What To Do: African American Cultural Fair returns to Coatesville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Africa will be in the spotlight at two special area events this week – a festival in Coatesville and a concert at Longwood Gardens. The African American Cultural Alliance is inviting everyone to come to Coatesville this weekend. Now through July 30, the group is presenting the Second Annual African American Cultural Fair of Coatesville. The Fair...

What To Do: New ‘Light” installation art at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is always a special place to visit – especially during the run of its annual “Festival of Fountains.” The 2022 “Festival of Fountains” opened in May and is running through September 26. This summer is even more special because of light. More specifically because...

What To Do: Celebrating Wayne Thiebaud at Brandywine River Museum

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wayne Thiebaud, Boston Cremes, 1962, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase, 1964.22.© 2022 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Two of the area’s most respected museums – Brandywine River Museum of Art and American Swedish Historical Museum — are introducing new exhibitions of art this weekend. The...

What To Do: Brandywine Battlefield open, highlights US-1 area attractions

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Christian C. Sanderson Museum There is a six-mile stretch along Route 1 from Chadds Ford to the eastern edge of Kennett Square that features an abundance of attractions – museums, historic sites, a winery, a botanical wonderland and an historic battlefield. Travelling from north to south, the first location is the Brandywine Battlefield Historic...

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: Valentine’s is over, but wine and chocolate are forever

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  This is always the deadest time of year for activities and special events. Winter arrived in December. Now, all the holidays — Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Dia de los Reyes, Valentine’s Day, Carnival and Mardi Gras — are in the rear-view mirror. And winter, which is bleaker this year than most, is still here. Fortunately,...

What To Do: Despite many cancellations, Santa still coming to West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  These crazy times just keep getting crazier – and scarier. COVID-19 infections and deaths are spiking in Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey and Delaware. As a result, the states’ governors have been ramping up the restrictions and calling for shutdowns throughout the area. Philadelphia has been hit with the toughest restrictions but Pennsylvania in general...

What To Do: Holiday season roars in with new, family-safe events

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving has passed and Black Friday has arrived. That means the Christmas season has reached the top of the holiday rollercoaster and is now slamming downhill – full force at faster miles an hour. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have eliminated a lot – a whole lot – of traditional area holiday activities, there are still holiday events everywhere...

What To Do: A holiday season like no other gets under way

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Longwood Gardens The number of days left in the countdown to Thanksgiving 2020 is in single digits. We all know that Thanksgiving is the traditional “unofficial” start of the Christmas holiday season – even though the season commercially “started” when Christmas items were being stocked on stores’ shelves on Labor Day Weekend and “Black Friday”...

What To Do: Christmas events begin to ramp up

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Holiday Magic at Brandywine It is the middle of November and that means many of the area’s traditional Christmas activities have begun – including a highly anticipated event in Chadds Ford. “Holiday Magic at Brandywine”, which was formerly known as “A Brandywine Christmas,” is running now through January 10 at the Brandywine River Museum...