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December 10, 2015 | Newsletter #97 | visit the LEDC online at
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Winter Markets
The first edition of the Lansdowne Farmers Market's 2015-16 Winter season is almost upon us. Winter Markets take place at the same location as always (30 N. Lansdowne Avenue) on the third Saturday of each month through April 2016, meaning we are just over a week away from the December 19 market. Please note that Winter Markets last only two hours -- from 9 am to 11 am. Mark your calendars and set those alarms -- don't be one of those folks that shows up at 11:10 with tears in your eyes. Additional Winter Markets are scheduled for January 16, February 20, March 19, and April 16 -- be sure not to miss them!

Even though its Winter, our bustling borough is still on the move. Take in some of the events listed below -- you will be glad you did.

What Do YOU Think of Lansdowne?
The staff and Board of Directors here at the LEDC are preparing our next 5-year Strategic Plan and we want to hear from YOU. What do you like about Lansdowne? What would you like to change? Please take about 2 minutes to complete our survey ( This is your big chance to give us your ideas, especially for the downtown. Do you have an idea for an event? A festival? A store you'd like to see here? Let us hear your two cents by December 31st.

What a Weekend!
More than 1,000 folks came to Lansdowne to join in one (or all) of our post-Thanksgiving, way-better-than-Black-Friday-at-the-mall events. At the Twentieth Century Club on Friday and Saturday, more than 30 artists sold their wares at A Bit of the Arts. There was photography, metalworks, ceramics, jewelry, musicians, great food, and much more. On Saturday, area restaurants had breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials, Kia's Cakes had special hot drinks and espressos for $1 at their winter location at The Icery, and hundreds of folks came out for the pop-up holiday gift market in the former Thrift Store on Lansdowne Avenue. To top it off, the LBPA's tree-lighting was a big hit with kids and adults alike (the visit from Santa certainly didn't hurt!). There were dancers, music, and some folks even dressed in period garb.

Many thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who made donations to the LEDC for the holiday lights you now see lighting the way along Lansdowne Avenue during this holiday season. Special thanks to Mayor Tony Campuzano and the Borough of Lansdowne for all of their support and assistance. And a big congrats to Angela Thompson, winner of the LEDC/American Express gift basket for her selfie scavenger hunt picture submission. Photos from all of these events can be found on our Facebook page.

Diversity Project's Poetry Slam and Open Mic Session
This Saturday, December 12, PA Diversity Project (formerly the Lansdowne chapter of No Place for Hate) presents a Poetry Slam and open mic session from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Art Space Lansdowne, 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Individuals age 13 and up are invited to participate. Admission is free to attend or participate; donations are greatly appreciated. For additional information please email or call 484-808-5646.

Celebrate the Chairman at Vinyl Revival
Saturday marks the 100th birthday of Francis Albert Sinatra, and Vinyl Revival Records is hosting a celebration beginning at 10 am! The party will feature the sounds of Sinatra on vinyl, Sinatra video clips on the big screen, and a Sinatra-themed open mic from noon to 2 pm. Come join the party and salute Ol' Blue Eyes, one of the greatest entertainers of our time. Admission is free. Please call 610-284-3537 or email to schedule open mic performance times.

Winter Concert at Penn Wood High School
Come listen and be entertained by the Penn Wood High School Winter Concert featuring the Concert Band, Choir and Jazz Band. This free concert takes place next Wednesday, December 16, at 7 pm, at the Penn Wood High School Green Avenue Campus Auditorium.

Lansdowne Arts Board presents reading of A Christmas Carol
The Lansdowne Arts Board cordially invites you to a free, special reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as performed by Jared Reed. Mr. Reed is a Julliard graduate, artistic director of Media’s Hedgerow Theater, and a Lansdowne resident. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 23, at 7pm (doors open at 6pm, running time: 90 minutes). This event will be held at the 20*20 House (20 Lansdowne Court behind the 20th Century Club). Please rsvp here to ensure that there will be enough cookies for all attendees!

Winter Recreation Programs
The Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Department has just announced the Winter 2016 program schedule. Get moving with an adult or youth class -- most begin in mid-January, so sign up soon! Download the Winter program guide as a PDF here.

Shop, Smile, and Help the LEDC
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In addition to the wonderful goings-on listed in the column at left, don't miss these upcoming events:

PA Diversity Project Poetry Slam
Saturday, December 12, 3:00 pm
Art Space Lansdowne
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Penn Wood High School Winter Concert
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm; free
Penn Wood High School
100 Green Avenue

Lansdowne Arts Board presents A Christmas Carol
Reading by Jared Reed
Wednesday, December 23, 7:00 pm; free
20*20 House, 20 S. Lansdowne Court
RSVP here

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