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...

What To Do: Easter events dominate local event calendar

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Easter is almost here. For some, it’s an important religious holiday. For many, it’s just a commercial holiday focusing on Easter baskets, chocolate candy, decorated hard-boiled eggs and the Easter Bunny. No matter how you look at Easter, reality is that it’s just a week away and special Easter activities are popping up (and hopping up) all...

What To Do: It’s Spring! Get out there an enjoy it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Forget that the temperature dipped to 24 the other night and erase from your mind those snow flurries you saw the other day. It’s spring. It has been spring for almost two weeks. March 20 was the day of the vernal equinox. Warmer weather has arrived. Outdoor garden attractions are staring to open for the season and spring events...

What To Do: As Winter (hopefully) winds down, enjoy cold weather activities

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Winterfest Weekend This is the time of year when the adventurous can get outside and enjoy a variety of winter festivals and other outdoor winter-themed events. This weekend will undoubtedly be a weekend of wintry weather with West Chester having forecast lows of 20 degrees on Friday, 17 degrees on Saturday and 26 degrees on Sunday. So – bundle...

What To Do: Love is in the air

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Victorine’s Valentine Day Valentine’s Day 2022 is on February 14. That means that married couples, lovers, boyfriends and girlfriends, boos, boyfriends and boyfriends, engaged couples, girlfriends and girlfriends, sweethearts and event pet owners and their pets will be celebrating the annual romantic holiday this weekend – and celebrating some...

What To Do: Dog show, Turkey-Day parade and yes, loads of Christmas stuff

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The National Dog Show Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so you know that Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar over the next few weeks. Fortunately for the traditionalists who would prefer Christmas events to get underway after Thanksgiving, there are several special events around the area this weekend that are not holiday-related...

What To Do: Salute to veterans continues this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Museum of the American Revolution With Veterans Day happening in mid-week this year, a few events were held on the actual holiday (November 11), some were held last weekend, and some are scheduled for this weekend. Now through November 14, the Museum of the American Revolution (101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, www.amrevmuseum.org) will pay tribute...

What To Do: With warmer weather, time to get outdoors

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Paoli Battlefield Park It seems as if warm spring weather has finally arrived. That means it’s a great time to visit attractions such as horticultural sites, zoos and historic sites – and a great time to do some walking. A special “Paoli Battlefield Walking Tour” (pbpfinc.org) will be held on April 10 and repeated on May 8. Participants are...

What To Do: Spring brings many holidays and celebrations

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Linvilla Orchards There is a quartet of religious holidays that occur close to each other every spring – Holi for Hindus, Passover for Jews, Easter for Christians and Ramadan for Muslims. This year, Holi began on March 28 and ended on March 29. Holi marks the advent of spring and is widely celebrated throughout Hindu-majority India. The festival...

What To Do: The Easter Bunny is ridin’ the rails

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Easter Bunny on the West Chester Railroad The Easter Bunny is known for hopping around — but it is not always his preferred mode of transportation. Sometimes, instead of bouncing along the ground, the big happy rabbit rides a train. The holiday bunny has just embarked on his two-weekend stint of riding trains all around the area. The West Chester...