Back Track and Forward March 6/18/2013

You will not BELIEVE all the photographs I have backlogged over the last few days!  I’ve been focusing mainly on Lilacs for a good two weeks now, and the Lilacs are still going strong, even though their “festival” ended yesterday. Tonight I want to catch up on a few other topics, throw in a few more flowers, and highlight some of the parade from yesterday. So, here we go . . .

THE PEOPLE WE MEET!

New lady on the corner!  Walk down Main Street as far as Shepler's Ferry, look directly across the street on the corner of Main and Astor, and you will more than likely see - during daylight hours anyway - the brilliant smile of Mert.  As the Corner Concierge, Mert helps visitors with all things "Mackinac" and does it so easily and with such friendliness that you just want to stay and chat a while longer.  She'd love for you to stop by - to ask questions, to talk about Mackinac, or just to say hi!  Oh, and tell her "Bree" sent you!

New lady on the corner! Walk down Main Street as far as Shepler’s Ferry, look directly across the street to the corner of Main and Astor, and you will more than likely see – during daylight hours anyway – the brilliant smile of Mert. As the Corner Concierge, Mert helps visitors with all things “Mackinac” and does it so easily and with such friendliness you just want to stay and chat a while longer! She’d love for you to stop by – to ask questions, to talk about the Island, or just to say hi!  You will love her!

This beautiful family, Theresa, Allen, Amelia and Michael - from Tecumseh MI, met me last week at Sadie's for ice cream.  Theresa is a frequent commenter on Bree's Blog and follows us in Georgia during the winter also.

This beautiful family – Allen, Theresa, Amelia and Michael – from Tecumseh MI, met me last week at Sadie’s for ice cream.  While we were there, Amelia chose my 4th flavor to try – Caramel Turtle Cheesecake!  A T-E-N!

Loved hanging out with this great family, and while we were in Sadie's Amelia chose my 4th flavor to try - Caramel Turtle Cheesecake!  A T-E-N!

Theresa is a frequent commenter on Bree’s Blog and follows the Lake Blackshear Blog in Georgia during the winter also.  Loved hanging out with this great family!

A couple of days later, I turned the corner down French Lane and spotted Theresa and Allen trying to find all the hidden treasurers in Jeff's garden.  They didn't know I was anywhere around until after I snapped this.  They left the island the day of the Lilac Parade and watched it on Theresa's iPad in the car going home.  LOVE IT!

A couple of days later, I turned the corner down French Lane and spotted Theresa and Allen trying to find all the hidden treasurers in Jeff’s garden. They didn’t know I was anywhere around until after I snapped this. They left the island the day of the Lilac Parade and watched it on Theresa’s iPad in the car going home. LOVE IT!

Richard!  This sweet gentleman used to live all summer on the Island, and Ted and I first met him several years ago.  Now he returns for a few days here and there, and I happened to spot him downtown this week, resting on a bench in the sun.  Always good to see Richard!

Richard! This sweet gentleman used to live all summer on the Island, and Ted and I first met him several years ago. Now he returns for a few days here and there, and I happened to spot him downtown this week, resting on a bench in the sun. Always good to see Richard, and he always asks about Bear and Ted . . . in that order.

On the way home a couple of days ago, right by the big barns on Cadotte, someone called "Bree?"  I turned and met Ted (I'll remember that name for sure) and his wife Rebecca.   They were married on Mackinac just last year and were up for a visit.  This sweet couple is from Aurora, Ohio, and their love of the island was so evident, they reminded me of ME!

On the way home a couple of days ago, right by the big barns on Cadotte, someone called “Bree?” I turned and met Ted (I’ll remember that name for sure) and his wife Rebecca. They were married on Mackinac just last year, found Bree’s Blog when they returned home from their honeymoon, and were up for a visit. This sweet couple is from Aurora, Ohio, and their love of the island was so evident, they reminded me of ME!

Evi is a blog fan from New Jersey, and we met up - finally, after several attempts -  at the Island Bookstore one evening last week!  Hope to see you again soon, Evi!

