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Profile of artist Katee Boyle


Standing against the epidemic


The architecture of integrity


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New book explores life and career of Herb Pennock


The Sawmill Grill opens in Kennett Square


New owners take over Longwood Gallery


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Photo essay: The People of Kennett Square


Celebrating the holidays in Kennett Square






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The People of Kennett Square Letter from the Editor: What makes Kennett Square so special? We think it’s the people—people like Katee Boyle, whose paintings are room-filling statements, layered and scratched and inscrutable. We think it’s people like Ed Rahme of THINK Architecture, who has built his career on transferring the elements of the earth, sun wind and stars into his designs. We think it’s people like Tara Dugan, who had the vision for worKS—a retail destination that is a sensory playground where the re-purposed, the unique and the eclectic have found a lovely new home. In this issue of Kennett Square Today, our writers and photographers met with people like Boyle and Rahme and Dugan, and came away with a little bit better understanding about what makes Kennett Square so special. It’s the people—the artists and shop owners and business professionals who work hard every day to make the world around them a little bit better. In this issue, we explore how parent support groups help families cope when a child is struggling with addiction. We write about the arrival of the Sawmill Grill, an enormously popular restaurant in Oxford that now has a second location in Kennett Square. This issue also includes a look at a book by author Keith Craig that explores the life and hall of fame baseball career of Kennett Square native Herb Pennock. With dozens of unique boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as plenty of family-friendly events throughout the year, Kennett Square is a wonderful place to spend time. This is especially true during the festive holiday season, when the town’s historic charm is on full display. We look at some of the events, activities, and new businesses that will be enjoyed in town during the 2016 holiday season. Over the past few years, Kennett Square photographer Jie Deng has been developing a project she calls “The People of Kennett Square,” a photographic journey into the work of dozens of local residents, from business leaders to artists. Kennett Square Today is proud to begin publishing Jie’s project, and in this edition, we feature a photo essay where we meet jewelry designer Hattie Weselyk, and learn a little about her life and her work. We hope that you enjoy this latest collection of stories about Kennett Square and its people. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for future stories, and we look forward to bringing you the next issue of Kennett Square Today, which will arrive in the spring of 2017. Sincerely, Randy Lieberman, Publisher randyl@chestercounty.com, 610-869-5553 Steve Hoffman, Editor editor@chestercounty.com, 610-869-5553, ext. 13

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A world of deep emotions, expressed in paint and metal Photo by Jie Deng 8

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Artist Katee Boyle wearing one of her metal sculpture corsets (right), and holding a metal bird mask (left).

By John Chambless Staff Writer


atee Boyle’s paintings are room-filling statements, layered and scratched and inscrutable. Her metal sculptures turn flimsy garments into armor, scorched and dented and noble. And neither of them will match your colonial décor. “Abstract is such a dirty word, especially around here,” Boyle said with a sigh. “Fortunately, my work, in the past two years, has found its niche with people who enjoy contemporary art.” The dual avenues of Boyle’s art – densely textured paintings and metal sculptures that resonate with layers of meaning – began when she was growing up in Chadds Ford. “My dad was the business administrator for the Kennett School District. He saw what I was doing and encouraged it. And my mom, too. She was always writing

and doodling,” Boyle recalled. She went to Unionville schools through eighth grade, then to Padua High School in Wilmington, and took an early leap at 15 with early college courses in New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. “I was always painting,” she said. “When I was little, when I’d get crayons, I would always go straight to the black one because I really like hard lines. My mom used to think I was upset or depressed,” Boyle added, laughing. “I just liked to show my presence. I was extremely shy and grew up in a family of seven kids. Drawing was my voice.” She first got an associate’s degree in illustration, transferred to the School of Visual Arts and got a graduate degree in fine arts painting. “Sculpturally, I did a lot of box building in wood and ceramics, but not metal,” she said. “My objective was to build the surfaces of my paintings. I would attach things to the canvases.” Continued on Page 10

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Her first show out of college was curated by renowned artist Marilyn Minter. “I had a series of dresses that I had created and hardened, so they stood on their own, or were attached to canvases,” Boyle said. “And I would write on them. It’s funny, my work has evolved, but it hasn’t changed over the last 25 years. It’s the same subject matter, but I’ve just matured it.” Living and working in New York City for 13 years, she got jobs as a freelance advertising illustrator, worked on set production for film shoots, spent some time modeling, and worked for the MAC Cosmetics company. “I ended up working with MAC for 11 years. Continued on Page 12

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One of the dress forms that Boyle uses to create free-standing sculptures, placed like ghosts in a gallery.

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I started out as a makeup artist, and then I ended up in operations and events,” she said. “That was a lot of fun. I taught people how to operate their businesses, which was really strange, but maybe that came from my dad – that business sense. It all plays into what I do now with marketing my own work.” Her winding career path eventually led her back to Philadelphia. She now lives in Chester County, raising her three children, ages 6, 8 and 10, five minutes away from her parents, and near her six brothers and sisters. After her children are in school, she is free to work on her art from 9 to 3:30. And her new work space is the Continued on Page 14

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kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she still can’t believe is hers. “Three years ago, I started going to the art show at Scarlett Thicket Farm,” Boyle said. The gathering of contemporary artists has grown from being a casual art party to being one of the biggest events of the year for artists who don’t paint pictures of barns and horses. The historic farm, owned by Peter Welling, has a huge barn that for one weekend a year is turned into an art salon where artists meet and mingle with people who appreciate art that takes a chance. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve found my people,’” Boyle said with a smile. “I had tried to network locally and get into galleries before, and got some advice that I should try and exhibit at some local craft shows. I said, ‘Are you out of your mind? Have you looked at my artist resume?’ But I get it. I don’t have a horse or a barn in my work. I feel like I spent the last few years starting over again, and that’s OK. I’m in a really good place and I had to earn it out here.” In her large-scale paintings, Boyle starts by writing on the surfaces, then painting over, scratching out, adding textures and faded patterns and then deliberately obscuring a few things. “I work in layers. I’ve had people who bought my work 20 years ago and they’re still seeing new things in them,” she said. “Sometimes people want to know the


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Boyle with one of her bird-like metal masks and a recent painting.

stories behind them, and I don’t tell them. I want them to get a memory of their own from my work. Whatever they get out of them is fine.” A few years ago, Boyle took the advice of fellow artist Lele Galer and took a welding workshop with Kennett Square artist Stan Smokler. “He had a space in one of his classes, so I took it. It takes me a while to process things. Rather than weld the metal together, I wanted to shape the metal,” Boyle said. “At the end of the week, Stan suggested that I go work with a blacksmith. I had no idea what a blacksmith was. That was in 2014.” For the past two years, Boyle has been working with Kennett Square blacksmith Rob Sigafoos to refine her skills with forging, anvils and hammers. It’s the same creative process she uses in her paintings, she said, only metal sculpting involves more sweat and muscle strain. “The reason I do sculpture is to bring elements out of my paintings,” she said. “Because when I look at my paintings, every line, every mark, indicates something to me or tells a story. But I didn’t Continued on Page 16

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want to do abstract sculptures. I wanted to make sure they were recognizable forms. “When I paint, I work on three or four pieces at a time,” she said. “I have all my canvases on the floor and I go around and around, and come out hours later and it’s like I’m in a trance. Your mind can go completely elsewhere. I don’t go in with a plan. But with metal, it’s completely the opposite, you have to be completely aware of every move you make, of every turn. The steel heats to about 1,200 degrees before it’s white hot and forgeable, and you have to be really alert or you will get seriously injured.” Boyle’s sculptures are variations on corsets or other garments, but forged out of steel. Their surfaces are scuffed Continued on Page 18

