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 




Mark this date on your calendar, Saturday, September 21, as a day for cruising the beautiful and historic Manatee River!  Starting at the Regatta Point Marina in Palmetto, the Harvesters have a 10 a.m. cruise time with Riverside Tours.  Captain Tom has reserved the 2-hour tour just for the Harvesters which means that there is room for a maximum of 44 people to take part in this fully-narrated tour.  The tour boat is weather-protected and restroom equipped.

This is an opportunity to enjoy Florida from the river, the way it should be experienced.  During the tour you will hear about the history of the river including the early settlers.  Your will pass interesting water features and learn about the ecology of the river.  There will be some river trivia and just a lot of information from people that love the Manatee.  Come with the Harvesters and spend a couple of hours enjoying and learning about your river.

Cost for the cruise is $42/person which includes the cruise and a gratuity for the crew.  The tour cost is non-refundable.

Following the cruise, we have lunch reservations at Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant (formerly Riverhouse Reef and Grill) located just steps from the tour boat dock.  You will be ordering from the menu and the cost of the meal will be on your own.


Registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 14 or when the boat capacity has been reached. Questions?  Contact Bob or Mary Stark at (231) 564-0677.


Experience the Life of a Rodeo Cowboy

Saturday, October 19


Have you ever wanted to see a real live rodeo?  Coming in October, the Harvesters will have the opportunity to have that rodeo experience as they travel to Arcadia for an afternoon at the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo.  The rodeo began its life as a modest event sponsored by the American Legion whose goal was to raise enough money for a new building for the organization.  That was 88 years ago!  

The event was much more successful than its organizers had hoped.  It grew over the years, weathered the Great Depression and today is the “Grandaddy of ‘em All” that has become one of the premier rodeos in Florida, and even the nation.  The cowboys you'll see in Arcadia are among the best professional rodeo athletes in the country.The venue for the rodeo is the new Mosaic Arena.

The Harvesters have reserved premium-seat tickets for Saturday, October. 19.  The seats are located across from the release chutes for a bird’s-eye view of the action and all the seats have seat-backs. 

We will be carpooling for this event and will leave the Harvest parking lot at 11:30 AM so that you will arrive at the arena by 1:00 PM in time for the Opening Quadrille. Following the Quadrille will be a Mutton Bustin’ event where the youngsters get involved.  The actual rodeo starts at 2:00 PM and will include such events as bronco riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and team roping – just to name a few.  At the conclusion of the rodeo, a special event called “Bullfighters Only” is sure to WOW! the crowd.  This event pits the skill and agility of the cowboy with the power and speed of the bull.

Due to the timing of this event, we will not be gathering for an organized meal, but there are concession stands at the arena that serve all-American stadium fare like hamburgers, barbeque, hot dogs, etc. should you wish to grab a bite during the rodeo.

At the conclusion of the event, approximately 5:30 PM, you put your horsepower in drive and head towards the sunset!  Your choice if you stop for vittles on the way home!

Cost for the trip is $31/person which includes your seat for the rodeo.  We have reserved 40 tickets for this event.  Reservation deadline is October 1 or when the tickets are gone whichever comes first.


If you have questions, contact Bob or Mary Stark at (231)564-0677.