Vantage Point Farmer’s Market and the Cash Mob

Today at Vantage Point

Today at Vantage Point Farmer’s Market

Last weeks market

Last weeks market – First of the year

It has begun….another great year of the Vantage Point Farmer’s Market.

At the first market there were new faces and old friends…many vendors are returning this year to offer their wares and what a wide selection available this year.

In the past there were 2 markets offered…the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and the Arts and Crafts Fair on Sundays. This year the two are combined to offer a one day a week event that provides shoppers the convenience of a one day shopping trip with the variety of both markets.

Saturday, May 18, the Port Huron Cash Mob group has chosen the market as the site for this week’s Mob event. Not sure what a cash mob is? It is a way for local residents and visitors alike to offer support to local area businesses. What better way to support our area than stopping down to Vantage Point Farmer’s Market and purchasing you spring planting necessities, some new garden or lawn art, a delicious bacon topped cupcake (really! they are wonderful!), or maybe a new picture to hang on your wall at home.

Vantage Point Farmer’s Market, located next to the mouth of the Black River, is a wonderful place to spend any Saturday, but Cash Mob Saturday, May 18, may prove to be the most fun you will have shopping this month!first day at R n R market 006 first day at R n R market 009

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The Fire Starters Silent Dream Show

Mark Rucker and Trina Kern-Avedisian
The Fire Starters

Fifty-four years ago this month something really good happened to Port Huron’s Mid City Nutrition program. Mark Rucker was born, and it would become his passion to play beautiful music and his dream to help the less fortunate in our community. Better known in the area as Alice’s Soup Kitchen, Mid City Nutrition helps to feed most of those less fortunate ones…for some, meals at Alice’s are their only meals. We as a community need to work together to help support Alice’s fight against hunger.

The Fire Starters

Help The Fire Starters help Mid City Nutrition…

 

Mark Rucker has stepped up as a leader in this war against hunger. Mark has a background steeped in music. His Grandmother was a music teacher and his Grandfather was a music producer.His “Dad and all eight siblings traveled around the United States doing minstrel shows during the 1920s (Rucker, from a personal electronic interview). After growing up learning any and all instruments that were available, it was only natural for Mark to stay involved with music.

From the beginning, Mark enjoyed creating his own songs. Through the 1970s and 80s, he found himself involved with several different bands and musicians, but his desire to create forced him out of the music scene for the 1990s and into the new millennium. In 2005, his desire to do good with his music drove him back into performing. 2005 and 2006 saw benefit concerts to raise money for Toys for Tots. In 2007. Mark’s generosity rose to a new level when he was able to, out of his own pocket, rent the Mcmorran to again raise money for Toys for Tots. The following year, he again rented the Mcmorran facility to stage a performance to raise money for Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society.

Come enjoy the music and the spirit of giving…

Misfortune hit Mark in 2009 when, after 20 years he found himself in the unemployment lines. Unable to afford the cost of the Mcmorran, and without a different facility available in which to hold the Silent Dream Show, Mark was forced to once again put his dream on the  shelf. After a string of great performances and large donations being raised, Mark could not sit back and allow his dream to fade.

THEY ARE BACK! The Fire Starters Silent Dream Show will once again take place within the walls of the Mcmorran Place. This year the proceeds will go directly to Mid City Nutrition and Alice’s Soup Kitchen. The dream is alive and we can all be a part of it. All it takes it a couple hours of your time on November 3, 2012. There are 2 shows, one at 3pm and one at 7pm. You can make a difference in your community, all you have to do is come and enjoy the show.

Vantage Point Farmer’s Market, last month for 2012

3 De Farms,
Don Dull
10353 Brennan Rd.

Vantage Point Farmer’s Market is going strong this year! It has been a great summer with plentiful sunshine, refreshing breezes and lots of great shoppers, products and vendors! This years market has welcomed back many familiar faces and added a few new ones, too.

Many thanks goes out  to Liz Mathews, our Market Master, for all her hard work and dedication to the success of the Vantage Point Farmer’s Market.

Country Tastes,
2779 Campbell Rd.,
Brown City, MI 48416

The market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from now through October 27. It starts at 8:am and runs through 2:pm. There were a few vendors who sold out early, so come early and come often to the 2012 Farmers Market at Vantage Point!

Don’t forget, the market accepts the Senior Market Program, the Bridge card and offers the Double-up Food Bucks program!

Port Huron and the Great Lakes Maritime Center, a great place for boat watching!

A great place for ship watching!

Many people enjoy the pastime of watching freighters sailing in various parts of the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence Seaway. All have a favorite spot to watch and photograph from, but most have a spot that they dream of visiting someday. For many, that spot is Port Huron with its Great Lakes Maritime Center, home to the international headquarters of boatnerd.com.

The Blue Water Bridge with the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse’s green flash in the distance.

Salties and Lakers, Tankers and ‘Footers’ pass by the watchers at the Maritime Center on a regular basis. Following is a random gathering of ships that have sailed past Port Huron in the last year. Most were photographed from the Maritime Center, but some were captured at the Blue Water Bridge or the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.

The Underwater Camera is back at the Great Lakes Maritime Center!

The under water display is back!

Great news! The underwater camera that displays on the screen in the Maritime Center at Vantage Point is back in business and clearer than ever! Our good friend, Greg Lashbrook, has spent a great deal of time working on setting up this camera to give the best view of life below the surface of the St Clair River. There has been much activity since the display went back online.

The display is clearer than ever before!

This display is wonderful entertainment for young and old alike. So, take a moment to stop by the Great Lakes Maritime Center to discover what goes on under the blue!

Vantage Point Flower Market

What a great selection!

The Vantage Point Flower Market has been a huge success again this year. There have been a great variety of items available for your home, garden and yard. Beautiful hanging baskets full of gorgeous flowers and greenery, soil and decorative stone for your landscaping needs, a large selection of vegetable and herb plants for your gardening pleasure, and decorative wood sculptures and signage to highlight and   personalize your yard.

Yum!!

We can’t forget those great people who provide food and drink during the Flower Market. Lily’s Woodfire Pizza providing the most delectable pizza around, The Mackinac Island Ice Cream Trailer offering scrumptious frozen treats, and the fry trailer is open again this year under new management. Are you looking forward to next year’s already?

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YOU COULD WIN THIS BIKE ~ UPDATE!

What an awesome ride!

Donating $20 to the March of Dimes is a great way to spend one’s money. Having the chance to win this beautiful motorcycle, designed and built by Paul Jr. Designs, makes it even better.

This fabulous machine will be on display at events all across Michigan this summer before the final raffle drawing is held in Grand Rapids, MI on November 19. Tickets can purchased at any of the events or, if you cannot make it to one of the events, you can purchase them directly through the March of Dimes or through Lamar Construction.

Lamar Construction commissioned Paul Jr Designs to create this one-of-a-kind dream ride to raise awareness and money for the March of Dimes. Visit Lamar Constructions website for locations of the events and information on purchasing tickets by mail. Or you can call any of these area March of Dimes offices to find out more information:                 Port Huron area call: 810.824.1284                                                                                         Flint area call: 810.606.8014                                                                                                    Grand Rapids area: 616.247.6861                                                                                           Kalamazoo area call: 269.343.5586                                                                                       Lansing area call: 517.699.4863                                                                                             Southfield area: 248.359.1551                                                                                                Traverse City area: 231.947.2488

Thank you for your support and Good Luck!

That would look so good under me!