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and blackened and dented, sometimes patched. They are not sexy. They look like armor after a battle, and viewers react accordingly. “Like all clothing, it’s protective, and becomes a form that tells a story of a person who once existed inside it,” she said. “The forms are memory keepers, honoring the past or even like ‘If these walls could talk’ narratives. But I wanted to soften the steel. I wanted to make it look like leather or fabric. I’ve always been drawn to textiles. It’s definitely a female form. But it’s not forged fashion. I wanted to keep them sculptural. “I call all my work artifacts. It’s all pieces of my story, maybe embellished a bit. People who are drawn to it see a reflection of themselves in my work. They see it as soulful, or honest.” Boyle’s metal boxes on pedestals are seemingly riveted together, with gaps and dents, hinges and locks. They hint at the secrets they may contain, but give nothing away. “These are called ‘Stoic’ and ‘She’s Come Undone,’” Boyle said of two of the boxes. “I call them both ‘The Girls.’” Like her paintings,Boyle’s sculptures are bold, open-ended invitations to take a journey. And they are meant to be touched, which Boyle said is something art patrons are very reluctant to do. Her ongoing series of bird-like metal masks recall the plague masks


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These metal masks are eerie, but popular with Boyle’s buyers.

seen in the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, and evoke all sorts of lingering mystery and evil. “They’re not pretty by any means, but people are drawn to them,” Boyle said. Boyle is putting final touches on her new Continued on Page 20

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workshop and gallery space. She was invited by Peter Welling to take over an unused outbuilding at Scarlett Thicket Farm to convert into her own metal-working studio. “It’s a dream to get to work here,” she said of the huge expanse of land, on the other side of the barn from Welling’s home. “Peter is a gracious host and a huge supporter of the arts. I’m fortunate. I have autonomy here. I work really well by myself.” Boyle will take commissions, and she can turn out metal hardware, hinges and hooks to order. “Everything’s a learning opportunity,” she said. “My work at the forge will be both utilitarian and fine art. I did my own twist on bottle openers, I do a whole lot of hooks. I’ve done railings and table legs. I’ve done some historical reproductions. I have some good functional commissions waiting.” But Boyle also has a growing community of fans and buyers who appreciate the distinctive direction of her art. “It’s been great,” she said. “They see what I see.” In early November, Boyle exhibited at the Sculpture Objects Photo by Jie Deng

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Above: Metal wings, hand-forged by Boyle. Right: These metal boxes are titled ‘She’s Come Undone’ and ‘Stoic.’

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very Thursday evening, in a small room at the First Baptist Church in Kennett Square, parents pour out their bottomless grief and get boundless support in return. The parent support group is part of Kacie’s Cause, which began immediately after the 2013 heroin overdose death of Kacie Erin Rumford. Kacie’s father, Andy Rumford, has thrown himself into running a drug overdose awareness campaign that has spread Kacie’s name far and wide. There are local chapters of the group in Parkesburg, Honey Brook, Oxford and Kennett Square, and support groups for parents in both Honey Brook and Kennett Square. For Rumford, it’s pretty much a 24-hour-a-day job. “I was sitting at work, and I got a text from this lady who said, ‘Andy, my son died this morning from a heroin overdose. What am I going to do?’” Rumford said Luis Tovar leads the group that meets weekly in Kennett Square. during an interview. For Rumford and his friend Luis, making the non-profit Kacie’s Cause work is both emotionally town halls,” Luis said. “Our first one was at Longwood draining and spiritually rewarding. Rumford said he Fire Company and we drew about 150 that time. The escapes the burden of so much incoming sadness by road to making a difference was challenging in that the working with the vintage cars he has always loved. youth needed to hear this message as much as their par“That’s what keeps me sane,” he said. “Although I still ents, and that was met with some resistance in school districts in the area, such as Avon Grove. We were told, cry every day. Every single day.” Luis got involved with Kacie’s Cause three and a half ‘There’s no problems here.’ They were concerned about years ago, after a family member revealed a heroin their ratings as a school. Eventually Kennett, Octorara dependency. Blindsided, Luis found Rumford’s organiza- and Unionville high schools got on board in hosting tion and he has been a vital part ever since. “So long as town halls. Recently, there was an article published the individual seeks recovery, we should continue to love about a survey at Unionville that reported 40 percent of and support them as they may be one of the lucky ones,” the student population has experimented with drugs.” It’s not unusual for Rumford to know about someone Luis said. His family member has been in long-term recovery and has landed a good job. “But I know this is dying or being hospitalized for an overdose, because he a journey with possible bends and twists along the way. hears from families via social media, texts or phone calls. It’s part of healing for me, to get involved with service, But that information is not usually shared with the media, so there are many people in Chester County who don’t with helping others.” Much has been accomplished since Kacie’s death, and see a drug epidemic. “If they don’t see it,” Rumford said with a rueful smile, Rumford couldn’t begin to count the thousands of people who have contacted him, come to a meeting, supported “then they aren’t looking hard enough.” Nationwide, statistics show that about 46 Americans the cause or used the group’s website as a clearinghouse for services. Kacie’s Cause is part of about 25 community die every day from prescription opioid overdoses. That’s events each year. But in 2013, when his anguish was still about two deaths every hour, or 17,000 people every year. About 8,200 people die every year from heroin raw, he had trouble making anyone listen. “When I got on board with Andy, we started planning Continued on Page 24 www.kennettsquaretoday.com | Winter 2016 | Kennett Square Today


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overdoses. That’s because the gateway drug to heroin is predominantly the prescription painkillers that fill every medicine cabinet in America. Young people sneak the forgotten pills, and when those run out, the cost of heroin is so low, it’s the next step. Rumford has endorsed the drug take-back boxes which are used to safely collect unused medications for disposal. The response has been staggering. At community events where the boxes are put out, collecting 300 pounds per day is not unusual, Rumford said. The introduction of the drug Narcan, which can immediately reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, means that every first responder can prevent a death, Rumford said. The drug is also sold at drug stores, and can be covered by insurance, so parents can have a stock on hand. But teens have adapted. Emergency responders have reported that there are Narcan parties where one person stays straight to administer the life-saving treatments after everyone else gets high. Nearby Philadelphia and Wilmington are major drug distribution hubs, with some of the purest heroin in the


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nation, Luis said, and there are small-time dealers ready to supply drugs to buyers in every community in Chester County. And the consequences are getting more severe. In late summer, there were 29 overdoses in two days in Camden, N.J., when heroin in packages marked with a Batman logo proved too strong. In Ohio, a drug routed through China and Canada has proven to be 10 times stronger than elephant tranquilizers, recently causing more than 60 overdose deaths in one day. Even marijuana can be laced with drugs or poisons that can kill. There is a tangle of issues surrounding addiction – frustrated parents kick out addicts, who turn to theft to support their habits, increasing overall crime rates. Homelessness can lead to needle sharing, disease, or prostitution. The vast majority of prisoners nationwide are jailed for drug offenses, or for crimes related to feeding a drug dependency. After someone has a record, employment is non-existent, or limited to minimum-wage jobs. “It’s a multi-billion dollar impact on our budget,” Rumford said. Rumford said survey results have shown that children start experimenting with drugs at the age of 12. The

downward slide toward cheap and easily available heroin – which can be smoked, snorted or injected – is often the next step. By the time someone shows the first sign of a problem, it can be too late. “There was a gentleman who came up to me at the booth we had at the Mushroom Festival,” Rumford said. “He has a 16-yearold son, and he was beside himself. ‘What do I do? He’s staying out late all of a sudden. Friends are dropping him off at the far end of our property, not coming up our driveway.’ I told him, ‘You need to go through your son’s car, you need to go through his room. Something’s drastically wrong.’ Those are the kind of things we hear.” When parents learn their child is using drugs or is in full-blown addiction, “They come in broken, scared, lonely,” Luis said. “They’re ashamed. For the first time, they’re putting it out there. But they’re walking into

Parents join hands at the end of a support meeting.

a room full of people who get it. They think, ‘I failed. What did I do wrong?’ They internalize this, and it just consumes them. “First-time parents can’t talk because they’re crying. But three months later, they are transformed,” Luis said. “Working for recovery is the hardest thing someone will ever do. The brain has been re-wired to Continued on Page 26

