2018-09-08 / Columnists



It was a busy holiday weekend on Mackinac. People came from far and near. Saturday, September 1, rain dampened outdoor activities, but Sunday, September 2, the weather was nice. Many people biked, hiked, rode horses, and took a ride in a carriage with the fringe on top. Monday, September 3, many enjoyed walking the Mackinac Bridge. The view from the Fort Mackinac Tea Room looking down on Marquette Park and the harbor with the two cruise ships, Pearl Mist and Victory I, is truly an amazing sight. The sunflowers in front of the post office are huge and beautiful. There is always something to see and do on Mackinac.

The Jazz Festival was held at Grand Hotel over the Labor Day weekend. On Friday night, The Four Freshmen performed and it was a great concert. The weather prevented music in the Tea Garden, so everything was moved into the Theatre. The Saturday and Sunday concerts were outstanding and everyone enjoyed a great weekend of fun, music, and great food.

Celebrating creativity and enjoying ice cream at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, September 2, are, from left, Cordie Puttkammer, Mary Wojcik, Barb Meisel, and Nicki Griffith. (Photograph by Jill Sawatzki) Celebrating creativity and enjoying ice cream at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, September 2, are, from left, Cordie Puttkammer, Mary Wojcik, Barb Meisel, and Nicki Griffith. (Photograph by Jill Sawatzki) We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Joan Nephew, who passed away Friday, August 31, on Mackinac, surrounded by her family. Joan, the wife of the late Frank Nephew, loved her family, Nancy, Cheryl, Dawn, and Steven and all the grandchildren. Joan enjoyed Mackinac visiting with all her friends. She always had a warm smile. Joan and Frank spent many years on Mackinac and she will be missed. May she rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

The opening picnic for the 2018 school year was a great success. The weather did not cooperate, but it was held inside in the little gymnasium and many people attended from the community. It was a great way to wish all the students and teachers a successful school year.

Lisa Brock and her husband, Peter Pellerito, summer residents of Mackinac Island, celebrated the wedding of Lisa’s brother, William Brock, and Dean Grant this past weekend with family and friends. Out-of-town guests included Billie Pellerito, Sam Pellerito, Dana Cummin, Kellie Martin, and Jane and Steve Hall. Many other friends and relatives joined Lisa and Peter in making wonderful Island memories. Congratulations to William and Dean.

Sheldon and Sue Smith enjoyed Jazz Festival at Grand Hotel over Labor Day weekend. Sheldon is the former chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.

Raymond Smith, son of the late Ozro and Mary Smith, passed away Monday, September 3, in Garden City. Raymond was born and grew up on Mackinac Island. His brother, Donald Smith, lives in Sault Ste. Marie and he has many relatives still on the Island. May he rest in peace.

Mark your calendar for the retirement party for Albert “Buck” Sharrow Sunday, September 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Hall.

Frank Straus and the Michael Straus family joined their mother, Lorna Straus, for Labor Day weekend on Mackinac.

Mary Rogers is a resident at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace and would like to hear from her Island friends. Please remember her with a card or stop by for a visit.

Katie Doolen, the daughter of Carl and Mary Bogan Doolen, and Joseph Flynn were united in marriage Sunday, September 2, by Father Jim Williams at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island. It was a beautiful day as family and friends traveled from far and near to join Katie and Joe on their special day. Katie was radiant as her father escorted her down the aisle. John Kissane and Carolyn May provided beautiful music for the service and a bagpiper led Katie and Joe out of the church after the wedding. After a carriage ride, the happy couple joined in the festivities at the Island House for the reception. Congratulations to Katie and Joe from Island friends.

Mark your calendar for the big rummage sale Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, at the Community Hall. It will be a great event.

We send best wishes to Ray “Big Ray” Card, who has not been feeling his best. Take it one day at a time.

Fire Chief Jason St. Onge entertained members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department and EMTs at a cookout at his home Monday, September 3. Great food and lots of fun was enjoyed by all.

A Patriot Day service will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Bruce and Patti Lapine, Richard and Doris Lapine, and Cassandra and Lucas Crandle joined Tammy and Tony Frazier for Labor Day weekend. Everyone had a great time.

Brian and Candi Dunnigan departed Mackinac Tuesday, September 4, for their winter home in Jackson.

Best wishes to Dan and Virginia Riordan, who will celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary September 17. Have a great day.

Mark your calendar for the Guns and Hoses softball game Sunday, September 9, at 6 p.m. at Great Turtle Park. The firemen will also have a Kids Day at the park September 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Rick Linn and Wendy Dawson traveled to the Outer Banks in North Carolina to visit Annie and Robin Dorman over the Labor Day weekend.

We send best wishes to Doug Horn, who has not been feeling his best. Special greetings from Island friends.

Happy anniversary to Donnie and Gracie Francis September 9, Travis and Paige Vartanian, Andy and Lisa Dziobak, and Mark “Beau” Bielinski and Kelly Bean September 10, and Brett and Katie Mallory September 17. Hope you all have a great day.

David and Jennifer Karhoff traveled from their home in Findlay, Ohio, to spend Labor Day weekend on Mackinac. It was great to see them back on the Island.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Barb Fisher, who celebrated her birthday September 5. Hope your day was very special.

Veterinarian Carl “Shaker” Hites and his wife are back on Mackinac for the month of September.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team, who are 2-0. Go Lakers!

Happy birthday to Brady Hardy and Bart Huthwaite September 11, Nicholas Davis September 12, George Goodman September 13, Blake Ruddle September 14, Cathy Andress September 15, Veronica Gough, Tammy Frazier, Dan Musser III September 16, and Mike Doud September 18. Hope you all have a great day.

Suzanne Munger spent Friday evening, August 31, with Kay Hoppenrath and attended the “Four Freshmen” concert at Grand Hotel.

Best wishes to Richard and Jane Manoogian, who celebrated their wedding anniversary August 31. Hope your day was special.

Clara Chambers, Ariana Straus, and Brooke Dziobak attended a Taylor Swift concert in Detroit last week. The girls had a great time.

Kathleen, Brian, and Patrick Culliton joined Brian and Barbara Hellis over the Labor Day Weekend. While on Mackinac they celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. Congratulations from Island friends.

Ray and Trudy Lofgren of Cheboygan were guests of the Windermere

Hotel over Labor Day weekend. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Norm Schultz departed Mackinac Wednesday, September 5, for his winter home in Key West, Florida. He will return in May to help at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Have a great winter.

Father Jim Williams will be the priest at Ste. Anne’s for the month of September as Father John went to Ghana.

Congratulations to Kay Berke, the new commodore of the Mackinac Island Yacht Club. Best wishes from Island friends.

Sip N’ Sail Cruises entertained Island employees at an appreciation picnic on the coal dock Monday, September 3. Everyone enjoyed good music, great food, and lots of fun.

A sure sign that the fall season is here is the parade of horses leaving Mackinac for a winter rest at Jim Chambers’ farms near Sault Ste. Marie. They will return to Mackinac next spring.

Enjoy your week!

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