Mackinac – Beautiful Mackinac! 6/5/16

WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THE CONTEST AT THE END OF THIS BLOG.  THE WINNER IS KATHY STRUKEL!  Answers to the three questions are: 1) 1902; 2) Lawrence Andrew Young; 3) 1944.

I guess you’ve been wondering if I was EVER going to get back to Mackinac on this blog, and I’m happy to report today is the day!  With reports coming in from friends on the island, and photographs being shared every day, I’m hoping today’s post will fill the needs of all of you who are “Mackinac deprived”.  Writing it – and looking at all the photos – has sure helped me as I sit here in Florida – with temps in the 90’s and humidity that has my hair curling into Shirley Temple mode!

Doesn't Bobby Lee capture great angles and perspectives on his photographs? I love this double dose of the Mackinac Bridge - the real thing and its reflection in the ferry windows.

Doesn’t Bobby Lee capture great angles and perspectives on his photographs? I love this double dose of the Mackinac Bridge – the real thing and its reflection in the ferry windows.  Wishing I was on that boat!

And speaking of the bridge . . . Atlanta friend Mike Forrester got the rare chance to climb to the top of said bridge yesterday. Oh, what a view! Later on he and Jill sent me a photo of them together at the Pink Pony. Both of the photographs were meant to drive me crazy and make me very jealous - and they succeeded in that goal!

And speaking of the bridge . . . Atlanta friend Mike Forrester got a rare chance to climb to the top of said bridge yesterday. Oh, what a view! Later on he and Jill sent me a photo of them together at the Pink Pony. Both that photograph and this one were meant to drive me crazy and make me very jealous.  Mission accomplished!

Weather has been very random the last couple of weeks. Even in the fog though, the island is beautiful, and the activities that define the island - like drays and taxis - never change.

Weather has been very random the last couple of weeks – cool days, warm days, sunny days, rainy days, and foggy days. Even in the fog though, the island is beautiful, and the activities that define the island – like drays and taxis – never change. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Tulips, beautiful Grand Hotel tulips! (Photo: Patrick Conlon). Now you see them . . . .

Tulips, beautiful Grand Hotel tulips! (Photo: Patrick Conlon). Now you see them . . . .

. . . and now you don't. In one day and night, the tulips are gone, and the annuals are planted. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

. . . and now you don’t. In one day and night, the tulips are gone, and the annuals are planted. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

All those plants have to come from somewhere! They arrive by ferry, are transferred to drays, and then they make their way to the businesses or homes of Mackinac. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki

All those plants have to come from somewhere! They arrive by ferry, are transferred to drays, and then they make their way to the businesses and homes of Mackinac. That’s master gardener Jack Barnwell (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services) driving the forklift.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

One of my favorite island flowers - ladyslippers - are blooming in their favorite spots around the island. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

One of my favorite island flowers – ladyslippers – are blooming in their favorite spots around the island. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

And whether you see them from afar or from up close, once you've experienced Mackinac during lilac season, you will always want to return at the same time the next year - and the next. (Photo: Tom Chambers)

Another favorite – crabapple blooms in high focus with a blurred out Round Island Light in the distance.  (Photo:  Tom Chambers)

And yes. It is lilac season on Mackinac. The Lilac Festival is in full swing, and the lilacs have cooperated by showing up right on cue! (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

And yes. It is lilac season on Mackinac. The Lilac Festival is in full swing, and the lilacs have cooperated by showing up right on cue! (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

—And whether you see them through the fog (Photo: Clark Bloswick) . . .

—And whether you see them through the fog (Photo: Clark Bloswick) . . .

And whether you see them from afar or from up close, once you've experienced Mackinac during lilac season, you will always want to return at the same time the next year - and the next. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

. . . or from up close, once you’ve experienced Mackinac during lilac season, you will always want to return at the same time the next year – and the next. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Would love to be in these woods and walking this trail! Patience, patience. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Would love to be in these woods and walking this trail! Patience, patience, patience. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A busy summer day on Main Street! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A busy summer day on Main Street! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A recent full moon appears to be lighting Lady Liberty's torch. (Photo: Josh Carley)

A recent full moon appears to be lighting Lady Liberty’s torch in the marina. (Photo: Josh Carley)

A great one to close this section! Can you find the upside down girl? (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

A great one to close this section! Can you find the upside down girl? Great capture, Clark Bloswick!

SOMETHING NEW AND COLORFUL AT THE ISLAND BOOKSTORE

I recently received two complimentary copies of a new coloring book that is already selling like hotcakes at the Island Bookstore.  Now, don’t think CHILDREN’s coloring book – think ADULT coloring book!!  It’s called “IlluMInations – The Mackinac Island Coloring Book for Grown-Ups”.

This is the third in a series of coloring books for people of any age, and Mackinac Island's many architectural, thematic and natural treasures lend themselves wonderfully to the current craze of adult coloring books.

