January 1, 2016 |
At the stroke of midnight Thursday, a 500-pound mushroom will fall from the Pennsylvania sky. So will a jumbo strawberry, an 85-pound Peeps chick, and a giant, edible hunk of bologna. Of course, as 2015 turns into 2016, that iconic ball in Times Square will drop as usual. And other spots will celebrate their own quirky drops - a peach for Georgia, cheese for Wisconsin. But by at least one count - the one touted by Pennsylvania officials - more objects are lowered or raised in the Keystone State to count down the arrival of the new year than in any other.
July 12, 2013
The place: La Michoacana, 231 E. State St., Kennett Square, 610-444-2996. The deal: Homemade ice cream in flavors inspired by the Mexican palate, including avocado, corn, cantaloupe, coconut and banana. A small cup (two scoops) costs $2.50. Homemade frozen pops and bolis (push-ups) start at $1.50 and come in even more interesting flavors. Think spicy mango, rompope (eggnog), pico de gallo, cajeta (a thick, sweet, caramelized milk) and tropical fruits like tamarind, guava, passion fruit and nance.
August 21, 2011
10 for the Road 1. Mushroom Festival. Kennett Square, Pa. Sept. 9-11. Dive into the mushroom capital of the world with a festival celebrating the fungus. Features a growers' exhibition, culinary tent, community parade, street fair, 5K run, and entertainment for children. 610-925-3373; www.mushroomfestival.org . 2. The Chile Pepper Food Festival. Bowers, Pa. Sept. 9-11. Everything chile peppers: a field excursion, salsa contest, and eating contest with live music.
April 13, 2010 |
If Kennett Square conjures up images of shiitakes, portobellos, and creminis, you may not be hip to its newest accolades. While the quaint borough earned international notice years ago as the world's mushroom capital, fungi aren't its only coveted commodity of late. In December, US Airways magazine listed Talula's Table - which boasts a yearlong wait for a reservation - as one of 16 optimal dining experiences in the country. In February, the Kennett Area YMCA snagged honors as the best Y in the nation.
September 23, 2007 |
A few years ago, Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer spent time during a break from his teaching duties at the Tatnall School in Delaware to work in the mushroom industry. His experience ranged from laboring in the dark, hot mushroom houses to working in an industry laboratory. "I wanted to get a sense of the industry," said Spencer, mayor of the town that proudly declares itself "the mushroom capital of the world," although many mushroom farms are situated outside Kennett Square.
September 6, 2007 |
A dance for teenagers and an antiques sale and auction are two events that have been added to this weekend's 22d annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. "One of the complaints that we've had in the past was that there was nothing for teens," said Kathi Lafferty, volunteer coordinator for the festival and owner of the borough's Mushroom Cap store. A disc jockey will provide music beginning at 7 p.m tomorrow. The band Octobre will play during a break. The festival is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with the dedication of the borough water tower, which has been painted to proclaim Kennett Square the "mushroom capital of the world.
September 4, 2005 |
As mushroom festivals go, it is probably one of the biggest and best-known in the country. Kennett Square calls itself the mushroom capital of the world, so no wonder there are mushroom cook-offs, mushroom exhibits, even mushroom ice cream. Organizers say about 100,000 visitors are expected to jam State Street Saturday and next Sunday for the 20th annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. They come from all over. Two years ago, the Food Network featured the little borough's festival as the ultimate in mushroom cuisine and a neat side trip to Longwood Gardens.
September 10, 2004 |
Kennett Square celebrates its most famous inhabitants with a two-day tribute to all things mushroom. The 19th annual Mushroom Festival will fill the streets of the Chester County town with music, arts and crafts, and plenty of food. Local growers will show how the mushrooms are cultivated, and chefs will demonstrate ways to cook with them. Children's activities include a moon bounce, Ferris wheel, carousel, jugglers and magicians. The Chester County Radio Control Club will perform an electric aircraft show on Sunday, and an antique-car show will parade into town on Saturday.
September 10, 2004 |
Steve Parks wants to provide a megaphone for voices hardly heard. Voices speaking of disabilities. Of race relations. And, most recently, of migrant life in Kennett Square, where Mexican farmworkers endure back-breaking labor to sustain Chester County's thriving mushroom industry. His megaphone is the small, oft-struggling, mostly volunteer-run New City Community Press. As executive director, Parks makes it his mission to publish (with the help of grants and scraped-together donations)
September 11, 2000 |
Fungi lovers lauded the virtues of the portobello and shiitake at this weekend's 14th annual Mushroom Festival, in what is billed as the mushroom capital of the nation. There were mushroom cooking competitions, exhibits on how mushrooms are grown, mushrooms for sale, mushroom magazines, and mushrooms sizzling and popping in frying pans at street-side stands. "You know, people are increasingly using portobellos on their barbecue grills," said Ruth Hall, an office worker at the Marlboro mushroom company, who sold mushrooms from a stand.