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Oh, there's no place like Swarthmore for the holidays! Read on to learn more about what's happening in November, including Small Business Saturday. Be sure to visi
t our website for all the latest information on holiday events and a directory of shops, restaurants, and services.
Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm
H.O.M. welcomes November with a fun celebration! Come view the new mural behind 100-104 Park Avenue, recently completed by local, young artists in collaboration with the community and the Wallingford Community Arts Center. Ribbon Cutting at 5 pm, celebration directly after at H.O.M. Enjoy complimentary live music, crafts, pizza, popsicles, and cider. Choose from other extra fun activities and treats including face painting, balloon animals and Summer J. Artisan Pops. All $3 each and a portion of sales from these activities will be donated to Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library.
Two unique opportunities for yoga!
Indigo Healing Arts Collective
110 Park Avenue, 6-7 pm
This First Friday yoga practice is for the gypsy in your heart! Fleetwood Mac will be our soundtrack as we move and groove to sounds of our dreams. Come out and join us, sweet wonderful you! After class, students are encouraged to linger in the apothecary and plant room. Drop rate is $15. Reserve your space via email at
Breathe Om Yoga at Wellness on Park
100 Park Avenue - Suite 2, 7-8:30 pm
The return of Candlelight Yoga! Relax and restore with an uplifting Yin yoga practice and the glow of the candles. Cost is $15. Space is limited. Contact Donna at
Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm
Gallery on Park will host an opening reception for featured artist and 1977
Swarthmore High School graduate, Polly Dressler Bech. Please join us from 5-7pm on Friday, November 2 for a wine and cheese opening reception where you may view Polly's quilts and fiber art that will be on display for the month of November and mingle
with the artist. This event is free and all are welcome!
1 Park Avenue, starting at 6:30-ish
Hobbs will host A Vegan Feast, with a menu done exclusively by chef Francine Rose. Live music performed by Marty Spiegel and his Irish music troupe.
7-B S. Chester Road, 6-9 pm
Don't you just loathe those holiday catalogs you seem to get every year? Haven't these companies ever heard of the internet? Do something about it! Instead of going directly from mailbox to recycle bin, waylay a few really colorful ones at Houseplant Hospital! We will be folding origami balloons and stringing them into lovely garlands as DIY decorations! No cost to attend. BYOB and junk mail. We'll also start taking pre-orders for holiday pointsettias.
Kandy Kids Toys & Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 5-8 pm
It's game night at Kandy Kids! We'll have a selection of games to play or just check out.
Additionally, all games will be 10% off. Come and enjoy the fun from 5-8 pm.
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 pumpkin pie! Children's portions are available. BYOB. Dine in or call ahead to pick up. 610-328-9360.
Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5-6:30 pm
Make a lovely autumn wreath with provided silk leaves at The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store from 5-6:30 pm. This simple craft is appropriate for most children. All materials are free.
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Online registration is now open for Quizzo at the CO-OP! $5 cash payment fee per person. BYOB if 21, and chips and salsa served from Dos Gringos! Come out for the fun!
New Exhibit: Paintings by Pete Prown
Paintings by local artist Pete Prown will be on display in Borough Hall throughout November.
The public is invited to the artist's opening reception on Friday, November 9 from 6-8 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibit presents paintings by Mr. Prown, the subject matter primarily landscapes, botanicals and, increasingly, portraits of animals. "I grew up in New England surrounded by farms, pastures, flowers, and wooded landscapes, and this is often reflected in my paintings. Everything seems to refer back to that idea, along with my 20-years of work in the professional-gardening sphere. My ongoing work is about challenging myself to try new subjects in that vein, as well as still lifes. This is rewarding and keeps me moving forward."
Pete Prown has led a 30-year career in journalism, working in two dissimilar fields - the music business and Philadelphia gardening world. He's a writer, magazine and web editor, and landscape photographer. Pete is also an author with several books to his credit.
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
Show Love, Shop Swarthmore on November 24
Small Business Saturday in Swarthmore
Small Business Saturday continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition - just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement to support independently-owned businesses every day and everywhere. Because a visit to the female-owned clothing boutique or a stop at the neighborhood cooperative grocery market not only supports our local
economy, it promotes a more vibrant community! We hope you choose to #ShowLove and #ShopSwarthmore on Saturday, November 24.
Other Special Events and Promotions in November
Breathe Om Yoga at Wellness on Park
* DIY Essential Oils Class - November 9 from 7-8:30 pm, $25
* Yin at the Wall - November 12 from 7-8:30 pm & November 16 from 9:30-10:45 am, drop-in rate $17
Pre-Order Poinsettias at Houseplant Hospital
Support a family-owned business and purchase your holiday poinsettia at Houseplant Hospital. Pre-orders will be accepted until the day before Thanksgiving. Stop into the shop or call 267-992-8785. Poinsettias may be picked up starting December 2. And yes, Houseplant Hospital will host a poinsettia photo booth during Home for the Holidays!
