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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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.

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!

YOU COULD WIN THIS BIKE!

commissioned by Lamar Construction
built by Paul Jr. Designs

Really!

Paul Jr. designed and built this awesome machine for the March of Dimes and they are raffling it off. The drawing will be held on November 19, 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained through Lamarconstruction.com or at the many showings of this bike across the state of Michigan this year.

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I was at Angry Bull Steakhouse tonight for the unveiling of this beautiful bike. What a crowd! It was a great way for them to kick off the 2012 season of Bike Night which is held there every Wednesday night.

Very sleek and sexy ride

Lamar Construction, headquartered in Hudsonville, MI,  commissioned Paul Jr. Designs to build this phenomenal machine for the event they are calling Custom Built for Babies.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the March of Dimes to assist them in their continued service to babies who are born too early and to their families. For more information of how you can help support the March of Dimes or join the March for Babies go here.

And now, for more pictures from this great afternoon at the Angry Bull.

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Know Your Ships – Do You Have Your Copy Yet?

Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre’s phenomenal book, Know Your Ships -2012 edition, is now available! This book is a must have for anyone with an interest in the ships and shipping on the Great Lakes.

It includes information on renamed ships, recently scrapped ships, and other changes that have occurred since the last issue. The pages are filled with information, spectacular photography, and more.

In the Port Huron area you can find a copy at The Great Lakes Maritime Center, the Thomas Edison Inn, the Lightship Huron, and the St Clair Pharmacy. Online, you can order your copy of Know Your Ships as well as other books, DVDs and apparel at http://www.knowyourships.com. Orders are taken by mail at: Know Your Ships, 317 S. Division St #8, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Call (906)632-8417.

Thanks, Roger, for another great issue of Know Your Ships!!

The 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market will soon be here

Kaye E. Barker heading downbound.

Saturday, June 9, from 9am to 3 pm is the 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market at the Riverview Plaza in St Clair, MI; located just across the street from the scenic boardwalk  in downtown St Clair.

Sponsored by the Lake Huron Lore Marine Historical Society, this years event promises to be a gala affair.

Little boat sizing up the big boat

With more than 40 vendors offering various items that relate specifically to shipping and the shipping industry in this region, there is bound to something to please the boatnerd in anyone. From artifacts, books, and photographs to advertising memorabilia, shipwreck collectibles, and artwork this event covers a great expanse of Great Lakes Maritime history.

This market is held only once a

Big job for a little tug

year and is one of only a few of its kind held throughout the country. This is a rare opportunity to find that photo, artifact, or other collectible from the impressive Great Lakes shipping industry that you have been looking for.

CSL Assiniboine coated in ice

The sponsor, Lake Huron Lore, was organized in 1963 to further the collection and preservation of maritime history in our region for the benefit of future generations. It has numerous activities throughout the year for its members, as well as the public, to further their understanding and enjoyment of this subject. The Marine Gallery at the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History is the repository of its extensive artifact collection. Its

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newsletter and journal, The Lightship, is published six times a year.

For more information, or to reserve a table to display for sale your own collection, contact Lake Huron Lore at (586)725-6276 or by email at micheldr2005@yahoo.com.