Thanks for making Riverfront Market a great success

Sunday, November 25, 2012

By Marla Mills

Old Town Cape's first season of the Cape Riverfront Market more than exceeded the expectations of organizers and volunteers as the vision created by our community was realized. This vision incorporated not only to provide access to quality, locally grown produce as well as value-added and handmade items, but to create an environment that encouraged community and brought people downtown. Market goers were able to quickly pick up their needed produce or leisurely spend a Saturday morning shopping and visiting with friends while drinking coffee, having a warm doughnut and listening to local musicians or watching a demonstration.

Old Town Cape owes a debt of gratitude to the core group of dedicated volunteers who showed up each of the 26 Saturdays to ensure visitors had a quality experience. A special thanks to Levi Olson and Emily Scifers, who were the two that started the project by stepping forward and saying, "We need a Saturday market downtown," and then making it happen.

The volunteers couldn't have created this vision without the support of the community, the city of Cape Girardeau (especially police and parks departments), SEMO Food Bank and local businesses. And a thank you also goes to all the local musicians and those who demonstrated without any compensation. A big thank you must also go to the vendors who shared their products and talents, for without quality vendors there could be no market.

Old Town Cape thanks anyone who contributed to the market in any way and to the community for supporting and embracing it. We look forward to the 2013 season. See you at the market.

Marla Mills is the executive director of Old Town Cape.

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