I’m so PROUD of y’all! The photos have continued to come in, and the number is at 58 as of today. I’ll be posting the remaining 13 tonight, and this will be the last post I’ll use the title, “Introducing . . . YOU!” BUT – if you keep sending me your photos, I will continue to integrate them into the blog posts. So I really, really, really hope you don’t stop!
This has been such a fulfilling time for me as the writer of Bree’s Blog. Getting to know those of you who decided to share your faces and your Mackinac stories has meant the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Here we go . . . .
This beautiful family is Melissa and Travis Flegel and their precious children Charleigh and Griffin – from St. Johns MI. Melissa worked on Mackinac her first summer of college (1998), fell in love with the island, and has visited every summer since. Travis proposed to her there in 2009 on a cold, rainy day. Later that night they stopped by the Pink Pony and met – guess who? – Ted. Later on, when Melissa found the blog, she showed Travis Ted’s pic and said, “Look! We met him!” So funny the number of folks who have met my Ted in the Pink Pony over the years!
Mary Jane McNeill and her fabulous family – while vacationing in Alaska last August. MJ is from Thomasville GA and found the blog following the Island Bookstore Facebook page. Yeah, Jill! She’s been a reader for about four years and couldn’t believe that we lived at Lake Blackshear at the time – about 100 miles north of Thomasville. I think MJ has visited the island twice since beginning to read the blog. Correct me, MJ, if I’m wrong on that. Photo above is son Archer, husband Arch, son Noah, daughter Rachel, son Patrick and Mary Jane.
This is Diane Boszko (Chicago IL) and her late husband Jeff – at the Butterfly House behind St. Anne’s on Mackinac. Diane and Jeff first visited Mackinac in 2007 and bought the best souvenir ever – an island condo. They fell in love with the island that much on the first visit! Shortly after they bought the condo she read about the blog in The Town Crier. Diane said, “I know it might seem strange for me to send in this photo of me with Jeff, but whenever I’m on the island I still feel as though he is right there with me – and I always visit the Butterfly House.” Thank you Diane for sharing such a personal and poignant story. Ted and I can certainly relate to how much magic Mackinac can work with just one visit. Hugs, and I hope to meet you on the island soon.
Meet Roger and Barbara Blem from Perrysburg OH. They’ve been visiting a relative’s cabin on Mullet Lake for years and often travel on up to the island. Barbara is that rare individual who, as a Freshman, attended the short-lived Mackinac College. She is good friends with Irene Cowley, another Mackinac College alum and loyal blog reader. Irene began the Mackinac College web site, and Barbara was one of the first administrators of the site. Irene told Barbara about the blog almost at the very beginning. Barbara says, “We visit every couple of years and love it every time we’re there. And I cry every time I leave.” Me too, Barbara.
Meet Missy and Jason Howard and their darling children Brady and Holly – Fort Wayne IN. This photo is from Fort Holmes in 2011. Missy found the blog researching for this trip and went back to read all the posts, “because I didn’t want to miss anything!”
This is Gail and Karl Richter from Wisconsin. The photo is from ten years ago at one of the many Somewhere In Time Weekends they’ve attended at Grand Hotel. Now this is REALLY cool – Gail made her suit (she makes most of her suits and dresses for the Somewhere in Time weekends), and although she didn’t make Karl’s suit in this photo, she HAS made many of the suits he wears on these occasions. She occasionally has a vintage pattern to copy, but mostly just happens upon an antique Edwardian era photograph and designs the clothes from the photo. Now THAT is a real gift! Oh, Gail worked at the Lakeview Hotel as a chambermaid during her college years.
You met Kem and Ed Green a couple of posts ago, but this is Kem and her mom Arlene – Hampton Iowa. Kem told her mom about the blog when I mentioned her and Ed the first time in 2013, and she’s been a reader ever since. Arlene has never visited the island, but she and Kem’s daddy drove across the Mackinac Bridge on their honeymoon in 1958. Hugs, Arlene – I just love that daughter of yours and her sweet husband!
Meet Jennifer Herko, her daughter Sarah, and her mom and dad. They hail from Warren OH. This photo is in front of The Island House in 2012, and that’s when she became a reader. Jennifer says, “If I could, I’d trade in my vehicle for a bike and snowmobile and go live on Mackinac!” That’s a dream a lot of folks have, Jennifer!
This is Darcy Cole, who splits her time between Dallas TX and Cheboygan MI on Twin Lakes. Darcy’s grandparents were from Cheboygan and Mackinaw City, so she grew up visiting both places frequently. I was immediately jealous when I saw where Darcy was standing in this photo – on Round Island! She was lucky enough to get a tour of the Round Island Lighthouse last summer. Darcy’s been a blog reader since she retired in 2011 and found it on Facebook. She and her husband have a goal of wintering in Florida and summering in Michigan. I highly recommend it, Darcy!
This is Joan and Roland Asoklis from Shelby Township MI (shown here before a ride out of Cindy’s Stables on Mackinac). Ted and I have met this great couple on the island. They are part of a group of friends who visit every year in August. Joan says, “I’ve found many island treasures from your blog posts – like Anne’s Tablet!” Oh – very important fact – Joan’s two cats, Abby and Benny, are paw pals with Bear and Maddie!
These beautiful faces belong to Abby Barber, her daughter Sloane and son Berkeley – Minneapolis MN. Abby, her husband Jason, and Berkeley visited the island for the first time in June of 2014, and Abby had been a couple of times as a child. When she returned home she had that same feeling a lot of us do after our first visits and searched the Internet for anything that would keep her connected. That’s when she found Bree’s Blog! They’re going back this August, and I hope we run into them during their visit!
Meet Bobbie and Tommy Gaye, sweet friends from my hometown of Sylvester GA (they’ve lived in Albany GA since 1992). Bobbie’s been reading the blog for about five years.
This is Sally and Scott Kiekintveld from Holland MI, and I love Scott’s story. His father and grandfather participated in the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk the second year after the walk was created. Scott joined them the next year, and they’ve continued that tradition for 56 consecutive years. Now his wife, their sons and their wives, children, and grandchildren all do the walks together. Scott learned about the blog from a friend about five years ago. They usually include a visit to Mackinac either before or after the walk, Scott says, “It’s so fun to watch the grandkids’ faces when they step off the boat and see the horses and bikes!””
And there you are – 58 blog readers and a little taste of their Mackinac stories. Just makes me want to hear from more of you! Keep ’em coming please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, IF you’ve sent in a photo and story, and I haven’t posted it, PLEASE let me know at my email. Some of your emails have gone to my spam filter, but I’ve tried to check there on a regular basis. If I’ve missed one, please let me know – or resend!
Not much has been happening since we chatted on Thursday, so I’ll just save up what I have from Mackinac and the beach for the next post. Hoping all of you have a great upcoming week!
Hugs all around – and again THANK YOU for reading and being part of this blogging family we’ve created.