What To Do: A Good neighbor Christmas, a century of steel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Downingtown has always been a neighborly town – so neighborly that it has an annual event schedule that includes Good Neighbor Day each summer and Good Neighbor Christmas (downtown Downingtown, http://www.dtownchristmas.com) every winter. On December 8, Downingtown will host its annual Good Neighbor Christmas...

Mixed Media: Celebrating our local holiday art traditions

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps...

What To Do: Kicking off the Christmas season in style

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving 2018 is now in the rear-view mirror. Black Friday, which unofficially started about two weeks ago, has “officially” arrived. The Christmas holiday season is here — complete with non-stop over-played holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bell ringers and an amazing amount of traditional holiday events and activities. The...

What To Do: Downingtown Fall Fest celebrates 12th year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times There will be a bustle of activity in Downingtown on September 30 when the 12th Annual Downingtown Fall Fest (East Lancaster Avenue between Wallace Avenue and Green Street, Downingtown, 610-514-7000, http://downingtownfallfest.com) arrives. The popular street festival, which runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine, will feature live...

What To Do: Restaurant Festival dishes it up this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Chester County Restaurant Festival (Gay Street and downtown area, West Chester, 610-436-9010, http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=29) has been treating visitors to the borough with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gourmet treats for almost 40 years. This year, the free festival, which will be held on September 16...

What To Do: Music under the stars at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times You can enjoy a two-for-one treat if you visit Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) on August 18. The featured attraction will be a concert by Kennett Symphony of Chester County at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Open Air Theater. Visitors to the site will also be able to check out Longwood’s amazing...

Applications for Longwood Gardens Fellows Program now open

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Applications are now available for the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, a 13-month residential learning experience focused on building the leadership capacity of high-potential public horticulture professionals. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/fellows-program for program and application information. Applications are due October 1.  

What To Do: A mysterious First Friday in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Friday is August 3 and that means it is August’s first Friday. The first Friday of the month is a good time to spend an evening in Kennett Square, West Chester or Lancaster – a time to enjoy special First Friday activities. Kennett Square will celebrate First Friday with its Art Stroll (downtown Kennett Square, http://historickennettsquare.com) from...

Tickets avail for Delaware Symphony at Longwood, July 8

Jennifer Koh The Delaware Symphony Orchestra returns to the Longwood stage Sunday, July 8 for an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms featuring the dazzling violinist Jennifer Koh. Known for her intense and commanding performances, Koh joins the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and his last major orchestral...

What To Do: Get your Gilbert & Sullivan on at Longwood

 By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Great flower gardens, an impressive fountain show and live performances of a classic theater piece all can be found at one location this weekend — Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org). On June 8 and 9, Longwood is hosting a special live production by the Savoy Company. The Savoy Company, which is the...