“Kennett Square has some really great fabric—on State Street and also in its neighborhoods,” Detroit-based architect and urban designer Marques King told the audience with a smile during his KSQ Speaker Series presentation in November. The kind of “fabric” he refers to includes historic buildings that have been adapted to different uses over time, a densely built core that makes the town walkable, and a strong street grid with alleys.
These are some of the characteristics that both longtime and newer residents most often mention when they describe what they love about Kennett Square, says Kennett Collaborative Executive Director Bo Wright. “Almost everyone we’ve talked to—in discussions sparked by the KSQ Speaker Series and in meetings about economic development in Kennett—agrees that the human scale and the beautiful aesthetic of the historic town are what they want to preserve. They also see that these elements are all but lost in many newer developments. In discussions about proposed new buildings I often hear the question, “But what will it looklike?” That’s a very important question.”
. . . At the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery, that is! Please join us between for this magical holiday market. A free shuttle, courtesy of Krapf's, will run from 11am to 5pm between the corner of State and South Broad Street down to The Creamery on Birch Street and parking in the E. Linden Street Garage is free on weekends!
The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market brings the Christkindlmarkt experience to Southern Chester County once again this year. Dozens of artisan and vintage vendors are at the heart of the event, each stall a tiny feast of beautiful and unique handcrafted items that promise to delight the recipient and bring a sprinkling of this magic home. Live music, ice sculptures, fire pits, Santa Claus, food trucks, handcrafted and warming drinks and cocktails from The Creamery, and more are all part of the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market experience.
This family-friendly holiday shopping event offers something for everyone—including Santa and Mrs. Claus, a town-wide holiday bingo game, s’mores, a selfie station, carolers from the Kennett High School choir, pop-up market vendors selling handmade gifts and holiday décor, and a DJ playing holiday tunes.
Stay connected to your community and farmers and food producers and help to strengthen our local economy year-round by shopping at the KSQ Farmers Market every Friday, 3–5pm, all winter long(weather permitting!). You'll never have to wonder "is market this week or next?"
Microtransit isn't a term you hear often, but it might be part of a solution to meet growing transit needs in our community. Microtransit offers highly flexible routing and/or highly flexible scheduling to ensure equitable access to transportation. The next step in a Kennett Square Microtransit Study is a community survey, and we need your input! Please take a few moments to take this survey answering a few questions about how you prefer to get around Kennett Square. The survey is also available in Spanish. Thank you for participating!
Kennett Square has never seen anything quite like the biggest ever Holiday Light Parade that brought dazzling lights, smiles of joy, and Santa and Mrs. Claus to town last Friday evening! It's the kind of truly collaborative event we love being part of at Kennett Collaborative. We're grateful to Carol Ciliberti, the Kennett Square Police Department, the Borough Department of Public Works, Mayor Fetick, Longwood Performing Arts, CBM Productions, the Kennett Square merchants, photographers Drew Wiedemann and Roger Rojo, Lou Mandich and the Last Chance Garage, and Hicks Family Farm . . . in addition, of course, to all of the de-LIGHT-ful and community-spirited participants and everyone who braved the cold to make it a magical night to remember.
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