July 5 Sailboat Race Marks Start of Island Yacht Club Racing Season

The Mackinac Island Yacht Club racing season begins Friday, July 5, with the annual Pink Pony Sailboat Race. The race will be around Mackinac Island and is free and open to all. Racers must finish in three hours. “We’re very excited for the race,” said Yacht Club assistant manager Laura Eiseler, who also records the race results.Most of the boats […]

Trish Martin’s Nature Tour Showcases Array of Island Species

Meeting at the top of the East Bluff, participants of Trish Martin’s Nature Tour Tuesday, June 11, were able to explore the several trails leading to Sugarloaf Rock to see and hear about the wide range of plant life that inhabits Mackinac Island. Ms. Martin grew up on Mackinac Island, going on to earn her bachelor degree in biology and […]

Father Reynaldo Garcia

Father Reynaldo Garcia, who served as the parish priest at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church from 2005 to 2010, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston. He was 75. He was born December 10, 1937, in Manila, Philippines, and entered the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus August 14, 1968, at St. Charles College, Grand […]


It has been a beautiful week of summer weather with warm temperatures, bright sunshine, and nice, cool, comfortable evenings. It has been perfect Mackinac Island weather. Several days have been very busy with large crowds of folks visiting the Island. Mackinac is very festive for the Fourth of July with many businesses and residents all decked out with flags and […]

Ponies and Pups Dressed in Their Best at Lilac Festival Show

Ponies, pups and people filled Windermere Point Saturday, June 15, for the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Dog and Pony Show. This year’s annual event consisted of a walking parade of dogs and ponies clad in red, white, and blue, with some in Michigan history-themed costumes, and a pony show led by professional animal trainer Dan Wallen. About 100 visitors and […]

Watercolor, Pastel Artworks of Mackinac Star in Reception

The abundance of artistic inspiration is boundless on Mackinac Island. Proven time and time again, Island artists say they are moved by the Island’s natural beauty and unique character and aim to depict those qualities in their artwork. The influence could be seen at a reception for the work of artists Melissa Croghan and Betty Bea Washburn Saturday, June 29, […]

Roger Humphrey Soothes Island Visitors With Acoustic Guitar Session at Library

With guitar in hand and music in mind, summer resident Roger Humphrey entertained an audience with acoustic guitar melodies Friday, June 14, at Mackinac Island Public Library. Mr. Humphrey, who teaches guitar and performs mostly at weddings, played for about 30 visitors and Island community members enjoying Mackinac Island’s 64th annual Lilac Festival. His songs included classical pieces from Bach […]


Making Sense of Horse Behavior: Tips, Guidelines for Novice Riders

“Horses are just like people; there are smart ones, dumb ones, miserable ones, honest ones, simple ones, cheats, freaks, leaders, and laggards. They have good days, bad days, and plenty of average days. They can be brilliant one minute and horrible the next. They can remember something that happened a year ago, and forget what they learned yesterday. They will […]

A Look at History

A Break From World War II: MGM Takes America to Mackinac Island

In the fall of 1947, American moviegoers had the chance to see “This Time For Keeps,” a romantic comedy set on Mackinac Island and centering on Grand Hotel and its spectacular Esther Williams Pool. Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had chosen our Island as the place for 1946 location shooting because they already knew that usable film could be shot there. “This […]

Mackinac Island Public Library to Host Bat Conservation Event

Brown, fuzzy bats are going to infiltrate Mackinac Island Public Library. To educate people of all ages about bat conservation, the library is hosting an educational program about bats at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Education specialist Michelle Maust from the Organization for Bat Conservation will lead the interactive program called Life Beneath the Surface. In the program, she will […]