Posted by: bree1972 | December 23, 2012

Mackinac Island Winter Update – Volume 4 12/23/2012

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas . . . .

All I have to do is put on some Bing Crosby, scroll through the photos below, and imagine myself inside the photos.  Why don’t you do the same . . . .

Sweet artist friend Mary Lou Peters used watercolor to create a merry scene around the Christmas tree on Main Street, with Fort Mackinac

Sweet artist friend Mary Lou Peters used watercolor to create a merry scene around the Christmas tree on Main Street, under the watchful eyes of Fort Mackinac.

Always beautiful, St. Anne's church decorated for Christmas is even more heavenly.

Always beautiful, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, decorated for Christmas, is even more heavenly.

Children at the Island school prepared Christmas treats for the 4-H horses wintering in Mackinaw City.  They were delivered the day before the snow arrived, and Blaze and his pasture-mate sure enjoyed their surprises!

Children at the Island school prepared Christmas treats for the 4-H horses wintering in Mackinaw City. They were delivered the day before the snow began, and Blaze (on the left) and his pasture-mate sure enjoyed their surprises! (Photo: Mackinac Horses Association)

The snow began on December 20, and one of the first places I went to look was the Island House webcam.

The snow began on December 20, and one of the first places I went to look was the Island House webcam.

This is friend Joan Barch hiking over to a friend's house for a knitting circle - in the snowstorm!

This is friend Joan Barch hiking over to a friend’s house in a snowstorm – for a knitting circle!  (Photo:  Orietta Barquero)

By Friday the snow was arriving in huge, wet, heavy snowflakes.

By Friday the snow was arriving in huge, wet, heavy snowflakes.  (Photo: Marge Lind)

Little Luxuries Nicole Doud's bicycle, sitting outside her home.  In the summer that basket is woven with flowers and greenery.

Little Luxuries Nicole Doud’s bicycle, sitting outside her home. In the summer that basket is woven with flowers and greenery.  (Photo: Nicole Doud)

And speaking of Nicole, she and Andrew celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary this week.  This photo is from their wedding day - a gorgeous, snow-covered Island made the perfect background for a wedding.

And speaking of Nicole, she and Andrew celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary this week. This photo is from their wedding day. A gorgeous, snow-covered Island made the perfect background for their wedding.

A little further south - in Gaylord - Brian and Jeri-Lynn's "Cricket" awoke to a deep covering of snow in their backyard.

A little further south – in Gaylord – Brian and Jeri-Lyn Bailey’s “Cricket” awoke to a deep covering of snow in their backyard . . .

. . . and at Black Lake near Cheboygan, Patrick Conlon’s new Golden Retriver puppy Ruby discovered snow for the first time.

A perfect winter snowland scene - again from Black Lake.  (Photo: Sue Conlon)

A perfect winter snowland scene – again from Black Lake. (Photo: Sue Conlon)

Snow-laden branches on the Island Christmas tree. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Can you believe the Mackinac Bridge was still open in these conditions?!  I don't think I would have even considered crossing in that!

Can you believe the Mackinac Bridge was still open in these conditions?! I don’t think I would have even considered crossing in that!

Last Friday the Island snowmobilers  enjoyed the beauty of a frozen Island.  (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

Last Friday snowmobilers enjoyed the beauty of a frozen Island. (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

An eerie photo from downtown . . . low light, ghostly buildings, a lone snowmobiler.  (Photo: Marge Lind)

An eerie photo from downtown . . . low light, ghostly buildings, a lone snowmobiler. (Photo: Marge Lind)

The Mackinac Island Post Office.  Open - come rain, or snow, or sleet, or dark of night.  (Photo:  Mission Point Resort)

The Mackinac Island Post Office. Open – come rain, or snow, or dark of night. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

A decorated lamp post stands strong in 25 mph winds.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

A decorated lamp post stands strong in 25 mph winds. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Downtown

Downtown Mackinac – from the top of Fort Hill.  (Photo:  Greg Main)

The winter's only taxi passes The Cottage Inn.  I know our friend George Wellington is driving that taxi!

The winter’s only taxi passes The Cottage Inn. I know our friend George Wellington is driving that taxi!

State Park employee Myron Johnson, checking the trails for downed trees and debris.  (Photo:  Robert McGreevy)

State Park employee Myron Johnson, checking the trails for downed trees and debris. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

Mission Point Resort stands on its hill - covered in snow, quiet, lovely.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Mission Point Resort stands on its hill – covered in snow . . . quiet . . . lovely. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

A view of the city from Anne's Tablet.  (Photo:  Greg Main)

A view of the city from Anne’s Tablet. (Photo: Greg Main)

The heavy, wet snow caused many, many downed trees and broken branches.  Lots of work to be done before the State Park crew can get the trails groomed for cross-country skiing.