Evi is a blog fan from New Jersey, and we met up – finally, after several attempts – at the Island Bookstore one evening last week! Hope to see you again soon, Evi!

Tommy and Gerald - our two teenage young men who stayed with us Saturday night.  They are part of an A Cappela Choir from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, MI.  We had a fun time with Tommy and Gerald, who challenged us to a game of Monopoly (who knew teenagers still played Monopoly).  Three hours later, Ted was bankrupt, I was on the verge of bankruptcy, and Tommy was Donald Trump Jr.

Tommy and Gerald – our two teenage young men who stayed with us Saturday night. They are part of an a cappella choir from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, MI. We had a fun time with Tommy and Gerald, who challenged us to a game of Monopoly (who knew teenagers still played Monopoly) after returning from singing for their supper at the Seabiscuit restaurant. Three hours later, Ted was bankrupt, I was on the verge of bankruptcy, and Tommy was Donald Trump Jr.  During that Monopoly game, they also put away two large bottles of juice, a huge bowl of popcorn, a whole bag of tortillas, a jar or salsa and a jar of cheese dip – with a little fudge as dessert .  LOL – they SO reminded me of Jason and Blake at that age!  We enjoyed having Tommy and Gerald with us – they were smart, well-mannered, and fun – a tribute to their families.

The choir group after church on Sunday.

The choir group after church on Sunday.

Blog readers Traci and Bill stopped by the Stuart House this morning while Mike Forrester was visiting, so Mike became our photographer.  Traci and Bill are from Pulaski, Tennessee, and it was so nice to hear a Southern accent!  It was a spur-of-the-moment visit for them (the best kind).  They drove 13 hours to get here and plan just to relax and "do Mackinac" with no real set agenda (the best way).  Have fun, you two!

Blog readers Traci and Bill stopped by the Stuart House this morning while Mike Forrester was visiting, so Mike became our photographer. Traci and Bill are from Pulaski, Tennessee, and it was so nice to hear a Southern accent! It was a spur-of-the-moment visit for them (the best kind). They drove 13 hours to get here and plan just to relax and “do Mackinac” with no real set agenda (the best way). Have fun, you two!

FOUR-LEGGED CRITTERS

Out snapping Lilac photos the other day near The Gate House, I ran across this sweet puppy, obviously tied out while mom and dad lunched on the patio just a few feet away.  The Gate House provides water dishes for pets!  A cutie-pie!

Out snapping Lilac photos the other day near the Gate House, I ran across this sweet puppy, tied out while mom and dad lunched on the patio just a few feet away. The Gate House provides water dishes for pets! A cutie-pie!

This precious baby was enjoying the shade at Park Place Suites, which is pet-friendly!

This precious pooch was enjoying the shade at Park Place Suites, which is pet-friendly!

Back to front Grand Hotel omnibuses, the first driven by Shelby and the second by new driver Caleb (I hope, I hope I'm right on that name).

Back to front Grand Hotel omnibuses, the first driven by Shelby and the second by new driver Caleb (I hope, I hope I’m right on that name).

New neighborhood pooch, Charlie!

New neighborhood puppy, Charlie . . .

. . . and our condo neighbor, Judy, is back for the summer with her sweet Buddy.

. . . and our condo neighbor, Judy, is back for the summer with her sweet Buddy.

It's not often you can wake up with two Budweiser Clydesdale in your front yard, but it happened this week!  These two, Duke and Jack, were here with four of their team-mates for the Lilac Parade!  That's Kyle on Duke's back.

It’s not often you can wake up with two Budweiser Clydesdales in your front yard, but it happened this weekend! These two, Duke and Jack, were here with four of their team-mates for the Lilac Parade! That’s Kyle on Duke’s back.

A FEW MORE FLOWERS

Only had to walk down Cadotte to find this big clump of Lady Slippers - near where the old Grand stable once stood.

I only had to walk down Cadotte to find this big clump of Lady Slippers – near where the old Grand stable once stood.

Lilacs!

Dark Lilacs . . .

. . . and light Lilacs!

. . . and light Lilacs!

