Saturday Farmers’ Market moves to Michigan Street for 2018 season

The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, and this summer, the Saturday Market will also be known for its fresh, new space!

With the support of Real Food Grows, the 2018 Saturday Farmers’ Market is moving to Michigan Street near the Main Street intersection downtown Mt. Pleasant. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning June 30, customers will find a tasty selection of locally-grown foods, colorful plants, homemade baked goods and more.

“Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation is excited to bring the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market to a new downtown spot on Saturdays this summer that is both highly visible and easy for shoppers to access,” said Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Manager Carol Moody. “We look forward to building on the market’s excellence from the last several years and boosting traffic for local businesses, while making Downtown Mt. Pleasant a vibrant community destination.”

Michigan Street will be closed to traffic one block east of Main Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is available in the south west parking lot of Michigan and Main streets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their Michigan Bridge Card at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market. The market also accepts debit and credit cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.

The Thursday Farmers’ Market will begin on June 7 and will remain at Island Park. Thursday Market hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Memorial Day Parade to honor country’s fallen military service members

On Monday, May 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3033 is hosting a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The parade travels through Downtown Mt. Pleasant and begins at 709 E. Broadway St. by Rite Aid. The route travels west on Broadway to Main Street and from there a bus will visit Riverside Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and the Memorial Gardens to honor veterans.

There will be no road closures for this event, but temporary traffic delays may occur. 

Back to the Bricks® car show stops downtown Mt. Pleasant June 8

The Back to the Bricks® car show will be making its first stop of the season in downtown Mt. Pleasant on Friday, June 8, as part of its “Mighty Mac and Back” promo tour. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., classic car owners and admirers can enjoy more than 270 automobiles on display along the streets of downtown.

Back to the Bricks® produces family-friendly automotive events that reflect Flint’s automotive heritage. The six-day tour is designed to promote all of the Back to the Bricks® events while showcasing each participating city’s unique features and foster economic development.

The following streets will be closed from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on June 8:

  • Broadway between Lansing and Washington
  • Main between Illinois and Mosher
  • University between Mosher and Michigan
  • Court between Broadway and Mosher
  • Franklin between Mosher and Michigan

The tour will leave from Davison with overnight stops in Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Petoskey, St. Ignace, and East Tawas, culminating with an “End of the Road” Luncheon at the Birch Run Speedway & Event Center.

For more information about Back to the Bricks®, go to www.backtothebricks.org.

Isabella Bank sponsors Movies by Moonlight

The City of Mt. Pleasant is pleased to announce Isabella Bank as the 2018 sponsor of Movies by Moonlight. The annual outdoor film series offers residents and visitors of the Mt. Pleasant area an opportunity to bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in on the lawn at City Hall for the movie showings on Saturday evenings throughout August.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Isabella Bank for Movies by Moonlight,” said Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller. “As one of downtown Mt. Pleasant’s oldest and most trusted businesses, they understand the power of community engagement and giving back to others. This partnership will ensure Movies by Moonlight continues for years to come.”

All movies begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk. This year’s lineup includes:

  • 4: “Leap!” (PG)
  • 11: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)
  • 18: “Coco” (PG)
  • 25: “Jumanji” (PG-13)

Additional details will be announced as the event approaches. See www.facebook.com/downtownmp for updates.

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The Movies by Moonlight event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

Nominations for Historic Preservation Improvement Awards due March 31

The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Historic District Commission (HDC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Improvement Awards.

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old, and the improvements must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Winners will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation month.

Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2018. Nomination forms can be found on the City’s website at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/HDC.asp.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.

3 Ways to Spark Holiday Cheer in Mt. Pleasant This Year

As fall leaves turn into winter flakes, bundle up, grab your friends and family, and head to downtown Mt. Pleasant! These upcoming events are guaranteed to warm your heart and spark holiday cheer throughout the community.

Christmas Celebration

From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.

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New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named “Best in Show.” To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.

For a list of activities throughout the two-day celebration and additional information, please visit the City’s blog here.

Santa’s House

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Mt. Pleasant!  Visit Santa and the North Pole at Town Center, on the corner of Main and Broadway streets, this Holiday season.

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Bring your letters to the bright red mailbox and make sure Santa hears your Christmas wishes. Listen to Holiday music and have the yearly conversation with the big guy, himself. Santa Claus is available for free visits through Christmas, and photos are welcome.

When will you be making your way to the North Pole?

Santa’s Hours 2017
Friday, Dec. 1 ~ 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 ~ 3-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 ~ Off to Deliver Toys!

25 Days of Christmas

Dec. 1 isn’t just day one of the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, it’s also the first of the 25 Days of Christmas downtownThroughout the month of December, this holiday calendar will bring special attention to each day leading up to Dec. 25.

You’ll have dozens of reasons to #makedowntownyourdestination this holiday season as you’re welcomed with lively decorations, holiday-themed activities, and can’t miss promotions. The Christmas Tree at Town Center, Holiday Light Curtains and lit trees along the sidewalk set the stage to brighten even the chilliest of days.

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With confirmed participants, including the gang at the Bird Bar & Grill, the Broadway Theater, Guys and Dolls Photography, and Art Reach, local businesses will continue to release promotions and activities from now through Dec. 25.

For all of the “25 Days of Christmas” details, click here!

