Here’s a roundup of upcoming events on the Old Mission Peninsula. If you have an event you’d like to see listed in Old Mission Gazette, email me anytime, [email protected].
Blessing of Flowers – Sunday May 15
The annual Blessing of Flowers, a mainstay of the Old Mission Peninsula since the mid-1920s, will be done in person and virtually this Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. This year’s ceremony will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with three OMP pastors – Rev. Andrea Johnson of OMP United Methodist Church, Reverend Peter Shumar of Old Mission Congregational Church and Father Ben Rexroat of St. Joe’s presiding.
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After the ceremony, there will be an ice cream and apple pie reception at the church hosted by Sara Lee and served by the Women’s Guild of St. Joseph. Local wines were also donated for the event. At the end of the reception, Father Rexroat will visit the orchards and vineyards of the peninsula and perform a blessing of crops and vineyards.
To register your orchard or vineyard for a blessing, contact Nicole Harmeson, (231) 421-7310, or email [email protected]. See photos from last year’s Blessing of Flowers here, including this one from Father Rexroat and Karen Buchan of Buchan’s Blueberry Hill…
Local History Interview with Tim Carroll – Tuesday, May 17
Tim Carroll once again resumes his local history lectures at the Peninsula Community Library (“Tea With Tim at 2 on Tuesday”). This talk will feature special guests Georgia Holman and Laurie Holman, who will talk about the Holman farm, its long history on the peninsula, and the seven generations who have farmed the land. You may have picked up a pumpkin or two in the fall. Learn more about the farm here.
Women’s Club Barn Sale – Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21
The Old Mission Women’s Club is hosting an extravagant barn sale on Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the historic Fowler Barn, 6782 Center Road. If you’re coming off Center Road from town, it’s the big white barn on the right side of the road just as you pass the first bend, before you get to the Pelizzari nature area. The club has been hosting this event for months and is full of amazing treasures for all ages including small furniture, toys, tools, lamps, linens, kitchen utensils, jewelry, accessories, photos and interior design, sports equipment and much more.
Proceeds from the sale provide financial grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that operate in the Grand Traverse area. All major credit cards are accepted.
By the way, the Fowler Barn is featured in Evelyn Johnson’s book, “Barns of Old Mission Peninsula.” During WWII, a Peninsula newsletter full of popular news was published by David Murray (read a bit about it here) and sent to all servicemen. In the September/October 1944 newsletter, his wife, Carol Murray, wrote: “The first thing that strikes our eyes as we turn off the fork in the road and dodge Mrs. Trimmer’s guinea fowl is Frank Mathison’s new barn. Frank thought he was gonna join you all, but the army said no, so he’s gonna raise some good beef for you. Her stepfather, Ben Konig, is helping her build the last thing in the barns, and it’s about the third floor now, and it really does look like a dill.
Church Treasure Sale – Saturday May 21
The annual treasure sale at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will be held Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the church, located at 16425 Center Road. Don’t forget – if you’re coming from the south, be aware that roadworks are going on on Center Road. A good option is to take the scenic route on Peninsula Drive, turn right on Kroupa Road, left on Center, and the church is located at the top of the hill on the right. You can not miss it !
Pickleball Fundraiser – Thursday, May 19
The township has given the green light to a local pickleball group led by Dawn Hemming to build six courts at Bowers Harbor Park. Stay tuned for more details on the project. The group is fundraising and will be hosting a fundraising barbecue sponsored by the Boathouse Restaurant on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Bowers Harbor Park. Enjoy an evening outdoors with food, friends and a silent auction to raise funds for the new grounds. All donations accepted. Their ultimate goal is $360,000 by June 1, and they’ve come a long way already. RSVP by May 12 to [email protected].
Bayshore Marathon – Saturday May 28
The annual Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will take place along East Shore Drive, Center Road and Bluff Road on the morning of May 28, from 7:15 a.m. to approximately 1:15 p.m. Up to 8,000 runners will be on the roads, and as in previous years, the roads will be closed to traffic. If you have special transportation needs during the event, email [email protected].
Due to the road closure at the north end of Bluff Road, runners will turn around at the Mission Hills subdivision and return south, rather than going to Boursaw Road as in previous years. For more information on the race and the course, visit their website here.
Log Cabin Day – Sunday, June 26
Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, the annual Log Cabin Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 26. The event is free and celebrates the historic Hessler Log Cabin located in Lighthouse Park at the end of Center Road (M37), as well as the restored Dougherty House, now open to the public as a museum, located at 18459 Mission Road. The festivities take place at the Hessler Log Cabin and Mission Point Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Dougherty House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the mid-1990s, the Hessler log cabin was moved from the north end of the Underwood Farms development (opposite the boat launch on Center Road) and carefully restored by a team of OMP residents , including my parents, Walter and Mary Johnson.
As in previous years, this year’s Log Cabin Day will include tours of the Hessler Log Cabin, Mission Point Lighthouse and Dougherty House. The event will also feature historical music, crafts and demonstrations such as quilting, sewing, blacksmithing and more. I believe that the people from the Maritime Heritage Alliance will also be there with their replica of a voyageur canoe.
The OMP Historical Society also has another mystery event coming up in September. Stay tuned to the Gazette for more on this, and see photos from Log Cabin Day 2019 here and last year’s Harvest Story event here.