2009-12-12 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

With snow falling and the wind blowing, lots of hats, scarves, and heavy winter clothing help hold back the day's chill for Kaylee Cowell, 1, and her sister Ella, 6. The Island children ride in their sleigh as their mother, Tracy Quinter, steers the snowmobile along Astor Street after her daughters had a visit with Santa Saturday afternoon, December 5. With snow falling and the wind blowing, lots of hats, scarves, and heavy winter clothing help hold back the day's chill for Kaylee Cowell, 1, and her sister Ella, 6. The Island children ride in their sleigh as their mother, Tracy Quinter, steers the snowmobile along Astor Street after her daughters had a visit with Santa Saturday afternoon, December 5. It’s Christmas time on Mackinac, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The big snowstorm Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, covered the Island with blankets of white fluffy flakes, coating shrubs and trees and making them glisten in the sparkling sunshine. Snowmobiles were heard in the distance as happy folks hopped aboard for a tour around the Island. George Wellington, the dedicated taxi driver, is on the job every day. The true holiday spirit reigns on Mackinac.

Mike Iles, Nancy LaFerier, Aimee LaFerier, and James Williford left Friday, December 4, for Detroit to fly to San Juan, where they boarded a Carnival Cruise ship for a week-long cruise of the Caribbean. Nancy hoped to meet Tim Russell, former manager of Mission Point Resort, at an airport in Texas. I’m sure they had a great time in the sun.

We extend deepest sympathy to the Michael Corrigan family of Mahoney Avenue and White Lake on the passing of Michael’s mother, Annabelle Corrigan, 95. She lived in Detroit, and after high school spent the summer of 1932 on the Island, where she met Island resident John Corrigan. They married in 1934, and lived in Garden City. Ann was preceded in death by her husband. There will be a memorial service on Mackinac in the spring, where she will be buried in the family plot in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery.

Happy belated birthday to Julye McGreevy December 5. Hope you had a great day.

Wishes for a holiday season that is beautiful and bright!

Bright smiles from excited children and a North Pole-like snowfall welcomed Santa to Mackinac Island shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5. Greeting Santa upon arrival to Community Hall are Island friends (from left) Gabriel Hepker, 9, Nicholas Davis, 9, and his brother, Vincent Davis, 3. Bright smiles from excited children and a North Pole-like snowfall welcomed Santa to Mackinac Island shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5. Greeting Santa upon arrival to Community Hall are Island friends (from left) Gabriel Hepker, 9, Nicholas Davis, 9, and his brother, Vincent Davis, 3. We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Adelaide Donnelly Oenning, who passed away at her home in Chicago. Adelaide was born in the Donnelly house on Market Street, the daughter of the late William and Mary Quinn Donnelly. She was an aunt to Kay Hoppenrath of Mackinac and Jack Welcher of Rudyard.

Glen Young, husband of Jane Benjamin Young, an English and advanced placement literature instructor at Petoskey High School, was recently selected as one of the 40 American teachers to participate in an educational exchange in 18 countries throughout the world. During a two-week period in April 2010, Glen will travel to Ukraine to teach English, as well as to work on professional development with Ukrainian educators. Congratulations to Glen from Island friends.

Smi Horn announces events at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 5. Smi Horn announces events at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 5. We remember all of the soldiers who are serving our country during this holiday season. We pray for their safe return to their families.

Congratulations to Sam Barnwell and Lisa Wilson, who became engaged while vacationing in Mexico. The happy couple will be married October 10, 2010, at the Iroquois Hotel.

Best wishes to Tim and Erin Leveille, who celebrated their wedding anniversary December 6. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Wishing you a merry day with joy all around, singing in a merry way with many Christmas sounds.

Our neighborhood has taken on the holiday spirit. Dr. Bill and Sue Chambers have moved from their home on Bogan Lane and are now comfortably settled in the Chambers homestead on Cadotte Avenue, which dates to the mid-1800s. It is where many of Bill’s relatives were born. Beautiful colored lights adorn the trees and white fence from Market Street up Cadotte Avenue to the lovely old home, which is displaying the signs of Christmas. It’s wonderful to see more lights in our area.