 

Volunteers needed for Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Volunteers are still needed for the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration downtown Mt. Pleasant this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. Several opportunities are available, including assisting with parade safety and Santa’s house.

To sign up, contact Special Event Coordinator Melinda Salchert at (989) 779-5349 or msalchert@mt-pleasant.org, or Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.

 

Shop downtown Mt. Pleasant Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday. Launched in 2010, this annual event encourages people across the country to celebrate and support small, neighborhood businesses and all they do for their communities.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 866,000 small businesses in operation across Michigan, and in recent years, nearly 50 percent of employees throughout the state were working for a small business. Furthermore, shopping locally ensures that sales taxes are reinvested back into the local economy.

“Spending your dollars locally fosters the growth of existing and new businesses. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support the community we love,” said Melinda Salchert, special event coordinator for the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Small Business Saturday freebies will be available to those who shop early! For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit the Facebook event page.

Looking for more reasons to shop locally? Read more here!

Feel the holiday spirit at the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Dec. 1-2

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From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.

New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named Best in Show. To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.

Activities throughout the two-day celebration are listed below in order of date and start time. For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Friday, Dec. 1

  • Old-fashioned hayride to see the neighborhood Christmas lights – 4 to 8 p.m. at corner of University and Broadway
  • Visit with Santa and his reindeer – 5 to 9 p.m. at Town Center
  • Tuba Quartet performance – 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway)
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” LIVE performance – 6 p.m. show and 8 p.m. show at the Broadway Theatre (216 E. Broadway). Tickets are $8 at the door.
  • Christmas Carols with Mt. Pleasant High School Choir – 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant City Coffee (205 W. Broadway)
  • Community Christmas Sing-Along – 6 p.m. at Town Center
  • Suzuki Music Studio of Mt. Pleasant performance – 6 p.m. at Mercantile Bank (102 S. Main)
  • Flutiques performance – 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Isabella Bank (139 E. Broadway)
  • Genesis Bell Choir – 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Isabella Bank (139 E. Broadway)
  • Fish-n-Chips performance at 7 p.m. at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway)
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Kathy Ling – 7 p.m. at Town Center
  • Warming Stations:
    • Isabella Community Credit Union (102 E. Broadway) 5 to 6 p.m.
    • Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway) 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Foster Closet of Michigan/Carousel Corn (225 S. Main) 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Gray’s Furniture (222 E. Broadway) 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2

  • Pleasant Road Runners’ Jingle All the Way 5K – 8:30 a.m. at Max & Emily’s (125 E. Broadway St.) Registration can be found here.
  • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa and his reindeer – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall (302 S. Kinney)
    • Cost: $7 per person, $5 for children age four and under
  • Candy Cane Lane crafts with City of Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Library (301 S. University Ave.)
  • Holiday performance by Off Broadway Dance Studio – 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall
  • “The Polar Express” movie showing – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Library (301 S. University Ave.)
  • Santa’s Workshop make-and-take crafts – 1 to 3 p.m. at two locations:
    • Cookie Decorating at Max & Emily’s (125 E. Broadway St.)
    • Crafts at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway St.)
  • Visits with Santa and his reindeer – 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Town Center (except during parade)
  • Old-fashioned hayride to see the neighborhood Christmas lights – 4 to 8 p.m. at corner of University and Broadway (except during parade)
  • 2017 Lighted Parade with People Helping People team as grand marshal – 6 p.m. start at First United Methodist Church on Main.
  • Christmas JAZZ! – 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant City Coffee (205 W. Broadway St.)
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” LIVE performance – 6 p.m. show and 8 p.m. show at the Broadway Theatre (216 E. Broadway). Tickets are $8 at the door.
  • Warming Stations:
    • Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • Foster Closet of Michigan/Carousel Corn (225 S. Main) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • Gray’s Furniture (222 E. Broadway) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church (400 S. Main) 5 to 8 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering for this event may email Melinda Salchert, special event coordinator, at msalchert@mt-pleasant.org.

In memory of Tim Brockman, People Helping People team named grand marshal of Lighted Christmas Parade

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The People Helping People team from Max & Emily’s Eatery will serve as grand marshal of the 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2. Founded by the late Tim Brockman, the People Helping People program serves a free meal to those in need every Sunday. Brockman’s family will lead the parade in his memory.

People Helping People began in 2015 when Brockman learned that many of the area’s hunger relief programs were not available on Sundays. “Tim believed that no one in our community should ever go hungry, and when the idea of People Helping People came to him, he acted immediately,” said Chris “Elmo” Walton, owner of Max & Emily’s Eatery. “After a few weeks of the program, Tim and the staff started to create relationships with the program’s recipients. Smiles became hugs, faces became names, and stories were told on how his vision was positively impacting their lives.”

Funded by Max & Emily’s and community donations, the program remains strong and serves approximately 85 people each Sunday.

“Tim would be honored that this wonderful People Helping People program is being recognized in this year’s parade, and afterwards, he would challenge those in attendance to go out and do the right thing for someone else,” said Walton. “Doing the right thing is one of the many lessons Tim Brockman will continue to teach us long after his passing.”

The Lighted Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. downtown Mt. Pleasant, and is one of several events taking place Dec. 1-2 for the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. Additional activities include a community sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday night; and a pancake breakfast and visits with Santa on Saturday. For details, go to www.facebook.com/downtownmp.