A Parade, Some Photographs, a Little Personal Stuff . . . and a Mystery Spot! 6.20.2010

We have a Mystery Spot winner!  For some reason I thought this would be a tough one, but when I turned on the laptop this morning, my email was full of correct answers.  Bob from Wausau, Wisconsin was the first to send his email in at 9:34 p.m., beating the second correct answer by only 21 minutes.  Congratulations, Bob!  Please see the end of this post for the answer.

Settle in folks, cause this one might require a couple of cups of coffee, or a soft drink, or maybe even a cocktail – lots of ground to cover – and lots of personal news too.

A S    P R O M I S E D!   The Mackinac Island Lilac Parade – I’ll caption as many as I can!

Patty, Buz, Ted and I arrived a good hour before the start of the parade and still almost didn’t get a good seat where I could get good photo angles. But, with a little slipping and sliding from very agreeable folks along the curb, we settled in with the huge crowd which lined the street from Mission Point Resort to Windermere Point.

The parade honored the contributions of Native Americans to Mackinac Island and Michigan, and Chief Donald “Duck” Andress and Indian wisdom keepers served collectively as parade Grand Marshals.

We are so proud to call Chief Duck our friend and neighbor. We see and talk with him over the fence every single day. Oh, the stories he can tell!

Wishing I had grabbed a copy of the parade script, so I could caption everything, but some of the photos will have to speak on their own.

Two of Mackinac Island’s Finest. We passed one of our Island policemen a few days ago as he trained on the “ride around the Island”. Believe me, these guys can hit some serious speed!

This group is in the parade every year.

The Royal Canadian Sear Cadet Corps is a Canadian National youth program. Boys and girls aged 12 to 18 may join the RCSC. There is no enrollment fee, and uniforms are loaned at no charge. The organization and rank system is similar to that of the Canadian Navy. Cadets are appointed to non-commissioned member ranks.

Our beautiful Lilac Festival Queen, Zhane’ Nash. Also in the carriage is Dana Roguska, Lilac Princess and the Queen’s Court – Hailey Armstrong, Kyra Kolatski, and Diana Dupre.

Beautiful ladies, beautiful horses.

Riding on the back of this “two-seater” is Andrew Doud, our favorite grocery owner. Andrew was delighting the children by throwing handfuls of candy into the crowd.

A group of our Island Fort Mackinac interpreters . . . .

. . . . and our lovely lady Fort Mackinac interpreters.  These two groups are at the fort every day and are always in character.  When you question them, they answer just as if they are really living in the 1800’s at the very – at that time – remote outpost on Mackinac Island.  So interesting to chat with them!

A couple of interpreters played this period game as they walked the parade route.

Loving all the costumes!  Mackinac Island is SO full of history!

Murdick’s Fudge entry.  You see that little piece of fudge just behind the sign?  That’s how much is usually left by the time I reach the condo, after buying a pound of the sweet stuff when I’m heading home.

Three of many, many beauty queens.

Candi Dunnigan on her gorgeous Arabian and Trish Martin on her beautiful Thoroughbred.

The Horn’s Bar and Yankee Rebel Tavern entry, showing a stockade “back in the day”.  Have I shared how much I love Horn’s Super Nachos?  Yum-my!

Dan Wallen (of Dan Wallen’s Wild West Show)  brought this beautiful horse . . . .

. . . . and pony to the parade.  They also performed at Windermere Point after the Pet Parade.

Ladies from Cindy’s Riding Stable – in Native American costumes.

A beautiful addition to the parade from the Butterfly House!

Another beauty queen – this one riding in a surrey with the fringe on top.

A great entry from the Mackinac Island Yacht Club!

I believe this was the National Cherry Queen.

Don’t you just love bagpipe music!

A cute entry from the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly House.

The entry from Mission Point Resort.  Very cool!

Love this group – Therapy Dogs International from Rochester, Michigan.  I talked with them at the Dog & Pony Parade, and they invited Bear and I to walk with them, since he is a registered Pet Therapy Dog with Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  We declined so I could take photographs, but maybe next year – or maybe I could persuade our group from Georgia to come up and enter next year!

This group is always a huge hit – from the front . . . .

. . . and from the rear :).

Geez! I wish you could hear all the music while you’re looking at all these photos.

Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island’s pretty, flower-covered bike.

The Cannonball featured their world-famous deep fried pickles.  Oh my gosh!  Have you had one of those yet?  So good!

Leader Dogs for the Blind are always in the parade.  What a great group!

Yeah Girl Scouts!  I was once one of those – a gazillion years ago.

The beautiful Clysdesdale from our yard the other night – all dressed up for the parade!


Orr Kids Bike Rentals!

Our favorite bike shop – Mackinac Wheels. That’s owner Jimmy Fisher on the blue bike.

Trickster One.

Trickster Two.

The last entry is always the Clown Band, and they are outrageously funny and spectacular musicians!

Whew!  Are you tired and ready to go pop some popcorn or grab a sandwich?  We sure were after watching that afternoon!

Reader Photographs

Jim Foucher – St. Clair, MI. Jim captured the true essence of a Mackinac Island dock porter with this photo he snapped on May 26.

Traci Rackley – Pulaski, Tennessee. A “fish-eye” look at the Grand Hotel porch, snapped Labor Day weekend, 2010.

Tom Wachowski – Arizona.  Tom has traveled to the Island throughout his life, and he and his wife married on the Island in 2005.  He flies corporate jets as his “day job”.  This shot is from the Waco Biplane from Carolina Barnstormers in St. Ignace.  This shot is from 2010.

Stephen Gill – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Flowers at Iroquois Hotel

Please keep sending in your favorite photos to brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.

A Few Favorite Photos From This Week

This week my volunteer partner at the Stuart House Museum wanted to swap days, so I worked on Tuesday. Around noon, the sky began to darken, and I shot this photo out of a front room window in the museum.

A few minutes later, the storm hit.

Tuesday evening (as you can see, the storm is over) we went out to dinner at Mary’s Bistro with friends Bonnie, Don, Patty and Buz.

It was an awesome evening to take the boardwalk on the west end of town home.

We walked by the Windermere Hotel gardens – which have never been lovelier.

The sun’s rays through the clouds gave me chill-bumps they were so beautiful.  You can just make out the bluff houses on the right.

Personal Stuff

  • My blogging friend from the U.P., Kathy Drue, published her post about her visit to Mackinac Island last week.  It is so cute and very well written – told as though “she” was a Carriage Tour driver.  Please check it out at:  http://upwoods.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/please-hop-up-in-the-horse-drawn-carriage-lets-tour-mackinac-island/.
  • I haven’t even had time to mention our daughter and two grandchildren are arriving on the Island on Friday!  They’ll be with us for 10 days, and we are so excited!  They began their journey up from Florida this afternoon – driving.  Our son-in-law Matt will fly up in a week to join them, and then they’ll drive home together.  Safe travel prayers will be appreciated.
  • Next week I’ve been asked to speak about Bree’s Blog at the Men’s Breakfast at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.  Please have me in your prayers as I prepare.

With all this going on, I’m going to take myself a little blogging vacation for a few days.  I want to be able to enjoy every second the kids are here, without anything else on my mind.  I know you moms and grandmoms out there understand!

So, this will be my last post until NEXT Wednesday, when I’ll be back with the Mystery Spot, more Reader Photos, and some stories about what we’ve been doing with the grandkids.  I’ll miss ya’ll for the next few days, but I can’t wait to spend some quality time with Julie, Jordan, Matt and Matthew!

Mystery Spot Contest

The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner?  Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is   . . . .

Where is it?

Again, please email your answers to me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.  PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG.  Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.

See you next Wednesday with lots of news and photos!  God bless.

Mystery Spot Answer

The anchor in the Mystery Spot is located in the front gate of Silver Birches, a property that is currently listed for sale.  Silver Birches is about 3 1/2 miles from downtown on the road around the Island.  A new roof was put on in autumn of 2011, and everyone hopes to see Silver Birches thriving again very soon.  (I apologize for first stating that the property was abandoned – it was not – it is for sale.)


32 thoughts on “A Parade, Some Photographs, a Little Personal Stuff . . . and a Mystery Spot! 6.20.2010

  1. Wonderful Blog! Great pictures! You enjoy your visit with your daughter and grandchildren and don’t worry about us blog readers – we will survive and will look forward to your next blog. Good luck with your speech – you will be great! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Mackinac’s beauty never ceases to amaze me. And what a fun place to be! Enjoy your time with your family.

