Mackinac Island Photo Night 5/14/15

I promised a post full of Mackinac photos, and that’s exactly what you’re getting tonight!  Below are just a few of the photographs shared by island friends, and they all show that Mackinac is waking up fast, and the season is about to burst from the starting blocks.

When Ted and I spent our summers on the island, we always considered Memorial Day weekend as the official beginning of the season, but the photos below show there is a lot going well before May 25 – both downtown AND in the woods!

Here we go . . . . . .

A view

A view of the boardwalk in front of the Mackinac Island school.  (Photo:  Bruce LaPine)

The first hummingbird of the season - as spotted by Clack Bloswick.

The first hummingbird of the season – as spotted by Clark Bloswick.

Greg Main reports we have some new downtown signage.  Very nice!

Greg Main reports we have some new downtown signage. Very nice!

Rarely captured - ferns unrolling in the Mackinac woods.  (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Rarely captured – ferns unfurling in the Mackinac woods. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Merchandise arrives on a daily basis at downtown stores.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Merchandise is arriving on a daily basis at downtown stores . . .  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

. . . . and horses are arriving daily also!  (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourist Bureau)

. . . . and horses are arriving daily also! (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourist Bureau)

The tulips are up at the Grand and will soon turn this bed into a dazzling array of colors!

The tulips are up at the Grand and will soon turn this bed into a colors that will dazzle!  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Looks like the blacksmith shop is getting ready to open.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Looks like the blacksmith shop is getting ready to open . . .     (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

. . . and the Grand is already in full swing!  (Photo: Sue Conlon)

. . . and the Grand is already in full swing! (Photo: Sue Conlon)

Wednesday night's sunset from a ferry returning from the island.  (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

Wednesday night’s sunset from a ferry returning from the island. (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

And the sunrise today . . . as only Clark Bloswick can capture it.

And the sunrise today . . . as only Clark Bloswick can capture it.  U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E.

FYI:  Here are just a few of the changes you’ll see this summer when you visit (via Stephanie Fortino’s article a few weeks ago in the St. Ignace News:

1)  Seven new rooms have been added to the top floor of the Grand Hotel (and four parlors).

2)  Doud’s Market is being expanded into the neighboring Alford’s Drug Store building (Alford’s has closed).  The two buildings have been joined, and two additions off the back of the Alford building have been replaced with a new addition.  Half of the first floor will accommodate the Doud’s Market expansion, the other half will house a retail shop coordinated by Bob Benser, co-owner of the building.

3)  Mary’s Bistro has been remodeled to connect with the neighboring Draught House.  A new wine bar has been added to Mary’s, and new booths, banquettes, and tables have been added.

4)  Twenty-five rooms in the Island House have been renovated.

Ted and I are so excited our trip to the island is less than a month away.  I can’t wait to get up there with my camera and write from Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog for a few days.  Hope you all are marking those days on your calendar to switch over to that blog while we’re at The Inn at Stonecliffe (June 7-11)!  http://bree1972.wordpress.com

Not to be outdone by those Mackinac sunsets, here’s one from our neck of the woods!  See you back here on Sunday!  Hugs and God bless.

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29 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Photo Night 5/14/15

  1. I wasn’t born yesterday, but I had no idea that ferns “unfurl”. I thought they just appeared! It’s just one of those things you take for granted.

    And that last pic of the M/I sunset…WOW! But those Florida sunsets give them a run for their money! We’ll be in Ponte Vedra in 3 weeks to see for ourselves. 🙂

    Looking forward to some posts from Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog. It’s been too long.

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    • Jane – will be back on the island Aug 17 thru end of September. Will be at Black Lake near Cheboygen three weeks prior to Aug 17, and I’m sure we’ll be on the island for a few day trips during those three weeks. What dates will you be there?

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  2. All sorts of beautiful pictures of ‘our’ island, but I think I like the sunrise/sunset ones best.
    Question for you: If Alford’s is closed, where would you get a Rx filled on the island? At the Medical Center? That’s pretty hard o the residents, isn’t it? Love the idea of a larger Doud’s! The longer one lives, the more things change!

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    • Barbara – Prescriptions weren’t filled at Alford’s. For as long as I’ve been going to the island, prescriptions are called in to a pharmacy in St. Ignace and usually make it over on a ferry that same day (of course that depends on when the pharmacy gets the prescription called in).

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      • Wow. Maybe I truly am as old as my grandkids think I am! I thought I remembered them filling prescriptions. . . .but that was in the late 60’s. LOL! Thanks!

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  3. Those ferns are probably Fiddlehead Ferns. You can see how they got their name. We have many in our yard. Beautiful Mackinac Island pictures and great info. But….where are we going to get out drugstore needs now??? Wish I was counting down the days to Mackinac Island. Lucky you!!!

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    • Pam – see answer to Barb about prescriptions. As for other items, I have a feeling we’ll be able to find most anything we need at Doud’s 😀.

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    • Correction: These ferns are probably Ostrich ferns. At this stage they are referred to as fiddlehead ferns. And Lowell is correct that they can be cooked and eaten. But then you lose the big beautiful fern leaves that last most of the summer.

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  4. Brenda,

    Those pictures lift my day, even higher than it’s been. I think my two favorites are the ferns and the Island sunrise.

    If my memory serves me right (it has been known to fail me), ferns in that stage of their growth are called fiddleheads. If you look at the picture, you’ll see that makes perfect sense. I’m told that when they’re like that, they can be cooked and eaten. Personally, I prefer Swiss Chard from my garden, which will come on in about six weeks.

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  5. Hi Brenda it was our first official day at Surry Hill busy but fun day! Every morning going up I look at your old place wait to see you, Ted ,Maddie & Bear calling out Good morning! Sure do miss you guys, neighborhood just isn’t the same.

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    • Oh Denise. You made me cry – I miss all of you so much. Will be by while we’re there in June for sure. What day do you have off so we don’t miss you?

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  6. One day, one day! One day, I hope to visit that beautiful island. Until then , I LOVE experiencing Mackinac Island through pictures.

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    • Bobbie,

      Don’t put off visiting the Island and stay overnight if you possibly can. It’s so different and nice in the evenings and early mornings. In the meantime, I hope you’ve read all of “Bree’s Blogs” from the beginning. It’ll be some of the most enjoyable education you can possibly have.

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  7. Still recovering from our trip to NM and come back to all these awesome Mackinac pictures!! Wow Brenda, your sunset is right up there with those of Mackinac,.. simply gorgeous! Can’t wait to see all the new updates on the island. So excited for your trip to the island in June. I know we’re going to getting some great pictures and hear some wonderful stories. 🙂

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  8. Barbara Blem, you aren’t That Old, Alford ‘ s was still filling prescriptions in the late 70’s! I was pregnant for my son, he’ll turn 38 July 1. I was babysitting Jason St Onge & his older brother at the time. I would pull the 2
    St Onge boys in a wagon, down to the pharmacy,get my prenatal vitamins & whatever else I was on & pull them back up to the village! I was in the best shape of my life! What memories! That Island gets into your blood!

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