Mackinac Island Winter Update – Vol. 1. 2/2/2012

Well, hi strangers!

If you could see my face right now, you would notice – right off the bat – that I am pouting.

“Why are you pouting, Bree?” you might ask.

I’m so glad you asked.  Here’s why . . . .

1)  The Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar has been in full swing since Friday – and I’m not there.

2)  It’s been snowing on the Island – and I’m not there.

3)  There were about 50 items at the Bazaar I would have given anything – well, almost anything – to be able to buy as Christmas gifts – and I’m not there.

Sigh.

But – enough with the self-pity.  I’ve got pics to show and web links to share, and OH MY GOSH, I have missed ya’ll so much!

Before I go all overboard into the winter update though, I just have to share one last salute to Fall on Mackinac from MyNorth.com.  This is a totally awesome video, and even though I watched it only a couple of days after returning to Georgia, it made me long to return.  Then I remembered that it was snowing when we left, which meant the leaves were GONE from the trees!  Anyway, here it is, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:  http://www.mynorth.com/My-North/October-2012/Northern-Michigan-Color-Tour-Mackinac-Island-in-Autumn

Remember me talking about the “save Our Statue” project just before we left.  Paul Wandrie, who is in charge of the fund-raiser, posted this a few days after Thanksgiving:  On November 28, 2012 Lady Liberty will be taken down to be shipped to Detroit for the winter. She will be in the capable hands of Venus Bronze Works, Inc., where she will receive a complete makeover. This work will take the winter, and she’ll be returned looking the way she did when first dedicated 62 years ago. We anticipate that she will be removed from the pedestal around 12:30 p.m. –  as long as we don’t run into any problems. Winberg Masonry, Belonga Excavating and Davis Construction, along with Venus Bronze Works, Inc. will be involved with taking her down. This is extremely exciting when you consider we just started our drive to repair the statue. Thank you to everyone for their generosity. Because of you this project is moving along. Please share with your friends. We are still in need of raising $52,412.18 to complete this project. We can use everyone’s help to complete this project.

Greg main posted this great video of the statue being carefully removed from the pedestal:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wSTvWHaqYI&feature=youtu.be

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And here’s Lady Liberty standing on Main Street before being loaded for her trip to Detroit.  (Photo: Greg Main)

Winter Happenings from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Winter is such a beautiful time on Mackinac Island.  I’ve only visited there once during snow season, and those three days were so breathtaking, I’ve been trying to get up there again in the wintertime ever since.  Below is a list of events from now through March:

December 1-3, 2012 – Christmas BazaarSelected as one of HGTV’s Top Ten Christmas Towns, you can kick off the Holiday season and pick up unique crafts at the Christmas Bazaar.

December 31, 2012 – New Year’s EveThere’ll be some great parties and outdoor splendor as everyone rings in the New Year. There are great meals, great music and no one has to worry about driving.
January 1, 2012 – Baby New Year:  Father Time hands the year off to Baby New Year on January 1st, and the island celebrates with football parties at the downtown pubs.
February 1-3, 2013 – Mackinac Island Winter Festival:  Great Turtle Park will be a happening place with a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball and broom hockey.  Then you can help select the images at the school for the 2013 Mackinac Island Calendar.
February 16, 2013 – Great Turtle Chili Cook Off:  Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars, then make your way to the event of the winter. The annual chili cook off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant, where chefs and average Joes duke it out for the first, second and third place honors.
February 16-18, 2013 – Washington’s Birthday Bash:    President’s Day Weekend is a great time to hit the snowy trails for this extended weekend across America.
March 15-17, 2013 – St. Patrick’s Day Weekend:  Snow, Fog, Ice, Water . . . it all makes for a typical March on Mackinac Island. Revelers are invited to play Snow Volleyball and the Annual Jamie Bynoe Street Hockey Tournament downtown. Oh…and there will be plenty of Irish Cheer!
News Items
The old Grand Hotel stable is no more.  Don’t know what happened to the idea of doing some restorative work and using it as a storehouse, but friend Jeff Peterson snapped these photos the first part of November:
Lots of

Lots of equipment moved in early one morning . . .

