**Photographs and articles posted on this page are pieces I have done for a start-up community newspaper in Mount Pleasant, Michigan called The Central Michigan Pulse (commonly referred to as The Pulse).
Mount Pleasant songstress performs at Rubble’s
Vocalist Sara Faye Jamison serenaded a small crowd at Rubble’s Bar Monday night in her latest performance.
The concert was part of the Monday night music series hosted at Rubble’s which has musical performances each Monday free of charge.
Jamison was born in Houston, Texas and has lived in Mount Pleasant for nearly three years. The 24-year-old currently works at B’s Music Shop located on N. Mission Rd.
She’s most comfortable playing the acoustic guitar and ukulele, but Jamison said she can also play most stringed instruments and a keyboard for selling purposes at B’s.
Jamison likens her music most closely to the indie rock genre of music. She said she loves performing covers, particularly The Beatles, and learning music she hears on the radio, but she also writes original songs.
“It’s all kind of soft and sweet and mellow,” she said, describing her music style. “But then I do have my particular songs that are more percussive and get you dancing.”
Jamison said she loves to write songs to get negativity out in the form of a song.
“It lets me kind of live my way happier that way. I’m a very happy person and I write some of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard. Instead of withholding, I can just put it down on paper and go on with my day,” Jamison said.
Recently she has been using her music to do volunteer work.
“I’ve gone and played bedside for people who are in hospice care. I do some nights at the old folk’s home occasionally, just because I get so much joy out of seeing the smile on other people’s faces when I do it,” Jamison said. “I don’t really have any other greater aspirations than that.”
Jamison said she likes Mount Pleasant but it is unlikely she will stay permanently.
“I’ve just always had this love for the pacific northwest,” she said. “I’m really hoping to end up out there. I’m kind of wander-lusty. I do a lot of traveling so I’m always looking for the next place, but I love Michigan.”
“If I could make money traveling and making music, sweet, but I know it’s probably not going to happen,” Jamison said, laughing.
Jamison’s upcoming performances include a benefit Nov. 14 at Rubble’s Bar and Nov. 23 for a free performance.
Soup and Bread fundraiser brings local support
A community of friends and family came together to support the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen during its annual Soup & Bread Dinner fundraiser Friday, Nov. 20.
Volunteers of the non-profit organization served food at the soup kitchen, located at 621 S. Adams St. in Mount Pleasant, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All the food was donated by local restaurants and bakeries. Donations were brought at will.
According to the Executive Director of the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen Kim Friedrich, proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward covering operational costs.
“Daily operations, having heat in the winter, paying the bills, and keeping the lights going; that’s what the proceeds have really gone toward,” said Friedrich.
The soup kitchen is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A continental breakfast is available beginning at 8 a.m. and a hot lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
Alison Emery Fuhs is pursuing a degree in social work at Central Michigan University and has been a volunteer at the soup kitchen for eight months. Fuhs said she enjoys working at the soup kitchen and communicating with the guests.
According to Friedrich, the soup kitchen has a wide range of volunteers such as community members who have been involved for years, those working off fines through community service, or students who are putting in volunteer hours.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to visit during operational hours. Friedrich said there is paperwork and going over availability and interested parties are given a tour of the building so they know what to expect.
“Since we do have a lot of students that work with us, during their breaks such as Thanksgiving, the summer months or Christmas, our volunteer hours just drop down. We need more help during that time,“ said Friedrich.
For more information on volunteering, donating, and the history of the soup kitchen visit icsk.org.
***List of organizations that donated food to the Soup and Bread event:
Bennigan’s, Bob Evans, Buck’s Rub, CMU Campus Dining, China Garden, Cranker’s, Freddie’s, Erbert & Gerbert, Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, Max & Emily’s Bakery/Café, Mountain Town Station, Ponderosa Steak house, Stan’s Famous Restaurant, Cottage Inn Pizza, Robaire’s Bakery, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Lone Star Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Ric’s Food Center, Central Michigan Catering.
Midnight Skate brings hundreds
The lobby of ICE Arena was filled to capacity while those wanting to participate in the Alternative Winter Break Midnight Skate on Thursday, Nov. 12 waited to support the organization and enjoy a night of ice skating with friends.
The event started at 11:30 p.m. and was scheduled to go until 1:30 a.m.
Skaters who brought their own ice skates were admitted for $5. Ice skate rental cost $6.
Nathan Mason, 21, a CMU student majoring in special education, came to the event after being persuaded by a friend.
“She goes, ‘Do you want to ice skate?’ and I go ‘I don’t know how to do that, I’m a cheerleader’,” said Mason.
The Alternative Winter Break is a program through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. Student participants spend the first week of their winter break visiting an area to help make a difference with social issues. Last year’s participants went to build a butterfly farm in Belize.
Alyssa June is the fundraising co-chair on the Alternative Breaks Executive Board. According to June, roughly 435 people showed up to the event raising a total of $2,000 after costs.
Proceeds from the event will benefit whichever branch of alternative break received the most support. Participants will receive $10 off, per person for a specific break. Skaters were able to vote for their branch of choice upon entry. June said CMU’s International Education group won the contest with nearly 60 votes.
“Breaks can get to be $250 without travel grants and group fundraising so having this program wide fundraiser helps lower the cost overall,” said June.
Vampires beat zombies at roller derby scrimmage
Mount Pleasant’s women’s roller derby team the Central Michigan Mayhem hosted its fifth annual Zombies vs. Vampires scrimmage Saturday at Spinning Wheels Arena where the vampires vanquished the zombies with a final score of 165-131.
Mayhem skaters and other skaters across Michigan sign up to form the scrimmage teams and are divided between the zombies and vampires.
Tickets for the event were $10 in advance, but were available for purchase for $12 at the door.
According to Sara Potter, also known by her derby name “Doctor Potter”, partial proceeds from home bouts are given to a local charity chosen prior to the event. Part of the proceeds from Saturday’s tournament will benefit the Isabella Dental Clinic which provides dental care for underprivileged children.
Spectators such as Sarah Moe and Tiffany Davidson said they were cheering on the vampires.
“Vampires are obviously better and considerably faster than zombies,” Moe said.
“Absolutely, no shamble skating,” Davidson added.
Moe said her fiancé used to skate and she attended matches when she lived in Knoxville, but this was her first match in town since moving back to Mount Pleasant three years ago.
“New job, new life it’s hard to get out sometimes,” Moe said.
Potter said those interested in becoming a Mayhem skater must be at least 18 years old, pass a minimum skills test, and meet the league’s attendance requirement to be eligible for a game roster. Email cmminfo@googlegroups for more information.
Practices are from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Spinning Wheel Arena located on N. Mission Rd in Mount Pleasant.
“We encourage prospective skaters to visit us at a practice session to see how we train,” Potter said.
Mayhem’s next scheduled bout will be in Flint on Nov. 7 against the Flint City Derby Girls. Updates on the bout schedule can be found on centralmirollerderby.com.