2017-04-20 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The weather has had many ups and downs. We had some very nice days with bright sunshine and blue skies, but Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, it rained and was very foggy, but out of the fog sailed the Wilfred Sykes and it gave us a wonderful Easter salute. Mackinac Island continues to come to life everyday. The real Rite of Spring is when the healthy and frisky horses arrive for the 2017 season. Jim Pettit leads the parade and they march from the boat dock up to the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours barns. It is a welcome sight. Some spring flowers have been spotted, including crocuses, violets, and dewdrops. I’m sure the pussy willows are blooming. There are many beautiful birds around, including cardinals, finches, mourning doves, and chickadees. It’s fun to watch Mackinac wake up after a long winter’s nap.

The Grand Hotel crew is busy preparing for the soft opening Friday, April 28, and the official opening Thursday, May 4. The Gate House will also open April 28.

Easter Sunday, April 16, Cawthorne’s Village Inn prepared a delicious Easter brunch, which was enjoyed by many. It was a wonderful display of delicious food. Just before the brunch, the Easter Bunny appeared at the Easter Egg Hunt and all the little ones were thrilled. We appreciate Grand Hotel for making Easter very festive.

Ste. Anne’s altars were filled with Easter lilies and other spring plants as Father John Essel celebrated Mass at 10:30 a.m. Colton Fisher assisted Fr. John, and John Kissane provided beautiful music. It was a festive Easter celebration.

Fort Mackinac will open for the 2017 season Monday, May 1.

Suzie Ashley, Bob Tagatz and many more Grand Hotel employees have arrived for the 2017 season.

Andrew, Nicole, Louie, and Tommy Doud joined Nicole’s family in St. Johns for the Easter holiday.

John and Rogene Huibregtse have returned to Mackinac Island after spending the winter in Arizona.

Peter Marabell and Fran Barger are on Mackinac this week preparing their shop for the 2017 season.

Trinity Church will resume weekly Sunday services beginning Sunday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. Little Stone Church will open for the season Sunday, May 14.

A memorial service for the late Kitty Hannabass will be held Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Margaret McIntire and her daughter, Becki Barnwell, returned to Mackinac Island Friday, April 14.

The Mackinac Island Lakers first track meet was held Tuesday, April 18, in St. Ignace. Go Lakers!

Ellen Putnam joined her two daughters and their families, Sarah and Scott Proper and Jennifer, Luke, Owen, and Jase Shellhorne in St. Ignace for the Easter holiday.

Richard and Mary Doud arrived Wednesday, April 12, from their winter home in Celebration, Florida. They are comfortably settled in their beautiful Lakewood Cottage.

Cassie Frazier joined her family on Mackinac for Easter.

Beginning Monday, May 1, the Mackinac Island Medical Center hours will be Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Happy belated birthday to Emory Barnwell April 16. Hope you had a great day.

Dr. Bill and Sue Chambers arrived on Mackinac Island Tuesday, April 18, aafter spending two months in Florida.

Best wishes to Jim and Laurie Bradley, who will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary April 20. Enjoy your day.

Jennifer King’s family, the Hollanders, joined Jennifer and Kirby for the Easter festivities.

Best wishes to Jim and Nancy Marks, who celebrated their wedding anniversary April 12. Hope your day was special.

Tim and Sherri Plutchak enjoyed the Easter holiday on Mackinac Island.

Congratulations to the Mackinac

Island Great Lakers robotics team, who traveled to Shepherd for a competition April 6 to April 8, and ranked 28th out of 40 teams. They were awarded the Judges Award for their commitment to re-engineering the robot. This is a great program and it gets better every year. Team members are Christian Styburski, Alex Henlin, Nick Davis, and Talon Greenlee.

Smi Horn and members of his family traveled to Denver, Colorado, to visit Lyle Horn and family and to celebrate Smi’s birthday. Everyone had a great time.

Lorna Straus is still a patient at a rehabilitation facility in Chicago. She would love to hear from her many friends on Mackinac at the following address: Lorna Straus, 5642 Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

Happy birthday to Marielle St. Onge April 18, Mila Horn and Paul Brown April 23, JoAnne Kompsi-Tamlyn and Jim Gillespie April 24, Susie Raisch and Chris McCready April 26, Blisse Beardsley

April 27, and Gwen Bagbey, Mike Straus, and Frank Massaway April 28. Hope you all have a great day.

Best wishes to Luke and Jennifer Shellhorne, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary April 30. Enjoy your day.

Ken Hayward of Grand Hotel visited Mackinac Island last week.

Brenda Bunker and Clay Fuller returned to Mackinac after spending time in Naples, Florida, with Clay’s father.

Frank and Alice Bloswick have returned to Mackinac after spending the winter in Cape Coral, Florida.

Rosemary Lounsbury has returned from her winter home in Englewood, Florida, and is settled in her homes in St. Ignace and Mackinac.

It’s nice to see John Hulett back on Mackinac. He is busy preparing Grand Hotel for the 2017 season.

Enjoy your week!

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