On Stage: Chadds Ford’s Collier appears poised for blues stardom

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vanessa Collier Kennett Square is no stranger to the blues. It’s actually just the opposite. Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) presents top-flight blues acts on a regular basis. Most of the time, they are established acts who have been recording and performing for years – proven stars...

What To Do: Chester County Restaurant Festival celebrates 40 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Chester County Restaurant Festival The Chester County Restaurant Festival (Gay Street and downtown area, West Chester, 610-436-9010, http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=293) is celebrating 40 years of treating visitors to the borough with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gourmet treats for almost 40 years. This year,...

On Stage: Jon Pousette-Dart comes to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jon Pousette-Dart Jon Pousette-Dart’s debut album in 1976 was “Pousette Dart Band.” Now, Pousette-Dart has 10 albums to his credit and more than a thousand shows on his musical resume. When Pousette-Dart goes on tour, it could be in one of three configurations – as a solo act, as an acoustic duo or with his talented band that features Malcom...

Mexican national charged with selling kilo of meth, half kilo of fentanyl-laced heroin

Jose Uriel Arreola-Ortiz Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday the arrest of  Jose Uriel Arreola–Ortiz for drug trafficking. The defendant reportedly supplied a confidential informant with a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine and a half kilogram of fentanyl-laced heroin. Arreola–Ortiz allegedly ran a drug operation out of Mexico and California, supplying drugs...

Fourth Annual LCH Run , Sept 21

KENNETT SQUARE — Anson B. Nixon Park will host LCH’s fourth annual community 5k, family walk, and kid’s dash on Saturday, September 21st. LCH is a local community health center that provides integrated health and human services for all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. “This event reflects our mission as an agency that embraces and celebrates all,” said Director of Development...

County Health sets dates for flu shot clinics

With the start of flu season almost underway, the Chester County Health Department is offering flu vaccinations at schools and community locations from September through November. Clinics are open to the entire community without an appointment. The Chester County Health Department recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone aged six months and older. “Because the weather is still warm, it is...

On Stage: Halliday lays down the law for folk fans

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Marion Halliday There are two acts coming to the area this weekend that are performing shows in support of their debut solo albums – but that’s where the similarity ends. Marion Halliday plays powerful Americana music with rock influence. Alyse Vellturo, who performs as pronoun, is an indie pop singer-songwriter and one-woman band.

What To Do: It’s Mushroom Festival time in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times One statement that always applies in Kennett Square is — “There’s a fungus among us” – and it’s never more evident than on the weekend after Labor Day each year – the weekend for the annual staging of the Mushroom Festival. After three decades, anniversaries begin to take on a special significance. This weekend marks the 34th anniversary...

Emmons announces run for Congress

John Emmons Businessman John Emmons announced his candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, Wednesday. Speaking to a group of more than 100 supporters at the VFW Hall in Parkesburg, Emmons kicked off his campaign: “The 2020 election will be a fight for the soul of our country, and as most of you know, I’m not afraid of a fight. We need strong, unwavering...

On Stage: Christie Lenée brings big guitar talent to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christie Lenée If Christie Lenée played electric guitar with roots in the blues instead of acoustic guitar with a fingerpicking pedigree, she would be on a plateau with Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. That doesn’t mean that Lenée is not an internationally acclaimed guitarist who is one of the best in the world at what she...