What To do: Despite winter weather, much to do this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chestnut Hill on Ice Surprisingly, there are quite a few activities on the weekend activities schedule at a usually slow time of year. However, with a (possibly) major snowstorm zeroing in on the area, many of the events could get postponed or cancelled because of the weather. Whether we get 10 inches of snow or just a dusting, go online or call...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony returns for first concert in more than two years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kennett Symphony Music Director Michael Hall leads the kennett Symphony. After a long pandemic-induced hiatus, the Kennett Symphony is back. The orchestra will present its first performance of 2022 on January 30 at Unionville High School auditorium with pieces by Aaron Copland, Joan Tower, Camille Saint-Saëns and Ludwig Van Beethoven. It would be...

Houlahan invites community to participate in 2nd Valentines for Vets event

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan distributes valentines at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, 2021. After a successful inaugural card drive last year, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced the return of her office’s Valentines for Veterans project today. Houlahan is inviting students and community members to participate in the project by making cards for area veterans, thanking them for their...

Inner Nature: The incredibly resilient tardigrade

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In the annals of the ecosystem’s version of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a long list of organisms that are considered over-performers: tough, enduring and even thriving in environmentally adverse conditions. Most endure in state known as cryptobiosis (also called anabiosis), which means “mysterious or enigmatic” and refers to the difficulty in telling...

What To Do: Longwood sparkles in winter

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens in winter. Visitors to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) during the next two months might find themselves singing lyrics from a song thought of as a Christmas carol but is really a lot more – lyrics such as… “In the lane, snow is glistenin’,  A beautiful sight, We’re happy...

On Stage: Red Wanting Blue headlines at City Winery

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Red Wanting Blue Red Wanting Blue has been around for a long time – if you consider more than a quarter century to be a long time. The Ohio-based rock band has played many different venues around the Delaware Valley with the last few shows hosted by the World Café Live. On January 23, Red Wanting Blue will add another Philly venue to its CV...

CCEDC: County economy in ‘terrific’ shape

“How are we doing in Chester County when it comes to the economy? Oh baby, we’re doing terrific,” said Patti Brennan as she shared expert insights for 2022 at the Chester County Economic Development Council’s 18th Annual Economic Outlook. Brennan, the President and CEO of Key Financial, Inc. who has been named a Hall of Fame Advisor by Dow Jones & Company’s Barron’s, was joined...

GOP continues to whine when they can’t rig the vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you can’t win fairly, then rig the game. This is pretty much the new motto of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Whiny over new legislative redistricting maps that only give them a slight advantage, the GOP in the legislature is trying to use a constitutional amendment to make sure they can fix the game again.  They’re trying, again, to do...

What To Do: Let’s get prehistoric

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend, there will be a dinosaur showdown featuring two travelling animatronic dinosaur exhibits touching down at different locations – “Dino & Dragon Stroll” in Oaks and “Jurassic Quest” in Philadelphia. From January 15-17, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Station Avenue, Oaks, 800-677-4677, www.phillyexpocenter.com) will...

On Stage: Christine Havrilla fights through a difficult year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christine Havrilla It’s safe to say that 2021 was a tough year for all of us with the pandemic causing major disruptions in health, work, school and just about everything else. It’s also safe to say that 2021 was a tough year – an extremely tough year – for Christine Havrilla, a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who is headlining a show...