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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, November 1

Yes, No, No, Yes

So here’s the plan: You come to the parking lot this Saturday and enjoy a truly bonus first-Sat-in-Nov Market (first time ever!), and then for the next two weeks you do something else, anything else --sleep in or go on a fun outing or clean the house. Whatever. Just don’t come to the lot because the Market folks won’t be there. We’ll be sleeping in or off on a fun outing or sleeping in some more (zero chance on that house cleaning option).

Then, on November 22, come back to the parking lot with extra shopping bags and lots of bucks to spend because it’s the no-holds-barred pre-Thanksgiving Market to which all vendors are invited, as well as the last LFM of the regular season. (Those 2-hour winter Markets kick in on the third Saturday of each month starting December 20.) This is always a bang-up conclusion to the regular Market season, a going-away party if you will, and you will not want to miss it. Attendance will be taken.

And the Winner Is...

In a very close Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, Zakiyyah McKelven’s Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes, featuring apples from Fruitwood Farms, took home the first place prize of 15 Market Bucks. In a Sweet Endings first, a single aggressive bidder and LFM enthusiast, Veronica Crisp, won all the silent auctions and thereby both got some great baked goods but also made a generous cash donation to the community food bank. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest or bid on the desserts, and thanks especially to our three judges – Lansdowne Mayor Tony Campuzano, LFM photographer John Green, and North Star Orchard employee Hannah Frankman – who took their responsibility very seriously. Y’all are truly the sweetest.

In a prescient move perhaps, even before the Dessert Contest, Seventh Avenue Deli had planned to start carrying Zakiyyah's baked goods in November. Now they can call them "award winning"!

Lansdowne Halloween Extended Till November 1!

We have done a poor job of advertising this (forgot to put it on the Market board last week; tragedy!), so please help spread the word: Kids are invited to dress up for trick or treating among vendors at the Market this Saturday. Costumes, makeup, goofy hats, fake moustaches – they are encouraged to don whatever they have left after Friday night’s door-to-door outing for further gleaning of sweets on Saturday morning. Grownups are also invited to share in the silly. As usual, we’ll have a Guess the Candy Count jar or two at the Manager tent, as well as some candy for immediate distribution to children who ask nicely or simply demand it.

Note also that Saturday, November 1, is the night of the Historic Lansdowne Theater’s Second Annual Halloween Ball, which is held in the theater’s appropriately dilapidated auditorium and lobby. This hopping party features a cash bar, a DJ, loads of food, and your friends and neighbors dressed as super heroes, Muppets, witches, crayons, and other, more esoteric things, like puns. If you’re on the fence about going, here is some encouragement: capes, fake noses, lots and lots of wigs.

Secret Ingredient

Last weekend we made one of the best apple pies we’ve ever had using heritage apples from North Star Orchard. But the secret to its unusually complex taste was that we boiled down two cups of apple cider (and a pinch of salt) to a scant half cup of syrup (takes a while and you have to watch it at the end), and then drizzled a few tablespoons of this tartly sweet goo over the filling before adding the top crust. The rest of the syrup went over ice cream but could just as easily have gone on or into anything that would benefit from it, such as many holiday side dishes or something like chicken and waffles.


We should have warned you last week that Schober’s Orchards was taking this Saturday off, but we didn’t and now it’s too late for you to stock up. But know that they will be back on the 22nd and offering their Veteran’s Day special of free apples and cider to any veterans who come to their booth.

Note that Neil’s Sharpening Service is on board for this Saturday though, which we should have told you last week also.

Here’s who is coming this week: Nonweekly: Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farm, Freeland Market, Neil’s Sharpening Service, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, Taste Artisanal Market, and Waffatopia. Weekly: Bonnie's Wondergardens, Fruitwood Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods.

Then NO ONE is coming the next two weeks.

Finally, on November 22, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we’re expecting nearly everyone.


We took in quite a bit of food last week for the community food bank, but let’s have one more go at it before the break, because it was really hurting. Bring your bags of nonperishables to the Manager tent and get a Market Buck in return. It’s a win-win-lug, since you and the needy both get something and we do most of the schlepping.

O volunteers! How you complete us! Last Saturday, we were helped by Marcus DiSciullo, John Martin, Wesley French, and Mark French. Moments ago we randomly drew the name of the winner of 10 Market Bucks from all the October volunteers, and young Wesley French was victorious. Come forth, Master French, and claim your winnings! Thanks to everyone who helped during October, when the weather was not always the best.

Branch Out with a Free Tree

Trees. We love 'em, and to be honest, we need 'em too, since they provide shade, save energy costs, reduce pollution, and simply make our neighborhoods nicer places to be. Lansdowne's Tree Advisory Board is again providing trees to Lansdowne residents for free this fall. If you're a homeowner and would like a beautiful, easy-to-root deciduous tree on your property, please call Mary Lou Jennings at 610-622-0162 to find out more.

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.


Artist of the Week

A few weeks ago we told you that Jason Hudnut of Appalachian Surf Sliders Association would be printing silkscreened T-shirts on site at the Market, but then that didn’t happen because of a schedule mix-up. Jason is getting a second chance this Saturday and says he has two designs that he made just for us. We are a forgiving people, so bring extra bucks for a shirt.

Musician of the Week

Alexander Uskuraitis is a self-described honky-tonk accordion and Americana musician who "can play all the different kinds of music" people love. He had us at honky-tonk.



Second Annual Halloween Ball
at the Historic Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 pm; $45
Tickets and more information

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Concert
Sunday, November 2, 3:00 pm; $18 ($15 seniors; $5 student w/ ID)
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
With Jen Loyle, Maura Williams, Sue Beck and Rupert Wates
Friday, November 7, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lakota Medicine Wheel with Reiki Master Lorri Darbes
Presented by Lansdowne No Place for Hate
Friday, November 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm; free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Registration required; RSVP to

Mostly Free Electronic Waste Recycling
Presented by Lansdowne Borough and the Pennsylvania Resources Council
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$5 donation requested per participant
Highland Avenue parking lot, N. Highland Avenue

Harmonious Wail at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm; $17-$20
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Show & Sale
Friday, November 28, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

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