2017-08-24 / Opinion

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Area musicians performed “Sweet Songs of Summer” Sunday, August 20, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Cedarville. A dessert reception followed the concert.

Two strawberry socials were held, one in Cedarville, and the other in Pickford, as part of Pickford Hay Days.

The Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show was a huge success. One hundred sixty boats were entered, and 129 showed up and were present at the show, along with 7,200 people who were at the show. This was about 600 more than last year.

A comment from Barbara Smith (my favorite sister-in-law), who is co-chairperson of the show, was received: “The volunteers worked very hard and my co-chairperson, Shirley, and I received many compliments on the friendliness of the show. In our Best of 40 showcase, we had 11 of the past 39 best show winners attend, which reinforced the continued high quality of four winners over the years. Several people who attended other premier shows remarked on how the Les Cheneaux Islands show is the best.”


Antoinette V, owned by John and Amy Zea of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, was named Best of Show winner of the 40th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show Saturday, August 12, at Hessel Marina (file photograph). Antoinette V, a special one-off 1929 25.6-foot boat designed by John Hacker and built by the Kramer Boat Company, also won Best of Show in 2013, making it just the third boat to win the award twice, joining Chief Mackinac (2004 and 2008) and S.L. Puffin (1979 and 1981). Hornet, owned by Jay and Janet Stingel of Mackinac Island, earned the “Best of 40” Showcase Boat Award. Hornet was one of 11 former Best of Show winners to return for the boat show. Antoinette V, owned by John and Amy Zea of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, was named Best of Show winner of the 40th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show Saturday, August 12, at Hessel Marina (file photograph). Antoinette V, a special one-off 1929 25.6-foot boat designed by John Hacker and built by the Kramer Boat Company, also won Best of Show in 2013, making it just the third boat to win the award twice, joining Chief Mackinac (2004 and 2008) and S.L. Puffin (1979 and 1981). Hornet, owned by Jay and Janet Stingel of Mackinac Island, earned the “Best of 40” Showcase Boat Award. Hornet was one of 11 former Best of Show winners to return for the boat show. Kasey Mills, formerly of Dafter, who is now living in Jacksonville, Florida, and her son, Kade, are visiting Kasey’s parents, Dewayne and Mandy Falken Hagen, who live in Dafter. They all enjoyed a great time together. The weather was mild and a bit cooler than in Florida.


At left: The Jim Bohn People’s Choice Award that is awarded each year at the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show in memory of Jim Bohn. This year’s winner was Big Shep, a 1954 Shepherd, owned by Roger and Char Pecina of Les Cheneaux. (Photograph courtesy of Bob A. Smith) At left: The Jim Bohn People’s Choice Award that is awarded each year at the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show in memory of Jim Bohn. This year’s winner was Big Shep, a 1954 Shepherd, owned by Roger and Char Pecina of Les Cheneaux. (Photograph courtesy of Bob A. Smith) Dr. Ralph Duman, his wife, Kathy, and their family, Patrick, Kristen, and Peter and Katie, traveled to Keystone, Colorado, to attend the wedding of their son, Ryan Duman, and Mary Cochran Saturday, August 19.

Several wooden boats are still here enjoying Les Cheneaux, even though we’ve had a few rainy days.

A group of friends of Jim Bohn wanted to donate an award at the boat show each year in memory and recognition of Jim for his caring and dedication and hard work he did for the boat show each year, and for his caring for the Les Cheneaux Islands. The award began 10 years ago, and this year it was rebuilt and reconfigured by the addition of a ship’s wheel that was built by Jim many years ago and given to a friend. His friend donated the wheel to become part of the trophy, which is awarded each year to be given as the People’s Choice Award.

Happy belated birthday to Kevin Hill, Pat Duncan, Halle Bigger, and Jill Schaeffer August 13, Heather Bohn, Tami Autore, and Bill Otto August 14, William Brennan, Edwin Ackerman, Sophia Malkowski, and Natali Johnson August 15, Rebecca Lukats, Kara Fisher Barret, Ashley Sweeney, Maks Terrill, and Peter Duman August 17, Dale Williams, Thomas McIntire, and Dale Dunn August 18, Marianne Coyne August 19, Ken Rohrer August 20, and Gavin Goetz, Melissa Potsinell, and Mark Fountain August 21.

Happy belated anniversary to Gerry and Lynda VandeVusse August 14, Hank and Joyce Vander- Werp August 16, and Andy and Debbie Bailey and Jim and Sheila Vanderhorst August 19.

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