New Star Line Schedule Should Help Staff Cope With Busy Season, Fetty Says

Star Line has reduced the number of ferry trips offered this summer in a new schedule announced Tuesday, July 16. The changes, which reduce trips from both mainland ports, were needed to give staff more breaks between ferry runs and generally improve working conditions, said Star Line CEO Jerry Fetty. The sudden change in schedule caused concerns on the Island, […]

Yacht Race Around the Island Is Wed., July 21

The Mackinac Island Yacht Club will host its 14th Annual Round the Island Race Wednesday, July 21, open to both local and Chicago race boats. It will get underway about 1 p.m. and should take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Start times of 1:05 p.m., 1:10 p.m., and 1:15 p.m. will be assigned according to PHRF ratings in seconds per […]

Ellie the Jumping Horse Is Newest Horsemen’s Association Addition

Bridget Cochran and Ellie. Mackinac Island Horsemen’s Association has been in the market for a jumping horse for the last year, and Thursday, July 1, the association officially purchased Ellie, the perfect pony for teaching younger riders how to jump. Ellie is a grade pony measuring 14 hands, a special unit used to measure a horse’s height from the ground […]

As Pandemic in Michigan Eases, Island Sees Surge in Weddings

A wedding ceremony gathers at the Bridgeview Lawn at the Inn at Stonecliffe. (Photograph by McCoyMade Photography) Hundreds of couples from around the world travel to Mackinac Island to get married, and once the air turns warmer in May, wedding altars appear across the landscape, from the lush interior forests at the Inn at Stonecliffe and Sunset Rock to the […]


Friday, July 16 • Grand Hotel Orchestra, Grand Luncheon Experience at Grand Hotel Main Dining Room, noon to 2 p.m. • Will Springsteen at the Pink Pony Patio, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Harpist, Afternoon Tea at Grand Hotel Parlor, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Brian Thomas at Smokey Jose’s, 4 p.m. • David Jasmund at Round Island […]

Yacht Club Bridge Results Announced

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 14, Janet Stingel placed first, Vicki Riel placed second, and Dick Riel placed third. Sorry! This content is only available to online subscribers. Please login below or Subscribe today!

Sara Wright To Teach Instagram Workshop July 21

Professional photographer Sara Wright of Mackinac Island will teach an Instagram photography workshop Wednesday, July 21. Participants will meet at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum at 6 p.m. and be led on a photography hike to capture images for their personal Instagram accounts. Equipped with just their smartphones, participants will also be treated to Ms. Wright’s expertise concerning […]

Bois Blanc Search Tower

To the Editor: An item reported in the Town Crier in late May caught our eye. Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns and operates oil lines, including the 68-year-old Line 5 which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, has plans to build a 130-foot tower on neighboring Bois Blanc Island. The tower would have a powerful camera and searchlight on […]

Late Board Member Mary Maurer Is Recognized by Mackinac Straits Health System

  The late Mary Maurer was recognized by Mackinac Straits Health System at its annual Grand Hotel fundraising luncheon Thursday, July 8. Mrs. Maurer served on the health system’s board of trustees from 2013 until her passing in in December 2020. She was the associate publisher and business manager of The Mackinac Island Town Crier and The St. Ignace News. […]

Summer Employees Shine in First Round of Mackinac’s Got Talent Show

A large crowd gathers in Marquette Park for this year’s Mackinac’s Got Talent, organized by the Mackinac Arts Council. Marquette Park was once again bustling with an audience of coworkers, friends, and family ready to cheer on the contestants of Mackinac’s Got Talent Thursday July 1. Serving as the first event of the Mackinac Arts Council’s ongoing Music in the […]