On Stage: Modern day minstrels take their art to the people

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times hackedepicciotto Europe in medieval times had minstrels. A minstrel was an entertainer. Originally describing any type of entertainer such as a musician, juggler, acrobat, singer or fool, the term later, from the 16th century, came to mean a specialist entertainer who sang songs and played musical instruments. From the 14th century until the present...

What To Do: Mumfest at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mumfest This is the time of year when nature’s colors in this area usually go through a shift. Normally, the bright colors of summer’s flowers begin to disappear and are replaced by the autumnal colors of changing leaves. But, the warmer and wetter weather through September and October has allowed the green leaves to stick around. As a result,...

What To Do: With outdoor events looming, hope for dry weather

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Larry Ahearn will perform at Spring Gulch. Hopefully, things won’t be too soggy over the next few days – especially because many of the popular events on this weekend’s calendar are outdoor activities. From May 18-20, the Spring Gulch Folk Festival will return for another year at Spring Gulch Resort Campground (475 Lynch Road, New Holland,...

On Stage: Nothing like The Nutcracker to make it feel like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is one of the most cherished—and longest running—family holiday traditions for families in the region. For many, a visit to Philadelphia to enjoy the lavish presentation by the world-famous Pennsylvania Ballet is a integral...

On Stage (Extra): Make the holidays come alive with local productions

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  The Nutcracker by The Pennsylvania Ballet For many families, going to a theater to watch a live on-stage production of a holiday show is an annual tradition – especially shows such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Best Christmas Ever” and various plays based on the Nativity scene. Without a doubt, the most popular holiday productions are ballet performances...

What To Do: ‘Mum’ is the word at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  This is the time of year when nature’s colors go through a shift. The bright colors of summer’s flowers are beginning to disappear and are being replaced by the autumnal colors of changing leaves. The only plants that really hang on and continue to have flowers are hardy pansies, which can bloom all winter long, and chrysanthemums, which are primarily...

Brandywine Ballet to perform free show, July 29

Brandywine Ballet, Chester County’s Premier, Regional, Non-profit Ballet Company is proud to be performing on Friday, July 29th @ 7pm in the The Delaware County Summer Festival (June 15-August 14), held at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA. This is a FREE performance!

What To Do: Downingtown’s Good Neighbor Christmas

Also: Santa makes many, many appearances in and around Chester County By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for Downingtown’s Good Neighbor Christmas, Saturday. For as long as anyone around here can remember, Downingtown has had a reputation as a neighborly town — especially with an annual event schedule that includes Good Neighbor Day each...

What To Do: Longwood’s Chrysanthemum Festival

Also: Pumpkins are carved and a plethora of Halloween fun and scares By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Longwood Gardens’ annual Chrysanthemum Festival opens this weekend. As soon as the temperatures begin to drop, the only plants that really hang on and continue to have flowers are hardy pansies, which can bloom all winter long, and chrysanthemums, which are primarily autumn flowers. Longwood...

What To Do: It’s holiday excitement from wall to wall

Ballet, candlelight tours, shows, music — everything to get you in the holiday spirit By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Brandywine Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will have eight performances now through Dec. 21 at West chester University. For families as well as fans of the arts, one of the most popular annual holiday activities each year is attending a performance of the classic...