Your Monthly News & Updates
It's the dog days of summer, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool in August. Take a stroll through the Swarthmore Farmers Market. Enjoy an evening of local music at Thursday Night Live. Or escape the heat inside your favorite air-conditioned shop or eatery in town.  Visit our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. Read on for more ways to stay cool in Swarthmore Town Center...
Congrats to Harvey Oak Mercantile! Winner of "Best of Philly"  
Congratulations to Shannon Elliott of Harvey Oak Mercantile for receiving a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine. Shannon's mission of showcasing local talent, emerging makers, and respected brands is certainly worthy of recognition. But what truly sets H.O.M. apart from others is their commitment towards designing a space where the community can create and connect - and it's all right here in Swarthmore, PA! Stop by H.O.M. soon and wish Shannon a heartfelt congratulations.

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Please join us at Gallery on Park to welcome Philadelphia painter, Lauren Acton as our featured artist for the month of August. Meet Lauren and enjoy complimentary wine and light refreshments at our opening reception.  Lauren has a history of Fashion Design at Studio Bercot in Paris. From there she went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in NYC's garment center for 8 years. Her eye for aesthetics brought her to painting which was followed by her MFA. Today, she teaches locally both at art centers and privately.

Harvey Oak Mercantile 
102 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm
H.O.M will host four talented, local artists - most of whom are launching their art endeavors - for a special pop-up art market. Please join us in welcoming...
Emma Tate, NamasTate Designs 
Emily Fowler Art
Caroline Stockman, Of Aspen
Abby Dawes, A Slice of Home 

Hobbs Coffee
1 Park Avenue, starting at 6:30ish
Come and enjoy the last First Friday BBQ of the summer! Free beer...need we say more?!

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 10 am - 7 pm
Kandy Kids is celebrating First Friday with a special spotlight on pets! Come and enjoy activities and games, make a sticker, and have a snack. All Melissa and Doug pet-related toys are 10% off. 

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5-7 pm 
Calling all dogs and their humans! Please join us for a "Dog Days of Summer" gathering at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store from 5-7 pm on First Friday. Treats for both species! Photo opportunities and more! 

Swarthmore Co-Op
341 Dartmouth Avenue,  6 pm 
The votes have been tallied and the winning selection for the Co-Op's first outdoor movie night is The Sandlot When Scottie Smalls moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.

Here's your chance to support the Co-Op's freezer fundraising efforts while enjoying a night out at the movies! $5/child and $10/adult. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to set up on Lincoln Way. Food will be available for purchase from the grill starting at 6 pm.  The movie will begin at sunset. 
New Art Exhibit at Borough Hall: "Country Roads - An Uncommon Take"
An exhibition of original photographs by artist Jay Ressler will be on display from August 1 through September 1 at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The public is invited to the artist's opening reception on Friday, August 2 from 6-8 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public.

Mr. Ressler is a native of Berks County. He graduated from Albright College with a degree in psychology and afterward relocated to Pittsburgh, working as a coal miner and later as a foundry machinist. He was very active in the arts, participating as a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and serving as a board member for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.

As a  digital photographer, Mr. Ressler creates intriguing composite photographic images. This exhibition offers a set of contemplative rural photographs, evoking a sense of somber reflection into our countryside history. The artist says: "I explore boundaries - the boundaries between consciousness and the unconscious; between reality and imagination; between humanity and nature; and between certainty and skepticism. The result often conjures up a note of mystery or magic."

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit

"Whispers Among Leaves" by Jay Ressler
August Workshop at Gallery on Park
Gallery on Park will host a copper and bead mobile workshop on Thursday, August 15 from 6-8:30 pm. Led by the lovely Liz Coats, come and have fun making a mobile to dress up your garden or home. Liz will teach different wire wrapping techniques to attach beads, trinkets, baubles and more to create a one-of-a-kind mobile. 

Workshop fee is $45 plus a $10 mobile supply frame kit. To learn more, visit To reserve your space, email Space is limited to 10 participants.
Copper & Bead Mobile Workshop at Gallery on Park!
Writer's Workshop
Tuesday, August 20 at 10 am
Join us for a supportive, informal writers' group at the Library with times for writing, sharing, and offering feedback.

Open Paint with Watercolors
Wednesday, August 21 at 2 pm
Join us for a free, open painting session with watercolors. All materials provided. No experience needed!

Film Discussion Group
(call for title)
Tuesday, August 13 at 1 pm *Please note the earlier time!*
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. The film pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.  Rated R.  120  minutes.

Mystery Mondays
Every Monday from 3-5 pm
Get your Mystery Fix!  Join us every Monday from 3-5pm in the Council Room to watch British and International mystery TV series. Watch your favorite detectives in action and discover new ones!

Italian Conversation
Friday, August 2 at 12 pm 
(First Fridays)
Join Jean Fleschute, a former resident of Trieste, to practice Italian conversation with vocabulary, activities, partnered chats, and more!

Spanish Conversation
Friday, August 9 at 2 pm
(Second Fridays)
Swarthmorean Allison Moore facilitates a generous and lively conversation for beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers each month.

French Conversation
Friday, August 16 at 2 pm
(Third Fridays)
A friendly group of proficient French speakers meets each month to talk about art, literature, history, or current events.  Come dust off your French!  Facilitated by Lucy Saxon.

Book Groups
Thursday,  August 8 at 2 pm 
or Monday , August 19 at 7 pm 
or Tuesday, August 20 at 2 pm
A community of readers discusses a monthly read. Inquire in the library or at 610-543-0436.

In Stitches: Yarn & Needle Work
Thursdays, August 8  &  22 at 10 am
Do you knit, crochet or do needlework?  No matter your skill level, you can join our monthly In Stitches club to learn and share tips and ideas while enjoying lively conversations with fellow crafters.  Some supplies will be available for newcomers.

History of European Art
Thursdays June 20 - October 20, from 10 am - 12 pm
A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. Works such as Giotto's Arena Chapel, Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo's The Last Supper, Michelangelo's David, Vermeer's View of Delft, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Guernica, and hundreds more.  Refreshments will be served.
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