Community Calendar

Friday, October 19

Trinity Thrift Shop: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. (First and third Fridays.) Housewares, linens, small appliances, furniture, books, clothing (including vintage), toys, jewelry, other vintage items and fine collectibles. Proceeds benefit local and national charities and church projects. Trinity Episcopal Church, Chester Rd. & College Ave., Swarthmore.

French Conversation at SPL: 2 pm. (Monthly on 3rd Fridays.) Lucy Saxon leads a friendly conversation among proficient French speakers, touching on the arts, history, and the affairs of the day. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. Adults and teens, come color away your stress at Helen Kate, with mellow music, coloring books and pages, colored pencils and friendly company. Bring your own supplies if you wish. Free; no registration required. Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

Board Game Day at Helen Kate: 3:30 pm – 5 pm. Fifth through 12th graders, arrive by 3:30 p.m. for a quick snack, then play Flux, Settlers of Catan, and more board games. Register in advance at the library at 100 N. Providence Road, or by calling 610-566-9331. 

Friday Night Live at CAC: 7 pm. Ndichu funks up the dance floor while Joseph Iacone and Sally Paynter create art, and you schmooze, nosh, and dance. Tickets: $5-$15 at the  door. Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road.

The Outgoing Tide at PCS: 8 pm. (Run continues through November 3.) Swarthmore premiere of Barrymore Award-winner Bruce Graham’s comedic drama stars George Mulford, Marianne Green, and Eric Crist. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Medea at Hedgerow: 8 pm. (Run continues through November 11.) “How far would you go for revenge?” the tagline asks. Expect old-school tragedy in Euripedes’ classic, done with chilling precision and passionate persuasion by the Hedgerow core company and guests. Start your Hellenic journey before the curtain with Greek food and drink, music and dance and lore, starting 45 minutes before the curtain goes up . Tickets $20-$37 at the door, Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.

Saturday, October 20

Swarthmore Farmers Market: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Enjoy fresh local food and fun in Swarthmore’s Central Park. A triple bill of performers include Angela Armour (aka Ayako Flow) at 9:30 am, and John Bickel at 11:30 am, and Jim Smith of  the 20th Century Ramblers. Claire Tomlinson shares the art and craft of La Vie en Bijoux. Kids can make yarn pumpkins. Seasonally appropriate! Central Park, Park and Dartmouth Avenues.

Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. (Also Sundays.) Tour the 1785 Thomas Leiper House, its furnished rooms and outbuildings, and learn about the life of the Leiper family and contemporaries in the post-colonial era. Admission is free, but a donation of $1 per person is appreciated. Information: 610-566-6365. 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford.

Bethlehem and Sad Patrick at waR3house3: 7 pm. Special guests join the guitar and vocal duo as they play original love songs, and maybe answer the musical question “Why is Patrick sad?” BYOB; light fare will be served. 100 Park Avenue, Suite WH3. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  

The Outgoing Tide at PCS: 8 pm. (See Friday, October 19.)

Medea at Hedgerow: 8 pm. (See Friday, October 19.)

Sunday, October 21

T’ai Chi at SPC: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. (Third Sundays.) Beginning students and intermediate practitioners of T’ai Chi are invited to join the free monthly classes held at the Loeffler Chapel at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue. Wear comfortable clothes.

Jumble Sale Dropoff: noon – 4 pm. Bring your excess material goods to the Friends Meeting House for inclusion in the big October 27 Jumble Sale. Note that big furniture, TVs, old computers and monitors, clothes, baby gear, and anything with a compressor cannot be accepted. Questions? Call 610 328-8699. 12 Whittier Place.

Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. (See Saturday,October 20.)

The Outgoing Tide at PCS   (See Friday, October 19.)      2 pm

Medea at Hedgerow     (See Friday, October 19.)      2 pm

Board Games at Swarthmore Borough Hall: 2 pm – 5 pm. (Weekly.) Board gaming. Friendly, mostly recently-created “Eurogames,” led by Jim Moskowitz. Adults and kids are welcome; no prior experience necessary. Games are provided, and you can bring your own. Free. Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Fall Celebration at Scott Arboretum: 4 pm. Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England, will expound on the history of this unusual garden and explain what goes into growing food for one of England‘s finest restaurants. Festive reception to follow. Lang Concert Hall. Questions, call 610-328-8025 or visit

Game Night at Broad Table Tavern: 4 pm – closing. Enjoy classic games with your family and friends while you savor selections from the Tavern’s menu. Broad Table Tavern, 12 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore.

TimeBank Potluck at SUMC: 5:30 pm. Nether-Swarthmore TimeBank celebrates its growth to more than 110members with a tailgate themed potluck supper at Swarthmore United Methodist Church 129 Park Avenue. Free; bring tailgate chow to share.

Trinity Fundraising Cabaret: 7:30 pm. Members of the Trinity Choir will perform a program of light classics by Victor Herbert, Franz Lehar, Cole Porter, and Leonard Bernstein to raise funds for Trinity choir’s anticipated January 2019 trip to perform with Haitian choirs in that impoverished island nation. Donations accepted. Trinity Church, Chester Road and College Avenue, Swarthmore. Info: 215-964-2550.