. . . and by the end of the day, there was only an empty space.  So sad to see this historic building torn down, but its gorgeous replacement at Surrey Hill makes the loss a little easier.  (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

. . . and by the end of the day, there was only an empty space. So sad to see this historic building torn down, but its gorgeous replacement at Surrey Hill makes the loss a little easier. (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

News Flash!   Under the Radar – Michigan is a fast paced, modern, thirty-minute PBS program that explores the best of Michigan, and it was ON THE ISLAND this weekend to film a segment on the Christmas Bazaar and check out all the other fun things to do there in the wintertime!  The program will begin airing April 6, 2013.  Woo Hoo!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
Cloverland Electric - putting the final touches on the preparation for lighting the Christmas tree.(Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Cloverland Electric – putting the final touches on the preparation for lighting the Christmas tree.
(Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Beautiful!  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Beautiful! (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Winter Photos!

Chambers Corner (at the corner of Market and Cadotte) - all decked out for Christmas and just waiting on some of the white stuff.  (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

Chambers Corner (at the corner of Market and Cadotte) – all decked out for Christmas and just waiting on some of the white stuff. (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

Same corner - this past weekend.  (Photo: Cottage Inn)

Same corner – this past weekend. (Photo: Cottage Inn)

The Cloghaun is a beautiful place in the summer - abloom with one of the most spectacular gardens on the Island.  In the winter, it is still beautiful - softly lit, resting up for another fun-filled tourist season.  (Photo: Greg Main)

The Cloghaun is a beautiful place in the summer – abloom with one of the most spectacular gardens on the Island. In the winter, it is still beautiful – softly lit, resting up for another fun-filled tourist season.  This was taken a few days before the first snow – amazing to still see flowers blooming!   (Photo: Greg Main)

Lots of street hockey gets played during a Mackinac Island winter! (Photo: Greg Main)

Lots of street hockey gets played during a Mackinac Island winter! (Photo: Greg Main)

The Mission Church fits perfectly into this scene of a cold, starry n Mary McGuire)

The Mission Church fits perfectly into this scene of a cold, starry night (Photo: Mary McGuire)

Gotta have gas for those snowmobiles, which came out of their hiding places as soon as the first dusting of snow covered the ground.  (Photo: Orietta Barquero)

Gotta have gas for those snowmobiles, which came out of their hiding places as soon as the first dusting of snow covered the ground. (Photo: Orietta Barquero)

A snowmobile's eye view.  (Photo: Heather May)

A snowmobiler’s eye view of Market Street.  (Photo: Heather May)

A beautifully decorated Cottage Inn.  (Photo: Cottage Inn)

A beautifully decorated Cottage Inn. (Photo: Cottage Inn)

Cawthorne's Village Inn has reopened, and will be serving from their yummy menu for the rest of the winter.  (Photo: Village Inn)

Cawthorne’s Village Inn has reopened, and it looks like business is very good! (Photo: Village Inn)

Mayor Doud's brightly lit home on Cadotte.  (Photo: Cottage Inn)

Mayor Doud’s happily  decorated home on Market Street.  (Photo: Cottage Inn)

A Horn's Bar webcam shot Friday night after the tree lighting ceremony.

A Horn’s Bar webcam shot Friday night – after the tree lighting ceremony.

Blissful photo of the moon setting over the West Bluff last Thursday morning.  (Photo: Liz Burt)

Blissful photo of the moon setting over the West Bluff last Thursday morning. (Photo and Header Liz Burt)

Santa arrived by firetruck on Mackinac Island this weekend.  Here he waves to the children from the porch of the Grand Hotel.  Looks like the weekend snow is almost gone now.

Santa arrived by firetruck on Mackinac Island this weekend. Here he waves to the children from the porch of the Grand Hotel. Looks like the weekend snow is almost gone now.

Update on Chris Ann

First of all, a huge thank you from Chris Ann for all the beautiful, heartfelt comments and prayers you wrote to her.  Chris Ann has read every one, and checks back each day to see if there are more.  Since that post, Burton (her husband) and their family have gone into action and are determined to make the rest of Chris Ann’s life on this earth one of beauty, family,  friends, and memory-making.

