2007-06-23 / Columnists


Interpreters Enjoy Performing for the Children

A Parade! A parade! What could be more fun than the annual Lilac Parade Sunday, June 17, led by Island-born native Donald Andress, riding high on his handsome horse and carrying the American flag, which is an annual tradition. Beginning with the gorgeous weather with warm sunshine, the wonderful parade began at 4 p.m. Everywhere one looked, Mackinac played its part, showing off its elegance. The parade route was lined with flowers in full bloom, bright red geraniums, decorated windowboxes and gardens, and flower baskets adorning each lamppost. It was a day to remember. Folks lined the streets just to catch a glimpse of our lovely Lilac Queen Kristi Kamphuis, Lilac Princess Dana Roguska, and their court. Their float was just beautiful, and it was designed and built by Ben and Louann Mosley. It was Cinderella's pumpkin, and it was truly fitting for royalty. Many new floats were entered this year, including one from 7th Heaven Salon, and one from Doud's Market, which was a replica of the delivery wagon used hundreds of years ago. It was driven by Andrew Doud's cousin, George Wellington Sr.

Each and every one who joined together to make the event so special is to be commended. All the folks from the mainland added so much to the parade, including the great bands, especially the clown band from Scottville, and the beautiful horses.

Brent Scheihagen (left) and Trace Dominguez play the drums and flute in front of a crowd on Kids Day at Fort Mackinac. As the audience sits on the porch of the Sutler's Store and Soldier's Barracks, the two interpreters perform historical and comical music. The military music is an activity that is performed at noon and 2 p.m. every day at the Fort. Mr. Dominguez says that he enjoys performing for the children who visit Fort Mackinac, because there is nothing like the reactions and emotions of a child. Mr. Scheihagen agrees that children make the long days worthwhile. Brent Scheihagen (left) and Trace Dominguez play the drums and flute in front of a crowd on Kids Day at Fort Mackinac. As the audience sits on the porch of the Sutler's Store and Soldier's Barracks, the two interpreters perform historical and comical music. The military music is an activity that is performed at noon and 2 p.m. every day at the Fort. Mr. Dominguez says that he enjoys performing for the children who visit Fort Mackinac, because there is nothing like the reactions and emotions of a child. Mr. Scheihagen agrees that children make the long days worthwhile. Dr. Don Weersing celebrated his birthday June 20. Happy birthday from all your Island friends.

Saturday was a fun-filled day on Windermere Point, when crowds gathered to watch trick horses and see the Dog and Pony Show. The children were excited, laughing and enjoying everything.

Friends seen enjoying the parade from St. Ignace were Jack Ryerse and his daughter, Jackie, Ken Sr. and Nancy Hardy, Quentin Goudreau, and Cal and Mary Rogers with their daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Ken Stott from Sault Ste. Marie.

The weather has been something we all dream about and look forward to. Each day has been perfect, especially for outdoor activities and showing off our Island.

At this time of the year, I always write about my favorite yellow rosebush that never fails to burst into beauty, bringing joy and happiness to all who see it. It's in the front yard of the former Hildreth House on French Lane, formerly owned by the late Stella King and her family, and now owned by the Karhoff family of Findlay, Ohio. Stella was our health nurse on Mackinac for many years, where she delivered many babies by candlelight. Her picture proudly hangs in the lobby of our new medical center. Stella's niece, Phyllis Dunham, carries on the tradition of spending her summers in one of the King cottages on French Lane. The rose tree dates back many years, and is as lovely as ever. Wonderful memories.

Happy wedding anniversary to Gene and Mellie Hagenbaugh June 21. Enjoy your day.

Our good friend, Candy Smith, will celebrate her birthday June 27. Happy birthday from all your friends.

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting my longtime friend, Dennis Brodeur, who was returning from getting his hair cut at 7th Heaven Salon. Dennis was riding on his little cart. He looks and feels great. I was delighted to see that Mackinac and his famous Mustang Lounge keep him happy and healthy, as does his daughter, Leanne, and her family. Dennis and I both attended the Thomas W. Ferry School, and our friendship goes back many years.

It was so nice greeting two of my friends Sunday morning, June 17. Welcome home to her lovely condominium at Lesley Court, Mary Runkel of Lansing, who loves Mackinac and who often entertains family members and friends. It was also a pleasure to later visit with Lorabeth Fitzgerald of the East Bluff, who was on her way home from services at the Little Stone Church. She is enjoying her cottage with its wonderful view.

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. and Mrs. Louis Putz, who recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. High on the East Bluff, the Putzs are the owners of the beautiful cottage with the white pillars overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The name of their cottage is the "Baby Grand."

We have happy news to report. Jamison Joseph Gugin was born at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Friday, June 15, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 20 inches in length at birth. He is the son of Joe and Nikki Gugin and is joined at home by his big brother, Donovan. Congratulations to Nikki and Joe from Island friends.

Best wishes to Dr. Chris LaTocha of Mackinaw City, who is recovering at the University of Chicago Hospital from a stem cell transplant. He continues to make a steady recovery. Special greetings from Island friends.

It was a very happy Father's Day for Leo Krzeminski at his little cottage on McGulpin Street, as his five daughters came from Detroit to be with him.

Dick and Dee Czapek from Grand Rapids are visiting Candy Smith and family. They enjoyed the Lilac parade. Good to see you back on Mackinac.

Our good friend, Carmen Golden of Monroe, is recuperating from major surgery. We're thinking and praying for you, Carmen. Her address is: 401 W. Elm Street, Monroe, MI 48161. She would love to hear from her friends.

Coming from their winter home in Marietta, Georgia, are Virginia and Dan Riordan, who are enjoying Mackinac and their home on Market Street. Virginia is the daughter of the late Ray and Florence McIntyre. Nice to have you back in the neighborhood.

