NOTE: To the sweet blog reader who came by the Stuart House Monday with your husband and your precious Yorkie in the stroller, please email me your information so I can post the photos (firstname.lastname@example.org). I wrote it all down on a piece of paper on my desk at the museum and forgot to take it with me – and, old lady that I am, I sure can’t remember what I wrote. Lordy, I need a helper!
Thought I’d pop in here with a few photos of what’s been happening the first couple of days of this week. Of course the 2013 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race is underway, and if things had progressed normally, all the boats would have finished by now. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with sailing winds this year, and it has been an extremely tough race, with sailors sitting idle for hours and hours without a single breeze. The winds picked up slightly this morning, and boats have slowly but surely crossed the finish line during the day. As I type this (at 8:25 p.m.), there are still a few boats out; but hopefully all will be in the harbor and doing some serious partying by nightfall, which is still another hour away here on the Island.
Blog reader Lori wrote me a few weeks ago with a special request. Her daughter, Brittany, will be a Senior this year, and her wish was to have her senior pictures taken on Mackinac Island. Now, I just have to tell you that in MY time, senior pictures were all the same. We did arrive at school that day with special attention taken to make up and hair, but as far as what we wore, we had no choice. We were seated, draped in a black V-necked cape, and photographed one after another (the same cape was used by all).
Wow! How things have changed! These days, seniors get to choose where their Senior photos are taken, and anyone can take them!
So, Lori asked if I would help Brittany find some special places on the Island for the photographs. Her two biggest wishes were photos on the porch of the Grand Hotel and one with a Mackinac horse. Well, I knew the Grand was no problem, but you know me! When I think Mackinac horse, I think Friesian! I contacted Maryanke Alexander, and she very graciously agreed for Brittany to be photographed with her awesome Regina.
The family arrived this morning on the 8 a.m. ferry (Brittany’s Godmother, Lisa, is a professional photographer), and we spent the entire morning racing around the island. We got beautiful photographs with Regina, at Anne’s Tablet, at the Somewhere in Time gazebo, at the Grand Stable (where we just happened to catch Ben leaving with a vintage buggy – one wish we thought we’d miss), and at the Grand.
The photos below are mine, because I just couldn’t help snapping a few.
A HUGE thank you to Maryanke Alexander, Carriage Tours, Ben Mosley, and the Grand Hotel for making Brittany’s dream come true!
A friend of mine, Mary Stancik, shared this video today, and I just had to post it. It is definitely one of the top five most beautifully awesome videos I’ve ever seen, and it was all filmed in time lapse photography in Michigan. The music is great also, so turn up your speakers! http://player.vimeo.com/video/65504232?color=12f202.
Ted and I are off to Traverse City tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who wrote to tell us all about the wonderful restaurants, wineries, and shops to check out. Alas, Ted has his mind set on several hours at Sam’s Club. Does that sound awesome or what!
Have a great rest of the week!