Here’s a roundup of upcoming events on the Old Mission Peninsula, including a “Tim Talk,” Trunk or Treat, and a Christmas Bazaar. If I’ve missed your event, feel free to email me, [email protected], and I’ll add it here and also in our OMP Community Calendar.
TIM TALK – Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: This month’s “Tim Talk” at Peninsula Community Library will feature everyone’s favorite historian Tim Carroll, along with his guests, Eileen Brys and Katie Brys Elmasri. The library is located at 2893 Island View Road, at the intersection of Center Road. Masks are required for this event.
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The trio will discuss the history of Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery on Blue Water Road, dating back to when it was owned by the Browns, in a presentation called “A Farm Changes Hands and Direction: The Brown-Brys Connection.” Here is the Brown’s 1890 Homestead, along with a photo of the current Brys Estate.
TRUNK OR TREAT – Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 – 4 p.m.: Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will host their annual “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event in the church yard. Folks will have lots of candy in the trunk or hatch of their car, and kids can trick or treat outside, socially distanced. They do have a Plan B in the event of inclement weather.
OMP community members are also welcome to bring their treats and join in the fun. Love seeing kids, but don’t get that many at your house? This is the perfect solution – plus, you get to see all your friends and neighbors. The church is located at 16426 Center Road.
Last year’s event was a smashing success, with lots of kids and grownups in fun costumes. Just what everyone needed after a challenging pandemic year (same goes for this year). Here’s a sweet lion from last year…
Historical Society Meeting – Nov. 4, 6 p.m.: “The Cavasos-Carroll Connection: Hand Harvesting Cherries 1935-1960” is the featured program by Tim Carroll at the November meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society (OMPHS). Tim will discuss the migrants who worked on his family’s farm. The program will take place at Peninsula Community Library, 2893 Island View Road.
Per the law as dictated by MIOSHA and the Michigan Library Association, masks must be worn at all times while inside the Community Room at the library. For further information, contact OMPHS President Nikki Sobkowski, [email protected]. To join the society or learn more about the group, visit their website here.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church is holding their annual Christmas Bazaar at the church, 16426 Center Road. It’s a great time to shop for handmade gifts, craft items, holiday ornaments and decorations, and lots more.
They’ll also have an assortment of baked goods for sale. This is a lovely way to stock up on cookies, breads, sweet breads, pies, brownies and lots more yummy baked goods for the holidays. (Methodists are known for their baking skills – true story.)
Note they will not be offering lunch this year due to ongoing Covid restraints, but we’ll look for Marge Long to make her mom Jo Brown’s famous sloppy joes again soon – hopefully next year.
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