2018 Price List
4.5" $5 red or white
6" $13 red, white, or pink
6.5" $17 red, white, mix, or pink
7" $24 red, white, mix, or pink
8" $46 red, white, mix, or pink
10" $33 red, white, or mix
10" hanging basket $50
Holiday Catering from Occasionally Yours
Let Scott and Theresa Richardson do the cooking for you on Thanksgiving! Occasionally Yours is now accepting holiday catering orders for various selections of side dishes and desserts. Call
(610) 328-9360, or sto
p into their eatery on 10 Park Avenue for a catering menu.
Swarthmore CO-OP's A Taste of the Holidays
Saturday, November 10 from 11 am - 2 pm
Join the Swarthmore CO-OP as they present samples from their Thanksgiving Holiday Menu. If you still haven't placed your order, this is the perfect time to try something new and get your order in before it's too late. Whether you are looking for ideas or are thinking about having the CO-OP cater, discover something delicious and delightful at "A Taste of the Holidays."
This Month at the Swarthmore Public Library!
Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library Book & Bake Sale
Thursday November 1, 9 am - 7 pm
Friday November 2, 9 am - 7 pm
Saturday November 3, 9 am - 4 pm
Most of the items cost $2 or less apiece on Thursday, are half price on Friday, and are included in the "$5 a bag" special on Saturday. The "Booktique" upstairs features beautiful coffee-table books, rare books and other unique items priced to sell, as well as DVDs and CDs. Booktique items are also half price on Friday and are included in an incredible "$20 a bag" special on Saturday.
Youth Events at the Library
Get in on the fun! The next 6 week session will run from November 5 - December 13.
Infants (birth - 12 months) - Thursday, 10 am
Wee Read (12-24 months) - Tuesday, 9:30 or 10:30 am
Toddler Tales (2 - 3 1/2 years) - Monday, 9:30 or 10:30 am & Thursday, 11 am
Preschool Storytime (3 1/2 - 5 years) - Tuesday, 2 pm & Wednesday, 1 pm
Creative Kids (5-7 years) - Monday, 4:15 pm
Lego Club (5-11 years) - Wednesday, 4:15 pm
Kids Book Club (7-10 years) - Tuesday, 4:15 pm
Full STEAM Ahead Club (8-11 years) - Thursday, 4:15pm
For more information and to register, visit
*NEW* Storybook Walk
Visit the Storybook Walk at Little Crum Creek Park to read a new story! Beginning in November, the Library will share Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Lee. Was it a bunny? A fox? A bear!? Can you figure out what made the tracks in the snow?
Reserve Your Holiday Party at the Inn!
Celebrate the season and reserve your holiday party at The Inn at Swarthmore! Whether you're planning an office party or looking for an easier way to host family, their flexible spaces and festive fare will make it the party of the year. Book your party between now and January 30 and receive 10% off your entire catering order.
Plus, the Inn is offering a 10% discount on overnight group rooms combined with your holiday party booking. For guests who may live further away and would rather not drive after the party, the Inn offers a discount on guestrooms. Please contact the Sales Department at 610.543.7500 to check available dates.
Home for the Holidays is Swarthmore's annual holiday tradition featuring The Nutcracker Ballet, a visit from Santa Claus, scavenger hunts, dreidel games, a West African dance circle with Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company, carols led by the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra, and so much more! Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, December 1.
We are pleased to offer advance ticket sales for Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, which start and end in front of Bryn Mawr Trust. Provided by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company, tickets are $10 per passenger. Rain or shine activity.
No refunds or cancellations.
Each carriage holds a total of 6 passengers. Small children and babies are counted towards a carriage's capacity - even if seated in a lap - and are required to purchase a ticket. No exceptions will be made by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation. Latecomers will only be served if time and availability permits.
Home for the Holidays Santa 5K Run/Walk!
The Santa 5K Run/Walk is the kick-off event for Home for the Holidays. The course will commence at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (727 Harvard Avenue) and conclude at the Swarthmore Methodist Church (129 Park Avenue). Swarthmore Town Center and the Farmers Market will be open and located near the finish line so be sure to stick around and refuel after the race!
Race day registration and check-in will open on Saturday, December 1 at 7:45 am. The race will start at 8:45 am. Entry fees include:
- Before November 13 = $15 (discounted rate + race t-shirt!)
- Before December 1 = $20
- Race Day = $25
- All runners under age 22 = $15 (no matter entry date)
Dressing up in any winter holiday gear/apparel is 100% encouraged! Those who register by November 13 will receive a t-shirt to commemorate their participation. And if you're a hardcore running enthusiast, don't worry...the race will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Running Company!
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