What To Do: Christmas celebrations kick into high gear

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade is a cherished area holiday tradition. The event, which is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 7 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade (http://coatesvillechristmasparade.com) will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway...

What To Do: Holiday season kicks into high gear with celebrations in Kennett, Downingtown

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Holiday Light Parade in Kennett The holiday season will officially arrive in Kennett Square on November 29 when Downtown Kennett Square hosts the town’s annual Holiday Light Parade (Downtown Kennett Square, 610-444-8188, www.historickennettsquare.com). Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with dance performances by Longwood Dance Studio and the parade scheduled...

What To Do: Saluting our veterans

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Valley Forge National Park Monday is Veterans Day – a special holiday created to honor those who have served the nation as part of United States Armed Forces. This is the weekend that America celebrates Veterans Day. Valley Forge National Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, 610- 783-1000, www.nps.gov/vafo) is presenting “Artillery Demonstrations”...

What To Do: Insects get their due at Tyler Arboretum

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tyler Arboretum People often tend to squash or swat away insects when they encounter them — but that’s not always a good thing. There are many insects who deserve respect and need your love. This weekend, bug lovers will join with the staff at Tyler Arboretum (515 Painter Road, Media, 610-566-9134, www.tylerarboretum.org) for a special event...

What To Do: Goshen Country Fair — perfect for a summer evening

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Goshen Country Fair This is the time of the year for outdoors festivals such as country fairs, festivals honoring a particular fruit or vegetable and outdoor concerts. One of the best — and longest-running — is the annual Goshen Country Fair (Goshen Fairgrounds, Park Avenue, East Goshen, 610- 430-1554,www.goshencountryfair.org). The fair,...

What To Do: Honoring our Veterans

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is the weekend that America celebrates Veterans Day – a special holiday created to honor those who have served the nation as part of United States Armed Forces. Valley Forge National Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, 610- 783-1000, www.nps.gov/vafo) is hosting a special “Veterans Day Commemoration” on November 11 beginning at...

What To Boo: Halloween fun for everyone

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Halloween is just a few days away. Halloween, the holiday that features trick-or-treating and other ghostly fun events, takes its name from All Hallows Evening (Hallow e’en). Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other entities from the other side are getting ready for their special day. The area schedule of Halloween attractions is huge and very diverse with something...

What To Do: 88th Kimberton Fair keeps on rolling

Also: The Democrats come to Philly, PoliticalFest events planned By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Kimberton Fair is one of the state’s oldest free admission fairs. This is the time of the year for outdoor festivals. Every summer, this area is a hotbed for festivals — blueberry festivals, peach festivals, county fairs, firemen’s festivals, state fairs and plain old country...

What To Do: Annie, fairs, ice cream and more

Get the beat this weekend, ranging from drum corps to Marley By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Brandywiners, Ltd. will be performing the classic American musical “Annie” at Longwood Gardens, July 25, 26, 31 and Aug. 1. There’s no need to wait for “Tomorrow.” You can hear the song “Tomorrow” and watch the show “Annie” right now. All you have to do is head to Longwood...