The heavy, wet snow caused many, many downed trees and broken branches. Lots of work to be done before the State Park crew can get the trails groomed for cross-country skiing.

The Island cemeteries today. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)

The Island cemeteries today. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)

The Baby Grand - an East Bluff cottage.  (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)

The Baby Grand – an East Bluff cottage. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)

Skull Cave.  (Photo:  Mackinac Island Winters)

Skull Cave. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)

Thank you so much to everyone on the Island (and those who visit) who allow me to use their photographs on this site.  All of you rock!

Chris Ann Update

I spoke with Chris Ann on the phone a few days ago.  A friend of hers from the Island, Mary Saul, was there spending some quality time, and Chris Ann was enjoying her company. 

Then this past Friday evening Burton answered a knock on the door.  Outside were around 20 Shepler employees who had come to sing Christmas carols for them – practically in the middle of a snowstorm!  Chris Ann and Burton welcomed them into their warm cottage where they filled the living room and sang carol after carol.  They brought dinner for the next day (when family was arriving), a Christmas tree, and a platter of Christmas goodies.  It warms my heart to think of this wonderful evening the Shepler Ferry family pulled together for their favorite fan.  I’ve talked to several people who were there, and each one said the same thing, “No matter what else we do during the holidays, our visit to Chris Ann and Burton will be the highlight.” 

I called Chris Ann later that night, and she and Burton were still bubbling over with smiles about the visit.

Chris Ann and Burton expect to welcome several of their family (a few at a time) members over Christmas.  They continue to make memories in their little cottage under the bridge.

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With temperatures staying in the 20′s and low 30′s for the next few days, I think the Island will definitely be celebrating a White Christmas.  Wishing everyone there – and everyone reading this – the merriest of Christmases.  Love and hugs to everyone, and God bless you every one.

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  1. Every picture is a postcard just waiting to happen…I couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried, they are all beautiful. The island in a blanket of snow…wow! Nicole and Andrew, congratulations, happy anniversary! What a gorgeous backdrop to your perfect day. Chris Ann..thinking of you always…hope you have the best Christmas EVER…Shepler’s…what can I say…your just the BEST!! I know of a couple of Christmas Angels that had a hand in some of the wonderful blessings bestowed upon Chris Ann and family. Santa Claus does exist…. :)

    • WELL SAID Hilde….

  2. Hi Bree, I happened to have “Mob Hits Christmas” playing while soooo enjoying your Vol.4 Mackinac Island update AND I must say the pictures and post warmed my heart! Always love to hear about the Island in any season! Aloha and have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. If everyone was as thoughtful as the Shepler’s crew, what a wonderful world this would be! Many thanks to all of them, and Merry Christmas to them, and everyone reading this.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful photos Brenda…as much as I love to ‘look’ at the snow I don’t like it on the roads, but we don’t have any here in lower Michigan…so I am enjoying these photos. Alyssa arrived home last night for a week!! We are so excited but she already said she missed the snow on the island!! It is really good to see her and Cleo (her ‘puppy’)!! So looking forward to Christmas with the whole family at Lori’s. Praying you have a blessed Christmas!!

  5. Love all the photos. The Island looks so beautiful dressed in white. Have a Blessed Christmas with your family, Brenda and thank you everyone who supplied the beautiful photos.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  6. Hello bree1972,

    My name is Donna, I have been researching my past family heritage and this is how I discovered your blog. In search of my families past, I have determined that George Abotossaway is my Great, Great Grandfather and you happen to have a picture of him right here in your blog. I found this to be exciting because the only picture I had previously found of him happens to be on the following website, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation http://www.aundeckomnikaningfn.com/id10.html
    which I believe is a sketch that may have drawn from the very same picture you have here on you blog.

    The reason for contacting you is to know whether or not you could inform me as to how and where you acquired this photo of George Abotossaway and whether or not it would be possible for me to do the same.

    Thank you

    • Hi Donna. The photo was on the Facebook page for the Mackinac Island Pow Wow to be held this summer. I don’t know where the Tourism Bureau got it, but I have forwarded your request to Mary Slevin, the director of the Bureau. Hopefully she will be able to answer your question. What an amazing heritage you have!