Chris Ann and Burton are now back in Michigan, staying with one of their daughters and her family.  The word has gone out, and friends and family from all over the U.S. are flocking to visit and share memories.  I always thought I had some inkling of what “dying with dignity” would mean, but Chris Ann is truly writing a whole new chapter on that term for all of us who know and love her.  Please, Lord, if ever faced with similar circumstances, let me be just 1/10 as courageous, giving, gracious and loving.

Hospice has provided Chris Ann the meds she needs to be comfortable, and she remains the most positive person I have ever met.  I told her the other day that it seems she has acquired a “glow” that is becoming more noticeable with each photo.

Before Chris Ann and Burton left Florida, her family gathered at a hotel near their home, where Chris Ann and Burton joined them for the weekend. She rapidly discovered that in the water (especially the hot tub) she was virtually painfree. So that is where she spent most of her time. The Starbucks note on her forehead? Chris Ann is probably the coffee chain's #1 customer and fan!

Before Chris Ann and Burton left Florida, her family gathered at a hotel near their home, where Chris Ann and Burton joined them for the weekend. She rapidly discovered that in the water (especially the hot tub) she was virtually pain-free. So that is where she spent most of her time. The Starbucks note on her forehead? Chris Ann is probably the coffee chain’s #1 customer and fan!

Cuddling with grandchildren . . .

In Michigan – cuddling with grandchildren . . .

. . . and with Burton.

. . . and with Burton.

Chris Ann said this is how you entertain grandchildren without getting up off the couch.  I call this "making memories this little girl will never forget".

Chris Ann said this is how you entertain grandchildren without getting up off the couch. I call this “making memories this little girl will never forget”.

And the glow . . .

And the glow . . .

. . . shines with more serenity every day.

. . . radiates with more serenity every day.  I love you, Chris Ann.

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That’s the first Winter Update of the season, and it has turned my thoughts north as always happens when I’m in Georgia and writing about Mackinac.  A big thank you to all the friends lucky enough to be on the Island and kind enough to share your photos!

See you back here next Sunday evening for Update #2.  SO GOOD TO BE SHARING WITH YOU AGAIN!

Ho-Ho-Ho-ping you know there are only 23 more days until Christmas!

Ho-Ho-Ho-ping you know there are only 23 more days until Christmas!

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24 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Winter Update – Vol. 1. 2/2/2012

  1. I would LOVE to see the island during Christmas…it looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The lights, the snow, the decorations…maybe some day…sigh! Santa Bear..I just want to plant a big kiss on that adorable nose 🙂 You look so cute.
    Great news about the statue.Can’t wait to see it back in all of its glory. Can’t believe they would take the old Grand Hotel stables down, I thought for sure they would do something with it. Just doesn’t look the same without it .
    Love the pictures of Chris Ann and I second everything you said about her. She is an extra ordinary person and I too love you Chris Ann!
    AND…We missed YOU too Brenda!! 🙂
    P.S. Can you put in a good word to the Chip and tell them to get that Main Street webcam fixed. 😉 Sure miss Mackinaclive webcam.

  2. The Island at Christmastime appears to have that magic that I thought only existed in books and Christmas movies. Would love to be there this time of year, just once.

    Chris Ann looks so well, I agree with you that I hope I am even the tiniest bit as courageous and positive as she is during this stage of her life.

  3. Thank you so much for showing us the seasonal scenes on the Island. Beautiful! I, too, am sad to see the old stables torn down.

    And thanks so much for keeping us updated with such nice pictures of Chris Ann. What a fabulous person and family!

  4. Hi, Brenda! I am compelled to write a note of thanks to you for posting and updating the information regarding your dear friend, ChrisAnn. While I have never had the privilege of meeting her, she does look familiar. I am certain we have crossed paths. Anyway, I have found myself completely humbled by her strength and acceptance of her disease and the resulting prognosis. She is a stranger to me, yet I have learned about true grace from her smile and beautiful eyes. I am sorry the world she knows will be without her shortly. It seems the great ones are taken too soon. Although it is inconsequential, I would truly appreciate it if you could let her know how proud I am to have been given the opportunity to know her story. I see nothing but the beauty and joy of a life well lived. It has given me in site to the importance of being present in my life with those I love and those I come in contact with everyday! You are blessed to know here personally and I am blessed to know you! Thank you! My heartfelt prayers are with ChrisAnn, her family and friends. May God’s plan be trusted.

