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First up, let's make it perfectly clear: There is no Lansdowne Farmers Market this Saturday. The next Market -- which is really the final one of the year -- doesn't take place until next Saturday, November 19. However, in the interest of letting you, our faithful readers, know about everything happening in Lansdowne, we figured it would be in everyone's best interest if we packaged up all of the happenings in our usual Fresh Picks newsletter. So be patient, Market lovers, we will see you in just over a week. And read on if you want to know how to pre-order your Thanksgiving supplies from your favorite FM vendors. We don't want to see anyone crying on the 19th because there weren't enough pears (or soups or pies, etc.) for you.

While We Were Away
Just in case you missed it, the Market location and the surrounding areas were at the center of one of the biggest to-dos to hit 'Downe Town in years last weekend. Last Friday night (and well into early Saturday morning), the North Lansdowne Avenue streetscape was transformed into a movie set for filming of the David O. Russell film The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro. While all reports indicate that DeNiro was not on location, the Lansdowne Theater, Regency Cafe, and other nearby businesses received some serious special effects to fit into the scene (see photo at right).

Once cast and crew packed up and moved out of town, the dressed-up theater was the site of the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation's Tour & Pour event on Sunday. HLTC CEO Matt Schultz reported that nearly 400 visitors attended the tour, which was accompanied by a stop at nearby watering hole 2312 Garrett (hence the "Pour" part of the event's title). While the temporary marquee installed for the filming has since been removed, Schultz says that restoration of the new, refurbished marquee will start shortly. Expect the relighting in about four months.

BBQ Alert (#1)
Where there's smoke, there's fire -- or in this case, a fire company. Today is the today -- perhaps right now, as you read this -- to head over to the Lansdowne Fire Company for its Ladies Auxiliary Barbecue Fundraiser. This good tasting, good cause event takes place at the firehouse (26 North Highland Avenue) from 3 to 7 pm. The fine folks from Nelson's Chicken and Ribs will be on site serving half-rack of rib and half-chicken dinners as well as pulled pork sandwiches. See details and pre-ordering information.

It's a Mystery (or Two)
If you missed the opening weekend of Celebration Theater's evening of one-act murder mysteries featuring Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Lucille Fletcher's Sorry Wrong Number, this upcoming weekend is your last chance. Check out Stage Magazine's review (actually only slightly more than half of a review, but flattering nonetheless) of the opening night of this latest presentation from Lansdowne's own community theater. Showtime is at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 3 pm on Sunday. See more details and cast biographies at or buy tickets online!

Trees ... and Even More Trees
Green-thumb types will have plenty to keep them busy on Saturday, as two treecentric events take place nearly simultaneously within the borough's boundaries. First, starting at 8:30 am, is the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program's Interboro Park tree planting event. (In case you were wondering, Interboro Park is between Fairview Avenue and Bartram Avenue.) As part of the regional TreeVitalize effort to Plant One Million trees throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, the borough's Parks and Recreation department and local tree tenders will demonstrate how to plant a tree, discuss how to keep it healthy, and answer your questions. Learn how you can become a tree tender and help make your neighborhood more beautiful by joining the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program's Safe, Clean & Green committee. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty! Bring your gardening gloves and favorite digging tool too. Refreshments will be served. Then, at 9:00 am Saturday, the borough's continuing fall tree planting program will focus its efforts on replacing trees, mainly on Baltimore and Plumstead Avenues. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for this event, so if you can lend a hand, please call Mary Lou at 610-622-0162.

More to Do this Weekend
The forecast this weekend looks like idea fall weather -- clear, crisp, comfortable -- whether indoors or outdoors, so make your way around the borough and take advantage of some of the many activities taking place. Saturday, head on up to The Garden Church's Holiday Bazaar, featuring crafts, books, music, baked goods, Nelson's Chicken & Ribs (there's that sweet, smoky smell again), and more shopping at the Secret Garden gift shop. The bazaar runs from 9 am to 3 pm at the church, 82 North Lansdowne Avenue. Meanwhile, younger folks may want to head to the Lansdowne Public Library between noon and 4 pm to experience the library's Game Day, featuring a board game swap, make and take games. and the chance to play their Wii and X-Box Kinect games! Fun for all ages!

