What To Do: Holiday events take center stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Thanksgiving has passed and Halloween 2022 is ancient history. That that means the Christmas season is in full swing – the all-encompassing holiday season with Christmas carols providing the audio background and an endless barrage of Christmas sales and ads in full assault mode. Fortunately, there are many non-commercial holiday activities celebrating...

On Stage: ‘Tina’ tops wide rage of theater options in the area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tina – the Tina Turner Musical The calendar for late November and December each year always features a plethora Christmas and holiday events. Fortunately, for those who seek a brief respite from the full onslaught of holiday activities, special sales and the endless ringing of Salvation Army bells, there are several top-flight theater productions scheduled...

Becoming the Best U: Advice on exercise, gifts and self care

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Question: I stopped exercising during Covid, and I want to get back into shape, but don’t know where to begin. Do you have any suggestions? Dana – West Chester Answer: I always tell my clients who are getting back into exercising to turn it into a social experience, so they look forward to it. Depending on your budget, physical limitations, and time allowance,...

ReFirement at Any Age: Good Thoughts. Good Words. Good Deeds

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times This message is very fitting for this time of year and one that should be practiced every single day. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a fulfilling life, doesn’t it? If we have good thoughts, they will form into good words, which can be put into motion as good deeds. Sound easy? It’s not. It takes a conscience effort. If we view it and practice it as...

On Stage: Boney James returns to Philly with show at Rivers Casino

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Boney James Boney James has performed at many venues in the Delaware Valley, South Jersey and Atlantic City. Boney James has released a lot of smooth jazz albums. This weekend, James returns to the Philly area with a new album and a show at a new venue. James will treat fans to music from his recently released album, “Detour,” in a concert at Rivers...

Why was there a Blue Wave in Pennsylvania?

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa By now we’ve all had a bit of time to digest the election results — in terms of Pennsylvania and Chester County — it was a very good mid-term election for Democrats, sweeping the statewide races, taking control of the state House of Representatives and holding all of their Congressional seats. As you may know, the party in control of the White House...

What To Do: National Dog Show tops busy schedule of events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  National Dog Show If you suffer from cynophobia then don’t even think about visiting the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks, 484-754-3976, http://www.phillyexpocenter.com) this weekend. Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. On November 19 and 20, the National Dog Show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center – from 8...

On Stage: A fun ‘Panto’ from People’s Light

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto When the Christmas holidays arrive, it means it’s also time for a panto arrive at People’s Light (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, peopleslight.org). This year, it’s “Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto,” which is running now through January 1, 2023. Each year, the People’s Light holiday panto transforms...

Johnson named Director of Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

Jamie Johnson After serving for ten years as the second in command of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Services, the Chester County Commissioners named Jamie Johnson the new Director upon the retirement of Vince Brown. Brown worked in Drug & Alcohol (D&A) for 32 years, the last ten as its Director. “Jamie is passionate about helping those who struggle with substance abuse disorders, and...

On Stage Extra: Dreamers hit the road again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Dreamers After sitting back waiting a long time for the pandemic to pass, Dreamers, a pop rock duo featuring Nick Wold and Nelson, has shaken off the rust and is on the road again. They are in the middle of their “The Cameras & Coastlines” co-headlining tour with Smallpools – a tour that touches down locally on November 13 at Brooklyn Bowl...