This is the third in a series of coloring books for people of any age, and Mackinac Island’s many architectural, thematic and natural treasures lend themselves wonderfully to the current craze of adult coloring books.  The book was conceived by Kristen M. Hains and Matt McCormick and published by Denali & Co.

CollaboratorMatt McCormick spent summers in college working on the island - first as a dock porter/bellman and reservationist for The Island House Hotel and later as a Front Office Manager at the Lake View Hotel. He then spent two full seasons (in 1986 and 1987) working as a photographer with Rob Jerstrom at Resort Photography. It was during these two years that McCormick amassed quite a collection of images of the island, many of which inspired the artists who created the coloring pages.

Collaborator Matt McCormick spent summers in college working on the island – first as a dock porter/bellman and reservationist for The Island House Hotel and later as a Front Office Manager at the Lake View Hotel. He then spent two full seasons (in 1986 and 1987) working as a photographer with Rob Jerstrom at Resort Photography. It was during those two years that McCormick amassed a collection of images of the island, many of which inspired the artists who created the coloring pages.

I’ve already ordered my coloring pencils and can’t wait to get started!  What could be more creative and relaxing than spending a few hours bringing my favorite island to life – changing a black & white drawing into a kaleidoscope of magical colors!

Now – what about if I offer one of my complimentary copies to YOU!  Let’s have a contest to see who gets it.  Hmmmmm . . . how about this?  Be the first person to answer correctly – in the COMMENT SECTION of the blog – the following three questions (all three have to be correct):  1) In what year was the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence built on Mackinac?  2) For whom was the residence originally built?  and 3) In what year was the residence purchased by the Mackinac Island State Park?

Whoever answers all three questions correctly first will receive a copy of this great coloring book!

As soon as I have a winner, I’ll enter that info at the top of the blog (like I used to do with contests on the blog) – so folks can stop sending in answers.  You might want to check the top of the blog before you write in your answers to see if someone has already won.  I will also post the winner in the Comments Section.  I don’t expect it will take long to get a winner!

If you don’t win one, you can find copies at The Island Bookstore when you visit the island!

Ready, set, go!

God bless.

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23 thoughts on “Mackinac – Beautiful Mackinac! 6/5/16

  1. Governors residence build over the winter of 1901-1902 by Patrick Doud for Lawrence and Mabel Young, purchased by State park in 1945

  2. Thank you for the wonderful Mackinac photos! Beautiful as always! Hope all is well in sunny, hot and humid Florida. Not long now till you head north. Take care…

  3. Woah that was fast…I didn’t even get to read the blog before a winner was picked. Thats ok, though because I probably would not have the right answers. Congrats Kathy!! Enjoy! Love all the island pictures and yes it does help with deprivation…somewhat…can’t wait to actually be there. 🙂 I have a friend going in a couple of days for the lilac festival..so jealous…
    Brenda I can almost see a smile on your face as you write this…. love you!

  4. Beautiful post Brenda, Amelia is back up to work the summer away…
    She’s very content and as busy as a bee. She say it’s cool but pretty
    normal for Mackinac island. Oh my your photo montage today is breathtaking
    in more ways than one. The Briggadoon and the yellow cottage across from the
    library had so many flats of flowers it made me do a double take. Allen and I counted
    60 flats of Grand red geraniums…. Boy would I love to see those planted out! Nice contest😊

  5. (Surely you’ve got lots of winners already)

    The home was: Built in 1902 Built for Lawrence Andrew Young Purchased by the State Park in 1944

    Rick Poggenburg Green Bay, WI

    • We do, Rick. On the comment page, the first comments are at the BOTTOM of the page, and the very first commenter won!

  6. Love these pictures! And the coloring book is a fantastic idea. I have several colorbooks that I use regularly. I plan to add this island one to my collection! You certainly know some gifted photographers!

  7. Our daughter and granddaughter on on their way right now for a two night stay on Mackinac Island with her fifth grade class. Their days will be jam-packed with adventures and sightseeing, and thanks to your pictures, I can imagine what they’ll see perfectly! The lilacs are in perfect bloom this year. What a terrific trip for Michigan school kids! Sharing Mackinac with someone else only makes me appreciate it more, and who better than a grand? 🙂 Loved every picture you posted and wouldn’t begin to choose a favorite – loved them all.

  8. 1) In what year was the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence built on Mackinac?
    Built in 1902, the governor’s summer residence on Mackinac Island is a three-story structure located on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.

    It was built originally as a private residence for Chicago attorney Lawrence Andrew Young
    2) For whom was the residence originally built? and

    3) In what year was the residence purchased by the Mackinac Island State Park?
    In 1944, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased the home for its original cost of $15,000. Since then, the commission has provided the care and maintenance of the residence and surrounding gardens.

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