Being bundled up against the cold is not enough to contain the enthusiasm of Island children Keegan McManus and his sister, Kiera (front), who are more than ready to meet Santa. The children arrive at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday on snowmobile with their mother, Stephanie, (right) and a friend, Sherri Plutchak. Being bundled up against the cold is not enough to contain the enthusiasm of Island children Keegan McManus and his sister, Kiera (front), who are more than ready to meet Santa. The children arrive at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday on snowmobile with their mother, Stephanie, (right) and a friend, Sherri Plutchak. Wishing you all the peace and joy that this time of the year brings.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus enjoyed a month-long vacation. They spent one week in Germany visiting family members, and then three weeks on a cruise, leaving from Greece and docking in Florida. Lorna said that crossing the ocean was very calm and relaxing.

The lunch line was steady Saturday as volunteers serving hungry customers include (back row, from left) Dan Seely, Brenda Bunker, Ed Chambers; (front) Debbie Carley, Mona Carley, and Irene Rickley. The lunch line was steady Saturday as volunteers serving hungry customers include (back row, from left) Dan Seely, Brenda Bunker, Ed Chambers; (front) Debbie Carley, Mona Carley, and Irene Rickley. Little Vincent Davis of Mackinac and Kaitlyn McKay of Chassell celebrated their birthdays December 7. Hope you had a great day.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is on his way!

The annual school Christmas play will be Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of great entertainment.

School will be dismissed for Christmas break Friday, December 18.

While walking each day, we find beauty here and there. The magnificent rosebushes near the pool at Grand Hotel have continued to delight many with fall blooms. They remind me of the Christmas rose.

Paula Starkweather (left) and Diane Sprengel shop at the bazaar Saturday afternoon. Rosemary Lounsbury, Patti LaPine, and Nancy Marks assist the women. Dan Wightman assists at another bazaar booth during the first day of the community celebration. Paula Starkweather (left) and Diane Sprengel shop at the bazaar Saturday afternoon. Rosemary Lounsbury, Patti LaPine, and Nancy Marks assist the women. Dan Wightman assists at another bazaar booth during the first day of the community celebration. First National Bank is coming alive with the Christmas spirit. Lighted garland and wreaths decorate the outside, and as you enter the lobby, it’s like a Christmas wonderland. The late bank manager, Jack Ryerse, would be so happy because Christmas was his favorite time of the year. He loved to decorate and share gifts with his many friends. Everyone on Mackinac misses his wonderful smile and friendly handshake, but his memory certainly lives on at this time of the year.

May the beauty of the season be reflected in your spirit.

Island doctor Karen Miljour is entertained by Owen Morse and his favorite green frog. The youngster enjoyed his playtime Saturday as Christmas Bazaar attendees wandered by looking for a good seat for the live auction, which began shortly after 2 p.m. Island doctor Karen Miljour is entertained by Owen Morse and his favorite green frog. The youngster enjoyed his playtime Saturday as Christmas Bazaar attendees wandered by looking for a good seat for the live auction, which began shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, my very special friend and classmate, Dennis Brodeur, celebrated his 89th birthday. Family and friends gathered at the Mustang Lounge for this special event.

A very happy 80th birthday to Bob Raisch, who celebrated December 8. Everyone on Mackinac sends warmest and best wishes for many more years of good health and happiness. Bob and his wife, Susie, own the little white Star Cottage in Hubbard’s Annex. We look forward to their return to Mackinac next summer. I have a special place in my heart for Bob, who designed and made me a gazebo doghouse.

The Purina Dog Show was shown on television Thanksgiving day, November 26. It was so exciting to see Amelia Musser’s dog, Sadie, a black Scottish terrier, win Best in Show. Since that show, she has won two more Best in Shows, totaling 102. It truly was a thrill to hear on national television that the dog was owned by Amelia Musser of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. It certainly is great publicity. Congratulations to the Musser family.

Lori Straight makes a chocolate malt for Jacob Chambers in the Mackinac Island Bible Church booth at the Christmas Bazaar. "It's good," he said. "I get one every year." Lori Straight makes a chocolate malt for Jacob Chambers in the Mackinac Island Bible Church booth at the Christmas Bazaar. "It's good," he said. "I get one every year." Cathy Andress will once again head up the Meals on Snowmobile program this winter. This is a tremendous service to many of our senior citizens. Anyone who would like to make a donation to this cause may do so by sending it to: Nancy Marks, Ste. Anne’s Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757.

Happy birthday to Brandon Horn December 8. Hope you enjoyed your day.

Taking advantage of a lull between shoppers at the Christmas Bazaar, Trish Martin (right) paints a scene on a Christmas ornament, which she and Cordie Puttkammer sell along with other items during the three-day event. Taking advantage of a lull between shoppers at the Christmas Bazaar, Trish Martin (right) paints a scene on a Christmas ornament, which she and Cordie Puttkammer sell along with other items during the three-day event. The Huron, under the command of Captain Keith Duffton, is as mighty as ever, making daily trips to and from the mainland. The deck is lined with colored lights and a decorated tree in the bow. As the Huron ties up at the Arnold pier, red and green lights reflect on the calm harbor. A star at the end of the dock shining brightly in the midnight sky announces the season of Christmas is near.

Happy birthday to Jennifer Wightman and Jeannie Mc- Greevy December 12. Enjoy your day.

Mike Iles will entertain his family on Mackinac for the Christmas holiday.

There will be a Christmas party, sponsored by the Chapman, St. Onge, Dankowski American Legion Post 299, for all Mackinac Island children Sunday, December 13, from noon to 2 p.m. Santa will visit.

We send special greetings to Dr. Dave and Grace Armour in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Nancy Pfeiffelman will celebrate her birthday December 13. Have a wonderful day. Nancy is recuperating from knee surgery, so we send best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Special birthday greetings to Pat Leveille of St. Ignace, who celebrated December 6. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Please remember our feathered friends throughout the frigid days of winter when they need nourishment. Dr. Karen Miljour saw two red cardinals by her home in the Mission, and several were seen Thanksgiving day by Ste. Anne’s Church. They are absolutely beautiful.

May the warmth of the season last throughout the coming year.

Happy birthday to Father Rey Garcia, who celebrated December 10. Hope you had a wonderful day.

The question often asked by visitors in the summertime is, “What do you do on the Island during the winter?” The answer is simple. We get together with our neighbors after a busy summer. There is craft night, bingo, game night, euchre, potluck dinners, and movie night.

Brady William Hardy, son of Ken and Vanessa Hardy, received the Holy Sacrament of Baptism Saturday, November 21, at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Jim Williams and Father Rey Garcia officiating. Godparents are Tammy Frazier of Cheboygan, Jackie and Jim Hardy of Saline, and Pollyanna Smith and Dominic Redman of Mackinac. Proud grandparents are Ken and Nancy Hardy of St. Ignace and Candy Smith and the late William Smith of Mackinac. Candy hosted a luncheon following the baptism, and they also celebrated Father Jim’s birthday. Family members attended from St. Ignace and the surrounding areas.

Aspecial happy birthday to Hunter Brown of St. Ignace, who celebrated December 4.

Larry Parel will entertain the ladies of Mackinac Friday, January 1, 2010 at an open house at his residence in Edgewood.

We send get well wishes to Cheryl Horn, who is doing well after a heart transplant in Chicago.

May the beauty of the season be reflected in your spirit.

Emory Barnwell is busy this winter building a new 22-foot motor boat to be launched in the spring. The boat, under construction on the coal dock, will be built with cypress, mahogany, and white oak. A gas/electric hybrid propulsion system will be designed and installed in the boat on the Island, with assistance from Andy and Ed McGreevy.

This is the second largescale boat-building project sponsored by Arnold Transit Company in a little over a year.

Happy birthday December 14 to Rick Linn and Kennedy Lynn Taylor. Have a great day.

Friday, December 4, a wintry day on Mackinac, I received a visit from my two dear friends, Albert “Buck” and Alice Sharrow of Charlevoix. They came bearing gifts for the Christmas Bazaar. We had a great time this past summer, when they would take me riding with Charlie, Willie, Prince, and Lady. We had many wonderful rides enjoying the beauty of Mackinac.

Please remember our good friend, Karen McCabe, with Christmas greetings. She would love to hear from her many friends on Mackinac. Her address is: Independence Village, Room 308, 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey, Michigan 49770.

May your gift this Christmas be found in those that you love.

Happy birthday to Herbie St. Onge and Mandy Wandrie December 15, Jane Finkel December 16, Lydia Porter and Robbie Bynoe December 18, and Bob Green December 19. Hope you all enjoy your day.

The snowflakes glisten as they fall, and soon the snow will cover all.

Friday, December 4, the snowflakes started to fall, and soon you could hear the sound of snowmobiles, much to the delight of so many Islanders. The timing was perfect for the Christmas tree lighting, as folks gathered and children arrived on a hayride to the beautiful tree at the head of the Arnold dock in the center of Main Street, which was donated to the city of Mackinac Island by the family of the late Henry Dombroski. As the sound of children’s voices filled the cool, crisp air with Christmas carols, little Clara Chambers flipped the switch illuminating the tree, thrilling everyone present. The tree is absolutely beautiful, and a wonderful tribute to Mr. Dombroski. Following the tree lighting, folks gathered at the Mackinac Island firehall for an early bird bazaar sale with hot dogs, hot chocolate, and brownies.

Saturday, December 5, as Mackinac was being blanketed by a heavy fall of fresh snow, the doors of the historic John Jacob Astor warehouse, commonly known as Community Hall, opened at 11 a.m. for the annual Christmas Bazaar. Friends came from far and near to join in the festivities. As folks looked for the perfect Christmas present, they visited the plant booth, where Trish Martin was featuring handpainted ornaments, fresh wreaths, garland, and many Christmas items. Trish was assisted by Sue Sisson, Cordy Puttkammer, Joan Slater, and Bill and Lornie Porter. The bake sale had delicious pies, cookies, bread, and Mr. B’s famous dog biscuits. Kathi Wightman was assisted by Janis Early and Michelle Reitman. The white elephant booth had a wide variety of items for Christmas shoppers, ranging from lighted Christmas trees, jewelry, shirts, and stuffed toys. Assisting the customers were Jody Chambers, Jackie Bradley, Patti LaPine, Rosemary Lounsbury, and Nancy Marks. The handmade booth had wonderful items made by Caroline LaPine, a wide variety of scarves, mittens, and hats. Lorna Straus helped the happy shoppers. The big auction items were displayed on the stage with a wide variety of articles ranging from a snowmobile caboose made by Stanley Gugin, a Mackinac Bridge tour, handmade wooden reindeer made by Dr. Karen Miljour, gift certificates, and Big Ray’s special chili. Mike Carley does an excellent job auctioneering and he certainly entertains the crowd. The bidding became spirited and excitement filled the hall. Mike was assisted by Christmas elves Bruce LaPine, Ken Hardy, Jr., Smi Horn, and Robin Dorman. At the auction table were Kay Hoppenrath, Mellie Hagenbaugh, and Police Chief Jim Marks.

Aromas from the kitchen permeated the air. The menu ranged from pasties and nachos, to a complete prime rib dinner with salad bar and Lori Meyers’ desserts. The prime rib was cooked to perfection by Donna Killips. The great crew consisted of Deb Carley, Sue Chambers, Irene Rickley, Brenda Bunker, Dan Seeley, Mona Carley, Lannie Castagne, Deb Carroll, and Lisa Laitinen. Dishwashers were Ed Chambers, Doug Horn, Paul Wandrie, Glenn St. Onge, and Roy Bissell. Everyone raved about the wonderful food.

The silent auction had many great deals. Assisting Betty BeDour were Dr. Miljour, Margaret Horn, Marie Steensma, Lauren Walsh, and Amy Dodds.

Everyone enjoyed great malts, hot-fudge sundaes, and other goodies from the sundae booth. Helping the many customers were David and Joyce Dodge and the Reverend Ken and Lori Straight. Selling raffle tickets were Sylvia Perault, Heather Chambers, and Sherry Luigs. Sylvia always does an excellent job selling raffle tickets. In thefirehall, shoppers found many bargains, including clothing, books, and toys. Helpers were Kelly Bean, Jackie Bradley, Carrie Kaminen, and Vickie Hermann.

At 1:30 p.m., high atop the big red fire engine, the jolly old elf, Santa Claus, arrived to the delight of the many children who were waiting for his arrival in the firehall. He listened to their many requests, and soon departed for the North Pole to prepare for his return on Christmas Eve. Leanne Brodeur assisted the children.

Monday afternoon, December 7, at 3 p.m. the raffles were drawn and the winners are as follows: Rogene Huibregtse, Sue Chambers, Kathleen Rickley, Nancy Marks, Sylvia Perault, Margaret Horn, Matt Myers, Lisa Brock, Nancy Marks, Ed Chambers, Snapper Bazinaw, John Chambers, Cordy Puttkammer, Colleen Horn, and Jack Dehring. Tim Leeper won the snowmobile.

