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Holidays in Swarthmore

The lights are in the windows and the garlands embrace the lampposts. The Home for the Holidays horses pulled their sleighs past our office last weekend as the Swarthmore Ballet Theatre performed one sold out performance of The Nutcracker after another. (Pictured above, Anna Si, as the Dew Drop Fairy – check out my Letter to the Editor in this week’s edition of the Swarthmorean newspaper about this magnificent production).

Swarthmoreans seem to be focused on shopping locally this season with treasures at  Harvey Oak Mercantile, Compendium with its selection of warm scarves, tasty treats at the Co-op, books and gifts at the Swarthmore College bookstore, and so many more choices all without setting foot in a mall or warming up the car!

I’ll update this post in the coming days with more pictures of our town celebrating the season! Feel free to email me your favorite Swarthmore holiday pictures and memories to be shared!

(Pictured below: Visitors to The Inn at Swarthmore this Thursday were treated to a view of snow outside and seasonal decorations inside!)


Carolers serenade the audience in line to see Swarthmore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker…


Cornell & Rutgers is slush & ice a week and a half before Hanukkah & Christmas…


Wondering children tour Dave Augustine’s courtyard holiday light display on Park…


On one magical day of the year, Park Ave has horse-drawn carriages again…


Trees are for sale outside the library – proceeds benefit the Swarthmore Fire Station!


A young Nutcracker dancer spots the horses & Christmas trees across the street…


D. Patrick Welsh gets in on the holiday spirit!


A winter storm on 12/17 turned Swarthmore glassy and magical…

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A Swarthmore Tradition becomes an empty lot…

ImageThe Countryside Deli, a favorite town eatery at the corner of Yale & Kenyon Avenues was consumed by fire last Christmas – rumor says that it happened while meals were being prepared for a local shelter. Their delicious sandwiches were named after the streets of the town and famous campus sites.  They were host to a bustling crowd from in town and all around.  I will never forget squeezing between the close set tables of merry patrons, hoping not to knock down any of the unapologetic array of obscenely kitschy items lining all the walls for sale: tiny Santas and villages and old timey bicycles – the kind of objects and ornaments you used to find at the silo at Linvilla Orchards (another classic destination, destroyed by fire in my lifetime). Today, I drove past and saw that suddenly even the shell of the building is gone. But in my heart the parking lot will be forever clogged, the sandwiches exquisite, and the company divine.


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