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An Off Week, But...

Hello Fresh Picks readers and friends of the Lansdowne Farmers Market. In what is becoming an annual tradition here, we've arrived at the one week of the year where we send out an edition of this newsletter prior to a Saturday without a Farmers Market. So to reiterate, there is NO MARKET THIS WEEK. However, with so much going on in and around the borough, we figured we'd package up a bunch of happenings under the Fresh Picks banner just to keep you informed. We hope to see you in just over a week at our November 17 Pre-Thanksgiving Market, but in the meantime, keep yourself busy with...

Theater by Woman, Entertainment for All

Written by women, but sure to be appreciated by all theatergoers regardless of gender, Celebration Theater's Girl Talk features four short plays written by local women playwrights. This two-night-only run of short plays takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Penn Wood High School Theater, 100 Green Avenue. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 each and are still available online, or can be purchased at the door.

Fun With Scissors

What the heck is scherenschnitte? Well if you know German, you may recognize it as the term for "scissor cuts," pronounced "sharon-sh-net-ah." It's an unique form of art invoving (what else?) cutting paper to create intricate, detailed designs. Artist John Frost will offer a sampling of his skills in this fascinating demonstration taking place at Paddington Station (12 S. Lansdowne Avenue) this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Watch him cut his magic during this entertaining event that's great for all ages.

Weekend Exhibit at Art Space Lansdowne

Multimedia artist Anne E.B. Weiss describes her work as "colorful, interactive media and objects that motivate viewers of any age to a deeper understanding and celebration of life." She'll be bringing about 30 of her pieces created in the last 18 months to a special weekend-long exhibit at Art Space Lansdowne. The show will be open all weekend long, beginning with an opening reception at 7 pm on Friday night. The exhibit remains open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a closing reception Sunday afternoon at 2. Admission is free, so stop by for an introduction to this talented artist and her work.

Mozart's Requiem at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church

Dr. Robert T. Sataloff may be an internationally known otolaryngologist (that's an ear, nose and throat doctor), but he also has more than two decades of experience as the director of the Jefferson Medical School choir and orchestra. This Saturday night, Dr. Sataloff will conduct a free choral concert at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Chuch to celebrate the church's 125th anniversary. For more information, contact Geri Laws at 610-623-4178 or

Lend a Hand at Garden Cleanup

Gardening season my be over, but a gardener's work is never done. The good folks who run the Community Youth Garden will be holding a season-ending cleanup next Monday at 3:00 pm to tidy up the garden and get things in order for next year's growing season. If you'd like to help out, put on some activity-appropriate clothing and head over to the garden, located at the back of Penn Wood High School, 100 Green Avenue. The best way to reach the garden is to enter from Essex Avenue. Email any questions to

One Park Grows

Recently, the Borough of Lansdowne acquired a lot at 129 Fairview Avenue in order to incorporate the space into the adjacent Interboro Park. The borough is currently seeking input on ideas for the property and its relation to the park and the surrounding neighborhood, and on November 13 will hold a public meeting to discuss the subject in greater detail. If you'd like to offer suggestions, voice concerns, or view drawings of proposed plans for the lot, attend the meeting at 6:30 pm next Tuesday at Lansdowne Borough Hall.

Help Shape Hoffman Park's Future

The Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Department will host a Community Design Collaborative meeting to discuss design ideas for improving Hoffman Park next Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 pm. The meeting takes place at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 South Lansdowne Avenue. Facilitated by the Community Design Collaborative, designers, engineers and planners will share some design ideas for the park. Park lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend to help shape one of the borough's finest open public spaces. Light snacks will be provided, Call 610-284-1493 for more information.

Big Music News. Really Big.

The next few weeks feature a healthy serving of live music in Lansdowne, including a special performance by a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame right here in Lansdowne. Sound interesting? Read on. First up, the Lansdowne Folk Club continues its tradition of bringing quality artists to the borough with next Thursday's performance by Texas based singer/songwriter Ken Gaines along with the ukelele-heavy songs performed by Victoria Vox. Tickets for this show are $15 with advance reservations and $18 at the door. The show is at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue, with doors opening at 6:30 followed by the show at 7:30. For reservations or information call 610-622-7250 or email

And if you haven't noticed what's on the newly restored marquee above the Lansdowne Theater yet, you may not have heard that founding member of Traffic and legendary solo artist Dave Mason will be performing a benefit show in the theater's lobby at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 24. The 50-minute performance will raise funds for the theater's ongoing restoration and will be limited to 100 attendees. Tickets are $100 each and will likely sell out quick, so if you want to be a part of this event you may order either in person at the Regency Cafe or over the phone by calling 610-622-1234. You'll have to leave a message with your name number, but calls will be returned as soon as possible as long as tickets are available. Credit cards will only be accepted for phone orders; purchases at the Regency must be made with either cash or a check.



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

Minas at World Café Live
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 pm; $20
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Ken Gaines and Victoria Vox at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, November 15. 8:00 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Dedication of the Ronnie Hawkins Resource Room
Friday, November 16, 6:30 - 9:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Arts Board Salon Studio: The History of Reading Terminal Market
Sunday, November 18, Noon - 2:00 pm; Free
Sycamore, located at 14 S. Lansdowne Ave.

A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Show & Sale
Friday, November 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Dave Mason performance to benefit the Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, November 24, 1:00 pm; $100
31 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Call 610-622-1234 for tickets

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting presented by the LBPA
Friday, November 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Veterans Mini Park, 30 N. Lansdowne Avenue

December Tea
Saturday, December 1 - 1:00 pm; $10-$15
Simpson Gardens Dining Room, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Reserve by calling 610-623-1514

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday December 8, 10 am - 3 pm
Simpson Gardens, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Call 610-623-1645 for info

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