Deb Allen and Marge Kroupa at the OMPUMC Harvest Dinner 2016 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Deb Allen and Marge Kroupa at the OMPUMC Harvest Dinner 2016 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here’s a roundup of upcoming events on the Old Mission Peninsula. If I’ve missed yours, feel free to email me, [email protected], or text me, (231) 590-4715, and I’ll add it to the story. You’re also welcome to leave a comment at the bottom of this story with your event.

Sept. 20 – Local History Talk. Tim Carroll and friends will present a “History of the Old Mission American Legion Post 399” at Peninsula Community Library at 2 p.m. The Legion has been a community gathering place for 124 years and continues that legacy with its twice-monthly dinners and other events. The library is located at 2893 Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

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Sept. 20 – American Legion Appreciation Night. The American Legion dinner scheduled for Sept. 20 will be a special event. We will be dispensing with our normal after dinner meeting and, instead, holding an appreciation event to thank Legion members and friends who have been a big part of keeping the local Legion viable for the past 25 years.

You will recognize some of these special neighbors, including Cal Jamieson, Dan Dyer and Mary Shultz, to name a few. Their efforts have kept this community treasure viable and they deserve our sincere thanks.

We hope you can join us for food, conversation and festivities on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The gathering starts at 6 p.m., with a family-style meal served at 6:30 p.m. The Old Mission Legion Post 399 is located at 4001 Swaney Road in the village of Old Mission. – Rudy Rudolph, Post 399 Commander

Sept. 24 – Fall Festival. This is the second year for St. Joseph’s Annual Fall Festival, and it promises to be just as fun as the first year. The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include local wine tastings, dessert, authentic Mexican food provided by the church’s Hispanic parish, “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” a raffle, kids’ games (including a pinata), face painting and lots of fun and fellowship.

This is a community event – you do not need to be a member of St. Joseph to participate. St. Joseph Catholic Church is located at 12675 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Sept. 24 – Art Fair at the Library. Lots of local artists will be offering their work for sale at the libary’s Community Art Fair, including photography, glass, woodworking, quilting, wool mittens, jewelry, natural fiber toys, block printing, printed textiles and more.

The event will take place at Peninsula Community Library, 2893 Island View Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What a great way to support our local artists and purchase gifts for yourself or others.

Oct. 3 – Hearing Disorders Program. Peninsula Community Library is working with Michigan Medicine on a series of health programs. Coming up on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m., Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., will be speaking on “Can You Hear Me? Progress in the Treatment of Hearing Disorders.” To register, call the library at (231) 223-7700 or click here.

To view the July 25 lecture, “The Latest in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias” with speaker Dr. Hank Paulson, click here. The library is located at 2893 Island View Rd. on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Oct. 8 – Harvest Dinner. Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church is hosting their 37th Annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 16426 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

On the menu is Swiss Steak, potatoes, hot vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, beverages and the best home-made desserts from any Methodist church on the planet (and you know that’s saying something, because Methodists are known for their potlucks). Free will donations are accepted, and take-out orders are available by calling (231) 223-4393.

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OMPUMC Harvest Dinner 2016 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Oct. 15 – Peninsula Twp. Fire Department Open House. Meet and greet the crew members of the Fire Department at Station 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will include station and equipment tours, a photo prop, Sparky the Fire Dog, fire safety merchandise, free food and beverages (including Buchan’s ice cream), and a vehicle extrication demo. Station 1 is located at 14247 Center Road (Mapleton).


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  1. I’ll be at the fire hall on the 15th to see and visit all the guys who have transported me to the hospital twice within 3 weeks!!!!!!!! They are wonderful, so capable, nice and helpful and also making me feel I’d make it. I’ve met at least 16 of them so far and everyone of them was super helpful and caring. I knew I was in good hands. AND I think they all know WHERE OUR HOUSE IS NOW!!!!!!!! Everyone of them were just fantastic with me AND with Terry, Michael and Betsy there and not really knowing what was happening!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU ALL OVER AND OVER!!!!! Becky


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