What To Do: Honoring our Veterans

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times This is the weekend that America celebrates Veterans Day – a special holiday created to honor those who have served the nation as part of United States Armed Forces. Valley Forge National Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, 610- 783-1000, www.nps.gov/vafo) is hosting a special “Veterans Day Commemoration” on November 11 beginning at 11...

What To Do: Dia de Los Muertos in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times November 1 is a special day in Mexico and in Mexican-American communities throughout the states. It is the day known as “Dia de Los Muertos” — the Day of the Dead. It is a festive day when families remember and honor their loved ones who have passed away. Kennett Square will be celebrating “Dia de Los Muertos” on November 3 with a special event...

Longwood gears up for Christmas with a French accent

A Longwood Christmas runs November 23–January 7. Photo by Daniel Traub. EAST MARLBOROUGH — There is only one way to describe Longwood Gardens French-inspired holiday display . . . c’est magnifique! Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by fanciful topiary and more than 50 trees adorned in classic holiday tones boasting sparkling crystal ornaments reminiscent of the splendor...

Four events to fight homelessness

WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s Decade to Doorways, the community-wide plan to prevent and end homelessness in the county, will host four free community events in West Chester, Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Phoenixville from November 13 to 16 as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The events include free screenings of popular movies with a central theme of poverty and...

Unionville Art Gala, Nov. 17 & 18

This year’s featured Artist for the Unionville Art Gala is MaryAnn Weselyk. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 42nd year.  This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food!  The UHS Art Gala strives to include a variety of artists – both new and more established individuals...

What To Boo: Halloween fun for everyone

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Halloween is just a few days away. Halloween, the holiday that features trick-or-treating and other ghostly fun events, takes its name from All Hallows Evening (Hallow e’en). Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other entities from the other side are getting ready for their special day. The area schedule of Halloween attractions is huge and very diverse with something...

What To Do: Celebrate Fall without being scary

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times While Halloween might be first and foremost in many minds this weekend, there are less scary, more relaxed ways to enjoy your fall weekend. Of course, for those of you who enjoy some scary good fun, we have an entire rundown of Halloween events in the area, here. Autumn weather seems to have finally arrived and now is the time to take advantage of what the...

What To Do: Carve up some fun

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times One of the most eagerly-anticipated 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 21. The colorful event began with the carving competition on October 19. Live entertainment, hayrides and hot food are featured...

Chrysanthemum festival blooms at Longwood

Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival is on view now through November 19. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Autumn is in full swing and so is the much-anticipated Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, when the 4-acre grand Conservatory is bursting with fall’s quintessential flowers. From the thousands of colorful Chrysanthemum blooms to the one-of-a-kind Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, the Chrysanthemum...

YMCA offers free membership to 7th graders

Chester County seventh graders, you’re going to want to get to the YMCA right now. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is proud to continue its 7th Grade Initiative, which offers any seventh grader in Chester County a free one-year youth membership. Kids simply need to bring a school ID, roster or report card, along with a parent or guardian, to their local branch to register. After registering,...