What’s in a name? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Historic Kennett Square, the nonprofit organization responsible for breathing new life into the town that’s become a highly sought-after place to live as well as a popular destination for visitors, is now Kennett Collaborative. The new name encapsulates the mission, vision, and the nonprofit’s ongoing and vital work in the community, says Executive Director Bo Wright. The change to the name Kennett Collaborative also reflects the growth and vitality of the community itself.
1. the act or process of working together with others towards a common goal.
2. a product resulting from collaboration.
[ken-it kuh-lab-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv ]
1. a dynamic gathering of people and organizations working together and supporting each other to make Kennett thrive by intentionally creating programs and events that help Kennett become a more beautiful and welcoming community where all can belong and prosper.
What's your favorite Historic Kennett Square/Kennett Collaborative initiative? Is it the KSQ Farmers Market? Kennett Brewfest or Winterfest? Or Christmas in Kennett and Light Up the Square? Or maybe it's the new KSQ Speaker Series or the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market? Vote for your favorite event and program from the lists provided here and be entered in a drawing to win a hot-off-the-press Kennett Collaborative t-shirt!
Speaking of collaboration . . . We can’t think of a better way to launch this new chapter for Kennett Collaborative than to present this important cultural event with Casa Guanajuato Kennett Square this weekend. We look forward to seeing you there and to celebrating the beautiful cultural diversity of our community together.
Read more about this event, and the increasingly diverse nature of our community, here.
Find the local ingredients you need to make your favorite fall meals even more comforting (and healthy!). Our local farmers and makers bring the best of Southern Chester County's bountiful harvest to you—every Friday afternoon from 3pm–6pm outside The Creamery, 401 Birch Street, Kennett Square.
As long as this beautiful fall weather continues, the 100 blocks of both East and West State Street will be closed to traffic to allow for outdoor dining from 5pm to 9pm on Thursdays. Celebrate community and enjoy outdoor dining, live music, extended shopping hours, and fun activities with the Kennett Library!
Marché will host rising-star artist Kader Boly, from Burkina Faso, Africa next weekend. This one-time exhibition, entitled “Community,” will feature over 50 works exploring themes of communities of animals and people and paying homage to Kader’s family's history as herdsmen. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 5, from 4pm to 9 pm, and the artist will be on-site November 5–6. Activities include a Q&A with the artist and live painting demonstrations. All work will be for sale and the event is free and open to the public.
Every gift to the Community Giving Campaign to support the new $20 million, 33,425-square-foot Kennett Library & Resource Center will help to build a legacy for future generations.
This transformational project, in the heart of Kennett Square, includes a 110-seat auditorium, outdoor terrace, adult and children’s maker spaces, 14 meeting rooms, advanced technology capabilities, collections spread throughout the building, comfortable seating and gathering spaces, and ample staff space. Construction is slated to begin next month, with a grand opening planned for early 2023.
The $20 million Imagine campaign is a public-private partnership and has raised $13 million from a variety of sources, including, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Borough of Kennett Square, East Marlborough, Kennett, New Garden, Newlin, Pennsbury, and West Marlborough townships, family and private foundations, Longwood Gardens, and many generous private donors. Together these supporters have raised 65 percent of the overall project goal.
“The Library is not just a public building, it’s the community’s building," says Imagine Campaign Chairman Collis Townsend. "Everyone has an opportunity to participate in the campaign and help make our Library all it can be."
Kennett Community Grocer is hosting Salsa Night at the Kennett Senior Center on Saturday, November 6 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and will include a 1/2 hr group lesson. All proceeds from tickets sales will go toward the KCG Member-Owner Equity Fund. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door.
Sometimes it's the little things—like a game of checkers on a sunny afternoon in the parklet. At Kennett Collaborative we love creating beautiful places, and we love seeing glimpses of people enjoying them. When we placed a bag of oversized checkers in the South Broad Street parklet a few weeks ago, these are exactly the kind of big smiles we hoped to see.
And sometimes it's about the bigger things, too. Our new name is a big change for us and we look forward to collaborating and sharing more with you over the coming weeks and months.
Thank you for reading and we hope to see you soon "Around the Square."