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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 10

Fest for Us
Perhaps you've heard, seen, or otherwise intuited that the Lansdowne Arts Festival is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11. Now in its ninth year, the LAF is part art show, part music fest, part craft fair, part town social, and wholly entertaining. The powers behind the event go to great lengths to bring in the best local artistic and musical talent they can find (and fit), as well as to showcase the works of area art students. One music act after another takes the stage hourly under the big tent between 10:00 and 4:00 both Saturday and Sunday, and artists and crafters man (and woman) their tables inside the Twentieth Century Club on north Lansdowne Avenue from 10:00 to 5:00 both days. The music and art show are both entirely free; no admission charge at the LAF, no way!

Throughout the weekend, there will be art workshops (which you should already be signed up for if you're planning on doing one) and free or low-cost activities in the kids' tent; that schedule is here. One of the funnest things at the LAF is the Lansdowne Photo Booth, where for just a few bucks you (and all the friends you can squeeze into the shot) have several pictures taken by professional photographer Bill Boyd, which are then delivered in a long strip, photo booth style. (You simply must get one of these every year to prove how much better looking you're getting as you age.) As usual, lots of food will be available on site (the Regency Café, Provisions, Nelson's Barbequed Chicken, and the Trolley Stop). Like the Farmers Market, the Arts Festival is rain or shine, so even if the weather seems uncooperative, come on over and mix and mingle. It's the place to be.

If you haven't already bought tickets for the Friday evening Taste of Lansdowne reception that opens the Arts Festival, you can just show up and pay the $25 per person at the door. This gives you access to the art that's for sale before it's open to the public, as well as access to butlered appetizers and all the champagne you can drink. There is usually a sizable cake as well, which solidifies this reception as a party worth going to. Lansdowne does not lack for events where locals get to hang out together (such as, oh, the Farmers Market), but it's awfully fun to dress up a bit and be served fancy finger food by the mayor and other local notables (in our book, all volunteers are notable!). The reception is 7:00 to 9:00 Friday evening, and the time just flies by. Trust us: don't be late or you'll wish you hadn't been.

Getting the Worm
We might give the same advice about the Farmers Market. While we usually arrive well before the Market starts and help set up, last week we had the audacity to sleep in a bit and roll onto the lot close to noon. While we still managed to leave with bags and bags of great produce and other items, there were a number of items we're accustomed to getting that were already sold out or for which selection was very limited (really, our watermelon this week must weigh only 20 lb). Despite the vendors' best efforts to bring as much as they can, demand sometimes exceeds supply, so strolling into the Market in the last hour or so is going to have its effect, and you may have to leave without mushroom soup, peaches, or your favorite pie. (Could it be you latecomers have never even had the mushroom soup?!) If you tend to be a late arrival, shoot for 20 minutes earlier than usual some week soon. You may well be surprised at the difference that makes.

Vendor and Product Updates
Both our treat makers -- MyHouse Cookies and B.T. Baking -- will be on hand this Saturday, and the Community Youth Garden is back with herbs and peppers and other nice little organically grown veggies. The Regency will be at both the Arts Festival and the Market, but Provisions is taking this Saturday off from the Market to avoid being stretched too thin by the simultaneous events. Marnie and company will be back next week. (By the way, Doe Run Dairy missed last week because of truck trouble, and we got the bad news too late to include it in the newsletter. Sorry about that.)

The big news this week is that Bonnie's Wondergardens is responding to the weather, the school calendar, and the pressure of shoppers eager to autumnalize their yards with a taste of fall at the Market, such as mums, pansies, unusual grasses, ornamental peppers, and other cool-weather plantings. Plus she'll have wreaths, arrangements, and those arty bundles of twigs and branches at the Arts Festival. It certainly feels like summer has left the building, so we may as well act like it. (Bonnie wants us to remind you that you can call her shop [610-259-1733] until Friday and order arrangements for pickup at the Market on Saturday. That's all kinds of handy.)

9/11 Memorial Service
Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young will lead a memorial service marking the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The service will take place at noon on Sunday in the music tent on the grounds of the Lansdowne Arts Festival at the Twentieth Century Club. All are welcome to attend. (Please note also that on September 29, No Place for Hate will show Saint of 9/11, a film about Father Mychal Judge, a priest who died at Ground Zero, at 7:00 pm at the library.)

Also This Weekend
Stop by Lansdowne Scrubs and Uniforms this Saturday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for their first anniversary open house, featuring refreshments and a storewide sale. Leave your contact information to enter a weekly drawing happening all of September. The store's at 5 N. Lansdowne Avenue, in the shopping center with Papa John's.

Our goat cheese vendor, Yellow Springs Farm, isn't due back until next Saturday, the 17th, but they wanted to invite you to an open house at their farm this weekend (once you're done with the Arts Festival, of course). It's Friday, September 9, from noon to 6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You're invited to shop their 200 species of native trees, shrubs, grasses, ferns, and wildflowers; taste and purchase their artisanal goat cheeses; see pottery by local artist Cara Graver; walk through their gardens; and visit with their herd of Nubian goats. Sounds like a great time. Yellow Springs Farm is at 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA. Admission is free, and the event is rain or shine.

Please to Note
Let us direct your eye over to the minor column, in case you are not a regular reader of it. There are always plenty of items over there to mark on your calendar, but one in particular bears special mention. On Saturday, October 1, from 9:00 am to noon, the borough is sponsoring an electronics recycling event in the parking lot on Highland next to the fire station. This is your chance to safely unload old computers, TVs, video games, handheld electronics, whatever you have that needs getting rid of and for which you could not find another home. All items brought to this event will be 100% recycled; nothing will go into a landfill. Expect a wait, but it'll be worth it to get rid of that stuff with a good conscience.

And while we have you attending to the minor column, please also see that we've corrected the date for the Animal Friends of Lansdowne fall garage sale. It's Saturday, October 15, with a rain date of October 16.

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.


Artist of the Week: Jeweler Deborah Silver of Designs by Chava will be making her debut at the Farmers Market on Saturday. Deborah's beautiful necklaces bring all manner of fine beads -- gemstones, pearls, glass, crystals -- and well-chose pendants together to form colorful and balanced designs, and her bracelets complement them perfectly. Her Judaica line incorporates important elements like Torahs and Stars of David to give these pieces special meaning and make them particularly thoughtful gifts for the right recipients (have any bat mitzvahs coming up?).

Musician of the Week: Two singer-songwriters will be taking turns in the musician tent this week, starting around 10:15 with Sarah Flynn, who is followed at 11:30 by Aaron Nathans. These two promise to be musically compelling and personally funny, and we're sorry that we have to be at the Arts Festival and so will miss them.

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
Call or go online for films, times, and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

First Anniversary Open House at Lansdowne Scrubs and Uniforms
Saturday, September 10, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Free
5 N. Lansdowne Avenue;

Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Minas Jam Session at Le Cochon Noir
Thursday, September 15, 7:30-10:00 PM
5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia; 215-879-1011

Burning Bridget Cleary with guest Miss Brown to You at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 22; 7:30 pm; $15 advance or $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Park Day at Hoffman Park
Games, prizes, moonbounce, music, magician
Saturday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 pm; Free
Scottdale Road

Saint of 9/11 Film presented by No Place for Hate
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave

Electronics recycling event
Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am to noon; Free
Highland Avenue Parking lot

Fall Garage Sale to benefit Animal Friends of Lansdowne
Note change of date
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (raindate October 16); Free
129 N. Wycombe Avenue

Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, presented by Celebration Theater
Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm; $5
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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