Monday, October 22

Toddler Tales at Furness Library: 10:15 am. (Weekly through November 26.) Active storytime thrills children 2 to 3 1/2 with a different theme each week. This week: So Squirrely. Register in advance if possible at the library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

Mystery Mondays at SPL: 3 pm – 5 pm. Old favorites and new discoveries in the canon of British and international TV mystery series. Registration requested at or 610-543-3171. Council Room, Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board Meeting: 7 pm. The public is invited to the Board’s twice-monthly meetings. Strath Haven Middle School Library, Copples & Providence Rd., Wallingford.

Rutledge Borough Council: 7 pm. Monthly work session is open to the public. 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge.

Tuesday, October 23

In Stitches at SPL: 10 am. (Twice monthly: 2nd Thursdays and 4th Tuesdays.) Knit, crochet, or do other needlework in friendly company, get started in a new craft, or get advice from fellow crafters. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Philosophy Forum at SPL: 10 am. (Weekly.) Work through a mind-body philosophy course with other seekers after wisdom. Refreshments will be served. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Flu Shot Clinic at SPL: 1 pm. Bring your insurance card for a free flu shot at  Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Bereavement Group (Life Changes): 7 pm – 8 pm. Support group for those who are grieving. Open to all; $5 donation. Info, directions: call Pollie Lang 610-876-1599 or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Lounge, 927 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford.

Wednesday, October 24

Food Collection for Chester Eastside: 8 am – 7 pm. (Each Wednesday.) Donate canned and fresh foods for Chester Eastside Ministries and its community. Swarthmore Co-op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue.

Soup and Recipe Swap at The Gathering Place: noon. Bring a crockpot of your best soup, and copies of the recipe you used to create it, then sample soups from other Gathering Place cooks. Dessert and drinks are provided. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave.

Do Congressional Elections Matter? 4:30 pm – 6 pm. They do. Find out why the midterms will change the course of American politics, courtesy of professors Frances Lee and Patrick Egan. Science Center 101, Swarthmore College.

A Quiet Night and a Perfect End: 4:30 pm. All singers are invited to take part in this weekly session of Gregorian chant, continuing a musical form that has been sung for more than a millennium. Led by James Blasina in the Chancel; email for info. Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore.

Christian Animism and the Future of Nature and Faith: 4:45 pm – 7 pm. Swarthmore professor Mark Wallace presents a multimedia survey of the ways the ancient manifestations of God in nature can help us develop an Earth-loving spirituality. Book signing reception follows, all at Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. Free.

Recovery International Meeting: 7 pm. Helping those suffering from mental health issues lead more peaceful and productive lives, this group is open to all, meeting weekly at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Thursday, October 25

Great Geological Wonders at SPL: 10 am – noon. (Weekly through December 20.) Video lecture series on 36 spectacular sites, delivered by professor Michael Wysession. Three segments and refreshments each week. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Ghosts of Ridley Township: 1:15 pm. Lori Hull of ParaStudy gives the spooky lowdown to conclude the free October speakers series at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue, Folsom.

PreK – First Grade Stories at Furness Library: 1:30 pm & 4:15 pm. (Weekly through November 29.) PreK and kindergarteners come at 1:30 pm; first graders at 4:15 pm for fall-themed stories and STEAM/play activities. This week’s theme: Hallowe’en. Choose a session and register in advance if possible at the library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

Nether Providence Township Commissioners Meeting: 7:30 pm. Monthly legislative session. Township office, 214 Sykes Lane, Wallingford.

The Outgoing Tide at PCS.   (See Friday, October 19.) 7:30 pm

Medea at Hedgerow     (See Friday, October 19.) 8 pm

Friday, October 26

English Conversation at SPL: 2 pm. (Monthly on fourth Fridays.) ESL teacher Mimi Nenno leads a conversation group for non-native English speakers. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. (See Friday, October 19.)

Halloween Tot Parade: 4 pm. Kids 0-6 muster at the Swarthmore Tot Lot, then parade through the Town Center in costume, ending at the amphitheater for a storytime presented by Swarthmore Public Library. Thatcher Park, Rutgers Avenue.

Happy Hogwarts Halloween: 7 pm – 8 pm. The party of the  year for kids aged 3-13 happens at Hogwarts (located for now at Helen Kate Furness Free Library.) Come in costume and be ready for games, stories, and treats. Register first at the library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

The Outgoing Tide at PCS     (See Friday, October 19.) 8 pm

Medea at Hedgerow      (See Friday, October 19.) 8 pm


NEW Contemporary Botanical Illustration at CAC. (Opens Sunday, Oct. 21 with a reception from 2-4 pm. Show continues through Nov. 21.) Members’ Choice exhibition of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators features exquisite paintings, drawings. Exhibitions elsewhere at CAC by Stephanie Fuoco, Lucy Edwards, and ceramics students of Laura Demme.

Crafting National Memory in the Wake of 9/11. (Exhibition runs October 31.) Exhibition curated by undergraduate September Porras Payea collects articles and artists’ books to explore our reactions to 9/11. McCabe Library, Cratsley Lounge, Swarthmore College.

Jennifer Elam: “Art as Soul’s Sanctuary.” (Exhibition runs through January 31.) Local author, psychologist, and artist Jennifer Elam contemplates art, spirituality, and redemption in print and paint. The Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road. Free.

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend at List Gallery. (Public reception and curators talk 4:30 pm Oct. 23. Show continues through Oct. 28.) “Piece Together” collects quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, including masterpieces by Mary Lee Bendolph. List Gallery, Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College.

“The Summer of Falling” at Pendle Hill. (Show runs through December.) Monica Kane shows mixed media work and paintings in a seasonally appropriate exhibition at the Barn Gallery of Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford.