Here’s a round-up of photos from around the Old Mission Peninsula this past week, everything from Corvettes and painters to pups and book launches.
The Big Eagle. It always causes a buzz around the Peninsula when big boats drop anchor in our bays. Such was the situation when the “Big Eagle” anchored in Bowers Harbor a couple of days ago. The boat even has a massive slide on the side.
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Tim got a phone call about it, and when we went to take pictures, a few other people were taking pictures, too. (I’m not sure who’s in the small boat in front – leave a comment below if that’s you).
The 172-ft yacht can be chartered for a mere $150,000 per week and comes with four waverunners and a host of other amenities.
Happily Displaced Library Staff. The staff at Peninsula Community Library is currently displaced as they’re between the old library in Old Mission Peninsula School and the new library on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road.
But as you can see, they’re not at all distressed by the situation because they got to hang out with Carter Oosterhouse in “the library” at Bonobo Winery, which he owns with his brother Todd Oosterhouse. Way to go, library staff! (If you don’t know who Carter is, you can read more about him here – a real renaissance man.)
Book Launch. Steve Lewis (my brother-in-law), right, recently launched “The Wolfkeeper,” a book of stories by my sister, Carolyn Lewis, who passed away earlier this year. Buy “The Wolfkeeper” on Amazon here.
With Steve is Bert Courson, left, who not only pulled tarps on our shaker crew back in the 1970s, but was also my sister’s brother-in-law at one time (Carol was married to Michael Courson in the 1970s; Bert and Michael’s mom was Tink Cosgrove’s … sister? cousin? I can’t remember). My worlds collide through space and time.
Buchan’s Blueberries. They’re picking blueberries over at Buchan’s Blueberry Hill, 1472 Nelson Road (off Peninsula Drive). But if you can’t make it over there to pick your own, you can pick up a quart at Peninsula Market. They’re particularly big and sweet this year.
Lighthouse Park Painter. On my walk at Lighthouse Park a couple days ago, I ran into Conor Fagan painting a beautiful seascape at one of the turn-offs before you get to Mission Point Lighthouse. He said this turn-off and the next one over are some of his favorite spots to paint.
East Bay Pup. Meet Chloe Agruda, whose mom, Nicole Agruda, was hanging out with some Boursaws, Bohrers, Agosas and other Agrudas at the Boursaw farmhouse last week (corner of Bluff Road and Boursaw Road). Chloe’s grandparents are LaVonne and Ernie Agruda. We had a blast, and Chloe is adorable.
Corvettes. When I was leaving church yesterday, Karen Rieser sent me a note that the Traverse City Corvette Club was having lunch at Old Mission Tavern. So I buzzed down and grabbed a photo. That’s a lot of Corvettes.
Rambling Geese. There are lots of geese around the Peninsula, including on Bluff Road near Mission Hills. These geese care not if they’re in your way, and will amble leisurely across the road with careless abandon.
Mother Nature. Barb Berthelsen sent along this photo, and it pretty much covers everything we need to know about the lake levels this summer. Mother Nature is redecorating, and there’s not a lot we can do about it.
On the plus side, over here on the east side, we’ll soon be able to jump directly off Bluff Road into East Bay.
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 like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like 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 of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb