The Weekend at a Glance 7/30/2013

Personal Note:  Thank so much to everyone for your sweet notes and emails about Charlie.  Cathie is reading each one also and appreciates your prayers so much.  As someone said, we will all have to adjust to our “new normal” now without Charlie being physically in our lives.  In our hearts he will live on, and one day we’ll meet again . . . because that’s what God promises to all His believers, and that’s what we believe.

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The Rest of the Story – Clair & Ronnie

There’s no other way to say it – Ted and I just had an amazing time while Ronnie and Claire were here, and I think they did too.  I’ve always said that showing Mackinac to folks who have never visited always takes us back to our first time here.  We get to see everything for the first time all over again through their eyes.

We all attended the concert by The Moxie Strings on Thursday evening - part of the Music in the Park series.

We all attended the concert by The Moxie Strings on Thursday evening at Marquette Park – part of the Music in the Park series . . . .

. . . . along with a crowd of other folks.  Great concert!

. . . . along with a crowd of other folks. Great concert!

 

We visited the Grand, ate at the Chippewa Hotel, saw Anne's Tablet, hiked Pontiac Trail, climbed to Robinson's Folly (where there was some kissing) and admired the East and West Bluffs. We also ate at the Pink Pony and rode through the woods on a taxi to eat at The Woods Restaurant.  (Click collage to enlarge.)

We visited the Grand, ate at the Chippewa Hotel, saw Anne’s Tablet, hiked Pontiac Trail, climbed to Robinson’s Folly (where there was some kissing) and admired the East and West Bluffs. We also ate at the Pink Pony and rode through the woods on a taxi to eat at The Woods Restaurant. (Click collage to enlarge.)

. . . where we celebrated Ronnie's 65th birthday!

. . . where we celebrated Ronnie’s 65th birthday!

My new favorite pose for visitors!

My new favorite pose for visitors!

What could be more special on their last night than a walk down the boardwalk and a Mackinac sunset that painted the sky in colors so glorious you knew the Master Artist was at work.

What could be more special on their last night than a walk down the boardwalk and a Mackinac sunset that painted the sky in colors so glorious you knew there was a Master Artist at work.

We sure hated to see Claire and Ronnie leave on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure we made Michigan lovers out of both these two (so much so they continued their visit to Petoskey, Traverse City and Frankenmuth).  They were flying home this afternoon out of Detroit, and we’re hoping they come back again soon!

Two Georgians + Two Michiganders

A few weeks ago I received an email from Ann Jeffords Cole, a close, close friend in high school, but someone I hadn’t seen in at least 20 years – maybe more!  Ann and her husband Chip were coming to Michigan to visit friends (Jean and Ted) here, and part of the visit would include a couple of nights at the Grand Hotel.  Could we possibly get together?  Oh My Gosh, Yes!

Ann and Chip and their friends arrived on Sunday afternoon.  They went on a private carriage tour (with Molly as their driver) Monday morning, and Molly ended the tour at our condo.  After a lot of girlish squealing and introductions, and a little bit of catching up, we walked over to the new Grand Hotel/Carriage Tour stable and carriage museum.

Everyone enjoyed seeing all the vintage carriages . . .

Ann and Chip enjoyed seeing all the vintage carriages . . .

Caleb was about to go downtown in the Grand omnibus, and Ann got to climb up on the driver seat for a photo opp.

. . . and since Caleb was about to go downtown in the Grand omnibus, Ann got to climb up on the driver seat for a photo opp.

We had a wonderful lunch at the Carriage House in the Iroquois Hotel, and Ann, Chip and I shared their decadent Triple

We had a wonderful lunch at the Carriage House in the Iroquois Hotel where Ann, Chip and I shared the decadent Trio of Iroquois Hot Fudge Ice Cream Puffs (even typing the name adds pounds to my hips).  Enjoyed. Every. Single. Bite!

Outdoors on the patio our poor server had to snap photos with four different cameras.  That's Chip, Ted & I, Ann, Jean and Ted.

