On Stage: Eisenhower comes home to star in ‘Into The Woods’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Shows based on fairy tales can be a welcome alternative to holiday stories in the middle of the Christmas season —  and two of them are running now at theaters in Chester County. The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.rtcwc.org) is presenting the second production...

On Stage: Little Red Robin Hood at People’s Light

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto! Now is a great time to take a break from the holiday frenzy and enjoy a few hours of watching a stage production. It’s a great time because there are great options – several classic ballet productions of “The Nutcracker,” two holiday-themed stage shows and a brand-new panto. Now through January 5, People’s...

What To Do: Busy holiday — and non-holiday — event schedule this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times March In at Valley Forge Which is harder to do right now – go 10 minutes without being bombarded by holiday advertising or finding a non-holiday activity on the area’s event calendar? The Christmas season seems a little different this year. The holiday spirit is in the air but the traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost normal —...

What To Do: Valley Jamboree in Chadds Ford

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The weather forecast is lovely for the next week — sunny days and highs ranging from 75-83 degrees – and that’s great because many of the popular events on this weekend’s calendar are outdoor activities. The Chadds Ford Historical Society’s “Valley Jamboree” is scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Barn Visitors Center (1736 Creek Road, Chadds...

On Stage: Modern day minstrels take their art to the people

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times hackedepicciotto Europe in medieval times had minstrels. A minstrel was an entertainer. Originally describing any type of entertainer such as a musician, juggler, acrobat, singer or fool, the term later, from the 16th century, came to mean a specialist entertainer who sang songs and played musical instruments. From the 14th century until the present...

What To Do: Mumfest at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mumfest This is the time of year when nature’s colors in this area usually go through a shift. Normally, the bright colors of summer’s flowers begin to disappear and are replaced by the autumnal colors of changing leaves. But, the warmer and wetter weather through September and October has allowed the green leaves to stick around. As a result, autumnal...

What To Do: With outdoor events looming, hope for dry weather

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Larry Ahearn will perform at Spring Gulch. Hopefully, things won’t be too soggy over the next few days – especially because many of the popular events on this weekend’s calendar are outdoor activities. From May 18-20, the Spring Gulch Folk Festival will return for another year at Spring Gulch Resort Campground (475 Lynch Road, New Holland, 717-354-3100,...

On Stage: Nothing like The Nutcracker to make it feel like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is one of the most cherished—and longest running—family holiday traditions for families in the region. For many, a visit to Philadelphia to enjoy the lavish presentation by the world-famous Pennsylvania Ballet is a integral...

On Stage (Extra): Make the holidays come alive with local productions

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  The Nutcracker by The Pennsylvania Ballet For many families, going to a theater to watch a live on-stage production of a holiday show is an annual tradition – especially shows such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Best Christmas Ever” and various plays based on the Nativity scene. Without a doubt, the most popular holiday productions are ballet performances...

What To Do: ‘Mum’ is the word at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  This is the time of year when nature’s colors go through a shift. The bright colors of summer’s flowers are beginning to disappear and are being replaced by the autumnal colors of changing leaves. The only plants that really hang on and continue to have flowers are hardy pansies, which can bloom all winter long, and chrysanthemums, which are primarily...