What To Do: Spring brings many holidays and celebrations

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Linvilla Orchards There is a quartet of religious holidays that occur close to each other every spring – Holi for Hindus, Passover for Jews, Easter for Christians and Ramadan for Muslims. This year, Holi began on March 28 and ended on March 29. Holi marks the advent of spring and is widely celebrated throughout Hindu-majority India. The festival...

What To Do: The Easter Bunny is ridin’ the rails

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Easter Bunny on the West Chester Railroad The Easter Bunny is known for hopping around — but it is not always his preferred mode of transportation. Sometimes, instead of bouncing along the ground, the big happy rabbit rides a train. The holiday bunny has just embarked on his two-weekend stint of riding trains all around the area. The West Chester...

What To Do: Butterfly Festival will go on, with a few changes

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Butterfly Festival If you have butterfly bushes in your yard or in your neighborhood, you’ve probably seen plenty of the beautiful insects flying around, dancing with each other and feeding on the plants’ blooms. Every year, there is a colorful and entertaining Butterfly Festival in late August at Colonial Gardens (745 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville,...

What To Do: Yellow Status means get ‘out’ — but be smart about it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jenkins Arboretum “Yellow” is not the most positive word in the English language. Even though it is associated with sunshine, cheerfulness and warmth, yellow carries a surprising number of negative connotations. Psychologically, yellow means happiness and optimism. It is the color of sun shining, or bright light and creativity. It is believed...

What To Do: Kennett Winterfest features region’s top breweries

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, the Times This is a special time of year in Kennett Square – the time for a popular annual event known as the Kennett Winterfest. Usually, tickets are already sold out by this time but this year some tickets remain. The Eighth Annual Kennett Winterfest (http://kennettwinterfest.com/) will be held on February 29 from 12:30-4 p.m. in a tented area near 600 South...

What To Do: Insects get their due at Tyler Arboretum

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tyler Arboretum People often tend to squash or swat away insects when they encounter them — but that’s not always a good thing. There are many insects who deserve respect and need your love. This weekend, bug lovers will join with the staff at Tyler Arboretum (515 Painter Road, Media, 610-566-9134, www.tylerarboretum.org) for a special event...

What To Do: This weekend is all about the pumpkins

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Great Pumpkin Carve One of the most popular autumn events in the area is “The Great Pumpkin Carve” (Chadds Ford Historical Society, Route 100, Chadds Ford, 610-388-7376,www.chaddsfordhistory.org) which is running now through October 20. The colorful event began with the carving competition on October 18. Live entertainment, hayrides and hot food...

What To Do: 88th Kimberton Fair keeps on rolling

Also: The Democrats come to Philly, PoliticalFest events planned By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Kimberton Fair is one of the state’s oldest free admission fairs. This is the time of the year for outdoor festivals. Every summer, this area is a hotbed for festivals — blueberry festivals, peach festivals, county fairs, firemen’s festivals, state fairs and plain old country...

What To Do: Soar at the New Garden Festival of Flight

Also, Stars, Butterflies and more fill the later summer skies By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Greg Koontz Flying Farmer/Truck Top landing stunt is just one of many featured activities and thrills this weekend at the New Garden Flying Field’s Festival of Flight. One of Chester County’s oldest and best traditional County events is the annual air show at the New Garden Flying Field...

What To Do: Crafts, sports, home show…and pumpkins!

More than just Halloween stuff to do this October weekend By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times If you love pumpkins, then the Pumpkin Days event at Tyler Arboretum, Oct. 18 & 19 might just be the ticket for you. These days, it seems that there are pumpkins all around you — big pumpkins, tiny pumpkins, carved pumpkins, huge pumpkins, artificial pumpkins and even illuminated pumpkins. This...