2018-07-21 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

The weather has been very warm and dry on the Island, but Tuesday, July 17, it was much cooler and more like Mackinac weather. The flowers all over town are just outstanding and so colorful. Every Thursday night, folks enjoy music in Marquette Park. The Sip and Sail cruises are very popular. Folks really enjoy watching the sunsets. It is summer on Mackinac!

The 94th Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island was very slow, with very little wind. The first boat to finish was Windquest at 7 a.m. Monday, July 16, and the second boat was the Wizard at 7:38 a.m. Then there was a long wait until the wind picked up and more boats started to finish. On Tuesday, July 17, all the sailors enjoyed a great party in the Borough Lot with music, good food, and lots laughs! Everyone enjoyed a good time. Tuesday night, Mackinac was alive with the sailors celebrating.


For the past three weeks, the Fort Mackinac “Never Sweats” have taken to the game field just behind Fort Mackinac to prepare for their old-fashioned base ball match against the Mackinaw City “Boys” Saturday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. The annual event is an entertaining lesson into how the popular sport of baseball originated and was played in the 1800s. The game will be held behind Fort Mackinac. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages five to twelve, and free for children under five years. Strategizing are (from left) Craig Bunker, Clay Fuller, Peter Pellerito, and Dominick Miller. For the past three weeks, the Fort Mackinac “Never Sweats” have taken to the game field just behind Fort Mackinac to prepare for their old-fashioned base ball match against the Mackinaw City “Boys” Saturday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. The annual event is an entertaining lesson into how the popular sport of baseball originated and was played in the 1800s. The game will be held behind Fort Mackinac. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages five to twelve, and free for children under five years. Strategizing are (from left) Craig Bunker, Clay Fuller, Peter Pellerito, and Dominick Miller. Sunday, July 8, the flags at Fort Mackinac and above City Hall flew at half-staff in memory of Marvin May. Marvin was the son of the late Harold and Ethel May. He learned the fudge business from his parents when they bought May’s Candy Shop. Marvin carried on the tradition of the sweet treat. He was a very proud member of the Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 and would be in attendance at all their functions. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. Marvin loved Mackinac and was a great friend of the late Gene Arbib, Sonny Metiever, and Bud Chambers. They enjoyed many good times together. Marvin would go each day on his red scooter to visit his fudge shops and to check in on his daughter, Carolyn, at her shop, Lucky Bean Coffeehouse. Marvin loved his family and always enjoyed a celebration, especially the party for his 90th birthday. Monday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Father Jim Williams officiated at a celebration of Marvin’s life at Ste. Anne Catholic Church. Folks came from far and near to pay their last respects. Heather May, accompanied by Peggy Naber, played on the flute “The Last Rose of Summer.” Eulogy was offered by Tara May, Lee May, and Fr. Jim. Marvin was remembered as a loving father, a man who loved adventure, his country, his family, and Mackinac. Carolyn May sang “Angel by Sarah McLachlan,” accompanied by Peggy Naber. American Legion Post 299 performed the Post Everlasting Service. Burial followed at the Protestant Cemetery in the May family plot with full American Legion honors. Deepest sympathy to the May family. May Marvin always rest in peace on the shores of Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Brian Bailey July 18.

Saturday, July 21, the 110th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will leave Navy Pier in Chicago bound for Mackinac Island. The 310 boats in the race will travel 333 miles up Lake Michigan. In 1898 there were 5 boats in the race! We wish all the sailors fair winds and safe travels.

Congratulations to Dusty and Chelsea Coleman on the birth of their daughter, Adalynn Nedra who was born Friday, July 13. Little Adalynn weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces at birth. Island friends send best wishes.

Brian and Candi Dunnigan entertained two couples, “supper club friends,” last week. They were here to help Brian celebrate his birthday July 11.

A very happy 80th birthday to Lloyd Karzen, head of the Chicago Yacht Club set-up crew, July 23. Lloyd is a guest at the Windermere and is happy to back on Mackinac.

Happy belated fourth birthday to Zaira Jaffar July 18. She is the granddaughter of Vicki and Dick Riel.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center auction which will be held Sunday, August 26. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off or sent to the Medical Center.

Dr. Richard and Karen Hodgman are enjoying a 10-day cruise to Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Have a wonderful time.

It’s nice to see Ken Thompson back on Mackinac. He and his wife operate the Lilac House on Market Street.

The vintage base ball game will be held at Fort Mackinac Saturday, July 21. Come and join in the fun.

Very special birthday wishes to Captain Jack Wellington of Sault Ste. Marie July 25. Have a great day.

Kathleen McIntyre Culliton visited Barbara and Brian Hellis this past weekend. It was nice to see you on Mackinac.

Captain Justin Davenport has his Uncle Jeff Davenport’s dog, King, who will celebrate his 11th birthday July 25. King loves to ride in the pilot house with Captain Justin.

Happy birthday to Pam St. Onge, Brenda Bunker, Mark Bunker, Karen Barnwell, Paul Wandrie Sr., and Jase Shellhorne July 21, Brett Horn July 22, Emma Chambers Motz and Matt Myers July 23, Ellen Putnam July 25, Jack Kaminen and Kay Berke July 26, Drew Cope July 27, and Judy Sawatzki July 28. Enjoy your day.

Happy belated anniversary to Kevin and Laura Shaw July 18. Kevin works for the John Green Co. and, when he is on Mackinac, goes on calls with the Mackinac Island Fire Department. Have a great day.

Cathy Schadel returned to her home in Chicago Sunday, July 15, after spending two weeks on Mackinac visiting her mother, Kitty Schadel.

Jack and Sharon Shaffer will celebrate their anniversary July 25. Have a great day.

There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac. Clark Bloswick reported seeing an American bittern, a magnificent bird. The Mackinac hollyhocks are starting to bloom and they are just beautiful in a variety of colors, especially by Chambers Barn.

Best wishes to Brian and Colleen Murray, who celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary July 17. Hope they had a wonderful day.

Jerry and Roger Horn of St. Ignace attended the funeral for Marvin May Monday, July 16.

It’s nice to see veterinarian Shaker Hites and his wife back on Mackinac for the month of July.

Jack and Carolyn Welcher of Gaylord attended Marvin May’s funeral.

We wish the Chicago to Mackinac sailors fair winds!

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