The staff and owners of Kennett Square’s Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen are thankful for the community support that carried them through the pandemic—and they’re excited to continue to make this central spot a fun and welcoming place for old friends and new.
In their active recovery from COVID closures, managers Ryan Wilson and Bridget Cain and their team have been very intentional about focusing on what they do best and how they serve the community. “You have to hone in on what your role is—what you do that people come back for,” Wilson says.
Support the United Way of Southern Chester County to help them support our community—and enjoy chocolate from 10 local bakeries with the delicious Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival "Box o' Chocolates" pivot!
Laura Florence’s “Meadowitos” project, winner of Kennett Collaborative’s inaugural placemaking competition sponsored by Square Roots Collective, will create little meadows of pollinator plants throughout KSQ this spring. Laura and her team are looking for donations of native species of flowering pollinators such as Goldenrod, Purple Coneflower, Purple Aster, Black Eyed Susan, and Yarrow.
Read more here—and keep your eyes out in May for the arrival of the Meadowitos!
Corners of the Square
From art, stories, wine, and books to supporting local students . . . here are a few of our favorite things to check out in Kennett this week
Join winemaker Virginia Mitchell this Wednesday, March 9, at noon for "Wine Tasting 101." On Wednesday, March 16, the topic will be "Exploring the Wines of Spain." Feel free to bring snacks or a lunch to pair with a glass of wine!
Kennett Collaborative is a nonprofit led by a diverse and dynamic group of community members who love Kennett and want to help it become a more beautiful and welcoming community where all can belong and prosper. Each week, we introduce you to one of our Board members who share what they love about our community—and about Kennett Collaborative.
Trish Evans is fortunate to spend her days surrounded by beauty. As the Public Relations Officer at Longwood Gardens, she sees first-hand the essential role that beauty plays in our lives, in our well-being, and in our communities. “At Longwood we believe that beauty is essential to the human spirit, and I think Kennett Collaborative shares that vision,” Trish explains. This is just one of the reasons Trish was so pleased to join the Board in February of 2020.
A lifelong resident of Southern Chester County, Trish grew up in West Grove and moved to the Kennett area 25 years ago, where she resides with her husband, Bill, and son, Nicholas. She’s an avid reader (often of biographies), and in her spare time you can find her on the golf course. She likes to travel and looks forward to embarking on a string of college-visit road trips in the coming months.
Trish believes that Kennett Square has a unique spirit and energy that you can’t help but feel every time you walk down the street, stop in a shop, eat at a restaurant, or enjoy a community event. “I am excited to be a part of Kennett Collaborative because it’s not only dedicated to ensuring that Kennett thrives, but also to ensuring it does so in an inclusive and thoughtful way,” she says, “and that is a beautiful thing.”
A huge thank you to all of the brewers, guests, and volunteers who made the Kennett Winterfest, one of Kennett Collaborative's major annual fundraisers, such a great success last Saturday. Over 60 breweries from near and far joined us, and we want to give a special shout-out to our very own Kennett breweries Kennett Brewing Company and Braeloch Brewing (as captured above by our fantastically talented photographer Dylan Francis)!
We also want to extend our deepest condolences to Winterfest organizer and "Brewfest King" Jeff Norman, whose sister passed away on Saturday evening from complications related to ALS. Many of you generously supported Jeff's creative beer-centric efforts to raise funds for his sister's care over the past year.
Thank you for reading and for continuing to support local businesses, nonprofits, and events. We wish you a happy and healthy week "Around the Square" and hope to see you on Thursday—in person or virtually—for Christie Purifoy's presentation at the next KSQ Speaker Series event!