    Love to you!
    Jeri-Lynn

  5. Thank you Brenda. My mom loves you and we appreciate what you are doing on this blog. There are few things better than hearing people say nice things about ones mother.

  6. Beautiful blog Bree, and I especially love looking at the pictures of Chris Ann and also with her beautiful family. I agree, she is a super strong and courageous woman. May God Bless her now and always. Thanks for the updates!

  7. Loved the pictures of the Island and of Chris Ann. I also read the blog of Georgia and loved seeing your family at Thanksgiving.

  8. I spent a lovely day on the Island this past Saturday. It was my first visit during the winter. When I arrived on the 11:30am ferry, there was snow everywhere. But by the time I left on the 3pm ferry, most of the snow had melted. The Island looked so beautiful decorated for the Holiday season. The Christmas bazaar was great. I got so many wonderful things. There were about 4 stores that were open for the weekend and all had such tremendous sales. I walked over to the Grand and it was so eerie to peek into the windows and see it closed up for the season. I did see Santa on the Grand porch getting ready for his BIG DAY. What a great day I had!

    Brenda – thank you for bringing us an update on Chris Ann. What a beautiful Lady inside and out.

    P.S. Sorry I am not able to share photos, couldn’t get my camera phone to work.

  9. Love reading the blog again. Have a wonderful Holiday Season! It is in the 60’s here today in NE Ohio, so doens’t quite feel like December.

    Tell Ted sorry for the Georgia football team loss. I was hoping they would play Notre Dame in the Natl Champ.

    God Bless Chris Ann! I will definitely keep her in my prayers.

  10. You’re back! Thank goodness!!!!! You and your words were dearly missed by me. Thanks so much for the update on beautiful Chris Ann. Please keep the updates coming as often as you can. How lucky you are to know her. Praying for her everyday.

  11. Thank you, Bree, for such wonderful things to say about my Mom, Chris Ann! You can bet that she is showing us all how it’s done. Your words and consideration have provided my family with comfort and honor; thank you so much! She is not dying of cancer, but showing us that, until her last minute, she’s living with cancer. And how.

    • John, your mom is touching people all over the country that she has never met or even heard of. God’s love is shining on her and within her – that is why she has such a glow. Wishing I could feel her glow on my face one more time, but it will live on through all of you – her beloved family. How very, very fortunate you are to have such a mother and father.

  12. God Bless Chris Ann. She is an inspiration to us all.

    Glad to see you back. We know you needed a well deserved break, but we still missed you. Loved your blog today and all the great pictures. Thanks for all you do.

  13. I so missed reading about the island and seeing all the pictures that you share with us! It is great to have you back after a well deserved break.
    Prayers to you and your friend Chris Ann.

  14. This is Carol, Chris Ann’s daughter, using her computer 😉 I’ve been reading these comments to my mother and she is touched and humbled. She wants everyone to know that she is a sinner like everyone else!! LOL! I will say that she takes no credit for her grace or possitive outlook. It is but by the grace of God. Bree, your posts have always brought my mother joy, but these now bring her comfort and bring her family joy! Thank you, again, from one of Chris Ann’s many children! 😉
    Carol

  15. Just reading your Dec. 2nd post today……loved all the pictures and the update about Chris Ann. Glad she is surrounded by friends and family. Missed the live cam this year and watching the lighting of the Christmas tree.

  16. So glad you’re back sharing again.The descriptions of events and beautiful.pics of the island, make me wish I was there.

    What a lovely tribute to your friend, Chris Ann. So happy that’s she’s taking advantage of every minute. And how great is it to hear all these loving tributes, while you can still appreciate them.

    Great to see Santa Bear, he looks adorable, as always!

  17. So glad to hear from you again, even if I am slow in reading it. You are so right about the glow coming from Chris Ann, but it shows in her family, too, especially those beautiful grandchildren. What a legacy they have! And in the spirit of the season, God bless us, everyone!

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