Weekly Update (updated 12/24/09)

Header:  Thanks to Liz at http://quiltedturtle.blogspot.com for this beautiful night photo of the Christmas tree on Main Street.

Added December 24, 2009:  A little  Christmas gift from our house to yours.  This video was aired last year on HGTV, after Mackinac Island was named one of the Top 10 Christmas Towns in the United States.  


The scoop for December 14-20:      

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas!  The Mackinac Island Town Crier arrived this week, and there is so much news!  First though, a few items from other “sources”:     

On Dec. 13, Sadie, the adorable Scottish Terrier belonging to the Grand Hotel’s Amelia Musser, won her 102nd Best in Show at the 9th Annual AKC/Eukanuba Dog Show in Long Beach, California.  The Baltimore Sun story reported that Sadie was handled brilliantly, as always, by Gabriel Rangel.  The dog show will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.  Sadie was one of 4,000 canine participants in the show and pranced away with the $50,000 Grand Prize for Best in Show.  Congratulations, Sadie!  

AP Photo by Susan Goldman.


Please visit the new web site for the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum at http://bit.ly/4oNLWq.     

From the Mackinac Island Town Crier:     

  • The Mackinac Island Community Foundation approved $13,252 in fall grants at its Dec. 4 meeting.  Robin Dorman, executive director of the foundation said, “The grant requests were varied and provide for the entire spectrum of our residents.  They also benefit our workers and visitors.”  Two grants went to St. Anne’s Church: $750 for the Teen Night Program to support activities and trips for Island youth during winter months and $2,000 for the church’s Meals on Snowmobiles.  In its fifth year, the program will provide two hot meals a week to Island senior citizens.  Five grants went to Mackinac Island Public School: $200 for the Boatload of Books program; $1,340 to enable 4th-7th grade students to attend the Overnight at Fort Michilimackinac event; $342 for Super Science Saturdays, a program to provide science activities for preschool and kindergarten students; $1,920 for a one-day ski trip for students in Boyne Highlands; $500 for 2010 Prom Night to allow seniors to have a combined prom with other small schools in the district; and $1,000 for the Christmas Gifts Program to provide gifts and necessities to families for the holidays.  Other grants: $1,200 to support lilac care and education; $2,500 to provide training to interested residents to become an Emergency Medical Technician; $1,000 to the city to help offset the cost of providing safe winter transportation to Island senior citizens; $500 to American Legion Post 299 to help purchase items to improve the Veterans Room in the Stuart House Museum.
  • I was interested to read in Candice Dunnigan’s Horse Tales column about how the horses that stay over through the winter on the island are chosen.  Candice said, “They are the horses that are easy keepers, sure-footed, dependable in and out of harness, and able to a variety of jobs.  Dray horses may be hitched to a taxicab, or even asked to pull the hearse if need be, and they need to be able to stand calmly.”  Candice also noted that during the last weeks of the working season, all the horses’ winter coats came in.

I have more pictures from Jill’s visit to the island during the Christmas Bazaar:  

This is Chambers Corner. In this view you are approaching the corner of Market Street and Cadotte. That boarded building is where there once was a pony ride for children during the summer.

This is further up Cadotte across from the Little Stone Church Parsonage.

Christmas trees are brought over on the ferry, tagged with prices, and stored under the carriage shed at Chambers Corner. Island residents pick out a tree, leave the money (on the honor system), and someone from the school comes by regularly and picks up the money. Proceeds go toward the island 4-H Club.

Taxi 12

The beautiful Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast, on the first day of snow. Closed for the winter, the inn will reopen in the spring, and its gardens and flowerbeds will once again be among the most beautiful on the island.

The next two photos are from the Grand Hotel:  

Sunrise over a frozen Grand Hotel.

The snowplow works to clear snow from the road in front of the Grand.

There is a very good chance I am going to be on the island for Winter Festival Feb. 6-7, 2010.  More to come on that!  Calendar photographs for the 2012 Mackinac Island calendar will be judged during the festival.  

My friend Mike Forrester, who has a fantastic Mackinac Island blog  http://www.mackinacislandblog.com, found this great video on YouTube of the snowplow on the island December 9.  The video begins at the boardwalk just before the island school and heads toward British Landing.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Trerk0igdw.  

There is a good chance there will be no weekly updates on this site for a couple of weeks.  We are leaving the Sunday or Monday after Christmas driving to Arkansas to see our daughter and her family.  We are returning through New Orleans to visit Cathie and Charlie, Ted’s adopted sister and her husband.  We should be back at home January 5 or 6.  The next scheduled post will be online Monday, January 11.  If I find a way to post important news before then, I will.  So check back a couple of times between now and Jan. 11, just in case. 

For previous weekly updates, you can click here: https://bree1972.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/time-to-move-11309/. 

Ted and I wish you a very Merry Christmas, filled with family and friends.  And we thank God for the One whose birth we celebrate on that day – our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


11 thoughts on “Weekly Update (updated 12/24/09)

  1. Thanks for posting the video of the snow plow. Don’t know that I’d want to do that job.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you, Ted, Bear, and Maddie.

  2. Thank you bree, for the great pictures! I just love this blog. I know I sound like a broken record! Hope you and Ted have safe travels and also have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!! Your friend, Michelle

  3. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the updates – still no Town Crier in Los Angeles!! And I am green with envy about the winter Festival – you will have a BALL!! And hopefully one or two of your photos will make the calendar.

  4. Thanks for the updates Brenda. Enjoy the holidays, Merry Christmas and safe travels to all. I have to agree with Irene, the winter festival!!. I think we’re all a little jealous now. 😉

  5. You MUST go to winter festival! You should be able to write the trip off on your taxes since you are writing a book. bye the way,I am in on a share of the cost of the publishing if I can have a cut in the royalities 🙂 Traveling mercies my friend and Merry Christmas and we know it is going to be a Happy New Year!

  6. Have certainly been enjoying all of the pics. of our favorite island dressed in a blanket of snow…Merry Christmas Bree and safe travels!

    From Jane

    p.s. hope Santa brings you extra warm “stuff” if you are visiting the island in Feb., (lucky, lucky YOU!) it will be a drastic change from your southern home on the ri’vah!

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