Outdoors on the patio our poor server had to snap photos with three different cameras. That’s Chip, Ted & I, Ann, Jean and Ted.

After a quick trip up the hill to collect bikes, we all rode around the island, stopping for a brief peek at the renovation going on at Silver Birches.

After a quick trip up the hill to collect bikes, we all rode around the island, stopping for a brief peek at the renovation going on at Silver Birches.

Ann and her group left the Island this afternoon.  It was so special to see her again after so many years, and maybe they’ll all come back for a longer visit next time!  Ann, you are as beautiful as ever, my friend.  Let’s get all the girls together soon – if not in Michigan, then in Sylvester.

A Special Birthday

I don’t usually mention birthdays here, but when it’s the birthday of someone really, really, really special – like Jill – there’s no way I can ignore it.

After church on Sunday, we celebrated Jill's birthday with lunch at Seabiscuit Cafe.  Happy Birthday dear Ji-ill, Happy Birthday to you!

After church on Sunday, we celebrated Jill’s birthday with lunch at Seabiscuit Cafe. Happy Birthday dear Ji-ill, Happy Birthday to you!

Hmmm . . . That’s Not the Way THIS Was Supposed To Go

Blog readers Theresa and Lowell have been communicating back and forth for a while, and last week Theresa and her husband Allen and their two children got together at Lowell and Faye’s.

After a lovely visit out in the country at Lowell & Faye's, they drove into Olivet for lunch, and afterward decided to walk over to where a parade was going on.  Things went downhill from there.

After a lovely visit, they drove into Olivet for lunch, and afterward decided to walk over to where a parade was going on. Things went way way downhill from there.

In Lowell’s own words:

“Theresa and I, the slow walkers, were about a half block behind. Our grandson, Mitchel, ran back and told us what had happened (Faye had tripped over the rough, uneven pavement and fallen directly on her face). Luckily, the Olivet Fire Department Emergency people were less than 100 feet away (because of the parade), and by the time Theresa and I got to Faye, they were already there. They did what they could do and while they were doing it, one of them called an ambulance and she was taken from Olivet to the hospital in Charlotte (12 miles). The Doctor said she had a severe concussion and that’s part of the reason why they wanted to keep her in the hospital.

She’s was given morphine for the pain and some nausea medicine and was asleep when we left. Her forehead is swollen big time from the middle of the right eye brow all the way across to the other side. Her left eye lid is totally black and the right eye lid is turning black. I think her nose and forehead will be the same.”

I’ve talked to Lowell a couple of times, and today I chatted with Faye.  She is ok, but her face is VERY banged up.  She said the black and blue bruises are now inching down her cheeks and will probably go into her neck.  She also said Lowell was being a very good caretaker.

Prayers requested for a swift and uneventful recovery for sweet Faye.

ART ROCKS THE BOAT

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I just had to mention this great event because not only will it benefit the Art & Music programs of the Mackinac Island Public School, but it will just be a fantastic evening of great fun!

According to Lily Porter, the Director of the Mackinac Island Arts Council, “Tickets for the August 6 event are $50 per person and include an hour-and-a-half cruise through the Straits of Mackinac on Arnold Line’s Straits Express II, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and live music from Less is More (Jane Finkel & Brian Spencer) and Brian Thomas.  Tickets can be reserved by calling 906-984-4124.  Limited space is available, so try and call as soon as possible!

What’s Coming Up?

Guess where I am!

Guess where I am!

When our visitors and Ted and I rode around the Island on Monday, we stopped in for about five minutes at Silver Birches.  On Thursday, I’m going out to meet with Silver Birches’ new owner Liz Ware and get the whole story on her plans for this fantastic and historic former lodge.  I’m so excited to be able to do this, and I’ll be back soon with the project’s progress – outside AND inside!

I think that catches us up for now.  Well, there is one more little special thing I have to tell you about a reaction from waaayyy far away across  the ocean to Bear’s last post, but I think I’ll just leave you hanging on that one for a little while!  P.S.  You. Will. Love. It.

Have a great rest of the week!  God bless.

