It’s Official! The Grand Hotel/Carriage Tour Stable and Carriage Museum held its Open House this afternoon, and I can’t think of too many places in this world where a horse stable could have been more lavishly welcomed.
The event was announced as 5-7 p.m., and the public was invited to “come as you are”. By 4:45 taxis and carriages and bicycles and walkers began to arrive, and as I write this at 7:35, I can look out our bedroom French doors and still see people strolling down the road from the stable. It was THE place to be on this Thursday afternoon!
Dozens and dozens of bikes filled in the spaces between the trees across from the stable . .
. . . . and Carriage Tour wagons brought folks up from town.
There were tables filled with delicious goodies . . . .
. . . and your choice of soda, wine, or champagne.
We hadn’t been in the stable for a couple of weeks, and it was amazing how different it looked from when we’d visited when Julie and the grandchildren were here. The antique carriages from the Grand Hotel and Carriage Tours are beautifully displayed now for the public to enjoy.
Even the actual stable where the horses were looked different – the finishing touches had been placed on everything.
Someone asked a question about the Hackney gait, and one was brought out to “show off” that high-stepping prance.
“Well, hay! Where’s MY champagne and hor’dourves?”
Hundreds of people attended, and around 6 p.m. the official dedication was given. Dr. Vince Carroll from Little Stone Church pronounced the blessing of the stable, and Dan Musser III, President of the Grand Hotel, gave remarks . . . .
. . . as did Dr. Bill Chambers, CEO of Carriage Tours. That’s Jeannette Doud seated on the left.
Carleton Varney, interior decorator for the Grand Hotel, chose the colors for the museum part of the stable, using the same green, white, and red that he used in several suites at the hotel. That chandelier was one of two given to the Grand by Varney and once hung in the New York Metropolitan Museum. Folks, this is not your “typical” stable and carriage museum!
Every space is filled with memorabilia from the Island’s horse culture.
We walked out past the Grand Hotel jazz trio, which played for the event.
What an opening! I’m going to walk back over tomorrow when I can look at everything again without all the people. But, please, when you visit the Island on your next trip, this is a MUST SEE. You have to climb an extra hill past the Grand, but it is so worth it – and it isFREE to the public.
A Few Random Pics From This Week
My friend Chris Ann crossed back to Mackinaw City from the Island at sundown this week, after taking a watercolor class from Mary Lou Peters, one of my favorite artists. She captured this beautiful sunset from a Shepler ferry.
Misty Martincheck from Shepler’s took this gorgeous photo of the Mackinac Bridge while on the first of Shepler’s Moon Cruises.
Spotted in the parking space for Cindy’s Riding Stable. Too cute!
Blog fans Marie and David were at the stable opening tonight. So enjoyed meeting you both, and geez, I hope I remembered your names correctly! Such a sweet couple!
That about wraps it up for the week. Next week I’ll have a story about a chance encounter on-line with a blogger in Georgia that turned into a very special story for both of us. AND – we’re headed to Canada on a three-day trip! More on that next week also.
Have a great weekend, and God bless.
Personal Note: Received a call from Charlie (Frog) and Cathie this morning that brought smiles all around. At his doctor’s appointment today, he was told his lung tumor had been completely removed with wide, unaffected margins. The other great news is that they now believe what they thought was lymph node involvement in his chest might just be evidence of his continuing COPD, and not connected at all with cancer. That would truly be spectacular news! He won’t know for two more weeks what the course of other treatment will be – or if other treatment is needed. All in all, wonderful news! Charlie and Cathie both are so thankful for your prayers. Don’t stop!
Geez – I love my readers! Don’t think I’ve said that lately.