2014-05-31 / News

Art and Activities Offered as Lilac Festival Begins Friday, June 6

With the trees beginning to bud, Mackinac Island is busy preparing for the start of the annual Lilac Festival Friday, June 6. The festival continues through Sunday, June 15, when it will conclude with the Lilac Festival parade. The following is a list of events for the first weekend of Lilac Festival:

Ongoing:

“A Spring Exhibition” – Island Painters Kitty Hannabass, Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte show their work at the Mackinac Art Gallery, Murray Hotel

“Birds of a Feather” – Island artists, painter Bill Murcko and photographer Betty Murcko present their exhibition featuring 48 works of art of the birds of Mackinac Island at the Mackinac Island Public Library.

“Children’s Book Illustrations” – Mackinac Arts Council in collaboration with Central Michigan University present the exhibition The Clarke Historical Library/Molson Art Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point.

“Win a cloned Mackinac Island lilac” – Stop by the Artistic Mackinac Art Gallery, Astor Street any time during the festival to enter to win a cloned Mackinac Island lilac. Drawing is Sunday, June 15.

Friday, June 6

“Mackinac Island Public Library Book Sale” – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Cannonball BBQ Hayride” – Take a hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at 6 p.m. For more information on prices and to make reservations, call 906-847-0932.

“Market Street Art Walk” – Meet some of Mackinac Island’s artists along Market Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries include Maeve’s Arts, Lilacs and Lace, Mackinac’s Little Gallery, Photos on Mackinac, and Artistic Mackinac Art Gallery. This is a selfguided tour.

“Mackinac Arts Council Film Series” – Mackinac Arts Council presents “Man of Steel” at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point. Admission is $5.

Saturday, June 7

“Lilac Festival 10K” – The paved road race will take runners along the lilac trees. Entrance to the race is $35 and starts at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at Windermere Point. Register online at www.runmackinac.com

“Lil Lilac Run/Walk” – Gather at Mackinac Island schoolyard for a walk/run. Entrance is $10 and the event starts at 11 a.m. Register online at www.runmackinac.com

“Historic Downtown Buildings” – Biddle House, Benjamin Blacksmith, Birch Bark Chapel, American Fur Company store and McGulpin House open for the season starting at 11 a.m.

“Go Lakers!” – Help the Mackinac Island Public School Lakers sports programs raise money from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School.

“Grand Hotel Jazz Quartet” – Enjoy the tunes of the Grand Hotel Jazz Quartet at 4:30 p.m. at Windermere Point at a precoronation concert.’

“Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen” – Lilac Festival Queen and her court will be crowned by Mayor Margaret Doud at 5 p.m. at Windermere Point. In case of rain, the coronation will be held at Windermere Hotel.

“Birds of a Feather Reception” – Island artists, painter Bill Murcko and photographer Betty Murcko present their exhibition featuring 48 works of art of the birds of Mackinac Island at the Mackinac Island Public Library. A reception for the exhibit will be held at the library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Cannonball BBQ Hayride” – Take a hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at 6 p.m. For more information on prices and to make reservations, call 906-847-0932.

“Dancing in the Street” – Everyone is invited to learn how to line dance with the West Michigan Bootscooters from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stuart House on Historic Market Street.

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