Many people donated, worked, or attended the Christmas Bazaar, including our friends from the mainland. Gwen Bagbey set up and decorated the hall. Others who helped with the bazaar were Bruce Zimmerman and the Department of Public Works, Chief Dennis Bradley and the Mackinac Island Fire Department, Chief Jim Marks and the Mackinac Island Police Department, and Paul Wandrie and the members of Chapman, St. Onge, Dankowski American Legion Post 299. Grand Hotel provided tables, cloths, and coat racks. Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Mackinac Island Service Company, M.P. Gamble Construction, and Marshall Construction, Bob Benser, Jr., Doud’s Market, and many others lent a hand. The bazaar grossed more than $48,000 and this will be divided by Ste. Anne’s Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Church, Mackinac Island Bible Church, and Mackinac Island Medical Center. This year, Caroline LaPine retired from having a booth displaying all of her handmade treasures. Caroline has provided so many beautiful items over the years. Two very special people we missed at the bazaar this year were the late Bertha Green and Helga Doud. We will treasure the memories.

Seen having lunch at the bazaar were Bob and Gloria Tweady, houseguests of Chuck and Marsha Kleber. They had a great time.

St. Ignace folks seen shopping at the bazaar were Tom North, Pat and Dave Ramsay, Tom Pfeiffelmann, Linda and Alice Bennett, Angie Bunker, Bob Andress, Roger Horn, Wes and Mary Maurer, Rob Winkelman, Barbara Brown, Karen Gould, and Ken and Nancy Hardy.

Christmas time is meant for sharing, people loving, people caring.

Returning for their second visit to the Christmas Bazaar were Steve and Tammie Autore of Cedarville, who were with Dan and Pauline Mitchell. Steve went home with a handsome turtle footstool. It was so nice to see them on Mackinac.

Our good friends, Ann and Jacklyn Taylor, of Delta, Ohio, took part in all the festivities over the weekend at the Christmas Bazaar. They are annual visitors to the Windermere Hotel.

Lisa Brock and her family moved into their new residence in Hubbard’s Annex over the weekend and attended the Christmas Bazaar.

Lornie Porter will celebrate her birthday December 27, surrounded by members of her family. Happy birthday from Island friends.

People came from far and wide to enjoy the festivities at thebazaar. Seen visiting friends and shopping were Cindy Shaud, reservation manager at the Iroquois Hotel, Phil and Val Porter, Katie Cederholm, Jim and Kathy Smith, Richard and Pat Cebelak, Julye McGreevy, Mary Jane Barnwell and son, Willie, and her sister and friends, Jill Sawatzki, Bonnie Foltz, Diane Sprengel, Diane Weidner and her husband, Don, and Leslie Nyland and friends. It was great to see so many folks on the Island for the weekend.

John and Rogene Huibregtse of Oostburg, Wisconsin, had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar. They enjoyed the weekend at their cottage in Trillium Heights.

There is no season as dear as Christmas!

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers boys and girls basketball teams. They defeated the teams from Paradise Friday, December 4. Go Lakers! At half-time, Mackinac Island youngsters performed a dance to the delight of the fans. It was truly a thrill to watch the little ones.

It was a pleasure to greet Todd Petersen and family at the Christmas Bazaar. Todd just retired from IBM after 30 years of service and has moved to Petoskey to be near his mother, Marian, and his sister, Marta Olson, and her family. It was great to see them on Mackinac.

Bob and Lorraine O’Keefe enjoyed the weekend at their lovely cottage in Woodbluff. They donated many beautiful items for the auction at the Christmas Bazaar.

The Michael Straus family of East Lansing and Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus of Chicago enjoyed all the festivities at the Christmas Bazaar. The little ones had a visit with Santa.

There will be a family reunion of the late James and Delia Perault Saturday, December 12, at Ste. Anne’s Hall. Their daughters, Mary, Dot, Sue, Sylvia, and Kitty, and son, Jack Arthur, will gather with many family members for the festive occasion.

Mary K. McIntire joined Janis Holle in Arizona for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mary K. and her mother, Margaret, will spend Christmas in Mexico.

Anthony Rickley will celebrate his birthday December 26. Anthony is on the Lakers boys basketball team.

Chuck and Marsha Kleber will entertain 11 family members at their lovely home in Woodbluff over Christmas.

Happy birthday to Sara D. Chambers December 20, to her mother, Ada Mae Chambers, December 21, and to her father, Arthur “Bud” Chambers December 27. Have a great day.

John Hulett and Marie Steensma had a great time at the bazaar. John enjoyed bidding at the auction and left with many treasurers, including the red snowmobile caboose.

