Harvesters (50+ Connect Group)

Harvesters is our connect group for people who are 50 years +. We provide a way to connect with the Harvest family and meet new friends. Gathering once a month, we enjoy fun, engaging activities like museum visits, day trips, train rides, and live theater performances. A meal is usually included with each gathering. 

If you have  questions and/or would like to be included on the Harvesters’ e-mail list, contact Bob and Mary Stark, Harvesters Coordinators, at 231-564-0677 or 



”The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round “. . . as the song goes. Well, the wheels on the bus will be spinning for the Harvesters again on Wednesday, May 1 as we journey to Tampa for a day exploring the arts in the heart of Tampa.

The All Aboard bus will leave the Harvest parking lot at 8:45 AM for the trek into Tampa where the first stop will be at the restored Tampa Theatre. Built in 1926, the Tampa Theatre is one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces and a beloved community landmark.

Like other movie palaces around the country, Tampa Theatre was enormously popular when it opened. For the first time in history, the common person had access to opulence – for 25 cents! By the 1960s times had changed. The rise of television and movement to the suburbs had a profound influence on the downfall of these beautiful theaters. Audiences dwindled, cost of up-keep rose and many of them fell into disrepair or were demolished.

Thanks to the foresight of the community, the Tampa Theatre was rescued from the same fate. Today, the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation manages the theatre, hosting more than 600 events a year. The Harvesters will have a one-hour docent led tour of the Theatre including an opportunity to view the restored Wurlitzer theater organ.

Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at one of the many small restaurants located within walking distance of the Theatre. A list of local restaurants will be available. Cost of lunch will be on your own.
In the afternoon, the Harvesters visit the Tampa Museum of Art located on the Riverwalk. The museum is located a short walk (0.3 mi) from the Tampa Theatre.

The Museum opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum includes one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States along with a dynamic schedule of special exhibitions. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has fostered a reputation for presenting contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), a 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its south façade.

The Harvesters are scheduled for small-group docent-led tours of the museum beginning at 1:30 PM. At the conclusion of the tour, there will be time to browse in the gift shop before re-boarding the bus for the 3:00 PM return to Harvest.

Cost for the day will be $44/person which includes transportation, entrance fees to the theater and museum and gratuities.

If you would like to sign up for this artsy adventure please go to the Harvest website: welcometoharvest.org/harvesters to register. Registrations are limited to bus capacity which is 55 people. If you have questions, please contact Bob and Mary Stark at 231-564-0677.




Harvesters to experience an Escape Room Adventure in June

The Harvesters have the opportunity to do some “out-of-the-box” thinking and have great fun and fellowship at the same time as they experience an escape room adventure on Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

So what is an “escape room”?  The short version is... "a live, interactive game in which a player must use and manipulate their surroundings to escape an enclosed area." 

Escape Bradenton is located at Orange Blossom Plaza on Cortez Road east of US 41 and is a live-action adventure, where you are part of a team (usually 4-8 people) challenged to solve your way out of a brilliantly-themed, decorated, “locked” room. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons, mansions, and space stations.  Usually the various puzzles and riddles themselves follow the theme of the room.

Your team uses elements within the room to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to find clues which will help youunveil the secret plot which is hidden within the room.  The team is given a set time limit, usually 60 minutes, to “escape” from the room. 

Escape rooms have been around since the 2010s. For those of us who were not raised with video games, this concept of the escape room might be foreign to us.  There also might be some concern about just what you would be getting yourself into by participating in this event!    If you go to Escape Bradenton’s website and read some of the reviews, you will find that, if you have even the slightest spirit of adventure and are willing to try something new you are in for a time of great entertainment and fun, fun, fun.

The cost for this adventure is $25/person which includes the escape room adventure and a double-dip ice cream cone at EB Scoops, an ice cream shop and companion business to Escape Bradenton and located just a few doors away. 

Lunch reservations have been made for 12:15 p.m. at Hungry Howie’s Pizza Buffet located on 301 Boulevard in the DeSoto Square Mall parking area.  Cost of the buffet will be on your own.

If you are interested in joining this adventurous afternoon, please go to the Harvest website to register – welcometoharvest.org/harvesters.  lease be sure to check the add-on if you plan on having lunch with the group. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 23.

If you have any question, please contact Bob and Mary Stark at 231-564-0677.