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20 thoughts on “The Weekend at a Glance 7/30/2013

  1. Bree, when Jim and I were on the island 2 weeks ago we stopped at Silver Birches for a look at the work going on. They have gotten a lot going but so much more to go. You will enjoy your visit there. Liz has 3 great children who visited with us while we were there.
    Sorry to hear of Faye’s injuries. Will keep her in my prayers.

  2. Brenda I have to say…I don’t think you’ve ever had a busier summer on the island then you have had this year? Of course that just means more wonderful stories and pictures for us! 🙂
    BIG get well wishes for Faye and a speedy recovery from all the aches and bruises.
    Three more weeks and a few days 😉 See you all soon!

  3. Enjoyed your post today Brenda. Can’t wait to hear about your visit to Silver Birches. That place fascinates me. Faye. . . Sorry to hear about your injury . Hope you feel better soon.

  4. What a busy time! Lots of visitors and “to-do’s” Your friends traveling to Petoskey, Traverse City, and Frankenmuth will just have a blast! Well wishes too. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the latest on Silver Birches.

    • Typed a little to fast as its way too early in the morning where I am…..I meant to say well wishes to Lowell’s family members. Y’all take care and hope that nasty fall heals up soon.

  5. Happy Birthday to Jill & thanks for your help with our photo shoot with Brittany.

    Poor Faye sending prayers for a speedy recovery. ❤

    Brenda, Did Ted tell you he had a visitor today at work?? Craig was on the island with his group from work. He had a few minutes so he stopped in to say hi to Ted. Love the peekaboo pose, but doesn't match their hair like it did Brittany's. lol 😛 That painted sky picture is amazing!! Thanks for keeping us up to date with the island happenings. 🙂

  6. While I’ve spent time in Michigan pretty much every year of my life, (Seriously, two month birthday was spent at Greenfield Village) my friends haven’t. One friend moved to Central Michigan last summer. In the fall, three of us met her in Frankenmuth. The other two were stunned to find out that this awesome little town was one tank of gas from our Cincinnati suburbs. In September, the four of us will meet at Sleeping Bear (and we are staying in The Homestead I am so psyched about that part.) I haven’t told them but I’m hoping they’ll want to go to Mackinac next year. It’s so much fun to show them things I’ve been enjoying all my life.

      • We spent one night there 20+ years ago. It was always something I remembered as “fancy” For the weekend in question, a three bedroom condo is cheaper than two rooms at the Holiday Inn – how could we not stay there?

  7. I’m excited for your tour of Silver Birches. Prayers and good thoughts are being sent to Faye for a speedy recovery. Thank you for sharing your Mackinac adventures with us.

  8. Wow busy weekend! Great pics & looked like lots of fun!
    I am soooooo sorry for your mishap Faye …. please know I’m praying for a speedy, painfree as possible recovery. I know Lowell’s taking good care of ya!

  9. Cannot wait to hear more on Silver Birches. I’ve been salivating over their Facebook photos so far. Amazing work so far!

    I hope Faye gets well soon!!! ♥

  10. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and for thinking of us. I have no pain, just in the looks category I’m not a pretty site. Allen and Theresa, thank you for taking Lowell to the hospital and being there with the family. Brenda, thank you for your phone call and comments. You’re very special!

  11. Brenda and Ted were wonderful hosts to us during our recent visit. They showed us some beautiful sights and helped us appreciate the history and beauty of Mackinac Island. In addition, they made sure we dined at some great restaurants. We are grateful for their hospitality and friendship! Love, Ronnie and Claire Williams

  12. Silver Birches sounds very intriguing. Can’t wait to hear more. So sorry about Faye; sometimes that pavement just jumps up in front of you. Faye and Lowell, you have had a tough time lately. Praying for speedy recovery!

  13. Glad to see Faye’s post and to hear she is doing better. Her and Lowell are such a cute couple! If I get to Mackinac in August or September I hope to stop at Silver Birches. I always thought it looked haunted! LOL!

    Happy Birthday to Jill! Today (Aug 1st) is my birthday and as I like to say, I am another year wiser! LOL!

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