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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 6

So Much Stuff, So MUCH Time

For whatever reason, the first weekend after Labor Day (ie, this weekend) is super popular for events -- concerts, festivals, parties, openings, general shindigs. It seems like everyone with a barn is putting on a show, so there's a lot to squeeze in if you like to, you know, do stuff. The big local news is, of course, the dozenth (should be a word) annual Lansdowne Arts Festival. Lucky for us all, it's two full days -- the free-admission art show and sale and music and performance events are both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm -- so you can go to the Farmers Market Saturday morning, attend whatever other competing event you may want to, and still get yourself over to the Twentieth Century Club with plenty of time to browse. In that lovely building you'll finding art and fine crafts of many ilks if not every single ilk: painting, photography, collage, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fabric, and bookmaking, at a minimum. This should be the final arm twist that parents need: XPN's Kids Corner Kathy O'Connell will be in the music tent at 10:30 Sunday morning. Plus, there's food for the buyin' and eatin': the Trolley Stop, Nelson's BBQ, and Seventh Avenue Grill. The big tables and plentiful chairs in the music tent invite you to make an afternoon of it. The Arts Festival is rain or shine, and you have a full 14 hours to take advantage of it; don't blow your weekend just messing around on the internet (again).

Meanwhile Back in the Lot

The vendors this Saturday are going to look much like the vendors last Saturday because that was the fifth Saturday in August, and it was filled by the 1/3 vendors, and this is the first Saturday in September so time for 1/3's again. (We always overexplain this, don't we? Very well, we overexplain.) So the nonweeklies to expect are the Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farm, Freeland Market, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, Taste Artisanal Market, and Waffatopia. The differences from last week are that Penns Woods Winery is off and Chez Bonser and Spotted Hill are on (in? up? in any case, not off). On the weekly front, we have Bonnie's Wondergardens, Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, Schober's Orchards, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods. Note that Bonnie's is back with us on an every-week basis starting now. Huzzah!

Looking Ahead

Next week will be the final appearance for two of our 2/4 vendors - Akima Botanicals and Basic Batters - who are leaving for other pastures. If you regularly frequent these stands, you'll want to be sure to make time to stop by then to stock and up and wish Kim and Carrie your best. (Don't worry; we'll remind you here next week. And don't fret either: we have some new and/or familiar but less frequent vendors lined up to fill their spots.)

Dog Day is coming up at the end of September, the 27th to be exact. Animal Friends of Lansdowne did such a good job coordinating this event last year that we asked them to take it on again, and they wagged their tail and whined eagerly so we figured they were on board. The Dog Parade is about our favorite half hour of the whole Farmers Market season , so no question that it's happening because WE SAY SO. In addition, expect some light grooming to be available on site, a rescue group with animals available for adoption, reps from a trap-neuter-release organization, an animal artist, and some other good stuff. So come on out and, of course, bring Spot but not Puff. (Grab a flyer from the Market Manager tent this week for more details.)


Thanks, gracias, arigato to last Saturday's plentiful and wonderful and beautiful and delightful volunteers: Meg Levin, Meg Flisek, Ellen Lustgarten, Marcus DiSciullo, Jane Miller, Judy Veloski, Jeannine McKnight, and Bill Brown. We hate to sound greedy and/or needy, but the Arts Festival will pull a few of the committee members over there this Saturday, so if anyone wants to come help set up (7:30) or breakdown (12:45), we'd be much obliged, grateful, appreciative, and in your debt.

We will give you a Market Buck this Saturday if you go the Arts Festival either during Friday night's reception or on Saturday morning, buy some art, and then come tell us what you got. Ditto for buying something from this week's Artist of the Week at the Market. You don't even have to show it to us, though I'm sure we'd love to see it and compliment you on your excellent taste. Consider it a one-dollar refund for supporting the arts.

Take a Seat, Make it Neat!

The Union Gardens Elm Street Program announces a new and exciting opportunity for artists of every level to showcase their skills in a public park setting. The program is purchasing five brand-new concrete park benches that will be decorated with designs created by local artists before being installed at a park in either Lansdowne or Yeadon. Design entries are due by September 30, 2014. Five designs will be selected and each winner will receive a $200 cash prize along with the artist's name and information on a plaque displayed forever on the back of the bench. Click here for complete details and rules.

Turning the Corner on Business Development

Economic Development in Lansdowne is turning the corner, and the LEDC is a central force in making this happen. We are excited to bring to you monthly profiles of new developments in the central business district in our new e-newsletter and blog, Turning the Corner on Business Development.

This week’s featured article is about The Icery, once of the coolest additions to Lansdowne’s Central Business District. Read more about their story here.

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


Artist of the Week

Anshika Arora makes elegant and unusual jewelry, frames, clocks, cards, and other small artworks using long strips of colored paper that she coils and then arranges. It's called quilling and it's beautiful.

Musician of the Week

Minas! What else do you need to know? Local popular couple Patricia King and Orlando Haddad play cool Brazilian music here, there, and almost everywhere. As part of the town-wide celebration of arts and music, the Lansdowne Arts Festival is sponsoring Minas at the Farmers Market, so if you want to see them this weekend, pull up a chair in the café and get comfy because they're playing at the LFM not the LAF.



A Taste of Lansdowne: The Lansdowne Arts Festival's Pre-Show Reception
Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm; $25
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

The Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 10 am - 5 pm; free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Tai Chi in the Park with Gabrielle deBurke
Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 11 am; free (donations encouraged)
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road
RSVP required; or 484-557-9605

Yoga in the Park with Gabrielle deBurke
Saturday, September 13, Noon - 1 pm; free (donations encouraged)
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road
RSVP required; or 484-557-9605

Lansdowne Parks & Recreation Fall Programs Open House
Featuring class previews and instructors
Saturday, September 20, 9 am - noon; free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

The Art of the Lansdowne fundraiser presented by the
Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation
Saturday, September 20, 7:30 pm; $30
Advance tickets available online

Steve Gillette and Cindy Magsen
at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm; $17-$20
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Harvest Flea Market
presented by the
Ardmore Avenue Elementary School Garden Club; Vendors Wanted
Saturday, October 4, 8 am - 2 pm
Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, 160 Ardmore Avenue

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