Each year, Muscatine supports the Salvation Army’s Two Weeks of Love by Freezing and Frightening for Food and by donating to Toy Time. Now, residents have a new way to support this fantastic cause. On Sunday, October 27th at the Merrill Hotel, Lacey Lake and her sister Missy Plowman will host the first annual River View Makers Market and Vendor Fair (RVMM) to bring crafters together and collect food and toys for this worthy cause.
Both Lake and Plowman have hosted maker fairs around the region. Noticing that few such events took place in Muscatine itself, the pair decided they wanted to bring a large annual event to the heart of downtown. “We wanted to do a show downtown at the Merrill to bring in local and out of town people to support not only the downtown businesses and the new hotel but also to support local charities to boot,” detailed Plowman.
Wanting to help good causes as well, the sisters decided to host it with free admission and request donations of food for Frightening for Food and toys for Viola Werner’s annual toy donation, which both contribute to Two Weeks of Love in December. Plowman elaborated, “I have known Troy (Stinky) Philpott my whole life and wanted to support his efforts in a bigger way. I have also known Viola for a long time, as she is a friend of our mom.”
Focusing on these goals, Lake and Plowman organized the RVMM. The sisters have had more than sixty vendors sign up. “You will find anything from soaps, alpaca goods, signs, crocheted items, leather goods, and jewelry,” said Plowman. “There are so many things to see for all ages.”
At the heart of it though, Lake and Plowman hope the event will bring in a lot of support and donations for Two Weeks of Love. “We are taking either non-perishable food items for the food drive or a new toy for the toy drive. We will also have a bucket for cash donations,” Plowman reiterated. With the support of crafters throughout the community, she knows this event can grow and thrive and help Two Weeks of Love do the same.