Bright Ideas from Bright Orange Thread
The term "social media" may be an overused buzzword these days, but there's a reason -- online networking and social media have become the backbone of today's personal and business communication systems. To help newcomers to social media make their way across the digital divide, the LEDC is hosting an informative seminar featuring an introduction to social media, the potential costs/benefits, and the first steps in social media marketing for small businesses and organizations.

Hosted by Hendrik-Jan Francke, owner and creative director of Bright Orange Thread and a former professor of visual communications, the seminar will help you and your business understand how social media have transformed marketing into an active conversation, determine costs and benefits of entering social media, and develop a clearer understanding of how business marketing works within social networking sites. Admission to the event is just $10 per Lansdowne business, so please go online to RSVP, ASAP!

Now Back to that Farmers Market
Once again, please -- Next Saturday, November 19, is the final, final Farmers Market of the season, and the only chance you'll have to stock up on your supplies for the Thanksgiving holiday and beyond. Save yourself the agony of missing your favorite pie, bread, soup, chilli, or turkey, and check our list of participating vendors. Email or phone them with your order so your plans don't go awry. For your convenience, here's a rundown of Market vendors appearing next week along with their contact information. Remember, folks, whenever possible, place your order ahead of time -- you'll be glad you did, and nobody will be upset if you sleep a bit late on Market day.

November 19 Farmers Market Vendors

  • Spotted Hill Farm: Soap and body products; 610-473-9637.

  • Welcome Baby: Bath and beauty products; 267-577-5907.

  • MyHouse Cookies: Pies, cookies, and quiches to; 610-459-1869.

  • Doe Run Dairy: Artisanal cheese and organic vegetables; 610-827-2014.

  • Yellow Springs Farm: Goat milk, cheese, and dairy specialties, plus goat meat; 610-827-2014.

  • Ridge Valley Farm: Maple syrup and other maple products; 215-234-9334.

  • Bonnie's Wondergardens: Plants, flowers, and floral arrangements; 610-259-1733.

  • Fruitwood Farms: Honey, fruits, and vegetables; 856-881-7748.

  • Green Aisle Grocery: Meat, cheese, pickles, hummus, and other local products; 215-465-1411.

  • Harvest Local Foods: Organic produce, meats and poultry, dairy products; 484-461-7884.

  • John's MiniTreats: Mini desserts, soup, and hearty entrees; 484-453-8737.

  • Provisions: Food for all reasons and seasons; 484-469-0804.

  • Regency Café: Coffee, baked goods, and artisan pastries; 484-461-9002.

  • Schober Orchards: Vegetables, fruits, tree fruit, fruit butters and spreads, and cider; 856-694-1212.

  • The Lansdowne Table: Gourmet delicacies prepared by Lansdowne's award-winning restaurant, Sycamore; 610-733-2742.

  • Turning Roots Farm: Organically grown vegetables and eggs from happy chickens; 484-228-8437.

  • Paradocx Vineyards: Wine; 610-444-9003.

There's no Market this week, and therefore no artist and no musician either, but look for more info in this space next week. Scheduled to return to the Market (after being rained out the October 29 Market) will be Rupert Wates.

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



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

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

Interboro Park Tree Planting
Saturday, November 12, 8:30 am
Between Fairview and Bartram Avenues, Lansdowne

Game Day at Lansdowne Public Library
Saturday, November 12, noon to 4:00 pm
55 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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

Minas at Le Cochon Noir
Friday, November 18, 7:30 to 10:00 pm
5070 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

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

Minas at World Cafe Live at the Queen
Saturday, November 19, 8:30 pm 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

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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The temporary marquee installed at the Lansdowne Theater was only part of the scene across from the Farmers market lot last week. (see "While We Were Away" at left)


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.