WooHoo! Another great week of opening emails and seeing smiling faces! As of now, I’ve received 51 photographs. Tonight I’ll post another 15, taking the number posted up to 45, and leaving only six. BUT – I’m hoping by Sunday I’ll have enough to post another 15! Regardless, I’ll post the remaining ones on Sunday.
As I said, you keep sending them in, and I’ll keep on posting them. No deadline on this! I’ll just place them into the blog as I receive them! Include your name, a photo as an attachment, where you’re from, and how and when you discovered Bree’s Blog. Easy!
Ok . . . here we go!
Meet Paul Wright and his lovely wife Bette Ann from Lathrup Village MI. Paul and Bette Ann have been visiting the island since 1975, and I know you’ve already figured out this photo was taken on Grand Hotel’s front porch!
Meet Mary Hughes from Marion OH. Mary found the blog two years ago on the Mackinac Island News & Views Facebook page and has read every post! I’m in awe that some of you do that!
This great family is Melody James, her husband Jamie, and sons Nathan & Evan. They hail from Zeeland MI and found the blog link from a Mackinac Island business website in 2010. I met Melody for the first time in 2011 when she stopped by the Stuart House to say hi.
This smiling face belongs to Deborah Crawford from Midland Ontario, Canada. Deborah has been reading for 6-7 years, after finding the blog link on Google. The photo is from a Memorial Day Pageant weekend in 2008 at Colonial Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. The handsome gentleman in the photo is a reenactor portraying Deborah’s 6 X great-grandfather, Ezekiel Solomon. Ezekiel’s trading post was one of the first structures studied by archaeologists at the fort site, and it has now been completely reconstructed.
Ezekiel was also Michigan’s first Jewish settler, and this marker at the fort tells his amazing story. How cool is that!
Meet Marlena and Larry Black from Kansas City MO. Marlena had wanted to visit Mackinac since she first saw the movie Somewhere in Time. She was researching for their first trip in 2012 and discovered the blog. She said, “I’ve laughed with you, cried with you, and prayed for and with you.” Bless you, Marlena, my friend – and thank you.
Meet Anita Henry from Sandusky MI. Anita has been a blog reader since 2009.
Two dear friends from Albany GA – Marty Harris, who passed away in February, 2014, and Betty Hester. Betty has read Bree’s Blog for many years. Marty is the awesome lady who peaked my interest in getting Bear and I certified as a Pet Therapy team, and she and Betty supported and encouraged me every step of the way. The beautiful plaque behind them is of Marty and her loyal therapy dog, Hero. April 30th is National Therapy Animal Day, created by Pet Partners to “recognize the exceptional therapy animals who partner with their human companions to bring comfort and healing to those in need”. Bear and I both miss being involved in this fulfilling work. Betty, you REALLY need to come visit us on Mackinac!
Meet Susan and Lee Stahl from Lakeside MI. They’d been coming to Mackinac Island for 38 years as “boating fudgies”, anchoring their boat at the island marina each year. In 2012 their boat wasn’t ready, and they decided to drive up. They spent a week at Grand Hotel and, “We finally felt like we were locals”, says Susan. “I can still hear clop, clop, clopping outside our bedroom window. It was the best vacation ever.” Susan found the blog that same year – on their way home – by Googling “why they chopped down the trees on the way to the Grand”. Up came the blog, and she’s been reading ever since. They were on the island when they were filming Somewhere in Time with their teenage daughters, who are both now in their 50’s. Susan says, “The island is always in my heart.” I know that feeling well, Susan.
This is Jeani and Jerry Gabor from Sun Prairie WI. Jeani is a frequent commenter and found the blog four years ago on the Mackinac Island web site.
Meet Cindy Cislak from Indianapolis IN – and her beautiful granddaughter Kira. Cindy and her husband started coming to Mackinac in 1985 with their two children, and they’ve come every year since. There are now 10 visiting each year – including their childrens’ spouses and four grandchildren (the two granddaughters – four and seven years of age – are already planning Macknac weddings). Cindy has followed the blog since the beginning, and she’s come by several times to say hello at the Stuart House. In fact, Cindy may be the very first reader who came by and introduced herself to me there. Cindy says, “Even after all these years, Mackinac is still magical!” Amen, Cindy. This photo is from the Carriage House at the Iroquois Hotel.