A friendly group of Pansies . . .

A friendly group of Pansies . . .

, , , and one loner.

. . . and one loner.

A very, very small section of Jeff's garden on French Lane.

A very, very small section of Jeff’s garden on French Lane.

The always-charming Cloghaun B & B, with its luscious gardens in full bloom.

The always-charming Cloghaun B & B – surrounded by Lilacs.

A curve on Cadotte . . .

A curve on Cadotte . . .

. . . . and Mahoney Avenue.

. . . . and Mahoney Street.

THE PARADE!  THE PARADE!

The mighty Clydesdales!

The mighty Clydesdales!

FFFF

Do not try this at home – at least not if you are MY age!

This couple had a choice spot to watch the parade - right in the shade - and sweet smell - of beautiful Lilacs!

This couple had a choice spot to watch the parade – right in the shade – and sweet smell – of beautiful Lilacs!

We had serious bands . . .

We had serious bands . . .

. . . and not so serious bands.

. . . and not so serious bands.

We had beautiful performing horses . . .

We had beautiful performing horses . . .

. . . and

. . . horses performing beautifully . . .

. . . and a couple of silly horses!

. . . and a couple of silly horses!

vvvv

We had musical marching groups . . .

. . . and patriotic marching groups.

. . . and patriotic marching groups.

We had clowns in groups . . .

We had clowns who came in groups . . .

. . . and some alone.

. . . and some who came alone.

We had celebrity local dogs, like Chloe and Bella, who represented Wheels of Mackinac . . .

We had celebrity local dogs, like Chloe and Bella, who represented Wheels of Mackinac . . .

. . . and dogs whose names we'll never know - but who will grow up to be service dogs all over the country.

. . . and dogs whose names we’ll never know – who will grow up to be service dogs all over the country.

We had beauty queens who rode in carriages . . .

We had small beauty queens, teenage beauty queens .  .

. . . and some who walked.

. . . and grown-up beauty queens.

And we had bicycles in all sizes and shapes.

And we had bicycles in all sizes and shapes.

Grand Marshall of the parade was our neighbor Donald "Duck" Andress.  Duck rode in a carriage this year instead of on horseback, but his son

Grand Marshall of the parade was our neighbor Donald “Duck” Andress. Duck rode in a carriage this year, but his son Jamie – seen behind him in the white headdress – continues the tradition of their family by riding on horseback.

Are you asleep yet?

I think that catches us up to today in photos.  As you can see, it’s been a busy time on the Island, and today the Island was taking a great big breath and relaxing after a tremendously successful Lilac Festival.

I don’t know what all is happening for the rest of the week, but I’ll be back in a few days to tell you all about it.  See you soon!

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33 thoughts on “Back Track and Forward March 6/18/2013

  1. Loved the beautiful pictures and the all the cute dogs. Did Bear and Maddie make it to the parade? Thanks for the great post.

  2. Wonderful photos Bree of parade participants, especially those gorgeous Clydesdales. The island looks to be at full peak with their lilacs and I can just imagine how fragrant they are right now. Again you photographed my favorite Lady Slippers…Thank you so much! We’ve just book our annual reservations at the Iroqouis, so hopefully we’ll meet you in person the early part of October. Hope to see you then.

    Joleen

      • Mine too Bree, but I miss when we used to come in the Spring and we’d always be on the trails looking at all the Trillium and Lady Slippers. Maybe next Spring……but I do hope to run into you maybe walking Bear and I’ll introduce myself. For now, let’s enjoy the summer.

      • Lovely photos, Bree. Makes me feel as if I’m there. So wishing for a trip to Mackinac soon!

      • Is October a good time to visit the island? How is the weather? Are all the shops still open?

      • Hi Carol! I love the island in October! The fall colors are awesome, the crowds are small, and the stores have great sales! The weather can be all over the place, but it’s usually windy and very cool to cold. Just bring layers!

        Sent from my iPhone

  3. Great photos, Brenda! This is the first Lilac Festival I’ve missed in several years. Did “Duck” ride in a carriage because he wasn’t able to ride? Or was it a choice that the Grand Marshall is better seen (and can wave better) from a carriage? Hope to catch up in person later in the summer!

