I love the movie Somewhere in Time, and I loved it long, long before I had ever even heard of Mackinac Island, where it was filmed in 1979. It is just about the most romantic movie ever made – maybe the most romantic. The story is beautiful, Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour are beautiful, the clothes are beautiful, the music is beautiful . . . well, it’s just all so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
You know the storyline. The late Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes smitten by a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (portrayed by Seymour). But her manager William Fawcett Robinson (portrayed by Christopher Plummer) fears that romance will derail her career and resolves to stop him.
The annual Somewhere in Time Weekend was held at the Grand Hotel Oct. 7-9, and, as usual, attendees dressed in period attire to celebrate the movie, in company with celebrity guests who worked on the film—in front of and behind the camera. Fans started arriving on Thursday, and after a weekend of dinners, promenades, teas, luncheons, and reenactments, they happily boarded the ferries for home on Sunday.
I always try to take in at least one event so I can photograph the beautiful dresses and hats the ladies wear (the gentlemen are splendidly decked out also), and this year I planned to be at the Grand at 5:30 Saturday afternoon for a newly added event – a promenade on the Grand’s porch. I left the condo around 3:30 and headed to town. There are usually some attendees downtown in period dress, and it’s always fun to watch tourists, who don’t know what’s going on, do double-takes when they spot a Somewhere in Time couple.
As I passed the Grand, five beautifully dressed young ladies were leaving to go to town. Usually by the Somewhere in Time weekend, the weather is much colder, and the women have to cover their dresses with coats to go outside. This year the island was in the upper 60's throughout the weekend. Splendid!
It turned out these ladies were models on the island for a Somewhere in Time fashion show the next morning. When they stopped in front of Little Stone Church for photographs, I asked one of the other ladies with them if I could use their photograph on my blog. Not only did she say "yes", but she asked if I'd like to have my photograph taken with them. At first I said, "Oh, no, I'm not dressed appropriately." But after I thought about it for 2.5 seconds . . . .
. . . I said, "Sure, why not!"
This couple was just strolling along downtown with the rest of the visitors . . .
. . . and, as I turned up Cadotte toward the Grand, this couple was coming down the sidewalk.
By 5:30 I was inside the Grand, and the Somewhere in Time attendees were flocking to the porch and having photographs made throughout the hotel. This young man looked so much like the young Christopher Reeve that everyone wanted to have their picture made with him. He had been studying the movie, and had all Reeve's moves down precisely. Pretty awesome!
This lady was drawing quite a crowd herself out on the porch. Her entire outfit was a study in lavender, and she wore one of the largest (and most gorgeous) hats I saw that afternoon.
This handsome couple was enjoying some refreshments in the lobby before going outside.
I loved this couple - a very proper military gentleman and his lovely wife.
If you are familiar with Somewhere in Time, you will recognize this as Elise's dress, Elise's hair, Elise's feather in her hair. I really thought I WAS back in time, but when she turned around, it wasn't Elise. Bummer.
Young people and seniors - everyone of every age has fun at Somewhere in Time weekend.
The lady on the right is my friend Barb from the island. With her is a wonderful lady from Georgia Barb met at an earlier Somewhere in Time weekend. They've now become friends and look forward to seeing each other once a year at the Grand. Saw them both at Little Stone Church on Sunday morning also.
The other "largest" hat!
The Grand Porch was filled with ladies and gentlemen in vintage dress.
And yes, of course, there was music from that era.
What I always find so interesting when listening to these folks as they interact with each other is that their whole demeanor changes from modern to very, very proper. If you close your eyes and just listen, you would think you were actually "back in time" eavesdropping on the conversations of wealthy, genteel Americans on vacation at the Grand Hotel.
As at any party, modern or Victorian, the ladies always have something to gather and talk about.
I loved the dresses, but for me, it was all about the hats . . . .
This one looks like cotton candy surrounded by feathers!
I definitely think this one would win the hat contest at the Lake Blackshear Kentucky Derby party hat contest (my Georgia friends will know what I'm talking about).
This couple gets the award for "cutest". As a professional photographer hovered nearby, trying to snap the perfect picture of these two, the husband kept leaning down to whisper in his wife's ear, making her giggle. Loved it!
I loved that the Grand added this afternoon promenade to its event schedule for the weekend. Usually the only promenade where everyone dresses up and “parades” around is after dinner on Saturday night – well after I’m in my jammies. This was perfect!
I’m taking tomorrow off, but I’ll see you back here Thursday and Friday with some more wonderful Fall colors. The island trees are changing fast now, and every day and every walk brings something new. You’ll love it! See you Thursday!