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The Complete Guide to Festival Saturday in Swarthmore

The Complete Guide to Festival Saturday in Swarthmore


This Saturday is a big day in Swarthmore, highlighted by the 17th Annual Community Arts Center Fine Arts and Craft Festival in Swarthmore. Here is all the action, all in one place:


Swarthmore Farmer’s Market

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Central Park
121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore

The market includes a great variety of weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly local food vendors and a rotation of live performers, kids’ crafts, artists, food trucks, and special community and healthy living events. The event features over 40 local artists, live music all day, and free children’s activities.

This week’s lineup

Beechwood Orchards, Berry Patch Produce, Ironstone Creamery, Knee-high Farm, Linden Dale Farm, Riverside Blooms, and Davidson Exotic Mushrooms.

This Week’s occasional vendors

Bee Our Guest Wraps, Cocco's Gelateria, Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church Pierogis, Macungie Mountain Herb Farm, Pour Richard's Coffee, Rafiki, The Pasta Lab, Waffles for Tourette, and Whiskey Hollow Maple Syrup.

Kids Activity

Check out the Fine Arts and Craft Festival (below) for kids activities. Also for the kids, Donna Shumaker of Breath Om Yoga will be offering a kids yoga class 11-11:30am on the green. Kids should bring a mat or beach towel.

Food Truck

The food truck is Bonjour Crêperie, with their delicious and authentic sweet and savory crêpes.


Skip Denenberg, Melange Jazz Trio (featuring Bert Harris, Karen Smith, and Laurent Bass), Gregory Hugh Brady, Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra (featuring Tim Kearney, Mayor Marty Spiegel and a host of other distinguished ukulele playing Swarthmoreans), Media Chamber Chorale (Greg Davis & Friends featuring Wally Smith, Chico Huff, and Paul Downie)

Community Groups

Community groups will include the League of Women Voters, who will be helping people register to vote and will make sure folks know where to vote.


The 17th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Central Park
Park Ave. & Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore


The Fine Arts & Crafts Festival hosted by the Community Arts Center returns to downtown Swarthmore for the fourth year in a row. The festival will take place on Park Ave and Dartmouth Ave. The Swarthmore Farmers Market will run concurrently during the morning hours in the central parking lot next to Borough Hall.


Food is available at: Swarthmore Co-op, Occasionally Yours - Catering and Eatery, Aria Mediterranean Cuisine, Broad Table Tavern, Bamboo Bistro, Renatos Pizza and the farmers market.


Additional shopping at local merchants Gallery on Park, Harvey Oak Mercantile, and WaR3house 3.

Participating Artists

The Swarthmorean is the only resource you’ll find a single view of all participating artists with links to their websites, Etsy shops, or Facebook pages.

This event is sponsored by: Acre Windows and Doors, Chimney Cricket, Inc., Destination Delco, Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, PECO, PNC Bank, Power Home Remodeling, andWaR3house 3


Donation Drop for Cradles to Crayons

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Swarthmore Community Center
715 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the nation's ten largest cities. Nearly one in four Philadelphians, including 147,000 children, live in poverty. Fortunately there is an organization called Cradles to Crayons that works to provide these kids with the essential items that many people take for granted.

Cradles to Crayons accepts children's clothing, shoes, books, school supplies and toys for ages 0-12. Also, a drop box is located at Swarthmore United Methodist Church year-round.


BBQ & Beer at Swarthmore Co-Op

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Swarthmore Co-Op
Lincoln Way, Swarthmore


Come enjoy some beer tastings from Swarthmore Beer Company, Jerk BBQ from Union Jerk, and Ron’s (from Swarthmore Collision) famous Italian sausage. Must be 21 and over with valid ID for beer tasting. Adults $15.00 and kids $5.00 (for food).

All proceeds go to renovating the Co-Op Cafe.


Lift Street at waR3house3

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
waR3house 3
100 Park Ave., WH-3, Swarthmore

Lift Street at waR3house3

Lift Street at waR3house3

Lift Street is a singer/songwriter band from the Philadelphia, PA area. Three core members, Bob Schwarz (guitar/vocals/writer), Jacques Gordon (guitar/vocals/writer) and Don Buerk (sax) have been playing together since the 1990s. Initially performing as a trio, they soon added bass and drums to form a 5-piece cover band called Dr. Hyde and the Corruptors. As their catalog of original songs grew, they eventually decided to play only their own music and changed the name to Lift Street.

The new band’s first gig was in the spring of 2016 at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville. They were invited back for a return engagement later that year, and in the fall they performed a concert gig at Warehouse3 near Swarthmore College. They continued playing small gigs and private parties to develop and ‘test-drive’ new songs and new sounds. Finally, with two full sets of original music honed by live performances, Lift Street recorded a seven-song EP at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton, PA.


The Prisoner of Second Ave.

8:00 PM
Swarthmore United Methodist Church
129 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA

By Neil Simon
Directed by Patrick O’Neill
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Tickets $15.00
Seniors (65+) and Students (High School & College w/student id) $12.00

About The Prisoner of Second Ave.

Mel is a well paid executive of a fancy New York company which has suddenly hit the skids and started to pare the payroll

Anxiety doesn’t help. Mel, too, gets the ax. His wife takes a job to tide them over, then she too is sacked. As if this weren’t enough, Mel is fighting a losing battle with the very environs of life

Polluted air is killing everything that grows on his terrace; the walls of the high rise apartment are paper thin, so that the private lives of a pair of German stewardesses next door are open books to him; the apartment is burgled; and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money

Mel does the only thing left for him to do; he has a nervous breakdown. It is on recovery that we come to esteem him all the more. For Mel and his wife and people like them have the resilience, the grit to survive

“A gift for taking a grave subject and, without losing sight of its basic seriousness, treating it with hearty but sympathetic humor…. A talent for writing a wonderful funny line… full of humor and intelligence… Fine fun” ~ N.Y. Post

“Creates an atmosphere of casual cataclysm, an everyday urban purgatory of copelessness from which laughter seems to be released like vapor from the city’s manholes” ~ Time

Make a great show better, come with a group. Receive a 20% discount when you buy 10 or more tickets to the same performance if purchased at the same time at least 24 hours in advance. Groups of more than 20 please email


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