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chase the euphoria obtained in their initial use of drugs, so you have to overcome that. You can recover, if you replace the drug ritual with a ritual of healthy habits.” The drug problem, and the effort to combat it, is so widespread that “at this point, within 10 or 15 miles, you can go to a parent support group every night of the week,” Luis said. At the First Baptist Church, there were seven parents – one father and six mothers – all of whom have children who are struggling with recovery. Luis facilitated the meeting with warmth and patience. “We’re all from different backgrounds, but we are all the same,” he told the group. “There are no judges here. There’s no magic to this. You can take away what works for you.” The guest speaker at the Sept. 15 meeting was Hillary Hess, a Kennett Square counselor and yoga instructor, trained in cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness, who gently led the group through a calming breathing exercise, and offered ways to identify and put aside fears that can crowd out positive thoughts. “I can’t imagine what your thoughts and feelings are, but I commend you all,” Hess told the group. “You are brave enough to come here and sift through everything and achieve some peace.” Later, one husband and wife shared that their adult daughter, who has been in recovery for 10 months, was nervous about taking an upcoming flight without the numbing effect of drugs. Hess suggested several ways for the parents and daughter to calm her anxiety. The husband said that men typically want to fix issues, but “sometimes you’ve got to just let it be,” he said. “You need a moment of clarity to get out of that first reaction. You don’t want to think about the worst thing that could happen. I can convince myself that the vast majority of times, what’s happening is not that bad. “You have to back off and bring it down a few notches and let her learn,” he added. “That could lead to jail, court, or rehab. It’s a long process of letting the person learn. I want to tell her, ‘Recover now,’ but she’s more patient as an addict than I am as a parent.” One woman came to the group for the first time. She works in the medical field, and is well aware of

what drugs can do. Her son slid into heroin addiction after taking prescription pain pills for an injury at the age of 20. One night, she found him overdosed and unresponsive in the family’s home. “For a long time, that was all I could see when I closed my eyes,” she told the group. Her son had three years of sobriety, but fell back into addiction and is in rehab out of state. She was looking for suggestions on what to do once her son is released from his rehab program. Should she pay his car loan until he can get a job and replenish his bank account? Is that enabling or helping? She was asked what she does to relax. “I just worry,” she said after thinking for a long moment. “That’s what I do.” She sees her son only a couple of times a year, “and every time we say goodbye, I think it could be the last time,” she said, her voice cracking. “I don’t want to bury my kid. I truly don’t want that to happen.” Luis assured her, “I’m in awe of you. You’ve got it together. He’s seeking help. You can’t do better than that. He wants recovery. He’s working hard. You are doing a great job.” Having gone through the addiction/recovery process before, she said, “I feel sorry for drug addicts. I do. You have to call and call to get into a rehab program. If you didn’t have family to help you, how could you manage that?” Luis said he doesn’t endorse letting someone hit rock bottom as part of their recovery. “Life has got to be just uncomfortable enough for you to want to change. And that’s different for everybody,” he said. “Remember that this is a disease. It’s a life-threatening disease. It’s not a moral choice. Our kids are all good kids.” The newcomer mother left the meeting with supportive comments, contacts and information about services she can access in the area. But she cautioned that the drug epidemic cannot be avoided. “It’s anywhere, and it’s everywhere,” she said quietly. “You just never know what’s behind someone’s door.” For more information and a list of resources, visit www.kaciescause.com. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@chestercounty.com.

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Jenny Chen Pediatric and Family Dentistry: enny Chen Pediatric and Family Dentistry is a multispecialty dental practice with a highly visible location at Old Baltimore Pike and Guernsey Road in West Grove. The practice offers pediatric, family, and cosmetic dentistry, and has specialists in orthodontics and implant dentistry. “From the moment our patients Àrst arrive here, our goal is to provide them with a comfortable, relaxing experience,” said Dr. Jenny Chen, who provides top-quality care along with her husband, Dr. Michael Lemper, and their team at the West Grove ofÀce and their ofÀce in Willow Street. For a decade, they have built a thriving practice that has seen long-term loyalty from parents, children and grandchildren. Dr. Jenny, as she prefers to be called, was a dentist in Beijing, China, before coming to America 20 years ago to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental pathology at the University of Texas. After earning her degree and preparing to be a scientist, she decided that she wanted to pursue her Àrst love, dentistry. She then obtained her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania school of Dental Medicine, where she met her husband, Dr. Mike. After several years of honing her skills as an associate in busy Philadelphia practices, Dr. Jenny came to Chester County to open her own practice. Dr. Jenny is skilled at all aspects of general dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canals, crowns, bridges, and restoring implants. The aspect of Dr. Jenny most loved by her patients, however, is her friendly, humorous, easygoing manner, which often calms the fears of the most severe dental-phobic patient. Many patients who have avoided seeing the dentist for years out of fear have come to Dr. Jenny and now will receive dental care from no one else. She trulyy treats her p patients as part of the family. A unique feature of Dr. Jenny’s practice is that it provides comprehensive dentistry for

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all ages, and to this end has both a board-certiÀed pediatric dentist and board-certiÀed orthodontist on staff. It is unusual for a dental practice to provide this kind of specialized care for everybody in the family. Dr. Ahmad F. Charkas is the orthodontist, and he provide comprehensive orthodontic care for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Charkas is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is Invisalign certiÀed. Dr. Jenny’s husband, Dr. Mike, is the pediatric dentist, and is trained and experienced in providing dental services for all children, including those with severe dental disease, anxiety, behavioral issues, and special health care needs. Dr. Mike is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Almost the entire staff speaks Spanish, Dr. Jenny said. “People appreciate that you try to communicate in their language,” she said. “We have brochures and information in Spanish to explain everything about a procedure.” About half S of the service’s clients are Spanish-speaking, she said. A very o warm and welcoming environment exists among staff and w patients. “The staff treats each other as family, and we treat p our patients as family,” says Dr. Jenny. o Many people avoid the dentist due to barriers involving insurance and economics. At Jenny Chen Pediatric and Family in Dentistry, they try to make dental care available to as many D people as possible. “We take a wide range of insurance p and coverage through almost every network.” Among the a many insurances accepted are the full range of PA Medical m Assistance and CHIP programs for children. “We want to help A the children who need us most”, Dr. Mike says, “and we want th

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Expert Dental Care for the Entire Family to erase the typical barriers to care that many children face. All children have the right to see the dentist and have happy and healthy teeth”. In addition to accepting a wide range of insurances Dr. Jenny is willing to work with you to implement the best treatment plan for your budget. “Some dentists examine a patient and give them a very expensive treatment plan, which is either all or nothing, and no other options. This naturally scares the patient and prevents them from undergoing much-needed dental care. We work with a patient within their budget or insurance limitations and prioritize. You can get a few teeth Àxed this year, and a few next year” Dr. Jenny says. Another aspect of the practice that Dr. Jenny is proud of is her willingness to squeeze in emergencies. A wide range of emergency dental services are offered, and often people can be seen on the same day as they call. Tooth pain can be very serious, and we want to help as much as we can. To this end, the practice offers convenient hours including evenings and Saturdays. The practice stays up-to-the-minute with technology as well, Dr. Jenny said, including the i-CAT, a three-dimensional dental imaging tool that allows the doctors to examine teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. Because the i-CAT allows the staff to view a patient’s oral structures from different angles on a monitor, the doctors can create more comprehensive treatment plans. This is extremely useful for implant placement, and the practice has an implant specialist

for complex cases, including multiple implants for denture stabilization. “This advanced x-ray system allows us to take 3-D photos, whereas previously we were only able to diagnose from 2-D images,” Dr. Jenny said. “With this technology, we have a better understanding of the patient’s anatomy and dental problems, and can more accurately recommend procedures. Very few general dentists have this technology. Everything’s very advanced in our ofÀce. We’re constantly looking for new technologies.” Jenny Chen Pediatric and Family Dentistry is open Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.SmilesInPA.com.

