Here’s a roundup of OMP’ers doing interesting things around the neighborhood. You just never know what you’ll see when you step out your door.
CHALK ARTISTS. Wondering how to connect with people during a pandemic? Invite the neighbors’ kids over to create chalk art at your house. That’s just what Connie Sargent did recently, and we happened to be driving by when the Mead kids – Meredith, Madeline and Wesley – were creating beautiful art in front of her garage in Old Mission. Great job, kids! Way to liven up the neighborhood!
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A GUY IN A FOX SUIT. Driving through the Peninsula Grill parking lot on Easter, we spotted this guy in a fox suit getting takeout from Peninsula Grill. He said he didn’t have an Easter Bunny costume, but the fox costume looked great. Plus it matches the exterior of the Grill. (Not to be confused with our Friendly Neighborhood Fox on Bluff Road.)
And yes, Peninsula Grill is still doing takeout amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out their Facebook page or call (231) 223-7200 to see what their daily special is.
OMP AUTHOR NEWS. Northern Express writer Pat Sullivan recently interviewed OMP resident Stephen Lewis (full disclosure: my brother-in-law) about a book he compiled last year titled “The Wolfkeeper: Stories by Carolyn J. Lewis.” Published by Mission Point Press, the book is a collection of stories written by my sister, who suffered with dementia in her final years and passed away in March 2019. Set in northern Michigan, the stories have a common thread of Native American spiritualism.
“It’s really a kind of love song to this area,” says Steve. “The ice. The waters. The lake. The Native American influence. And very much the emphasis on underrepresented, undervalued populations — women, girls, Native Americans. They are the main legs through which these stories are told. She wanted to use her stories to give voice to a sense of injustice, and that’s consistent all the way through. Almost all the narrators are the voices of women or young children.”
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