Here’s a roundup of news and photos around the Old Mission Peninsula. Got news? Send it to me – email [email protected] or text (231) 590-4715.
Barb Wunsch consults on new Ann Patchett Book. A while back during a hike on the north end, Barb Wunsch relayed that she was a consultant on author Ann Patchett’s new book, Tom Lake. The book was released on August 1, and Ann will be talking about it tomorrow at the City Opera House as part of the National Writers Series (get tickets here). Erin Whiting, who works for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and helped Ann research the book, will be interviewing her.
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From Amazon… “In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.”
Tom Lake is a book club pick of Reese Witherspoon, so who knows – the OMP might end up in a TV or streaming series. Start practicing your red carpet poses, Barb!
Ann has recently talked about the book and the cherry farm inspiration/Michigan setting in recent interviews, including NPR, the New York Times and the L.A. Times. Thanks to my friend, Beth Milligan, head writer for The Ticker (and OMP resident), for sending along the info.
Old Mission Tavern update. I’ve had so many questions about the status of the Old Mission Tavern – When will it open again? Is it for sale? What’s the scoop? I caught up with Kaile Bartnick, who teaches at OMPS and is married to Joe Bartnick. The Tavern has been in the Bartnick family since back when it was The Mission Freeze and they served ice cream out the side window and had a pool table in the main room.
Kaile says that Joe and his family are taking a little sabbatical from the restaurant and enjoying the summer. She says it’s been challenging to find employees, but they’re talking about re-opening either this fall or in the spring. And, “It’s still in the family and it’s not for sale!” she notes.
So there you have it. We all look forward to some of that tasty prime rib, clam chowder and key lime pie whenever you decide to open!
Fire Department at Buchan’s. The Peninsula Township Fire Department will be at Buchan’s Blueberry Hill tomorrow, August 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Buy yourself and the family some delicious home-made ice cream and meet the crew. They’ll have their equipment there for tours, too. Buchan’s is located at 1472 Nelson Road.
Book Sale. The annual Used Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of PCL, is happening right now at Peninsula Community Library. You’ll find something for everyone from infants to seniors, including books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and more. Here are the remaining dates and times…
- August 11: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- August 12: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- August 14: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- August 15: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – HALF OFF DAY
- August 16: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – $5/BAG DAY
- August 16: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – CHARITY GIVEAWAY to schools, senior centers, nursing homes, incarceration centers, Little Free Libraries, etc.
I stopped by yesterday and took a few pics…
Informational Meeting on Charter Townships. The idea of Peninsula Township becoming a charter township has been floating around for a while. What are the advantages and disadvantages? How would it happen? And do we want it to happen? There will be a special township meeting on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Township attorneys from Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes will present an informational session on the pros and cons of charter townships versus general law forms of township government. If you can’t make it to the meeting, it will be available for viewing on the Township’s YouTube channel.
Township Trustee resigns. Warren Wahl, who was elected as a trustee to the Peninsula Township Board in 2016, has submitted a letter of resignation. He notes, “I have realized I am no longer able to give the time commitment this board and the Peninsula Township residents deserve.” This leaves a vacancy on the Board, and the township is currently accepting letters of interest and resumes for the position. To qualify for township trustee, a person must be a township elector, but property ownership is not required. An elector is defined as someone 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen and has lived at least 30 days in the township for which they will serve. Submit materials to [email protected] no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
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 and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, 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 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 OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb