2017-07-13 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Once again, the weather has been very mixed. We’ve had a lot of rain, so everything on Mackinac Island is very green and the gardens are growing. The weather cleared Monday, July 3, for the Fourth of July holiday and it turned into a perfect Mackinac day. People came from far and near to visit the Island, turning it into one of the biggest days in the history of the Island. The Pearl Mist was also tied up at Star Line Dock #2. It was a picture-perfect Fourth of July, with the Bill Rabe Stone Skipping Contest on Windermere Point and children’s games and grease pole. At 8 p.m., there was a parade through town led by the Michigan State Police, Mackinac

Island Police Department, members of Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299, the Mackinac Island Cub Scouts, Boys and Girls Scouts, and Mackinac Island native and U.S. Navy veteran Ed Pfeiffelman riding on top of ladder #2. The fire truck was stationed at Mackinac Island Public School during the fireworks display. At 10:30 p.m., the fireworks display started off a barge in the Straits of Mackinac. It was a beautiful night, so everyone could see the Mackinaw City and St. Ignace fireworks displays and the Mackinac Bridge shining in the night sky. It was an awesome sight and people were lined on the boardwalk watching in amazement. It was a great ending to a wonderful Fourth of July on Mackinac.

Congratulations to Jill Levy and Tate Gilpin, who were united in marriage Saturday, July 1, at Craig Mawr Cottage on the East Bluff. The sun came out and the garden setting was absolutely beautiful. After the ceremony, everyone went to Grand Hotel for a porch reception, followed by dinner and dancing at the Woodfill Conference Center. Everyone had a great time.

Family and friends gathered at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Wednesday, June 28, for a reception for Rod Nelson, who retired Friday, June 30, as chief executive officer of Mackinac Straits Health System. People from Mackinac Island appreciate Rod for all his assistance in helping to make the Mackinac Island Medical Center a great facility with a wonderful staff. We wish Rod happiness and good health on his retirement. We give a big welcome to Karen Cheeseman, the new CEO of Mackinac Straits Health System.

We extend deepest sympathy to Brian Bailey, executive manager of the Chippewa Hotel, on the death of his beloved mother, who passed away Monday, July 3. May she rest in peace.

The Pink Pony Round Island Sailing Race was held Monday, July 3. Twelve boats entered the race, and the winner was Nova, owned by Norm Bauman. A reception and awards ceremony followed at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Island friends send best wishes to Peyton and Betty Hutchison, who celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary July 8.

Mike, Libby, Jack, and Reese Riordan from Georgia visited their parents and grandparents, Dan and Virginia Riordan, over the Fourth of July holiday. It was great seeing them on Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday to Griffin Riccinto, who celebrated his birthday July 3. Hope you had a great day, Griffin.

Brian and Barbara Hellis and their faithful companion, Rusty, arrived on Mackinac Island Thursday, June 30. They’re enjoying being back on Mackinac.

Carol and Fred Entwistle of Afton, Minnesota, are enjoying their condominium on Mackinac. It’s nice to see them on the Island.

Richard and Mary Doud entertained family members over the Fourth of July holiday.

Happy belated birthday to Brita Rogers July 7, Joseph Rogers and Alicia McMahon July 8, Bernadine Bloswick, Ann Hart, Shelly McLean, W.T. Gough, Teddy Gough, Stephanie Bazinaw, and Doris Bradley July 9, Jack Dehring III and Mary Rogers July 10, and Brian Dunnigan, Sydney Kleinhenz, and Mike Iles July 11. Hope you all enjoyed your day.

Tom Lounsbury and his family have been visiting Mackinac Island for the past two weeks. Tom is the brother of Rosemary Lounsbury.

Bob and Bev Benjamin recently arrived on Mackinac from their winter home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It’s nice to have them back on the Island.

Lee, Sarah, and Jane LaPine of Colorado are visiting Bruce and Patti LaPine on Mackinac Island. Jane had a great time visiting friends and family.

Mark your calendar for the August auction and fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Medical Center Sunday, August 27, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

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