50th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Will Be Monday

Straits Swimmers To Highlight Event

“Out on the Straits, there is so much time to think,” said Kellie Nightlinger, a veteran open-water swimmer from Rexton who will join a team of 50 to swim the Straits of Mackinac on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, highlighting the 50th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. During this year’s walk, tens of thousands of visitors will stroll the span, look […]

Walk Begins at 7 a.m.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 3, Governor Jennifer Granholm will lead the 50th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Walkers can begin their journey anytime between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The two eastern lanes of the bridge will be closed to traffic. As crowds diminish, a third lane will be opened to vehicles to accommodate the holiday traffic. On average, walkers […]

Rendezvous Revives Powwow Tradition

"The Creator was going to destroy us because the people were not respecting the land, but the eagle, seeing the Anishinabe, intervened and said, 'these are good people.' It gave the Anishinabe another chance." - Butch Elliot, Powwow Emcee

When an eagle was spotted flying over the weekend celebration of the Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow and French Voyageur Reenactment Saturday, August 25, the Native American elders on hand saw it as a blessing from the Great Spirit to revive the powwow tradition in St. Ignace. The event, held Saturday and Sunday, was orchestrated by Darryl Brown, working with […]

Ancient Waterfall Found Off Mackinac Island Shore

"It is not as large as Niagara, but it is a very, very significant waterfall." - Captain Luke Clyburn

An ancient 100-foot waterfall off the shore of Mackinac Island was discovered underwater last week by the crew aboard the training and research vessel the Pride of Michigan. They came across the 10,000-year-old waterfall while taking soundings in the area. The waterfall is part of an ancient and now-submerged river, called the Mackinac Channel, that flowed through the Straits before […]

Arts Dockside at St. Ignace

Art To Be Focus of Weekend Shows

Original art and music have been a hallmark of Arts Dockside in St. Ignace for 30 years. This year, the event returns to St. Ignace Saturday, September 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, September 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts Dockside will be staged around the St. Ignace waterfront, and spectators can access the show […]

Art in the Park at Cedarville

The Les Cheneaux Artisan Cooperative’s Art in the Park in Cedarville returns for its seventh year Saturday, September 1. The art fair and demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the waterfront park in downtown Cedarville. Admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Les Cheneaux Artisan Cooperative, and was designed to give spectators an opportunity […]

Curtis Art on the Lake

Art and music will highlight “Art on the Lake” at Curtis Saturday, September 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The festival exhibits will close at 6 p.m., and entertainment will continue until 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. Michigan artists and crafters will gather for a one-day festival on the shore of South Manistique Lake. Along with a wide variety […]

Out-of-state Travel Boosts Local Tourism This Year

High Gas Prices Not as Harmful as Expected

Tourism is up this year, Mackinac Island business owners say, and whether the increase is just a few percentage points or a leap, they agree that more people are visiting the Straits of Mackinac this year than have for the past four years. Surprisingly, many of those visitors are from out of state, suggesting that high gasoline prices may not […]

Mackinaw City May Adopt Business License

Would Help Protect Rights of Consumers

In response to more than 20 consumer complaints filed this year by visitors and residents of Mackinaw City, the village council has directed its manager, attorney, and members of its staff to draft regulations that will protect consumers from questionable buiness practices. A license to conduct business in the village will require license holders to follow a code that protects […]


Labor Day

The St. Ignace News office in St. Ignace will be open Monday, September 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. DISPLAY ADVERTISING DEADLINE will remain 5:00 p.m. Friday. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE will remain 1:00 p.m. Monday.