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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 20

Doubly Special

This Saturday is an oddball in a few ways. First, it's a special event Market that's not on the last Saturday of the month (at some point over the past 5 years, you may have noticed that's when nearly all the extra fun occurs). And second, it's host to both a Community Day and what used to be Fall Festival but has now been reduced (largely for space reasons) to just the Sweet Endings dessert contest and a candy-count guessing game. So a few special things happening at once, all while the vendors carry on their normal business.

Let's start with the dessert contest. The rules and application are right here in one handy PDF. If you decide at the last minute to enter and have not secured two Market ingredients yet, you can pop over that morning to grab a couple then go home and get cooking, or you can head to Harvest Local Foods during regular business hours and get something from their storefront, since they're a Market vendor. Try to have your dessert to the Manager booth by 10:30 because we want plenty of time for the crowd to get all worked up about it, since we will be offering all the entered desserts for sale via a silent auction, which closes when judging starts at noon. And as always, if you are the high bidder on the dessert that wins, you get it for free. All the proceeds from the entry fees and silent auction go to the community food bank. The winner gets $50 in actual cash (spendable anywhere) donated by Fruitwood Farms, and second and third place get $15 and $10 in Market Bucks (spendable at the Market), respectively. We hope to see a lot of enthusiasm for both entering and bidding.

Yikes! Almost forgot this: One more thing we need is a "civilian" judge. If you believe you would enjoy eating small bits of sweet things and rendering judgment on them, send us an email (right now!), and we'll pick a name randomly and notify you by 5:00 pm on Friday if you'll be our judge. (So if you send the email, please be sure you'll be available Saturday at noon for the judging.)

Nonbakers may want to come take a guess at the candy in the jar in the Market Manager tent, a game we never weary of. Winner gets the whole shebang!

Last but far from least, here's the list of the Community Day #3 participants. Some you've seen before and some are new, but all are worthy of a few minutes of your time. (Lotsa things for kids on this list, including a local author with a children's book and a dress-up photo shoot.) Thank you in advance for venturing over to "the other side" to meet them.

Finally, this is our last Community Day and our last chance to restock the community food bank, so please bring some nonperishable food donations to fill the shelves. Most needed are things like pasta, sauce, tuna, soup, dried milk, sugar, and other staples.

Third and Long

Short of wearing a sandwich board proclaiming "The End Is Near!" we've done our best to alert you in the past few newsletters that time is tick-tick-ticking away on the regular Market season. In fact, this week will be your last shot at the 1/3 alternating vendors until everybody comes back before Thanksgiving on November 17, so nearly a full month. The vendors in question are Amazing Acres and Doe Run with cheese, Green Aisle Grocery with meats and store-made condiments and pickles, John and Kira's with lovely chocolates, and Provisions, with prepared foods like crepes, white bean and Tuscan kale soup, West African peanut chicken soup, apple crisp, gingerbread cake, and gluten-free cookies. (Unfortunately, neither Penns Woods with wine nor Spotted Hill with soap are going to make it for their scheduled appearances this week. Look for them November 17.)

The upshot of this big gap is that if you know you're going to want several boxes of chocolates for Thanksgiving hosts, or one of Marnie's bourbon bread puddings for a holiday dessert, or a few rounds (ovals, really) of Doe Run's Hummingbird cheese for Turkey Day, now would be a good time to alert the vendor so they can make a note of it and have your items for you when they come back next month. In fact, be really smart and write down what you want with your name, phone number, and email address, and hand it to the vendor when you make the request. Chances just improved dramatically that you'll get what you want from them on the 17th. Ah, the magic of preordering.

Turkey Call

Harvest Local Foods will once again be offering fresh turkeys for your Thanksgiving table, but you need to order them soon to get them the week before the holiday. The birds will come from Shady Acres Farm of Lancaster County and Locust Point Farms near Newark, Delaware. They will have spent most of their lives outdoors getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine and eating grass and bugs, all of which makes them healthful and flavorful. They are never given feed with growth hormones or antibiotics. Plus, you will receive them fresh, not frozen. Pam says that these guys are nothing like supermarket turkeys.

You can order online or at the LFM (in four size ranges) and have your turkey delivered the day before Thanksgiving (for a fee) or you can pick it up at the storefront (303 Windermere Avenue) on Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. You can't, however, pick up your turkey at the pre-Thanksgiving LFM on November 17 because the turkeys will still be alive then. (Don't think too much about that though.)

