Benefit Golf Outing Is Friday

A Spring Golf Outing will be Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at the Wawashkamo Golf Course. The fee is $100 per person with proceeds benefiting Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. The four-person scramble will include men’s flight and women’s flight. The first 48 players to reserve and pay will get a cart. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. […]

New Owner Pauling Sees Bright Future for Indian Drum Store

The Indian Drum has a new owner and bright prospects this season. Nicole Pauling, who purchased the store near the Arnold Line Dock this year with her husband, JP, hopes to bring a touch of Native American culture to the shopping district of Mackinac Island. “There’s not enough Native American culture here,” she said. “There’s just not a niche for […]

City May Add Sand To Beach Below Grand Hotel With Ferry Funds

Several options for an employee retirement contribution plan are being discussed by the city’s Finance Committee, and, at its meeting Thursday, May 24, a proposal was made to add more sand to the beach below Grand Hotel, using ferry boat franchise revenue to cover the cost. No decisions were made on either subject, but the committee did recommend that the […]

Lucas Karhoff Recognized at Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Lucas Karhoff of Mackinac Island and Findlay, Ohio, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts highest honor. He is a junior at Findlay High School and is a member of the school’s hockey team, a member of the young guns trapshooting varsity team, and a member of the St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church. He is the son […]

Couple Fulfills Lifelong Dream With Purchase of Mackinac Island Coffee Shop

Vicki and Al Johnson are fulfilling a lifelong dream this season by opening and running the JLBeanery coffee shop on Main Street, behind Bayview Inn. “We’ve been coming to the Island for 25 years now,” said Mrs. Johnson, who spends winters in Barrington, Illinois, with her husband. “We always said that if there was one business that we’d want to […]

Area Residents Experience Historical Sites During Appreciation Day

Mackinac State Historic Parks thanked local communities for their support with the annual Local Appreciation Weekend. Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, residents of Emmet, Mackinac, and Cheboygan counties were able to enter any of the nature and historical parks, including Fort Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek in Mackinaw City and Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, at 1958 admission […]


It was a very busy Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac, with people enjoying summerlike weather. Folks rode bicycles, took a ride in a carriage with the fringe on top, rode saddle horses, walked in the woods filled with wildflowers, and enjoyed the beauty of the Island in springtime. It truly was the kickoff of the summer season. Flags flew at […]

Fresh Paint Gives Arnold Line Boats A New Look

Shepler’s Boat Launches After Upgrades

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry launched The Welcome back into the straits Wednesday, May 16, after the boat received upgrades, part of an ongoing effort to adapt to changing services. Maintenance will continue from the Shepler’s dock in St. Ignace until June 1, when it starts to carry passengers. The ferry boat, built in 1969 and one of the oldest passenger […]

School Play ‘School House Rock’ Draws Attention To The Arts

The Mackinac Island Public School students presented “School House Rock” in the Mission Point Theatre Sunday, May 20, Monday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 23. Monday night the theatre was vibrant with children clapping and dancing in their seats while parents sat with smiles, recording the performers with cameras and cell phones. For many students, this was the first time […]