Three local veterans will lead the vibrant patriotic procession through Kennett Square on Monday, May 29th. It’s possible, in the midst of the buzz and excitement, to miss the significance of what these men represent—to our community and our country.
The 2023 Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshals—Bill Taylor, Hugh Hagerty, and Phil Donohoe—have all led inspiring lives of faithful service. Click here to read their stories.
We're grateful for the support of community members like Veronica Chavez and Mark Cadungog, and we asked them to share why they became Collaborators.
"While I am not a Kennett Square native–having moved here a mere 12 years ago–I truly feel as though I have lived here my whole life," Veronica says. "This feeling of belonging is largely driven by the community spirit that runs deep in this town. There is a nice balance of old and new, history and diversity, and so many opportunities to come together as a community that give this small but mighty town its unique sense of place. Whether it’s dining on State Street during Third Thursday, sampling tasty beers at Brewfest, or walking through our beautifully decorated downtown during the holiday season, count me in! Naturally, I jumped at the chance to become a Collaborator to support this town that I will forever call home. Thank you, Kennett Collaborative, for all that you do to make Kennett Square such a special place to live, work and visit!”
Stop in to the Kennett Beautification Plant Sale at Pratt’s Greenhouse (634 Hillendale Road, Avondale) today, May 6th (8am to 4pm) and tomorrow, May 7th (10am to 3pm) for beautiful, well-tended plants! A portion of the proceeds goes directly back to filling planters around town with the seasonal flowers we all enjoy.
KSQ native and Pratt's Greenhouse owner Bill Reynolds takes pride in carrying a range of healthy plants that are carefully selected for their ability to thrive in our Southern Chester County climate. You can read more about the story of Pratt's Greenhouse here.
Pop in to the Kennett Heritage Center’s Tag Sale next Sunday, May 13th, from 8am to 11 am to discover antique, vintage, new, and upcycle-able furniture, ceramics, glass, books, and more. The sale is a fundraiser for this important community center, whose mission is to research, document, celebrate, and share Kennett’s rich and unique history.
Rumor has it that you'll find the spring season's first asparagus at the Market next Friday, May 12th!
Douglas and Elizabeth from Swallow Hill Farm have been lovingly tending their asparagus beds through this wet and wild weather and are excited to return for the season this Friday with their "fine produce home grown with love."
Find the Studio Tour map for Southern Chester County here.
Promotions, giveaways, cocktails, and more
Celebrate spring with a special afternoon of shopping. Eight State Street merchants are joining together for a spring boutique event tomorrow, May 7th, from 12–4pm. Aly Mitchell of Paiya will also bring her athleisure wear to Fab and Boujee. Shoppers who visit all participating boutiques will be eligible to enter a raffle to win a gift card and gift basket.
Save the date for the opening reception of the new "Flowers Inspire" show at Square Pear Gallery—which will also be the gallery's fifth anniversary celebration! Stop by on May 18th, the first Third Thursday of the season, between 6:30 and 8:30pm to enjoy the show and refreshments and to meet the artists!
Our feature story on the Memorial Day Parade this week celebrates heroes who fought for our country in the armed forces.
In another era of our country’s history, John Vickers (1780–1860) risked his life for freedom as an active agent of the Underground Railroad. Vickers, a successful potter in Caln Township, hid fugitives in his delivery wagons to move them farther north. He also helped a Southern slave owner’s son who was his apprentice to understand the injustice and degradation of human slavery.
Do the special women in your life love KSQ and love local? Three of our favorite Mother's Day ideas are: Kennett Summerfest tickets (upgrade to a "Farm & Vine" ticket if she's extra special!), a Kennett Collaborator membership card, and plants from the sale at Pratt's this weekend to benefit the Kennett Beautification Committee!
In addition to the Memorial Day Parade on May 29th, we're really looking forward to the first Third Thursday of the season on May 18th and to Kennett Summerfest on June 11th!
We hope to see you at the Kennett Beautification Plant Sale at Pratt's Greenhouse today or tomorrow. And we wish the best of luck to everyone participating in the Kennett Run today!
Thank you for reading. We wish you a beautiful week "Around the Square"!