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any years ago, while he was still in school, Kennett Square architect Ed Rahme came across an ancient stone glyph called the Sun Dagger. Built by the Anasazi Indians on the Fajada Butte in northwest New Mexico, it dated

as far back as the 10th century, and became an inspiration for how he approaches his profession. Three large stone slabs lean against a cliff, channeling light and shadow onto two spiral petroglyphs etched into the cliff. Throughout the year, these ‘daggers’ of light served as a calendar for the Anasazi. They marked the winter solstice, the summer solstice and both equinoxes, charting the optimum times for planting and harvest. Continued on Page 32

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It is both ingenious and simple, Rahme thought; a way to link the earth, sun, wind and the stars to create a powerful composition. “The Sun Dagger shows a basic understanding of our place on earth,” he said. “Their culture understood the importance of the movement of the sun throughout the year. The changing light was integral to sustain their life.” Rahme, a principal of THINK Architecture, incorporates the movement of the wind, sun and moon into the projects he designs. Specializing in modern architecture, Rahme creates places and spaces for

universities, health care companies, businesses, hospitality services, museums, restaurants, faith-based organizations, as well as private residences. Several of his designs dot the local map: The Danjuma African Art Center at The Lincoln University; a chic cafe in Wilmington; and the proposed Biogen building – a teaching space for the Delaware County Community College. “People talk about architecture as if they are building it in nature, but it should be considered as an extension of nature,” Rahme said. “What I do is take Continued on Page 34

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bits and pieces of nature and transform them into something else. As a beaver builds a dam by rearranging materials around him, I consider architecture in the same way, but a little more sophisticated.” For any architect specializing in modern design in Chester County, his or her vision often smacks headlong into an area that maintains its history, where even the notion of going modern is considered an unwelcome shock to the system. “The secret to melding modern design with history is to understand the principles of both,” Rahme said. “If you look at an old house with the intention to do a modern renovation, it can be gorgeous, but it has to be done with the right mindset. You can build a new, modern house with a respect for the principles of the past. I don’t believe that mimicking the past is a respectful solution. We have extraordinary new tools available to make exceptional new spaces that support the way we live and work in today’s world. “When I begin designing a new project, I study beautiful proportions in architecture of all eras,” Rahme said. “There is an inherent beauty in proper proportions. Now, it’s my job to discover how new proportions can lead to a new beauty. With every project, good design can tell an incredible story of the people involved in its making.” When The Lincoln University chose to dedicate one of its original campus buildings to house its extensive African art collection a few years ago, Rahme’s challenge as the project’s architect was to combine history with a modern renovation. Continued on Page 36


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He researched indigenous African architecture from the region where the majority of the collection originated, and saw that the transitions between spaces in these structures were elongated. These spaces within spaces suggested transitions along a journey. Rahme’s final design gave the gallery a transformative look that was both modern and respectful of the tribal architectural influences. Rahme, a LEED-accredited architect, worked with Delaware County Community College on an “ultra-green” building for their main campus. Proposing a variety of wood-framing techniques to help educate the carpentry students, he incorporated both passive and active environmentally conscious elements, including geothermal heating/cooling, solar power and an alignment with the North Star. With his design for the Perch House in Maryland, Rahme was inspired by an early comment from one of the home’s owners -- “One of the first things that the husband told me was that he wanted to wake up with the birds in the morning,” he said. The narrow home was designed with large windows on all four sides, positioned strategically to allow for maximum views of nearby trees, while keeping the neighbors from having views into the house. “Architecture has great symbolic power,” Rahme said. “What you’re building says something about who you are. If you’re building with artificial materials and fake wood imprints, what does that say about you? If you’re building something with real, natural materials, you’re Continued on Page 38


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building something with integrity. Integrity is the one word that best describes something beautiful. It may not be your preference, but at least you have to acknowledge its power.” At a time when modern architecture has begun to ignore the forces of nature, Rahme clings to them as if they were his toolbox to make beautiful buildings. He believes that in the last half-century, America has lost its lead as the world’s architectural innovator, while around the globe, advancements in design are not only ground-breaking, they are done with respect for history and the environment. “America has been functioning for too long on architectural hubris,” Rahme said. “You can tell a lot about a country by its architecture, and in the United States, a lot of buildings are built for no other reason than profit. Relatively few are built with respect for the building,” he said. “America has been staring into the water of its architecture and loving its reflection for too long. When leaders begin to believe their own press, then leadership is usually taken by someone else. “Many times, people build buildings as a means to an end, rather than as an end in themselves. When I see people building something as an end in itself, that’s when I know they are trying to achieve something great. Good design requires a lot of interaction with the clients, but when you’re done and you feel you have achieved something great together, there is a care and love for the process and the finished work, because it took so much personal effort to get there.” Like most architects, Rahme carries a sketchbook wherever he goes. In between meetings, he doodles on restaurant napkins and placemats. Some of his sketches were featured earlier this year at an exhibit he curated along with fellow architects Wayne Simpson and Todd Tulley Danner entitled “Architectural Sketches: Building an Idea,” at the Oxford Arts Alliance. Most of his sketches deal with solving the question that every architect fights with: “How do I create the best use of space?”


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“The best architecture asks the greatest questions, and it’s the work I go back to, time and time again,” he said. “How does this serve as a lesson for someone else? How will it affect the world around it? “We have the ability to make the world a better place, and I do think we can make a big dent in the problems we’ve caused,” Rahme said. “Some things are quantifiable and some things are qualifiable. Making great architecture is about understanding the qualities.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail rgaw@chestercounty.com.

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Located in a former gas station on South Walnut Street, worKS is a sensory playground where the re-purposed, the unique and the eclectic have found a lovely new home

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hen Tara Dugan first conceived the idea of worKS in Kennett Square, she envisioned a shared space filled with work from the area’s most well respected artists, showcased side-by-side with displays from some of the most eclectic retailers in the Brandywine Valley and beyond. In short, worKS, located in a former gas station on South Walnut Street, is a 3,000 square-foot farmer’s market for the senses – a potpourri of sights, textures, ideas and style. The store features a constantly-changing display of artwork, clothing, antique furniture, photography, handbags and accessories, by more than one dozen vendors.


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WorKS showcases the work of Chadds Ford photographer Alessandra Manzotti; Chairloom, a custom upholstery and furniture shop based in Ardmore; Conversion, a Philadelphia-based furniture store; Pyknic, a Downingtown clothing company; leather and linen handbags by Arden + James in Chadds Ford; inventory by Devon vintage furniture store Eastcote Lane; items from Malena’s Vintage Boutique in West Chester; Zoet Bathlatier, an apothecary and candle store in Malvern; domestic ceramic work by Pam Lau of Lincoln University; curated cards by Merely Mere of Kennett Square; sculpture and functional art by Vinewoods Forge in Unionville; jewelry by Ohio-based Jabberwocky & The Boys; antiques from the American Collector in Philadelphia; inventory from Scout & Annie; vintage barware from +Details; and vintage menswear from Charlie Dog. “The idea of worKS didn’t arrive at a particular moment or as a thunderclap, but through the realization of knowing that there is an abundance of talent here,” said Dugan,

The retail space at worKS resembles a modern industrial workspace.

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who has owned Scout & Annie on State Street since 2011. “It was really just the wish to bring them all to one place, to a forward-thinking town that embraces creativity and change. Essentially, here was a body of talent, and a community that was waiting for it.” Dugan approached each vendor with an invitation to join the concept of a retail location. This is a group of experts – seasoned professionals – and most already have brick and mortar stores in other areas,” she said. “They have different talents and skills, and they get to experience each others’ inventory.” The retail space resembles a modern industrial workspace. Brands that align with worKS’ aesthetic can rent sections of the store to sell their products. Much like a micro department store, the artisans are not required to be on site at worKS, which frees up their time to design Continued on Page 46


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and create new work and inventory. The converted gas station also forms another link of new business in Kennett Square that comes from a re-purposed facility. Just a block away, the popular Creamery on Birch Street was carved into the remains of a 1903 milk factory. For Manzotti, whose photos are also on display at Philter, worKS serves as a “back office” gallery that she can use to direct those interested in her photography to. “Its a destination location, a great opportunity for local artists and artisans, and it’s appealing in that we don’t need to be there all the time,” she said. “I am grateful to Tara for believing in local artists and businesses enough to renovate an old garage into a funky, industrial space. I’m piggy-backing on those other artisans who draw people who are looking at things like antiques and metal works.” “At the core of this concept is collaboration,” Dugan said. “There is a tremendous synergy that exists with people who are passionate, and bringing that power and creativity together at worKS creates a wonderful vibe.” worKS is located on 432 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348, and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. worKS will also be open on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., until Christmas. To learn more about worKS, visit www.workskennettsquare.com, the worKS Kennett Square Facebook page, on Instagram at @worKSkennettsquare, or call 484-732-8586. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail rgaw@chestercounty.com.



