Mackinac Island Winter Update – Vol. 3 – 12/16/2012

Hi everyone!

There wasn’t a lot of news coming off the island this week, but there sure were a lot of photographs!  I’m going to share those with you today, so settle back and transport yourself into the wintry wonderland that was Mackinac Island this week!

A beautiful Nativity Scene at Metivier Inn . . . "all is calm, all is quiet".  (Photo: Nicole Doud)

A beautiful Nativity Scene at Metivier Inn . . . “all is calm, all is quiet”. (Photo: Nicole Doud)

I love this!  Frosty the Snowman is brightly shining at Chambers Corner!  (Photo: Nicole Doud)

I love this! Frosty the Snowman is glowing happily at Chambers Corner! (Photo: Nicole Doud)

Every year the Chambers Corner decorations become more and more festive.  Loving Santa in his recliner!  (Photo: Nicole Doud)

Every year the Chambers Corner decorations become more and more festive. Loving Santa in his recliner! (Photo: Nicole Doud)

After a few days without snow, a flurry arrived on December 9.  Nicole Doud captured the snowflakes wildly dancing in the wind.

After a few days without snow, a flurry arrived on December 9. Nicole Doud captured this scene of wildly dancing snowflakes from the corner of Market and Cadotte.

Our friend, Jeff Peterson, spent a few days on the Island last week and captured our condo wearing a blanket of snow.

Our friend, Jeff Peterson, spent a few days on the Island last week and captured our condo wearing a blanket of snow.  Teeedddd!  I think we need to go north for New Year’s Eve!

Snowmobile ride

Snowmobile ride!  (Photo:  Jeff Peterson)

Looks like the day was gray, but Jeff sure managed to have a lot of fun skimming over the snow-covered lanes.

Looks like the day was gray, but Jeff sure managed to have a lot of fun skimming over the snow-covered lanes.

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On the way to British Landing on the coastline road – each evergreen perfectly decorated with snow.  (Photo: Jeff Peterson)

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Now this looks COLD!  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

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Quite a few bikes parked across the street from Doud’s Market!  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

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This is what the Island is supposed to look like in winter – and the islanders are sure enjoying it!  (Photo:  Mission Point Resort)

Steps leading up to the Activity Center at Mission Point Resort.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

The steps leading up to the Activity Center at Mission Point Resort. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

With the awning off, the lodge building looks a little different from the outside.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

With the awning off, the lodge building at Mission Point looks a little different. A few rooms at Mission Point will be open for the New Year’s Eve celebration.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Red berries against pristine white snow.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

Red berries against pristine white snow. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

There aren't usually winter weddings on the Island, but it would certainly be a beautiful setting, wouldn't it.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

The wedding gazebo at Mission Point looks very lonely and cold right now.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

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Bicycles stand parked in the snow – awaiting the arrival of their owners on the ferry.  (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

With water levels so low in the Great Lakes, Shepler's spent one day last week doing some dredging at their ferry dock at the Island and in Mackinaw City.  (Photo: Shepler Ferry)

With water levels so low in the Great Lakes, Shepler’s spent one day last week doing some dredging at their ferry dock at the Island and in Mackinaw City. (Photo: Shepler Ferry)

Robert McGreevy captured perfectly the brilliant blue of Lake Huron just on the verge of freezing over.

Robert McGreevy captured perfectly the brilliant blue of Lake Huron just on the verge of “making ice”.  Just look at that perfect reflection of the Main Street buildings!

A wrap-around view of Chambers Corner.  (Photo:  Greg Main)

A wrap-around view of Chambers Corner. (Photo: Greg Main)

Ray Card captured the sunrise on December 11 as he drove his team toward town . . .

Ray Card captured this beautiful sunrise on December 11, as he drove the first dray of the day toward town . . .

Big Ray drives the first dray of the day toward town as the sun rises over a snow-covered Mackinac. (Photo: Jason St. Onge)

. . . and Jason St. Onge, standing on the Grand Hotel porch, captured Big Ray and his team on that same morning as they headed down the hill.

