As the Saying Goes, ‘If the Shoe Fits, Wear It’

Over the years I’ve joked that our horses have had nicer fitting shoes than many a Dunnigan has worn. While shoes may not make a horse, all kinds of them have enabled horses to do their jobs better. This holds true with our Mackinac Island horse population. More than 95% of all of the horses who spend a season here […]

Island Marks Day of Play Sept. 21

In an annual event to get children outside to play, the Mackinac Island Recreation Department is hosting a Worldwide Day of Play event at Great Turtle Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 21. The event will start after the home soccer game concludes, which is expected to finish about noon. Children will be able to enjoy games, snacks, […]

Roughly 70 Miles of Trails and Roads Beckon Mackinac Island Visitors

Many Paths Have Historical Significance

Approximately 70 miles of trails, paths, and roadways offer a variety of free recreational opportunities on Mackinac Island. Whether seen on horseback, by bicycle, or on foot, the scenic Tranquil Bluff Trail overlooking Lake Huron from massive bluffs or Morning Snack Trail in the Island’s wooded interior are among those that preserve the natural wonder of Mackinac Island and give […]

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, September 11, Kay Berke placed first, and there was a three-way tie for second place: Ann Timmons, Buzz Waggoner, and Janet Stingel.

Artist Susan Sarback Hosts Workshop Featuring Island Landscapes

With pallete knife dabs of color capturing light and atmospheric conditions, nearly 16 students stood on the lawn of Mission Point Resort Monday, August 12, to depict a Mackinac Island water scene. The artists attended a plein air painting workshop with artist Susan Sarback, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council. Plein air means the painting is done on site, and […]

Nature Notes

Many Interesting Birds Make Mackinac Island Their Summer Home, Too

During the month of August I had a number of readers call or e-mail me about interesting birds they had seen, and what a wide variety of birds there were: water birds, warblers, and even a cuckoo, not to mention the hawks and eagles that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I thought I would share a few of […]

Looking Back

100 YEARS AGO The Republican-News Friday, September 6, 1913 The marriage of Miss Beatrice Murray of Mackinac Island and Prof. James E. Quinlan of St. Ignace took place at St. Ann’s church, Mackinac Island, Monday morning. The wedding, which had been looked forward to by the friends of the young couple for some time, was a very pretty function, and […]


This past weekend was busy, with more than 1,800 runners participating in the St. Ignace Kiwanis Club Race around the Island Saturday, September 7. It was overcast, but l ater in the day, the sun came out and it was a beautiful afternoon and evening. There were many weddings, so it was nice to have good weather for all of […]

A Look at History

A Silent Cannon Barrel at Soldier’s Barracks Has a Story to Tell

The people of the United States and Canada have now commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. The story of this explosion of black-powdered gunfire used to be written up in our commonly assigned textbooks of school history, and we Americans in all 50 states learned of this key day of warfare; a day that would help […]

Meet Author Karen Kelly Sept. 21

The Island Bookstore will host Karen Kelly, author of the novel “Prospice,” a story about family dynamics, Saturday, September 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak with readers and to sign her book.