Endorsement: Chrissy Houlahan for Congress

In this year’s race for the new and open Sixth Congressional District seat — a seat that now encompasses all of Chester County as well as the southern portion of Berks County — we have Democrat Chrissy Houlahan facing Republican Greg McCauley, both first-time candidates for office. Unlike the visceral, top of the ticket races for U.S. Senate and Governor, this race, thankfully, has been more...

On Stage: Eric Johnson brings it back to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Johnson Texas guitar ace Eric Johnson played the area back in the spring on the first leg of his “Ah Via Musicom Tour.” Now, he is returning to Philly on the second leg for a show on October 22 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) Johnson is a highly-acclaimed guitarist from the Lone...

What To Do: This weekend is all about the pumpkins

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Great Pumpkin Carve One of the most popular autumn events in the area is “The Great Pumpkin Carve” (Chadds Ford Historical Society, Route 100, Chadds Ford, 610-388-7376,www.chaddsfordhistory.org) which is running now through October 20. The colorful event began with the carving competition on October 18. Live entertainment, hayrides and hot food...

On Stage: Kingdom Come celebrates 30 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kingdom Come Kingdom Come is a band that has come and gone – and come and gone – and come again. The veteran hard rock band formed in 1987 and broke up a few years later. The group reformed in 1990 and then disbanded in 2016. This year Kingdom Come came back to life again.

Mixed Media: A loss in the local arts world

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times This weeks’ column starts on a more somber note. Fred Carspecken, co-founder and owner of Carspecken-Scott Gallery in Wilmington, passed suddenly in his home last week after struggling with an illness over the last few years. Carspecken held a reputation as a successful art dealer – expanding on his early talents and marketing art to the professional...

Endorsement: Bob Casey Jr. for U.S. Senate

In looking at this year’s race for U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania has a choice between incumbent, two-term U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. For most of his two terms in the Senate, Casey has been a moderate (like his father, he is opposed to legalized abortion, although he has strongly supported access to birth control and family planning services) and is often called out by his...

On Your Table: Making the best of this year’s apple harvest

By Cathy Branciaroli,  Food Correspondent, The Times Photo Caption:  Brining pork tenderloins in apple cider and spices yields a moist, juicy and flavorful result. Think apples are “As American as Apple Pie”?  Think again.  Apples as we know them today were not native to North America. When early colonists arrived from Europe, they disdained the tiny crab apples they found here and brought...

On Stage: Kathy Mattea finds her voice, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kathy Mattea Sometimes, dealing with your body as you grow older is like dealing with an old car. Everything works, but some of the parts just aren’t working as well as they used to work. Just ask Kathy Mattea. Mattea, a country music star who is headlining a show – “Kathy Mattea: The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories” — on October...

Boo: Your guide to local Halloween happenings and fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Glow Halloween activities are starting to fill up the area events calendar faster than a ghost can appear and disappear in your neighborhood. The following is a look at what to expect at many of these events. One of the most ambitious area Halloween attractions is “The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience” (www.theglowjackolantern.com).

Commissioners celebrate National Farmers Day

Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich, Charles Graydus, Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Marilyn Hershey, Duane Hershey, Commissioner Terence Farrell, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Penn State Extension Client Relations Manager Stephanie Shirk. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners, along with the Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council), presented two agricultural awards today at Ar-Joy...