Posted by: bree1972 | June 9, 2013

Weekend News and Fun 6/9/2013

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful weekend we’ve had here on Mackinac.  SO MUCH to tell you about I don’t even know where to start . . . so, let’s start with Friday, which just happened to be . . .

MY BIRTHDAY!

Sixty-five.  How can that be?  I remember when I’d meet someone who was 65 and think, “Golly, that is really, really OLD!”  And now here I am . . .  really, really OLD!  But I don’t feel 65 – well except when I first get up in the morning and haven’t had my coffee.  And when I’ve walked up Cadotte more than once a day.  And when I’ve climbed the stairs from Marquette Park to Anne’s Tablet.  And when . . . well, you know what I mean.

My sweet Ted took me to dinner Friday evening at The Island House, which overlooks the Mackinac Island Marina.

My sweet Ted took me to dinner Friday evening at The Island House, which overlooks the Mackinac Island Marina.

We haven't eaten there in several years.  I don't know why except it's a little further to walk.  Our dinner was excellent, and the view of the Straits and the freighters passing between the lighthouses just don't get much better than this!

We haven’t eaten there in several years. I don’t know why. except it’s a little further to walk. Our dinner was excellent, and the view of the Straits and the freighters passing between the lighthouses just can’t get much better than this!

MEETING ANNA

A few weeks ago I received an email from Anna Marlis Burgard.  Anna is the author and principal photographer for the forthcoming book, “Island of America: A River, Lake and Sea Odyssey”.  She is finalizing publisher negotiations, and National Geographic Traveler will feature the book when it releases.  Anna has worked for quite a while in the illustrated book business as an editor, creative director and author, but she says the “Islands” book is certainly her biggest adventure.  She is planning to include Mackinac in the book, and while “noodling” around online she found Bree’s Blog and wanted to meet me and get my thoughts about the island.  “Would I be available,” she asked.  “Why, yes I would!” I replied.

I later learned she had been in contact with our Tourism Bureau Director Mary McGuire, and had three days of photography scheduled during her visit.

On Saturday Anna and I met at the Chippewa for lunch and had a happy time discussing what is – of course – the very best island – Mackinac! I learned that Anna has been researching this book for 1 1/2 years and will probably spend at least another year traveling before it’s ready for the printer.  It will be published in 2015.  I had a blast listening to her stories of all the islands she is visiting around the country, and I hope I was able to give her some local color about our “rock”.  I invited her to Little Stone Church for Sunday services, and there she was this morning! 

So enjoyed meeting you Anna.  I’m looking forward to the publication of your book, and we’re so excited you’re including Mackinac!

SUNDAY MORNING

This weekend – weatherwise and otherwise – has been awesome!  We’re finally beginning to get warmer temps, and walking to church this morning was a real treat.  Instead of layers upon layers, I ambled down the hill without a single “cold weather” wrap.  The sun felt great!

Walking back home, I stopped to snap a few photos.  Flowers are popping up everywhere now, and it constantly amazes me how flowerpots empty just yesterday can be filled with overflowing blossoms - overnight!

Walking back home after services, I stopped to snap a few photos. Flowers are popping up everywhere now, and it constantly amazes me how flowerpots, empty just yesterday, can be filled with overflowing blossoms – overnight!  I think we must have some flower genies on Mackinac!

The Grand golf

Everything is green, green, green . . .

. . . and the Grand Jewel Golf Course is manicured to perfection.

. . . and the Grand Jewel Golf Course is manicured to perfection.

SUNDAY WALK

After lunch and a long afternoon nap, Ted and I headed out with the pups for a walk in the woods.  They were so excited when we got out the leashes they were practically bouncing off the walls!

The Lilacs in the Village are joining those all over the Island in trying to outdo each other for color and variety.

The Lilacs in the Village are joining those all over the Island in trying to outdo each other in color and variety.  One block from our condo, we turned left onto Fourth and walked the short block to the gravel road where Fourth ends and Whitefield Road begins.

. . .

At that point, we are in the Mackinac Island State Park.

Just a few yards on the gravel, and we turned down Trail

Just a few yards on the gravel, and we turned down Fire Break Trail.

I'd walked Maddie and Bear down this trail a few days ago, and I wanted to show Ted the rock formation that had frightened Bear.

I’d walked Maddie and Bear down this trail a few days ago, and I wanted to show Ted something that had frightened Bear. This trail is really thick with vegetation this year.  All the snow this winter failed trees and branches, and although it’s hard to see in this photo, the dirt path is completely covered here by brush – but not so bad we couldn’t push our way through.

I love these woods walks.  It's out here that you find the real Mackinac - in the trees, in the wildflowers, in the wind and birds and small animals scurrying away at our footsteps.

