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It's autumn in Swarthmore and time to "fall" in love with everything the season has to offer!  Read on to learn more about what's happening in October.  And be sure to visi t our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
First Friday, October 5 in Swarthmore!

The Barrel Fires

Live Music in the Amphitheater 
121 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm 
The Barrel Fires have been lighting up greater Philly-area stages with catchy original songs since the release of their first, self-titled EP in 2015. A tight four-piece influenced by Wilco and Ryan Adams, The Barrel Fires create original classic rock with soaring guitar harmonies, atmospheric folk-tinged ballads, and everything in between. Come see for yourself as they take the Central Park amphitheater stage from 6-8 pm on First Friday. In the event of rain, this performance will be cancelled. 

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Featured artist and Swarthmorean Mimi Muhlenberg will have her encaustic work on display for the month of October at Gallery on Park. From 6-8 pm on First Friday, enjoy a wine and cheese opening reception where you can meet Mimi and view her work. This event is free and open to all!
Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 6:30 check-in ~ workshop from 7-9:30 pm
Join HOM for a jewelry workshop hosted by PA jewelry artisan, Hattie Weselyk. This workshop will allow each participant to create two pieces of botanical jewelry using porcelain clay and botanical imprints. You can even BYO-Nature to press into your custom jewelry pieces. Refreshments provided (including wine!). Reservations required by Thursday, October 4. Call, email, or stop in to reserve your spot! $55 per person.
Houseplant Hospital
7-B S. Chester Road, 7-9 pm
Houseplant Hospital welcomes back Scott White of Bucks County Bonsai for a special workshop. Cost is $85 for a three-tree tropical forest bonsai creation you will make in the shop under his tutelage. Scott brings a wide assortment of tropical bonsai, along with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. 
Indigo Healing Arts Collective
110 Park Avenue, 6-7 pm 
Explore the "Dark Side of the Moon" with a psychedelic flow inspired by the music of Pink Floyd. No prior yoga experience is necessary. After class, students are encouraged to linger in the apothecary and plant room. Drop rate is $15. Reserve your space via email at
Kandy Kids Toys & Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 6:30 pm
On First Friday, Kandy Kids welcomes a special guest, Rachel Johnson, who uses puppets and books to bring animals to life! Hope to see you at 6:30 pm for this wonderful performance.
Occasionally Yours - Catering and Eatery
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
Occasionally Yours will offer their famous jumbo lump crab cakes and pasta with homemade sauce. And be sure to save room for dessert - the very first pumpkin pie of the season!! Children's portions are available. BYOB. Dine in or call ahead to pick up. 610-328-9360.
The Pilates Connexion
15 S. Chester Road, 7-8 pm
Belly dance your way through spinal articulations and deep muscle activation of the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it.  Learn slow, undulating moves as well as fast percussive moves all to the sound of Middle Eastern music. Finish with some short choreography combining the moves learned.  Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows movement. The studio will provide colorful hip scarves to use during the class. No experience necessary. Cost is $15.

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5:30-7 pm
Please join the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store on October 5 from 5:30-7 pm to celebrate First Friday and the start of autumn!   Enjoy hot cider and doughnut holes, and decorate your own teeny pumpkin to take home with you. This fun fall celebration is open to all ages.   
Swarthmore CO-OP
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Quizzo at the CO-OP is back! Registration is required through their website, and players are encouraged to form teams of 4-6 people. This event is BYOB for participants ages 21+. Lite table snacks will be provided, and the store will be open for a portion of the time for players to purchase snacks and drinks. There is a $5 cash payment fee per player, and a great prize for the winning team!
New Exhibit: Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers!

"Michael's Pharmacy" by Andy Shelter

The "Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers" exhibit is fast approaching. The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of October.  The public is invited to the artists' reception on Friday, October 5 from 6-8 pm, which is free, child friendly, and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

An exhibition of original photography by area photographers from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display.  The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the community group responsible for the rotating art exhibits at Swarthmore Borough Hall. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts visit
Special Events in October

October Sale at Kandy Kids Toys & Gifts
5 S. Chester Road
In October, Kandy Kids will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Melissa & Doug with a month long sale offering 20% off all their wonderful toys.

Encaustic Painting Workshop
Gallery on  Park
104 Park Avenue
Saturday, October 6 from 1-3 pm
Join  Gallery on Park for the first of many workshops. In October, encaustic painter Mimi Muhlenberg 
will demonstrate the process of creating an encaustic work on wood.   The workshop is $45 per person which includes creating your own en
causti c piece while receiving advice and direction from Mimi in our outdoor garden space. Be inspired and leave with a work of art created by you!

