2017-11-02 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud
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The gales of November arrived this past week. Tuesday, October 24, the wind blew more than 40 miles per hour with heavy rain. Friday morning, October 27, a strong southeast wind caused Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry to cancel the first trips out of Mackinaw City and Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry had to dock all boats at the former Arnold dock. The wind subsided in the afternoon, just as folks were arriving to participate in the road race around the Island Saturday, October 28, with approximately 1,500 runners, and all the Halloween festivities. Josh Carley’s friend, Rachel Geer, sang the national anthem at the start of the race and she did an excellent job.

Saturday was nice as all the little trick or treaters asked for treats on Main Street. Adults dressed up with some great costumes in the evening. There were parties at the Mustang, Horn’s, Pink Pony, Cawthorne’s Village Inn, and The Gate House. Sunday, October 29, was an absolutely beautiful fall day on the Island. Many folks were shopping and enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Everyone had a fun weekend.


At right: Mackinac Island Vintage Bike Ride and Show organizer Cayce Leithauser (from left) gathered at the base of the Father Marquette statue after a successful event Saturday, September 23, with his family, including Gabrielle Porter, holding their son, Kaiden Leithauser, mother Helen Leithauser, and son, Draeven Leithauser. Also pictured are a Schwinn Continental bicycle (left) and a 1970s Huffy Shock Bike. At right: Mackinac Island Vintage Bike Ride and Show organizer Cayce Leithauser (from left) gathered at the base of the Father Marquette statue after a successful event Saturday, September 23, with his family, including Gabrielle Porter, holding their son, Kaiden Leithauser, mother Helen Leithauser, and son, Draeven Leithauser. Also pictured are a Schwinn Continental bicycle (left) and a 1970s Huffy Shock Bike. Grand Hotel closed Monday, October 30. Dan Musser III rang the bell at 10 a.m., officially ending the 2017 season. We will miss seeing the lights as we travel up and down Cadotte Avenue and enjoy the beautiful “Autumn Blaze” trees in full glory. We wish the Musser family and all the staff a relaxing winter and we look forward to seeing them in 2018.


At left: As the tourist season comes to a close, horses leave Mackinac Island in droves this fall, destined for their winter passage. Monday, October 30, a group of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours horses disembarked Star Line’s Ottawa ferry, headed for their trailers and winter pastures at Chambers Farm in Pickford. Here, James Sayles of Star Line leads a horse up the ramp at Star Line’s Dock #2 in downtown St. Ignace. (Photograph by Joan Slater) At left: As the tourist season comes to a close, horses leave Mackinac Island in droves this fall, destined for their winter passage. Monday, October 30, a group of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours horses disembarked Star Line’s Ottawa ferry, headed for their trailers and winter pastures at Chambers Farm in Pickford. Here, James Sayles of Star Line leads a horse up the ramp at Star Line’s Dock #2 in downtown St. Ignace. (Photograph by Joan Slater) Mimi Cunningham and her mother, Amelia Musser, departed Mackinac Sunday, October 29, for their winter home in Lansing. Have a restful winter.

Wednesday, October 25, Captain Marko Broz, Sector Commander at Sector Sault Ste. Marie, and Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Andrew Babione of United States Coast Guard Station St. Ignace joined the Mackinac Marine Rescue crew from Mackinac Island for lunch on Mackinac Island. The Mackinac Marine Rescue crew was presented with a letter of commendation for the work they did on a joint search and rescue case July 23, 2017. The Mackinac Marine Rescue program appreciates the support it receives for the U.S. Coast Guard and the partnership they have with them. It makes Mackinac Marine Rescue more successful in providing the best service to Mackinac Island and the Straits of Mackinac communities. Congratulations on a job well done.


A group of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours horses patiently wait to be loaded in their trailer at Star Line’s Dock #2 in downtown St. Ignace after riding over aboard the Ottawa. The horses made their way to winter pastures at Chambers Farm in Pickford. To the right, Star Line deckhand Lee Kelso of St. Ignace holds the reins of one of the horses. (Photograph by Joan Slater) A group of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours horses patiently wait to be loaded in their trailer at Star Line’s Dock #2 in downtown St. Ignace after riding over aboard the Ottawa. The horses made their way to winter pastures at Chambers Farm in Pickford. To the right, Star Line deckhand Lee Kelso of St. Ignace holds the reins of one of the horses. (Photograph by Joan Slater) All the hotels and restaurants are closed on Mackinac Island except the Mustang Lounge, Seabiscuit, Pontiac Lodge, Bogan Lane Inn, and some condominiums. Cottage Inn and Lilac Tree Hotel will reopen for the Christmas Bazaar.

