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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 22

Fall Festomunity Day
A jam-packed Saturday is in store for the LFM, as we cram Fall Festival, Community Day, the debut of a new vendor, and most of the regular vendors into 4 hours and some 40 parking spaces, give or take, this week. Go big or don't go, is our motto. (Then go home and take a nap, is our other motto.)

You are entering the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, aren't you? (Just so you know, if you don't enter, you lose rights to brag about your Asian Pear-Cheddar-Maple Crumb Explosion for 1 year; just sayin'.) Please have your entry to the tent beside the Market Manager tent by about 10:00 am, looking all pretty and appetizing and ready for its close-up, along with the $5 entry fee. Judging will begin at noon, but between 10:00 and then, shoppers are invited to place silent auction bids on the entered desserts. If you're high silent bidder at noon, you get to purchase the dessert, and if you're high bidder on the winning dessert, you get it for free! (So it's a little like picking horses except even if you don't pick the winner you get to buy and consume a swell sweet, so you don't go away empty-handed.) The creator of the winning entry will get half the entry fees, their picture in next week's newsletter (if amenable), and the adulation of all. The rest of the entry fees and the funds raised from the silent auction will be donated to the local food bank. Really, there is no losing with this set-up, so enter already. Judges will be Lansdowne boro councilwoman Barbara Silzle, FM committee co-chair Jennifer Hoff, FM vendor Marnie Miller of Provisions, and undercover celebrity judge (aka FM shopper) Jocelyn Bolick. (They promise that all bribes will be donated to the food bank.)

Remember that we will also be trying to collect a notable amount of food to restock the community food bank on Saturday. Please bring your contribution to this effort to the Manager tent any time during the Market day. Think nonperishable stables like pasta, peanut butter, rice, etc, though some treats are also always nice. Your generosity will not be met with a Market Buck this once, but it will be decidedly appreciated by food bank users. Be sure to look for the Humane Farm Animal Care table, an organization that promotes consumption of meat from animals that have been kindly and gently -- humanely -- brought up. They are our guest in honor of National Food Day, which is about more responsible food production and consumption.

The hands-on portion of Fall Festival will be provided by Bonnie's Wondergardens, which will be offering make-your-own bouquets ($10 each, two for $15) in fun and interesting fall-themed containers. Poking posies into floral foam is a satisfying way to express your creativity, however otherwise thwarted it may be, and since you're working with flowers, the final result is bound to be pretty. Thanks, Bonnie, for offering a craft when we couldn't get it together on that front!

Community Day-wise we have a dozen or so organizations, agencies, businesses, and individuals waiting to speak with you, convince you to support them, sell you something yummy, perhaps even give you something for free just for taking the time to chat. Be sure to stop by that extra row on the north side of the Market or you'll miss out on good info and great homemade candy.

Vendor and Product Update
Something the FM committee has enjoyed doing the past few years is introducing a new vendor at the tail end of the season just to see how they're received and to give them a feel for the LFM. If the "likes" are mutual, we invite them to apply for a more regular spot the next season. Thus, it gives us great pleasure to be able to welcome Paradoxc Vineyard, a family-owned and operated winery in Chester County, this Saturday. Although Lansdowne is dry, wineries in this state are able to participate in farmers markets in dry towns because of a recently enacted PA law allowing vineyards to sell at FMs even in towns that do not otherwise allow sales of alcohol. It's a little complicated, but believe us when we say their inclusion has been thoroughly vetted and it's completely above-board and legal. If you like Lansdowne dry, just avoid their tent. If you'd like to buy a bottle of wine within the borough limits, however, stop by their booth for a sample or two. If all goes well, they'll be around for the final three Markets. This is the big surprise we mentioned last week. Pretty major, huh?

It's finally Yellow Springs Farm's turn to be at the Market again. Catherine is good about letting us know what they'll have, and this Saturday that includes both vanilla and cinnamon goat milk caramel sauce (how great would that be with apples?), many varieties of chevre, and the season's best batch of Red Leaf, a cheese that won an American Cheese Society award in 2010. Red Leaf is marinated in red wine and wrapped in sycamore leaves from the farm as it's aged.

