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News for This Saturday, September 11

We're Having a Really Big LAF
If you've been reading this newsletter for a while, you know what's coming this issue -- top to bottom, side to side coverage of this weekend's Lansdowne Arts Festival, which is in its eighth awesome year and getting better every time September rolls around. If you're new to Lansdowne, the area, or the planet, you're in for a treat, since there's no other single event in the vicinity that offers as much as the LAF does in terms of shopping, participating, noshing, and just relaxing and taking in some tunes, 91.4% of which is completely free.

The fun starts Friday night, with A Taste of Lansdowne, the preshow reception and art sale that gives you a chance to take it up a notch and hobnob with the local arts community, drinking champagne, eating finger food, and getting first shot at the goods on display. (Tip to potential buyers: Stay well in front of William Penn School District Superintendent Joseph Bruni, who is an avid art supporter and shopper and who leaves a sea of red dots in his wake.) The circulating cuisine at the reception will reach a new high this year with contributions from Lansdowne's Sycamore, Provisions, the Regency Cafe, and 2312 Garrett (told you before we were going to claim it), plus area markets and bakers. Several Farmers Market vendors donated many of the fresh ingredients -- vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese -- being used by these establishments, so it really will be a taste of what Lansdowne has to offer. Add in all the champagne you want, and you have a knockout night and a super deal at $25 per head. Have we convinced you yet that it's a party you won't want to miss? It's from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday the 10th at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, the hub of all the Arts Festival events, and you can still pay at the door. Good cause, good food, good folks, good time -- why wouldn't ya come?

Saturday and Sunday are full of free music and performances in the big white tent on the lawn, from local favorites like the Mansfield Brass, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and Bob Beach, to "outsiders" such as Darcie Miner and Kathy O'Connell from WXPN's Kids Corner. Please see the schedule for a full listing, including details on the two musicians that will be performing at the Farmers Market. Also outside under tents will be hour-long classes taught by LAF artists for $5 (shhh, don't tell the artist teachers that the fee's crazy cheap), many of which are still taking "students" (but you need to register now), plus demos that are completely free -- just show up. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday, a special Kids Art Tent will let the little ones get hands-on with colonial era crafts like corn husk dolls or with more contemporary fun like designing a hacky sack or making scratch-off art, all for free. Children can also color their own LAF shirt for a mere $3. And you thought the Farmers Market was good entertainment for the wee ones!

So that's the see and do stuff. On to the purchasables. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, both floors of the Twentieth Century Club itself will be lined, packed, practically stacked with the work of some 30 artists and artisans, mostly local but that does not in any way mean limited or lacking. Lansdowne has been rapidly establishing itself as a center for those with an artsy bent, so the pieces you'll find on display ain't Aunt Hilda's crocheted poodle toilet paper holders. Rather, they're the work of truly talented and occasionally award-winning photographers, painters, sculptors, fiber artists, potters, jewelry makers, and multimedia artists. You will not be disappointed. That is, unless you forget to go downstairs to check out the artists on the lower level, in which case you'll be smacking yourself in the head V8-style when you get home. But if that happens, don't worry since you can just come back (and many do); entrance to the show and sale is completely free.

And don't miss the funnest thing ever (yes, funnest is a word in this context): the Lansdowne Photo Booth, which is in operation between 11:00 and 4:00 Saturday and Sunday up on the stage (and which is therefore somehow oddly missable). For $5 get a strip of four photo booth-style pictures of you and anyone else you can crowd into the frame, in full color and taken by Lansdowne photographer Bill Boyd, not some mindless machine that doesn't know a smile from a simile. (The Photo Booth, by the way, is free at the Friday night reception. We're just sayin' . . . )

Finally (since we have to stop at some point) -- the food. You gotta eat, and that will be no problem at the LAF, where food purveyors include Nelson's Barbecued Chicken, the Trolley Car (a fave among the little ones), the Regency Cafe with baked goods and drinks, and Provisions' first appearance, featuring loads of prepared food, including vegetarian and vegan selections such as hummus platters, Asian sesame noodles, and black bean burgers, plus made-to-order crepes. (There's going to be a line, but it'll be worth the wait.)

So, anything else you need to convince you that the Lansdowne Arts Festival is the place to be this weekend? Hope not. And hope to see you there.

