Due to expected rain, OUTFest rally moves to indoor venue

Local leaders and advocates have been working hard behind the scenes to plan a rally in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of the cancellation of the originally planned OUTFest street festival. The event will include a rally with notable speakers, a brief march, and a party at Split Rail Tavern on Walnut Street in West Chester. Given the current forecast for rain on Saturday, October 1,...

CommUNITY OUTfest resurrected as rally, march and fundraiser, Oct. 1

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa WEST CHESTER — OUTFest may be cancelled, at least as originally envisioned, but now a rally and march in support of the county’s LGBTQ+ community will take place, potentially a much larger event than the original plan. West Chester CommUNITY OUTfest, a two-block street festival featuring performers, activities, and vendors, was scheduled for Oct....

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...

Support health care heroes when you sip, shop & dine in West Chester this weekend

WEST CHESTER — 100% of QR code donations will go to local fire departments, police departments, EMS and health care workers when you sip, shop and dine in West Chester this weekend. It’s all part of First Responders & Health Care Heroes Weekend coming up December 10-12 during Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester. “This is an initiative we’re promoting all...

What To Do: First Fridays offer summer fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  If it’s a Friday and the date is 7 or below, you know what that means. It means that it is 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 a little more low-key than in pre-pandemic...

What To Do: Chester County set to celebrate Juneteenth

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  This weekend features a trio of significant “holidays” – Juneteenth, Father’s Day and Summer Solstice. Kennett Square’s Juneteenth Celebration (historickennettsquare.com) will be held this weekend along with other Juneteenth events at locations around Chester County. Juneteenth is an African American tradition that commemorates the June...

What Do To: A holiday season like no other

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times This is a December like no other. Normally, this is the time of year that your brain gets battered into submission by being exposed to an endless array of men and women ringing bells while standing next to donation baskets, traffic jams caused by mall-bound shoppers and the non-stop playing of Christmas carols everywhere. In 2020, your brain is also getting...

County OKs $1.77M to support affordable housing in Kennett, WC

The Melton Center Apartments WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved two contracts this week awarding more than $1.7 million in funds to support two affordable housing projects in Chester County. The two developments are the Melton Center Apartments in West Chester and Red Clay Manor in Kennett Square. “As one of the wealthiest...

Kick away the homebound blues: local ATA school offers free online class

Two young students work with their peers online, as part of live video training with ATA West Chester Martial Arts. EAST BRADFORD – By now, after weeks of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for new ways both to pass the time, but also help with physical and mental wellness — and a local martial arts school has a special free option for community members. A local...

What To Do: Dia de Los Muertos in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dia de Los Muertos Not all of the spirits that came back for Halloween have gone back to their homes in the netherworld. They still have a reason to hang around here for a little longer. 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...