What To Do: Blobfest is a unique Chester County tradition

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Blobfest The word “unique” means “being the only one of its kind.” It is a very demanding qualification – a very specific qualification. The annual BlobFest in Phoenixville definitely qualifies as unique. In the entire world, there is just one BlobFest and it’s held every year right here in Chester County. “The Blob” is a low-budget...

On Stage: Coatesville’s Mascherino still rocking with The Color Fred

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Color Fred Here are some bands that might be on your playlists. Taking Back Sunday is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. They released their eighth and most recent studio album, “152,” in 2023. Breaking Pangaea was an American emo pop band from Philadelphia. The band released their debut EP and full-length album on...

Gov. Newsom addresses county Democrats

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaking to Chester County Democrats at The Desmond on Saturday, July 6 A capacity crowd of enthusiastic Chester County Democrats enjoyed dinner and speeches from state political leaders and special guest California Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday night at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. A key theme from the evening was the progress the...

What To Do: Holiday weekend events continue

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is Fourth of July week and that means it is time for parties, festivals, picnics and a lot of fireworks displays. With the holiday falling on a Thursday, the schedule gets confused. Some people are off all week, some were just off on Thursday, some celebrate a four-day weekend beginning on Thursday and some just wish all the pyrotechnics noise...

On Stage: Cover bands bring shows to area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times LIVE AT THE FILLMORE This is the first weekend of live music in July and suburban venues have loaded schedules. The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) has a July schedule which includes Live at the Fillmore on July 5, AM Radio on July 6, and Top of the World – A Carpenters Tribute on July 7. “LIVE...

ReFirement at Any Age: Pay attention

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times We live in a world where, now more than ever, we need to be alert and pay close attention to what we are doing, what we are saying, who we interact with and who we speak with. We must be aware of the activity around us and of the people around us who are not paying attention. It could be a dangerous combination if we all were unaware of our surroundings!...

What To Do: Fireworks, fun for Fourth of July

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Downingtown Good Neighbor Day This is Fourth of July week and that means it is time for parties, festivals, picnics and a lot of fireworks displays. The 44th Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Day (www.GoodNeighborDay.com) will be held on July 4 at Kerr Park in Downingtown from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Activities will get underway with a “Prayer and Flag Ceremony”...

On Stage: Celebrating 13 years of Better Than Bacon

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Better Than Bacon The weekend’s attractive line-up of live entertainment starts early this weekend with a local comedy favorite in West Chester, a prog rock band in Kennett Square and an unusual circus in Bensalem. Better Than Bacon is coming back to Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, www.uptownwestchester.org)...

CCIU celebrates groundbreaking of new Great Valley campus

From left, CCDC Principal Dr. Bruce Tinor, CCIU Executive Director Dr. George F. Fiore, student Evan Range and his mother Molly Rang, student Jake LeSage and his parents Stacey and Wayne, and CCIU Learning Center Principal Dr. Don Mangan celebrate the groundbreaking of the Child and Career Development Center’s new Great Valley campus on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Chester County Intermediate Unit...

Inner Nature: Matter matters

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In this article, I will extend the topic begun last month on the constitution of the universe as we currently understand it and simplify (or at least try!) the simply overwhelming vocabulary that attends this topic. And just to be clear about what the universe’s composition has to do with biology or bees…it has everything to do with biology and bees. Living...