Orchid Extravaganza kicks off Jan. 20 at Longwood Gardens

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens is on view January 20 through March 25. Photo by Daniel Traub. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens provides a colorful escape from the winter blues this season during Orchid Extravaganza, running January 20 through March 25. The heated 4-acre conservatory transports guests into a warm oasis featuring thousands of vibrant orchid blooms displayed in extraordinary...

What To Do: Embrace the frosty weather

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times In this area, it seems people tend to stay inside more when winter arrives rather than enjoy the outdoors. Winter in the Delaware Valley has its drawbacks – that’s for sure. But, as long as you can handle cold weather, there are also many things for you to like about winter such as ice skating on frozen ponds or at indoor rinks, skiing, snowboarding and...

Brandywine Health Foundation announces more than $800K in grants

Dr. Erica Turner, treating one of the young pediatric patients at ChesPenn Health Services, a federally qualified health center located in the Brandywine Center in downtown Coatesville. COATESVILLE — The Brandywine Health Foundation has announced 30 grants totaling $824,000, bringing the Foundation’s total giving since it began awarding grants and scholarships in 2002 to more than $16.5 million.

What To Do: Warm up with fun winter options

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times If you’re able to block out the winter weather and want to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend, you do have some interesting options. The first Friday of the month is a good time to spend an evening in Kennett Square or Lancaster – a time to enjoy special First Friday activities. Kennett Square will celebrate First Friday with its Art...

What To Do: Ring in 2018 in style!

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The biggest party night of the year is the highlight of this weekend’s schedule. Sunday night is December 31 – New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve, Kennett Square will be partying in style at its annual “Midnight in the Square” (downtown Kennett Square, midnightinthesquare.com). Young children and their parents are invited to kick off Kennett Square’s...

Applications available for Longwood Organ Academy

Applications are now available for the Longwood Organ Academy, a week-long, residential summer intensive program for college students pursuing degrees in Organ Performance. The Academy will be held July 23–28 at Longwood Gardens and will include a combination of instruction, lectures, and performances. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy for more information. 

Free use of area YMCA facilities, Dec. 26-31

The holiday shopping might not be done, but the YMCA of Greater Brandywine already has the best present of the season. The Y is welcoming the whole community by offering the Gift of Health this December. Anybody in Chester County 18 years or older with a valid ID can use their local YMCA branch’s facilities for free from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. Children under the age of 18 are welcome to visit with a...

What To Do: Being non-Christian at Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Everyone gets immersed in the Christmas holiday season but not everyone celebrates Christmas. Actually, there are many people who opt to not celebrate Christmas for a variety of valid reasons — most commonly because they are of a different religion. For Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims, Christmas is not a religious holiday. Fortunately for them,...

What To Do: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The March to Valley Forge The Christmas season is in full swing. The holiday spirit is in the air, traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost impassable and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday event to attend — and maybe even a few events that are not holiday-related. On December...

What To Do: Good Neighbor Christmas in Downingtown

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Downingtown’s Good Neighbor Christmas. Downingtown has changed a lot over the years but is still a neighborly town. It always been a neighborly town – so neighborly that it has an annual event schedule that includes Good Neighbor Day each summer and Good Neighbor Christmas (downtown Downingtown, http://www.dtownchristmas.com)...