Summer 2020 – Farmer’s Market


Thursday is MARKET DAY!!! We’ll be hanging out on the front lawn of the First Street Community Center with fresh veggies, baked goods, herbs, honey, novelty meat seasonings, homemade fruit jams, and more!!! Be sure to stop on by this Thursday, and every Thursday, from 4-6!!!!

Farmer’s Market is held: Thursdays 4-6pm, June-September



Open – Entire Building


First Street Community Center Facility/Building

We are back!! The building is open every day beginning on June 1, 2020; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Everyone entering the building must wear a face mask and practice social distancing at least six feet apart.  Also, no more than 10 people gathering at one place.

The Old Shops

The Old School Shops at the First Street Community Center are independent small businesses and are open/closed on the decision of the shop owners.  Some shops may not open until later in June or July.

Blooming Acres Gift Shop, Helio’s Stitches N Stuff, Kindred Spirits Gift Shop, My Studio, The Green Door, Room 222 Antiques, Ruth’s Twig Room and School House Antiques.

  • For more information, most of our shops have a Facebook Page, or a website, or an Instagram page (many are linked above) and we would love to hear from you.

Indoor Farmer’s Market – Canceled – Please Read the Note

vendor at the farmer's market
photo by Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market Facebook page

We know that one of the very popular activities at the First Street Community Center is attending the Farmer’s Market.  The organizers of the market have posted the following note on their Facebook page, be sure to read the “good news” section.

Be safe, be well, and we will see you again after this passes for the outdoor Farmers Market season!

This is from the Farmer’s Market Facebook Page 03/18/20

Hey there Everyone!

With yesterday’s announcement from the governor about limiting group gatherings to ten or less people, we are going to have to cancel the remaining two weeks of Saturday morning farmers’s markets. We are going to set our sights on looking forward to the outdoor markets that will start on Thursdays in May, but until then, we will have to say, “See ya in a bit!”


There is still good news for today, here & now!

Our vendors are still offering their products for private sales and here is a list of contact information for some of the vendors:

One thing to notate about dealing directly with the owner of a small business is the fact that they are more than happy to work with you on how and when to get their quality products into your hands. For instance, Jaime from Twisted Oaks Meats mentioned that if you go to their website and click on the Mt. Vernon Farmers’ Market as the delivery point for your order, she’ll meet you there! Pretty cool, huh?!?!?!

~ Beef, pork, and poultry meats
Jamie Bierman
Mobile (563) 889-0175

~ Specialty Desserts,
including gluten free products!
Linda Hurst
Mobile (319) 321-7271

~ Specialty Cupcakes
Angie Watson
Mobile (319) 430-3519

~ Raw Honey
Lynn St. John
Mobile (319) 270-6614

~ Black Walnuts and Hickory Nuts
Del Lawrence
Mobile (319) 854-7430

~ Handmade soaps and other beauty products
Rebecca Mueller
Mobile (319) 551-2082
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Live Theatre – These Shining Lives – MVLCT


banner graphic for these shining lives performance

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre is presenting These Shining Lives in the Uptown Theatre.  Shows are March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th @ 7:30 pm with a matinee March 8th @ 2 pm.

This isn’t a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It’s not a tragedy, though it ends like one.

Catherine Donohue’s opening line to the audience in These Shining Lives sets the tone for a play that is hard to categorize.

Based on the true story, it shows us the lives of the “radium girls” who painted dials with glowing radium-infused paint to create watches that could be read in the dark.

Catherine Donohue and her coworkers at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, were among the many women who worked in conditions that exposed them to a radioactive chemical that made them ill. Their fight for workers’ compensation even as they were suffering the crippling effects of the radium inspired a nation of workers to demand safe conditions from their employers.

Their efforts are described in historic accounts as heroic, but they saw themselves as ordinary people. As Catherine says: “But we’re just girls who wanted to work.”

With its simple set, small cast and Melanie Marnich’s poetic script, this story is one you will remember.

The show runs a little over an hour with no intermission; talkbacks will be held after the Saturday and Sunday shows for those who wish to stay.

Get Tickets Online    You can also purchase tickets at the performance.

Included in the Shining Lives cast are:

  • Kim Benesh
  • Schuyler Bieber
  • Larry Hansen
  • Kellyn Howell
  • Craig Jarvie
  • Mary Morgan-Blacharski
  • Kim Novotny
  • Braden JP Rood
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Lisa Smith
  • Len Struttmann

Kami Zbanek Hill is directing.

For more info check out the MVLCT website

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