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: Football? Love is in the air, too

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Next weekend, there will be a wide array of holiday events – many dealing with chocolate and wine. The Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com) is getting a jump on the rest with an event starting this weekend. Every Saturday and Sunday through February...

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: It’s a scary time, so….Halloween

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Bates Motel Halloween candy and costumes have been on the store shelves for more than two months. The cloying smell of pumpkin spice-flavored food and beverage items has been assaulting olfactory senses for a while. Now, the third part of the trifecta has come to life. Halloween oriented events are popping up everywhere. Only a handful of annual events...

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: Altan to perform at Longwood Gardens

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Altan There are always many good reasons to visit Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) any time of year. Right now, a major draw is the OrchidExtravaganza — but that is just one of a number of attractions Over the years, Longwood Gardens has presented a wide array of musical acts from around the world...

What To Do: Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Victorine’s Valentine Day Celebrating Valentine’s Day is always a good way to break up the doldrums of a grey winter. Valentine’s Day Weekend is tough to pin down this year because February 14 is in a Friday. Some activities are this weekend and some are on February 14. Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate the occasion with your sweetheart....

What To Do: Get a jump on Valentine’s Day with wine & chocolate

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A February highlight each year is Valentine’s Day and one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Wine-loving chocoholics are celebrating – all month The Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com) will host Wine & Chocolate Pairings every Saturday and Sunday in February (through...

What To Do: Snow? What snow? Orchids are in bloom at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Every year when January arrives, Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) celebrates one of the largest families of plants in the world. If you did a Google search to find out which are the largest families of flowering plants in the world, this is the answer you’d receive – The three largest...