Spring is breaking out all oh-oh-ver! Oh wait! That lyric begins with “June”, not “Spring”!
Here in Georgia, it might as well be June. Temps are in the high 80′s already, Azaleas and dogwoods and crabapple trees are in full-bloom. It’s beautiful, but all of that is supposed to happen toward the end of April – not March!
Same thing on Mackinac Island – well, not azaleas, but warm temps. Two weeks ago 14 inches of snow covered the ground. Today on Mackinac it was 66. Sixty-six! It wasn’t 66 last year when we arrived on the Island mid-May!
Ok – it is what it is. I have a feeling Georgia is only going to get hotter, but hopefully, this is truly just a few crazy days on the Island, and then the weather will return to normal. If not, I’m seeing an air conditioner in our future this summer.
I have a few news items today, a few photos, and one totally awesome video . . .
The Island is coming out of its winter lull and about to crank up and get ready for the season (I’m wondering if everyone has their snowmobiles in storage yet, or are they keeping them around a little longer to see if a spring snow surprises everyone). For sure, bikes are already out and about (they’ve been out and about most all winter), and hotels are already planning spring specials! Like these two . . .
Where can you find other specials? It’s so simple! Go to http://www.mackinacisland.org OR (for the very best last-minute deals and immediate island news) go to: http://www.facebook.com/mackinacislandtourismbureau and “join”! It’s fast, it’s simple, it’s free, and each time some great special is available, you will KNOW ABOUT IT immediately!
Ferry news! Shepler’s Ferry began it’s Island service from St. Ignace on March 15. It’s the Sacre Bleu that’s running now, but on April 1 (maybe sooner), the fast ferry will be back in business. Shepler Ferry service from Mackinac City will begin April 23.
Once again . . . . RESIDENT FERRY PASSES must be purchased BEFORE MARCH 31!
Here’s a few “springtime” photos from the Island . . .
I’m hoping everyone reading this is already planning a trip to the Island this season. Just in case you were wondering about the many festivals held during the summer, here’s a list:
- Lilac Festival: June 8-17
- Festival of the Horse: August 8-12
- Mackinac Music Festival: August 14-16
- Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: August 24-25
- Restaurant Week: September 23-29
- Great Turtle Shopping Week: October 1-6
- Halloween Weekend: October 26-28 (includes Great Turtle Half Marathon Run/Walk)
Can’t think of anything else for this week . . . except that promised video. It was compiled from many sources and features interviews with Islanders, Island residents and loads of imagery and insight into what makes the Island so special. This is a vintage video and is about 30 minutes long (watch when you have enough time to enjoy without interruptions). Interviews include Mayor Margaret Doud, Scottish immigrant Agnes Shine, Mackinac Island Police Chief Otto Wandrie, Grand Hotel musician/clarinetist Bob Snyder, writer/professor/biographer John McCabe. Fudgemaker Harry Ryba and media guru Bill Rabe. You will love it!
One more thing. I’ve been giving a lot of thought this week to the coming season on the Island and how to showcase this summer. I’ve read and reread all of your excellent suggestions from last Fall, and I think what I’m planning is going to be fresh and just different enough to be . . . different. More on that in the weeks ahead, but gosh, it’s less than 8 weeks before we’ll be heading north again. Can you believe it?
Have a great rest of the week, and thank you for all the Happy Anniversary wishes for Ted and I on St. Patrick’s Day.
P.S. I think next week we’ll start calling this the “Mackinac Island SPRING Update”!