Chris Ann Update

On Friday, Chris Ann and Burton made the trip further north to their precious cottage on the banks of Lake Michigan at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge.  They are still there today, Chris Ann tucked under quilts and blankets, Burton “tinkering around” in the kitchen and keeping the fire burning brightly.

Chris Ann, before she left for Mackinaw City, with her son Bryce and granddaughter Suria.

Chris Ann, before she left for Mackinaw City, with her son Bryce and granddaughter Suria.

Saturday morning's view from the cottage window.

Saturday morning’s view from the cottage window.

This afternoon friend Mary Lou Peters, one of my favorite artists, visited Chris Ann at the cottage.  Mary Lou and Chris Ann have been friends for years and years, and they had a wonderful time chatting and sharing memories.

Mary Lou Peters' watercolor of the Mackinac Island Christmas Tree.

Mary Lou Peters’ watercolor of the Mackinac Island Christmas Tree.

Someone posted this pic last week on Chris Ann's Facebook page, and I just had to include it.  It shows Chris Ann and all 10 of her grandchildren last August at Conkling Heritage Park in Mackinaw City.  Chris Ann quipped: "I was born on Queen Elizabeth's birthday, so I think I was 'holding court' with this group!"

Someone posted this pic last week on Chris Ann’s Facebook page, and I just had to include it. It shows Chris Ann and all 10 of her grandchildren last August at Conkling Heritage Park in Mackinaw City. Chris Ann quipped: “I was born on Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, so I think I was ‘holding court’ with this group!”

Don’t know at this point how long Chris Ann and Burton plan to stay in Mac City, but now that she’s there, it might take a crowbar to pry her away!  Enjoy, my sweet friend . . . love you!

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9 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Winter Update – Vol. 3 – 12/16/2012

  1. Hi Brenda,

    Hope you are feeling better. Such beautiful pictures of the Island. Thanks to all who shared them with you. Mary Lou Peters is also my favorite artist. I love her new watercolor. Hope it will be available soon. The picture of Chris Ann ‘holding court’ is so precious. I am glad she is able to spent time at her ‘beloved’ cottage with her family. Stay strong Chris Ann, you are in are prayers.

  2. Love, Love, love the pictures of the island in the snow. How gorgeous is that sunrise coming down from the hill.
    Big hugs Chris Ann… {{{hugs}}}

  3. Love the pictures of the island. Thanks to all who sent the pictures to you.
    Prayers are being sent for Chris Ann. Enjoy your cottage on Lake Michigan and the great view.

  4. Brenda, now that we are home we do not plan on leaving unless we need something mid- state. I will be meeting with and starting my new Hospice group here in the Straits of Mackinac. We are thrilled with all the love,support,andhelp we have had while staying with the Families of 2 of our 4 children in the mid-Michigan ares. At least 2-6 friends came,daily, to visit usboth in Mt Pleasant and Lansing.Our door are open as we wait now for the Lord to take us to the next level of our travel through life.We would love a brief visit from any of our friends here at Cobble Beach on Wawattam Beach Mackinaw City MI.

      • Chris Ann~ I do not know you but I feel as though I do through Bree. I pray for you and think of you often. May you always know Gods love for you. I sure admire your amazing attitude! xoxo Michelle

  5. Let it snow, let it snow…..wish we could get some of the white stuff by us in time for Christmas!

    Chris Ann, for those of us who can’t visit you in person……our hearts are visiting you daily!

  6. Brenda–I loved your photos of the island. Our snow is gone right now (Dec. 18) but more is on the way. Thanks to all your guest photographers! And thank you for posting my Mackinac Island Christmas card–sold lots of those this season!

  7. The pictures are so beautiful, makes me wish I was there. Snow is supposed to finally be coming to northern Ohio, so it looks like a good chance of a white Christmas. That should make everyone happy.

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