By Fran Maye
The Kennett Flash, which for more than four years has been entertaining people with local bands, national singers, comedians and movies, will be getting new leadership.
The Flash had been under the auspices of Historic Kennett Square, but in the coming weeks will be guided by a non-profit organization whose name is being kept confidential until the transition is completed.
“From its inception, the intent was to ultimately create a 501c3 separate from Historic Kennett Square and we are moving forward with that plan at this time,” said Mary Hutchins, executive director of Historic Kennett Square. “It is the hope and intent to keep the venue open this summer, however this is dependent on the reorganization happening in a timely manner.”
The 110-seat Kennett Flash at 102 Sycamore Alley is Kennett Square’s only all-original music venue. It opened in the spring of 2009 with a concert by singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines, who scored a hit with his version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in 2001. Since then, it attracted a loyal following of fans mixing an array of genres, including folk, bluegrass, blues and even indie and alternative rock.
But lately, Historic Kennett Square has been busy with promoting other activities, including the farmers market and working with breweries who are interesting in locating in Kennett Square. Hutching said an organization that dedicates its efforts solely on the Flash will be better in the long run.
“We feel that it will be better managed under a separate organization,” she said. “It needs a organization that will give it time to raise money for the venue, people who have better expertise at it than we do.
During the transition the next month or so, Historic Kennett Square officials will work closely with the new organization.
“We see it as a positive thing,” Hutching said. “It will be nice to hand this over to another group that has this on its plate and nothing else.
The Kennett Flash, an all-ages music venue, has never sold alcohol, and that policy is expected to continue. Patrons can bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer for a $4 corking fee. The Flash also has limited food service, with salads, sandwiches and soups.