In these days of nonstop polling news, we have an important question: How many Markets have you attended this year?
The regular Lansdowne Farmers Market season consists of 24 Markets: 23 on consecutive Saturdays starting on Memorial Day weekend, and then one bonus Market the Saturday before Thanksgiving,
following a two-week break. We are heading into week 23, the final Saturday in October, so if you've come at least 10 times so far, you're on pace to hit 50% attendance, which is good. If you're in the high teens, you're entering the zone of greatness. If you're in the single digits, try to do better next year, wontcha. If you feel like sharing your 2013 Market tally with us, we'd love
to know. Also, if you have any suggestions, now's the time to
tell us. (A certain amount of airing of grievances will also be endured, so bring it on.)
An important thing to remember is that we are off for two weeks after this Saturday's Market.
So come this Saturday and then don't come back until November 17, or you will look silly standing around with your reusable shopping bags in a parking lot being used only for parking.
Your patience will pay off though, since all the vendors are invited back for the pre-Thanksgiving Market, just like at the very first Market back in May. Gonna be a full house then.
In addition to gearing up for a two-week break, this Saturday we celebrate Halloween by encouraging everyone to don a costume or at least develop a visible affectation
(monocle, stovepipe hat, tutu) and come trick or treat at the Market. Most vendors will have goodies for the kids who ask. As with everything at the Market, come early for the best selection.
As the fourth one of the month, this Saturday is offering the following alternating vendors: Akima Botanicals, Cupcakeology, Farm Fromage, FreshaPeel Hummus, Golden Valley
Coffee Roasters, Oley Valley Mushrooms, Paradocx Vineyards, Ridge Valley Farm, and Yellow Springs Farm. It should go without saying that now's a good time to stock up on anything that will keep, since you won't see these or any regular vendors again until
mid-November. Imagine how bad you'll feel if you find yourself buying supermarket maple syrup in early November -- the horror!
To think that we wanted to ditch the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest! Certainly, participation in 2011 was dishearteningly lacking, but 2012's showing was given new life by the offer of a $50 cash prize (thanks, Fruitwood!). The contest had seven entries
this year, the highest number ever! The variety was so impressive -- sweet rolls, hand pies, cheesecake, bread pudding, spice cake, apple pie, and even a vegan cake -- and everything looked amazing. Judges Mayor Jayne Young, Darlene Hurff from Schober's, Market shopper Rick Vetters, and celebrity Market committee member George Blum
had the arduous task of sampling and then grading each dessert. When everything was tallied, the top prize went to Kimberly Evans for her
Caramelized-Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting (yes, it was as good as it sounds). Magda Byrne took second with her White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding, and Stephanie Ciner placed third with her Vegan Sweet Potato Cake with Maple Fudge Frosting. The silent auction for the desserts was so hotly contested that the Market was able to make a donation of about $175 to the
local food bank. Big thanks to everyone who entered the contest, who bid on the desserts, or who judged (or even volunteered to judge); you made it a great success. And before we forget: the candy count guessing game was won by little Johanna Spicer, whose guess of 475
pieces of candy corn was mighty close to the actual count of 477. Congratulations, Johanna and Colleen!
Another Farmers Market in Yeadon Today!
Tonight, er, today, or perhaps even right now as you read this, the second installment of the
Elm Street Farmers Market is taking place in nearby Yeadon Community Park (Fairview and Union Avenues -
map) If you missed the first one of these last month, it's definitely worth checking out. Featuring a few of your favorite vendors from our Market along with some new and different ones, the 4-to-7 pm market
is a great way to spend an early evening in the fall. Plenty of free parking is available.
Freaks Come out Tonight
Tonight, the Lansdowne Borough No Place for Hate Committee presents its monthly free film at the Lansdowne Public Library. Tonight's film is
Freaks, the 1932 horror film featuring a cast of actual sideshow performers that is at once fascinating, charming, and darkly disturbing. The film begins at 7 pm; a discussion will follow the showing. Free popcorn will be provided.
Rid Yourself of E-Waste
On your way to (or from) the Market, you may want to take advantage of the excellent opportunity to safely and legally dispose of old electronics during the borough's free Household Electronic Waste Recycling event in the Highland Avenue parking lot (next
to the fire house). Presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the event takes place from 9 am to 2 pm and is the safest way to get rid of old computers, TVs, game consoles, audio equipment, and other electronic waste -- with the exception of large appliances or items containing freon.
Friday Night Frights
It is the pre-Halloween weekend, so just after the sun goes down tomorrow, Friday, October 26, look for a crowd of unruly zombies to emerge from the shadows of the Lansdowne Train Station. Even better -- join them, when Cinema 16:9 puts on its
fourth annual Zombie Walk. How does it work? Simple. Get yourself zombie-d up to look like a zombie version of a celebrity, and make it to the station by 6:30 (Imagine what the non-zombie commuters on their way home will think) for a shuffle up the Avenue to Cinema 16:9. The theater will host showings of two classic horror films
(Night of the Living Dead and John Carpenter's Halloween) at 7:30 and 7:45, respectively. Tickets are required for the movies, but the walk itself is free. Friday night also marks the first show of the
Rocky Horror Picture Show's annual mini-run at 16:9, with 10 showings between October 26 and 31. Call 484-461-7676 for tickets or more information.
The Lansdowne Arts Board continues its Salon Sunday series on Sunday, October 28, at noon, with Got Stained Glass. Speaker Rick Prigg is owner of Sycamore Studio, a stained glass studio in Lansdowne. Rick started his career at Beyer Stained Glass, and, after 15 years
there, was hired to run Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, the largest stained glass studio in the U.S. Rick's stained glass experience includes restoring antique windows to designing, creating and installing new pieces. He has worked on projects for churches,
residences, businesses and public spaces. In addition, Rick teaches classes in the art of stained glass where students learn all the steps involved in creating a stained glass panel. The free discussion takes place at 16 S Wycombe Avenue, Lansdowne. For more information, call 610-633-3997.
Good Food, Good Cause
The Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Nelson's BBQ Fundraiser is this weekend. Support their worthy cause, by ordering ahead to get your chicken, pulled pork and ribs dinners. Pick-up will be at the FireHouse on Saturday between 11:00 to 2:00. To order call:(610) 299-6349. Yum!
New Concert Series Debut
Patricia Haddad, better known as half of Lansdowne's own Minas, is curating a new concert series beginning next Sunday afternoon, November 4. The first concert, which takes place at the Lansdowne Friends School Meeting House at 4 pm, features
Exuberance, a Philadelphia-based jazz sextet that merges the rhythm and improvisation of jazz with a blend of world music flavors. Joining the group for this performance is Steve Giordano on guitar and Bob Meashey on trumpet. A donation of $10-$15 is suggested. For more information visit
Brazilian Jazz from Minas
If you're a fan of Minas, you'll undoubtedly want to head to World Café Live on Saturday, November 10, for a special performance showcasing the jazz side of Minas. The 8:00 pm show (featuring guest saxophonist
Andrew Neu) at WCL's Upstairs Live venue will revisit the classic 1964 album Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. If you don't know the album, you likely are at least familiar with the lead track "The Girl from Ipanema," which won the 1965 Grammy for Record of the Year and launched a bit of a bossa nova craze. Tickets are $20;
head here for more information and to order.