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Kennett Square Life Summer/Fall 2017 edition

06/21/2017 08:06AM ● Published by J. Chambless

In this issue, we find some dreams coming true for Anastasia Babayeva and her husband, fellow dancer Denis Gronostayskiy. The couple fell in love while studying ballet in Russia, and toured around the world. Today, they live near Longwood Gardens and teach students the art of ballet at their own school. We also meet sculptor Rob Sigafoos, whose lifelong love of animals led him to a career at the New Bolton Center, and a secondary path to a life as an artist. Now, with his horseshoeing days behind him, Sigafoos is creating truly distinctive art, and one of his sculptures has just become the first piece of public art in Kennett Square. We write about the Hadley Fund, which has brought hundreds of lecturers, speakers, and performers to the Kennett Square area through the years. We profile Jerry Dickerson, 77, a record-setting powerlifter. We talk to certified equine sports massage therapist Gretchen Davis Swenson about how massages can keep horses fit and happy. Kennett Square was a hotbed of abolitionist activity in the years leading up to the Civil War. We feature a story about the Kennett Underground Railroad Center, which works to protect and promote that aspect of the community's history. We also highlight two new restaurants -- Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, and Hearth Kitchen.

Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy live in Kennett Square and run the Academy of International Ballet based in Media

From the world's great stages to a home in Kennett Square

Two professional dancers share their love of ballet Read More » 

 

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Kennett's Underground Railroad Center 

Kennett Square was a hotbed of abolitionist activity in the years leading up to the Civil War. Today, the Kennett Underground Railroad Center protects that aspect of the community's history Read More » 

 

Artist Rob Sigafoos with the two-story metal sculpturestairway in his Kennett Square home Photo by John Chambless

Striking a balance between nature and art - 06/08/2017 01:50PM

Rob Sigafoos creates sculptures that seem to move and grow Read More » 

 

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The power of dedication

Jerry Dickerson, 77, is a record-setting powerlifter Read More » 

 

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Going with the Grain

When Lee Mikles and Jim O'Donoghue opened their Grain restaurant in Newark in 2015, they created a culinary phenomenon. They have brought that same recipe for success to State Street Read More » 

 

Equine massage helps keep horses fit and happy - 06132017 0208PM

Equine massage helps keep horses fit and happy

A profile of certified equine sports massage therapist Gretchen Davis Swenson of Kennett Square Read More » 

 

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Chef, artist, tinkerer

Bryan Sikora and his wife Andrea are bringing their talents to Kennett Square, with Hearth Kitchen, set to open on June 24 Read More » 

 

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