Meet Lisa Foose from Medina OH. She found the blog five years ago on Google.
This is Kathy and George Strukel, with two of their darling grandchildren. They’ve just moved to Tampa FL, and they’ve been coming to the island since they were married in 1985 – first with kids, then grandkids, and now with their precious little furbaby, Sophie. I have a photo of all of us together on the Stuart House steps in 2010. Kathy found the blog on Google years ago.
Meet Megan Murray from Frankfort KY, where she’s a 4th grade reading and writing teacher. Megan is Ann M.’s sister (Ann was in the first installment of Introducing . . . You!, and she was the one who told Megan about the blog). The sisters’ grandparents had a cabin on Carp Lake, and they vacationed there for two weeks each summer. Megan says, “I’ve been reading the blog for 5-6 years and have very fond memories of Carp Lake, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island.”
I love this pic! This is Jay Rupprecht, and that charming creature next to him is Louie the Loon, the mascot of the Class A farm team for the LA Dodgers, who play in Midland MI where Jay works. Jay and wife Peggy live in Frankenmuth MI (another favorite town of ours) and have been blog readers for about five years. They were married on the island in 2004 in the Mission Point gazebo. Jay says, “We love the island, and my wife says it’s the only place on earth where I calm down and can actually relax some.” Their long-term goal is to become full-time Mackinac Island residents! Hold on to that dream, Jay and Peggy!
This is Kathleen and Jim Tilson, enjoying a sweet treat at Sadie’s in 2014. They hail from Indianapolis IN. Jim first visited the island with his grandparents back in 1953 and has returned many times. He and Kathleen honeymooned there in 1973. Jim says, “We’ve been there at all times of the year – including December. Each time we go we say ‘it’s the perfect time to visit.'”
And that’s your next 15!
Keep ’em coming, y’all!
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON MACKINAC!
It’s hard to believe this is an April 10 photo! Carolyn May captured the conditions on Cadotte Avenue from her snowmobile.
I believe this was actually a few days before the middle of April snow storm began. A beautiful shot of Anne’s Tablet and the town below. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
As it contemplated its reflection in an icy puddle, this robin seemed to be considering heading back south. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)
A downtown scene – after it’d been snowing for 24 hours straight. (Photo: Tom Chambers)
Not your typical April photograph! (Photo: Greg Main)
April 11, and the snow is still falling. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
The same day, and through the snow workers, residents, taxis and drays make their way down the hill past Grand Hotel. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
Island friend Kay Berke was returning home to Illinois from Europe and was able to spot the island from thousands of feet overhead! What a photo catch, Kay!
Cutest. Photo. Ever. Andrew Doud (owner of Doud’s Market) patiently shows his oldest son, Louie, how to stock shelves. Generation to generation – that’s how it’s done on Mackinac.
Although the temps have risen this week into the 40’s, Mackinac is really blustery right now, with wind chills in the 30’s. Everyone is hoping the snow will melt soon, and that before long the Grand Hotel tulips (which are already breaking above the ground) will be basking in a glorious, warm Mackinac Spring!
Nothing that even resembles snow here in Sunset Inlet. A different view of our neighborhood from friend Cat Brooks – a neighbor “across the way”. That’s her husband Eddie in the kayak.
We were so excited to see Mike, Jeanine and Siena Forrester a couple of weeks ago. They drove down for dinner with us from St. Augustine, where they were enjoying Spring Break. Dinner at the Funky Pelican and a tour of the Flagler Beach pier! Love these folks!
I pulled over on the side of the road last Thursday morning on the way to volunteer to capture this sunrise.
A day of shopping, lunch, and more shopping ended in a furniture store – trying out couches. I think the store owners were afraid we were going to all take naps before we moved on to our next stop because they sure moved us quickly away from the mattress display! Love these ladies – all Sunset Inlet neighbors – Lisa, Sue, Jennifer and Sharon.
You never know what will be waiting where Hwy. 100 runs into A1A in Flagler Beach.I love this intersection – especially since the specialty kite store has opened just across the street!
Another sunrise – this one captured by friend and neighbor Angelique Delage. I love that our little house is in this one!
Ok – I think that catches us up!!
Have a great weekend and keep those photos coming in! Love y’all!