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.
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
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 Bazaar: Selected 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.
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!
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.
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!