Halloween – The Revenge!

OK a bit melodramatic, but certainly “Halloween – The Return” – just don’t expect to see Jamie Lee Curtis running screaming down Starkweather!

We used to have a lovely tradition of a Halloween Block Party here in Old Village – a great family event to get everyone in the mood for Trick or Treating. The last Block Party was in 2017 and since then, a lack of volunteers and a certain little virus has thwarted any plans to revive this community event – until now!

We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

A small but feisty band of OVA members are channeling their inner Dr Frankenstein and bringing the Block Party back to life! We are trying out a new venue – Farmer next to Starkweather Park. We will have a spooky train ride, games galore, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest for two legged and four legged friends and much more – this is a great opportunity before we all start hibernating to get out, meet your neighbors and have some fun.

This event couldn’t run without a couple of things – volunteers – more on that later and the funding raised from a new event we are running in the village during October – The Old Village Pumpkin Path.

How many pumpkins will you find?

From October 10th you will see an array of pumpkins pop up around the Village. Business owners have signed up to create their own decorated pumpkin and to display it either outside or in the window of their business – we want visitors to Old Village to photograph these pumpkins and share them on social media using the #OVpumpkinpath. At the time of writing this post we have 14 businesses signed up! Each of those businesses donated funds towards to Halloween Block Party – I will be blogging about our Old Village Pumpkins throughout October – also keep a look out for a Pumpkin Path walking map to help you find those pesky pumpkins!

A last word about volunteers, I am really thankful for those individuals who give their time and energy so freely to help these events happen – it would be awesome to have a few more – if you are an Old Village resident and you would like to get more involved with your community – please consider volunteering at the Halloween Block Party – we need a few adults willing to supervise some children’s games – maybe while dressed up in a Halloween costume???

There is a Halloween Block Party Planning Meeting Wednesday October 6th, at the Mason’s Lodge on Farmer and Amelia at 6.30pm – we would love to see you there!


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Goodbye Summer

I have just come back from a few days in Chicago, I looked at art, shopped, hung out with my kids, ate yummy food and drank cocktails by the river – all splendid fun but it is sooooooooo good to home in Old Village. Today is Labor Day and I hope you are all enjoying the last holiday of summer.

Tomorrow however I am going to be looking forward to all things Fall – as some of you know I moved to the US 10 years ago and one of the many things I fell in love with is Fall. I am looking forward to pumpkins on porches, a glass of apple cider, wearing sweaters and the spooky season!

This past August we have seen some ongoing projects come to fruition, we have new street banners dotted around Starkweather and Mill, thank you to everyone who worked to make that happen.
We have also been very lucky to have had the efforts of the Plymouth Pollinators directed at our Old Village signs and their flower beds. Dave and Carly of the Pollinators have been coming to recent Old Village Association meetings and we were blown away by their plans. Some of our local businesses very kindly sponsored the plants for these beds. I can’t wait to see what it will look like next summer. To get an idea you can see the Pollinators garden in the Knights of Columbus park on Holbrook. If you are interested in getting involved with the Pollinators the best way to start is by joining their Facebook group – search Plymouth Pollinators! Thank you Dave and Carly for all the love bestowed on Old Village!

We have plans for making this a beautiful Fall in Old Village.
Our local businesses are planning a fun Pumpkin Path that we can all participate in and highlight the array of businesses we have here in Old Village and the OVA is planning to celebrate Halloween on October 24th with a fun family block party.

Just a reminder that the OVA meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6.30pm at the Masons Lodge at Farmer and Amelia – we love to see our neighbors and your thoughts and help, help us grow. Our September meeting is Wednesday September 8th.

Hope you have a great September – best wishes to all the Old Village children who will be returning to school this week, we are all hoping for a happy and safe year for you.

Jan xx

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Bumpers, Bikes and Bands OH MY!

If you are a regular visitor to Bumpers, Bikes and Bands you will know that on the third Sunday of July, Starkweather becomes home to a variety of beautiful vintage cars, a few bikes, a smattering of vendors and some rocking music. Usually our event is fairly well attended but certainly flies under the radar compared to other car shows.

This year we plugged the event a little more online, we had a few more vendors than usual, a couple of great bands, and I think crucially A LOT of rain in the run up to our event, resulting in the biggest BBB we have seen in a long time – if not ever! The weather was perfect and wow, did the car and bike owners show up! And so did the visitors, it was so great to see our little part of the world filled with neighbors, friends, newcomers, families and pooches.

Thanks to everyone involved with bringing this event together – Latricia Horstman, Mark Oppat and all the OVA volunteers, the Masons Plymouth Rock Lodge, our neighbors on Starkweather, Spring and Liberty, DJ Del, The Classics, Mob Opera, our judges who had the impossible task of deciding winners, all the businesses that donated to our silent auction, our incredible vendor row – Throttle Gals magazine, Plymouth Cycle and Speed, LunasVintage Designs, Loaded Chamber Clothing, Mary’s Bike Stuff, Cabin Fever Creations, Usborne Books, Be The Light, Indian Warrior, Factory Rat, Revamped Threads, The Henna Leaf, Jerry’s Lemonade and more! Evan from Plymouth Cycle and Speed generously covered the entry of all the bikes so we had a fantastic show of bikes this year! Bonnie from Eats and Sweets for arranging the awesome BBQ truck from Hallboy, Livonia Trophy who made the gorgeous trophy plaques, the neighbors who came to the rescue with electricity for the bands, the 50/50 raffle ticket sellers from PCEP Thespians Troupe #354, the City of Plymouth for diving in when the power went out on us (thank you Chris and Aaron), Martin, Glenn, Judy and JC for organizing the cars and collecting funds. Lastly thank you everyone who came out, spent some money and supported our town!

It really does take a village! Here are some great shots of the day for you to enjoy

The next event Old Village will be hosting will be a fun spooky Halloween Block Party, Sunday October 24th – if you have ideas or would like to help make this event another success – the next OVA meeting is August 11th at 6.30pm at the Plymouth Rock Lodge on Farmer and Amelia – or email plymoutholdvillageassociation@yahoo.com

Jan x

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Click the link above to view the Summer edition of the Old Village Voice.

Don’t forget Bumpers, Bikes and Bands is coming!!!!

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