What To Do: Spring brings many holidays and celebrations

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Linvilla Orchards There is a quartet of religious holidays that occur close to each other every spring – Holi for Hindus, Passover for Jews, Easter for Christians and Ramadan for Muslims. This year, Holi began on March 28 and ended on March 29. Holi marks the advent of spring and is widely celebrated throughout Hindu-majority India. The festival...

What To Do: After a long year, museums, attractions slowly reopening

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Amazingly, it was a year ago when COVID-19’s destructive path began to evidence itself all across the United States. On Friday the 13th in 2020, things started to shut down in response to the newly arrived pandemic. Because of Coronavirus, doors were beginning to close. But the doors were not being slammed shut and locked tight. That...

What To Do: Brandywine Railroad extended, Kennett Winterfest goes virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brandywine River Museum With COVID-19 still impacting everyone and everything, there aren’t nearly as many things on the weekend activity schedules as there usually are. Fortunately, there are still some worthwhile events and attractions – many of which are here in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. The “Brandywine Railroad” display at the Brandywine...

What To Do: Beat the winter blues by getting outside for fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  One way to deal with winter is to get outside and celebrate it rather than staying inside and hiding from it. This weekend, there is a great way to be out in the open air enjoying a winter event — “Chestnut Hill on Ice.” “Chestnut Hill on Ice” (Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, chestnuthillpa.com) is scheduled for January 29 from 5-9...

What To Do: A look at difficult history at Brandywine River Museum

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Brandywine River Museum The Brandywine River Museum of Art (1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, www.brandywine.org) has been hosting a pair of special exhibitions since February 1 – “Votes for Women: A Visual History,” and “Witness to History: Selma Photography of Stephen Somerstein.” With regard to the former – if you snooze, you...

What To Do: Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point is Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Brandywine Hills Point to Point race. Without a doubt, the Brandywine Valley has established a reputation for being horse country. It is an area with many horse farms and an annual calendar filled with equestrian events. Year after year, the local equestrian schedule features an array of top-flight horse shows, dressage events, Grand Prix events...

What To Do: Chadds Ford Days brings back the past

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Every year, there are two constants with the weekend after Labor Day — the weather will be better than it was on Labor Day Weekend and the Chadds Ford Historical Society will be hosting its annual event known as Chadds Ford Days (John Chads House, Route 100, Chadds Ford, 610-388-7376, www.chaddsfordhistory.org). This year, the well-attended festival, which...

What To Do: lots of fun for Easter weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Winterthur This weekend, you need to watch where you’re walking lest you step on something you shouldn’t be stepping on – Easter Eggs, that is, not dog droppings. There will be Easter Egg hunts everywhere – from huge hunts presented by organizations and churches to small family backyard hunts. One thing for sure — there will be a lot more hard-boiled...

What To Do: Its Kennett Mushroom Fest time!

Also: Chadds Ford Days, Secret Garden and much, much more By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times If you love mushrooms — or just a good time — then you need to be in Kennett Square this weekend. Across America, certain towns are irrevocably linked to produce grown in their area — towns such as Gilroy (California) with garlic; St. John’s (Michigan) with mint; Vidalia (Georgia) with onions;...

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...