Marvin on My Mind

For those who don’t know, I’ve been volunteering at Codfish Hollow, providing the venue with photos (and sometimes video) for 5 years or so. I pitch in with other things when I can, but that’s my primary purpose there.

I remember my first show like it was yesterday. For me the magic began the minute I stepped on Marv’s hayrack. The rack was different then. There was a step-stool he set on the ground to climb up and step onto the rack. It rode down the hill with us, and was placed on the ground for us to step back out. The ride down into the hollow was curvy and narrow. I could see why they didn’t want all the cars going up and down that hill. But Marv in his tractor was like a mountain goat, surefooted and knowledgeable of every inch of that route.

Even though I now park in the volunteer lot closer to the barn, I still get a wave from Marv as I drive in. I’ve stopped to chat with him on occasion and sometimes hop on the rack and ride it round trip from the ticket gate before a show so I can get photos.

Enough about me – This blog post is really about Marvin. He’s a star at Codfish Hollow, a celebrity. People all over the world know that smiling fellow in the bibs and the hat. You see, I have a favor to ask for him.

About halfway through the Artisanals’ set Saturday night, Marvin was involved in a tractor accident on the route from the pasture to the ticket gate. Our Marvy was hurt badly. The first responders did a splendid job of getting him out, and he was flown to Iowa City. He’s now had 2 surgeries, and has more scheduled. His injuries include a broken pelvis in 3 places and both arms broken. One arm requiring surgery. We’ve all sort of been holding our breath the last few days. Tiff has known Marv her whole life.

I’ll copy the text of the Codfish Hollow post here. But I wanted to add my own request. If you can afford to donate, please do! Every little bit helps. If you can’t donate, Marvin can use your prayers, thoughts, good vibes and love. And for those who like to send cards – there’s an address at the end of the Codfish Hollow note. I've been reading the tributes from the many people who have already donated, and some have left me pretty weepy. Marv has touched so many people with his good humor and kind ways!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thanks for reading this, thanks for the good vibes for Marvin and the Codfish Hollow family.

We want to fill in our Codfish Family on some news now that we have everyone's blessing...

On Saturday evening, in the middle of The Artisanals set, Marvin was involved in a tractor accident. As you know, he is the bib-wearing smile tucked under a feed store cap, ushering concert-goers up and down Codfish Hollow Road. Marv drives the stretch from the parking pasture to the venue all night long at each and every show. His contribution to the Hollow is larger than life and he is an integral part of our family, both to the Costellos/Biehls on a personal level and to our extended Codfish Family - bands, volunteers and patrons.

This accident was eerily similar to the drill held just one week prior, with the tractor going over the embankment, causing significant injury to Marvin. While it provided valuable insight for our county's Emergency Services personnel, nothing could have prepared us for this.

Among Marv's injuries, he has broken both arms and has suffered a broken pelvis. He is going to be SO PISSED when he hears that they are expecting an extensive stay at UIHC but we are sure he'll keep the nurses and staff on their toes, regaling them with stories and tall tales! (We cannot stress enough how mad he's going to be when he hears their estimated stay... Mercy.) Marv is stable and has already had one surgery however he is expected to have several more. It is going to take some time to put our Marvin back together again.

All jokes aside - we are worried sick and absolutely heartbroken that this has happened. Our feels nearly paralyzed us but we know you care and the family has given us permission to share information. Know that we have been in touch with the family daily and they know you are all sending your prayers and well-wishes. Please keep them coming. Tiff was able to speak directly with Marv earlier today and will keep us updated as she is able.

We will be planning a larger event down the road to show our support for Marv and his family but in the meantime, we have established a GoFundMe (link below) for his medical expenses and tractor repair. If you would like to send cards or limericks to help him pass the time, please send them on to:

Marvin C/O Tiffany Biehl
3437 288th Avenue
Maquoketa, IA 52060

We hope you know how much you all mean to this volunteer-driven community. Without you, we wouldn't do what we do. No matter the amount, or if all you can offer are good vibes, we appreciate it all. We love you. And we all love Marv. Let's show him the love. xo
https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-marvin-franzen