2017-05-04 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The weather certainly doesn’t feel like spring! We’ve had rain, strong winds, fog, very cool temperatures, and snow. We are certainly hoping that May will be warmer, with more sunshine. The daffodils, narcissus, and other early flowers are blooming in the grove by Grand Hotel’s pool, the Jewel golf course, and Mission Point Resort. The freighter traffic is heavy through the Straits of Mackinac. It’s always a pleasure to watch the beautiful freighters pass by. There is always something interesting to watch on the Island.

It was great this past weekend to smell the aroma from the Mackinac fudge that filled Main Street. Many visitors watched employees making the sweet treat.

A memorial service for Father Ted Brodeur will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, not 10:30 a.m., as was mentioned in last week’s column.

Brinsley Matthews and members of Carleton Varney’s decorating team were at Grand Hotel arranging the new suites and making the hotel more beautiful for the 2017 season.

Clark Bloswick had a photograph of a turkey vulture on Mackinac Island. He thought it was migrating north and stopped on the Island because of the fog. Bird watching is fascinating.

Trinity Church will hold services at 10:30 a.m. starting Sunday, May 7. Little Stone Church will have its first service Sunday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m., and Ste. Anne’s will have mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14.

Marti and Paul Carey are on Mackinac preparing the Cloghaun for the 2017 opening.

Jeremy Cox has returned to the Island and is once again greeting folks at the Island Bookstore.

Phil and Val Porter returned to Fort Mackinac Monday, May 1, for the 2017 season.

Best wishes to Ed and Megan McNulty, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 10. Enjoy your day.

Happy belated birthday to Jay Barch April 25. Hope you had a great day.

We welcome Steve Brisson and his family back to Mackinac Island for the 2017 season. Steve is the assistant director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Richard and Jackie Bolander left Mackinac Tuesday, May 2, to join their daughter and family in New Jersey to celebrate the First Communion of their granddaughter.

Marvin and Christy May arrived on Mackinac from their winter home in Petoskey. Heather May, who is the music teacher at Mackinac Island Public School, will help her parents open May’s Candy Stores for the 2017 season.

Alice Sharrow joined her husband, Albert “Buck,” this past weekend on Mackinac Island. Buck will travel to Frankenmuth this week to pick up Willie and Charlie, Mike Young’s horses.

Dale Gough and his crew are busy getting Cindy’s Riding Stable, Jack’s Drive Yourself, Arrowhead, and Gough’s Hourly Carriages ready for the season.

Happy birthday to Jane Elizabeth St. Onge May 8, Mike Gamble Sr. May 9, Deb Carley and Patti LaPine May 10, and Shelbie Mosley May 11. Hope you all enjoy your day.

It’s great to see Sarah (nee Wessel) Proper waiting on customers at Doud’s Market. Sarah’s husband, Scott, sails on the Wilfred Sykes.

Joyce Paldino and her faithful companion, Charlie, have arrived for the season. Joyce is the receptionist at Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

The Chuckwagon restaurant is open and folks are enjoying wonderful breakfasts.

Rich and Marge Lind and their faithful dog, JoeJoe, returned to Mackinac this week from their winter home in Arizona. They are both employed by Grand Hotel.

Enjoy your week!

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