Whatcha Gonna Be for Halloween?

Next Saturday, October 27, is the last Market before Halloween (also before a short break in the season), and if you have a kid or are a kid, even only at heart or only on holidays, break out the costumes and come trick or treat at the Market. We'll have some goodies at the Manager booth, and most of the other vendors will also be handing out treats (in fact, some don't live where they get kids at the door, so they're very excited to be able to give out some candy at their tents). No effort is too small, and all will be rewarded, from a penciled-on moustache to a sheet ghost to a rented sumo wrestler getup. Hey, if nothing else, just change the part in your hair and limp. We'll take it.

News from Celebration Theater

Fall is always a busy season for our own local theater group, and this year is no different. This Saturday evening, join Celebration Theater for a unique evening in Sycamore Park (LaCrosse and Wycombe Avenues). Dubbed Sunset Poe-at-Tree, the night will feature readings of works by Edgar Allan Poe and other prose of a similar genre. The night is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm, admission is $5 per person, and you'll need to bring your own chairs if you plan on sitting on anything other than a pile of leaves.

Just a few weeks away is Celebration Theater's next venture, Girl Talk -- a two-night run of four short plays celebrating the works of local women playwrights. Scheduled for November 9 and 10 at the Penn Wood High School Theater (100 Green Avenue), the night will feature plays by Robin Rodriguez, Kate McGrath, Diana Cavallo, and Susan Cain McQuilkin. Tickets are $5 and both nights' shows begin at 7:30 pm.

In-Home Business Happy Hour

The LBPA's In-Home Business group has scheduled another Happy Hour event for next Wednesday, October 24 at 2312 Garrett. From 6 to 8 pm, join members of this work-at-home group for a free light buffet (until 7:30) and cash bar, along with networking, discussion, and socializing. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Friends School Potluck Dinner Marks Food Day

Food Day -- next Wednesday, October 24 -- is a nationwide celebration promoting more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Students at the Lansdowne Friends School are joining in by hosting a community potluck dinner where they will share what they've learned during their study of how food is produced and what happens as food makes its way from farm to table. For information about the event please call 610-623-2548.

Yeadon Market a Week Away

Next Thursday afternoon, head over to nearby Yeadon Community Park for the second of two Elm Street Farmers Markets presented by the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program. The market takes place from 4 to 7 pm and plenty of free parking is available. See more information and a list of participating vendors here.


Artist of the Week

If you're a regular shopper, you've certainly see Heather van Heusen at the Market (especially on Dog Day), though this is her first time in the Artist tent. And if you've done anything else in Lansdowne -- attended a meeting, gone to a party or concert -- you may have seen her there, knitting. First she knits, then she felts, then she embellishes or stuffs, creating handbags, hats, scarves, and toys that are both durable and adorable. When she's done with that, she sews colorful dog collars that tighten but don't pinch (aka martindales), as well as dog coats and rain jackets. Warm fuzzies all around.

Musician of the Week

Mooch's Basement. A bunch of guys having a good time playing some good music. Full-on fun.



Friends of Community Cats Workshop
Saturday, October 20, 1:30-4:30 pm
Lansdowne Borough Hall, 12 East Baltimore Avenue
Sponsored by Animal Friends of Lansdowne

Celebration Theater's Sunset Poe-at-Tree: A Salute to Edgar Allan Poe
Saturday, October 20, 6:30 pm, $5
Sycamore Park, LaCrosse and Wycombe Avenues

Bellydancing by Shiraz at Argana
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 pm
2 North Lansdowne Avenue

In-Home Business Happy Hour
Presented by the LBPA
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
2312 Garrett, Drexel Hill
Email or for details

Elm Street Farmers Market at Yeadon Community Park
Thursday, October 25, 4 pm - 7 pm
Union and Fairview Avenues, Yeadon

Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library

Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Special Consensus with guest Foxhound
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Pie-Making Class at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm; $20
140 N. Lansdowne Avenue
email for info

Free Electronic Waste Recycling
Saturday, October 27, 9 am - 2 pm
Highland Avenue Parking Lot

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor David Wetherill
Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center,
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, November 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Celebration Theater's Girl Talk:
A Celebration of Women Playwrights

November 9 and 10, 7:30 pm; $5
Penn Wood High School Theater
100 Green Avenue

Mozart's Requiem Choral Concert at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm; Free
140 North Lansdowne Avenue

Bingo Night at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 17, 7:00 pm; $10
140 North Lansdowne Avenue

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