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It was a spectacular Labor Day weekend on Mackinac Island, and I don’t think even one more event could have been packed into those three days. I’ll get to all that in a moment, but first I have to tell you that knowing Labor Day heralds the end of summer makes my heart a little sad. Even though we have another two months before we leave and head south, I know – from past experience – those eight weeks will flash by in a whirlwind of last minute visitors, leaves changing colors, seasonal sales in all the shops, less crowded streets, and the slow decline in the warm temps we’ve enjoyed this year.
But, you know, there’s only one thing to do when your time on the Island is getting shorter and shorter . . . . . . GET OUT AND ENJOY BEING HERE! I hope I can make these next few weeks of blog posts so exciting and colorful you’ll just have to jump in your vehicle and drive up (or down) to experience fall on Mackinac for yourself. If there’s no way you can do that this year, maybe reading these words and looking through the photos will help you imagine being here – the next best thing!
So hang on! Summer is over, Fall is peeking around the corner, and we’re going to have tons of fun between now and the first week in November (our “go” date to hit I-75 South).
Labor Day Weekend
Streets downtown this weekend were packed with families enjoying one more little get-away before schools started on Tuesday (every school in Michigan opens the day after Labor Day).
Beginning on Friday, the Grand Hotel presented its annual Labor Day Jazz Weekend. And believe me – nobody knows how to throw a party like the Grand!
Saturday began with the annual last official formal ride of the season. These ladies and gentlemen – in formal riding attire – met at 9 a.m. on the East Bluff to begin their ride, which took them throughout the island, downtown, and to the West Bluff.
On Saturday at noon, the most important event of the weekend happened for Ted . . . . . . the first University of Georgia football game! I think everyone who reads this blog probably knows by now that if Ted was not able to watch his beloved “Dawgs” up here in Michigan, we would either be going home at the end of August or I would be spending two months up here by myself.
The crowning event of the weekend is the Labor Day Bridge Walk. Even before the sun rises, thousands of people converge in St. Ignace from the Island and from all over Michigan and other nearby states. Two lanes of the bridge are closed to vehicle traffic, and for several hours people and cars move together for the five-mile walk across the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinaw City. Ted and several friends made the walk again this year – that makes four times for Ted!
At lunch on Tuesday, Ted and I walked down to the Mackinac Island Public School for the annual First Day of School picnic. I love this tradition, where the community comes together to support the Island children and to encourage them to continue their education.
Photographs from Readers
Mystery Spot Contest
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Mystery Spot Answer