Crafts at Peninsula Community Library when Santa arrived | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Happy crafters at Peninsula Community Library the night Santa arrived | Jane Boursaw Photo
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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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Kids Program at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Kids’ Program at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

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!

Don Switzer cutting a Christmas Tree on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Don Switzer of Switz-R-Land Tree Farm cutting a Christmas Tree on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Santa arrives at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Santa arrives at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Crafts at Peninsula Community Library when Santa arrived | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Happy crafters at Peninsula Community Library the night Santa arrived | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

The Schweitzer's Christmas Decorations on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Schweitzer’s Christmas Decorations on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Warren Truck Old Blue at Bonobo Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Warren Truck “Old Blue” at Bonobo Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Singers at Old Mission Women's Club Christmas Luncheon | Jane Boursaw Photo
December 2019: Singers at Old Mission Women’s Club Christmas Luncheon | Jane Boursaw Photo

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.

Diver Chris Roxburgh presents a program on Great Lakes Shipwrecks at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
January 2019: Diver Chris Roxburgh presents a program on Great Lakes Shipwrecks at Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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).

Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson's House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
November 2019: Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson’s House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
November 2019: Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson's House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
November 2019: Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson’s House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
November 2019: Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson's House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
November 2019: Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Cider Pressing at Dean and Laura Johnson’s House on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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