What To Do: Celebrating the stars and stripes

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Betsy Ross House This a busy time of the year for the United States flag. Many Americans like to display their flags on holidays – especially Memorial Day Weekend and Independence Day. Sandwiched between the two patriotic holidays is another special day for the Stars and Stripes – Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, Congress passed the first Flag Act, adopting...

What To Do: Fountains at Longwood, Willowdale Steeplechase and so much more for Mothers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Longwood Gardens There are many annual events that are eagerly anticipated by visitors to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) such as the Christmas display, the “Orchid Extravaganza” and the just-concluded “Spring Blooms.” But the one that attracts visitors more than any other is the annual “Festival of Fountains.” The...

What To Do: Cherry blossoms bloom into our region

By Denny Dyroff,  Entertainment Editor, The Times Morris Arboretum This is the time of year to get out and appreciate one of nature’s most brilliant displays – cherry blossoms in bloom. A great place to observe cherry blossoms and see a lot of other spring flowers in bloom is the Morris Arboretum (100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-247-5777, www.morrisarboretum.org). One of the...

What To Do: Pea Soup Supper goes virtual for 2021

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Pea Soup meal Late January is usually a time when the calendar features welcome annual events such as the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, STEMtastic Weekends at Hagley Museum, Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, the classy elite car show at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, special...

What To Do: As things gradually open up, a celebration of MLK

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Like tulips in the spring, museums are springing back to life around the Delaware Valley. The Museum of the American Revolution (101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, www.amrevmuseum.org) reopened last weekend after a long closure because of the COVID-19 shutdown in Philly. This weekend, the Museum kicks into high gear...

What To Do: Winterthur reopens house, galleries to the public

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (5105 Kennett Pike, Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, http://www.winterthur.org) is  welcoming visitors back to its stunning house and galleries beginning October 1. In the Galleries, “Winterthur’s Lady of the House,” Ruth Wales du Pont explores her life as wife of Henry Francis du Pont,...

What To Do: Philadelphia attractions begin to reopen

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Museum of the American Revolution It’s 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has been wiping out events on a regular basis and forcing attractions to remain closed. Slowly, things are starting to come back to life. Philadelphia is a good example of this resurgence. On September 9, Independence National Historical Park (https://www.nps.gov/inde) reopened...

What To Do: A few Labor Day events survive COVID

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Hard as it is to believe, we’ve arrived at Labor Day Weekend — the weekend when summer unofficially draws to a close. But wait – did we even have a summer? We had summer weather – heat waves, high humidity, random thunderstorms — but not much else. COVID-19 took care of that. One thing that seemed would never change about the Labor...

What To Do: If you can’t go out, go virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Museum of the American Revolution In the early days of spring when the weather can be very unpredictable, indoor activities are frequently the best options for weekend plans. With the COVID-19 pandemic having the world in its grip, indoor activities have become a major no-no. Going to a concert or a sporting event – forget about it. Having dinner...

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”...