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
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.
FEATURED THIS WEEK
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.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
A Taste of Lansdowne: The Lansdowne Arts Festival's Pre-Show Reception
The Lansdowne Arts Festival
Visit our sister market, the Oakmont Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons in Havertown for more local produce, bread, meat, and other products.
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