Welcome to Discover Lansdale!
(Updated Dec. 6, 2017)
Thank you for visiting Discover Lansdale's website. We are happy to help you get to know what is going on in and around the borough. Over the years, we have brought you many events as well as helped many other organizations with theirs. Our goal is to put Lansdale on the map, one event at a time.
We are starting to recruit volunteers for our 2018 season. Help is needed in all areas -- staffing for First Friday events and Founders Day, magazine distribution around town, and fundraising and hands-on help at the Freight House restoration project. If you are interested in joining our mission to help Lansdale grow and prosper, just contact us and let us know your interests. And look for our Volunteer Fair, coming early next year!
Check out the latest issue of Discover Lansdale Magazine, available at all Discover events and many of your favorite businesses throughout town. This issue's issue: Celebrating the holidays Lansdale-style, from the mis-named Mardi Gras parade's inception right up through this season. Plus get holiday reading suggestions from our own library. And you might still find our previous summer issue, all about Parking in Lansdale, from the early days of the auto right through today and tomorrow. Check out the handy center-spread map of where to park in town, and how much it might cost.
And while you're at it, get your copy of the second annual Discover Lansdale Business Directory. To see and shop the nearly 200 businesses and services listed, please click here. To use our fun interactive map, produced in cooperation with Lansdale Borough's GIS department, please click here. And to get a copy, all throughout 2017, look for it at your favorite establishments all around town. And remember, SHOP LANSDALE FIRST!!
First Fridays are winding down for 2017. Be sure to visit the festive borough Christmas tree in Railroad Plaza, visit Santa's house right across the road, and join your friends and neighbors on Dec. 12 for the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah, also in Railroad Plaza.
The construction site on Madison Parking Lot has been fenced off, the lot has (mostly) been closed, and construction will begin shortly. Full details and updates can be found here, and check out our question and answer on the parking issue with Borough Council President Denton Burnell, from the summer issue of Discover Lansdale Magazine.
Discover Lansdale is dedicated to helping support Life in Motion through community growth by creating opportunities for a vibrant and evolving destination for businesses and families to ensure a healthy way of life. We will provide a safe venue for signature events, entertainment, nightlife, shopping and work.
We stage such borough events as Founders Day (and fireworks!), First Fridays including the Zombie Walk and Chili Cookoff, and Cruise Night. We support and sponsor many other Lansdale causes and events. And we own and are in the process of restoring the historic Reading Freight Station. CLICK HERE for a look at all the town's 2017 major events, from Discover Lansdale and others!!
Read below for a plea for your assistance. And click here to donate to Discover Lansdale's Freight Station effort.
The Holiday issue of Discover Lansdale Magazine is out!
It's your guide to what's happening in and around Lansdale for the holidays -- and what you can expect to happen in the borough in 2018, from the Madison Lansdale Station project to the Liberty Bell Trail. PLUS a history of our own misnamed Mardi Gras parade, and a guide to family holiday reading.
You can find it, free, at many local establishments, plus Borough Hall and the Lansdale Library.
And if you would like copies to distribute in your shop, restaurant or offices, just message us to let us know.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOVEMBER ZOMBIE TRAIN SET RAFFLE WINNER!!
George, the gentleman above, was the very happy winner of the Lionel Zombie Apocalypse Survivors Train Set raffled off by Discover Lansdale in November. He picked up his award at Henning's Trains in Lansdale.
All the proceeds from Discover Lansdale's raffles go to support our restoration project at the historic Reading Railroad Freight House at S. Broad and Vine Streets. We appreciate the generosity of Henning's Trains in donating the train set and helping out with a great community project.
Watch for our next round of raffle prizes, coming in 2018.
Celebrate the season
in Lansdale Borough
Check out this dynamic duo -- Santa! The Conductor on the Polar Express! Together again! -- and you can visit them both in person as the borough's holiday festivities continue. The Conductor himself will conduct a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's revered children's novel on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Lansdale Library, followed by a viewing of the animated film at 7.
Meanwhile, Santa is ready to listen to your Christmas wishes, in his home right across from Railroad Plaza, through December 21. His hours:
You can follow all the area holiday events on our calendar page. And if your organization is having a public event, contact us and let us know so we can add it to our calendar.
Volunteer days at Freight House
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FUTURE WORK DAYS AT THE FREIGHT HOUSE, AND UPDATES ON THE CONSTRUCTION. BELOW IS A PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.
If you have tools, bring 'em. If you happen to have a jackhammer lying around the house, even better -- we are working on pulling up the concrete floor in the back of the Freight House. And if you're interested in buying some of the reclaimed lumber from the site, see the poster at the top of this column.
What to wear:
What to bring:
What are we doing: (below is a list of items, though may be more)
A big part of the interior floor to be removed yet is a concrete slab. We are about 1/3 of the way through it. ANY help somebody can give with locating another jack hammer or something we can use to bust up concrete would be a BIG help a greatly appreciated. Please, ask around.
Please note: This project is a construction work area, not intended for young children.
Lumber Update: As mentioned we are offering much of the reclaimed lumber for sale (see attached). This 115 year old historic lumber is great for all sorts of projects. Makes great shelf boards or used for various furniture projects (tables, benches, etc.) and many rustic craft projects. ALL of the money from the lumber sale will be added to the freight house restoration fund. Lumber will be available for sale during these work days.
Own a piece of local history while supporting this great project!
Freight Station 2017
Friends of Discover Lansdale ...
In mid-2016 Discover Lansdale, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the borough, purchased the stately stone structure to save it from the wrecking ball. The historic RR depot at the southern gateway to downtown Lansdale had fallen into disrepair after years of non-use.
We hope to restore it to its former glory, and more — to make it a welcome center for the town, a showplace for the town’s history and growth, and a resource for the entire community for events and celebrations.
Currently we are in the process of removing the flooring, assessing the physical condition of the building and the supports, and determining what repairs will be needed to ensure its structural integrity now and far into the future. This, along with other improvements to come, will be a multi-year effort and an expensive undertaking.
Discover Lansdale is counting on you, and folks like you, to fund this effort. We hope you’ll be among the supporters helping to restore the Lansdale Freight Station as a town jewel. Whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated.
To donate online, just click here and click the “Donate” button, or go to the How to Help page under the Freight Station tab.
Or send your check to Discover Lansdale, PO Box 1112, Lansdale, PA 19446. Please note on the check that your donation is for the Freight House restoration. Every dollar you give will go towards that project.
Your donations are tax-deductible; we will acknowledge donations via email, or if you wish a letter of acknowledgement sent, please click the box on the payment page to allow sharing of your contact information with Discover Lansdale.
Thank You for giving back to our community. As always, Discover Lansdale appreciates your support.