Winter on the Old Mission Peninsula; Mission Point Lighthouse | Jane Boursaw Photo
Winter on the Old Mission Peninsula; Mission Point Lighthouse | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Good news for artists, wine connoisseurs, and fans of Mission Point Lighthouse! The popular wine label art competition is making a comeback in 2024.

The Mission Point Lighthouse Keepers Association on the Old Mission Peninsula, in conjunction with Left Foot Charley of Traverse City, is pleased to announce the return of the Mission Point Lighthouse 2024 Wine Label Art Competition.

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The task for all artists interested in participating? To design a label for the 2024 Mission Point Lighthouse Wine, to be featured on a Left Foot Charley Pinot Grigio for one year.

The competition took a break during the Covid pandemic, but is back now and better than ever. New this year is a partnership with Left Foot Charley, an urban winery which has a Tasting Room and a Barrel Room located on the grounds of the old State Hospital, now known as Grand Traverse Commons.

Over the holidays, I visited the Barrel Room with my sister-in-law Sherie and friends, and I was delighted to meet Kristy McClellan, Director of Sales, and Connie Van Til, Wine Educator. I believe both live on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Grapes and other fruits grown on the Old Mission Peninsula are used in the wine made by Left Foot Charley.

Kristy McLellan and Connie Van Til of Left Foot Charley, an urban winery located on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo
Kristy McLellan and Connie Van Til of Left Foot Charley, an urban winery located on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo
Left Foot Charley, an urban winery located on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo; Lighthouse Wine Label Competition
Left Foot Charley, an urban winery located on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo

If you’d like to create a wine label for the competition, the submission deadline is Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5 p.m. A juried panel will select a label design from three finalists, and the prize for the winning artwork is $250.

An award reception and final judging party will be held at Left Foot Charley’s Barrel Room, located at 1400 Yellow Drive in Traverse City, on Saturday, June 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For more info, the official rules, and an application form, visit the Mission Point Lighthouse Keepers Association website here.

The Mission Point Lighthouse Keepers Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group formed to preserve, promote and educate the public about Mission Point Lighthouse. A membership in the group helps support educational activities such as visits from school groups, projects like improving signage or funding a telescope viewer, and hosting public events to share historical information about the lighthouse and surrounding area.

Other benefits include a subscription to a quarterly newsletter about the lighthouse, a 20 percent discount on lighthouse merchandise, free museum tours and a membership card. To donate to the group or become a member, click here.

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