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If you're looking for a great way to start the weekend, look no more.
The 2019 version of the Taylor Farmer’s Market, presented by Beaumont, kicks off this Friday, June 7, and will be followed by the City's free new "Party in the Park" concert series, sponsored by Wayne County Community College District. Both will be held at Heritage Park's Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. Gates open for the market at noon, and will open at 7 p.m. for the concert. Admission and parking are free for both events.
The farmer's market will include everything that visitors have seen in the past – and a little more. It will run each Friday through the end of September, with the possibility of some fall dates, according to New Market Manager Nicole Hellar. The market is extending its hours from noon to 6 p.m., which will offer visitors more scheduling flexibility. The extended hours also fit nicely into the new concert series, which will feature bands, food and more on selected Friday evenings. The series begins after the first market of the season and will continue with dates on July 19, August 2 and September 6.
The first concert will feature one of Ontario, Canada's hottest new bands, the Autumn Kings. The Autumn Kings are an independent rock/pop band who recently released a 12-song debut album (“Silver Screens”) that generated over 2.6M Spotify Streams and over 42M plays across Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and refreshments, including limited alcohol drinks, will be available at reasonable cost. No food or drinks are allowed to be brought into the facility.
“We have plenty of things going on at Heritage Park during the summertime,” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “The farmer’s market runs somewhat simultaneously to the Lamarand Splash Field right next door. By adding the ‘Party in the Park’ we’re hoping that all of these activities create a fun zone that our residents can enjoy on a regular basis. Whether you are at the market, the splash pad or a concert, there is nowhere better to be than Heritage Park in the summer months.”
The market’s bread and butter, local produce, is always an iffy proposition for any Michigan marketplace, due to the spring weather. However, the Taylor market took major steps in the right direction last year with the addition of totally homegrown produce from the Blair Moody Elementary School “hoop house,” Goodwill Gardens and the new gardens at the Heritage Park Petting Farm. As the market season grew, so did the offerings of the local produce table, which offered tremendous variety at reasonable prices.
But produce isn’t the only offering at the market. Last season offered as many as 30 vendors on a given Friday including excellent specialized luncheon offerings like tamales; cookies, pastries and baked goods; ice cream; snow cones; crocheted hanging towels; blankets; honey; homemade home décor; and much more.
The market is the largest of its kind in the Downriver region. It is also the only market held under a roof (41,000-square-foot Sheridan Center). The roof has prevented any rain outs in during the past three seasons. The center has ample parking directly in front of the building. Vendors have their own parking area on the north side of the building, adjacent to the loading door. Restrooms are available inside the center.
Other WCCCD "Party in the Park" featured bands this summer will include SpaceCat, Larry Lee & The Back in the Day Band and Jill Jack.
On July 19, SpaceCat will be the featured band. The group is a hip, fun band that specializes in performing premier high-energy dance music for any occasion -- anywhere where a great party is a must.
On August 2, Larry Lee & the Back in the Day Band will bring their unique brand of Funk, Motown, Blues and Soul to the stage. They have been featured on local news, frequent Arts, Beats & Eats, as well as Plymouth Music in the Air and quite a few other events. Football fans might remember Lee: A native of Dayton, Ohio, and eventually UCLA, he was drafted in the fifth round of the 1981 NFL drafted by the Detroit Lions. Played eight NFL seasons with Lions, Miami and Denver. He was also eventually director of football operations for Detroit.
The series will finish with popular Jill Jack on September 6. Jack has won an astonishing 44 Detroit Music Awards. She started her career as a backup singer with well-known Detroit bands before she starting writing her own songs and fronted her own band. That started a long list of prominent touring with acts like Bob Seger, John Waite, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colin and even the iconic Loretta Lynn.