What To Do: Outdoor music as hot as the weather this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s the middle of July but with the blistering heat wave in the area, it feels more like the middle of August. There are plenty of activities on the weekend calendar but many are outdoor activities so people might have second thoughts about attending. Friday’s high is expected to be 95 degrees with a heat index that makes it feel like it’s...

What To Do: Once again, it’s time for Blobfest!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Blobfest If something is “one of a kind,” it has to be special. The Blob Fest is one of-a-kind and very special. In the entire world, there is just one BlobFest and it’s held every year right here in Chester County. “The Blob” is a low-budget horror film that was filmed at the Colonial Theatre and other locations around Phoenixville in...

What To Do: First Fridays filled with fun in the area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Amazingly, it’s already July. And, the start of the month means that it’s time for First Friday events. When the first Friday of the month comes around, it’s a good time to spend the evening in West Chester or Lancaster. On July 5, West Chester will host its version of First Friday (downtown West Chester, http://www.downtownwestchester.com)....

New Galer Estate Wines sparkle for July 4th holiday weekend

Galer Estate Winemaker Virginia Mitchell This July 4th weekend, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery of Kennett Square will introduce their first sparkling wine on Sunday July 7th from 12-7pm in their Red Lion Room and Red Lion Deck.  The winery will offer a curated tasting board of sparkling wine food pairings from Talula’s Table in Kennett Square for the special occasion. The Red Lion Vineyard...

LCH partners with BWCAA to address health disaprities

COATESVILLE — La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) partnered with Black Women of Chester County in Action (BWCCA) at the latter’s first Aya Café and Wellness Fair on June 29, held at the Chester County OIC in Coatesville.  This event included health information, blood pressure and other vital signs checks from LCH volunteer nurses, breakfast, lunch, and a one-mile community walk.  The purpose of the...

What To Do: Kutztown Folk Festival highlights busy week

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is the weekend that one of the summer’s most popular annual Pennsylvania events gets underway. The 70th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival (Kutztown Fairgrounds, off Route 222, Kutztown, 888-674-6136,www.kutztownfestival.com) opens on June 29 and runs through July 7.

PHAN to hold listening sessions on healthcare

WOODLYN – The Pennsylvania Health Access Network and Philadelphia Health Partnership, at the request of the Department of Human Services, along with the support of the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center, will host a series of listening sessions to understand the experiences of older adults and people with disabilities covered by Pennsylvania’s new Medicaid program, Community...

What To Do: Up, up in the sky….balloons!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chester County Balloon Festival When there are hot air balloons floating in the sky over your head, you’re going to stop whatever you’re doing and turn your gaze skyward. Three things guaranteed to make you look up are helicopters, bald eagles and hot air balloons. If you want to experience the sensation of checking out hot air balloons in the...

GunSenseUs: Informative ‘Firearm Law’ Meeting set for July 31

DOWNINGTOWN —  Residents interested in learning about laws governing firearm purchase, carry and use are invited to a July 31, 7:15 pm meeting hosted by GunSenseUs at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA. Guest speaker Rick Craig is both a member of local law enforcement and an experienced National Rifle Association Instructor. He will review the role of state and...

What To Do: Fun for Fathers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fatherfest If there is a hot air balloon, a blimp, a helicopter or a giant condor in the sky above you, it’s almost a certainty that you’re going to look up. If it’s a helicopter, the audio part emphasizes the visual part as it attracts your attention. When there is a chopper flying overhead, it is virtually impossible to resist a skyward gaze.