I love these woods walks. It’s out here that you find the real Mackinac – in the trees, in the wildflowers, in the wind and birds and small animals scurrying away at our footsteps.

When I was out here a few days ago, Bear ran ahead of me and up over that hill.  A few seconds later, he began barking - something he normally doesn't do unless Maddie does it first.  I hurried ahead and found him backed off several feet and frantically warning me that there was a dangerous creature ahead . . . .

When I was here a few days ago, Bear ran ahead of me and up over that hill. A few seconds later, he began barking – something he normally doesn’t do unless Maddie does it first. I hurried ahead and found him backed off several feet and frantically warning me that there was a dangerous creature ahead . . . .

, , , this rock cairn someone had recently formed!  For Bear, who knows every rock and branch and tree out here, this was different and therefore worth

, , , this cairn rock sculpture someone had recently formed! For Bear, who knows every rock and branch and tree out here, this was different . . .

gggggg

. . . and therefore. it was worth it to sound an alarm.

Maddie, jumping over a couple of small trees that had fallen across the path.

Maddie, jumping over a couple of small trees that had fallen across the path.

Out of the State Park and back into the Village.

Out of the State Park and back into the Village.  Lilacs . . .

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15

. . . and Bleeding Hearts.

. . . and Bleeding Hearts against a neighbor’s fence.

Cadotte Avenue runs all the way through the Village and into the State Park - where it dead ends into Annex Road.

Cadotte Avenue runs all the way through the Village and into the State Park – where it dead ends into Annex Road.  I love the Village!

vvv

Two “drive it yourself” buggies – grown children in the first one, grandparents and grandchildren in the second – followed by a taxi.  Where else but on Mackinac!

OTHER GOODIES!

My friend Frankie and sweet Hershey are on the Island for a few days.  They stopped in to see Jill at the Island Bookstore.

My friend Frankie and sweet Hershey are on the Island for a few days. They stopped in to see Jill at the Island Bookstore.  Sorry, Hershey, no treats in my pocket.

After a party downtown Saturday night, Ted and I waited at the cab stand for a taxi home. God painted quite a beautiful tapestry across the sky that evening.

After a party downtown Saturday night, Ted and I waited at the cab stand for a taxi home. God painted quite a beautiful tapestry across the sky that evening.

A wedding photographer was doing some special shots out on our lawn late this afternoon.  I rushed inside to get the big lens, but only caught them as they rode away.

A wedding photographer was doing some special shots out on our lawn late this afternoon. I rushed inside to get the big lens, but only caught them as they rode away.

The Lilac bush at the corner of our back yard.

The Lilac bush at the corner of our back yard.

My sweet boy.

My sweet boy.

I  begin volunteering tomorrow at the Stuart House and will be there every Monday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the rest of the season.  If you’re on the Island on a Monday, I’d sure love it if you’d stopped by and said hi!

Happy, Happy Birthday this weekend to our special brother-in-law, Charlie/Frog McMichael, and a Happy, Happy Birthday also to Mr. Pat Pulte, owner of the Murray Hotel and the Inn on Mackinac!  Pat is one of the Mackinac 7 – a group of talented artists who live and work on the Island.  Pat, I have my eye on that painting of the Stuart House on Market Street!

The Lilac Festival is in full swing this week, culminating in the Lilac Festival Parade next Sunday afternoon.  Stay tuned for all the fun!

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  1. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great weekend!

  2. Happy Birthday!!
    I was helping out at a fundraiser dinner tonight for the Munoz foundation. One of the silent auction items was two rounds of golf at The Jewel and two tickets to the carriage tour. It was all done online so I don’t know how much it ended up going for.

  3. Happy Birthday, a little late. Don’t worry – this 65 thing isn’t as bad as it seems. Besides, there are LOTS of us there this year – you’re in good company!
    Thanks so much for the lovely woods pics tires! And it’s wonderful to be able to watch the lilacs developing their blooms!

  4. Happy birthday Brenda!

    Thank you for sharing your day and evening with us. Oh how I can already smell those Lilacs….

    Tuesday won’t be here quick enough. We are packed and ready to roll. I know the van is pointed Northbound ….LOL

    See you soon,
    Theresa

  5. 🎉HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BRENDA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU🎈🍰. I made it to the Island so can give you a birthday hug tomorrow

    • Welcome, Bonnie!!!! Can’t wait for my hug!

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  6. Happy belated Birthday. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

    Oh, tell Maddie that it looked like she jumped over some high branches for a dog her size. She should try out for the dog agility courses.

  7. Thank you so much for the beautiful photos!

    David

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  8. Happy Birthday! :-) Thank you for the sunny, beautiful trip to the island…I woke up to a rainy last Monday of school.

