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Michigan State Highway Department; Wellington Gray Draper (in white shirt), Project Manager, 1940s | Boursaw/Draper Family Archives
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Here are a few upcoming events on the Old Mission Peninsula. Have events you’d like included? Put me on your email list – [email protected].

Trick or Treat – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 – 7 p.m. The Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will host their annual Halloween trick or treat at the church, 16426 Center Road. In addition to treats, they’ll have hot dogs, chips, donuts and cider available, too.

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A History of Center Road – Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. At the upcoming meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, Ann Swaney and Patty O’Donnell will present “The Story of Center Road, from a two-track to M-37 Scenic Byway and Beyond.” Note that the location is at Old Mission Peninsula School, 2699 Island View Road (NOT at their usual location, Peninsula Community Library).

The program is free and open to the public. Not a member of the Society yet? Sign up at their website here. Check out the story of how Tim’s grandpa, Wellington Gray Draper, was involved with building Center Road here.

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Building Center Road, Michigan State Highway Department; Wellington Gray Draper, Project Manager, 1940s | Boursaw/Draper Family Archives

Special Legion Dinner – Tuesday. Nov. 7, 6 p.m. The upcoming Legion dinner will include a special celebration of the life of Robert Tompkins, an Old Mission boy who was killed in action during WWII and shares the name of the Garland-Tompkins American Legion Post.

Post Commander Rudy Rudolph says they have spent the past year, with the help of Jackie Thomas (one of Robert Tompkins’ cousins, putting together a memorial for Quartermaster Tompkins. They will be unveiling the memorial materials on Nov. 7, and are expecting several members of the extended Tompkins family to be there.

The Legion Dinners are open to the community and cost $15 per meal. Gather at 6 p.m. for appetizers, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The Legion Hall is located at 4001 Swaney Road in the village of Old Mission.

Christmas Bazaar – Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar, with plenty of treasures, crafts, baked goods and more. They’ll also have a few local “vendors” this year, with hand-crafted artwork, crafts and more. The bazaar will take place in the community room in the lower level of the church, 16426 Center Road. Some of those vendors include:

  • “Simply by Marge,” a.k.a. Marge Long, a longtime vendor at the Red Dresser Marketplace in Traverse City, will be there with handcrafted items and her much-loved “Vinyl-Lined Car Trash/Multipurpose Bags.” (Mine has typewriter keys on it!)
  • And I’ll be there with items from my Old Mission Peninsula Store, including Old Mission Coloring Books, 2024 OMP Calendars, OMP Photos/Wrapped Canvas Wall Art, vinyl car stickers, M37 coffee mugs and more.
Upcoming Events - Christmas Bazaar at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church on the Old Mission Peninsula
Christmas Bazaar at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Community Thanksgiving Meal – Thursday, Nov. 23, noon to 2 p.m. The Methodist Church (they’re a busy church!) will host their annual Thanksgiving meal at the church, 16426 Center Road. If you don’t have other plans, this is an awesome way to share a meal with your friends and neighbors.

Christmas Cookie Sale – Saturday, Dec. The Old Mission Women’s Club has announced that their annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Mark this on your calendar as a “save the date,” but stay tuned for more details on the location and times. I’ll post those when I have more info, but I’m guessing it might be held at the Peninsula Township Hall, as in previous years. This is the 28th year of the cookie sale.

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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.

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