What To Do: Bash on the Brandywine makes a splash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Bash on the Brandywine Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no live events such as festivals outdoor concerts or cultural celebrations for months – and it has seemed like an eternity. Now, with the relaxing of “stay at home” and “no social gatherings” restrictions, the schedule of events has started to pick up. While far from its...

Uptown! Opens theater for free viewing of ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’

WEST CHESTER — On Monday, July 13th, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is opening its doors to the public for its first indoor event since the mandated shutdown in March.  JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, a newly released documentary on the legendary civil rights hero and United States Congressman. Although the film was completed before the current Black Lives Matter movement, it allows the viewer...

Testas, long-time Kennett residents, to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Joe and Patti Testa of Columbia Falls will celebrate their 50th anniversary July 11. Friends and family will be gathering for a 50th anniversary party at the home of Liz and Mike Borg in Columbia Falls. The couple were high school sweethearts and were married July 11, 1970, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kennett Square, PA. Joe served in the Delaware Air National Guard from 1968 – 1974. He...

Unionville HS student wins award for child saving invention

Pranavh Vallabhaneni Chadds Ford 9th grader Pranavh Vallabhaneni was honored recently for his ingenuity at the 5th annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by Raytheon Technologies. He was among nearly 500 award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation who were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony held on July 2. Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education...

Mushroom industry awards scholarships to local students

AVON GROVE — Sixteen college-bound high school seniors from five Chester County- area high school districts were awarded scholarships from the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania’s Community Awareness Committee (CAC), the group announced today. Fifteen students received the Sara Manning Scholarship ($1,500) and one student received the Rob Ferranto Scholarship ($2,500)*. CAC was created...

What To Do: Lancaster offers chance to get back to nature, old ways

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kreider Farms Tour When spring arrives, gardens begin coming back to life. First, a crocus emerges with its burst of purple color. Then, over a period of weeks, more flowers join the annual resurrection of garden blooms. Before you know it, what was previously a bleak and barren space has transformed into a home for floral activity. In many ways, that...

What To Do: As area opens, a few more options for outings

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Car Concert: The Big Takeover As we head into July, many of the restrictions caused by COVID-19 have been removed or at least relaxed – just as the pandemic’s numbers are starting to surge in the wrong direction. Still, you people who have been waiting to get out for months can now get out. You can break the chains and finally get “out and go.” You...

Downingtown West grad graduates from medical school

Skye Miller Skye Miller, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree on May 30, 2020. Dr. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2016. She is a 2012 graduate of Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pa. Miller is the daughter of Donald and Eva...

YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy goes virtual in 2020

Research shows that children can lose up to two months of learning during the summer. To prevent this “summer learning loss,” the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is offering its Power Scholars Academy program for children ages 5-11 beginning July 6. In past years, children in the program have gained up to a ½ month of learning rather than losing two months of learning. Now in its fifth year,...

What To Do: As things open, more entertainment options emerge

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s been more than three months since the quarantine/shelter-in-place/stay-at-home way of life took over in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has been experiencing what it’s like when a misbehaving kid has been “grounded indefinitely” by his or her parents. Everyone has been champing at the bit – waiting to get the...