Hardworking Crew at the Scouts BSA Annual Mulch Sale | Jane Boursaw Photo
Hardworking Crew at the Scouts BSA Annual Mulch Sale | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here’s a roundup of news and photos happening on the Old Mission Peninsula this week…

Lighthouse Flower Gardens. If you love planting flowers, Mission Point Lighthouse Manager Ginger Schultz has just the volunteer opportunity for you. Planting Day for the lighthouse flower gardens is Saturday morning, June 8. If you’d like to do flower planters before then, let her know and she’ll make it happen. She’ll have the plants and supplies. Text or call her, (231) 645-0759, or email [email protected].

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100-Year-Old Lilacs. Have you noticed all the lovely lilacs around the Peninsula? They seem even more amazing than usual this year. I stopped to take a picture of the beautiful lilacs at Tim Carroll‘s house, and he happily agreed to be in the photo. He says those lilacs are around 100 years old and came from Mackinac Island, where his great-great-grandfather had a boat. They definitely have stood the test of time!

Tim Carroll's 100-year-old lilacs at his house on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll’s 100-year-old lilacs at his house on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll's 100-year-old lilacs at his house on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll’s 100-year-old lilacs at his house on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

Bayshore Marathon and Chalk Paint. I came down my driveway the other day, and Traverse City Track Club reps Lisa Taylor and John Kostrzewa were busy marking Bluff Road for the Bayshore Marathon, which is happening on Saturday. Don’t forget that the roads will be closed for the duration, but I think they’re usually cleared out by around noon.

Also, they’re using chalk paint now, which I believe they said dissipates after about 30 days or so. Here’s Lisa, locating a tiny red dot on the side of the road, and John chalk-painting the numbers.

Traverse City Track Club reps Lisa Taylor and John Kostrzewa mark Bluff Road with chalk pain for the Bayshore Marathon | Jane Boursaw Photo
Traverse City Track Club reps Lisa Taylor and John Kostrzewa mark Bluff Road with chalk pain for the Bayshore Marathon | Jane Boursaw Photo
Chalk Paint used to mark roads for the Bayshore Marathon | Jane Boursaw Photo
Chalk Paint used to mark roads for the Bayshore Marathon | Jane Boursaw Photo

Successful Mulch Sale. Crowds flocked to the Scouts BSA Annual Mulch Sale, held at the First Congregational Church on the first two Saturdays in May. Here’s a photo of the hard-working crew.

Hardworking Crew at the Scouts BSA Annual Mulch Sale | Jane Boursaw Photo
Hardworking Crew at the Scouts BSA Annual Mulch Sale | Jane Boursaw Photo

Methodist Church Treasure Sale. Here’s a picture of the happy helpers at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church‘s treasure sale. I heard that they brought in around $2500 for this year’s annual fundraiser. Pictured is Marge Long, Dave Tuttle, and Gary and Darlene Pope.

Marge Long, Dave Tuttle, and Gary and Darlene Pope are happy helpers at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church's annual treasure sale | Jane Boursaw Photo
Marge Long, Dave Tuttle, and Gary and Darlene Pope are happy helpers at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church’s annual treasure sale | Jane Boursaw Photo

Old Mission Women’s Club Barn Sale. The Club had another successful barn sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road. They had a ton of great stuff, and I believe the fundraiser brought in upwards of $15,000 to help support the club‘s charitable giving. Here are a few photos of the fun event.

Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Linda Burkey; Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Nancy Davy; Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barb Woodruff, Janis Haine, Kris Prescott, Denae Neirman and Barb Soullier; Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shelley Cowan, Sue Burke; Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
Barn Sale at the historic Fowler Barn on Center Road, hosted by the Old Mission Women’s Club | Jane Boursaw Photo

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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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