Note: I was unable to attend, but I’ve heard that the Mass at St. Anne’s for the two sailors who lost their lives this weekend to the storm in the Chicago to Mackinac Race was stunningly beautiful and inspirational. St. Anne’s was filled with families and friends who were on the island for the races, as well as island residents and visitors. It was a wonderful tribute to Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel.
Before I officially start the “perk” story, I just want to remind everyone the Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse begins Wednesday evening, July 20, and runs through Sunday morning, July 24. The festival has been named one of the top five horse festivals in the world by Equitrekking and is one of only two in the United States to make the list.
The days are packed – and I do mean PACKED – full of exciting equestrian events. If you are planning to be on the island during this time, please head up the hill toward the Grand Hotel to the Burroughs Lot (just below the Grand), where you’ll see the riding arena and tents set up near the island school. Just for starters, there will be a Saddle Horse Parade, Pony Rides and Fun & Games for Children, a Carriage Parade, West Bluff Historic Stables Tours, the Breeds of Mackinac Show, and Musical Kurs by our very own Mackinac Island Friesian Force. There will also be lectures on equestrian topics by nationally-known horse trainers and island experts, For a complete list of the festival events, please click here: http://www.maryanketourandtravel.com/MIFH/events.htm
Too bad I can’t run for Governor in Michigan. Being a Georgia resident, I don’t qualify (I also don’t qualify because I know nothing about Michigan politics – or politics in general for that matter – but that’s a whole different story).
If anything could make me consider becoming politically-minded, it would be the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence, which just has to be the absolute best “perk” of any job anywhere – my opinion, of course.
Cathy had never toured the residence, which is open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each Wesnesday morning during the season. Admission is free, and we were among the first in line.
OTHER GOOD STUFF!
We were eating out at the Gate House with Cathy and Charlie for lunch last Friday when a young man passed our table and then, doing a double-take, asked if I was “Bree”. He and his whole family – including his mom, siblings, and their families – were visiting the island and eating out on the Gate House patio. I had the opportunity to meet this delightful group, who come to Mackinac Island as often as possible.
I worked this morning at the Stuart House, and several Bree Blog fans stopped by. Charlotte DeBroka and her husband Jim came in, and I apologize profusely, Charlotte, for not getting a photograph. My brain had obviously not started functioning this morning while ya’ll were visiting. I did post this wonderful couple’s photo last year when they visited, so maybe Charlotte will forgive me. They were staying at Small Point Inn, just below Robinson’s Folly, and Charlotte shared that there were some trees down across the road out there after the big storm on Sunday evening. Before arriving on the island, they visited the U.P. and had their copy of South of Superior signed by author Ellen Airgood, who works in a diner in Grand Marais. It’s on everyone’s “got to read it” list up here this summer and is getting rave reviews!
Also stopping by (after my brain “clicked” on):
I loved, loved, loved seeing all of you!
More tomorrow on Cathy and Charlie’s visit. See you then.