What To Do: New ‘Light” installation art at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is always a special place to visit – especially during the run of its annual “Festival of Fountains.” The 2022 “Festival of Fountains” opened in May and is running through September 26. This summer is even more special because of light. More specifically because...

What To Do: BlobFest takes over Phoenixville again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times BlobFest Two of the most over-used and often incorrectly used worlds in the English language right now are “literally” and “unique.” “Literally” means “in a literal or strict sense” while “unique” means “being the only one of its kind.” The annual BlobFest in Phoenixville is unique — literally. In the entire world, there...

Caln Historical Commission works to preserve, improve Spackman Farm

Spackman Farm For the Caln Township Historical Commission, not all was lost in 2020-2021. While the world struggled with Covid, this small but dedicated group of historic preservationists got busy working to save one of their township’s Crown Jewels – the barn at Spackman Farm. Spackman Farm may not be a household name to many in Chester County, but anyone who’s travelled Bondsville Road between...

7.5 acres in Charlestown preserved as open space

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, in partnership with Charlestown Township, has protected another 7.5 acres in northern Chester County. The conservation easement of the Green Lane Road property, owned by Frances Rodgers, was funded through the township’s Open Space Initiative dedicated tax dollars and expanded the total protected lands along Green Lane to 175 acres. Frances Rodgers...

Natural Lands announces preservation of 15 acres in Franklin

Natural Lands announced last week the permanent preservation of a 15-acre property in Franklin Township, Chester County. In addition to preserving scenic views, forests, and meadows, the conservation easement ensures protection for more than 600 feet of a tributary to East Branch White Clay Creek. Water from this unnamed tributary eventually makes its way into the State of Delaware and serves as a...

What To Do: Kennett Brewing Co celebrates 7 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Enjoying a drink in an outdoor setting is always a well-liked activity. This weekend, there are several events around the area that feature that kind of scenario. From June 24-26, the Kennett Brewing Company (http://kennettbrewingcompany.com) will present its Seventh Annual Anniversary Party. While in previous years, the event was a one-day affair, the...

Musunuri Family Scholarships awarded to Coatesville HS students

The Musunuri Family Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to providing opportunities to high-achieving students in need of financial aid, is proud to announce that it has awarded its inaugural Musunuri Family Scholarships to Coatesville Area Senior High School seniors Ainsley McFarland and Michael Popplewell. The scholarships were awarded on June 7, 2022.

Bike The Brandywine event to return in Sept.

Back from a pandemic hiatus, the Brandywine Conservancy’s “Bike the Brandywine” event will officially return for its fifth year on Saturday, September 17, 2022. This year’s ride will feature three scenic routes that explore the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Proceeds from the ride benefit the clean water and open space programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. Riders...

Chester County’s Cairns named Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer

Donald Cairns NEWMANSTOWN, Pa. — Though the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers are an all-Pennsylvania group, their diversity is a great representation of agriculture in the Keystone State: Donald Cairns of Parkesburg, Chester County, who grows 1,600 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. Jeff and Sue Frey of Willow Street, Lancaster County, who grow 900 acres of field crops, several greenhouses of cut...

What To Do: Busy weekend of events to celebrate with your favorite Dad

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The West Chester Railroad Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd and celebrated...