2006-05-20 / Columnists



The beauty of nature can be found here, there, and everywhere these days on our Island, making it more beautiful each day. The recent rainfall has quickly produced buds on the trees, many of the spring flowers are in bloom, and the green, green grass of the lawns is picturesque with the healthy yellow dandelions making their appearance. Frank Bloswick Jr. reports that several beautiful blue birds have returned to his feeder.

Many visitors enjoyed the Mother's Day weekend shopping in the attractive shops, riding bikes, or taking the carriage tour with the fringe on top. In less than two weeks, Main Street came alive following the cold winter days.

Grand Hotel is a very busy place as the Win-Some Women are in convention for their annual spring gathering.

Meg Brown will celebrate her birthday May 22. Enjoy your day.

On Main Street, the attractive historic iron fence, which is across the front of McNally Cottage, is receiving a fresh coat of Irish green paint. Matt Pfundstein, who is a descendant of the McNallyGolden family, is doing a great job along with his wife, Molly. In the near future the cottage will be welcoming many guests who return each year. Manager Trish Cameron will be arriving soon from Pennsylvania.

Happy birthday on May 23 to Kay Hoppenrath, clinic coordinator of the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Hope your day is special.

Suzanne Munger of West Carrollton, Ohio, is visiting her friend, Rosie Charnes, at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. They called and sang "Happy Birthday" to me. Rosie will be at her Island home around June 10, and Suzanne will also be making her annual visit to Mackinac in June.

Father Rey Garcia, S.J., pastor of Ste. Anne's, celebrated a beautiful Mother's Day mass with many visitors attending. Peggy Bynoe and Heather May provided the music.

Joe Maciejewski will celebrate his birthday May 24. Have a great day.

At Trinity Episcopal Church, parishioners had the honor of a visit from Bishop James Kelsey of Marquette, who celebrated a special service on Mother's Day. At the Sunday service, a beautiful fair linen was dedicated in memory of the late Frances Smith, mother of Reverend Ron Smith, longtime summer cottager of the East Bluff. Reverend Ron and Kay Smith were in attendance as well as Ron's sister.

Awards Night for Mackinac Island High School students will be held Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Graduation will be Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m.

Jim Horn of St. Ignace and Kim Kolatski of Mackinac will celebrate their birthdays May 26. Hope your day is special.

Shannon and Meagan Warren of Hillsdale are visiting Shannon's parents, Gary and Karen Lennard, at their home in Stonebrook.

Sinclair's Irish Pub on Main Street opened for the season Friday, May 12.

Kitty Hannabass of South Carolina, a longtime summer cottager of the East Bluff, has returned to Mackinac. Kitty grew up on the Island and is a member of the Tootle family of St. Joseph, Missouri. Nice to have you back home.

Mary K. McIntire left the Island on Monday for a 10-day trip to France, where she will be the guest of Ann Hart. Just bet the ladies will be talking about Mackinac. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Jerry Toney, reservation manager at Grand Hotel, attended the funeral service in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for his dear friend, Margaret Kappa. Margaret brought Jerry to Grand Hotel 10 years ago.

Eileen McIntyre Hruska of Northville will celebrate her birthday May 26. I'm sure that Daniel and Elizabeth will help you blow your candles out.

Jordan Groseclose of Asheboro, North Carolina, grandson of Eileen McIntyre Groseclose and the late Dr. Jim Groseclose, has arrived on Mackinac and is working on the

Star Line Dock for the summer. His father, Raymond, drove him to the Island and spent a few days visiting family and friends.

The Reverend Vincent and Molly Carroll of Sarasota, Florida, have arrived back on Mackinac. Rev. Vincent is pastor at Little Stone Church.

Kay Hoppenrath attended a memorial service for Jack Welcher's sister-in-law Sunday, May 14, in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Tom Lockwoods spent the weekend at their cottage in Woodbluff.

It's Thursday, May 18, a very rainy day. It will be very good for the spring flowers and gardens.

Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers.

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