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News for This Saturday, September 25

Canis Dies
Now if you took Latin in high school, you'll know that title has nothing to do with cans, canes, cannabis, or death, that it's pronounced "CAN-us DEE-us," and that it's just a high-falootin' way of saying Dog Day (more or less). It was our attempt to inject some class into this event before the pooches show up and start lifting their legs on the tents. Despite all the sniffing and squirting, Dog Day has been one of the LFM's most popular events since its introduction in 2008, and we've revved things up a lot this year, with more prizes for parade participants, more vendors, and, we hope, lots more dogs.

Dog Day is virtually defined by two things -- the PSPCA adoption van and the dog parade -- so let's start with those. Animal lover extraordinaire Rita-Anne Provenzano will again be driving the big, colorful PSPCA van (really a bus) that's filled with canines looking for their forever homes. Their visit to the first Dog Day led to four adoptions -- practically a record! -- but no dogs found new homes last year. Let's try to improve on that in 2010. If you have space in your home and in your heart for an animal that may take some work but that'll pay you back daily for years with love and companionship, stop by the Market Saturday to check out the wet noses and waggy tails that are on offer from the PSPCA. Even if you can't take on a new pet, a donation here or at the van will help them in their efforts to place the animals they serve.

You'll get a good look at these homeless guys and gals during the dog parade, which kicks off at 11:30 (so please don't wait until 11:25 to register!). It would really help us if you printed this form and brought it and your buck donation to the Market Saturday. What buck?, you say. The dog parade is so much fun and so popular that we figured no one would mind paying a dollar per dog entered, especially since we're going to donate all the money raised to Animal Friends of Lansdowne. So you give us (them) a buck or two and you get to show off your pet while also vying for a prize in one of the following competition categories: Showmanship (overall presentation), Best Costume (you can still buy one from Bone Appetite that morning), Best Trick (do it for the camera!), Best Poser (gotta be on our "Great Dog" stage), Best Smile (get those teeth cleaned), and Funniest (you know if you have a contender for this), plus any other categories we come up with by then.

But that's by no means all Dog Day has to offer. Be sure to come by the DoggyWood Photo Tent for your free canine photo shoot and doggie bag of doggie treats (natch). From 10:30 am until Market closing, our Farmers Market-friendly photog John Kelly Green will help your favorite canine put its best paw forward. (See John's pix from the last few markets and the Arts Festival by entering the galleries here.) Also new this year to Dog Day is caricaturist Schay Glover (you may remember him from Kidcentric Day), who'll immortalize your pooch at its big-eyed, tongue-lolling best for only $5 a hand-drawn portrait. Groomer Alex Chapman of Lansdowne will be offering nail trimming, ear cleaning, quick clips, and brush-outs for just a few dollars, so come early enough to get his beatification expertise before the parade. Finally, our buddies Animal Friends of Lansdowne are returning with a beautiful handmade quilt to raffle and dog kerchiefs and other stuff you'll want to check out. (They'll also accept donations of unopened and unexpired pet food or supplies for the animals, mostly cats, that they foster and aid.)

We said "finally" above, but of course our own Market vendor Mary Lou Novitski of Bone Appetite Barkery will be there Saturday with all those fancy homemade dog treats she labors over and pets love. But you were expecting that already since Rover was looking at you with those eager eyes that say "It's a Bone Appetite week!"

Market News
Despite the distraction the dogs provide, Dog Day isn't the only thing happening this Saturday at the Market (or in town for that matter; see below). Our regular produce, meat, and prepared food vendors will all be there and will be joined by alternating vendor Welcome Baby from the Soap Group, as well as cheese and butter from Wentworth Dairy and pies and quiches from MyHouse Cookies. (This would typically be a Cupcake Dreams week, but Julia had a conflict, so the "pie lady" is kindly coming to fill in even though she may look, walk, and quack like a man.) Last Saturday Provisions introduced a burrito composed of a chopped up black bean burger paired with egg or spinach or cheese or all of the above (depending on what you like and how much you want to spend), and this week Marnie's rolling out the same thing with the addition of her delicious freshly made salsa. It's a walkaway lunch you'll not soon match and never regret.

Multiple Choices
As if Dog Day and the Market itself weren't enough to entertain you for the whole weekend, two other major events are planned for this Saturday, the 25th -- the Harvest Tea and Park Day -- both of which start at 1:00 pm, the minute the Market closes, plus two house concerts. Yowza! The Harvest Tea is sponsored by the Secret Garden Gift Shop and takes place, as always, in the pretty dining room of Simpson Gardens at 84 N. Lansdowne Avenue. It consists of a full-on English-style tea with finger sandwiches, baked delights, and, of course, a vast selection of tea. It's $15 a person, and you can save your spot by calling 610-623-1514 and making a reservation, preferably while faking a posh British accent.

