PCL Staff at Bonobo Winery
Peninsula Community Library staff with Carter Oosterhouse at Bonobo Winery | PCL Photo
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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.

The Big Eagle anchored in Bowers Harbor | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Big Eagle anchored in Bowers Harbor | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.)

PCL Staff at Bonobo Winery
Peninsula Community Library staff with Carter Oosterhouse at Bonobo Winery | PCL Photo

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.

Steve Lewis and Bert Courson at the launch for Carolyn Lewis' book The Wolfkeeper | Jane Boursaw Photo
Steve Lewis, right, and Bert Courson at the launch for Carolyn Lewis’ book The Wolfkeeper | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Buchan's Blueberries at Peninsula Market on the Old Mission Peninsula
Buchan’s Blueberries at Peninsula Market on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Conor Fagan paints at Lighthouse Park on the Old Mission Peninsula
Conor Fagan paints at Lighthouse Park | Jane Boursaw Photo
Conor Fagan paints at Lighthouse Park | Jane Boursaw Photo
Conor Fagan paints at Lighthouse Park | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Chloe Agruda at Boursaw Point on the Old Mission Peninsula
Chloe Agruda at the Boursaw Farmhouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

The Traverse City Corvette Club stopped at Old Mission Tavern for lunch | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Traverse City Corvette Club stopped at Old Mission Tavern for lunch | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Geese on Bluff Road on the Old Mission Peninsula
Geese on Bluff Road at Mission Hills | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

The Berthelsen's answer to the high water | Berthelsen Photo
The Berthelsen’s answer to the high water | Berthelsen Photo

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