What To Do: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The March to Valley Forge The Christmas season is in full swing. The holiday spirit is in the air, traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost impassable and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday event to attend — and maybe even a few events that are not holiday-related. On...

What To Do: Good Neighbor Christmas in Downingtown

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Downingtown’s Good Neighbor Christmas. Downingtown has changed a lot over the years but is still a neighborly town. It 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)...

Tips to keep water pipes from freezing

With weather forecasters predicting cold temperatures very soon, Pennsylvania American Water today advised homeowners to prepare their homes now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes. “We have experienced some mild winters in recent years, but that doesn’t mean customers should neglect to protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly...

What To Do: The Coatesville Christmas Parade

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade, a holiday classic that is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 2 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway as its starting point. The parade will conclude at the performing and judging...

What To Do: Goodbye Black Friday, hello Christmas season

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Longwood Gardens Thanksgiving 2017 is now in the history books. Black Friday has arrived. The tsunami known as the Christmas holiday season is ready to tear through the area with never-ending sales, a barrage of holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bellringers and a huge array of traditional holiday events and activities. One of the region’s...

Coatesville Christmas parade — bigger and better than ever — Dec. 2

Mummers and hundreds of other musicians are just a small part of the Coatesville Christmas parade, schedule for Dec. 2. COATESVILLE — Once again this year, Chester County’s largest hometown parade, down the historic Lincoln Highway, takes place on Dec. 2, 2017.  The Coatesville Christmas Parade, a holiday classic, begins at 10:00 a.m. starting at Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway, and ends...

What To Do: Goin’ to the dogs…and the turkey

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Dog Show Thanksgiving is looming just around the corner and that means a huge number of Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar over the next few weeks. Fortunately for those who are not yet ready to listen to carols and be bombarded by Christmas sales non-stop, there are several special events around the area this weekend that are...

What To Do: Honoring our Veterans

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times This is the weekend that America celebrates Veterans Day – a special holiday created to honor those who have served the nation as part of United States Armed Forces. Valley Forge National Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, 610- 783-1000, www.nps.gov/vafo) is hosting a special “Veterans Day Commemoration” on November 11 beginning at 11...

What To Do: Dia de Los Muertos in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, 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. Kennett Square will be celebrating “Dia de Los Muertos” on November 3 with a special event...

Longwood gears up for Christmas with a French accent

A Longwood Christmas runs November 23–January 7. Photo by Daniel Traub. EAST MARLBOROUGH — There is only one way to describe Longwood Gardens French-inspired holiday display . . . c’est magnifique! Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by fanciful topiary and more than 50 trees adorned in classic holiday tones boasting sparkling crystal ornaments reminiscent of the splendor...