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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 8

Rain Beaux

After that hot, humid, but otherwise dastardly dry summer, it looks like we're in for a wettish early September, just in time to wreck last weekend's Labor Day plans and put a damper (get it)?) on this weekend's Lansdowne Arts Festival and Farmers Market. Never fear, intrepid newsletter readers: all events will go on as planned. That's what umbrellas, slickers, and the "Rain or shine" motto are for. And if we're ready for and expecting rain, an(other) overly warm and sticky weekend would be a pleasant surprise, right?

Park It, Market, Art It

Yessireebob, the Lansdowne Arts Festival -- with its many, many musical acts, demos, workshops, and artists displaying and selling their work -- kicks off a two-day stint at the Twentieth Century Club at 10:00 am on Saturday. It's open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, and if you're intending to limit yourself to only a few hours, you might want to check this schedule of events to plan your visit. One approach would be to do your Market shopping on Saturday, put your purchases in a cooler in your car, and then head over to the Arts Festival for a good early look at the selection of goods. Because the stuff for sale at the Festival is often one of a kind, it behooves a shopper to get to the head of the line, even if you plan to make one of those deals with yourself along the lines of, "If that painting/photo/necklace is still here tomorrow at 3:00, it was meant for me to have it and I'll buy it then." (Just know that chances are it won't be there the next day.)

If you are able-bodied, please consider parking in the lot on Highland Avenue, beside the firehouse, for the Market, if not for the Arts Festival as well. The Market lot fills and congests quickly, and the Highland Ave lot has a door in the fence that dumps you virtually behind Doyles, which is no farther than walking from a few houses up Owen Avenue. The short jaunt from there to the Twentieth Century Club will give you the opportunity to do a little window shopping and even in-store browsing along the always-changing boulevard that is Lansdowne Avenue. Also, that five-minute walk will count toward your exercise for the day.

What's On Second

It's a Saturday for our "two-timing" vendors this week: Akima Botanicals, Cupcakeology, Farm Fromage, FreshaPeel Hummus, Golden Valley Coffee Roasters, Paradocx Vineyards, and Yellow Springs Farm, as well as what is very likely the last (sob) appearance of the Lansdowne Community Youth Garden this season. If you didn't try the hummus at FreshaPeel two weeks ago, jump on that this week, as it's excellent, and they'll have some different flavors this week. (Here is a recipe for grilled flatbread to eat along with your hummus; we're absolutely going to try that if it ever stops raining.) Kim from Akima Botanicals told us that as soon as it cools off a little she'll have some new products like body butter, so that's looking good for this week. Yellow Springs will be at the Market in addition to having their own "Open Farm" (like an open house, but with a barn and fields) out in Chester Springs on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, in case you feel like a little jaunt to the countryside. (Catherine and company are also offering a class in making goat cheese on September 23. Interested? Drop them a line.)

Remember that Bonnie is still away this week; we look forward to having her back next Saturday, refreshed and brimming with travel stories. (Sorry also about no John's MiniCakes and no Spotted Hill Farm last week. Late cancellations, people, and out of our control.)

Going to the Dogs

Just a heads up that the last Saturday of this month, September 28, is the Market's annual Dog Day. Among the special guests will be the PASPCA's adoption van and Animal Friends of Lansdowne. The goofy and much-anticipated Dog Parade is, needless to say, a go. Check back for more details as we get closer.

Walk on By

The Borough of Lansdowne invites you to attend an open house this Tuesday, September 11, to discuss the Borough's Walk-Shed Improvements Project. What's a walk-shed, you ask? It's defined as "a walkable area around a particular point of interest," which in this case is our downtown -- from Lansdowne Avenue from the Twentieth Century Club to Lacrosse Ave, and Baltimore Avenue from Owen to Wycombe. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive plan for reintegrating pedestrians and transit in the central business district, a key component in a successful economic development strategy. The open house takes place from 6 to 8 pm in Borough Hall, 12 S. Lansdowne Avenue.


Artist of the Week

As if these weren't enough for one weekend, there's a brand new AoW this Saturday, and one we think you're really going to like. Jody Witte, of the Beauty of Wood, is an arborist who turns bowls and makes jewelry from the wide variety of wood species he encounters during his day job. His intention is to bring out the particular beauty of each piece of wood that he puts on his lathe or his workbench, and he succeeds admirably.

Musician of the Week

Two words: David Falcone. Okay, one more: beard.



Tenth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Pre-Show Reception: Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm; $25
Exhibits and Activities: September 8 and 9, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

In-Home Business Happy Hour
Presented by the LBPA
Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Argana, 2 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Email or for details

Central Business District Walkability Discussion - a Public Open House
Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Borough Hall, 12 East Baltimore Ave.

Bingo Night at First Presbyterian Church
Saturday, September 22, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; $10 at door
Lansdowne & Greenwood Avenues

Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Barn Birds
Thursday, September 27, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Harvest Tea at the Simpson Gardens Dining Room
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

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