This is the week that was…weird, but not in a fun way

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Well, it’s been a week. Between the sheer joy of dealing with hackers who briefly locked me out of these sites (thankfully, I was able to quickly recover things and build a digital moat around the server — which hopefully will defend it better) the emergence of a new COVID variant and Dr. Memet Oz declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate, it’s been...

What To Do: Loads of fun holiday events this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Coatesville Christmas Parade The Christmas holiday season has many annual traditions – holiday lights and decorations, mistletoe, manger scenes, caroling, elaborate Christmas tree, visits by Santa Claus, gift exchanges, holiday train excursions…and Christmas parades. One of the best parades in the area is scheduled for this weekend – the Coatesville...

On Stage: Kennett Flash offers three very different shows this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sarah Borges Variety is the spice of life and you can find musical variety all the time at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). The Kennett Flash’s schedule for the upcoming week features three shows that cover a wide variety of genres – a hard-rocking female artist with touches of Americana...

First Cansler-Miles Award presented to Sherman

Photo caption from left to right:Prince Williams, Property Manager Midway Arts,Dan MilesSusan Springsteen, Vice Chair CCIDA BoardMark Sherman, President, MarkLane PropertiesTammy HinkleLane Udis, Mark Lane PropertiesStephen Shinn, Mark Lane Properties The Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance and the Chester County Industrial Development Authority bestowed the inaugural Tammy Cansler-Miles Excellence in...

What To Do: Holiday season gets rolling with Kennett Holiday Light Parade

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kennett Holiday Light Parade The holiday season will officially arrive in Kennett Square on November 26 when Downtown Kennett Square hosts the town’s annual Holiday Light Parade (Downtown Kennett Square, 610-444-8188, www.historickennettsquare.com). The bright lights of Kennett’s Holiday Light Parade the day after Thanksgiving will shine even brighter...

On Stage: Willie Nile thankful to be playing lives shows again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile Six months ago, Willie Nile — much to his delight — started playing live shows for live audiences again after a year-and-a-half of pandemic restrictions. Back in May, he visited the Main Line for a show at the Ardmore Music Hall. This weekend, he’s coming back to Main Line. This time, it’s to perform in concert at 118 North...

Despite everything, there is still much to be thankful for

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa In these wildly challenging times, it is easy to forget all that we still have to be thankful for this holiday. I know we’re all tired of the pandemic — it has been a long nearly two years, frustrating and for too many fraught with so much beyond our control. We’re either angered or detached from the current climate of political division. And yes,...

Saved! Tower finds buyer for Jennersville, Brandywine hospitals — both to remain open

Beleaguered local hospital operator Tower Health announced Monday that it has secured a new owner for Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals, and that both facilities will remain open as acute care hospitals in Chester County. As Tower worked through a reorganization plan, Jennersville had been slated to close — leaving southwest Chester County without a hospital. The fate of Brandywine — which...

Inner Nature: Bloody Colors

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times I got some nice feedback from people who enjoyed my previous article on the similarities between eggs and seeds –two apparently disparate things which have the same function. This month, to celebrate the season of leaf color changes and the season of Halloween (or Hallowe’en), I am going to compare fall leaf colors and the colors of blood. Yes, colors of blood;...

On Stage Extra: Chesco actress has key role in Anastasia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Anastasia When the national tour of the hit musical “Anastasia” visits Philadelphia next week for a six-day run at the Merriam Theater from November 23-28, an actress from Chester County will be playing one of the lead roles. The show, which is presented by the Kimmel Cultural Campus in partnership with The Shubert Organization, will feature West...