  3. Love the pictures from the parade and the blog readers. And please tell Buz that I LOVE his smile. It is always so big and so …real. Completely understand wanting to spend time with family, especially grandkids!! I will be here when you get back. ENJOY!!!

  4. Thanks for all the wonderful photos, I felt like I was there! Best of luck with your speech, you’ll be wonderful and we’ll all be anxious to hear how it went. Have a great family week!

  5. I can’t believe how big the parade has become! It was fun when we went (how many years ago was that?), but this year’s was wonderful! And everyone seemed to be having a good time. Perfect weather, too! Kudos to the planning committee!

    Couldn’t be happier for you that you get to see your family and share the island with them! Spoil them all as much as you can – it won’t be long enough. We’ll be here when you get back, ready to hear all about it.

  6. Hey, i was at the parade but these pictures are a great way for everyone else to see it. now i know if i ever have to miss it i can count on your blog., great job. we had a great time with you all for dinner. thank you very much!! and i like the pic, maybe i can get a copy sometime. maybe on email??????? miss you already.!!!

  7. Wonderful pictures! I caught the ones from the Grand on FB but there were NO CAPTIONS! Very frustrating! Yours have just enough to identify groups and I love your perspective!
    Those photos of the clouds and the storm were so expressive – I could just feel it! Thank you, thank you! Have a great time with your kids!

  8. Thanks for bringing the parade to my cubicle this morning! Hope you have a great time with the family.

    Oh yeah-I stopped by Kathy’s blog for what was supposed to be just a minute- I ended up being on her site for about an hour… She’s awesome-thanks for the link!

  9. Brenda,

    First, before I forget (I can do that in a second, you know), I have what is a very important question, at least to me. Do you know what tribe Chief Duck is a member of, and is he an actual chief or is that a nickname?

    Thank you for the great parade pictures. I especially like that kid on the unicycle. That’s talent in my book! The parade certainly has improved since I was in it in the mid-fifties. If I can’t be there, your blog certainly is the next best thing.

    I know you, Ted, Maddie and Bear will enjoy your time with family. I don’t envy your daughter (with kids) the drive to the Island from Florida, but she and they will sure be glad to be with you and on the Island.

    PS: I’ll have to disagree with you on one thing, but we can still be friends. Although I have Scottish ancestry (I go back to a John McKinsey who came to, what is now, South Carolina in 1753 at the age of 25), I do not like bagpipe (music?). I hope you won’t hold it against me.

  10. How fun looking at these parade photos, Bree! It would have been lovely to watch the colorful parade, but seeing it in your blog is the next best thing. I loved the photo of Chief Duck and will click on the link in the above comment to read about him. How lovely that he’s a sweetheart.

    P.S. Thanks for the link to my post featuring a carriage ride around the island. It was FUN being a carriage driver for a blogging day!!

      • Hello Bree, may I please ask you have immediate retraction on the Silver Birches and “abandonment.” The definition is owner had given up the right of the property an or intention that demonstrates that the owner knowingly relinquished control over it. This is not the case. A new roof was put on in the autumn of 2011 and it is currently listed for sale! Love your blog – thank you for the correction!

      • So sorry, Pam – I guess I wasn’t thinking when I used that word, because I knew it was for sale. Will correct immediately!

  11. The last time I was on Mackinac Island was two years ago. (the summer that Vince Vaughn and Ron Howard visited the island) It was after returning home that I stumbled upon your blog and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. My family and I are very excited to be coming back to the island for a visit this coming week! Reading your blog has shown us some areas of the island that we’ve never taken the time to see but hope to on this trip. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and God bless! 🙂

  12. The parade looks like a lot of fun. We’ll have to try and be there for it sometime in the future. Have a wonderful time with your family during their visit.

  13. Hi Bree, great pictures! Just one question, we’re the firefighters in the parade, or the new Ladder truck? As a firefighter, I hate to see the police get all the attention, ha ha! Have a great week off!

  14. Great photos as usual. The horses were absolutely gorgeous! I’d like to get one of those Sr. ladies shirts for Halloween! That would be a hoot! What a great shot of the Windermere Gardens. Looks so peaceful there.

    Have a great family get-together. Prayers for you and family.

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