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Market News for This Saturday, July 4

Amazing Patriots
There's no bigger day in Lansdowne than the 4th of July, which brings out the kid in everyone. Setting forth at 9:00 am from East Greenwood — with a jaunty cadence, of course — is the annual parade, which looks like it's right out of a movie showcasing all that's good about small-town America, with bands and twirlers and fire engines and dogs and decorated bicycles and dignitaries in open cars and every conceivable group taking part, from the Scouts to especially proud neighborhoods in the borough (hello there, Gladstone Manor!). The procession concludes at the Penn Wood High School football field with a flag raising, foot races, and free water ice. At noon, all star ballgames for both boys and girls take place at the Ardmore Avenue field. Then back at the high school that evening there's music from the 70s to the 90s followed at dark by the most charming fireworks display you'll ever see. (What it lacks in big it makes up for in bang. And proximity.) The day's events are sponsored by Union Athletic Association with assistance from Eagle National Bank and the Greater Lansdowne Civic Association and are financed entirely by public contributions. Thanks to all involved parties for conceiving and executing such an enjoyable day and giving us something to look forward to and be genuinely excited about year after year.

Hard to believe but true: it's even more fun to march, walk, strut, dance, ride, or cycle in the parade than to watch from the sidelines. The No Place for Hate contingent invites you join them, which is especially appropriate if you want to be in the parade but feel like you don't quite fit anywhere else, since No Place for Hate is all about having a comfortable space for everyone. Contact Donald Verlenden for more information or to get onboard.

Amazing Potatoes, Petunias, Pastries, and Poultry
Since the 4th falls on a Saturday this year, things around town are definitely going to 11, as the Farmers Market takes place as regularly scheduled in the Lansdowne Avenue parking lot from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. As we've all learned, missing the Market makes for a long week until next Saturday, so it pays to fit it in. A secret about the LFM is that vendors are often set up and willing to make sales before the opening bell, so you might be able to do your shopping before the parade even starts. If not, the Market will be there afterward, with the goods you'll need for the week — greens, zucchini, peas, potatoes, blueberries, peaches, chicken, steak, eggs, cheese, butter, honey, jam, bread, dog treats, etc — plus the stuff to make for a nice Saturday — coffee, muffins, soup, maybe even chili at John's MiniCakes. Plus flowers and hanging baskets to take to the hosts of the parties you're attending this weekend. The only vendors who won't be at the Market are Mission Burrito, Wild Flour Bakery, and Lupine Valley Veggies, and they'll be back next week. Everyone else will be present, fully stocked, and ready to load you up.

The Market's not skimping on the entertainment aspect either. Between 10:30 and 12:30 local music legends Bob Beach and Jim Klingler will be sharing the spotlight as Musicians of the Week, bringing the place to life with folk, bluegrass, jug band, and country tunes. Stamper extraordinaire Ilina Crouse, who appeared a couple of Saturdays ago during the Great Washout, has agreed to return as Artist of the Week, so if you missed her beautiful handcrafted greeting cards, rubberstamped silk scarves, and darling onesies last time, or just couldn't see them through the downpour, now's your chance to get them before she moves to the West Coast.

Get a Market Buck this week by bringing a medal from any Lansdowne 4th of July celebration — freshly won in 2009 or from years past — to the Market Manager booth, where, if you want, you can regale us with the story of how you won or otherwise acquired it. We're a captive audience.

Amazing Patio Performance
Last Thursday's Familjian bow-fest in the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series was outside and awesome, and we're hoping the same goes for tonight's show with Eryn Shewell, a singer and songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar, a soulful voice, and a briskly selling CD. Like all events in the series, tonight's performance takes place at 7:00 pm on the lawn at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, weather permitting, on Lansdowne Avenue. The show is free, but bring some cash in case you decide you need a copy of that CD for yourself. Lawn chairs, picnics, and gentle libations are all welcome and encouraged.

Amazing Parlor Party
All the hullaballoo of Saturday may well leave you feeling a bit fried on Sunday and ready for some downtime. Well, folks, there's no rest for the weary on a holiday weekend in Lansdowne. Sunday afternoon, July 5, at 4:00 pm is the next Concert at the Beach House, this time featuring West Virginia's premier rhythm and blues group, the Carpenter Ants. For more than 15 years, the Ants have been raising the roof with their blend of classic R&B, country-swamp, and gospel-soul, so this'll be no place to catch a nap. A donation of $15 per person is requested, all of which goes to the artists. Bring your own beer or wine if you want it, plus a snack or other food to share. For reservations, email or call 610-626-0012.

Amazing Pendants, Patinas, and Potables
Local jewelry design team Studio47West is host to International Charm, a jewelry show and exhibition, on Thursday, July 16, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the lounge of the Tomezko Building at Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come see (and purchase!) new pieces inspired by designer Lindley Jones' recent travel to Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. Get more info by phone (610-626-4770) or email (

Before Our Times Antiques' closing sale will continue until July 18, with lots of deals to be had. Shop Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm at 54 W. Marshall Road, Lansdowne; 610-259-6370 or

We're hearing nothing but good things, very good things, about Sycamore, the brand spanking new BYOB at 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue. You can send an email or leave a voicemail at 484-461-2867 to make a dinner reservation Wednesday to Sunday between 6:00 and 10:00 pm (your reservation will be confirmed between 1:00 and 4:00 pm). Their creative seasonal mixers are great combined with the alcohol you carry in for a memorable cocktail or consumed on their own for a fresh accompaniment to any of the restaurant's many appealing offerings. Check the place out online or go peek in the windows if you need convincing, but try it soon so you can say you ate there before it was discovered.

MAPThe Lansdowne Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot next to 28 North Lansdowne Avenue, rain or shine.

Visit our sister market, the Oakmont Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons in Havertown for more local produce, bread, meat, and other products.
Featured This Week

Artist of the Week: Ilina Crouse, Lansdowne's (for the moment) queen of rubberstamping, take 2.

Musician of the Week: Bob Beach and Jim Klingler, a couple of local guys having a good time.

Blog: Interview with musician Bob Beach, eyewitness accounts, misuse of word "quarts" when "boxes" is meant, more complaining.

Check out what's coming in the weeks ahead, music- and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated on-line schedule.


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
July 2 to July 9, various times; $5 to $7.50
Noise, Do the Right Thing
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

Eryn Shewell at the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series
Thursday, July 2, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn at St John's Church, Lansdowne

Cassandre Xavier at the Regency Cafe
Friday, July 3, 8:00 pm; Free
29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Carpenter Ants at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, July 5, 4:00 pm; $15 per person
For reservations and directions, 610-626-0012 or

6-Week Summer Drum Workshop at the Twentieth Century Club
Two age groups: 6 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years; preregistration required
Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 6
$10 resident, $15 nonresident
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-284-1493

The New Metropolis at the Twentieth Century Club
Sunday, July 12, 4:00 pm; $15 suggested donation
Limited seating; register here
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

A Midsummer Night's Dream presented by the Commonwealth Classic Theater Company
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn of the Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

Worldwide Photo Walk led by John Green
Saturday, July 18, 8:00 am to noon; Free
Historic Lansdowne Theater
33 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

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