  7. Merry Christmas to you – thanks for all you’ve done for all of us this past year. My Christmas wish is that we are able to convey to you how very special you are to every one of us and that we appreciate all you do. A big warm encompassing Christmas hug from a Canadian friend to you; wags of the tail to Bear and Maddie from a Canadian canine friend. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and from Mr. Dickens; God Bless us Every One.

  8. Merry Christmas Brenda! Thank you for the trips down memory lane!

  9. Merry Christmas Brenda, and Ted, and Chris Ann, and Burton, and the Sheplers staff, and all the people who share their wonderful pictures with you so you can share them with us! (P.S. and Bear and Maddie too!!)

  10. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. They are awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Prayers and thoughts go to Chris Ann. May the new year bring many blessings.

  11. Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for another wonderful year of your blog!

    God Bless!

  12. Merry Christmas to you and Ted, Bear and Maddie. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Thank you for putting together your blog each week.

  13. Merry Christmas Bree! Thank you for my parents’ wonderful Christmas tree and all the magic you work!

    • John, just wishing I had the magic to relieve at least some of her pain. Praying about that pretty constantly, and hoping this morning finds her pain more manageable than last night.

  14. Thank you Brenda for another year of seeing Mackinac Island through your pictures. I’ve always wanted to see the island in the winter and you give it me every time someone allows you to share their pictures with us. I especially loved the view from Ann’s Tablet.
    Shepler’s is the best. What a wonder Christmas gift they gave to Chris Ann and Burton. Prayers for Chris Ann.
    Merry Christmas to you, Brenda, Ted, Bear, Maddie and all of your family.

  15. Thank you so much for the great pics, Bree. What a beautiful island in winter! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. These pictures are so wonderful–thanks for including my island Christmas card! You make me feel like I’m right on the island in a snowstorm! I love the knitter going to her group meeting–can’t keep knitters away from each other!

  17. thanks so much for the beautiful pictures! The Island sure is pretty in the winter. Thanks also for the update on Chris Ann. That is awesome what Sheplers did! What a great bunch of people! I hope you and Ted have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. A very Merry Christmas to you! What is beautiful pictures, makes me want to jump in the car and go to the island. No snow this year in Chicago, just chilly temperatures.
    Although, I do not know Chris Anne my thoughts & prayers are with her and her family. Thank you for sharing, such grace, dignity and love. A lesson to be learned.
    Love, hugs and well wishes to all
    Gail

  19. I hope you won’t mind, but I listened to Percy Faith’s recording of I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas, although I think Bing Crosby’s was the original. At least that’s the one I remember from the 1940s. Anyway, the song was a great background for the beautiful pictures. Thank you and your friends for those pictures.

    Chris Ann, I’m remembering you today, as every day, and praying for your comfort and peace.

  20. Wonderful pictures of the island. Can any of these pictures on your blog be used on my computer as a background? I don’t see any copyright but I don’t want to get into any problem.

    Brenda – I hope everything is going well with you and Ted. Keep us updated with your lock jaw. It sounds frustrating.

    Chris Ann – I think of you daily and hope that you are comfortable. You area fine example of grace. My god be with you and your family.

  21. The photos from up north were really great. Your photo connections are outstanding. Make sure you keep them.
    A wedding.on the island, in the snow was.just beautiful, I’ll bet. The black and white contrast was awesome.
    Already waiting for the next update..
    Hope you and yours enjoyed a very Merry Christmas!!

  22. I just got back from downstate Traverse City, had a hard time staying in my lane on the Mackinac Bridge cause I kept looking at the island dreaming I was on the main street. I was so happy to come home and get on the computer and be able to see my favorite spot in white. I will look at the same pictures every day until new ones are posted. Thanks Bree!

  23. To every one of my readers . . . . you are loved, you are appreciated, you are so special, and you make each and every one of my days happier just by being there. God’s richest blessings to all of you.

  24. Thanks so much. Pictures are beautiful. I would never be able to see Mackinac Island in the winter without your blog. Happy New Year!

  25. Wonderful pictures….thanks for sharing. We just welcomed a few inches of snow in our corner of Michigan yesterday……a day late for a white Christmas, but none the less, it’s beautiful!

  26. Thank you for the pictures.

  27. I love your blog and these pictures are fabulous. I have a home on M119 and haven’t been able to get up there this winter. In the summer our favorite thing is to pack a lunch and sit near the bridge and enjoy the day. I have a friend that visits every year; we always go to the island. I hope to meet you some day and give you a big heartfelt hug for sharing the beauty and your love of the island. Thank you!


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