A crowd of 120 helped East Village Magazine celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party and fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. last Saturday in the Ramsdell Room of the Flint Farmers’ Market. The Greg Ellis Blues Band performed, and, according to EVM Editor Jan Worth-Nelson, donations and sales of “swag” sporting EVM’s iconic logo created by EVM photographer and president of the board Edwin D. Custer were brisk.
Souvenirs available as premiums for donations for the celebration and fundraiser will soon be available to the general public through the website, including tote bags, flasks, mugs, teeshirts, coasters, paperweights, magnets and keychains, along with framed prints of a selection of EVM covers.
Food was provided by B-Dogs, the hot dog merchant of the Flint Farmers’ Market, and a cash bar will be available.
EVM is one of the oldest continuously published community news outlets in the country, recently featured in Columbia Journalism Review. A nonprofit, monthly magazine featuring all-volunteer “citizen journalists” and hyper-local coverage, EVM was founded by the late Gary Custer, who died in January, 2015. He was a photojournalism graduate of the University of Missouri and legendary writer, publisher, mentor and trainer of many writers.
The magazine is distributed in many downtown Flint locations and hand-delivered by 50 volunteers in neighborhoods adjoining downtown. The name “East Village” came from Gary Custer’s fondness for the “global village” ideas of Marshal McLuhan, and has become synonymous with the neighborhood bounded by I-475, Kearsley, Court and Crapo streets.
Souvenirs were provided by Hollywood Awards, the company founded by Ted Nelson, husband of EVM editor Worth-Nelson and the layout specialist and business advisor to the magazine.
More information about obtaining East Village Magazine-themed items in support of independent community journalism is available by calling 810-233-7459 or emailing east firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.