2017-08-24 / Opinion

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The flowers all over Mackinac Island are absolutely outstanding, especially the hollyhocks in a variety of colors. They make Mackinac more beautiful and special. The marina is full with beautiful yachts, and the cruise ship Pearl Mist visited the Island recently. It’s nice to have the cruise ships back. The sunsets and sunrises have been outstanding, with a variety of colors dancing off the Straits of Mackinac. It’s August on Mackinac Island.

Saturday, August 5, the Little Barn had a horse show in memory of Mary Milton. The children gathered at Great Turtle Park and had a great time doing many activities while riding the horses. They received ribbons and really enjoyed the event. We appreciate everyone who worked so hard on the show.

A combined celebration will be held at Bogan Lane Inn Saturday, August 26, for 40 years in business and an early 94th birthday celebration for Alice Martin. There will be an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come and join in the festivities.

Claire Dunnigan, along with her friend, Johnny, and her brother, James Dunnigan, joined their parents, Brian and Candi, at The Jockey Club Wednesday, August 9, to celebrate Candi’s 62nd birthday. Everyone had a great time.

Patty Schoenborn and her brother, Jamie Bynoe, traveled to Grand Rapids Thursday, August 10, to visit their new nephew, Nicholas Naber, son of Peggy and Jeff Naber. It was a great family gathering.

Best wishes to Cory and Carrie Kaminen, who celebrated their wedding anniversary August 22. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Best wishes to Bart and Laurie Stupak, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 24, and also to Richard and Doris Lapine, who will celebrate their anniversary August 27. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

The Mackinac Red Wings and St. Ignace Storms played a hockey game Friday, August 11, on Windermere Point. The Red Wings won the game 6-5.

Family and friends gathered at Great Turtle Park Sunday, August 13, to celebrate Jordan Fisher’s eighth birthday. They had a giant slip and slide so all the kids had a great time and everyone enjoyed delicious birthday cake.

All the residents of Mackinac Island are very proud of Gabriel Hepker, who became an American citizen Tuesday, August 8. Congratulations, Gabe.

The Mackinac Island Medical Center auction is Sunday, August 27, at Grand Hotel. Auction items are still needed, so please drop them off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center this week. Vic Callewaert is selling raffle tickets for this event.

The last square dance of the summer was held Tuesday, August 15, at 7 p.m. Danny Gillespie of Beaver Island and Danny Johnson of Cross Village joined the band. We appreciate everyone who provided music this summer, especially Tom Chambers and Patty Boynton. Brother Jim Boynton will return to his duties in Detroit and he certainly will be missed at Ste. Anne’s. He will be back several times during the fall.

Happy belated anniversary wishes to Alan and Allison Sehoyan August 6 and Mike and Lisa Olson August 11. Hope you all had a special day.

Tim Hickey traveled from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to visit Mel, Gene, and Jim Hagenbaugh for a few days. Tim worked for many years at Alford’s Drug Store on Mackinac Island.

Kate Koboski recently returned to her home in Petoskey to resume her duties as secretary at Central Elementary School.

Happy belated birthday to Owen Morse August 18 and Aidan Ogle August 22. Hope you both had a great day.

Happy birthday to Andrew Doud August 23, Lorma Kolatski August 24, and Ed McGreevy August 26. Hope you all have a great day.

The third annual Mission Point Mac to Mac Regatta was held Saturday, August 12. The boats sailed from Mackinac Island out to the Mackinac Bridge and back. It was a beautiful day and more than 12 boats participated. At the conclusion of the race, a party was held at the Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort for all the sailors. The regatta was sponsored by Mission Point Resort and Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Grace Armour spent several days visiting her daughter and son-in-law, Anneke and Matt Myers. Grace always remembers me with some of her delicious cinnamon bread.

Saturday, August 12, members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department were treated to a cruise on the Manoogian yacht Lady Jane. Several St. Ignace firemen watched the fire hall on Mackinac Island so all the firemen could participate in the cruise. It was a great evening and much appreciated by all who attended.

On a lovely Mackinac evening, the Isle Royale Queen hosted the 2017 Dockporters Ball Monday, August 14. They sailed into the sunset enjoying good food, cocktails, and great music. Everyone had a wonderful time.

It was great to see Carl McCready Sr. on Mackinac Island Saturday, August 12. He had a wonderful time visiting all his many friends on the Island.

A blood drive was held Monday, August 14, at the Community Hall. It was well attended, with more than 40 units of blood donated. We appreciate Superintendent Bob Lohff and the Mackinac Island Public School, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Arnold Line Freight, and the City of Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island State Park Manager Sue Topham organized an event called “Meteors and S’mores” Saturday, August 12, at Fort Holmes. People gathered at the Avenue of Flags and went up to Fort Holmes, where Sue had a bonfire and everyone could watch the meteor show from the highest point on Mackinac Island. It was a great evening.

Enjoy your week!

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