What's Happening in Swarthmore
In This Issue
First Friday
Thursday Night Live
Horticultural Society
Book & Bake Sale
Garden Club
Rotary Club Fun Fair
Farmers Market
Storybook Walk
Friends of the Arts
Free Business Seminar
2017 Referendum
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Swarthmore Public Library 
The Swarthmore Public Library has a full schedule of events each month for children and adults. Coming in May: the Friends of the Swarthmore  Library book & bake sale from May 4-6 , and a Great Courses Video Lecture Series
featuring Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.

To see their upcoming calendar, click here.
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Swarthmore Borough, please visit their website
or call the Borough Office at 610-543-4599.

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May 5: First Friday in Swarthmore!

Fascinating Field by Gretchen Fuss
It's Cinco de Mayo! Get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather by visiting Swarthmore Town Center on May 5th for First Friday!

100 Park Avenue WH-3, Doors open at 5 PM
In their First First debut, waR3house3 goes BIG!  Democrats Unite - featuring the mayors of Brookhaven, Rutledge and Swarthmore - invite everyone to meet & greet local Democratic candidates. This special evening will include light fare, conversation, and music by SwUKEstra.  This event will also feature an opening night artisan exhibition highlighting the works of  Swarthmore resident Gretchen Fuss!

Vicky's Place
417 Dartmouth Avenue, 5-8 PM
Vicky's will offer a special  Cinco De Mayo menu, including tacos (pork, chicken, and beef), black beans & rice, and tortilla chips with homemade salsa & guacamole. Margarita mixers so BYOB.   Weather permitting, patrons will also have the option to dine al fresco!  

The Kitchin Allstate Agency & Sunset Slush
11 Park Avenue, 3-8 PM
Todd Kitchin, our newest merchant, owns The Kitchin Allstate Agency and a Media-based business called Sunset Slush. Come enjoy classic Italian Ice from their mobile cart in front of Allstate. Creamy texture and true to taste flavors!  

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 PM
"Para Cinco de Maya, tenemos Gazpacho!" Occasionally Yours is featuring their Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Family Pasta Night.  Eat in or take out.  BYOB.  Children's menu available.  Call early to reserve: (610) 328-9360.  

The Pilates Connexion
15 S. Chester Road, 6:30-8 PM
Come learn about essential oils and how they can benefit you and treat ailments including allergies, stress, pain, weight management, and more. Call the studio at 610-544-3730 to register.

Kandy Kids
5 S. Chester Road, 4-6:30 PM
Children will get to assemble fanciful bugs.  All materials will be provided.

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 South Chester Road, 5:30-6:30 PM
It's a birthday party!  Come celebrate with cake as the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store and the Inn at Swarthmore celebrate its one-year anniversary.   

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 5-8 PM
Join HOM for some relaxing watercolor painting, all supplies provided. Festive refreshments will be served in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Painted post cards can be donated to the  Times They Are A Changin' event, an art show benefiting County Council candidate, Brian Zidek. 

The  Times They Are A Changin' event is more than a fundraiser. Get involved in an opportunity towards making real change in local politics with the aim to help local artists gain recognition and build community, as well.  Join in the effort and support the May 20 Art & Wine Event by donating your painted watercolor cards. 

1 Park Avenue, 6:30ish until sold out
Hobbs will host a joint dinner with South Philly Barbacoa. The menu  features the tacos of Bon Appetite magazine's 6th best new restaurant in America. House corn tortillas and two types of traditional long cooked meats will be featured, along with homemade sides and sauces. BYOB.

Swarthmore CO-OP
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8-10 PM
Join the CO-OP for a special night of Cinco de Mayo themed Quizzo to finish out the season. As always, Quizzo is free, but they'll also be hosting dinner at 8 PM to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Dinner includes:   build-your-own tacos, c hips & salsa,  churros,  margarita & sangria mixers (BYOB).

Dinner tickets are only $15 per person and $10 for owners. Quizzo de Mayo will be the grand finale to the Quizzo year, as Quizzo will take a summer sabbatical. 

Sponsorship Opportunity: Thursday Night Live
Sonoma Sound will perform on July 27.

Swarthmore Town Center is excited to announce Thursday Night Live, a summer concert series in Swarthmore's Central Park outdoor amphitheater.  This free event, starting in June and running every other Thursday evening from 6-9 PM, will include eight performances by local musicians. Concert attendees will be encouraged to 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!

The Swarthmore Farmers Market will also host the first-ever Twilight Market during one of the performances.  In the event of rain, the show will go on at WaR3house3.

We invite local businesses in Delaware County to become event sponsors.  This is a terrific opportunity to become involved in an event guaranteed to draw a crowd.  We have three sponsorship levels available, and would enjoy working with your business to help make Thursday Night Live a resounding success.  

For more information or to become an event sponsor, visit our website or contact Anita Barrett.
Horticultural Society Tour & Plant Sales

Cresson Garden Tour 
April 30 from 4-7 PM
32 Amherst Avenue 

Again this season, Charles Cresson will open his internationally-renowned garden at the peak of its spring beauty! This self-guided tour will feature hundreds of tulips, azaleas, primroses, camellias, and other spring wildflowers, all set in a garden that has been celebrated in the  NY Times and Martha Stewart Living. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be solicited to benefit the Swarthmore Horticultural Society. Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice to make your tour a multi-sensory delight. 

