2009-05-16 / Columnists



Mother's Day on Mackinac was a beautiful day, with bright sunshine and a heavenly blue sky. Many visitors enjoyed spending the holiday on their favorite Island, riding bicycles, horseback riding, taking a ride in a surrey with the fringe on top, or walking through woods filled with an array of wildflowers. Folks strolled through the many shops filled with new merchandise. The main street was filled with the odor of fresh batches of fudge permeating the air. Grand Hotel, with its fresh coat of white paint and the American flags waving in the breeze across the front of the historic building, sparkled under the bright, spring sky.

Over the weekend, Grand Hotel hosted a seminar on knitting, needlepoint, painting, and other handiwork. One of the displays was from the Bristly Thistle Shop of Petoskey. Many folks on the Island thoroughly enjoyed the gathering.

A wonderful sign of spring! Below Grand Hotel, in the cedar grove by the pool, the woods are filled with every color of blooming daffodils and crocuses. It is wonderful to see everything come to life after a very long, cold winter.

Jim Fisher, Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball coach, and his wife, Julie, were on hand to watch the North Carolina Tar Heels earn their fifth National Collegiate Athletics Association men's basketball title with an 89-72 victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Ford Field in Detroit April 6. (Photograph courtesy of Jim Fisher) Jim Fisher, Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball coach, and his wife, Julie, were on hand to watch the North Carolina Tar Heels earn their fifth National Collegiate Athletics Association men's basketball title with an 89-72 victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Ford Field in Detroit April 6. (Photograph courtesy of Jim Fisher) The family of Rena Callewaert will celebrate her life with friends at a reception Saturday, June 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Island House. Rena passed away March 24.

The Reverend Vince and Molly Carroll of Sarasota, Florida, arrived on Mackinac Friday, May 8. It is so nice to see them both back on the Island. Rev. Carroll left Saturday, May 9, to spend Mother's Day with his mother in Iowa. Services at Little Stone Church will begin Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Happy birthday to Adam Fisher May 15. Have a great day.

Jill Sawatzki is back for the season, working at the The Island Bookstore.

Dick Ruilson of Pelkie is back on his bicycle, patrolling for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. It's good to see him back on the Island.

Mellie Hagenbaugh, Franc Doud, and Jennifer Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, will celebrate their birthdays May 16. Enjoy the day.

It's nice to see Dan Mitchell and Walter Kitter driving again for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

The Iroquois Hotel opened Friday, May 8, for the season. The Carriage House restaurant will open for dinner Saturday, May 16.

Congressman Bart and Laurie Stupak enjoyed Mother's Day weekend on Mackinac. They will return with family members for Memorial Day weekend.

The Windermere Hotel will open for the season Friday, May 15. Glen Woulfe of Bradenton, Florida, has returned to the hotel for his 25th year as dock porter.

Many travel writers from all over the country have been attending a seminar at Grand Hotel.

The Win-Some Women are gathered at Grand Hotel this week.

Happy birthday to Meg Brown May 22.

Emma Chambers has arrived home for the summer after finishing her classes at Ferris State University. She will be employed at the Windermere Hotel and Windermere Doghouse.

The Chippewa Hotel and Pink Pony Bar opened over the weekend, for the summer season.

It's nice to see Ada Mae Chambers back at the head of Shepler's dock, greeting the many visitors who come to Mackinac.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge of Remus visited their son, Jason, over Mother's Day weekend at his home in Stonecliffe Manor.

Happy 21st birthday to Jason Pettit May 13. Have a great day.

I received an e-mail from Kathy Chambers McBride, who reported that she and her sister, Penny, had a lovely visit with Lois Chambers in St. Paul, Minnesota, for her 80th birthday Thursday, May 7. Lois chauffeured the girls all over the area, in spite of being attached to oxygen. She misses her Island friends and sends greetings.

Trooper Matt Waters with his wife, Sara, and little daughter, Violet, has returned for his second summer with the Mackinac Detail for the Michigan State Police. He will be working with the Mackinac Island Police Department.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska will be the doctor in residence at the Mackinac Island Medical Center while Dr. Karen Miljour visits her home in Powers for 10 days.

Candi Dunnigan of Grass Lake brought her son, James, to Mackinac Sunday, May 10. James will be returning to Stonecliffe for his second summer. He will be a sophomore at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in the fall.

Blisse Beardsley was graduated from the University of Michigan Saturday, May 2. Tess and Woody Beardsley and Steve Zacharias and other family members joined Blisse for her special day. Blisse has a major in statistics and sociology. Best wishes from her many friends on Mackinac.

The Michael Straus family enjoyed Mother's Day weekend at their lovely home in Hubbard's Annex. Michael attended the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, May 12.

Nicki Griffith spent several days at her home in the Annex. She will return later for the summer.

Cindy's Riding Stable and Jack's Livery Stable are open for the season. It's nice to see Bill and Dale Gough back on the Island.

Healthy, well-fed horses continue to arrive for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. It's fascinating to watch them all march up Cadotte Avenue to the Big Barn. Only on Mackinac could you see such a sight.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack and the Jack Koboski family of Petoskey enjoyed Mother's Day weekend at the Doud residence on Lakeshore Drive. Anna Mary and Gary had a wonderful month-long trip to Colorado to visit three of their five daughters, Jeannie, Kelly, and Amy, and their families.

Richard and Helen Wolfgang of Petoskey have arrived on Mackinac and are getting the Wolfgang Gallery open for the season.

Great news! Dennis Brodeur has returned to his lovely home in the Mission after spending several months in Traverse City, recovering from a fractured hip. He is doing very well and everyone on Mackinac is thrilled that he is back home.

We give a warm welcome to Dr. Al Sibinic, who arrived on Mackinac Tuesday, May 12. Dr. Al will take care of all the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours horses, and any other animals on the Island during the summer and fall season.

Kay and Ellen Smith enjoyed the weekend at their East Bluff cottage and attended the needlework seminar at Grand Hotel.

The Yankee Rebel Restaurant opened for the season Thursday, May 14.

Val and Phil Porter are settled in their residence at Fort Mackinac for the summer season.

Marshall Builders of St. Ignace are busy constructing the new home for Sandra and Debra Orr on Cadotte Avenue. Sandra and Debra just arrived from their winter home in Naples, Florida.

The Skip Young family of Frankenmuth enjoyed the weekend at the Mike Young cottage on the West Bluff.

Diane Neyer has been preparing all the beautiful gardens around Metivier Inn and Hart's Haven for the season.

Graduation for the seniors at Mackinac Island Public School will be Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. The seniors just returned to Mackinac from a week-long trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Mona Carley of Sault Ste. Marie has returned to her job in the kitchen at Lenox on Market Street. She resides with the Mike Carley family for the summer months.

Kelly Bean and Marc "Beau" Bielinski attended the graduation of Mr. Bielinski's daughter at Michigan State University in East Lansing Saturday, May 9.

Ann and Bill Taylor of Delta, Ohio, spent opening weekend at the Windermere Hotel.

Louann Kolatski's grandchildren will be celebrating birthdays in May. Little Jerry Crawford will be five years old May 20, and his little sister, Madeline, will celebrate her first birthday May 24.

Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers on Mackinac!

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