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Pennock’s southpaw grip.

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The 1927 New York Yankees’ Murderer’s Row, perhaps the greatest lineup ever assembled.

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hen Keith Craig started work on a biography about Herb Pennock, he knew that the Squire of Kennett Square’s accomplishments on the baseball field were great. Pennock is considered one of the game’s top southpaw hurlers of all time. The quintessential “crafty left-hander,” Pennock has been immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a result of his 241 victories over 22 major league seasons that included four world championships with the mighty New York Yankees teams of the 1920s and early 1930s. But Craig wanted to focus as much on Pennock the man as he did on Pennock the immortalized pitcher. The result of five years of research is “Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher,” which was published this spring by Rowman & Littlefield. The 344-page book traces Pennock’s life from the time he was growing up in one of Kennett Square’s most affluent families to his extraordinary career in baseball that included, in significant ways, baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, and Jackie Robinson. Craig is a professional writer from New Jersey who has freelanced for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, as well as the Chester County Press and its family of regional magazines when he lived in Chester County. He loves the game of baseball, and played it at Florida State University. Each January, he serves

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as the master of ceremonies for the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association’s annual banquet. The Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association celebrates the achievements of local baseball players and Pennock is a local hero for some baseball fans in the area. Craig said that a conversation with two of that organization’s leaders, Bob Burton and Prissy Roberts, actually set him on the path to writing a book about Pennock. “I have to give credit to Bob and Prissy,” Craig said. “They were the driving forces behind the book.” What really inspired Craig to slide Pete Rose-style into the project was a lingering allegation of racism that had been leveled against Pennock—by one source decades after the fact. In the late-1990s, before Craig became involved with the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association, officials in town considered putting up a statue of Pennock, but those plans plummeted like a sinking line drive when concerns were raised about Continued on Page 50 www.kennettsquaretoday.com | Winter 2016 | Kennett Square Today


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the racism charge. Was the Squire of Kennett Square, a man who was born into a well-respected Quaker family, a racist? Craig was hoping that his research would turn up evidence one way or the other to determine whether there was any truth to the allegation. “Initially, it was the biggest curiosity,” Craig said. “And the more I found out about Pennock, the more interesting he became.”

A Kennett Square boy Herb Jefferis Pennock was born into one of Kennett Square’s most prominent families on February 10, 1894. He was the fourth child of Theodore and Mary Louise Pennock. The Pennock homestead was located at approximately where the Walmart is situated along Route 1 today. While he was growing up, Pennock attended the Cedarcroft Boarding School in Kennett Square, and as he approached his last years in high school he didn’t know what he would pursue after he graduated. Herb’s father wanted him to go to the University of Pennsylvania, but the young man wasn’t so sure. He knew that he loved

playing baseball, but he was a smaller boy and was far from a standout among the local players. He was a weak-hitting first baseman at Cedarcroft, and his brother, George, was a pitcher on that team. When George left the team, a teammate suggested that Herb be given a chance because he had a curve ball with a lot of movement. Herb was smooth and intelligent on the mound, and he could pitch to his spots—a rare quality for any pitcher, especially a young one. “He was not a hard thrower, but he was a winner,” Craig explained. “He had this studiousness about him. He would study the batters and find their weaknesses.” Pennock threw a no-hitter with Earle Mack catching behind the plate. Earle was the son of Connie Mack, the legendary manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, and just like that the small left-hander from Kennett Square was getting a lot of attention from professional scouts. Craig explained that on the day after Pennock graduated from high school, Connie Mack was sitting at the family’s kitchen table signing him to play professional baseball. Three days later, Pennock was pitching for the

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Philadelphia Athletics. To Craig, the lesson to be taken away from this part of Pennock’s life is that if you have a passion for something, you should pursue it, no matter how improbable it seems. Pennock was just six feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. He debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics Continued on Page 52

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on May 14, 1912. Two years later, still only 20 years old, Pennock was 11-4 with a 2.79 ERA for the team. While he was pitching for the Philadelphia Athletics, Craig explained, Pennock still lived a normal life in Kennett Square. He would take the train in to the city when there was a game, and he would return home on the train in the same evening. He was well-liked by his neighbors, and was known to donate gloves and baseballs so that local kids could play the game.

Early career By 1915, Pennock had established himself as a major league pitcher, but Mack wasn’t pleased with the young team’s development. The manager felt that Pennock lacked ambition on the playing field, and he let him go to another American League team, the Boston Red Sox, for the cost of the waiver price. Mack would later say that releasing Pennock was the worst baseball decision he ever made. Pennock debuted with the Red Sox in 1915, and continued to demonstrate effectiveness on the mound even


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though he was often relegated to a spot in the back of the rotation. He joined the Navy in 1918, and by 1919 found himself back in the Boston rotation. He won 16 games in 1919 and 1920, and seemed poised to become one of the best pitchers in the game. But that wasn’t going to happen with the Red Sox. The team was in the process of selling off many of its top players, usually to the Yankees. Boston’s sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees changed the course of baseball history, but when Pennock was sold to the Bronx Bombers in 1922, it set the stage for a baseball dynasty to be born. Between 1923 and 1933, the Yankees reached the World Series five times, winning in 1923, 1927, 1928, and 1932. Pennock was an integral part of the team’s success, winning a total of 162 games. He was at his best in big games, compiling a 5-0 record in the World Series. Yankees manager Joe McCarthy who, like Connie Mack is a legendary figure in the history of the game, once famously said, “I’m going to pitch Pennock in spots this season—tough ones.” Craig noted that during his career Pennock pitched in

a number of different roles, including as a relief pitcher, and handled every assignment with the same level of determination.

Friendship with Babe Ruth Pennock fit right in with the game’s greats. He struck up a friendship with Babe Ruth, who was unquestionably the game’s brightest star at the time. Pennock would even read the Babe’s mail for him. The Sultan of Swat would visit the Kennett Square area with Pennock many times, and while they were in town they would hunt together or enjoy the Pennock family’s sprawling property. Pennock loved to ride horses. He grew flowers and vegetables on the farm. He and his wife, Esther, would sometimes take The Babe dancing. Continued on Page 54

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Craig explained that Pennock and Ruth were, in many ways, exact opposites, both on and off the field. Pennock was so easy-going and relaxed that Connie Mack mistook his natural demeanor for a lack of ambition. Pennock was known as a gentleman and grew up in an affluent family, while Ruth came from a poor family and was well-known for his wild partying. “They were really inseparable,” Craig explained.“Babe Ruth came to Kennett Square because he and Pennock were friends.”

Baseball executive Pennock retired at the age of 40 in 1934, but that didn’t mean that he was leaving the game. He was hired as the general manager of a farm team in the Red Sox organization in 1935. He then spent a few years as a first base coach and pitching coach with the Red Sox, and then he was named the assistant supervisor of Boston’s minor league system in 1939. He was then promoted to the position of director of minor league operations for the team. In 1943, Bob Carpenter, Jr., whose family owned the Philadelphia Phillies, hired Pennock to serve as the team’s general manager. Pennock began the process of rebuilding a talent-starved farm system by focusing on the acquisition of as much young talent as possible. He went about this task with the same intelligence and precision that he utilized on the mound. But in 1948, less than two weeks before his 54th birthday, Pennock collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame later that same year. His last work in baseball led to the Phillies’ 1950 “Whiz Kids” team

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“Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher” is available for purchase on amazon.com. that made it to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history. Pennock had been honored with the greatest accolade a major league player could receive. His hometown of Kennett Square had honored him on “Herb Pennock Day.” He had spent most of his life playing or working in the major leagues without controversy. Appropriately, Craig spends plenty of time painting a full picture of Pennock the man and Pennock the pitcher before exploring the controversy that clouds a hall of fame career today.

