I’m dreaming of a white Christmas . . . .
All I have to do is put on some Bing Crosby, scroll through the photos below, and imagine myself inside the photos. Why don’t you do the same . . . .
Sweet artist friend Mary Lou Peters used watercolor to create a merry scene around the Christmas tree on Main Street, under the watchful eyes of Fort Mackinac.
Always beautiful, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, decorated for Christmas, is even more heavenly.
Children at the Island school prepared Christmas treats for the 4-H horses wintering in Mackinaw City. They were delivered the day before the snow began, and Blaze (on the left) and his pasture-mate sure enjoyed their surprises! (Photo: Mackinac Horses Association)
The snow began on December 20, and one of the first places I went to look was the Island House webcam.
This is friend Joan Barch hiking over to a friend’s house in a snowstorm – for a knitting circle! (Photo: Orietta Barquero)
By Friday the snow was arriving in huge, wet, heavy snowflakes. (Photo: Marge Lind)
Little Luxuries Nicole Doud’s bicycle, sitting outside her home. In the summer that basket is woven with flowers and greenery. (Photo: Nicole Doud)
And speaking of Nicole, she and Andrew celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary this week. This photo is from their wedding day. A gorgeous, snow-covered Island made the perfect background for their wedding.
A little further south – in Gaylord – Brian and Jeri-Lyn Bailey’s “Cricket” awoke to a deep covering of snow in their backyard . . .
. . . and at Black Lake near Cheboygan, Patrick Conlon’s new Golden Retriver puppy Ruby discovered snow for the first time.
A perfect winter snowland scene – again from Black Lake. (Photo: Sue Conlon)
Snow-laden branches on the Island Christmas tree. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)
Can you believe the Mackinac Bridge was still open in these conditions?! I don’t think I would have even considered crossing in that!
Last Friday snowmobilers enjoyed the beauty of a frozen Island. (Photo: Jeff Peterson)
An eerie photo from downtown . . . low light, ghostly buildings, a lone snowmobiler. (Photo: Marge Lind)
The Mackinac Island Post Office. Open – come rain, or snow, or dark of night. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)
A decorated lamp post stands strong in 25 mph winds. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)
Downtown Mackinac – from the top of Fort Hill. (Photo: Greg Main)
The winter’s only taxi passes The Cottage Inn. I know our friend George Wellington is driving that taxi!
State Park employee Myron Johnson, checking the trails for downed trees and debris. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)
Mission Point Resort stands on its hill – covered in snow . . . quiet . . . lovely. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)
A view of the city from Anne’s Tablet. (Photo: Greg Main)
The heavy, wet snow caused many, many downed trees and broken branches. Lots of work to be done before the State Park crew can get the trails groomed for cross-country skiing.
The Island cemeteries today. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)
The Baby Grand – an East Bluff cottage. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)
Skull Cave. (Photo: Mackinac Island Winters)
Thank you so much to everyone on the Island (and those who visit) who allow me to use their photographs on this site. All of you rock!
Chris Ann Update
I spoke with Chris Ann on the phone a few days ago. A friend of hers from the Island, Mary Saul, was there spending some quality time, and Chris Ann was enjoying her company.
Then this past Friday evening Burton answered a knock on the door. Outside were around 20 Shepler employees who had come to sing Christmas carols for them – practically in the middle of a snowstorm! Chris Ann and Burton welcomed them into their warm cottage where they filled the living room and sang carol after carol. They brought dinner for the next day (when family was arriving), a Christmas tree, and a platter of Christmas goodies. It warms my heart to think of this wonderful evening the Shepler Ferry family pulled together for their favorite fan. I’ve talked to several people who were there, and each one said the same thing, “No matter what else we do during the holidays, our visit to Chris Ann and Burton will be the highlight.”
I called Chris Ann later that night, and she and Burton were still bubbling over with smiles about the visit.
Chris Ann and Burton expect to welcome several of their family (a few at a time) members over Christmas. They continue to make memories in their little cottage under the bridge.
With temperatures staying in the 20’s and low 30’s for the next few days, I think the Island will definitely be celebrating a White Christmas. Wishing everyone there – and everyone reading this – the merriest of Christmases. Love and hugs to everyone, and God bless you every one.