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!
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:
The next two photos are from the Grand Hotel:
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.