Serenbe founder Steve Nygren urged the audience at the final How We Build Matters Speaker Series event on May 17th to pause and consider the irreparable damage being caused by our development patterns.
The central question for the evening was whether development and land preservation can exist together. The answer, says Nygren, is a resounding “yes.” Thoughtfully designed and vibrant, walkable communities are popping up in different places around the country. They’re providing housing for more people, disturbing only a fraction of the land around them, and benefitting both people and the environment in multiple ways.
While most of these places have been built within the last few decades, they also elicit a certain déjà vu. “We love the great places we built 100 years ago—before there were all these regulations that prohibit us from building them anymore,” says Nygren. Our future depends on going back in time.
Wayvine, a family-owned and operated vineyard in Nottingham, is a 100% estate-grown winery that specializes in dry, low-intervention wines. They grow all of their grapes— 14,000 vines and 18 unique varieties—right here in Southern Chester County.
Wayvine is just one of the wineries that will be bringing extraordinary wines for Kennett Summerfest participants to sample on Sunday, June 12th. Kennett Summerfest is a Kennett Collaborative fundraiser. Thank you for your support!
One of the highlights of the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade this year will be the first-time appearance of the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps from Princeton, NJ.
The 50–75 members of the six-time world champion Bushwackers will be practicing at the Kennett High School football field on Sunday, May 29, beginning at 10am. This practice is free and open to the public.
Corners of the Square
Here are a few of our favorite things to check out Around the Square this week . . .
Kennett Square loves a parade, and the 2022 Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th is almost here! The 2022 parade promises to be a fun, family-friendly event with something for everyone.
Join After-The-Bell to celebrate the end of a fantastic school year and kick off the summer fun on Wednesday, June 15th, from 5pm to 9pm at West Branch Distillery at 227 Birch Street.
Enjoy spirits and cocktails as well as beer from Braeloch Brewing, Penna Wines, Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza, and Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes. All proceeds benefit the enriching and fun after-school activities offered through After-The-Bell. Find tickets here.
Juneteenth, formerly Emancipation Day or Jubilee, celebrates the day slavery ended in Texas, June 19, 1865 - which wasn't until two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a holiday that has been observed for more than 150 years, and is a day to commemorate the freedom of enslaved people in United States while celebrating Black Culture and History.
Voices Underground, in Partnership with the PA Tourism Office, is working to present an array of programs and public events that honor the courage and commitment of residents, past and present, in support of freedom and equality for all. Click here for more information and tickets to local keynote events.
By the time you receive your next Around the Square newsletter, our new Kennett Collaborative website will be live. Here's a peek at a corner of our bright and beautiful new homepage!
Thank you for reading and for continuing to support our local community, businesses, and nonprofits. We wish you and yours a very happy Memorial Day weekend and hope to see you at our hometown parade on Monday!