What To Do: Tired of lockdown? Go visit a prison

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Eastern State Penitentiary With COVID-19 still in full throttle attack mode, one of the last places you want to be is a prison. Actually, under any circumstances, one of the last places you want to be is a prison. But there are exceptions – such as Alcatraz Island and Eastern State Penitentiary. Alcatraz Island was a federal prison from 1934 until...

What To Do: Beat cabin fever, enjoy local outdoor attractions

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Longwood Gardens With the easing up of COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, more attractions are re-opening. For people who have been suffering from cabin fever, this is a good thing because it means there are more options for things to do. The weather even seems to be co-operating. After several weeks of temperatures...

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...

What To Do: Yellow Status means get ‘out’ — but be smart about it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jenkins Arboretum “Yellow” is not the most positive word in the English language. Even though it is associated with sunshine, cheerfulness and warmth, yellow carries a surprising number of negative connotations. Psychologically, yellow means happiness and optimism. It is the color of sun shining, or bright light and creativity. It is believed...

What To Do: Visit the world’s great gardens, virtually

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens “April Showers” are done and now it’s time for “May Flowers.” Garden sites and horticultural attractions all over the Northern Hemisphere usually are a bustle of activity with visitors arriving to check out this year’s spring flowers in an attractive live setting. But COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay at home in order...

What To Do: Coronavirus takes toll on St. Patrick’s Day & other area events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times St. Patrick This is the strangest of weekends – and Friday the 13th is just the beginning. Ordinarily, figuring out what to do for weekend fun would be relatively easy – just pick an event from a wide array of options. But this weekend has been greatly impacted by the arrival of the Coronavirus. So, if you’re trying to figure out what to do, here...

What To Do: Kennett Winterfest features region’s top breweries

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, the Times This is a special time of year in Kennett Square – the time for 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 Eighth Annual Kennett Winterfest (http://kennettwinterfest.com/) will be held on February 29 from 12:30-4 p.m. in a tented area near 600 South...

What To Do: Altan to perform at Longwood Gardens

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Altan There are always many good reasons to visit Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) any time of year. Right now, a major draw is the OrchidExtravaganza — but that is just one of a number of attractions Over the years, Longwood Gardens has presented a wide array of musical acts from around the world...

What To Do: Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Victorine’s Valentine Day Celebrating Valentine’s Day is always a good way to break up the doldrums of a grey winter. Valentine’s Day Weekend is tough to pin down this year because February 14 is in a Friday. Some activities are this weekend and some are on February 14. Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate the occasion with your sweetheart....

What To Do: Get a jump on Valentine’s Day with wine & chocolate

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A February highlight each year is Valentine’s Day and one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Wine-loving chocoholics are celebrating – all month The Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com) will host Wine & Chocolate Pairings every Saturday and Sunday in February (through...