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The Actors Co-op Provides Unique Take On Training

Two Delaware County residents — Val McAdoo from Wallingford and Pete Postiglione from Springfield — decided on Swarthmore as an ideal setting for The Actors Co-op to offer classes for children and adults who aspire to learn acting and creating for today’s media. They teach performance in front of a camera, emphasizing that acting for film and television is very different than acting for the stage.

Community Center Loses Lease

As of August 2020, the Swarthmore Community Center, over the decades a locus of arts and exercise classes, after-school clubs and teenage dances, party rentals and fundraising events, will cease to host any of these activities in the space it has occupied for the past 47 years.

A Charming Cafe Comes to Wallingford

When you think about eating out, the leafy lanes of Wallingford don’t usually come to mind — until now. With the recent opening of La Cannelle Cafe on Providence Road (next to the Wallingford post office), the predominantly residential area now has a delightful breakfast, lunch, and coffee bistro within easy reach. The Swarthmorean sat down with owner Loubna Lemgard for coffee and the backstory on this welcome addition to the neighborhood. 

Movie under the Stars Begins August 2

The Swarthmore Co-op will present a summer Dinner and a Movie Night series, starting Friday, August 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. The grilling starts at 6; the movie more like 7, all on Lincoln Way by the Co-op. Admission costs $5 per kid and $10 per adult, with proceeds going toward needed refrigeration system repairs at the food market.

Heard Through the Grapevine: Wine Bar Planned for Park Avenue

Like quite a few of their fellow Swarthmoreans, Jill Gaieski and Lori Knauer enjoy a glass of good wine. Together, they’ve also pursued the Certified Specialist in Wine designation at the Wine School in Philadelphia, a serious program that incorporates aspects of oenology and oenophilia. Now, out of their appreciation of wine, its variety and lore, the two are working to bring Swarthmore a wine bar and bistro named Village Vine, which they plan to open next year in the former Compendium location at 6 Park Avenue.

It's Here!

Today is a big day for us at The Swarthmorean. Ever since Todd and Rob purchased the paper at the start of this year, a primary goal has been to increase our following. This means providing great community coverage in any format you want — print or digital.

Compendium Moves West, But Maintains Outpost at H.O.M.

Compendium Boutique has closed the 6 Park Avenue location, and on May 1 opened a new main location at 134 East Market Street in West Chester, Pa. “Swarthmore was a really good place for me to start, but not necessarily a place to grow,” owner Emily Scott explained. “I have a lot of great followers, and am very thankful for them, but in order for the business to expand I needed to find a bigger market … with more foot traffic.”

D. Patrick Welsh Celebrates 60 Years as Swarthmore’s Family Real Estate Business

D. Patrick Welsh Real Estate invites neighbors from Swarthmore and beyond to celebrate the firm’s 60th anniversary with a bash this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres catered by Occasionally Yours, baklava made by Gassia Melkissetian, and cookies baked by Dave Welsh himself make the real estate office one of the highlight of the June 7 First Friday in Swarthmore.

More than Occasionally Yours

Thirty years ago this month, Scott and Theresa Richardson were ready to open a catering business. “We looked at West Chester and Media, but we thought there was more of a need for food in Swarthmore,” Theresa said, “that the college could be a catering client and students would come down to find a place to get takeout.”

“We walked around the town and met up in front of 8 Park Avenue, which had a For Rent sign in the window. And we made the phone call to Bill Willis, who owned the building, and a couple of days later we came back to sign the lease. It was April Fool’s Day of 1989. We asked each other ‘are we sure we want to do this?’ and the answer was yes,” Scott said in a recent interview at 8 Park Avenue, for nearly 30 years the home of their restaurant and catering business Occasionally Yours.