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The third time is the charm.
That's the hope of the Plymouth
Civitans as they host the Fall Festival
Taste Fest for the third year from 6-8
Friday night.
The first year the Civitans took on
the event, it rained, keeping many peo-
ple home from the event. “That was a
tough one,” said Kathy Turnquist, the
Civitan member who helps plan and
organize theTasteFest.
Last year, the group had a problem
most others wouldwelcome: the crowd
was so extensive, they ran out of seats
for diners.
“That was a good problem to have,
but this year we are going to limit the
crowd so that it ismore comfortable for
everyone,” Turnquist said.
This year, only 500 of the $15 tickets
will be sold. Those lucky enough to
attend the event will dine on fare from
more than 16 local restaurants in a gar-
den setting created by Mark Baldwin
Landscaping in the lower parking lot
of Station 885 restaurant on
Starkweather inOldVillage.
Station 885 owner Rob Costanza
said he was enormously impressed
with thework the Civitans had done on
the event. “I helped them on the first
year, but they have really stepped up to
this, especially Kathy,” Costanza said.
“It's quite a tribute to them and to the
area restaurants that this event is so
popular that now they have to actually
limit tickets.”
Costanza will provide full bar serv-
ice at the event along with the Wile E.
Coyote Band. “These are guys who all
play in other bands. They are just fan-
tastic,” Costanza said. He will keep the
bar service open and the band will
continue to play until 10, he said, for a
small after party.
Turnquist said the group owes
Costanza a debt of gratitude for all his
help with the event and the hours he
spends on it while he has nothing but
praise for her efforts in contacting the
restaurants and taking care of the myr-
iad of details connected to the Taste
This year, for the $15 ticket, diners
can sample treats from more than 16
local restaurants including: Bahama
Breeze, Claddagh Pub, Cupcake
Station, Elite Catering, Grand Traverse
Pie Co., Happy's Pizza and Ribs,
LaBistecca Italian Grille, Max &
Erma's of Plymouth, Mitchell's Fish
Market, Noodles & Co., Plymouth Roc,
Rocky's of Northville, the Rusty
Bucket, Station 885, Vintners Canton
Winery and Zoup Salad and
Tickets for children 10 and younger
are $5 and children younger than 5 are
admitted at no cost.
Tickets are available at almost all
the participating restaurants and at
Station 885.
Proceeds from the Taste Fest are
donated by theCivitans toLeaderDogs
for the Blind, Paws with a Cause, the
Salvation Army Food Pantry, Cooke
School, Vet's Haven, the Citivan
Research Center, Special Olympics
Bowling, Harbor Lights, the Plymouth
Historical Museum, the Miracle
League Easter EggHunt, the Plymouth
Canton Essay Scholarships, the
PlymouthChamber Scholarship, Camp
Civitan, Youth Leadership and
Diversity Camp, the adoption of a fami-
ly at Thanksgiving and two families at
Christmas along with the Salvation
Army of Plymouth.
For more information about the
Civitans or the Taste Fest, contact
Turnquist at or
(734) 459-1896.
Sweet success
Tickets limited to Civitans Taste Fest this year
Wile E. Coyote Band