What To Do: Holiday season roars in with new, family-safe events

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving has passed and Black Friday has arrived. That means the Christmas season has reached the top of the holiday rollercoaster and is now slamming downhill – full force at faster miles an hour. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have eliminated a lot – a whole lot – of traditional area holiday activities, there are still holiday events everywhere...

Have a Happy — and safe — Thanksgiving!

It’s been a year like no other, but we at The Times are thankful for so many readers who have continued to depend upon us for local news and information. It’s been a challenging year for our Chester County communities, but we remain thankful to live and work in such a special place. We hope that however you mark the holiday, you are able to stay safe, yet connect with your loved ones...

Grant program helps add volunteers for fire/EMS, but more are still needed

Paul Mattes A three-year, grant-funded effort to recruit volunteer firefighters for Chester County’s 45 fire companies and 32 ambulance companies yielded over 300 prospective new volunteer submissions. Of those who responded are now volunteer firefighters or EMTs, while others are still in the process, said Neil Vaughn, Past President for the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association, which received...

What To Do: A holiday season like no other gets under way

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Longwood Gardens The number of days left in the countdown to Thanksgiving 2020 is in single digits. We all know that Thanksgiving is the traditional “unofficial” start of the Christmas holiday season – even though the season commercially “started” when Christmas items were being stocked on stores’ shelves on Labor Day Weekend and “Black Friday”...

Lincoln U. awarded grant to expand study abroad

Janet Mingo, the new Study Abroad Fellow created through the IDEAS grant, will be a study abroad adviser, application manager, and assist with expanding the number of students obtaining their U.S. passport. LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Lincoln University has been selected to receive an IDEAS grant from the United States Department of State’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. The Increase...

What To Do: Christmas events begin to ramp up

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Holiday Magic at Brandywine It is the middle of November and that means many of the area’s traditional Christmas activities have begun – including a highly anticipated event in Chadds Ford. “Holiday Magic at Brandywine”, which was formerly known as “A Brandywine Christmas,” is running now through January 10 at the Brandywine River Museum...

AKA Sorority endows program at Lincoln U. for student grants

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Lincoln University has received an initial endowment of $50,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in partnership with the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation®. “We would like to thank the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for investing in our university,” said Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen. “This $50,000 will go a long way in...

What To Do: Delaware Antiques Show goes virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times One of the area’s longest-running traditional events is the Delaware Antiques Show (www.winterthur.org) which is presented by Winterthur. The event, which has been around for more than 50 years, will begin on November 7. Honored as one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed antiques shows, the annual event presents a large and diverse assemblage...

DCCC opens registration for spring classes

Registration is now open for spring 15-week and 7-week classes, and Delaware County Community College is ready to assist students in registering, either virtually or in-person. Because of COVID-19 safety precautions, the College will offer most of its spring classes via synchronous, asynchronous or hybrid methods, with a limited number of in-person classes for specific majors, such as nursing,...

What To Do: Dia de Los Muertos, Halloween celebrations across the region

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, 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. In Mexico, every ranch, town and city have special ways to commemorate this day. Casa...