In other product news, Harvest Local Foods is now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. These birds aren't killed until Thanksgiving week and are pasture raised without use of antibiotics or growth hormones. They come from two small family farms in Lancaster County and can be ordered at Harvest Local's FM booth now and then picked up at the store at 303 Windermere Avenue the Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (or you can have it delivered to your home on that Wednesday for a delivery fee). You won't, however, be able to pick up your bird at the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 19 because the turkeys will still be alive then! If you've never tried a "small-batch" bird, you will be amazed by the difference. Don't put it off any longer.

The Personal Touch
Are you one of those people who would prefer to interact with a person when giving your opinion, to get some give-and-take going? If you are, then you can hold off on completing this survey that the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation sooooo wants you to take and instead corner one of the volunteers that will be at the Market on Saturday administering the questionnaire live (well, handing you a paper to complete and taking your queries). Otherwise, please follow that link just above and let folks behind the restoration of the Theater know what else you tend to do when you go out to see music or take in a show (and, no, you don't have to admit to sneaking your own Twizzlers into the movies).

If you have a lot of questions or thoughts on the matter, you may also want to block out a few hours on Sunday, November 6, to participate in the Tour & Pour Fundraiser for the Theater that will include both tours of the space and gustatory and monetary involvement of the pub 2312 Garrett. More details next week and at the link above.

Scary Stuff
Halloween is lurching toward us at a faster-than-the-living-dead-shuffles pace, so if you missed Art Space Lansdowne's costume making class, you better get busy putting something or other together because 'Downe Town is as serious about this holiday as a glittery-skin vampire is about his love interest. Undead serious, that is.

As usual, on the last Saturday in October -- next Saturday, the 29th -- the LFM encourages the wearing of costumes (wigs and fake moustaches count!) by those in the spirit (get it?) of the day. We'll no doubt have a little something for little trick-or-treaters at the Market Manager tent.

Then later that evening is the third annual Zombiewalk, sponsored by Cinema 16:9. As if anyone really needs a zombiewalk explained to them, we'll just say that you "prepare yourself" ("dress" might be too limited a word) as the zombie version of your favorite celebrity, then -- starting at the train station or Sycamore Park -- dead-person shuffle your way across town (avoiding any and all opportunities to eat passersby, which is the hard part) to 16:9 for a showing of one of two horror films on the docket that evening. You need tix for the movies, but the walk itself is free. Call 484-461-7676 for tickets or more information.

Also that evening is a costume party fundraiser for possibly our favorite local good cause: Epiphany House's 5th Annual Halloween Party. It starts at 7:00 pm at 322 N. Lansdowne Avenue (Halloween is when having a spooky old Lansdowne house really pays off) and goes till whenever. The $20 ticket price (so reasonable!) gets you food, beverages, music, and a raffle ticket for a $1000 cash prize. Trick or treeeeeat! Epiphany House offers a tremendous service to the community by providing foster and adoptive homes for and helping to place special needs children. A worthy cause indeed, and even if you're not going to the party, it's super-easy to make a donation (Paypal!) by following that link above.

Last but hardly least is the Halloween Costume Party at 2312 Garrett, starting at 9:00 pm also on Saturday, October 29. The local gastropub will be offering a special "spooky dinner menu," specialty drinks, music, and a $100 gift certificate for the best costume. So ride your broomstick on up to 2312 Garrett Road, just over the border in Drexel Hill, and get your spook on.

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: None this week, folks. But a good one next week!

Musician of the Week: It's a great honor to play host to members of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, who will be promoting their upcoming first concert of the season -- at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 30, featuring selections from Peer Gynt Suite, among other pieces. Hey, it looks like it's finally not going to rain when the Orchestra's at the Market. That's worth a standing O!

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

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

Iron-Jawed Angels -- Free movie sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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

Halloween at Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot

3rd Annual Zombiewalk sponsored by Cinema 16:9
Saturday, October 29, 6:30 pm
Lansdowne Train Station or Sycamore Park

5th Annual Halloween Party to benefit Epiphany House
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm; $20
322 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Halloween Costume Party at 2312 Garrett
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 pm; Free
2312 Garret Rd, Drexel Hill

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

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, November 4, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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 & Pour Fundraiser 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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