2017-11-30 / Front Page

Mackinac Island To Celebrate With Annual Christmas Bazaar

Mackinac Island will brim with holiday events for the annual Christmas Bazaar from Friday, December 1, through Monday, December 4.

Proceeds from the bazaar are given to the Island’s four churches: Little Stone Church, Mackinac Island Bible Church, Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church.

The bazaar starts at 5 p.m. Friday with the Christmas tree lighting on Main Street. Community members are encouraged to gather near the tree at the head of the Star Line Dock (the old Arnold Dock) for caroling and the lighting ceremony.

Afterward, a new event this year will be a community pig roast dinner, sponsored by Doud’s Market, in the courtyard behind the Stuart House Museum. There is no charge, but those who attend are asked to make donations.

The annual rummage sale, in the Mackinac Island Fire Hall on Market Street, also will begin after the tree lighting.

Day-long activities Saturday, December 2, will include craft sales from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Community Hall, a silent auction of craft items, and an 11:30 a.m. lunch. A live auction will be held at 2 p.m.

Santa will arrive at Community Hall at 1 p.m. Saturday and pose for photographs with children afterward in City Hall. Other events for children will be held at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, December 3, the bazaar and rummage sale will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At Community Hall, there will be a prime rib meal at noon and another live auction at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s silent auction will feature another new event: the Festival of Trees, during which 44 18-inchhigh Christmas trees, decorated by Mackinac Island organizations and businesses, will be sold to the highest bidders.

Children’s activities will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church Parrish Hall on Fort Street.

On Monday, the bazaar and rummage sale will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by another live auction at noon. At 2:30 p.m., raffle drawings will be held.

Throughout the weekend, people can purchase tickets to the three raffles: the Christmas Raffle, for which tickets cost $25, the grand prize is $1,000, and second through fifth prizes are $500 each; the snowmobile raffle, for which tickets cost $2 and a new 2017 Ski-Doo Expedition Sport 900 Ace that seats two people will be up for grabs; and a 50/50 raffle whose winner will be announced Monday afternoon.

Donations for the rummage sale will be accepted until Thursday, November 30. Donations can be dropped off at the Fire Hall on Market Street.

Volunteers are needed to help with the events. For more information, contact the organizers of the Christmas Bazaar through their Facebook page: @mackinacislandchristmas .

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