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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 29

A Good Day
Last Saturday was just beautiful and the Market was especially hopping, what with Fall Festival and Community Day both happening at once. The Community Day participants were varied, interesting, and informative, and they distributed or sold lots of whatever they were there to distribute or sell, so thanks for helping make them feel their registration fees were well spent. We collected a respectable amount of food for the food bank, plus some monetary donations, so that was a success also. The four members of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra played music that perfectly complemented the happily mellow vibe of the day. And the newest vendor, Paradocx Vineyard, got a welcome that was so warm they exceeded their previous farmers market sales record by 50%, which was no small feat. (We win!)

The only thing that was a little disappointing was that almost no one entered the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest. Actually no one at all entered except Alicia Carr, last year's winner, who entered three bee-you-tee-full desserts -- Apple Vanilla Brown Butter Crisp, Toffee Apple Cake with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce, and Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart with Caramel Drizzle. These things were so amazing looking (paper thin chocolate leaves on the tart! the cake glowed with deliciousness! the gooey crisp was still warm!) that we opted not to even cut and judge them. A three-way tie was declared, Alicia (again) declined the prize money in favor of donating it to the food bank, and the silent auction bidders skipped away with fantastic deals on uncut homemade but completely professional-looking desserts. So it really wasn't much of a disappointment after all. Rather nice, in fact. Thank you, Alicia, for throwing yourself into the contest and being so generous with your time and money.

Last and Bonus
We really have to think of a better way to express that this Saturday is "the last Market of the regular season, but not really the last Market of the year because there's one more -- a special bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market, on November 19," because though it's accurate, it's a mouthful and we're a bit tired of saying it. (If you have any brilliant ideas on this front, please share.) The difficulty of expression arises because while most farmers markets just carry on uninterrupted until they're done for the season and the year at the same time (so easy!), the LFM was originally planned to run only through October. But a few years ago, shoppers and vendors clamored for more, so the special bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market was added, and there was great rejoicing. These truly final November Markets always end up being a gas, so if for some reason you cannot make it to this Saturday's "last Market," come to the "bonus Market" on November 19, when nearly all the vendors will be on-site all at one time (that'll be something). In the meantime, however, this Saturday is the last Market, for three weeks anyway. And, because of that, this is the last e-newsletter you'll get until November 17, so there's a lot of stuff to cover. Bear with us.

Animal Friends of Lansdowne will be the Market's guest this week, in hopes that the impending cold weather will inspire you to adopt or foster a lap-warming kitty cat. They will also accept donations of unopened food (cans or bags) and, of course, monetary contributions of any amount. Importantly, AFL will finally be raffling off that beautiful quilt on Saturday, drawing the winner close to Market close at 1:00 pm and selling tickets ($2 each or 10 for $10) up until a few minutes for the drawing. (Winner need not be present to get the quilt.)

The kids from the Community Youth Garden of Lansdowne will also be there on Saturday. They've added a sweet presence at each of their appearances, so be sure to throw a little support their way. You can always use an extra hot pepper!

In honor of Halloween, we will have some things for children at the Manager tent this Saturday, and we'd love to see some costumes, wigs, or funky hats sported by kids and grown-ups who are feeling the spirit(s). (But don't let the Market's Halloween celebration confuse you: Trick-or-treating throughout the borough of Lansdowne takes place on Halloween proper -- that is, on Monday, October 31, starting at dusk.)

In addition to having as many of our vendors as can be wrangled for that final Market (and maybe even another new one, if you can believe that), we're happy to announce that Schober Orchards will again be offering its popular Veteran's Day special on November 19, in which they give veterans a free basket of apples and gallon of cider by way of thank you -- an appreciation that is always much appreciated.

Order Now!
Hopefully you've gotten the message about ordering your live-until-Thanksgiving-week turkeys from Harvest Local Foods. You can still do the ordering this Saturday at the Market, but you'll need to pick them up the Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week at their storefront. (Green Aisle will also take orders at the Market for freshly killed turkeys, but you have to pick those up at their store in South Philly, so chances are that Harvest Local is more convenient.)

If you showed up after about 11:45 last Saturday you missed out on MiniTreats' chili and mac and cheese and had to "settle" for mushroom soup, which was available for maybe another 15 minutes. (This cool weather makes people hungry for warm comfort foods, for sure.) John will be taking orders this week for these yummy lunches (or breakfasts, as you prefer) for delivery at the November 19 Market, so ensure that you will not be denied that day by ordering now. (He says he's even bringing a helper this week so the wait's not so long at his stand.)

You can also place dessert orders for delivery at the Thanksgiving Market from both MyHouse Cookies and Provisions. This week, Provisions will have samples of the plain and pumpkin cheesecakes and the chocolate espresso pecan pie that Marnie is offering for Thanksgiving. Cheesecakes will need to be picked up at the November 19 Market, but you can pick one of Marnie's pies up the week of Thanksgiving at her Lansdowne home if you prefer. She can take only a limited number of these orders though, so don't wait.

