By Gillian Needham Special to The Free Press
The Mankato Free Press
---- — Having a safe and warm place to go is something many take for granted; however, those who don’t have the opportunity for that luxury look to CADA House of Mankato to become their safe haven.
In an effort to raise awareness and stability for those in need this holiday season, Full Moon Productions will be hosting its first Winter Solstice Party at Midtown Tavern on Saturday in support of CADA House and The Salvation Army.
Christy Steinbach, vice president of the Solstice Committee for Full Moon Productions, says the motivation behind creating such an event was initiated by personal reflection within the committee.
“Three of us on the committee are mothers and we couldn’t stop thinking about how difficult it would be to be cold and hungry during this time of year,” Steinbach said.
Warm clothing and monetary donations for men, women and children are welcomed at the event that begins at noon and lasts until 2 a.m. The event is being separated into two parts: The first half, from noon until 6 p.m., will be an all-ages, family-friendly gathering of local musicians and vendors.
Musicians Mick Bliss, Lions and Monkeys, and Sunshyne from the band i like you. will be performing during this portion of the event along with other artists from the area.
With those performances, a raffle will be held for items donated by local companies such as Tangles, Jake’s Stadium Pizza and Christy’s Crystals. The committee also received donations from contributors across the country.
“When we put out the information, donations just started flooding in to support our cause,” Steinbach said.
In addition to the fall ages half, there will be a 21-plus event held from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The cover charge will be $5 and musicians Tao Tree, Mikel Wright and The Wrongs, and Plastic Bag Boyz will be performing, among others.
Brandon Swopshire from Plastic Bag Boyz, a local Mankato rap group, cited the event as a personal achievement.
“I have dealt with homelessness, personally, and I have always wanted to contribute to the community like this,” Swopshire said. “It’s really a dream come true.”
Members of Plastic Bag Boyz have already contributed monetary donations, as well as their family members and spouses, but the group’s goal is to bring in as many families as possible.
“We really want people to bring their kids,” Swopshire said. “We have face painting and tons of stuff for the children to get involved, too.”
Swopshire said that the group’s performance will be slightly different from their usual set list, but just as energetic.
“We are trying to send a positive message out there to everyone and we are really looking to send out good vibes,” Swopshire said. “We want to allow people to have a good time and party for a good cause.”
If You Go What Winter Solstice Indoor Music and Art Bazaar, a fundraiser for CADA House and The Salvation Army Where Midtown Tavern When Beginning at noon on Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. is all-ages and family-friendly; 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. is ages 21-plus. Admission $5 suggested donation Music lineup 1 p.m.: Mick Bliss 2 p.m.: Team DGB 3 p.m.: Sunshyne (I Like You) 4 p.m.: Lions and Monkeys 5 p.m.: Tao Tree 8 p.m.: Tao Tree 9 p.m.: Steve 10 p.m.: Mikel Wright & The Wrongs 11 p.m.: Mick Bliss and his buddies 12:15 a.m.: Plastic Bag Boyz