What To Do: From Winterthur to the White House

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jacqueline Kennedy Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org) looks at American history with a new exhibit and Southern tradition with a special event tonight. On May 13, Winterthur will present a Kentucky influenced event called “Bourbon and Bluegrass.” Keeping the horse race vibe...

Bournelyf special camp races to raise $25,000

“On your marks… Get set… Go!” Over 200 people turned out for Bournelyf Special Camp’s Hand-to-Hand 5K on May 5, racing through the streets of West Chester and raising over $25,000 for the West Chester non-profit organization. And so they did, with over 220 runners and walkers making their way through the streets of West Chester – and raising over $25,000 along the way for Bournelyf...

Chester County Futures’ McDonald announces resignation

Maria McDonald Chester County Futures (CCF) announced Monday its Executive Director, Maria McDonald, is stepping down from her position after 10 years of service to pursue a new and exciting opportunity outside of the region. The organization’s staff and Board of Directors have come together in appreciation and celebration of the profound impact her work has had on lives of the program’s students...

What To Do: Just in time for Mothers’ Day, fountain show returns at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens This weekend is a weekend featuring special events which are annual events and special events which are monthly events. The annual events are Mother’s Day events. Mother’s Day weekend coincides with the return of daily fountain performances at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is inviting visitors...

HS artists show their skills at Congressional District Art Competition

2022 Congresswoman Houlahan’s Congressional Art Show Winners (pictured from left to right): Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan; third place – Leah Nicberte, West Chester Henderson High School; second place – Jia Lin, Conestoga High School andfirst place – Shurti Bedekar, West Chester Henderson High School. More than 300 high school students across Chester County and beyond displayed their artwork...

Hess named as ORJSD’s Citadel Heart of Learning finalist

Pictured left to right is Dr. Will Stout, OJRSD superintendent; Amy Hess, Citadel Heart of Learning finalist; Dr. Malinda McKillip, French Creek Elementary School principal; and Dr. Kathy Soeder, OJRSD assistant superintendent. The Owen J. Roberts School District (OJRSD) announced Amy Hess, an elementary teacher at French Creek Elementary, as one of 15 outstanding Chester County educators and 31...

YMCA offers free introduction to mindfulness classes in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is offering a new Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing class for free throughout the month of May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The four-week virtual class will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.  “All people experience mental health on a spectrum that is influenced by their day-to-day experiences and commitments,”...

What To Do: ‘Sheep and Wool Day’ a sure sign of spring in Chester County

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sheep and Wool Day “Sheep and Wool Day” at Springton Manor Farm (860 Springton Road, Glenmoore, 610-942-2450, www.chesco.org/ccparks) is an event that has become a popular annual spring tradition in Chester County. This year’s “Sheep and Wool Day” is a free family event that will be held on April 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors will be...

What To Do: West Chester Film Festival tops busy weekend of events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Spring is here with flowers in bloom everywhere. Winter is now in the rear-view mirror (hopefully) and COVID restrictions are beginning to fade away. Not surprisingly, the area’s schedule of special things is filled to the brim. Three of the area’s popular events have returned this year – a film festival and a pair of art shows – and there...

Great Valley, West Chester East to compete in state Academic Competition

For the 11th year in a row, Great Valley High School came out on top amongst 22 other Chester County high schools in the Chester County Academic Competition. This year, two teams will represent Chester County at the State Academic Competition on Friday, April 29, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA. Hosted by Representative John Lawrence (R-13th District), and sponsored by the...