Your Monthly News & Updates
Read on to learn more about what's happening in Swarthmore in September. And be sure to visit our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
September 1: First Friday
Blonde Sugar & Honey 
104 Park Avenue
It's a  GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION  as our newest merchant, Blonde Sugar & Honey, opens its doors to the community! Come check out their vintage furnishings and whimsical home decor. And from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, enjoy live Irish music as you shop their selection of hand-crafted treasures.

Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra & Hobbs Coffee
121 Park Avenue, 7 pm
Fresh off their performance at Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia, the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra return to the Central Park amphitheater for a special Labor Day Weekend concert. Hobbs Coffee will be grilling their Good Boy Burgers starting around 6:30ish. SwUKEstra will take the stage at 7 pm. BYOB. 

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue
Offering their Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Pasta with Homemade Sauces - a delicious start to the Labor Day Weekend. Grab dinner before heading to the SwUKEstra concert or the Strath Haven football game. Serving dinner 'til 7:30 pm. Eat in or dine out and BYOB! Call ahead for take-out: (610) 328-9360.

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts
5 South Chester Road, 3-7 pm
Get ready for back to school by making fun pencil pouches out of duct tape and re-sealable bags!

Breathe Om Yoga 
100 Park Avenue - 2nd floor, 7-8:30 pm
Enjoy an uplifting Yin Yoga practice with the glow of candlelight before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school. Feel peaceful and centered.  $15.  Contact Donna at  to register.  

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 9 am - 7 pm
All day Friday, get FlitebyNite LED-lit Frisbees for $9.99 and 50% off all Onyx Green Sustainable/Recycled School Supplies.

waR3house 3
100 Park Avenue - WH, 5-8 pm
With a beverage in hand, browse the unique treasures and killer vinyl collection at waR3house 3 and be sure to submit a "Penny for Your Thoughts." Your verbal or anonymously handwritten notes and observations in return for a penny. In October, waR3house will host a reading of these thoughts. 
Store Specials & Town Center Events

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, September 2 - 4
The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store will host a Beyond the Wall poster event from 9 am until 5 pm, Saturday to Monday. Hundreds of posters at great prices!

Compendium's 5th Anniversary
September 8, 10 am - 6 pm
September 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Compendium Boutique is turning 5, and they're taking two days to celebrate!  It will be a weekend full of sweet treats, special sales, and new Fall arrivals! Email Emily at before September 6 for secret, friends-only coupons to use at the event in addition to the anniversary sales. 

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts
Borough Hall - 121 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
One night only, come meet photographer Susanne Fell Adams during a free reception open to the public and view her intriguing photography exhibit Reflections. It will be on display in Borough Hall from August 31 through October 1.  

Quizzo at the CO-OP
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Quizzo is back at the Swarthmore CO-OP, and it's being led by a new trivia host! This is a FREE event, and don't forget it's BYOB (must be 21+ to drink). For more information about Quizzo at the CO-OP, call 610-543-9805. 

Swarthmore CO-OP Food Truck-a-Thon
Swarthmore Town Center on September 15, 5-9 pm
A variety of food trucks and vendors will be on hand for patrons to enjoy amazing food and drinks. 

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Park & Dartmouth Avenues on September 23, 10 am - 5 pm
Brought to you by the Community Arts Center, this is a family-friendly day of fun, music, and ART! Visit the website for up-to-date information on the festival.
WaR3house 3 Music Calendar

The September concert calendar has dropped, and tickets can be purchased both online or in-person at waR3house 3. Performances this month include The Stone Eye, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Jersey Corn Pickers, and Brothers of Sound Mind. It's goin' down in the #19081.  

To learn more, visit their website .  

Thursday Night Live: Only 2 Shows Left

All good things must come to an end! Thursday Night Live, a summer concert series in Swarthmore's Central Park outdoor amphitheater will conclude in September. This free event includes live performances by local musicians. Concert attendees can pack a picnic dinner or grab take-out from one of many restaurants in town. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy a great night of live music under the stars! case of rain, the show will go on at waR3house3.

Events at the Swarthmore Public Library

World's Greatest Paintings
Video Lecture Series
Join us for the second half of Worlds Greatest Paintings  from the  Great Courses  video lecture series. Thursdays from 10 am - 12 pm we delve into works of art that allow us to comprehend more deeply the world and our place within it. This program is made possible by a grant for Aging in Place Services from Swarthmore Borough. Refreshments will be provided.

September 7: Poussin, Claude, Watteau, and Goya
September 14: Delacroix, Monet, Whistler, and Degas
September 21: Sargent, Manet, Seurat, Cezanne, and Van Gogh
September 28: Picasso, Gorky, and Pollock

Cookbook Club
Explore world cuisine during our "A Taste of the World" series of the Food
for Thought Cookbook Club The featured cookbook will be available for your perusal at the library. You may sign-up to make a selected recipe or your choice from the
cookbook, then bring your cooked delicacies for sharing at our monthly
meeting. All meetings are 4-5 pm in the Community Room at Borough Hall.

September 7: Mexico - Authentic Mexican - Regional Cooking from the
Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless
October 5: Korea - The Kimchi Chronicles - Korean Cooking for an
American Kitchen by Marja Vongerichten
November 9: India - A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey
December 7: Italian - Trattoria - Healthy, Simple, Robust Fare inspired by the
Small Family Restaurants of Italy by Patricia Wells

Upcoming Youth Programs
A new session of youth programming starts on September 5 and runs until
October 13.  Brand new this session: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Club will feature hands on
science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences for children
ages 8-11.  Please register at

Seed Swap
Start harvesting your seeds for our fall seed swap!
Step 1: Collect empty seed packets at the Library.
Step 2: Harvest seeds from your favorite plant(s) and drop them in the
Step 3: Turn in your seeds to the Library by October 13. Then stop by
anytime from October 23 to October 29 to choose your new seeds.
Step 4: Sow your new seeds in your garden in the spring to enjoy new blooms!
photo by Jack Zigon
Saturdays in the Park: It's the Swarthmore Farmers Market!

Awarded "Best in Class" in 2016, the #1 Farmers Market in Pennsylvania occurs every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in Swarthmore's Central Park. In addition to beautifully-raised fresh produce, meats, and dairy from area farms, the market offers an array of locally-made specialty food items. The market is also your destination for live music, hand-crafted art, children's activities, and health and wellness activities for the whole family. For weekly updates, follow the Swarthmore Farmers Market on Facebook.

FREE Small Business Seminars

The Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides one-on-one consulting services and a series of educational programs and seminars to new and existing businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania.

On September 12 from 9-11 am, the SBDC will offer a seminar on Marketing Plans.  This course will guide entrepreneurs to the right questions to ask about their market, provide tools to find the most valuable answers to those questions, and how to go forward in constructing a formal plan.
On September 26 from 9-11 am, a workshop on Financial Planning will be offered. This will guide entrepreneurs through the process of creating and understanding basic financial calculations. It will address how to make reliable projections of future revenue, expenses, and how they appear on financial statements.

These seminars are offered at no cost to participants.   Visit their website  for additional information and to register.  
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