Here’s a photo roundup of some recent happenings on the Old Mission Peninsula…
Soulful Singers. The kids of Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church presented a beautiful Christmas program in December 2019. Learn more about the church here and their children’s programs here.
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Christmas Trees. Here is Don Switzer cutting a Christmas tree on Switz.R.Land Tree Farm, which he owns with his wife, Barb, on Center Road near Mission Point Lighthouse. If you haven’t gotten a fresh-cut Christmas tree from them yet, definitely check them out next year. Lots of trees!
Santa Stops by the OMP. Santa arrived at Peninsula Community Library in December, with a couple of adorable elves to help him out. Here he is with some kids on the back of Peninsula Fire Department’s Engine One. Inside the library were cocoa and cookies, along with several crafting stations where kids made awesome things. Check out the library’s new website here.
Christmas Cheer. We can’t let the Christmas season pass by without posting photos of the Schweitzer’s amazing decorations at their house off Blue Water Road, as well as “Old Blue,” Warren Orchards‘ beloved truck all decked out for the holidays. Old Blue now makes its home at Bonobo Winery on Center Road.
Happy Singers. Winners of the Grand Traverse Musicale Scholarship program happily sang for the Old Mission Women’s Club at their Christmas Luncheon, held at the Traverse City Country Club in December 2019. Learn more about Grand Traverse Musicale at their website here.
Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Local diver Chris Roxburgh gave an excellent program on “Great Lakes Shipwrecks” at the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society’s January program, held in the community room at Peninsula Community Library. If you haven’t attended one of Chris’ programs, make it happen this year. He is a great speaker, and his stories and photos are fascinating. An upcoming program will be held Feb. 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at The Lighthouse Community Center in Elk Rapids.
Apple Cider Pressing. In November, the Peninsula Fire Department helped out at an apple cider pressing held at Dean and Laura Johnson’s house on Kroupa Road. The event was a gathering of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, and included hot soups and treats, along with a tasting station for several kinds of apples grown on the Old Mission Peninsula. Click here to join the OMP Historical Society. I’m a member, and we have a blast (and learn a lot about OMP history).