The telephone call Harold Parrott worked as a sportswriter for a newspaper in Brooklyn before becoming the traveling secretary for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was working in that role in May of 1947 when a telephone conversation allegedly took place between Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey and Pennock. A month earlier, the Dodgers had enlisted Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier. In his book, “The Lords of Baseball,” published in 1976—three decades after the fact—Parrott claimed that Pennock used a racial slur to describe Robinson, and warned the Dodgers’ general manager not to bring him with the rest of the team when they traveled to Philadelphia to play a series against the Phillies. There was even a threat that the Phillies would boycott the games. “That telephone call is impossible to corroborate,” Craig said. “In 1947, no one involved put Parrott’s claim on the record. By 1976, no one involved was still alive to question the claim. The exact words of the telephone conversation are lost to history.” Craig pointed out that before Parrott’s book, there had never been such an allegation leveled against Pennock. After Parrott’s book, the story about Pennock became a part of the larger story of the racial integration of the game, and was repeated in several other subsequent baseball books. Other sources have claimed that it was Carpenter on the telephone with Rickey, not Pennock. What is known for certain is that fans and players everywhere treated Robinson roughly during Continued on Page 56

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his first seasons in the big leagues. Fans and players in Philadelphia were particularly hard on the Dodgers’ heroic trailblazer, and the Phillies’ manager, Ben Chapman, was brutal in his taunts of Robinson. It’s also very true that the Phillies were woefully slow to sign a black player to the team. However, Craig pointed out that they were in the middle of a five-year plan that emphasized the development of young players when the Dodgers brought Robinson up to the major leagues in 1947. Most of the players in the Negro League were already experienced players, and would not have fit into the plan that the Phillies had spent years putting into place. During his research, Craig spoke to several members of the Pennock family and many people who knew the baseball player and his family, and there was never any indication that Pennock strayed from his Quaker ideals and his gentlemanly behavior that he was well-known for. In fact, Pennock is on record as saying that the game would be better as a result of the Robinson signing. He Call for 2016 Brochure!

was also quoted as saying that the Phillies would sign any player that would make the team better. And yet, the allegation exists. Craig said that it was distressing to him that one mention in one book, at a time when there was no corroboration and no evidence to support the claim, continues to cloud a hall of famer’s life and legacy. Despite all his research, Craig could not find the piece of evidence that would prove or disprove whether Pennock opposed the racial integration of baseball. He did find out quite a bit about how the man lived his life, and by all accounts it was a life well-lived. Consider the compelling story of Florence “Gig” Simon, a black woman who lived just outside Kennett Square. She was looking for an escape from her abusive husband when she wound up at the Pennocks’ home. The Pennocks didn’t just offer temporary refuge, they opened their home to Simon. She moved in with the family and helped Herb and Esther raise their children, Joe and Jane. Gig Simon grew old in the Pennock home. “She stayed with them for the rest of her life,” Craig

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explained. “She was a part of the family.” Gig Simon is even buried adjacent to the Pennocks in the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. To Craig, Pennock’s treatment of Simon says a lot more about his attitudes and about what kind of person he was than one telephone call that can probably never be verified. “I think his actions, and his family’s actions, speak volumes,” Craig said. The title of Craig’s book comes from an article that was written by John Kieran, a sports reporter for the New York Times, who once referred to Pennock as “baseball’s faultless pitcher.” That isn’t true, of course. Pennock, like everyone else, had his faults. But was he a man who would use a racial slur to describe a Dodgers’ rookie who was changing the game forever? After spending five years researching Pennock’s life and career, Craig remains unconvinced of the merits of the allegation. “I went into this trying to be objective,” Craig said.

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“and I firmly believe that he did not say that. With all the research I found, Herb Pennock was a good guy. I feel like the controversy was blown out of proportion a little bit. Pennock was certainly multi-dimensional. He had his flaws, but they were few. He seemed to treat everyone equally. He was a gentleman. He was a tribute to Kennett Square.” To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@ chestercounty.com.

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hen restaurateur John McGlothlin set out to open a second Sawmill Grill location, this one in Kennett Square, he had a recipe for success to guide him. His Sawmill Grill in Oxford has been enormously popular, attracting a loyal following by offering good food and great times at affordable prices. McGlothlin said during an interview in October that he is following a similar plan for the new location at the corner of Birch and Broad streets in Kennett Square. “We’re following the model that we have in Oxford—where the town just supports us amazingly well,” McGlothlin said. “We give back to the community in Oxford. We want to get ingrained in this community, too, and give back to Kennett Square.” In Oxford, McGlothlin is well known for supporting various community activities, including hosting breakfast fundraisers that help many different organizations. The Sawmill Grill was the recipient of the 2015 Business of the Year Award in Oxford as a result of the restaurant’s strong ties to the community—and the aforementioned good food and great times at affordable prices. The new Sawmill Grill, like the Oxford location, will feature traditional American food that families can enjoy together at an affordable price. The menu also includes a nice selection of wines and beers, including local beverage offerings. The main dining and bar area offers a friendly atmosphere for a weekday lunch with the family or a beer or glass of wine with friends on the weekend. There are large-screen televisions here and in the spacious upstairs area. McGlothlin said that approximately 80 people can be accommodated in the main part of the Continued on Page 62

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restaurant, with space for an additional 100 people in the upstairs rooms. There is ample room for dining upstairs, and there’s even a private room that can be reserved by a group for board meetings or birthday parties for between 30 and 36 people. “We can do any menu that people would want for these rooms,” McGlothlin explained. There are even six tables set up in the outside patio area for dining during nice days. “We’re really excited about that,” McGlothlin added. It was a fairly easy process to transform the building into the newest Sawmill Grill—just some simple changes to the décor were necessary, according to McGlothlin. The building previously housed two restaurants, the Taste of Puebla and Kennett Steak and Mushrooms, in recent years. McGlothlin credited the building’s owners, Lou Caputo and Herb Guest, with doing


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for a good restaurant. Reimert’s participation in the new Sawmill Grill was essential, in part because McGlothlin is not only involved with the Sawmill Grill in Oxford, but also the Octoraro Hotel and Tavern, which is undergoing extensive renovations that were made necessary by a fire in the building in late 2014. The Octoraro Hotel and Tavern should be ready to open again early in 2017. McGlothlin said that he may not have opened the second Sawmill Grill without a capable managing partner that he could trust. Together, McGlothlin and Reimert have assembled a staff of about 40 people to deliver the quality service that is so critical to the Sawmill Grill’s success in Oxford. “It’s always about the people that you Continued on Page 66


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have,” McGlothlin said, commenting on the importance of a good staff to a restaurant’s success. McGlothlin said that the business community in Kennett Square has been very welcoming. Mary Hutchins, the executive director of Historic Kennett Square, was quick to reach out and help in any way possible as the restaurant was preparing to open. “It made us feel welcome—like we are already a part of Kennett Square,” McGlothlin said. “It’s a beautiful town with a great heritage. The community events to bring people to town—events like the Mushroom Festival, the Kennett Brewfest, and the Third on Thursdays—are wonderful.” The Sawmill Bar & Grill is open from 11 a.m. to midnight each Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. each Thursday through Saturday. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty.com.



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Drivers can now use their mobile phones to pay for parking in Kennett Square. A new app from Wilmington, Del.-based Passport Inc. will allow smartphone and other mobile phone users to pay with a click of a button, a text, or a phone call. “If you’re in the middle of a business meeting or lunch, you don’t have to run out to feed the meter,” said Emily Wilson, a member of Passport’s marketing team. “We are excited to introduce this new option to Kennett Square parkers. It’s a great alternative for people who don’t carry around change.” The existing parking meters will still accept change, according to Kennett Borough Manager Joseph C. Scalise. The only difference drivers will notice is a sticker on the meter alerting them about the app. “We’re just adding on new technology to what’s already there,” Wilson said. Payments accepted through the Passport Parking app include MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. There will also be a “Dedicated Wallet” option for payment, as well as discount coupons. The parking charge will not be credited until the end of the parking session. Continued on Page 70

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The team from Passport Inc. has been working with Kennett officials since June to institute the program. Visitors to nearby West Chester will recognize the parking app as one that has already been in place there since 2015. “We hope people who frequent Kennett Square and West Chester will be more comfortable using the app,” Scalise said, adding that the borough first learned about Passport Inc. while searching for app-based parking systems. Some of the benefits of Passport Parking, according to Scalise and Wilson, include ease of registration and parking history. To register, users enter their e-mail or phone number; once that is done, they will have the ability to pay for and extend parking times, and also to track where and when they park on an ongoing basis, just by accessing the app on their phone or computer. The app also offers merchants the ability to validate parking for their customers; something Wilson called a “great way to get local businesses involved.” Merchants can provide a validation code to customers that can then be used to offset their parking costs. Passport Inc. has launched in Swarthmore and Gettysburg and has provided app-based mobility solutions to cities, towns, universities and other groups in more than 47 states, according to its Web site. For more information on the app, go online at www.passportinc.com/ consumers.




