Mackinac Island is expanding as the ferries lower their gangplanks and discharge thousands of visitors – here this week for one thing – the Lilac Festival. Each day of the Festival is filled with activities, and there is guaranteed to be something of interest for everyone. As you walk the sidewalks downtown you’ll notice groups here and there listening attentively as they follow experts assigned to discuss the history of our Mackinac Lilacs. After you know everything there possibly is to learn about Lilacs, you’ll have many, many choices on how to spend your time the rest of the week. You can:
- Go to a concert in Marquette Park
- Take an Architectural Walking Tour
- Watch a Street Hockey Tournament at Windermere Point
- Go to the Movies at Mission Point Resort
- Attend a Grand Hotel History Lecture
- Attend an Author Luncheon at Hotel Iroquois’ Carriage House Dining Room
- Walk along on a Nature Tour
- Play Lion’s Club Bingo at the Community Hall
- Listen in on Jazz Night at the Gate House
- Tour the Governor’s Summer Residence
- Take a Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne
- Learn some Irish Dance steps at Windermere Point
- Attend “A Taste of Mackinac” at Harbour View Inn
- Sample the fruit of the vine at a Wine Tasting at Hotel Iroquois’ Carriage House Dining Room
- Attend the Feast of Epona Blessing of the Animals at Little Barn at Mission Hill.
- Go on a Cannonball BBQ Hayride to British Landing
- Attend the Market Street Art Walk
- Go to a Pooch Party at Mary’s Bistro
- Watch the Pet Parade from the Public School to Windermere Point
- Attend the Dog & Pony Show at Windermere Point
- Cruise around the Island with the Star Line Ferry
- Become a Captain for a Day at the Shepler Ferry Dock
- Attend the Lilac Festival Parade in downtown Mackinac Island
Each day this week the crowds get a little larger, and as we approach Sunday, June 15, and the culminating event – the Lilac Festival Grand Parade at 4 p.m. – our little island is rocking with happy visitors enjoying the beauty and scent of the Lilacs, the taste and aroma of freshly made fudge, and the unique and historic excitement of touring Mackinac at one of the Island’s prettiest times of year.
Another blog reader, Joan from Shelby Township, dropped by also, but I forgot to get my camera out. She’ll be back later in the summer though – I’ll take some photos then!
My friend Frankie and sweet Chocolate Lab Hershey were visiting for a few days, and I dog-sat Hershey while Frankie went to lunch. She was staying just across the street at the Lilac House, so she dropped Hershey off and walked over to Main Street.
Frankie was leaving the Island today, so a few of us met at the Chuckwagon this morning for breakfast to see her off. We wanted to sit at the back table so we could chat, so we waited outside – sitting on the steps of the Haunted Mansion – until the table emptied, and we could run inside and grab it. There’s always a crowd at the Chuckwagon – because the food is ALWAYS good!
LILACS, LILACS EVERYWHERE!
Even with the crazy Spring we’ve had here on Mackinac, it looks as though the Lilacs are right on schedule and will be in full bloom this week and next. There is no way we could have planned for that to happen, but it sure is nice when it works out like that for the Festival!
There’s lots more to come this week, and I’ll be back in a day or two with more news. In the meantime, if you’re in Michigan, why not think about hopping up to the Island for the rest of the week – or at least the weekend. The fun has just begun!