Workshop space is limited to 10. You must be 18 or older to attend. To reserve your space, email

Nether-Swarthmore TimeBank Potluck  
Swarthmore Methodist Church 
129 Park Avenue
Sunday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm 

The Nether-Swarthmore TimeBank has over 100 members, so it's time to celebrate! Bring your favorite TAILGATE dish. It should serve 8-10 people generously. The TimeBank will provide beverages and a light program. For more information and to RSVP, go to the SignUp Genius:

Any questions, contact Cindy Herring at 610-543-6437 or

Movie & Live Music: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Swarthmore Methodist Church 
129 Park Avenue
October 28 at 7:30 pm 
A community-wide event! Everyone is invited to a special showing of the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame - with live music accompaniment by Swarthmore College's Andrew Hauze, organist. Admission is free.
What's Cookin' at the Swarthmore CO-OP?

Saturday, October 6 from 8 am - 8pm 
Owner Appreciation Day is finally here!  All Owners of the CO-OP will enjoy 10% off their entire purchase.  Stop by anytime during the day for complimentary samples from some of our favorite local vendors.  

Saturday, October 13 from 9 am - 4 pm 
Would you like to try some fabulous cheese?   Sto p by the CO-OP and meet Randy from Epicure Foods who will demo some of the staff's favorite picks!

Saturday, October 27 from 10 am - 1 pm 
Pumpkin Painting on the Patio!  Children and families of all ages are welcome to paint pumpkins just in time for Halloween with us on the patio.  Enjoy warm cider with your friends.  This is a free community event; simply purchase any pumpkin from the CO-OP and get ready to paint!
This Month at the Swarthmore Public Library!

Serve on the Library Board of Trustees
It takes a dedicated community to grow and maintain a quality library.  If you would like to dedicate some of your time and energy in this pursuit, consider applying for a seat on the nine member Swarthmore Public Library Board of Trustees.

Trustee positions are for a three year term.  Candidates must be residents or taxpayers of the Borough, of voting age, and able to obtain PA Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearances.  The Board typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm, except for the meetings in January (fourth Tuesday) and September (first Tuesday). Trustees are expected to serve on at least one committee: Strategic Planning, Personnel, Finance, Development, or Nominating.  Visit the website or stop by the Library for an application. 

Panera Fundraiser
Thursday, October 4 from 4-8 pm 
Enjoy an easy weeknight dinner while raising money for The Friends of Swarthmore Public Library!  Dine in or order out at Panera Bread on Baltimore Pike on Thursday, October 4 from 4-8 pm and have the proceeds benefit The Friends of Swarthmore Public Library.  A flyer must be presented (paper or electronic) when ordering. Pick up your copy of the blue flyer at the Library's front desk or visit the website.

Borrow an eReader
Introducing...a brand new collection!  The Library has 24 eReaders pre-loaded with content for adults, teens, and children.  These eReaders can be borrowed just like a book for up to 6 weeks.  This collection is possible through a grant from the Rotary Club of Swarthmore.

World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites 
Thursdays through December 20, 10 am - 12 pm  
Explore some of the world's most spectacular sites in this Great Courses video lecture series.  Learn about well-known sites such as the Grand Canyon, Mt. Fuji and the Galapagos Islands, and discover more obscure places such as Erta Ale lava lake, the Great Blue Hole, and many others.  This program is made possible through a grant from Swarthmore Borough for Aging in Place services. 

In Stitches Yarn and Needlework Club 
October 11 & 23, November 8 & 27, December 13, 10 am - 12 pm 
Do you love to knit, crochet or do needlepoint?  SWPL's In Stitches is an informal gathering of enthusiasts of the needlework arts, who meet twice a month to work on their crafts while enjoying lively conversations with fellow members.  Drop in anytime and bring along your current project to work on!
Drumroll Please...

Thank you to the 2409 votes that landed the Swarthmore Farmers Market #1 in PA and #2 in the USA in the American Farmland Trust's Farmers Market Celebration. Thank you to our voters, visitors, vendors and countless cheerleaders who helped us get this acclaimed title. We will continue to focus on farmers, provide healthy food for all, be a pillar in the community, and continue work to be a champion of the environment because YOU inspire us to be #1 in our community every week.  Come visit us every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Borough Hall parking lot! 
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