Throw Back Tuesday – Back Track and Forward March 4/11/17

Personal Note:  Loved reposting this blog today because of the many Mackinac friends – and blog readers – who happen to be in it!  Also, it was written at the end of the Lilac Festival that year and involves a parade!  Sweet memories.

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FIRST PUBLISHED JUNE, 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!

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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 . . .

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. . . horses performing beautifully . . .

. . . and a couple of silly horses!

. . . and a couple of silly horses!

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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.

God bless.

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East Side Stroll 10/3/2013

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Last Monday after work I took a walk and snapped a bunch of photos you seemed to enjoy a lot (I sure enjoyed taking them), so this past Monday I did the same thing.  Instead of going downtown and heading west, I walked to Mission Point Resort and back.  I don’t get down in that neck of the woods nearly enough during the season, so when I do go it’s like a whole new world!

BEFORE THE WALK

When I stopped to get my coffee before going to the Stuart House, I couldn't help but notice that a crew of workers were busy taking down all the hanging baskets!

When I stopped to get my coffee before going to the Stuart House, I couldn’t help but notice that a crew of workers were busy taking down all the hanging baskets.

It really made me sad to watch those flowers come down - just another sign that the season is over . . .

It really made me sad to watch those flowers come down, but it’s just another sign that the season is over.

. . . and in their place pots of Mums

As the hanging baskets and beds full of summer flowers were removed, pots of Mums in every color were taking their place.

Lordy, Lordy.  Now I'm getting CHILDREN of blog readers stopping by!  This beautiful couple was on their honeymoon, with a request from the groom's mom, Hilde, to stop in to say hello.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your special days to come by, Mike and Rochelle DaVanon!

Lordy, Lordy. Now I’m getting CHILDREN of blog readers stopping by! This beautiful couple was on their honeymoon, with a request from the groom’s mom, Hilde, to stop in to say hello. Thank you so much, Mike and Rochelle DaVanon, for taking time out of your special week to come by!

Another very special couple - Irene Cowley and her husband Gary.  Irene and Gary were first on the Island during the days of MRA in the late 40's, and Irene was one of only 30 graduates of Mackinac Island College.

Another very special couple – Irene Cowley and her husband Gary. Irene and Gary were first on the Island during the days of MRA in the late 40’s (Irene told me she arrived on the island as a newborn in a laundry basket).  Irene and Gary were also students (and Irene a graduate) of Mackinac College, a private liberal arts college which opened on Mackinac Island in the fall of 1966 and closed after graduating its Charter Class in 1970.  Gary & Irene live in California and will be back next summer for a Mackinac College reunion!

EAST SIDE STROLL

Everywhere we look now trees are putting on their Fall colors - like this tree next to the Jane and Richard Manoogian Museum of Art.

Everywhere we look now trees are putting on their Fall colors – like this tree next to the Jane and Richard Manoogian Museum of Art.

Even the flowers are looking more "Fall-ish".

Even the flowers are looking more “Fall-ish” – like these in front of the Inn on Mackinac.

Harbor View Inn

Harbor View Inn was still sporting its summer blossoms.

As I passed the intersection of Church Street and Main, I took a few steps up church

As I passed the intersection of Church Street and Main, I took a few steps up Church and snapped a shot of these old tree trunks.  Mackinac Island seems to inspire trees to grow into lots of gnarled shapes, and each one is interesting in its own way.

Meet Daisy!  She's in front of the Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World on McGulpin Street.

Meet Daisy! She’s in front of the Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World on McGulpin Street.

This is the Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort.  If you're coming to Mission Point with your dog, this is the building where you'll be staying.

This is the Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort. If you’re coming to Mission Point with your dog, this is the building where you’ll be staying.

Yellows are coming up fast at Mission Point.

Yellows and rusts are arriving fast at Mission Point.

The Violet Residences are condos in the Mission District.  They are beautiful from the front, but that day I realized their back yards were lovely also.

The Violet Residences are condos in the Mission District. They are beautiful from the front, but on that day I realized their back yards – which this photo shows – are lovely also.

Lake Huron through the handles of a couple of bikes.

Lake Huron through the handles of a couple of bikes.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Michigan blue sky?  Really??  I've said that before?

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Michigan blue sky? Really?  I’ve said that before?

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This Mission Point courtyard is just outside the doorway to the Mackinac Arts Council.

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A covered walkway runs beside Mission Point’s theater, gift shop and gym.

I walked out on what was the roof of the Mission Point Conference Center (it's ok - you're supposed to walk on - in fact, it's where you rent your bikes at Mission Point)

I walked out on what is the roof of the Mission Point Conference Center (it’s ok – you’re supposed to walk on it – in fact, it’s where you rent your bikes at Mission Point) and took in the great view from up there of the lawn, gazebo and a dray team heading back to town after a delivery.

Mission Point flowers just keep getting better each season.

Mission Point flowers just keep getting better each season . . .

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. . .and the banks of blossoms running beside the driveway to the front doors must still think it’s summer.

One of my favorite Mission Point pathways - always shady and peaceful.

One of my favorite Mission Point pathways – always shady and peaceful.

The east end of Main Street in the Mission District.

The east end of Main Street in the Mission District – walking back toward town.

The picket fence at St. Anne's Church is getting a new coat of white paint.

The picket fence at St. Anne’s Church is getting a fresh coat of white paint.

On the opposite side of the street B & B's mix in with private homes.

On the opposite side of the street B & B’s mix in with private homes.

I've always loved this old red barn that sits behind one of those private homes -

I’ve always loved this red barn that sits behind one of those private homes – it’s always framed in beautiful flowers and trees and accented with that great stone wall.

Back in town and walking up Astor Street - which was newly paved last week.

Back in town and walking up Astor Street – which was newly paved last week.

The Cloghaun - beautiful as always and already gussied up for Halloween.

The Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast – beautiful as always and already gussied up for Halloween.  At night it is outlined in orange lights!

I happened to run into good friends Bryan and Barb as I walked up Cadotte - out for a walk with their Golden Retriever Rusty.

I happened to run into good friends Bryan and Barb as I walked up Cadotte – out for a walk with their Golden Retriever Rusty.

. . . and when I turned around to look back in the direction from which I'd come, the beautiful trees made the street look as if the street it was on fire.

. . . and when I turned around to look back in the direction from which I’d come, the beautiful trees made the street look as if it was on fire.

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This Monarch was sipping nectar from the still abundantly blooming Grand Hotel flower beds.

OTHER GOODIES

We had a lovely time Tuesday evening at dinner with our retiring pastor, Dr. Vince Carroll and his lovely wife Molly.  This Sunday will be his last sermon in the pulpit of Little Stone Church, and on Monday they will leave the Island to begin working with a new church on Long Boat Key, FL.  They will be sorely missed from this Island, but we look forward to meeting the new minister and his wife in the Spring.

We had a great, but bittersweet, time Tuesday evening at the Yankee Rebel with our retiring pastor, Dr. Vince Carroll and his lovely wife Molly. This Sunday will be his last sermon in the pulpit of Little Stone Church, and on Monday they will leave the Island to begin working with a new church on Long Boat Key, FL. They will be sorely missed.

Horses are still leaving the Island at least twice a week (Photo: Jill Sawatzki) . . .

Horses are still leaving the Island at least twice a week (Photo: Jill Sawatzki) . . .

. . . and Jill said this one stuck out his tongue and seemed to be saying to her, "I get to go on vacation before you do!"

. . . and Jill said this one stuck out his tongue and seemed to be saying to her, “I get to go on vacation before you do!”

Working hard at the Stuart House!

Working hard at the Stuart House! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

It started raining this afternoon – the first rain we’ve seen in at least three weeks – and it’s supposed to keep up most of the weekend.  We can’t complain one bit because our September was one for the record books – warm and sunny.  That’s perfect in my book!

Y’all have a good weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Sunday – good Lord willing.  God bless.

It’s Plantin’ Time on Mackinac 6/6/2011

The holiday weekend has come and gone, and everywhere you look folks are planting flowers.  It’s kind of a tradition up here to wait until after Memorial Day to put tender young plants into the ground because there always seems to be one last “almost freeze” a few days ahead of the last weekend in May.

Of course, the one flower that goes into the ground way before June is the tulip bulb. And that's why, even before the cold weather is over, we can enjoy stunning flowers on Mackinac. The red tulips lining the Avenue of the Flags at the back entrance to Fort Mackinac have been nothing short of spectacular this spring.

 
 

These trays of geraniums and impatiens are already in the ground at Hart's.

 
 

When I ran into the post office for the mail, flowers were being planted inside and outside the fence . . .

 
 

. . . and as I started home, I passed the Cloghaun B & B, where Marti was adding the finishing touches to their beautiful front yard garden.

 
 

The Grand has already put out the notice that the tulips are being pulled up in the next few days. Soon the flowerbeds along the road leading into the Grand will be replanted, but this shade garden of impatiens is already going into the ground . . .

 
 

. . . . and in a few weeks, it will look like this (taken last summer)!

 
 
 

Other shade garden plants and flowers are already flourishing.

 
 

Can you believe how green these ferns are!

 
 
 

Where is the Grand Hotel shade garden? Ok - I'm about to let you in on a little insider info. You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to walk through the shade garden. What you do is this. Walk up Cadotte Avenue like you're going to the Grand. After you pass the Gate House and the school yard (the big, wide open space where you can look across to the Straits), you will come to the set of steps you see in the above pic (they are on your left). Simply walk down those steps and curve to the right. You'll see the tennis pro shop and the tennis courts on your left - but stay right. Then you can leisurely stroll through this huge, cool wonderland of greenery (they even have benches to sit on) and then just turn back around and go out the way you came in. As long as you don't venture into the Pool House, no one will question you. Shhhhh . . . don't tell I told.

 
This weekend we’ve seen the first signs of summer on the island.  The sun was shining every day, and the temps are in the 70’s.  It was glorious!  Unfortunately what I had planned for the rest of today’s blog didn’t exactly work out.  The icebreaker Mackinac in Mackinac City was open all day Sunday with free admission.  Ted and I were going over after church for the tour, and I was going to have some great photos to show you.  Instead . . . Ted and I had date-night Saturday evening, and in the middle of the night we both woke up with a simultaneous stomach bug,  which knocked both of us for a loop.  Even though Ted was able to make it to church this morning, I couldn’t get out of my chair until late Sunday afternoon.  Yuck, yuck, and more yuck!  The worse part was missing a fabulous day on the island.  Oh my gosh, it was beautiful outside. 
 
So, no icebreaker pics, but here are a few random shots from the week . . .
 

Have I told you the main barn for the Carriage Tour horses has a new roof? Wow - it looks so good!

 
 

Lots of children on the island this weekend. This group zoomed past us as we walked behind the fort. That's the Governor's Summer Residence at the bottom of the hill.

 
 
 

Ted and the "kids" on the trail (Maddie's in there somewhere) that runs behind the cooking shelter at Great Turtle Park. This particular trail ends in the Trillium Heights neighborhood.

 
 

Whether the tulips are ending their blooming season or not, there's just nothing like seeing a Grand omnibus across a sea of pink, silhouetted again a blue Michigan sky and bluer Lake Huron waters.

 
 
And so the weekend is over, and a new week begins.  And with the new week, I’ll begin volunteering once again at the Stuart House Museum downtown on Market Street.  This year they’ve changed my day to Tuesday, so if you’re on the island, please drop by and say “hi”!  I’d love to see you!  
 
Have a great week, and God bless.