What To Do: Mushrooms and more to kick off fall events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Mushroom Festival After three decades, anniversaries begin to take on a special significance. This weekend marks the 33rd anniversary of the annual Mushroom Festival in downtown Kennett Square (http://mushroomfestival.org). The Mushroom Festival supports the old southern Chester County axiom “There’s a fungus among us.”

What To Do: A mysterious First Friday in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Friday is August 3 and that means it is August’s 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 with its Art Stroll (downtown Kennett Square, http://historickennettsquare.com) from...

What To Do: Cinco De Mayo in Kennett

Also, Sheep and Wool Day, and Goats By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Cinco De Mayo is day for partying — one of the biggest party days of the year for the people of Mexican descent. But, just as you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. With the huge Hispanic population in southern Chester County, Kennett...

Chester County’s Underground Railroad remembered

Kennett Historical Commission details township, county role in leading slaves to freedom By Jacqueline Kennedy, Correspondent, The Times A map of some of the sites where Chester County residents housed newly-free slaves before and during the Civil War. KENNETT — The Kennett Township Historical Commission held its annual meeting earlier this month that featured a presentation titled “Follow...

It’s time for some ‘Good Stuff’ Chester County Style!

The popular ‘Good Stuff’ column is here! Be sure to help us keep the ‘Good Stuff’ coming; email your positive ‘stuff’ to kim@chescotimes.com today.  Submissions are due the 15th & 30th monthly and are subject to editorial review. Leading “Lion”… Lincoln University’s head football Coach, Ramon Flanigan ‘gives back’ by hosting a motivational...

On Your Table: The Country Butcher keeps it local

Locally sourced foods and old-fashioned service make for a Kennett standout By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Dan Boxler of the Country Butcher in Kennett shows off his case of dry aged beef. The shop has been a staple in southern Chester County for a generation and features locally grown and raised foods combined with attentive customer service. KENNETT — Stepping into the...

Warm sendoff for Cavalcade Honor Band

By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH – For the 154 band members, their families and friends gathered Saturday afternoon in the chilly Unionville High School Stadium, the sentiments could not have been warmer.  Enthusiasm and pride charged the air as the regional Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band stepped onto the field, in full regalia, to display what their many months of...

Good Stuff: Positive news from Downingtown to Kennett

“Good Stuff’ is back; highlighting positive happenings around Chester County packaged in a fun, easy-to-read-format.  Got ‘good stuff’ to share?  Like what you see? Let us know: email kim@chescotimes.com. (Submissions due by 15th and 30th monthly; all content subject to editorial review.) Red Devil Pride:  Avon Grove High’s Robert Evans, Anna Wright, Kira Russell and Adam Gaerity recently...

Good Stuff: Vote, Flu shots, good news and notes

Editors Note: Welcome to The Times latest column, ‘Good Stuff’, that will highlight positive happenings within the communities of Chester County in a quick, easy to read, and (we think) fun format. Got ‘Good Stuff’ to share? Email kim@chescotimes.com to help the get the word out.  (All submissions are subject to editorial review; submissions are requested by the 15th and 30th of each month.) MAKE...

Forget the Ebola hype, it’s flu that kills in the U.S.

County-wide flu vaccination & prevention programs ramp-up By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Thousands of county residents have begun rolling-up their sleeves to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of the influenza virus, commonly called the flu.  Some lucky eligible residents are even able to “sniff” the nasal mist vaccine version instead. While there has been much press and...