Meet Terry Vodery, new CEO of the United Way of Southern Chester County, plus Kennett trails events, a book sale, a masquerade party and special Valentine's Day celebrations, free museum admission, and more
When Terry Vodery took over as CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County last summer, she couldn’t have imagined how much she would grow to love this community and the inspiring people who live and work here.
An opera lover and foodie who loves trying different cuisines, Vodery grew up in Newark, Delaware, where her mother was a schoolteacher and her father worked for Chrysler. But in many ways Vodery’s story began when she enrolled at Lincoln University, where for the first time in her life she was surrounded by African American peers and professors.
Click here to read more about Terry, her transformative experience at Lincoln University, and the vital work UWSCC does to support programs that meet the most pressing needs in our community.
There's no better Valentine's Day (or any day) gift for the beer lover in your life than Kennett Winterfest tickets. It's always a sell-out event and tickets are going quickly, so get yours while you can!
Kennett Winterfest 2023, on February 25th, will feature over 60 of the best local and regional craft breweries, live music, food trucks, and vendors. Your purchase of a Kennett Winterfest ticket supports Kennett Collaborative, the nonprofit that helps Kennett thrive all year long through programs and events including Third Thursdays, Kennett Blooms, the KSQ Farmers Market, this Around the Square newsletter, and much more.
The fresh pastas, ravioli, gnocchi, sauces, soups, and ready-to-heat-and-eat meals from Aunt Mamie's Pasta are crafted with love from recipes passed down through the generations of the Vaccaro family. Mike Vaccaro says their top sellers at the KSQ Farmers Market are wedding soup, fresh pasta, and stromboli.
You can find Aunt Mamie's at the KSQ Farmers Market every other Friday through the winter season.
If you missed our feature last week on ways to love local while celebrating your loved ones this Valentine's Day, you can click here to see our round-up of everything that requires a little bit of preplanning—from ordering one-of-a-kind bouquets and take-home meals to scheduling creative classes, reserving a table for a romantic meal, and more.
Join the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) for a Time Traveler Masquerade Party on Friday, February 11th, at the Mendenhall Inn.
KATS has come of age (they just staged their 22nd annual panto). A pandemic got in the way of an earlier celebration, but now they're celebrating in style! Pick an era you love, assemble your costume, and join them for good food, drinks, singing, dancing, and celebration.
Gather the gals and make plans to attend the first annual KSQ Galentine's Party on Thursday, February 16th, from 4–6pm. Enjoy special promotions and discounts, drinks, and snacks at participating State Street boutiques and be entered into a raffle for a gift card basket!
Join the Planning Kennett Connections virtual workshop to learn about potential walking and biking connections and provide feedback on priorities and improvements. Your input will help inform an ongoing planning study to identify local transportation needs and prioritize projects for future funding. Click here for more information.
Kennett Trails Alliance and Square Roots Collective are also hosting a night of free ice skating at the new Winter Park @ The Creamery on February 16th. You can sign up here or fill out the contact form on their website.
The new Living and Dying Well Speaker Series explores topics that pertain to life and death. On February 6th, Reverend Carin Bonifacino, co-founder of Friends of Green Burial PA, will explain what green burial is, where it's available, and what the many benefits—to people and the planet—are. Like Grieco Funeral Home's monthly Death Cafe, this event is free and open to everyone. You can register here.
The February co-op box from Kennett Community Grocer is chock-full of fresh local goodness—from produce from Flying Plow Farm to pasta from Aunt Mamie, King's Farm potatoes, and biscotti baked by the students from Chester County Technical College High School. Click here for more information and to order.
Did you know that you can enjoy the Brandywine Museum of Art—including the new Andrew Wyeth: Home Places exhibit and special family-friendly activities—for free on the first Sundays of the month? Join them tomorrow, February 5th, for their February Fun Day! Find more information and register for creative art activities here.
Here at Kennett Collaborative we're counting down to one of our biggest annual fundraisers that will help us bring lots of spring flowers through Kennett Blooms this year. We encourage you to get your Kennett Winterfest tickets while they're still available. We appreciate your support!
Thank you, as always, for reading and for supporting our local community. We wish you a great week "Around the Square"!