Santa at Peninsula Fire Department 1997
Santa at Peninsula Fire Department, circa 1997 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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Some of you may remember when Santa used to visit the Peninsula Fire Department back in the day. Bob DeVol, owner of Lardie’s Grocery in Old Mission (now the Old Mission General Store) would do the honors, arriving by fire truck at Fire Station 1 in Mapleton. I remember being very excited to get a little bag full of candy and a toy.

Santa is once again making a stop on the Old Mission Peninsula, thanks to a brand new tradition called “Holidays in Our Hometown.” As Vicki Shurly reported in her library news column this month, the big guy will be stopping by Peninsula Community Library (PCL) on Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. Word has it he’s arriving around 5:30 p.m. courtesy of – yes, old traditions are new again – a fire truck from the Peninsula Fire Department.

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Co-sponsored by PCL and the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (the nonprofit arm of Old Mission Peninsula School), the event will include music, crafts and cookies, and kids will receive a small treat from Santa!

Weather permitting, the event will take place outside, so dress warm! If you have any questions, feel free to call the library, (231) 223-7700.

Just for kicks, here are a few photos from the last time I recall Santa being at the Peninsula Fire Department. This was at Fire Station 1 in 1997, when our son, Will, was just three years old. His Aunt Rox (God rest her soul) was having just as much fun as Will.

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