What To Do: Chester County set to celebrate Juneteenth

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  This weekend features a trio of significant “holidays” – Juneteenth, Father’s Day and Summer Solstice. Kennett Square’s Juneteenth Celebration (historickennettsquare.com) will be held this weekend along with other Juneteenth events at locations around Chester County. Juneteenth is an African American tradition that commemorates the June 19,...

YWMC to establish gymnastics training center at Oscar Lasko branch

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is expanding its gymnastics training center located in the Oscar Lasko YMCA branch in downtown West Chester. The expansion will support the rapidly growing program at the YMCA and will include a custom, full-sized spring floor, a 10-foot tumbling track with raised safety area, two full vault lanes, a permanent preschool set up, additional equipment such as balance...

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...

With Home & Garden Tour off, Friends of Kennett Library announce raffle fundraiser

In lieu of the Bayard Taylor Home & Garden Tour this year, the Friends of Kennett Library are sponsoring a community Shop & Dine Raffle, with 31 chances to win $100 (two $50 gift certificates) to local shops and restaurants. Every day in July, they will draw a raffle ticket to win $100 in gift certificates.  So, with 31 days in July, there will be 31 chances to win!! Raffle tickets are available...

What To Do: Philadelphia Flower Show takes it outside

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Philadelphia Flower Show The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (phsonline.org) has been a staple in Philadelphia since 1829. The massive annual show, which is the nation’s longest-running horticultural event, typically draws more than 250,000 people to Philadelphia every year. The show, which is presented every year by the Pennsylvania Horticultural...

What To Do: Winterthur Point-To-Point returns with changes

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Winterthur Point To Point Every year for more than four decades, Winterthur (Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-4600,www.winterthur.org) hosted the annual Winterthur Point-to-Point Races on the first weekend in May. The event was one of the Brandywine Valley’s most cherished traditions. Last year, COVID-19 caused a shutdown that knocked out traditions...

Businesses can now offset PA tax liability with donation to The Barn at Spring Brook Farm

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm in West Chester is announcing that starting July 1st, businesses can substantially offset their Pennsylvania tax liability with a donation that qualifies them for an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). The Barn at Spring Brook Farm is the only known organization in the Greater Philadelphia area that utilizes a variety of miniature and small-sized farm animals to...

What To Do: Wine, festivals and so much more this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The calendar of events for this weekend features a wide array of interesting things to do – food and wine events, garden attractions, animal-related events, full moon activities and even a monster convention. On May 22, the 10th Annual Skippack Spring Wine Festival (Skippack Pike, Skippack, 610- 584-1155, http://winetober.com) will be held along the...

Great Valley wins PA State Academic Competition

Great Valley High School is all smiles as they take the title of Chester County Academic Competition champion for the 2020-21 school year. Great Valley High School took first place in the virtual PA State Academic Competition that was held on Friday, April 30, where 18 of PA’s top high school teams competed for title of PA State Champion. In the exciting, daylong competition, it was Chester County’s...

Lectures on spotted lanternfly at Galer Estate

The spotted lanternfly has invaded Pennsylvania, but at the Wines, Vines & the Villain event, you can learn mitigation techniques and how to destroy their habitat while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine. The event will be offered on two Tuesdays: May 18 and June 22. The winery opens at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery is located at 700 Folly Hill...