What To Do: When you don’t celebrate Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christmas-influenced music, advertising, TV shows and events are everywhere. It is virtually impossible not to be affected by the Christmas holiday season — but not everyone celebrates Christmas. Actually, there are many people who do not celebrate Christmas for a variety of valid reasons — most commonly because they are of a different...

What To Do: Christmas celebrations are everywhere!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Christmas season seems a little different this year. The holiday spirit is in the air but the traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost normal — thanks to online shopping trends. One thing will never change – the omnipresence of Christmas events. They are truly everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction...

Brandywine SPCA: 1,181 pet adoptions at Mega Adoption Event

The Brandywine Valley SPCA announced  Monday that the weekend’s Mega Adoption Event resulted in 1181 adoptions. The event held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds brought in families from across the tri-state area who adopted a total of 716 dogs and 465 cats.

What To Do: A Good neighbor Christmas, a century of steel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Downingtown has 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) every winter. On December 8, Downingtown will host its annual Good Neighbor Christmas...

What To Do: Santa hits area for local parades

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade is a cherished area holiday tradition. The event, which is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 1 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade (http://coatesvillechristmasparade.com) will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway...

WCU Theatre students to again perform to raise money to help those with AIDS/HIV

West Chester University Theatre students to perform in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. WEST CHESTER – The student-led University Theatre group at West Chester University presents the 19th annual benefit in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a New York-based non-profit that provides services to those living with AIDS and HIV. Performances are staged in the Mainstage Theatre...

What To Do: Kicking off the Christmas season in style

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving 2018 is now in the rear-view mirror. Black Friday, which unofficially started about two weeks ago, has “officially” arrived. The Christmas holiday season is here — complete with non-stop over-played holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bell ringers and an amazing amount of traditional holiday events and activities. The...

Downingtown Christmas Tree lighting/parade, Nov. 24

The annual Downingtown Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for Saturday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. This year Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas, Inc. is partnering with the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce to put on the tree lighting and annual Christmas parade.

A Marinelli & Sons presenting sponsor at West Chester Charity Ball

The Marinelli Family at a previous West Chester Charity Ball. Francis Marinelli says he is partially retired. But even today, at the age of 69, he wakes up at 4.30 am to kick-start his office work. A third generation entrepreneur, he was taught the ropes of the business by his father. From him, he also learned two important things – the importance of work ethic and philanthropy. A Marinelli...

What To Do: Unionville Art Gala starts busy pre-holiday weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A work by Frank DePietro, the featured artist at the Unionville Art Gala. Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so you know that Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar over the next few weeks. Fortunately, there are several special events around the area this weekend that are not holiday-related events. The 43rd Annual Unionville...