What To Do: Goodbye Black Friday, hello Christmas season

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Longwood Gardens Thanksgiving 2017 is now in the history books. Black Friday has arrived. The tsunami known as the Christmas holiday season is ready to tear through the area with never-ending sales, a barrage of holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bellringers and a huge array of traditional holiday events and activities. One of the region’s...

What To Do: Longwood celebrates new fountains with Gilbert & Sullivan

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times HMS Pinafore at Longwood Gardens. In addition to the re-opening of its fountains in June, Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) is hosting a special live production by the Savoy Company on June 9 and 10. The Savoy Company, which is the oldest amateur theater company in the world, is dedicated solely to the production...

What To Do: Time for Kennett Winterfest

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Something special is brewing in Kennett Square this weekend — a popular annual event known as the Kennett Winterfest. Usually, tickets are already sold out by this time but this year some tickets remain. The Fifth Annual Kennett Winterfest (http://kennettwinterfest.com/) will be held on February 25 from 12:30-4 p.m. at 600 South Broad Street in Kennett...

What To Do: One word: chocolate!

Kennett Chocolate Festival is sweet treat before Valentine’s By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Chocolate takes center stage at the annual Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival. Once the Christmas holidays are over, the dog days of winter start to set in. A holiday is always a good way to break up the doldrums of a grey winter and Valentine’s Day is always equal to the task. Valentine’s...

What To Do: A snowy, Bowie skate in Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Winter has its drawbacks – without a doubt. 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 (if the weather cooperates), skiing (if the weather cooperates), snowboarding (if the weather cooperates) and winter festivals (in all types of weather). On January 14, the Blue...

What To Do: Hagley Craft Fair is back

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The 38th annual Hagley Craft Fair is this weekend. The Hagley Craft Fair is known for being one of the oldest and best annual craft events in the Brandywine Valley. Celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, the event will be held October 15 and 16 at Hagley Museum and Library (Buck Road East entrance via Route 100, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-658-2400, www.hagley.org). The...

What To Do: Weaving around the world

Also: Gilbert & Sullivan come to Longwood Gardens By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Camphill World Wide Weave Exhibition comes to Historic Yellow Springs this weekend. For the next few weeks, Historic Yellow Springs (Art School Road, Chester Springs, 610-827-7414, www.yellowsprings.org) is hosting a special event — a very special event — called Camphill World Wide Weave...

What To Do: Harvest Festival season a harbinger of fall

Also: West Chester Restaurant Festival and much, much more By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The leaves will be starting to change color soon and that means that the season of harvest festivals has arrived. One of the first will be the Chaddsford Winery Harvest Festival which will be held September 19 and 20 at the Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com). The...

What To Do: Things get ‘fair-ly’ exciting in Downingtown

Also: Brandywine Food and Wine and multiple ethnic festivals in the area  By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Nothing says the start of summer like a local fair. One of the area’s top events is the St. Joseph Church Community Festival in Downingtown, which starts June 16. Summertime is the time for a lot of fun events — especially festivals and country fairs. The lights on a Ferris...