2017-10-19 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Mackinac Island is starting to look a lot like Halloween. Walking down Market Street, you will see and hear a spooky-talking pumpkin at Heather Chambers’ house, colored lights, smiling pumpkins, and flying ghosts at Cloghaun, a scary black cat at Metivier Inn, a flying witch at Yankee Rebel, many large spiders at the Island House Hotel, and a very spooky lobby at Chippewa Hotel. It’s a festive time of the year on the Island. There will be many Halloween parties Saturday, October 28. The trees lining Cadotte Avenue going up to Grand Hotel are starting to burst into a deep shade of red. They are called “autumn blaze.” Many folks visited the Island this past weekend. Flowers are still bright and colorful. The cruise ships Victory, Pearl Mist, and Hamburg all visited the Island this past week. Enjoy the fall festivities on Mackinac.

A strong storm with high winds and rain arrived on Mackinac late Saturday afternoon, October 14. About midnight, Mark Bearss’ sailboat broke loose from the mooring ball in the harbor, drifted over to Windermere Point, and washed up on shore. It was a very strong wind, so it took professional people to get the boat off the rocks.

Monday, October 9, at Lake of the Clouds, Ray Card asked Sheri Gough to marry him. She accepted, and the happy couple continued their tour of the Upper Peninsula. Ray is employed by Mackinac Island Service Company, and Sheri works for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Best wishes from Island friends.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team, who won the Northern Lights League championship on Beaver Island Saturday, October 14, by defeating Beaver Island 2-1. It was a great tournament and the Lakers did an excellent job. When they flew back to Mackinac Island, their fans had written in chalk by the terminal, “Lakers #1.” What a great season.

Congratulations to Nicholas and Amelia Walker on the birth of their son, Austin James, who was born Sunday, October 15, at Otsego Memorial Hospital Birthing Center in Gaylord. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces at birth and measured 20 inches in length. He joins Aaliyah and Kaila at home. Proud grandparents are Jim and Sandy Roe.

Doug Rearick, Ron Steensma, Randy Stuck, and Chuck Olson and their wives are enjoying a trip to Scotland. They had a great time playing golf at St. Andrew’s Golf Course.

We send best wishes to Armand “Smi” Horn, who is a patient at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. Hurry and get well. We miss seeing you on the Island.

Kelly Bean and Beau Bielinski traveled to Mackinac this past weekend, where they were guests of Kay Hoppenrath. They have a home in Lansing.

Bob and Annette Gillespie departed Mackinac Island Wednesday, October 18, for their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Enjoy the sunshine.

Melissa Meehan, Elaine Bunker, Trish Bunker, Brenda Bunker, and Marie Walker enjoyed the Grand Hotel buffet Sunday, October 15.

Richard and Mary Doud departed Mackinac Saturday, October 14, for their winter home in Celebration, Florida. They will return to Mackinac for the Christmas Bazaar.

Grand Hotel’s The Jockey Club and Woods Restaurant are closed for the 2017 season. We wish the staff a relaxing winter.

Dick Ruilson has returned to his home in Pelkie. He worked all summer for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Have a good winter, Dick.

Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, and Dennis and Clarice Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio, spent several days at the Windermere Hotel. Ann will return for the Christmas Bazaar.

Congratulations to William Taylor Gough and Trista Marshall, who were united in marriage Saturday, September 30, at their home in Cedarville. W.T. is the son of the late Bill and Cindy Francis Gough. Family and friends from near and far attended the wedding festivities.

Island friends send best wishes to Frank Massaway of St. Ignace, who has not been feeling his best.

Susan Lenfestey closed her cottage on the East Bluff and has returned to her winter home in Minnesota.

The Inn at Stonecliffe, Windermere Hotel, Haan’s 1830 Inn, Millie’s on Main, and Carriage House Dining Room all closed for the 2017 season Sunday, October 15. We wish everyone a restful winter.

The Sip and Sail ended their 2017 season Saturday, October 14. Many people this year enjoyed a beautiful cruise on the Straits of Mackinac and under the Mackinac Bridge. We wish everyone a good winter and look forward to more fun cruises in 2018.

Jay and Janet Stingel have departed Mackinac Island for their home in Asheville, North Carolina. Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

We say goodbye to Buzz and Carolyn Waggoner of the La Galerie gift shop, who have sold their business and are retiring. Everyone will certainly miss their beautiful shop. We wish them well on their retirement.

Bob and Bev Benjamin left Tuesday, October 17, for Petoskey, where they will spend the winter near their daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Glen Young.

Brian and Barbara Hellis have returned to their home in Northville. We will miss your light in the neighborhood.

The Poorman’s Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School. Come and join in the fun and support the class of 2018.

Make your calendar for the Christmas Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, December 2, Sunday, December 3, and Monday, December 4. Trish Martin’s booth needs handmade items. Any donations may be sent or dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. The new Ski-Doo snowmobile to be raffled will be on display at Doud’s Market.

As Halloween approaches, Jackie Bradley is busy preparing her house and yard for all the little trick or treaters. She does a remarkable job and all the kids love it.

We are sad to report that Jackie Bolander fell in her home Sunday, October 15, and fractured her hip. Island friends send best wishes for a speedy recovery. She is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey, where friends may remember her with a card.

Cindy and Jack Sheehan of Cadillac were on Mackinac Island this past weekend. Jack worked for Mackinac Island Service Company this summer and Cindy would come and visit. Jack was employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours many years ago, so this summer he returned to Mackinac. It was nice to see you. Have a good winter.

Sig and Grace Stocking of Albuquerque, New Mexico, visited Grace’s cousin, Kay Hoppenrath, last week. Grace was born on Mackinac and they enjoyed their visit to the Island. They were guests at the Windermere Hotel.

Virginia and Dan Riordan departed Mackinac Tuesday, October 17, for their winter home in Marietta, Georgia. Have a good winter and take good care of “Miss Muffin.”

Friday, October 13, the elementary students from Mackinac Island Public School enjoyed a field trip to Tahquamenon Falls. Everyone had a great time.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge enjoyed this past weekend visiting their granddaughter, Mia, and listening to their son, Jason’s, band, Tricky Dicky, at Horn’s Bar.

Don and Karen Weersing of Grand Haven were guests at the Iroquois Hotel for two nights. Dr. Don was the Island doctor for several years, so he had fun visiting many friends.

Ted and Brenda Horton left Mackinac Island Saturday, October 14, for their winter home in Florida. Have a good winter.

Ray Card entertained the Mackinac Island Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at a pizza party at Island Slice Pizzeria last week. Everyone had a great time.

Enjoy your week!

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