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 . . .

. . . and

. . . 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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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.

The Scent of Lilacs 5/26/2010

Lilacs blooming on our "short cut" hill next to the horse corral. The awesome white birch trees offer a perfect backdrop.

Oh, how I wish there were some way I could capture for you the glorious scent of the lilacs and press it into this page.  With all the windows open this morning, the light, sweet fragrance of the blossoming Mackinac Island lilac bushes and trees is reaching into the far corners of the condo, and I know soon I will be lured outside with my camera.

The lilacs here at Surrey Hill are not blooming yet – except for a few down by the horse corral.  I mentioned last year the bushes in front of the condo are “late bloomers”,  so we will have those to look forward to after others on the island have faded. 

It seems everyone is mowing this morning in the Village, and as I sit here writing, I’m transported back to my hometown of Sylvester, Georgia on a summer morning of my childhood.  On hot Saturdays in June, July, and August, my daddy would begin mowing our yard early, so the task would be finished before the heat became oppressive.  I’d awake on a Saturday morning with a breeze blowing the thin curtains out into my bedroom, the sound of the mower outside the window, and the smell of the newly cut grass wafting through the air.  I probably wrote practically these same words last year about this time, and if I did, please forgive me for repeating it.  That little snippet from my childhood is so dear to me that it only takes an open window and the sound of a lawnmower to conjure it up.

We had the best time downtown yesterday.  We walked the dogs down there just because they hadn’t had a good walk all day, and Ted and I both had errands to run.  We had turned the corner at Fort Hill and Market Street and were just in front of The Cottage Inn when a couple approaching us stopped and said, “Is that Maddie and Bear?”  We said “yes”, and it turned out they were from Fort Huron and read the blog daily.  The gentleman said, “I  just said to my wife that the white building over there is the Geary House that was on Bree’s blog the other day.  Then I looked up, and the four of you were coming around the corner.”  We had a great chat.  I love it when that happens.  Jill had already told me that she had three different couples come in the Island Bookstore Monday and recognize her from the blog.  So fun!

While we were standing in front of the Cottage Inn (where Dawn, Mike Forrester, Jill and I stayed during Winter Festival in February), Marge (she and husband Rich are the innkeepers) came out to say hello.  Then Katie from the State Park saw us and stopped to talk.  This is just one of the reasons I love this place. A trip downtown on errands can turn into an hour or two of visiting.  Without vehicles to jump in and out of, people hail each other from the streets or sidewalks.  Then you stop and chat. I love it!

Katie, Ted and Marge in front of The Cottage Inn

Jill and Tamara at the Island Bookstore always have treats for Bear and Maddie . . .

 

. . . Maddie just can't quite reach the countertop for her's.

 The rest of yesterday and today in photos, with captions:

A Grand Hotel omnibus, on the way to the ferry docks. That's the Governor of Michigan's summer residence at the top of the hill in the center. The fort is on the right.

 

More lilacs.

Out the bay window of our condo.

I've never seen this yellow private buggy before. So, it's either new to the island, or an old buggy has been given a fresh coat of paint. Beautiful horses too!

"Is that Dad coming up the hill?"

 

"No, Fur Face, if that was Dad, he'd be pedaling a lot faster than that!"

"Oh, right."

Tomorrow, I have a photo of something you just don’t see every day – even on Mackinac Island.  See you then!