2016-06-25 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

It was an absolutely beautiful week, with bright, sunny days, calm winds, and cool evenings. Many visitors came to enjoy riding horses, bikes, or taking a ride in a carriage with the fringe on top. Monday evening, June 20, the strawberry full moon made this summer solstice a rare thing. It hasn’t happened in 70 years. The rose-colored moon was an awesome sight shining down on the Straits of Mackinac with a 1,000-foot freighter going westbound toward the Mackinac Bridge. Tuesday evening, June 21, we had a very light rain shower, and then a double rainbow appeared right over the Island and the Round Island Passage. The colors were brilliant and truly a remarkable sight. It’s a beautiful time of the year to visit Mackinac Island.

Flowers all over the Island are beautiful. The sweet rockets around The Jewel golf course are amazing. Peonies, poppies in red and salmon color, the hanging baskets, and so many other flowers help to make Mackinac Island even more beautiful.


Dennis Cawthorne talked about his book, “Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal,” at the St. Ignace Public Library Tuesday, June 21. The book, published in 2014, shares insights and observations he collected over more than 50 years on the Island as a carriage driver, chamber of commerce director, state legislator, lobbyist, state park commissioner, and businessman. Dennis Cawthorne talked about his book, “Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal,” at the St. Ignace Public Library Tuesday, June 21. The book, published in 2014, shares insights and observations he collected over more than 50 years on the Island as a carriage driver, chamber of commerce director, state legislator, lobbyist, state park commissioner, and businessman. Sister Doud of St. Ignace visited Kitty Bourisaw Schadel Tuesday, June 21.

Dr. Chris Straus and the Mike Straus family visited Mackinac Island this past weekend.

Best wishes to Luke and Lily (nee Porter) Niederpruem, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary June 19. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Becky Splett and her mother and nephew of Bloomer, Wisconsin, spent a few days at the Windermere Hotel enjoying the beautiful lilacs. They are frequent visitors to Mackinac Island.


With its six decks that house 210 passengers in 108 staterooms, Great Lakes Cruise Company’s Pearl Mist ship towered over the buildings at the Arnold Dock at Mackinac Island Wednesday, June 8. The vessel, which was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2007 and went on its first voyage in 2014, is 335 feet long. Mackinac Island is a featured port on two cruise trips offered by Pearl Seas Cruises. The Pearl Mist will stop at Mackinac Island about 18 more times this summer on its way between Chicago and Toronto or Midland, Ontario. The ship should return to the Island Thursday, June 30. With its six decks that house 210 passengers in 108 staterooms, Great Lakes Cruise Company’s Pearl Mist ship towered over the buildings at the Arnold Dock at Mackinac Island Wednesday, June 8. The vessel, which was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2007 and went on its first voyage in 2014, is 335 feet long. Mackinac Island is a featured port on two cruise trips offered by Pearl Seas Cruises. The Pearl Mist will stop at Mackinac Island about 18 more times this summer on its way between Chicago and Toronto or Midland, Ontario. The ship should return to the Island Thursday, June 30. Margaret and Mary K. McIntire have returned after spending two weeks touring Scotland.

Mike and Lori May of Wyoming are enjoying their condominium at the Mission.

Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., there will be an art exhibition by the late artist Stanley Bielecky at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Stanley spent many summers on Mackinac working for various businesses.

Jane Winston and her son arrived on Mackinac Island this past week. Jane will spend the month of July at the Cable Cottage.

Jamie Bynoe received a very nice letter from Wally Peck, who worked on Mackinac Island for many years. Wally lives in Manistique and would love to hear from his many friends on the Island. His address is: 400 E. Lakeshore Drive, Apt. 303, Manistique, MI 49854.

Island friends send best wishes to Kitty Hannabass, who has not been feeling her best.

Kitty Bourisaw Schadel of Buffalo, New York, arrived on the Island Sunday, June 19. She will spend the summer at her comfortable home on Bourisaw Lane.

We send best wishes to Armand “Smi” Horn, who had surgery at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey Thursday, June 16. Smi is doing very well and made a trip over to the Island Monday, June 20.

Best wishes to George and Almeda Bodwin, who will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary June 30. All the best from Island friends.

Fred and Carol Entwistle of Afton, Minnesota, are enjoying their condominium on Mackinac Island for two weeks.

We send get-well wishes to Shane Therrian, who is a patient at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Island friends send best wishes.

Muffy Ernster, Diane Shea, and the Shuler family are all enjoying their cottages in the Annex.

Happy birthday to Lily Parrish June 25, Paul Fullerton June 29, Jody Chambers and Dean Gillespie, Jr. July 1, Joann Bagbey and Marti McIntire July 2, and Brother Jim Boynton July 3. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Last August, at the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction, Dr. Dianne Weidner and Dr. Donald Goeckel purchased the freighter trip on one of the Interlake freighters. They just returned from a one-week trip on the 1,000-foot Paul R. Tregurtha. Sam and Barb Kovalak and Jane Winston and her son joined them on the cruise. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Trinity Church held a craft sale Sunday, June 19. Many great items were offered, especially handmade balsam pillows and beautiful paintings. It was a fun event and well attended.

It’s fun to see all the kites flying off Windermere Point. They are so colorful and dance in the breeze.

The yacht races are fast approaching. The Bells Beer Bayview race will be Saturday, July 16, through Monday, July 18, and the Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island Race will be Saturday, July 23, through Monday, July 25.

Fun festivities will be held for the Fourth of July. Games for the children will be offered on Windermere Point, and Fort Mackinac will have a large picnic to watch the fireworks that will be displayed off a barge in the Straits of Mackinac.

The beautiful ship State of Michigan was docked at the Arnold Coal Dock for several days this past week. Cadets from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City were aboard and will be doing training on the ship all summer. It was great to see the ship on Mackinac Island.

It’s great to see Willie Fisher all dressed up driving the Gough wedding carriage. It looks very handsome.

Skip Young and his family spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island.

Richard Chambers, Robert Chambers, Lake Sweet, and Tymon Horn enjoyed biking to Harbor Springs and back to Mackinaw City. The weather was great and they had a fun time.

Tymon Horn is vacationing on the Island visiting his dad, Tim, his brother, Leo, and other family members. Tymon is a medical student at Michigan State University.

We send get-well wishes to Dan Hosford, head of maintenance at Grand Hotel, who has not been feeling his best. Island friends send best wishes.

Enjoy the summer weather!

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