"Second Chance" Plant Sale
May 6 from  8:30 AM - 12 PM
Swarthmore Borough Hall Parking Lot  

The top quality "winter interest" plants featured in the 24 large planters in the Swarthmore business district this past winter can now give your garden year round beauty for years to come! The Swarthmore Horticultural Society will be selling these plants at bargain prices ($5-$20), and all proceeds benefit Swarthmore public gardens.  Last fall, these trees, shrubs, and groundcovers were specially selected and planted by Fine Garden Creations to dress up Swarthmore's town center, but now that the warm weather is here, they will be replaced with summer plantings. Cash or check only.

"Blooms or Bust" Plant Sale  
May 13 from 9 AM - 12 PM 
Swarthmore Centennial Park 

Whatever type of garden you have - shady, sunny or in-between - the Swarthmore Horticultural Society has a flowering plant for you! SHS experts have been hard at work selecting the most enchanting, reliable, and out of the ordinary specimens.  Be sure to leave some space in your garden for this will dazzle you!
Friends of the Library: Book & Bake Sale

The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library will hold their Spring Book and Bake Sale from Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6. Sale hours are Thursday and  Friday 9 AM until 7 PM and Saturday (5 bucks a bag day!)  9 AM until 2 PM

Offered this year at bargain prices are a wide variety of books, audios, and DVDs. Visit the Booktique for rare and unusual treasures priced to sell. Round out your shopping expedition by visiting the Baker's Table for wonderful home baked treats!  

The Swarthmore Public Library is located at 121 Park Avenue.
May 6: Swarthmore Garden Club's Herb Sale

On Saturday, May 6 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM the Swarthmore Garden Club will host its annual Herb Sale in front of Borough Hall - rain or shine. Once again, a wide variety of certified organic culinary and ornamental herbs will be available and will include the usual favorites - varieties of basil, rosemary, thyme, and many more.

The bake sale will offer tempting home-made breads, muffins and desserts and cookies.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, the Community Arts Center and the Thomas Leiper House, both in Wallingford.   The club also awards a horticulture scholarship each year to a Strath Haven High School senior for future studies in a gardening-related field.
May 7: Rotary Club's Fun Fair

Mark your calendars: the Rotary Club's Fun Fair returns to Swarthmore on Saturday, May 7 from 12-4 PM.   This philanthropic event, where charities and non-profits create fun events in their booths and guests pay to participate, helps raise money for over 50 participating organizations.

There will be continuous entertainment of music, dance, and performance arts on 3 raised sound stages around the village.  

From noon onward, the Food Court will be serving a wide array of wonderful snacks and mouth-watering food and drinks. Everything from roasted pig to Chinese cuisine to excellent deli offerings to good ol' hot dawgs to pastries and more, nobody has to prepare Sunday dinner on Fun Fair Day!!
May 13: The Return of the Farmers Market!

Awarded "Best in Class" in 2016, the #1 farmers market in PA returns to Swarthmore on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30-1:30.  This will be a busy day in the village with the  Swarthmore Makers Market  and Swarthmore Horticultural Society also hosting special events and sales in the town center.  There's no better place to purchase your Mother's Day gifts than Swarthmore Town Center!
Storybook Walk in Little Crum Creek Park 
Join the Swarthmore Public Library on May 13 from 1-3 PM to celebrate the reveal of the Storybook Walk featuring the lively book,  A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson!

Take a walk and enjoy the story! Snacks and water will be provided, along with other activities and entertainment, like bubbles, games, face painting, and music.

To encourage literacy, exercise, and a connection to nature the concept of the Storybook Walk was created by Anne Ferguson, a librarian in Montpelier, Vermont. Swarthmore's Storybook Walk is a children's picture book, displayed page by page in permanent installations along the paths in Little Crum Creek Park. The book will change several times a year so you and your family can keep coming back to enjoy a new story.  
21st Annual "Celebrate Swarthmore Artists" Exhibition
Michaels Pharmacy II by Martha Perkins

Monday, May 1 is the deadline to return entry forms for the 21st Annual Celebrate Swarthmore Artists exhibition. The exhibition, sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, is open to all residents of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District who are at least 18 years old. Entry forms are available online at or in the pamphlet rack outside the Borough Administration office. Entry forms have been emailed to previous participants. For more information or to get an entry form by regular mail, contact Martha Perkins,  martha.perkins@gmail.com484-574-3158, with your email address and/or phone number.
One or two pieces of original work, in any medium except for photography, which have not previously been exhibited at Borough Hall, may be submitted. Reproductions of originals will not be accepted. Work intended for hanging must be framed or matted and wired for hanging. Work that is not designed to hang on a wall will be included in the exhibit only if it can be safely displayed within the available exhibit space. Questions about the suitability of a particular work for the exhibit, or to arrange for delivery of artwork at a time other than specified above, should be directed to Martha Perkins.

A contribution of $5 per piece is requested toward exhibition costs including the artists' reception and should be sent in with the entry form. The artists' reception will be  Friday, May 12 from  6 to 8 PM.  
FREE Workshop: Financial Planning

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 May 10, 2017 from 9-11 AM, the SBDC 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.

The seminar is offered at no cost to participants.  Visit  their website for additional information and to register.  
Key Dates Around 2017 Referendum
May 5 - First Friday.  Look for Swarthmore21 members in their orange hats if you have questions.

May 9 - Last day to apply for absentee ballot.  Visit for details.

May 13 - Swarthmore21 members available to answer questions at the Swarthmore Maker's Market.  Look for the orange hats!

May 15 - Pre-election BBQ at Hobbs, 6-8 PM.  Swarthmore21 members available to answer questions.

May 16 - Election Day!  Swarthmore21 members answering questions at poll locations. 
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