Hello Mackinac Fans!
Can you believe all that snow from last week is almost gone? It’s true – warmer temperatures and rain took care of most of it, but I received so many more snow photos after last week’s post, I’ve just got to pass them along to you tonight. I don’t think I would ever tire of seeing Mackinac Island dressed for winter, and I’m guessing you wouldn’t either.
Before we get to snow pics, here’s a few news items:
- Wawashkamo Golf Course has a brand new and exciting web site. Designed and constructed by Nate Jorgensen of Curiosity Creative, you can check it out here: http://www.wawashkamo.com
- Becki Barnwell is opening a new gallery in the space that housed “Paintings by Richard Wolfgang” on Market Street. It will be called “Mackinac’s Little Gallery” and will feature equine art. The gallery will be open mid-May through October. Can’t wait to check it out!
- A very important reminder: Those qualifying for Resident Passes on ferry tickets must purchase the passes prior to March 31. Summer residents are urged to make arrangements to purchase those tickets before that date, even if your arrival time to the island will be later.
- Shepler Ferry representatives will be selling Resident Passes at Cawthone’s Village Inn on March 16 and March 30 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Photos for the passes will be made at that time, and payment is due upon ordering. If you are not going to be on the island before the deadline, of if you can’t make it to the V.I. on the dates listed, Shepler’s is asking that you call their office at 1-800-828-6157 to purchase your pass by phone. In order to purchase a Resident Pass, you must meet the qualifications below: 1) Be a registered voter on Mackinac Island; OR 2) Pay property taxes to Mackinac Island for a residence or a business; OR 3) Have a Mackinac Island address on your driver’s license. Cost for Shepler’s Resident Pass is $100 per adult, FREE for children 12 and under. Passes will be valid from April 23 – October 31, 2012.
- Our favorite bike shop, Mackinac Wheels, is open for business already!
- Jeannette Doud reported in her Mackinac Island column in The St. Ignace News that she took a tour of the new barn being built by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and Grand Hotel. She said it was beautiful, with dark green siding and red windows. Jeannette stated “it will be a wonderful place for the horses and a carriage museum. It is a great addition to the community.”
- The Mackinac Island Horseman’s Association was well represented this past weekend in Lansing at the Michigan Horse Council’s International Stallion Expo and Trade Show:
Abby Holstrom, who is a year-round Island resident, shared these photos, and they are amazing!
Sonnet Quinn a.k.a. Mackinac Mommy posted these beautiful photos of several Mission Point Resort locations:
OTHER SNOW PHOTOS
After looking at all this cold and snow, we start to think that Spring can’t be very far behind. Here’s a couple of shots that may start you thinking happy springtime thoughts . . .
One more item. Today Ted and I rode down to my hometown of Sylvester and talked to the Barnard Trail Chapter of DAR about the history and magic of Mackinac Island (Ted covered the history, and I covered the magic). We had a great time sharing information about our second home, and I think the entire crowd is planning a bus trip north in the near future – just kidding, but I wish they would!
Whew! That was a long post! Hope you enjoyed it and come back next Wednesday for more on Mackinac Island. Have a great week and weekend (Ted and I will be celebrating our 23rd anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day).