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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 25

El Norte = Next Thursday
Although the business of this newsletter is first and foremost the Farmers Market, this week we must start off by correcting an egregious error in last week's newsletter. The free film series sponsored by No Place for Hate takes place the last Thursday of each month (which is indeed often the fourth Thursday but not always), meaning that the showing of El Norte is not tonight but rather next Thursday, June 30, a somewhat rare fifth Thursday. The showing is still at 6:00 pm and it's still in the multipurpose room at the Lansdowne Public Library and it's certainly still free. But it's next week, not tonight. We hope that our erroneous reporting does not cut down on attendance and that instead you are in fact relieved since you were looking for something to do on the evening of the 30th and now, by golly, that problem is solved! (And since tonight is free, see below for info on a terrific Concert at the Beach House.)

Last Saturday = This Saturday
So to speak. It's coming up on the last (as in final) Saturday of the month, and if you're tuned in to that kind of thing, you'll have noticed that something special happens at the LFM nearly every last Saturday the whole season. This week it's 2011's first Community Day, for which we've wrangled (actually they came to us, but "wrangled" sounds more exciting than "accepted applications from") about a dozen participants, which you can read about here. It's a good mix of big business (Mercy Fitz Hospital), small business (an Avon rep and uniform store), community interest (the Elm Street program), local politics (the Democratic Delaware County Council candidates), and stuff you just can't find many places (handmade hula hoops and compound butter). And that's not all. Please build in a little extra time to visit the Community Day participants, since there's sure to be something that will interest you.

And as we do all Community Days, we'll be accepting groceries and donations for the community food bank. Just drop off your items at the Market Manager tent and take away our thanks in the form of a Market Buck. (We took a close look at one of those things last week and they're actually labeled Farmer Bucks. Who knew?)

The June 16 newsletter was also wrong (who writes this thing anyway??) when it said that Welcome Baby was appearing last week. Heather is actually coming this Saturday with her lavender-rice pillows, lip balms, massage oils, honey facial masks, sugar scrubs, and other items to encourage you to have a spa day at home. Look for her the last Saturday of each month. Ditto Ridge Valley Farm, with their farm-tapped maple syrup in containers from small to mega and value-added maple products (like maple sugar). It's also a MyHouse pie and quiche week. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

New items you may see this week include pickles at Green Aisle Grocery (these deli-style, spicy, and whiskey sour pickles are made in Brooklyn but with ingredients from Lancaster County, so that triangulates with Lansdowne pretty well), cupcakes and mini quiches at Provisions, and whatever produce is, uh, being produced at our farmer friends' farms. Green Aisle is also having a special: Save $1 when you buy a barbecue sauce and rub together.

Kidcentric Day = Next Month
The Market's next special event will be July 30 in the form of Kidcentric Day, when we pull all the stops to make sure all young (and even some old) have a great time. We're ditching the Kid Parade because the children were always melting by the time we got them lined up and moving, but there will be loads of other fun stuff, including another visit by Lolly, the baby goat who came to Market last week and who was too small and cute to be believed, the return of the butterfly tent, and free games and activities. Parents, aunts, uncles, indulgent family friends -- pencil it in: June 30, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Get plenty of rest the night before.

Concert at the Beach House = Tonight
In-home concerts are apparently all the rage, as article after article in local and national newspapers is making clear. Nothing's more happening than inviting an accomplished musician into your home, welcoming some friends and neighbors for an up-close concert, and seeing what happens. Lansdowne's Bob Beach has been doing this for years, always to great effect, with musicians such as Sarah Lee Guthrie (Woody's granddaughter and Arlo's daughter), Hoots and Hellmouth, and the Avett Brothers. For a donation of only $15 per person (which goes straight to the artist; more is always welcome but not required) plus a little something foodwise to share with over concertgoers (and your own bottle if you are so inclined), you become an audience member in the most intimate concert space you're likely to ever encounter. (Think your own living room if it's on the smaller side.) During breaks you can hobnob with the musicians, buy CDs, or just grab a bite to eat. It's, as they say, all good.

There are one or two Concerts at the Beach House a month, with the day and time depending on artist availability. Tonight's 7:00 pm show is unusual because it features two different performances, an opening set by Charles Nolan and then the headlining set by Butch Morgan joined by Pat Wictor. Just give Bob a call (610-626-0012) or send him an email if you're planning to go so he has a reasonable headcount. And he'll tell ya where he lives if you don't know.

Photo Walk = This Saturday
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside with bedhead, the Lansdowne Photo Walk is back -- taking place this Saturday June 25. Bring your camera -- digital, film, SLR, point and shoot, or even a camera phone -- for a meet-up under Lansdowne Theater marquee at 8:00 am sharp. You'll go forth into the borough in small groups or singly, recording whatever strikes your fancy, and then finish up around 10:00 al. Everyone's best photos will be collected into a full-length digital slide show with music and credits to be shown on the big screen at Cinema 16:9 at a future date. For information email

4th of July = 2 Weeks Away
Tickets to the July 4th fireworks event sponsored by the Union Athletic Association of Lansdowne have been selling briskly at the Market and will be available there for the next two Saturdays. In addition, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on June 28th, 29, and 30th, listen for your favorite patriotic music as volunteers go door to door throughout the borough selling tickets and soliciting donations. You'll also be able to get tickets "at the door" of the Penn Wood High School field at Green and Essex Avenues on the 4th. Show starts around 9:00 pm.

This Paragraph = Last Paragraph
We are happy to report that the border collie Jake, whose smiling image was well distributed throughout the Market and borough last week on "Lost Dog" flyers and posters, has been recovered and returned to his no doubt very relieved and happy owner. Big smiles for the dog, the owner, and the rescuer. Though we at the Market had nothing to do with this recovery operation, we thought you'd want to know.

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.


Artist of the Week: Jewelry maker Pidge Molyneux is making her debut as AoW at the Market this week, showing off her handcrafted pieces composed of semiprecious stones, Fair Trade beads, and organic and recycled items. Pidge is eager and excited about her appearance, so please welcome her warmly.

Musicians of the Week: Good gravy, what have we done to deserve this week's musicians?! Two of the Market's very favorite (okay, our very favorite) guitar-playing singers are on board for this Saturday, and the only thing we can find to complain about is can't they each have a whole day of their own? If at least one or the other of Cassendre Xavier and David Falcone doesn't wow you with their mellow voice and fine guitar handling, you're a tough audience. May as well just give in to it.

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



Movies at Cinema 16:9
I Am, Everything Must Go, One Lucky Elephant, Dear Lemon Lima
Call or go online for times and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Charles Nolan, Butch Morgan, and Pat Wictor at Concerts at the Beach House
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm; $15 per person
Call 610-626-0012 or email for info

Lansdowne Photo Walk
Saturday, June 25, 8:00-10:00 am
For info:

Minas Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 Tribute
Friday, June 25, 8:30 pm; $23
World Café Live at the Queen Theater
500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE
302-994-1400 or on the web

Blood drive sponsored by the Lansdowne Fire Company in Sunday, June 26, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.
On-line registration

El Norte -- Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, June 30, 6:00 pm
Free admission and popcorn
Lansdowne Public Library

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, July 1, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Richard III -- Free Outdoor Theater
Saturday, July 9, 7:00-9:00 pm; Free
Lawn of the Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2, 6:00-8:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Train Station

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For more pictures from the LFM, go here.
Photo courtesy of John Green.