Well, I’ve officially missed another Christmas Bazaar on the island. Doggone it. And I’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone I know who attended and took pictures (maybe by next week I’ll have some available). So . . . we’ll just move on to the other exciting thing that happened since last week on the island – the lighting of the Christmas Tree on Main Street. Show of hands – how many of you tuned in on Friday afternoon to watch via www.mackinaclive.com? My hand’s UP! It was so cool watching everyone gather around the tree and sing – especially since there was no sound! BUT – Greg Main, bless him, was there with his camera and sent me these two great shots after night had fallen.
Christmas Bazaar weekend is really the kickoff for the whole holiday season on the island. Besides the Bazaar, Christmas decorations are sold throughout the weekend, with wreaths and garlands for sale at the Community Hall and Christmas trees on sale at Chambers Riding Stable. The trees come across by ferry from the Dombroski Tree Farm of Cheboygan – white pines, Fraser firs, and balsams. The sale of the trees helps support the 4-H community club on the island. The proceeds from the craft show and live auctions go to benefit the Mackinac Island Medical Center, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Little Stone Congregational Church, and Mackinac Island Bible Church.
Do you remember the huge snowstorm that blew onto the island last year during the Bazaar weekend? Same thing this weekend – only it went a little south of the island. My blogging friend, Hilde, from Minooka, Illinois send this pic from her backyard on Friday.
Last week I mentioned ordering fudge online as a Christmas gift. This week’s gift tip is to give a book about the history of Mackinac Island. Mackinac State Historic Parks is well known for writing and publishing books and vignettes which depict life in the Straits of Mackinac region from past to present, including topics such as its two historic military forts and the region’s fur trading past. The following web site offers a list of available books for purchase from the State Parks: http://www.mackinacparks.com/history/index.aspx?l=0%2C1%2C4%2C36.
I saw this great suggestion from the Star Ferry Line this week on Facebook and wanted to share it with you. When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20307-5001. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful, brave and special people who have sacrificed so much would receive. NOTE: These cards must be postmarked by December 10th, or they will be returned.
Shepler’s Ferry posted two videos this week that are incredible and show just some of the challenges of living on Mackinac Island. The videos show the process of moving a pre-fab house to the island – first the trip over on the ferry (yes, the house is on the ferry) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NJcnZpkg4U and then the trip from the ferry to the house’s foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzRUpGE3tO8. Believe me, you will be awed by these two videos!
That’s all I have this week folks. News was a little slow coming in, and it will probably remain that way for December. But, whatever I can hear, and whatever I can find – you will be the first to know.
Personal Note: Blake flew out to Ft. Collins, Colorado this afternoon for a job interview. Please lift him up this week as he goes through this process there.
Have a great week, stay safe and well, and God bless.