What To Do: Pea Soup Supper goes virtual for 2021

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Pea Soup meal Late January is usually a time when the calendar features welcome annual events such as the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, STEMtastic Weekends at Hagley Museum, Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, the classy elite car show at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia,...

Longwood Gardens announces Winter Wonder display, opening Jan. 23

KENNETT SQUARE — Longwood Gardens today announced Winter Wonder, a new display that invites guests to experience the often-overlooked beauty and serenity of the winter landscape outside, as well as the colorful exuberance of the tropics inside Longwood’s Conservatory. In addition to the horticultural splendor, Winter Wonder features Voices in the Landscape: Deeply Rooted with Storyteller Charlotte...

What To Do: A time before dinosaurs

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Academy of Natural Sciences During normal times, a visit to a museum was a great way to break up the winter doldrums that accompany January, February and March. This winter, COVID-19 restrictions forced area museums to shutter their doors in late 2020. Fortunately, restrictions on museums have just been lifted by the state. Like a phoenix rising...

What To Do: Despite many cancellations, Santa still coming to West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  These crazy times just keep getting crazier – and scarier. COVID-19 infections and deaths are spiking in Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey and Delaware. As a result, the states’ governors have been ramping up the restrictions and calling for shutdowns throughout the area. Philadelphia has been hit with the toughest restrictions but Pennsylvania in...

On Stage: With live shows dwindling, Greg Sover adapts to new realities

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Greg Sover Band Live music in the area is still alive (barely) – not quite dead (completely). Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions have made it hard for live venues to keep presenting music on stage. It is much worse in Philadelphia where the city’s additional restrictions have closed things down entirely. Sellersville is 37.5 miles from...

What To Do: Holiday season roars in with new, family-safe events

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving has passed and Black Friday has arrived. That means the Christmas season has reached the top of the holiday rollercoaster and is now slamming downhill – full force at faster miles an hour. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have eliminated a lot – a whole lot – of traditional area holiday activities, there are still holiday events everywhere...

What To Do: A holiday season like no other gets under way

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Longwood Gardens The number of days left in the countdown to Thanksgiving 2020 is in single digits. We all know that Thanksgiving is the traditional “unofficial” start of the Christmas holiday season – even though the season commercially “started” when Christmas items were being stocked on stores’ shelves on Labor Day Weekend and “Black Friday”...

What To Do: Delaware Antiques Show goes virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times One of the area’s longest-running traditional events is the Delaware Antiques Show (www.winterthur.org) which is presented by Winterthur. The event, which has been around for more than 50 years, will begin on November 7. Honored as one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed antiques shows, the annual event presents a large and diverse assemblage...

What To Do: Even a scary time, it’s still Halloween

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Longwood Gardens This weekend, there is a wide variety of activities that can keep people of all interests occupied. Not surprisingly, the schedule is top-heavy with Halloween-related attractions and events. Fortunately, for those who don’t care about Halloween – or have already reached a saturation point with the marketing for the holiday...

What To Do: Tired of lockdown? Go visit a prison

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Eastern State Penitentiary With COVID-19 still in full throttle attack mode, one of the last places you want to be is a prison. Actually, under any circumstances, one of the last places you want to be is a prison. But there are exceptions – such as Alcatraz Island and Eastern State Penitentiary. Alcatraz Island was a federal prison from 1934...