  4. All I can say is “Wow” what a busy time on the Island. I love the pictures of the animals. What can I say, I have a soft spot in my heart for all animals.

  5. WoW! These pictures are amazing! Probably one of my favorite posts. Thanks for all your work on covering island events. The pics of the pets are wonderful. Wow!

  6. Great pictures, Bree. I felt like I was there. (And I’m curious to what your photo count is on your camera…didn’t you get a new one for Christmas? You’ve kept it busy!) My pick for Best Job in the Whole Wide World: Clydesdale Caretaker! (And my horse in Thomasville is still looking for a Godmother…hint, hint!!) 🙂

    • LOL – yes, my new camera is getting quite broken in and so is my iPhone camera! I take the new camera when I’m specifically going out for a photo shoot. Otherwise, I use my iPhone camera, and I’ve been pretty pleased with the quality of photos with it.

      I’d love to be your horse’s Godmother, but you’d have to bring him/her up here to be spoiled!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. Hi Brenda!

    Ted and I enjoyed meeting you and chatting with you about the Island on Saturday. We hope to one day make our dream come true of living on the Island full-time and it’s thanks to you and your blog that we have already learned so much about the Island and residents that makes us want to keep coming back again and again. You do a great job!! We hope to see you again next time we’re on the Island, and I hope it’s soon!!

    Rebecca & Ted
    Aurora, OH

  8. Love the Clydesdales too and all those great puppy pictures. The parade pictures were fabulous as always! Thanks!

  9. I love the pics. The one of the woman carrying the standard in the parade gives me chills. That ought to be entered into a contest. Glad to see Duck and Son doing well. All the puppies are good dogs.

  10. Love it all!!. Haven’t been as quick in my response time since my daughter surprised me with a visit home from school on Sunday :). Too bad she has to leave Saturday, almost want to go back to NM with her. 😉

  11. Here’s something interesting. Your friends from Aurora, Ohio, live only minutes from us. How’s that for a small world?!

  12. Is there any places for yearly rent on the island for those that want to try it out? ________________________________

  13. Brenda,

    Thank you for becoming part of our “island time”! We so enjoyed Ted when he was down to the visitors center…Michael and Amelia both commented how wise he was to the history of the island and Michigan. All I could do was giggle as I knew the secret that he was a Michigander through and through…as well as a young soul with a special attachment to “The Snows”. Of Course, I explained and my sweet Allen and he replyed boy, you need to listen beyond the southern drawl …. So wise and wonderfully content to become genuinely interested with the people placed in their world.
    Thank Mike again for allowing us a bit more “island time” while on our way home. Also Jill and and everyone else that make our heavenly place just that….because without them ….. We’ll see you next month!

    Blessings,
    Theresa

    P.S. Give Jeff a Thank you for us. We so enjoy taking the time to hang over the garden fench just to take a breath after along stroll or just to see if he’s done something new!

    • Theresa, it was a joy to meet your family, and I hope you all come back soon! Tell Amelia and Michael “hi” for me, and I’ll make sure everyone you mentioned sees your comments. Lowell has asked me for your email address, and I have passed it on to him – so be expecting to hear from him soon! Hurry back to see us! God bless, Brenda > Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:27:09 +0000 > To: brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com >

  14. Your furry neighbors (Buddy & Charlie) look like they will provide Maddie & Bear entertainment this summer. The pictures you posted are great quality! I hope to get back to Mackinac this summer or fall, probably by myself, and enjoy the “relaxing” version of the island. Taking Tony and the nieces & nephews was wonderful but hectic! LOL!

  15. Enjoyed the pictures of the parade. Someday I hope to get there for the Lilac Festival. The dogs are adorable!

  16. The bookstore was a perfect place to meet you and Ted, Brenda! Besides the beauty of Mackinac Island, the bookstore is a favorite place of mine. And it’s always nice to bump into Jill there 😀Hope you have a great summer and fall on Mackinac Island!

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