Sponsored by the Lansdowne Recreation and Parks Board, Park Day is a free, fun-for-the-family-but-especially-the-kids event at Hoffman Park on Scottdale Road, where the music is loud, the games come with prizes, the prizes are significant, and the moonbounce is always full. A face painter and magician will fill in the gaps, and you can buy hotdogs and sodas on site. It's from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and then you'll need a nice long nap, possibly right into Sunday.

But you'll want to rouse yourself Saturday evening by 7:30 to attend the free Broadway and the Blues House Concert at the Klinger home at 86 E. Greenwood Avenue in Lansdowne. Professional singer Kate Higgins will be performing two sets -- first Broadway tunes and then blues numbers -- accompanied by Jake Gerhard and Jim and Jamie Klingler. Everyone is invited to come (it's free) and to bring a snack and drink to share (it's only neighborly). The music starts at 8:00.

If you're still standing on Sunday, head on over to Bob Beach's house (though you'll have to call him and ask where he lives if you've never been before) for another of the Concerts at the Beach House series that's been going on for several years now and that's even been covered in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's live music in about as personal and intimate a setting as you're going to find, so personal that you're asked to bring a snack or dessert for the buffet table (and BYOB), and so intimate that the $15 donation that gets you in goes into a tin can before being presented, in its entirety, to the musicians. This Sunday's group, Round Mountain, is described as "where folk meets world," and the music experts quoted when you roll your cursor over the band's home page are tripping over themselves to find new ways to describe the music and compliment the players. We're going to this one for sure. Contact Bob if you want to also: 610-626-0012 or

Face to Face to Face . . .
Hey, do you know this person? You'll have to follow that link to see who it is, but we'll tell you that he or she (we're not telling -- go look!) is the first visage in the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation's Faces of The Lansdowne fundraising campaign, which will roll out one new face every week for the next 10 weeks or so, many of which you'll recognize and one of which may be you (you know who you are). This campaign literally puts a face -- a bunch of them! -- on the effort to raise money to restore the old theater by sharing peoples' personal feelings about why The Lansdowne is worth preserving. You can see a new face every Wednesday for the next couple of months in the News of Delaware County, or sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.

Get Covered
Lansdowne is crawling (in a good way) with nurses and PTs and OTs and techs and other healthcare providers, so the addition of the borough's newest business, Lansdowne Scrubs and Uniforms, should be a boon for you folks. It's in the shopping center at Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues (near Papa John's) and carries lab coats, chef jackets, shoes, tote bags, and accessories in addition to a wide variety of scrubs and uniforms starting at less than $10. The hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, but you can call to see if they have what you need (484-461-3954); proprietor Haseen Hardware would love to talk with you.

MAP The 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: 79 West Designs might qualify more as a business than an artist, but owner and Lansdowne resident Meredith Parker's cheerful designs are worthy of recognition even when they are executed by artisans elsewhere in the world, and they're far too fun and celebratory of canines to pass up for Dog Day.

Musician of the Week: Two musicians -- Doc Terry (he's a vet!) and Cassandra Exavier -- will compete for stage time with the dog parade announcer, but we're sure an equitable arrangement can be achieved. If not the very backbone, the live music each week is at least the left kidney of the LFM, so please remember to tip the musicians!


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
Troll 2, Best Worst Movie, The Extra Man, The Lady Vanishes
Call or go online for times and ticket prices
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 484-461-7676

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

Minas with Tony Salicandro at Giumarello's
Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm
329 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ

Preserving the Harvest Workshop
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 to 4:00 pm; $40
Contact Louise Bierig at 610.892.7604 or to register

Harvest Tea sponsored by the Secret Garden Gift Shop
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm; $15
Simpson Gardens dining room, 84 N. Lansdowne
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

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

Broadway and the Blues House Concert at the Klinglers'
Saturday, September 25, 7:30 pm; Free
BYOB and snack
86 E. Greenwood Avenue, Lansdowne

Round Mountain at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, September 26, 7:30 pm; $15
BYOB and snack, For reservations and directions, 610-626-0012 or

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

Book Fair at the Lansdowne Friends School
Wednesday, October 6, 3:00 to 8:30, and Thursday, October 7, 12:00 to 8:00
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-623-2548

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Photo courtesy of John Kelly Green.