Bucks for Buckets
As mentioned earlier, Paradocx Vineyard had a banner day last week. Shoppers were much taken with the novelty of purchasing wine in a paint can, which is the same idea as wine in a box (there's a bag inside) but infinitely more clever. In addition to being a huge bargain (the bucket is the equivalent of 4.5 bottles of wine!), Paradocx gives you a credit toward your next purchase when you bring the can back. Normally the credit is $2 per can, but until November 1, they're offering $4. Invite some neighbors over and drink up so you can recycle your bucket this week for the bonus bucks. Or take it a bit more slowly and return it for two bucks on November 19. (Once you tap your can, you should drink the wine within about three weeks.)

Tonight, Tonight
Today's the last Thursday of the month, which means there's a free film sponsored by No Place for Hate at the Lansdowne Public Library. Start times on these films jump around a bit, depending on movie length, and tonight's, Iron Jawed Angels, starts at 6:30. It's about the women's suffrage movement, a timely showing given the election that's coming on Tuesday, November 9. The après-film discussion will be moderated by Wendy Chmieleski, PhD, curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Free admission and popcorn, but bring your own beverage. The Library is located at 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue.

Practically right across the street at practically the same time is this month's show at the Lansdowne Folk Club, which happens at the Twentieth Century Club (84 S. Lansdowne Avenue). Performing are Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen with special guest Granville Automatic, which sounds like a whole lot of music for one money to us (that'd be $18 at the door). Doors open at 6:30, food (dinner or dessert) provided by Provisions is available for purchase, and the stage stuff starts at 7:30. Make reservations (and perhaps get the $15 advance price) by calling 610-622-7250 or emailing

One more thing's happening tonight that you may be interested in: a free vegetarian cooking class at Life More Abundant. The class is led by Chef Johnetta Frazier, who, among many other noteworthy accomplishments, has provided culinary and nutritional expertise to Gwen Foster, Philadelphia's Health Czar, whose Healthy Philadelphia efforts have moved the city from being "The Fattest City" in the US to one of the "Top Ten Fittest" cities. Suffice it to say that Chef Frazier knows her stuff. The class is 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the LMA storefront at 25 N. Lansdowne Avenue, and you can reserve a seat (or risk standing) by calling Carl at 610-259-0101.

Get Out Your Calendar
There are so many events occurring both this weekend and in the span before the next e-newsletter (again, November 17) that we're going to cut to the chase and give you a brief recap in list form here with a few more details than found in the small column at right. Please follow the links for loads more info on each happening. (Events are free unless otherwise specified.)

Saturday, October 29

  • Third annual Zombiewalk, sponsored by Cinema 16:9, 6:30 pm. Starts at Lansdowne train station or Sycamore Park and proceeds to 16:9 at 35 N. Lansdowne Avenue.
  • Epiphany House's 5th Annual Halloween Party, 7:00 pm, 322 N. Lansdowne Avenue. $20 ticket includes food, beverages, music, and a raffle ticket for a $1000 cash prize.
  • Halloween Costume Party at 2312 Garrett, 9:00 pm. Party includes "spooky dinner menu," specialty drinks, music, and a $100 gift certificate for the best costume.

Sunday, October 30

  • Season Opening Concert of Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, 3:00 pm, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School; $5 to $18. Concert features selections from Grieg, Weber, and Liszt.

Friday, November 4

  • First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Free snacks and beverages, and sale of creations by Deena Ball (watercolors), Nancy Nalbandian (jewelry), Charlotte Hummel (knitted goods), Debbe Sirlin (artwork), Deanna Haldeman (pottery), and Heather Van Heusen (felted textiles).
  • Opening night of Sorry Wrong Number and Trifles, two one-act murder mysteries, at Celebration Theater, 7:00 pm, Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; $9. Additional shows are on Saturday. November 5, at 7:00 pm; Sunday, November 6, at 3:00 pm; Friday, November 11, at 7:00 pm; Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 pm.

Sunday, November 6

  • Tour & Pour Fundraiser to benefit the Lansdowne Theater; tours 3:00 to 6:00 pm, 31 N. Lansdowne Avenue; pours 4:30 to 9:00 pm, 2312 Garrett Road. $10 ticket includes theater tour and premiere of promotional film about future of the project, plus a coupon for discounted Yard's ale (the "pour" component) at 2312 Garrett.

Tuesday, November 8

  • Election day. Polls open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Find your precinct here and vote!

Thursday, November 10

  • Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary BBQ Fundraiser, firehouse at 26 N. Highland Avenue, 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Selling Nelson's BBQ half-racks of rib, half-chicken dinners, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Saturday, November 12

  • Holiday Bazaar at The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Avenue, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sale features bargains on Christmas gifts, antiques, collectibles, electronics, household items, books, CDs, DVDS, craft items, houseplants, etc; plus home-baked goodies and Nelson's Chicken.

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: Ellen Lustgarden of In Stiches takes colorful yarn and enthusiastically knits things that are ridiculously oversized -- hats for giants, iPod cases that would hold transistor radios, scarves for Dr Who. But then she felts them down to just the right size using some combination of water, time, and hocus pocus. Her stuff sold like hotcakes last year, so come early for the best selection of her fun offerings.

Musician of the Week: Last year, Rupert Wates drove all the way from New York to play at the LFM, arrived a little late, but was immediately forgiven by the Market crowd when he spoke with a charming British accent and then started to play and sing. He's a fabulous songwriter and performer, and the LFM is truly lucky to have him back. (Once again, thank Bob Beach for working his magic on musicians who usually play for actual pay, and thank the musician by tipping him.)

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



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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Photos courtesy of John Green.