Parents who despair of their kids hating and quitting piano lessons, take note—Dave Mattock, professional musician, music teacher, and owner and founder of the Mattock School of Music, was one of those kids. He remembers those challenges all too well, and his experiences inform his holistic and balanced approach to teaching his students.
The Mattocks have persevered through many setbacks—pandemic-related and otherwise—to open the school on Kennett Pike. But their hard work and high standards have paid off.
The beautifully renovated building includes a flexible space that can be used for small recitals, meetings, or other kinds of gatherings; an instrument repair shop; a beautiful outdoor deck; and four teaching rooms that are sound-proof and wired for sound up to the state-of-the-art recording studio in the attic. “The whole building is a giant recording studio,” Dave says with a big smile.
Kennett Summerfest will celebrate exceptional local wineries and distilleries, bringing together wine, spirits, cheese, art, and live music in a sophisticated festival atmosphere on the 100 block of South Broad Street on Sunday, June 12th, 3pm to 7pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29th!
Find fresh vegetables, mushrooms, meat, bread, and much more at the KSQ Farmers Market from 3pm to 6pm every Friday at The Creamery.
On Friday, April 29th, pick up a free eastern redbud sapling compliments of Kennett’s Spade & Trowel Garden Club! The club will be giving away 150 native tree saplings at the market in celebration of Arbor Day.
Also—if you read Kennett Collaborative's piece about WasteWell's curbside composting service last month and would be interested in being able to drop off your home compostables at the market, please click here and scroll down to take a very brief survey. You can read more about WasteWell here.
A few great ways to celebrate Earth Day—and the rest of Earth Month!
Treasure Hunt—Check out New Garden Township's "Buy Nothing" Event from 11am to 2pm—good for the earth and for your budget!
Next weekend . . .
Free Trees—On Friday, April 29th, support your local farmers and producers and pick up a free eastern redbud sapling at the KSQ Farmers Market.
Trees Around the Square—Take a walk on Saturday, April 30th and learn how local trees and landscapes have been planted and preserved to improve our quality of life. Find more information and sign up here.
Trout Rodeo—This beloved springtime tradition, brought to you by the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) and the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, returns to Anson B. Nixon Park on Saturday, April 30th, 8am to noon. All ages are welcome and there's an accessible fishing dock at the edge of the pond. Click here for more information and advance tickets.
ID Species—Identify the plants and animals you see as you explore the great outdoors with a little help from another free app—Seek by iNaturalist.
Teen Camp—Do you know a 10–15 year old looking for something fun to do this summer? Most Brandywine Red Clay Alliance summer camps are already full, but there are still some great options for this age group! Check them out here.
Kennett Blooms—Donate to Kennett Blooms, Kennett Collaborative's placemaking program to make KSQ as beautiful as possible this season!
Enjoy a fun day of crafts, face painting, a moonbounce, pedal carts, archery tag, face painting, an obstacle course, on-site vendors, and more at Healthy Kids Day, on location at the Kennett Area YMCA, 101 Race Street, Kennett Square. Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the public!
Corners of the Square
Our favorite things to check out Around the Square this week focus on opportunities to learn about and support the extraordinary and vital work our partner local nonprofits are doing in our community . . .
Family Promise of Southern Chester County has been working for 7 years now to help families experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and social services—365 days a year, at no cost to the families.
Please join Family Promise for a special community event and fundraiser to celebrate this anniversary on June 2, starting at 5pm at the Creamery of Kennett Square.
Find more information, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets here.
April is National Minority Health Month—designed to raise awareness around the fact that many people from racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately impacted by health issues and health access. LCH offers healthcare services to all as well as community health screenings at local worksites, immunizations, dental care, resources, behavioral health services, and more. Click here to learn more and support their work.
Thursday, April 28th: Open Mic Night—Read a poem of your choice and enjoy the work of others. All are welcome!
Wednesday, May 4th: Bilingual Storytime—Come listen in English and Spanish on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am! ¡Ven a escuchar en inglés y español el primer miércoles de cada mes a las 10 am!
We're very excited about the next Kennett Collaborative Speaker Series event on May 17th. Many of us have been wrestling with seemingly conflicting demands in our community—the urgent need for attainable housing and the equally urgent need for land preservation. We have a unique opportunity on May 17th to learn from Steve Nygren, who built a beautiful, sustainable community that houses more people and also preserved 70% of the landscape.