2017-06-08 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

It was a very busy Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac Island. Saturday, folks came from far and near to visit the Island and to enjoy the beauty by riding bicycles, riding horses, hiking in woods filled with wildflowers, or taking a carriage ride in a surrey with the fringe on top. The weather was very nice Saturday and the flowers all over Mackinac were just beautiful, including the tulips in front of the Mackinac Island Police Department, Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort, and the red, white, and blue flowers by the Veterans Memorial. Folks enjoyed Mackinac fudge, walking down the boardwalk, and watching freighters pass by. As the sun set over the weekend, people were amazed at the colors reflecting off the water with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. Monday evening, May 29, many storm clouds were moving by, but a beautiful rainbow could be seen over the harbor in brilliant colors. It was a special weekend.

Members of American Legion Post 299 conducted a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Park on Mackinac Island. Armand “Smi” Horn served as the master of ceremonies. Trish Martin sang the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mackinac Island Cub Scout Pack 3124. Reverend Ken Straight of the Mackinac Island Bible Church offered the opening prayer, and Mayor Margaret Doud reminded everyone that freedom is not free. It is very important that we never forget the sacrifices that our veterans make for our freedom. Vice Commander Ben Horn handed out red roses to all the veterans. Alberta Gallagher, of Mackinac Island, was honored as a mother of two sons, Dale Gallagher and J.K. Gallagher, who served in the military. Mrs. Gallagher’s family placed a wreath at the Veterans Memorial. Commander Sid DeHaan thanked everyone for attending and reminded everyone how important it is to remember all our veterans and to thank him or her for their service. Reverend Dan Hans of Little Stone Church gave the final blessings, and taps were played. Ben Horn raised the colors to full staff. It was a very moving service and much appreciated by all who attended.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Eileen McIntyre Groseclose, who passed away Friday, May 26, in Asheboro, North Carolina. Eileen was born and grew up on Mackinac Island, the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence (nee Dufina) McIntyre. She met her future husband, Dr. James Groseclose, on Mackinac when he was a young medical student working for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. They were married at Ste. Anne’s Church September 4, 1954. Eileen was a beautiful artist and she painted many scenes of the flowers of Mackinac. Eileen is survived by her son, Raymond, and his wife, Terry; a daughter, Anna Mary, and her husband, Donald; five grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Virginia and Dan Riordan; a sister-in-law and her husband, Barbara and Brian Hellis, and nieces and nephews. Eileen will be laid to rest at a later date next to her husband, Jim, in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery on Mackinac. May she rest in peace.

Peggy and Jeff Naber joined Judy Bynoe and family over the Memorial Day holiday. Peggy’s brother, Jamie Bynoe, celebrated his birthday Saturday, May 27, at a family dinner at the Chippewa Hotel.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Dr. Gregory Hessler May 29. Hope your day was special.

Bernadine Bazinau and Frank Bloswick, Jr. were united in marriage Sunday, May 28, at 1 p.m. by Armand “Smi” Horn at Great Turtle Park. Family and friends gathered to celebrate this special occasion. Congratulations from Island friends.

Reverend Ron and Kay Smith have returned to Mackinac Island from their winter home in Austin, Texas.

It’s nice to see Muffin Ernster and her two daughters, Shannon and Melissa, back on Mackinac for the summer.

Richard and Jane Manoogian are enjoying their beautiful home on the West Bluff. It’s also nice to see them back on Mackinac Island.

Nicki Griffith has returned to Mackinac from her winter home in Ann Arbor.

Happy belated birthday greetings to Brian Hellis May 29. Hope your day was special.

Brian and Candi Dunnigan enjoyed the holiday weekend at their Easterly Cottage. They will return in June.

Donnie and Gracie Francis have returned to the Island from their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. They are happy to be back on the Island.

The Michael Straus family joined Lorna Straus and Dr. Chris Straus for the holiday weekend. They celebrated Orion’s birthday with a dinner party at Woods Restaurant.

Kay Hoppenrath spent two days visiting her cousin, Jack Welcher, and his wife in Gaylord.

Emma Chambers arrived on Mackinac Island Monday, May 29, to join Dan Motz with their newborn son, Beau David. Dan is working as a dock porter at the Chippewa Hotel and was thrilled to have his family return to Mackinac. Beau’s grandparents, Mark and Jody Chambers, are very excited to have their first grandchild on the Island.

Gretchen Colman celebrated her birthday May 27. Best wishes from Island friends.

Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne enjoyed the holiday weekend on Mackinac Island.

Best wishes to Dr. Richard and Karen Hodgman, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 15. Have a wonderful day.

Congratulations to Andrew Doud on the opening of Doud’s Market and Deli, where Martha’s Sweet Shop was located. It’s a very attractive store.

Skip and Rachael Young, along with their twins, Michael and Emma, enjoyed the holiday weekend at the Young cottage on the West Bluff.

Bart and Nina Huthwaite are comfortably settled in their lovely home in Woodbluff. It’s nice to see them back on Mackinac Island.

Jennifer and David Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, spent the holiday weekend on Mackinac. They saw the Mesabi Miner pass through the Straits of Mackinac and they waved to their son, Lucas, who is third engineer on the ship.

Happy belated birthday to Ally Meehan June 3, Ike Bunker Sr. June 5, and Sarah (nee Wessel) Proper and Cory Kaminen June 6. Hope you all had a great day.

Happy birthday to Rosie Charnes and Betty BeDour June 7 and George Wellington and Don Francis June 11. Hope you all enjoy your day.

David Levy recently spent a week at his beautiful cottage on the East Bluff.

There will be a book sale at the Mackinac Island Public Library Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any donations would be appreciated and may be dropped off at the library.

Pat and Vivian McTique enjoyed Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac Island.

Jay and Janet Stingel have arrived from their winter home in North Carolina. They are settled into their Brigadoon Cottage in the Mission.

It’s nice to see Dave Cripe back at Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Tom and Kathy Lewand, along with their daughter, Kristi Graham, and two granddaughters, Penelope and Stella, enjoyed Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac. Kristi’s husband, Alex Graham, is the music director at Grand Hotel.

Graduation at the Mackinac Island Public School was held Friday, May 26. Congratulations to the four graduates, Angel Bean, Talon Greenlee, Christopher Riggs, and Christian Styburski. Good luck to each of them on their new journey in life. Ben Horn, a graduate of Mackinac Island Public School, was the guest speaker. He served several years in the United States Army.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation celebration will be Thursday, June 8, at Great Turtle Park. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers!

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