What To Do: Philly Flower Show means Spring is coming

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, the Times The Philadelphia Flower Show This is the time of year we all could use some flowers to brighten the day. Sure, there were holiday poinsettias and Valentine’s Day arrangements but that’s really not a whole lot of flowers. With the weather grey and dreary and spring still a long time off, flowers could be a real mood-lifter.   ...

What To Do: Groundhogs, chocolates and Chinese New year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Penns Wood Winery One of the best things about February is Valentine’s Day and one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and wine-loving chocoholics are celebrating – all month. The “Wine and Chocolate Pairings” at Penns Wood Winery (124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, 610-459-0808,...

What To Do: First First Friday is loaded with activities

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A work by artists Doug Elliot as part of Snowy Days If you want to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend, you do have some interesting options. The first Friday of the month is a good time to spend an evening in Kennett Square or Lancaster – a time to enjoy special First Friday activities. Kennett Square will celebrate First Friday...

What To Do: A Good neighbor Christmas, a century of steel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Downingtown has always been a neighborly town – so neighborly that it has an annual event schedule that includes Good Neighbor Day each summer and Good Neighbor Christmas (downtown Downingtown, http://www.dtownchristmas.com) every winter. On December 8, Downingtown will host its annual Good Neighbor Christmas...

Mixed Media: Celebrating our local holiday art traditions

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps...

What To Do: Kicking off the Christmas season in style

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving 2018 is now in the rear-view mirror. Black Friday, which unofficially started about two weeks ago, has “officially” arrived. The Christmas holiday season is here — complete with non-stop over-played holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bell ringers and an amazing amount of traditional holiday events and activities. The...

What To Do: Downingtown Fall Fest celebrates 12th year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times There will be a bustle of activity in Downingtown on September 30 when the 12th Annual Downingtown Fall Fest (East Lancaster Avenue between Wallace Avenue and Green Street, Downingtown, 610-514-7000, http://downingtownfallfest.com) arrives. The popular street festival, which runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine, will feature live...

What To Do: Restaurant Festival dishes it up this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Chester County Restaurant Festival (Gay Street and downtown area, West Chester, 610-436-9010, http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=29) has been treating visitors to the borough with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gourmet treats for almost 40 years. This year, the free festival, which will be held on September 16...

What To Do: Music under the stars at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times 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 18. 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 Longwood’s amazing...

Applications for Longwood Gardens Fellows Program now open

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Applications are now available for the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, a 13-month residential learning experience focused on building the leadership capacity of high-potential public horticulture professionals. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/fellows-program for program and application information. Applications are due October 1.     ...