Market News
Meanwhile up Lansdowne Avenue (yes, we're tired of that LAF week transition also), the Farmers Market will go on from 9:00 to 1:00 as usual, including regular vendors Provisions and the Regency Cafe. How? Magic. The Regency will have its usual wide selection of truly smashing baked temptations and Metropolitan breads, and Provisions will have pies, coffee cake, and an assortment of individual quiches and homemade pop tarts, in addition to Le Bus breads and rolls, but Marnie's taking the week off from making crepes at the Market. Why? Even magic has its limits.

Also in the lineup for this week are alternating vendors Turning Roots Farm with its gorgeous organically grown produce and cute young farmers, Wentworth Dairy with artisan cheddar and Colby cheeses, Cupcake Dreams with those decadent cupcakes and pound cakes, and Spotted Hill Farm with the goat milk soaps we've all come to realize make life a little better. (Get a liquid soap from Spotted Hill this week for only $6.25 instead of the usual $6.75 if you tell Donna you read about the deal here!) Add to that the usual suspects -- Fruitwood Farms, MiniTreats, Bonnie's Wondergardens (promising dahlias, coxcombs, grasses, painted ferns, pansies, and cold weather veggie plants this week), Greenwood Kitchen, Natural Meadows, Harvest Local Foods, and Schober Orchards, plus special guest Animal Friends of Lansdowne (bringing cats and kittens!) -- and you won't even notice there's no artist this week.

Photographer John Kelly Green (who will be offering non-LFM photos for sale at the Arts Festival -- where does he find the time?!) has made a brand new gallery of photos from the Market starting in September available here. (John will also have his own tent on Dog Day, September 25, to take posed photos of your handsome beast.)

Homing in on the Green Life
Next Thursday evening, September 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Twentieth Century Club, the Delaware County Conservation District is partnering with the Pennsylvania Resources Council to offer Bringing Green Energy Home, an interactive multimedia educational workshop to help residents establish environmentally friendly practices in the home. The workshops are free to all DelCo residents, business owners or managers, and municipal officials. Attendees will receive one free compact fluorescent light bulb and materials to help establish energy conservation efforts. One lucky participant at each workshop will also win a basic home energy audit worth $250. Register by following the links above or calling 610-892-9484.

Just Put These on Your Calendar, K?
Next weekend, September 17 to 19 at various times: showings of Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell at Cinema 16:9 to benefit The Lansdowne Theater. We'll tell you more next week. For now, save the date. (You of delicate constitutions are excused.)

September 25 is Dog Day at the Market, a date when the fur really flies. Missing it would be ruff.

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: Tis not to be this week. Head to the Twentieth Century Club for all the wall, body, and table art you could want.

Musicians of the Week: How many two-musician weeks have we had so far? A bunch, right? And here's another. Suzie Brown, who you may have read about in the Philadelphia Inquirer or heard on XPN, will be followed by Sarah Blacker, whose music will be featured in a Subaru commercial (though seemingly not in this area). Really, Bob, you're too good to us.

Blog: Yep, we have another blog post. (They may be only occasional, but they're all good and that's what counts -- quality over quantity.) This one's by Lansdowne resident (you'd know her if you saw her) Eleanor J. Goldberg, who waxes poetic, brags a bit about the LFM's second place finish in that American's Favorite FM contest (both by size and in the state), loves the pooches, and shares her menu plans. Thanks, Ellie!


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Eighth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Preview: Friday, September 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm; $25
Show and sale: Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell at Cinema 16:9
To Benefit The Lansdowne Theater
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Friday to Sunday, September 17 to 19, various showtimes
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Fall Yard Sale at the Garden Church
Saturday, September 18, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free
82 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-202-3789

The Burns Sisters with special guest Greg Klyma at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 23; 7:30 pm; $15 in advance, $18 at door
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-622-7250

Dog Day at the Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Avenue Parking lot

Harvest Tea sponsored by the Secret Garden Gift Shop
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm; $15 per person
Simpson Gardens dining room, 84 N. Lansdowne
Reservations and info: 610-623-151

Park Day
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 to 4:00 pm; Free
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

Minas Duo Concert
Monday, October 4, 12:30 pm; Free
Swarthmore College

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market photo
Buyin' pies.

Photo courtesy of John Kelly Green.