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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 15

Planning Ahead
The weather forecast is calling for a cool, somewhat overcast day for Saturday, which is just fine, this being autumn and all. A nip in the air makes the warm beverages and soups all the more enjoyable for consuming on site and makes the thought of firing up your own stove or oven at home to cook the vegetables of fall all the more enticing. No one wants to cook when it's 88 degrees out, but a hot, home-cooked meal when the temp's in the 50s or 60s has enormous appeal. If the idea of eating "better" also appeals to you, check out this page at the New York Times, which is an index to healthful recipes featuring all sorts of tasty but smart-choice main ingredients, many of which you can pick up at the FM, like winter squash, kale, and green beans. Select a couple of those recipes and make yourself a shopping list for the Market, and you'll be in great shape to eat like a champ later in the week.

Looking Ahead
To Fall Festival on October 22, to be specific. Saturday will be your last chance to pick up the minimum two required ingredients from the Farmers Market for your entry in the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest that day. The rules and entry form for that are right here, so brush up on all you need to know before you get cooking. Keep it seasonal, attractive, and tasty, and put it in a dish or on a plate you don't want back because we're going to silent auction off the entries, as we have for the past few contests, with the money going to the local food bank. Thanks to Jocelyn Bolick, who volunteered to be our shopper judge (maybe we should rename this "undercover celebrity judge" to stir up more interest?).

Putting the auction funds to that good cause is especially appropriate because during the October 22 Fall Festival, the Market will be celebrating the first annual National Food Day (which is actually two weeks long; go figure). That day, we will once again be collecting nonperishable foodstuffs at the Market Manager tent (though not giving out Market Bucks this once) in an effort to surpass all previous collection efforts. Please, please consider donating a goodly bag of groceries on this day, when we will be celebrating the harvest season, acknowledging the plenty around us, and trying to share that wealth.

Earlier, we announced here that there would be silk scarf marbleizing for adults and another craft for kids that day, but those plans have changed. Sorry for any disappointment, but the schedule was just not working for those activities. The good news is that we'll be introducing a brand new vendor at the Fall Festival, the likes of which we've never had at the FM before. That's all we can tell you right now, but it's super exciting, we promise!

The Here and Now
Ready to appear at the Market this week: all the usual suspects, plus MyHouse Cookies, Spotted Hill Farm soaps, and Welcome Baby. And due by this Saturday, October 15: all Community Day #3 applications for the event on the 22nd. Not sure where we are on spaces at this point, so get it in right away if you're serious about doing this.

Here are two excellent things to add to your calendar for before and after the Market this Saturday. First, occurring from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at 129 N. Windermere Avenue (that's the corner of Bryn Mawr and Windermere on the west side of town) is Animal Friends of Lansdowne's big fall garage sale, sans the garage. They'll have all sorts of terrific stuff at even more terrific prices, and of course all the money goes to benefit animals that need their forever homes. If it rains, the sale gets pushed to Sunday, but in case it doesn't rain, get there close to 9:00 on Saturday for first grab at the best stuff. Be nice, shoppers -- no shoving!

Then, after this Saturday's Market, Chris and TJ of Turning Roots Farm will be having the farm's annual end-of-season potluck celebration at 3500 Coventryville Road in Pottstown, starting around 4:30. They would like nothing better than to have some of their customers from the LFM show up bearing a "dish to pass" (maybe something made with their kale, like this salad) and perhaps a guitar or bongos or a zither (?!) for playing around the campfire. If you're interested you can RSVP here or talk with them at the Market Saturday morning. What a swell invitation from what a swell couple!

The Herer and Nower
As in tonight. It's time for the Lansdowne Fire Company's annual open house, which is, yes, tonight, October 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm over at the firehouse on Highland Avenue. It's an evening for all ages with live demonstrations, displays, and handouts about playing with fire safely. Just kidding! It's about fire safety. (You should never ever play with fire; it'll make you wet the bed.) Best of all: Fire truck! Fire truck! Fire truck!

Just Around the Corner
The calendar corner, since Sunday, October 16, like all Sundays, registers as the start of a new week on calendars even though those days always feel (how can they help it, being the second half of the weekend?) like a termination rather than an initiation. Anyway, what's happening this Sunday, October 16, is a one-night-only play at Celebration Theater, Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, which seems to be if not a feminist, at least a feminine, spin on Shakespeare's Othello. There's only one performance, and it's only $5, so hie thee to the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, by 7:00 pm Sunday evening, and don't forget to put out the light.

Time to Opine
The Historic Lansdowne Theater kindly requests that you take maybe 3 minutes (and only 1 minute if you missed the Straight No Chaser concert) and please go complete this survey, Since one of the benefits of having the old theater up and running again is that outlanders would come to 'Downe Town from elsewhere and perhaps enjoy a meal at one of our growing number of restaurants, the survey is designed to gauge the theater's potential economic impact on the borough and surrounding areas. At the end of the survey, there's a space for your comments, so if it didn't ask the questions you wanted to answer the most, you get a chance to give your opinion on those matters nonetheless. Thanks for your help with this, since the survey is just one step in the long staircase to a restored theater (which actually has no stairs to enter, just a gentle handicapped-accessible ramp from the days before such things were required -- how forward thinking!).

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

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: Have you ever worked with watercolor paints? They are unforgiving. Make a mistake and there's virtually no fixing it. Which is what makes the works of Lansdowne watercolorist Jim Ryan all the more impressive -- he gets it right the first time. Jim has very affordable prints of his most popular works as well as affordable originals, and he's always happy to do custom work, such as if you want that child on the beach to be wearing a Penn State T-shirt instead of Phillies.

Musician of the Week: What a nice surprise to see that David Falcone is returning to the music tent on Saturday. He is a Farmers Market, Lansdowne, DelCo, and probably Pennsylvania favorite, and it's an honor to have him back again this season. Throw money at him, people, we want him to keep returning.

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

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

End-of-Season Potluck Celebration at Turning Roots Farm
Saturday, October 15, 4:30 on; Free
Bring a dish or drinks to share; musical instruments welcome
3500 Coventryville Road, Pottstown

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

Minas Jam Session at Le Cochon Noir
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 to 10:00 pm
5070 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas Duo at Picanha Brazilian Grill
Friday, October 21, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen with special guest Granville Automatic at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, October 27, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Season Opening Concert of Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School

Sorry Wrong Number and Trifles at Celebration Theater
November 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, 13; Times; $9 Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Tour and Pour to benefit the Lansdowne Theater
Tour theater and receive coupon for discounted Yards beer at 2312 Garrett
Sunday, November 6, 3:00 to 6:00 pm; $10 for tour
Lansdowne Theater and 2312 Garrett
610-622-1234 for info

Minas Duo at Picanha Brazilian Grill
Friday, November 11, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas Duo at Bala Cynwyd Library
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

Roy Book Binder with special guest Phil Minissale at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, November 17, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Bonus Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot

Bit of the Arts Show and Sale
Friday, November 25, 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday, November 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach with special guests Erik Balkey and Annie Donahue at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, December 1, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Youth and Holiday Concert of Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School

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