Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 7, 2014

Cold front can't stop classic cars or crafts

TRAVERSE CITY -- Neither cool winds nor cloudy skies could keep vendors from showing their crafts or classic cars along Union Street.

With a cold front coming in, 150 artists displayed their work and more than 200 classic car enthusiasts showed off their restored vehicles between a few raindrops.

Traverse City natives Wally and Elly Tupper sat curbside behind their red Ford Thunderbirds. Together hey have restored nine Ford cars since buying their first one as newlyweds more than 57 years ago.

“We only had a small amount of money for a down payment,” Elly said. “Ford gave us the best deal, so we’ve had Fords ever since.”

The car couple has been to 40 national Mustang shows around the country. A large sign between their 1956 and 2002 Thunderbirds drew in hundreds of viewers to compare the older and newer models.

“We get more attention showing these cars than our other nine because of the sign,” Elly said. “You can see people give a big smile when they start reading and they see the price difference.”

Local crafter Marilyn Barber crocheted towels with her daughter, Melissa Basler under a billowing tent as the winds picked up and clouds cast shadows overhead. She didn’t think the weather would hurt her business.

“With the Blue Angels in town, it’s really going to bring the people in,” she said.

Her business, Grandma’s Handy Scrubbers, sold nylon netting scrubbers that were used to clean grills, Teflon pans, classic cars, and more.

“We even have some wild women who exfoliate their legs with them,” Melissa said.

Marilyn started attending local craft shows when Melissa was young enough to sleep under the table that held her wares. Even with the so-so weather, she expected to sell at least 1,000 of her specialty scrubbers.

Photographer Dave Oberin traveled from the Lansing area to share his hobby at the craft fair. New to the scene, he was happy with the amount of people who stopped at his tent to gaze at his framed images. He did keep a close eye on the weather app on his phone, and by 1 p.m., the sun finally peaked through the clouds.

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