook event this week built around the Big Lie — that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, which multiple real audits have shown to be untrue — a claim fraudulently pushed by he and others in the state and local Republican Party. Mastriano has pushed for bogus vote “fraudits” in various...