Ladies from the Old Mission Women's Club assemble flower containers at Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Ladies from the Old Mission Women's Club assemble flower containers at Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here’s a round-up of news and photos around the Old Mission Peninsula this week.

Blessing of the Blossoms. The annual Blessing of the Blossoms took place on Sunday, May 19 at Chateau Chantal. Here, a young helper assists Pastor Melody Olin of OMP United Methodist Church with the blessing.

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OMP News: A young helper assists Pastor Melody Olin at the annual Blessing of the Blossoms at Chateau Chantal on Sunday, May 19, 2019
A young helper assists Pastor Melody Olin at the annual Blessing of the Blossoms at Chateau Chantal on Sunday, May 19, 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Old Mission Women’s Club Flowers. The next time you’re at the Peninsula Township offices, check out the beautiful flower containers, assembled by theĀ  Old Mission Women’s Club on Friday, May 23.

OMP News: Ladies from the Old Mission Women's Club assemble flower containers at Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Ladies from the Old Mission Women’s Club assemble flower containers at Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo

Library Fundraiser. Peninsula Community Library‘s “Wine Down with Chocolate and Silent Auction” fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church on May 18, 2019 was a big success! Check out a few photos of the fun event.

PCL Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser on the Old Mission Peninsula
Nancy Davy, right, awards a door prize to one lucky winner as PCL director Vicki Shurly looks on at the Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
PCL Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Brit and Amy Eaton at the PCL Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
PCL Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
PCL Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at St. Joseph Catholic Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Do-Gooder Kids. The JAM and ROCK youth groups at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church worked on their final mission project of the school year, assembling “Dignity Kits” to be distributed by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) in areas experiencing natural disasters. The red noses are in honor of Red Nose Day, which supports children’s charities worldwide.

OMP News: JAM and ROCK Kids assemble "Dignity Kits" at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church
JAM and ROCK Kids assemble “Dignity Kits” at OMP United Methodist Church

Eighth Street Work. You might have noticed that they’re doing just a little work on Eighth Street in Traverse City this summer. Here’s some photographic evidence.

Eighth Street Road Work in Traverse City, May 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Eighth Street Road Work in Traverse City, May 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Pretty Flowers. Old Mission Flowers is now open for the season! Owner Ginny Dohm Coulter currently has plenty of tulips of every shape, size and color, as well as daffodils and other bulb flowers. Stop by and pick a few at the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road.

Tulips at Old Mission Flowers, May 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tulips at Old Mission Flowers, May 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Cherry Blossoms. Yep, cherry blossoms are blooming! Sweet cherry blossoms are on the way out, but tart cherry blossoms are currently in full bloom. Take a drive around the neighborhood and bask in their glory. Here are a few tarts at my family’s farm – Johnson Farms, just north of Mapleton. The bees would love it if the temps were just a wee bit warmer.

Johnson Farms Cherry Blossoms | Jane Boursaw Photo
Johnson Farms Cherry Blossoms | Jane Boursaw Photo

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