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here was good news in early November as the former owners of the Longwood Gallery in Kennett Square stepped aside and let an eager new team take over the business. And customers hardly noticed the transition. In late October, Marjorie Kuhn and Sheila Washington were in the gallery with new owners Megan and David Umbs, and there were smiles all around. Looking back on how she and Washington kind of fell into the gallery business, Kuhn recalled their 2004 meeting with Mary Davies, who was operating the Longwood Gallery on Route 1 in a location that suffered from visibility problems. Set back from the road, the second-floor space was cozy but didn’t get enough visitors. “We only had 12 customers in December that year,” Kuhn said, laughing. “We were either going to be way in debt, or move.” At that time, the highly visible space at 200 E. State St. in Kennett Square housed the Historic Kennett Square meeting room when Kuhn and Washington asked about taking it over. The deal was struck and the business opened in its new location on April 1, 2005. That day was the traditional Art Stroll evening, but before they had officially opened, Kuhn and Washington had their first customer, who knocked on the door to ask about framing. A decade ago, the business climate in Kennett Square was

smaller and sleepier, and Kuhn noted that it’s become much more eclectic and funky in recent years. Along the way, Longwood Gallery has showcased more than 140 exhibitions and promoted regional artists such as Mary Ann Weselyk and Jack Giangulio, who are two longtime favorites of both Kuhn and Washington. While they both loved the artists and customers who have become friends, they said that the physical labor of creating frames and cutting mats and glass has become a bit much for them. “We’re ready to relax,” Kuhn said. “It’ll be great having Saturdays free. And before Christmas, we’ll actually be able to decorate the house rather than be here every day.” In 2006, Longwood Gallery was a favorite stop for David Umbs and his daughter, Megan, both of whom loved art and were steady buyers. David smiled and said he owns 41 artworks purchased at the gallery, along with 40 pieces of pottery. Megan’s home is packed with purchases from Longwood Gallery as well. Her father, who retired 25 years ago, lives in the carriage house on her property. It’s on North Union Street, within walking distance of the gallery. “We had been talking about selling the gallery for maybe six months or so,” Kuhn said. “Then we decided to tell David and Megan. And Megan said, ‘Well, dad, we could buy the gallery.’” Within a couple of days, a deal had been struck.

Megan is excited to take over the business, and she has been learning the fine points of framing pictures. She has extensive experience in non-profit management, and David was an institutional investment advisor and traveled all over the country before retiring at 45. “I’ve been retired 25 years, and I’m getting bored now,” David said with a smile. Megan said she and her father have already fit in with the business community in Kennett Square. “The townspeople here are so welcoming,” she said. “To be joining the actual business community is very exciting for us. But it’s also a natural transition, because we know the town and we love the town. We’ll still be doing framing, and my dad’s really going to be the face of the business. We’ll be keeping all the artists that are already here, because they’re fabulous.” A reception with the gallery’s artists and customers was held to reassure everyone that the transition will be seamless. “We trying to keep consistency,” Megan said. “We want our customers to feel as if we are simply an extension of what Marge and Sheila have started. We’re going to keep their vision going, because the town loves this place.” For more information, call 610-444-0146 or visit www.longwoodartgallery.com. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@ chestercounty.com.

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Mit Joyner, the keynote speaker, will be talking about “Unity: Working Together For Social Change” at the 16th annual breakfast on Jan. 16, 2017.

The 16th annual community breakfast, as part of the entire MLK CommUNITY Day, is scheduled to be held to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Tickets are on sale now for this very popular celebration event. “The Board of Directors of the MLK CommUNITY has been working hard since the summer on the entire day’s events,” explained Carol Black, board president. “We are excited to continue the vision of our founder, Mabel L. Thompson, to create a beloved community in the greater Southern Chester County area.” The speaker for the MLK Breakfast will be Mildred “Mit” Joyner, emerita director and professor, West Chester University, whose keynote theme will be “Unity: Working Together For Social Change.” Mit is a local personality who has a long career of significant achievements in social work, higher education, child welfare, board positions, and is currently the president and owner of MCJ Consultants in West Chester. The MLK CommUNITY Day started with a breakfast that Mabel Thompson organized to help realize a longstanding dream. The organization has grown tremendously from the breakfast to a day of sharing (service), food and cash drives to benefit the local Kennett Area Community Service food bank, scholarships, book sales, coffee and conversation fellowships, and much more. “Our mission is to revitalize in our community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of peace and harmony among all people,” said Black. “We are thrilled that our community can gather ‘round once again this January.” A new change this year will be the timing of the food drive. “The board decided that the food drive will take place during March 20-31, 2017,” Black explained. “The Kennett area food cupboard has a nice surplus in January, due to the generous giving that takes place over the holiday season. The board decided it would be more helpful to do the MLK CommUNITY food drive in March, when there is greater need in the community.” Black added that anyone wishing to bring a non-perishable food item to the breakfast is welcomed to do so, and people can also contribute coins to the ‘Change for Change’ program at the Franklin Mint Credit Union on Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Volunteer opportunities are available and sponsorships are on a first-come-first-served reservation. To find out how you can volunteer during any part of this wonderful community event, be a sponsor of the breakfast, or to purchase tickets for the breakfast, visit the website at www.mlkcommunity.org or send an email to info@mlkcommunity.org. There is also a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mlkcommunity. www.kennettsquaretoday.com | Winter 2016 | Kennett Square Today


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Over the past few years, Kennett Square photographer Jie Deng has been developing a project she calls “The People of Kennett Square,” a photographic journey into the work of dozens of local residents, from business leaders to artists. Kennett Square Today is proud to begin publishing Jie’s project, and in this edition, we meet jewelry designer Hattie Weselyk, and learn a little about her life and her work, as taken from her interview with Jie. “I was a principal ballerina with the Brandywine Ballet Company for nine years, and later danced with Opus 1 Contemporary of Philadelphia, as well as guest performed with many theatres and other dance companies. I began teaching ballet in 2001, and only recently have had to cut back to one day a week, as it’s all my growing jewelry schedule will allow. In my early twenties, I also modeled as a ballerina for a sculpture class and found myself eager to learn how to sculpt. I took a class and began sculpting, later exhibiting my bronze dancers locally in galleries and art exhibits.”

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“In 2006, I stopped dancing professionally and began my family. I enjoyed sculpture but it was expensive to have bronzed. But, without dance or sculpture, I found I still needed an artistic outlet. I picked up an instructional book on beading and wirewrapping at a local craft store, and that night I think I made 30 pairs of earrings. I was hooked.� Continued on Page 80

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“My inspiration comes from everything around me. I love to garden and often am inspired by nature and its beauty and movement. I am currently fascinated with ancient Egyptian artifacts and patinas. I typically don’t sketch out or plan my designs. I have a general idea or inspiration, start grabbing materials and get to work.” “I strive to make jewelry that people want to wear. I try to make a variety that appeals to all ages and styles. I believe it is important to learn as many techniques as you can but that doesn’t mean you need to pull out all the stops in every single creation. I often find that the pieces people find the most appealing are the simplest.” Continued on Page 82


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“My favorite piece is my ‘Wrapped in Lavender Cuff.” It was the most technically challenging piece I have ever made and, because of that, the most rewarding. It was a lengthy process but when I finished it, I remember feeling proud of myself.” “I admire so many artists, but I guess you could say my idol is jewelry artist Jeanine Payer. She has recently closed her studio doors but I was fortunate to have been given a couple of her pieces and absolutely fell in love with the simplicity and feminine quality of her work. It remains an inspiration to me.” To learn more about Hattie Weselyk, visit her website at www. hattieweselyk.com.