Our good friend, Dee Czapek of Grand Rapids, will celebrate her birthday December 22. Have a wonderful day. We miss you on Mackinac.

Lance Greenlee will celebrate his birthday December 20. Have a great day.

Chief Dennis and Jackie Bradley will entertain their entire family for the Christmas holiday. Dennis, Jr. and family will travel from New York, David and family will be here from Kentucky, and Doris and family will drive up from Grand Rapids. It will be a wonderful gathering.

We send special Christmas greetings to Larry and Gary LaPine, Geraldine Wellington, and Georgiana Gustafson at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care facility in St. Ignace.

Lula Belle D’Arce remains hospitalized at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. Island friends send special get well greetings.

Happy birthday December 29 to Jim Chambers, Mary Patay, and little Dakoka Horn. Have a great day.

Deb and Mike Carley will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 31. Enjoy your day. We send special birthday greetings to Dr. Carol Erickson December 31. Hope to see you on Mackinac during the holidays.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack of Petoskey, along with Kate and Jack Koboski and family, had a great time on Mackinac over the weekend attending all the festivities.

Jason St. Onge, Tim Leeper, and Andrew McGreevy will celebrate their birthdays December 24.

Students who will be home for the holidays are Woody Beardsley from Michigan Technological University, Emma Chambers from Ferris State University, Robert Chambers from Northwestern Michigan College, Michael Gamble from Saginaw Valley State University, Sarah Porter and Ben Horn from the University of Michigan, and Tyler Finkel, Arial Leeper, and Danielle Wightman from Michigan State University.

Happy birthday December 25 to Hannah Chambers and Jerry Horn.

Two of my favorite couples will celebrate their wedding anniversaries December 28, Chief Dennis and Jackie Bradley and Captain Paul and Betsy Allers. Have a wonderful day.

Tim and Sherry Plutchak of Stephenson enjoyed attending the Christmas Bazaar. They will return and spend time at their lovely cottage on Forest Bluff between Christmas and New Year’s.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge visited their son, Jason, over the weekend. They enjoyed hearing Armin’s Army at the Mustang Lounge over the weekend and attending the Christmas Bazaar.

John and Beth Chambers have returned to Mackinac and will make their home in the former Donnelly residence on Market Street.

Wide eyes shine in wonder, it’s Christmas everywhere!

Mackinac is like a winter wonderland with all the fresh snow, so let’s go on a sleigh ride in an old-fashioned cutter with jingle bells. As we start down Main Street, the Chippewa is very festive with Christmas lights in each window and a decorated tree in the lobby. The manger scene at the head of the Arnold dock shares the true meaning of Christmas with everyone. Doud’s Market, Horn’s Bar, Patrick Sinclair Irish Pub, Mustang Lounge, Yankee Rebel, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, Loon Feather, Village Inn, and Iroquois Hotel are all bedecked for the season. The city tree and the lighted wreaths on the lampposts sparkle in the cool, crisp air. Turning onto Market Street, Cottage Inn, First National Bank, all the city buildings, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and many homes are showing the spirit of Christmas. Trotting up Cadotte Avenue and looking out toward the Mackinac Bridge, it is an amazing sight with the red and green lights reflecting on the Straits of Mackinac. Looking over the Little Jewel golf course toward Fort Mackinac, you will see a stately Christmas tree standing stalwart overlooking the town. In Harrisonville, it’s like a Christmas fairyland, with Santa Claus on the roof, Frosty the Snowman playing with the children, the star shining on the manger scene, and twinkling lights sparkling in the midnight sky. The Stonecliffe area is alive with the spirit of Christmas at the Chambers’ Gatehouse. Woodbluff, Trillium Heights, Stonecliffe Manor, and British Landing are in the holiday mood. The Annex, with the trees covered with snow, and the East Bluff decorated for the holidays, make a beautiful winter scene. Looking out over the Straits of Mackinac, two freighters pass in the Round Island Passage adorned with Christmas trees and colored lights, a wonderful sight. The Mission area twinkles in the moonlight as the bells at Ste. Anne’s peal out the Christmas message.

The Christmas Mass will be Thursday, December 24, at 8 p.m. with Father Rey Garcia S.J. officiating.

It’s Christmas time on Mackinac, the best time of the year.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Watch a short video of the Christmas Bazaar free on our Web site, MackinacIslandTown Crier.com. Click on “Watch Vidoes” on the left side of the opening page.

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