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News for This Saturday, October 23
That Time Again
Between the Arts Festival, the Arts and Crafts Show, and the LFM Artist of the Week, it probably has not escaped your attention that Lansdowne has more than its share of artistic types. And they are turning out in droves for Community Day, including knitters, sewers, recyclers, and jewelry and gift basket makers, so there will be lots of handmade items available, which is nice in this age of big box stores. Back on the Market side of the lot, this week's artist, Richard Aldorasi, will give everyone a chance to indulge in the handmade process as he oversees the creation of marbled Chinese silk scarves in his tent. He guides you in the process, but you get to say you made it yourself! (If you plan to give it as a gift, bring a camera so you can also share the process photos with the recipient.) Other Community Day participants include some promoting fitness and good-for-you supplements, the Boy Scouts, and a funky shop in Philly. See here for a complete listing, and be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to browse.
We have the usual fun lineup for Fall Festival -- pumpkin decorating for the kids for only $1, guess the candy count (and the candy jar is just awesome this year -- Snickers, M&Ms, Starbursts, and more; you're gonna want you some of that), the aforementioned scarf creation, and, last but not least, the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest. If you're participating in the contest, the important things to remember are to include two Market ingredients (and at this point, one can be something purchased from a Lansdowne store that is part of the Market, such as Harvest Local Foods), complete the entry form, and have your $5 entry fee, form, and lip-smacking dessert in by 10:00 am so there's plenty of time to collect bids on it before the noon judging. If you're planning to enjoy the contest only from outside, then just bring some cash and see what tickles your fancy. Starting at 10:00, you can place silent auction bids (basically, you see what the last bid was and write down your higher bid if you are so inclined) on all entries in the contest, with each going (you probably figured this out already) to the highest bidder. The trick is that if you're high bidder on the winning entry, you get it for free! (All the money that's raised from entry fees and auction bids will go to the community food bank.) Folks, we still need a volunteer to be the fourth and final judge. If you want to be the one who sits with Mayor Jayne, Mike Nelson of Fruitwood Farms, and LFM Committee Co-chair Jennifer Hoff in judgment of the surrounding sweets, let us know. If more than one person is interested, we'll pick someone randomly. (If no one is interested, we'll probably ditch the contest next year because -- really, people.)
Finally, to amp up the anticipation for the November production of The Ransom of Red Chief by Celebration Theater, seven feathers will be hidden at the Farmers Market for this Saturday only, and the lucky shoppers who find them (one per person, please) and bring them to the Market Manager tent will each received one free ticked to the show, which opens November 5 and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the next three weekends at the Twentieth Century Club. Are you giddy with excitement already?
So that's the gist of special stuff this Saturday, plus we'll again be selling Ripe & Ready T-shirts two for one and giving out Market Bucks for donations of nonperishables for the food bank. (It must be noted that you were extremely generous last week, donating several large bags of food for the bank and getting only a measly Market Buck in return, so thanks for that.) And keep wearing the Phillies red! (Or blue or maroon -- we're not picky when it comes to the Phils.)
Now let's look ahead a bit. To show their appreciation for their customers, next Saturday, October 30, Schober Orchards will be having a BOGO sale on apple quarts -- buy one and get one free, any variety. Then, at the special bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market, they will be having a belated Veterans Day special that will involve free apples and cider for veterans. Ask for more details now if you think you might qualify for this freebie. Greenwood Kitchen is now taking orders for gluten-free pumpkin pies for pickup at the November 20th market. Anyone interested can get more information at their booth this week and next. Likewise, if you want a fresh, humanely raised gobbler, be sure to place your turkey order with Harvest Local Foods soon. HLF will also have organic pumpkin pies this week and pose the question, What could be better than that? (We're thinking slightly warm organic cherry pie ala mode, but we're not here to argue.)
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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: Richard Aldorasi of Philadelphia Handmade Paper Company and Ebru Richsilk Designs runs workshops teaching kids and adults to make paper and marbled silk scarves. (Here's a video of him in action.) With the upcoming holiday season in mind, we've signed him up for the latter, and he'll be providing everything you need, especially expertise, to create your own 5x72-inch silk scarf for $20. How's that for fun for everyone?
Musicians of the Week: Weather permitting, four members of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will be occupying the Musician tent on Saturday, in part to remind you about their Three B's Concert -- Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven -- which is coming up on November 7, no doubt a lovely Sunday afternoon outing.
Upcoming Local Events
Movies at Cinema 16:9
Minas at Picanha Brazilian Grill
Three Bs Concert by the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
The Ransom of Red Chief presented by Celebration Theater
Spaghetti Dinner served by Lansdowne Boy Scout Troop 63
A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Sale
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