Maybe it was the occasional light breeze or the good music, but last Saturday didn't seem quite as odious as predicted. Dastardly hot and humid, yes, but was it actually brutal? Okay, maybe it was. But odious or not, lots of shoppers came out and the vendors were happy with the day, and those two things are what we always hope for. So we're putting it in the win column.
Take a look at those "Special" vendors. Our MomPops? Yes, our MomPops! The Icery cart is taking this week off, so we reached out to our old friend MomPops (now available at Whole Foods!), and they're going to help us out on Saturday. The Cottage Kitchen makes raw, organic, fermented (ie, really good for you) vegetable products like kraut, kimchi, curtido, and kvass (we're glossing the words we had to Google, but perhaps you knew them already). If things go well this week, this vendor might find a place in the schedule.
This is the fifth Saturday in July, and it is being attended by our 1/3 vendors, so the lineup will be pretty much the same next week, with the following exceptions:
- South Mountain Creamery, MoJo's Pop Co., and The Icery are out this week but will be back next week.
- Next week the only soap vendor will be Kiss My Soul Naturals.
Park and (Walk and) Shop
Based on the amount of shopping that happened last Saturday before 10:00 am, we're tempted to think that some people actually pay attention to suggestions in this newsletter. On that heady note, let us remind you that this Saturday is Kidcentric Day, so parking in the Market lot is going to be at even more of a premium than usual. In fact, the entrance from Lansdowne Avenue will probably be closed so we can keep the kiddos safe and bring in a few special treats (see below). Please consider parking in the Highland Avenue lot, next to the firehouse. Parking is also free there during the Market, and there's a doorway in the west side of the fence that opens into a vacant lot basically behind the Avenue Deli, just spittin' distance from the Market.
Kid and Caboodle
We've been holding Kidcentric Day on the last Saturday in July since 2009. In the early years, we had a baby parade to showcase the adorability of the borough's young'uns, but we soon realized that the wee ones were being cooked in the sun during the lengthy lead-up. Hence, we scrapped it in favor of an open mic event, wisely held in the shade of the Musician tent, which is even better for showcasing the cuteness, and which pays out a Market Buck to each performer. This gets underway at 11:00; claim your seats in the café early.
All-day fun stuff includes Winged Wonders butterfly exhibit (a favorite of adults too), Lansdowne Boys & Girls Club soccer activity, recycled art activity (Our Boats Float), the Lansdowne Library Olympics, the Wet Tent (water balloons and water blasters), Corn Hole game, and a John Green-helmed photo area complete with farmer and cow backdrop and farm animal props.
Super special stuff: At 10:00 am, 10-year-old Karl Bos is doing a drone demo. Unless there's an emergency, there will be a firetruck and police car (as well as firefighters and police officers!) in the lot throughout the Market for inspection and interrogation by interested parties. And finally, since teens are kids too and the Market is down with that, we're dropping Pokemon lures (let's say that again, louder: POKEMON LURES) in the lot for the whole Market. Spread the word, Pokefolk!
Bring your nonperishable food donations to the Market Manager tent Saturday to restock the community food bank, and we'll give you a Market Buck in thanks. Or stick some dollars into the donation jug and we'll say, "Hey! Thanks!"
The application for the August 27 Community Day #2 will be available via this newsletter next Thursday, August 4, or at the Market on Saturday, August 6. More on that next week.
This is the final weekend for Beyond Cold Polished Stones, an exhibition of artists with ties to Lansdowne -- homegrown, transplanted, and other -- that's been at the 20*20 House for a two months. Curated by Lansdowne native Anthony (TC) Campuzano and featuring the work of Melissa Brown, Claire Clay, Anne Canfield, Dan Cohoon, Wyatt Doyle, Steve Gunn, Nicole Haddad, Ralph Phaedon Lewars, Hiro Sakaguchi, Athena Scott, Lawrence Smalley, PJ Smalley, Kurt Vile, and many, many more, the exhibit is at the 20*20 House, 20 Lansdowne Court, and is open noon to 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays through July 30. It's now or never!
For the sixth year in a row, Lansdowne organizations and businesses will come together to celebrate community at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at the Municipal Parking Lot on North Highland Avenue (across from St. Philomena's Church and next to the Lansdowne Fire Company). With free food and beverages, tables with lots of free stuff and information, and fun activities for kids and adults alike, this annual event is hosted by the Lansdowne Police Department along with the Lansdowne Fire Company and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association (LBPA). Events like this build partnerships that make our community stronger, safer, and, in a word, better.