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Jane's Snowy Owl Photo, left, and Ron Brown's pallet painting, right | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Red Dresser is having a barn sale in Kingsley tomorrow. And of course, I have a story about it. But first, the particulars:

WHAT: Red Dresser’s Spring Barn Market. Red Dresser is “an eclectic marketplace” located year-round at 956 W. South Airport Road in Traverse City. The store is an amazing place filled with assorted vendors selling vintage furniture, handmade items, apparel & accessories, repurposed items and so much more. My friend, Marge Long, is one of the vendors (photos here – these are at their previous location). If you haven’t checked it out, you must do so immediately! They have the coolest stuff there. Check out their website and Facebook page. (Note: They’re not paying me to say that; I just love this place!)

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WHERE: The Barn Market will be held at Rainbow of Hope Farm, 1951 County Line Road in Kingsley. Red Dresser vendors will be on hand selling cool things, and there will also be live music and food!

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (They also have a Fall Barn Market, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Ok, here’s the story. Remember that snowy owl photo I posted last winter? I was so excited to finally at long last get a picture of an owl. I posted photos of a few owls throughout the winter, but the first one was at Winery Hill. Check it out here.

Not long after that, I showed up at church one Sunday and Marge’s brother, Ron Brown, was there and gave me the neatest painting he’d done of that very owl! The painting is done on pallet wood, and I was seriously blown away that Ron had painted my owl! Clearly, the arts and crafts DNA is strong in that family.

And if you’d like to see (or buy!) some of Ron’s pallet paintings, I heard through the grapevine that there just might be some of them in Marge’s space at the Barn Market tomorrow. Tim and I are planning to go, so maybe we’ll see you there!

You can also email Ron, [email protected], or call him at (586) 731-4365.

And here are those OMP siblings and creative souls, Marge Long and Ron Brown. Such a joy to have known these folks and their family my whole life.

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OMP Siblings and Creative Souls Marge Long and Ron Brown | Jane Boursaw Photo

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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