Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: The crowd sings Happy Birthday to Tim Carroll at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The annual “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library (PCL) was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Boathouse Restaurant on Bowers Harbor. Between ticket sales, donations and auction items, the event raised about $19,000 for the new Peninsula Community Library, currently under construction with Grand Traverse Construction at the corner of Center Road and Island View Road.

PCL Director Vicki Shurly notes that they have enough to cover the building, but still need to raise $190,000 for additional landscaping, furniture, utility hookups and more. Learn how you can help here.

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The fun event included a silent auction, a live auction emcee’d by WTCM radio host Ron Jolly, and a delicious dinner that included smoked trout pate, Belgian endive, braised Michigan pork shank with parmesan risotto, and a double chocolate brownie cooked up and served by the Boathouse staff.

Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Ron Jolly emcees the live auction at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Double Chocolate Brownie at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Braised Michigan Pork Shank at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Old Mission Peninsula resident Tim Carroll gave the keynote speech, which included plenty of OMP history, lore and laughs. As it was also Tim’s 80th birthday, the crowd toasted to his health as PCL director Vicki Shurly presented him with a cake – and a gift straight from London!

Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Tim Carroll entertains the crowd at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: The crowd sings Happy Birthday to Tim Carroll at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: A surprised Tim Carroll reacts as the crowd sings Happy Birthday to him at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: PCL Director Vicki Shurly (with help from husband Bob) presents a birthday cake to Tim Carroll at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: PCL Director Vicki Shurly presents a birthday gift to Tim Carroll at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

Read our interview with Tim Carroll here, where he talks about his donation to the History Room at the new Peninsula Community Library.

Live auction items were won by:

  • Sushi Lesson for Eight with Karin Chung: Leith & Gloria Butler
  • Waffles with Tim Carroll: Randy Stuck
  • Afternoon Cruise with Jon and Sue Kinne: Chris Radu
  • Private 2-Hour Wine Wagon Tour and Tasting for Seven at Brys Estate: Christine Allie
  • Private Book Club Talk at Bonobo Winery with Traverse City Author Cari Noga: Gretchen Soutear
  • Seven Course French Dinner for Six with Chef Brit Eaton of Good Eaton Gourmet: Lorraine Beers

ALSO READ: Photo galleries of the 2017 and 2018 Books at the Boathouse events.

Below are a few more photos of the fun event.

Event photos are available for sale as downloads, prints and more at OldMissionPhotos.com

Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: “Bernie Sanders” (aka Steve Sobkowski) at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Anne Griffiths at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Tim Carroll entertains the crowd at Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Dave and Linda Sanger react to Tim Carroll’s speech at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: (from left) Vicki Shurly, Heatherlyn Reamer and Nancy Davy at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: PCL Board President Heatherlyn Reamer (my niece) at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: (from left) Jane Boursaw, Dean Johnson and Laura Johnson (my brother and sister-in-law) at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: (from left) Teri Johnson, Randy Stuck, Heatherlyn Reamer, Dean Johnson and Laura Johnson at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: PCL Director Vicki Shurly and young library patron at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Silent Auction items at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Silent Auction items at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Brit and Amy Eaton at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Silent Auction items at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Paul Morrison with his mom Florence Morrison at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: (from left) Laura Johnson, Bill Morgan, Dean Johnson and Monnie Peters at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: (from left) Bill and Mary Morgan, Joann and Bill Cole at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Boathouse Owner Doug Kosch (right) with staff at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2019 fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2, 2019: Heatherlyn Reamer and Paul Mahon (G.T. Construction) at the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library | Jane Boursaw Photo

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Wonderful evening. Thanks to The Boathouse crew, Doug Kosch, all our donors and attendees and to Jane Boursaw for the great coverage!

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