  9. Wow the lilacs sure are beautiful and I bet they smell just as good. We have some lilac bushes outside our window at work and I love opening those windows to get that wonderful smell into the room. They just don’t seem to last long enough. Glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner/date. Love the view…Ted sure is a sweetie. Did Frankie and Hershey find a place to live on the island yet?

    • No luck yet for Frankie, Hilde😞.

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  10. I hope I have as much energy as you do when I’m really, really OLD.
    Happy Birthday!!

  11. Add Ken’s and my wishes for a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brenda. Oh My! 65-years young!

    • LOL Joanne! The age of Medicare has arrived, and I’m delighted to have made it this far! Hoping for many more happy and productive years – good Lord willing. Hugs to you and Ken!

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  12. Happy birthday. Nowhere better to have a birthday than on Mackinac. I will be celebrating my 47th on the island in August. Can’t wait!

    • All right, Dave! 47? You’re just a child!

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  13. Thank you for all the beautiful photos from our favorite island!

    • Hoping to spot you on the island this week, Mary Lou!

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  14. I loved all the lilac pictures! I hope I get to see them in person one day. Is the smell ‘over-whelming’ or ‘just right’? Do they irritate people’s allergies? Your pictures always make me feel like I’m right there on the island and I can’t help but wonder!

    • LOL- I’ve never heard of any Lilac allergies. The scent is never overwhelming unless you stand in front of several full-blooming bushes for longer than a few minutes. Over all, it’s just an added sweet addition to the smell of fudge, mixed with the not-so-sweet aroma of horse poop. Kind of a Mackinac cocktail – to be inhaled instead of consumed.

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  15. Happy birthday. You take care of your health, which leaves you better off than a lot of 50-year-olds.

  16. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday-that’s my favorite table at Island House. Love the view of the marina! Did Frankie find a new job yet? Crossing my fingers that if not, she finds one soon.

    • No job for Frankie yet. We are still praying though.

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  17. Happy belated Birthday! I can’t believe you are 65. The Island looks so beautiful. My niece and I ended up staying a day longer than planned and we are now in Boyne City visiting family. We are both going through “Mackinac withdrawal” so we may go back for the day tomorrow and look at all the beautiful lilacs in bloom. I was so worried she wouldn’t like Mackinac and now she is sad she has to wait another year to return. Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • So glad Sarah liked the Island, Lora! If you’re back tomorrow, maybe I’ll run into you somewhere. The Lilacs are beautiful!

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  18. How nice of Bear to guard you from the rock pile. My happy birthday song was wonderful. I had no idea Ted would hire the Mormon Tabernacle choir for the presentation.

    • We spared no expense for you, Charlie. We weren’t on key, but hey- you can’t have everything! Love you, and hugs all around to Cathie and the fur babies!

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  19. Happy belated b’day Bree! Age is just a number I say…..it’s how you feel inside that makes the difference.

  20. Your lilac photos are stunning! So wish I was there . . .

  21. Brenda,

    I guess we just missed the lilacs by a few days, but our time on the Island was amazing (how’s that, Charlie?) anyway. It was so good to spend time with you, Ted, Jill, Lora and Sarah. I didn’t know whether Sarah liked the Island or not. She’s so quiet.

    I don’t remember what I’ve said and what I haven’t said, so Happy Birthday to Brenda and Charlie.

    Sure am sorry you couldn’t be on the Island when we were, but I sure enjoyed talking to you on the phone -and in Fort Mackinac no less.

    • Thank you for the birthday wishes, Lowell! As a matter of fact, I heard from Lora the other day, and she said Sarah really enjoyed the island and wanted to come back soon!

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  22. Bree, we were on the Island Fri- Sunday…we saw Hershey outside of Millies tied to the pole…she was whimpering much like our Dylan! We stopped to give her a pet and a smooch but she was intently focused on waiting for her owner to come out…we bumped into her again outside near the Pancake house! We had dinner at the Yankee Rebel Friday and Horns Saturday night…delicious as always! Happy Belated birthday too! hope it was a fantastic birthday!

  23. Happy Birthday and thank you for another wonderful season of stories and pictures of the Island!!

  24. Happy Birthday Bree! The pictures are lovely!

  25. Happy Birthday to you! The pictures are lovely, the flowers blooming, the trees, Bear and Maddie, they are so sweet. If I close my eyes,mi can smell the fresh air.

  26. Happy Birthday Brenda! I am just now checking the internet so I didn’t realize you recently had a birthday when we stopped by today and saw you at Stuart House. Thank you again for being so generous with your time! Tony and our nieces & nephews really thought you were “cool”! LOL!

    • So glad to see you and Tony again and to meet your nieces and nephews! Y’all have fun this week!

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  27. Happy Birthday! Better late than never. Your weekend does sound wonderful! I am excited that you are volunteering on Mondays this year. In August that is one of the days we will be on the island. That last picture of Bear is really cute!


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