Jason St. Onge's band, "Tricky Dickie and the Spoonman," entertained in Marquette Park Saturday afternoon, June 16. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Around the east end of the Island is a lovely little cottage named "Easterly." It's the home of Candi and Brian Dunnigan with daughter, Claire, and son, James, who have come to spend the summer in the peace and quiet of their home. Brian will join the family later in the summer.

The Brandonisio family are happily settled in their cottage on Spring Street and were seen enjoying many of the Lilac festivities. Mary Jane and Will Barnwell joined them.

Jack and Kate Koboski and their two daughters of Petoskey were guests of the Windermere Hotel over the weekend. They enjoyed the Lilac Parade.

Great to see Father Rey Garcia at the 9 a.m. Mass at Ste. Anne's, and also in the Lilac Parade. Father Rey is recovering from major surgery and is doing very well. He loves the Island and enjoys his garden.

Maryanne and Keith Hahn of Big Rapids, cousins of Bob Benjamin, came earlier in the spring to help Bob and Bev open their businesses on Main Street. While on the Island, they enjoyed living in the Benjamin cottage on Lakeshore Drive, where Keith keeps track of the ships passing by the Round Island Lighthouse, proudly displaying the American flag. The lighthouse is illuminated at night, making it an impressive sight.

George and Judith Goodman of Ann Arbor are vacationing at their Victorian condominium in the Mission. Nice to see you back on Mackinac.

Dan and Jamie Dickens are enjoying their condominium in Lesley Court. Great to see you back on Mackinac.

I had the pleasure of meeting artist John Manikoff, who has many of his Mackinac paintings for sale on the Island. John and his family spent many years at their British Landing cottage.

Peggy Bynoe is home for the summer from her teaching position in Grand Rapids, and all the parishioners and visitors of Ste. Anne's are so happy and pleased to hear her beautiful music once again.

It was indeed a pleasure to see Joan and Wayne Zwolinski and Wayne's sister and husband from Petoskey Sunday, June 17, where they enjoyed the Lilac Day Parade. It was like old times seeing Wayne back on Mackinac, where he was the postmaster for many years.

The Joe MacDonalds of Petoskey enjoyed meeting old friends Sunday and watching the parade. For many years, they owned a condominium at Lesley Court, later moving to California and now back to Petoskey for the summer months.

Jack Welcher of Rudyard came over for the parade Sunday, stopping by for a visit with his cousin, Kay Hoppenrath, and Trish Cameron at McNally Cottage.

Anna Cowell of the Detroit area visited her mother, Peggy, over the weekend.

Kenneth Lee Francis Stupak, son of Congressman Bart and Laurie Stupak of Menominee, was sworn in as an attorney in the state of California in an impressive ceremony at the Captain's Quarters at Fort Mackinac. The administration of the oath was performed by Ken's uncle and godfather, Frank A. Stupak Jr., an attorney from Escanaba. Family and friends gathered on the front porch of the Captain's Quarters following the ceremony for a champagne toast to wish Ken well on his new endeavors. Dinner followed at Grand Hotel. Ken is a graduate of Michigan State University and Pepperdine University School of Law. He returned to California Monday. Congratulations to Ken from Island friends.

I had the recent pleasure of having a nice visit with Lori Ann Thompson, wife of Ken Thompson, who are the new owners of the Lilac House on the corner of Market and Astor Street, which they're operating as a bed and breakfast. The young couple have plans for the lovely old home, and are planting flowers and plants in the yard. I've known Ken since he was a small lad, when he played with my nephew, Mark Chambers. Ken entered the U.S. Navy and is now a Lieutenant Commander stationed in Hawaii, where he and Lori Ann make their home. Ken has been in the service for more than 25 years. We give them a warm welcome to Mackinac. Ken will join Lori Ann in July.

Dan and Jamie Dickens will entertain some family members Monday, July 2, at their Lesley Court condominium to celebrate Dan's 80th birthday (December 9, 2006) and Dan's 60th year on Mackinac. He worked at Speed's Sport Shop from 1947 through 1951. Family members attending this celebration will be Alberto and Jean Verteramo and three sons, Andrew, Brian, and Connor, from South Bend, Indiana, and Red and Nancy Bailey and son, Nick, from Emmaus, Pennsylvania. They will stay through Thursday, July 5, to watch the Mackinac Island fireworks.

Gene Hagenbaugh, husband of Mellie Alford Hagenbaugh, recently retired following 37 years (1970 to 2007) of dedicated teaching at Zimmer Junior High School in Lapeer. He taught physical education, computers, mathematics, and social studies. He also coached football, track, and basketball. Along with his busy schedule, he took time to chaperone for the Lapeer West High School Travel Club, where he and Mel enjoyed many wonderful trips to Europe. Gene came to Mackinac when he was a student at Central Michigan University and drove a carriage for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. During his spare time, he made numerous trips to Alford's Drug Store, where an attractive young lady named Melanie was working for her father, C.J. Alford. Now you know the rest of the story. They were married June 21, 1980, and in 1984 their son, Jim, was born. The family lives in their lovely home on Lakeshore Drive. Best wishes to Gene for many years of good health and happiness.

Little Stone Church held its annual Parsonage Coffee Sunday, June 10, with 75 people enjoying the flowers and hospitality as the Reverend Vince and Molly Carroll hosted members and friends from the Island and surrounding communities.

Colonel Lynn and Barb Carroll, brother of the Reverend Carroll, along with Colonel Jim and Kris Wurtsman, spent a week at Little Stone Parsonage. Col. Carroll is from Phoenix, Arizona, and Col. Wurtsman lives and works in Williamsburg, Virginia. All three men served tours of duty in Southeast Asia in the 1970s.

Enjoy your week!

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