The infusion of new blood into the Unionville Community Fair bodes well for its future. So does the innovative thinking that is driving the creation of a new music-bistro in uptown Kennett Square.Both of these projects enrich the lives of local residents, and both bring economical entertainment for people who don't want to spend the time and money to seek their fun in distant cities.
One striking aspect of the Community Fair that impresses us in the return to the Unionville Elementary School auditorium for the queen pageant. Fifty years ago the upper grades of the old red building moved around the corner to a new high school, and the farm show went with it.
With the return of the show to the elementary school this year, we sense a tip of the hat by the new organizers to the efforts and skills that have been given by the leaders of the past. It's also a nice show of respect for the community's perennial volunteers.
In 84 years since the first corn show, things have changed, and today's residents are looking for more than pie baking, alfalfa judging and cattle parades. Forward-thinking volunteers have added new forms of entertainment, and they've brought in vendors who have liberally supplemented the original senior class hamburger stand.
But probably the most radical change has been the move to the Willowdale Steeplechase grounds from the high school campus this year. Faced with the coming renovations to the school, organizers knew they could no longer use that facility.
With great gumption and energy, the new team stepped up to the plate, found a replacement location and bravely took on the responsibility of dealing with tents, different parking arrangements, a Sunday schedule and a whole new feel on Mother Nature's sod.
We applaud the people who had the guts to face the new challenges of the Community Fair, and wish them well and sunny skies next week, Accolades are also in order for Historic Kennett Square and the Greater Brandywine Cultural Alliance in the persons of Mary Hutchins and Dennis Melton.
When they were approached by musician-marketing director-promoter Lee Zagorski to develop a music-bistro in the spirit of the Main Point and the Tin Angel, they jumped right in and put a plan together. Last week they met with some potential financial contributors and have reported that they have the cash to get the program - called "Flash" - started.
Now, beginning in January, people in the Kennett Square area will have entertainment and light refreshments three nights out of the week in what is now serving as the Back Alley movie Theatre one night a month. According to plans, D.J. Del Bittle will lead blue grass night on Thursdays, and open mic night will explore local talent on Saturdays. On Fridays, look for local talent on the rise.
It took some courage to grab the bistro idea by the horns and run with it, but these local organizers did just that. If things work out - and we believe they will - Kennett Square will continue to grow and attract more tourists and visitors for out-of-town. They will shop and dine at restaurants along the main street and perhaps spend the night for another day of visits with nearby Longwood Gardens or Winterthur.
In nation struggling with financial insecurity, it is encouraging to see things on the up-and-up at our local level.