The annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival brings thousands of visitors to the Island, and this week has been no exception. I admit to hanging pretty close to home this week, to avoid the crowds downtown (funny, when we were here for only two weeks in years past, I usually wanted to be where all the action was). I was downtown on Monday, when I was working at the Stuart House, and it was wonderful to see people really enjoying themselves and all the special festival activities in full swing!
One of my week’s highlights was getting to meet a fellow-blogger I follow from waaay up in the Upper Peninsula – Kathy Drue. I was drawn to Kathy’s blog(s) a few years ago when she was writing “Opening the Door, Walking Outside” – a 365-day commitment (Dec. 22,2008-Dec. 21, 2009) to spend time each day in the great outdoors. Kathy is a wonderful photographer, and I love her writing style. When you read her posts, it’s as though you’re two old friends, walking through the woods together, sharing your thoughts and ideas and dreams.
After I went to work at ten, Kathy hopped a Carriage Tour, visited the fort, and played “fudgie” until she met me back at the Stuart House at two. With a three-hour drive north ahead of her, she caught the next ferry and was on her way back home. Don’t you love it when folks you meet on-line turn out to be friends you wish you could hang out with more often! I highly recommend Kathy’s current blog http://upwoods.wordpress.com and going back to read her 365-day “outdoor” posts at http://centria.wordpress.com.
I’ve met several blog fans in the last two weeks, and you know how much I love that. Walking downtown one day, a group of folks sitting on the benches behind the school called, “Bree?” as I walked by. Nancy Applegate and her mom and dad, Virginia and Stan were on the Island from Ohio. We had great fun chatting about their trip to the Island. And while working at the Stuart House Monday, two more blog fans came by to saw hello – Pam from Kalamazoo, MI and Jennifer from Indiana. Loved meeting all of you!
There’s a New Shop in Town!
Remember me mentioning a few weeks ago that a friend I met through this blog was returning to the Island to open a shop? Well, she’s been back and forth from Florida for the last several weeks, stocking the store. And today Ella & Ivy opened its doors!
My Photo of the Week
Since we missed showing these on Wednesday, I thought we’d do them tonight. The Mystery Spot will be back next Wednesday, along with more Reader Photographs!
Just as I was about to wrap up writing for the night, Ted called from the deck, “Hey, babe, better come out here and see this!”" I walked out in time to see three men leading three H.U.G.E Clydesdale horses across the front lawn. We knew they were on the Island because while we were eating supper we heard something that is very foreign to our ears here – truck motors! Looking out the window, we watched as three very long horse trailers, towed by three very large pickup trucks, rolled down the street next to our condo and turned into Arrowhead Stables just across the street from us. These horses, as well as many more, will be coming in for the next two days to participate in the Lilac Festival Parade on Sunday. The trucks and trailers are brought over to British Landing on freight boats, unloaded, and then the trucks bring them up through the middle of the island to where they’ll be stabled until Sunday.
That’s a wrap for tonight. Join me back here on Monday (or Sunday night) for all the fun from the final weekend of the Lilac Festival. It’s going to be a VERY busy three days, and if you can’t be here, I’ll try to make you feel like you were!