You know that the 2017 season has truly ended when you see the last parade of horses leaving Mackinac. We wish them a good rest.

The hours at the Mackinac Island Medical Center will change starting Monday, November 6. The new hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The medical center will be closed on Wednesday.

Donna Pietrantonio, who works at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, has returned to her winter home in Escanaba. Have a good winter.

The Lions Club bingo has been cancelled until after January 1.

Don and Gracie Francis departed this week for their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Enjoy the sunshine.

Nicki Griffith left her home in the Annex for her winter home in Ann Arbor.

Dick and Vicki Riel departed Monday, October 30, for California, where they will visit their daughter and her family until mid-February.

Jill Sawatzki left Mackinac Sunday, October 29, after working all summer at the Island Bookstore. Jill will join her mother in Lansing for the winter.

Ken and Diane Neyer and Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon spent this past weekend closing Hart’s Haven and Metivier Inn. They enjoyed all the Halloween festivities.

Brita Olson and Fuller Cowell won the grand prize for the best Halloween costumes. They were a witch doctor and her voodoo doll. Congratulations on great costumes.

We will miss all the Halloween lights at the Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast. They were so festive. We wish Charlie and Aneta Jansen and Paul Carey a relaxing winter.

Friends gathered Tuesday, October 24, at the Yankee Rebel to wish Jennifer and Kirby King well on their new journey in life. Jennifer will leave Mackinac Island the first week in November, and Kirby the end of the month. They are moving to Traverse City. Best wishes from Island friends.

Cindy Schaud, who is the reservation manager at Iroquois Hotel, has returned to her home in Grand Rapids. Have a good winter.

Pete and Marta Olson had a great time at the Halloween parties. Pete was dressed like Alex St. Martin.

Brad and Sheryl Conkey enjoyed all the Halloween festivities on Mackinac this past weekend.

Happy birthday to Sarah Dehring November 8, Ken Hardy, Jr. and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker November 9, Dr. Mike Bacon November 11, and Ed Chambers and Becki Barnwell November 12. Hope you all have a great day.

Mar Pulte and her father, Pat Pulte, departed this week for their home in Ann Arbor, and PJ Pulte and his family traveled to Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy your winter.

Best wishes to Jerry and Irene Horn, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary November 3. Have a good day.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Wilma Green October 30.

Lee and Dori Smith of St. Johns spent Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, on Mackinac Island visiting their daughter and son-inlaw, Nicole and Andrew Doud, and their two young sons, Louie and Tommy. They enjoyed watching their grandsons go trick or treating.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation will host its second Project Connect day Wednesday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Community Hall.

Tom Corrigan has returned to his winter home in Glenview, Illinois. Have a good winter.

We send best wishes to Bruce LaPine, who is a patient at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Steve Zacharias spent this past weekend on Mackinac visiting friends and raking leaves for Lorna Straus. Steve and his wife, Tess, now live in Charlevoix.

Mary K. McIntire left Mackinac Wednesday, November 1, for her winter home in California. Enjoy the warm temperatures and sunshine.

Cindy’s Riding Stable and Jack’s Livery closed for the season Sunday, October 29. We wish Dale, Jodi, and all the crew a good winter.

The Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2, Sunday, December 3, and Monday, December 4. The beautiful Ski-Doo snowmobile to be raffled is on display at Doud’s Market, where tickets are available. Donations for auction items, handmade goods, sports tickets, and good rummage sale items are needed and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Tony and Loretta Spata have left for their winter home in Traverse City. Have a great winter.

Jennifer Karhoff entertained friends this past weekend from Wisconsin and Ohio. They had a great time with all the Halloween activities.

Buck and Alice Sharrow returned to their home in Charlevoix Sunday, October 29. Have a good winter.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday evening.

Have a good week!

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