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Quaint and beautiful and so much more

01/07/2015 05:24PM ● By Kerigan Butt

Welcome to the Winter 2013 edition of Kennett Square Today. In the eight years that we've been publishing this magazine, we've met many interesting people and learned a lot about the history of this quaint and beautiful small town. On the pages of this issue, we'll introduce you to a few more of the remarkable men and women who live or work in the Kennett Square area.

Many people in Kennett Square know Olen Grimes as the owner of Artworks and Metalworks. In his spare time, though, Grimes is an avid hunter. He came up with the idea for a new product to protect hunters from the elements. Now, more than six years later, he's about to take that product, the Air-Brella, to market. We talk to Grimes about his invention.

Writer John Chambless profiles Kennett Square resident Bud Martin, who is setting a new course for the Delaware Theatre Company.

Also in this issue, you'll meet Chris Thompson, the owner of Philter, a new specialty coffee house in town, and Molly Johnston, the proprietor of Nomadic Pies, who sells her popular products at the farmers market each week.

We feature a story about the new Les Mills GRIT classes at the Kennett Area YMCA. Jan Michener is the subject of the Q & A. Michener is the founder of Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, Inc., and has worked with all ages in theater education for several decades. She facilitates interactive theater, playwriting, and life writing workshops and, since 2005, she has led a weekly Living History Storytelling Project at the Kennett Area Senior Center.

This issue also includes a look at the Kennett Symphony's search for its next conductor. Michael Hall, one of the three finalists, called Kennett Square quaint and beautiful after he visited the town in September.

We hope that you enjoy the stories and photos included in this issue of Kennett Square Today and, as always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for future stories. We wish you a joyous holiday season and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014.


Randy Lieberman, Publisher, 610-869-5553

Steven Hoffman, Editor, 610-869-5553, ext. 13