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In Kennett Square, plenty of events and attractions to enjoy this holiday season

By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer


n Friday, Nov. 25, Kennett Square will officially welcome the holiday season with the Holiday Light Parade, a popular annual event that kicks off the most special season in this most special town. With dozens of unique boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as plenty of family-friendly events during November and December, Kennett Square is a wonderful place to spend time during the holiday season.

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There are many family-friendly activities to enjoy.

One of the new events on the calendar this year is the Kennett Holiday Village Market, which will be open at The Creamery of Kennett Square at 401 Birch Street on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Mary Hutchins, the executive director of Historic Kennett Square, the Kennett Holiday Village Market is a curated open-air artisan market filled with unique holiday gift options from local and regional vendors. Guests during the two-day event will enjoy food trucks, ice sculptures, and seasonal craft workshops. Christmas trees and greenery will also be available. Hutchins explained that Historic Kennett Square was initially approached by officials in Kennett Township about the possibility of organizing a village market, and soon Kennett Township, Historic Kennett Square, the

Borough of Kennett Square, and the Creamery were collaborating on making plans for the new event. Whitney Hoffman, a supervisor in Kennett Township, is credited with being the person who first suggested that a village market would work well in Kennett Square. “My husband and I took a trip to visit his sister in France near Christmas, and I was impressed by the different holiday villages they had in almost every town,” Hoffman explained. “People sold lovely local crafts and gifts, there was food and drink and music, and the community really seemed to come together. When I started thinking about what we could do to extend the holiday season for the Kennett area from the Holiday parade the day after Thanksgiving through the Mushroom Drop on New Year’s Eve, this sort of outdoor community-centered Continued on Page 86

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event seemed perfect. It would provide an additional destination for all the Longwood visitors, and bring more folks into Kennett Square, helping people appreciate all the great things we have to offer.” Officials in both Kennett Square and Kennett Township responded very positively to the idea, Hoffman said. “I was so excited that Mary and Historic Kennett Square thought it was a good idea,” she explained. “We got the new Township Sustainable Development Office involved, and the folks from the Creamery and Longwood were excited as well. We’re even getting the school district involved, and its a nice way for the kids in the music program to get an opportunity to perform for the wider community.” The Creamery’s decision to host the Kennett Holiday Village Market helped move the event forward. “While we have thought about things like whether we need to build the more traditional sheds or buildings that many villages use, or how much space we might need, Mike Bontrager and the whole team responsible for the Creamery generously offered their space,” Hoffman explained. “It couldn’t be better, and it’s a great place to see if the community will like the event, and if it can become an annual holiday tradition. I’m glad we’re starting off with a weekend this year, and if it works well, we might try it for a longer period next year.” Another important date on the calendar will be Saturday, Nov. 26, which is Small Business Saturday, a day when people all across the country are encouraged to provide support to their communities by shopping at local businesses. Kennett Square is filled with unique boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, and there are some new additions for shoppers and diners to enjoy this year. Hutchins said that each of the new businesses brings something new to Kennett Square’s business district. Small businesses are very important to the success of any community. “We’re grateful for all that the small business owners do for Kennett Square,” Hutchins explained. “For every $100 that is spent in a small business, $68 of that stays in the local community.” For shoppers looking to complete their Christmas 86

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As in recent years, carriage rides will be offered during Sundays leading up to Christmas.

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With its distinctive shops and restaurants, Kennett Square is a nice place to spend time during the holidays.

lists, the Orange Door is certainly a good destination. The shop offers beautiful and unique gifts selected by Linda Elson. There are plenty of thoughtful gifts—everything from cute trinkets for the home and kitchen to jewelry and scarfs— for all the special people in your life. Marche is another new business in Kennett Square that will make it easier for shoppers to find just the right gift. Marche offers Continued on Page 88

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authentic clothing, jewelry, and household items. Another place to find unique items is Salt + Stone, a bohemian-style boutique nestled comfortably under the historic Kennett Square Inn. Salt + Stone carries Vintage Faerie Studio handcrafted custom jewelry as well as carefully curated goods from around the globe. Many of the items that they carry support artisans and are truly handcrafted. Another new retail destination in town is worKS. When owner Tara Dugan first conceived the idea of worKS, she envisioned a shared space filled with work from the area’s most well-respected artists, showcased side-by-side with displays from some of the most eclectic retailers in the Brandywine Valley and beyond. At worKS, shoppers will find everything from unique artwork and antique furniture to handbags and accessories—and much more. Shop Mamie is a new women’s clothing boutique in town that sells stylish clothing and accessories. Owners Megan Healy and Amy Trelenberg provide young women with fresh, inexpensive, chic clothing fashions to create a oneof-a-kind shopping experience. This is their second store together—they also have a shop in Wilmington, Del.


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The stores are beautifully decorated during the holidays.

Another new business in town is Terra Olive & Spice, which is opening a new gourmet tasting room at 116 W. State Street just in time to pick up gifts for Christmas. Terra will feature ultra-premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, spices, salts, pastas and other specialty foods. All the products will be available for sampling. Terra also has a location in King of Prussia Mall, next to Bloomingdales, and a temporary space in the Market at Liberty Place in downtown Kennett Square. A new addition for the holiday season is the Kennett Square Holiday Pop Up Shop, which is a curated temporary boutique that will feature a gallery of work from local artists and artisan gifts. The shop is located at 112 East State Street, and is open from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. Kennett Square has an impressive lineup of restaurants, including La Verona, Portabello’s, the Half Moon Restaurant, La Madera Bistro, Lily Asian Cuisine, the Kennett Square Inn, and Talula’s Table. The Sawmill Grill just recently opened its doors, offering traditional American food at affordable prices.

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People gather around the town’s Christmas tree when it is lit for the first time to mark the beginning of the holiday season. The Christmas tree-lighting takes place on the same evening as the Holiday Light Parade.

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The Market at Liberty Place, which houses vendors like Paradocx Vineyard, Punk’d Pineapple, Buddy’s Burgers, the State Street Pizza & Grill, Yo’R So Sweet, and Terra Foods all under one roof, has recently added two new vendors to its lineup: Kaboburritos and M n M Catering BBQ and Smoked Meats. Kaboburritos is a Mexiterranean grill that features a unique fusion of Mediterranean Mexican cuisine, such as kabobs, dips, hummus, burritos, and empanadas. They also offer catering and delivery. M n M Catering BBQ and Smoked Meats offers old-fashioned barbecue and smoked meats. They also do private events. The large number of distinctive shops and restaurants in town make Kennett Square a good holiday destination any day of the week in November and December, but there are some special events to keep in mind. Between Nov. 24 and Jan. 8, 2017, Longwood Gardens will be presenting “A Longwood Christmas,” which attracts visitors from all over the world. Each Saturday between


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Nov. 26 and Dec. 17, a shuttle will run between Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens to accommodate visitors to the area so that they can shop or dine in town and ride a shuttle to Longwood Gardens. The shuttle will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Kennett Square. The last shuttle back from Longwood Gardens will depart at 10 p.m. Using the shuttle requires a special timed ticket purchased from Longwood Gardens. The Brandywine Singers will be strolling through the streets of Kennett Square on three consecutive Saturday afternoons—Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10—bringing with them holiday cheer. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides each Sunday, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The carriage rides run from noon to 3 p.m. leaving from the corner of State & Union. $5 per person, children 5 and under are free. The Ladies Holiday Shopping Day & Evening will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 is the popular First Friday Art Stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Kennett Symphony will be presenting “Pop Goes the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Unionville High School. The Men’s Night at shop No. 109 is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Annual Hometown Holiday Show with Lori Citro & Friends at the Kennett Flash will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Solstice Fair and Craft Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kennett Library. Enjoy brunch with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10a.m. at Victory Brewing at Magnolia. The Holiday Home & Dinner Tour, a progressive dinner through four historic Kennett homes, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are available through Historic Kennett Square. A Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Kennett Fire Company’s Red Clay Room on Sunday, Dec. 18 with seatings at 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Call 610-444-4810 or email breakfastwithsanta@firestation24.com to reserve your spot. For more information about any of the holiday events or businesses and restaurants in town, visit www.historickennettsquare.com. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@ chestercounty.com.

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