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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 7

September Song

Well, hello, September. You came bounding in last weekend in your typical schizophrenic way -- hot, humid, raining deluginously, then full-on sunshiny. Within a couple weeks, you'll have us wearing jackets and sweaters. You have your charms, September, but consistent and predictable weather is not among them.

That said, one of the things that September has been reliably bringing to these parts for the past decade is the Lansdowne Arts Festival. Taking place this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 both days at the Twentieth Century Club, the LAF is now in its 11th year and getting bigger and stronger every time September rolls around. Nearly 30 visual artists -- painters, ceramicists, jewelry makers, printmakers, photographers, and more -- will fill both levels of the recently remodeled (and now air-conditioned!) Club, and live music and performance art will change hourly in the big tent outside. If you haven't signed up for one of the many classes and workshops taking place during the festival, you can still catch any of the free demos, which range from 15 minutes to an hour, from jewelry making to theater improv. It's completely free to hang at the festival, enjoying the music and wandering among the art, and food will be available for sale on site, so make sure to catch it for a few hours at least one day. The Lansdowne Arts Festival is rain or shine, and, knowing September, we can probably expect a bit of both.

Once More, From the Top

Meanwhile, over in your favorite parking lot (we've called it that before, and you didn't object, so we're sticking with that assertion), the usual Farmers Market will go on Saturday morning. This being the first Saturday of the month, we're expecting our 1/3 vendors: The Avenue Deli, FreshaPeel Hummus!, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, John & Kira's Chocolates, Taste Artisanal Market, Spotted Hill Farm, Creative Shepherd Farm, and Take Me...Bake Me/Mompops. Because they're having their own special event this weekend, Penns Woods Winery is taking Saturday off and will be back September 21.

We want to apologize that so many of the vendors we said would be there last Saturday were in fact nowhere to be found. The whole fifth Saturday thing confused several of them, and though the alternating vendors are all given their exact dates at the start of the season, they tend to fall into that every-other-week groove and may forget to show up as scheduled (as amply demonstrated last week). Here's a crazy idea: Maybe the vendors could read the newsletter, huh?


September at the Market also starts a bit schizophrenically, with apples beside watermelons, winter squash beside tomatoes, broccoli beside cucumbers. We were warned on Saturday that cantaloupes will be ending in the next week or two, and grapes never last long. Corn will also wind down all too soon. We'll of course be getting more of the late season vegetables (and Schober's will have seven or eight apple varieties at one time, tree fruit showoffs that they are), but it can be hard to let go of the high-summer produce we've come to take for granted (oh, tomatoes, how we love ya . . . ). So ask your preferred vendors how much longer you can expect your favorite items to be available, and in that way you can prepare yourself for the end, which softens the blow a bit.

It's a Plan

In celebration of the start of the school year, here's a little help for parents: the Food 52 column Dinner vs. Child, wherein a variety of writers offer recipe ideas and commiserate on the difficulties of cooking for kids. The most recent piece, in which the author solicits ideas for meal planning (note: not ideas for meals per se, but for how to plan them) is quite amusing and returns a number of (possibly) helpful hints in the reader comments. One suggestion that comes up a few times is the Paprika app ($4.99 for iPhone, iPad, or Android), which allows you to do the expected stuff like save any recipe you come across on the web and then produce a grocery list. But it also does fancier things like allowing annotations and keeping a calendar that shows you when you last made a dish. This review highlights these features and makes some suggestions for using the app most effectively.


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Let this tiny dog be a small -- very small -- reminder that Dog Day is coming on September 28.

Here's more market photos from
John Kelly Green photography.

The Market was surprisingly hopping last week given that it was a holiday weekend, and no guests were better represented than the four-legged variety. It was a veritable Dogville, and that's as it should be as we gear up for Dog Day at the end of this month. We'll go into more detail on that over the next few weeks, but for now know -- and spread around -- that Saturday, September 28, is the day the Market goes completely to the dogs, with both an adoption van and the Dog Parade. Thanks in advance to Animal Friends of Lansdowne for organizing this event for us, since last year several balls got dropped, and we knew they'd do it much better.

Hey, did you know that the Come Chill in Lansdowne insulated bags have a zipper on top so you can put your cold food in there, zip it up, and not worry (for a while anyway) about it? They do, they do, they really do! And while you're buying your bag, pick up one of the LFM's Naturally Neighborly iron- or sew-on patches, which are entirely free.

Because of the Arts Festival, the Market will be short-volunteered this week. If you can lend a hand with set-up (7:45 am) or takedown (1:00 pm), please just show up and lend that hand, and you may as well lend the other one too unless you're using it to eat an ice cream cone or something. If you want, we will gladly thank you on Facebook or right here; just make sure to give your name to one of the committee members.

First Flick

The recently opened Vinyl Revival at 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue is excited to start their First Friday Indie Film Screening Series tomorrow at 7 pm with a showing of Steve Phoenix: The Untold Story from director Bill Haley. The film tells the story of Jack Sparks, a struggling cable TV reporter, searching for that one big story that will land him on the national stage. Doing the beat in Fishtown, he stumbles upon a garage rock band that turns out to be a front for a secret underground organization. The film is also screening every Saturday throughout September at 2 pm. Tickets for all showings are $8; $5 for seniors and students.

New Staff at LEDC

We are thrilled to have Debbie Lamborn on board as our new Elm Street Manager. She will be the chief administrator of our multi-municipal community revitalization program in the Union Gardens neighborhood, which straddles Lansdowne and Yeadon. As someone who was instrumental in drafting the original plan for the program and with a long record of leading successful community development initiatives in southeastern Delaware County, Debbie brings a whole host of valuable skills to the LEDC and the Union Gardens neighborhood. To contact Debbie call: 610-745-4063 or email:


Artist of the Week

We have a bona fide artist at the Market this week, a fellow who went to art school, who has his own studio, and who has always worked as a creative professional. Rick Prigg of Sycamore Studio is both a painter -- most notably of landscapes and seascapes -- and a stained glass artist -- now working frequently in small abstract pieces and playing with prominent leading. Finding something of Rick's to fall in love with is not a problem, but making the final selection will be the hardest thing you do all week.

Musicians of the Week

Newbies Jake Gerhard and Tim Simmons are coming (separately, we think) to the Music tent this week, and that's about all we know. So why not have high hopes?



11th Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Pre-Show Reception: Friday, September 6, 7:00 pm; $25
Exhibits and Activities: September 7 and 8, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Vinyasa Mellow Flow
for experienced beginners
Sunday, September 8, 11:00 am - noon
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Oakmont Farmers Market Fall Food Swap
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083
More info and registration

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Restorative Flow
for all levels
Wednesday, September 11, 9:30 - 10:30 am or 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Gentle Grace
for active seniors and adults with limited mobility
Thursday, September 12, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

American Legion Post 65 meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 pm
Lansdowne Borough Hall
All active and non-active duty service members welcome

Park Day at Hoffman Park
Sponsored by Lansdowne Borough
Saturday, September 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Free
Games, prizes, moonbounce, and more
Call 610-284-1493 for information

Lansdowne Folk Club presents North Sea Gas and David Falcone
Thursday, September 26; 7:30 pm, $15/$18
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Harvest Tea at the Simpson Gardens Dining Room
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

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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.

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