2011-10-13 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud

The fall colors in red, yellow, and orange are peaking on Mackinac, and looking down from Fort Holmes to Sugar Loaf and beyond is a breathtaking sight. Fall decorations are appearing all over town. In front of the Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is an absolutely beautiful purple mum plant. The Chippewa Hotel is all decorated with cornstalks, mums, and pumpkins, the Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast has glowing jack-olanterns smiling in the darkness, and many of the shops have their windows displaying the Halloween and fall theme.

Tuesday morning, October 4, to the east as the sun was starting to rise, a red glow was shining down on the Straits of Mackinac as the 1,000-foot Edwin H. Gott appeared heading westbound. It was a magnificent sight. With the mild evenings, many folks are still walking the boardwalk to view the spectacular sunsets and the Mackinac Bridge sparkling in the night sky. Every season is beautiful on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Amelia Musser October 6. Hope you had a wonderful day.

I had the pleasure of a very nice visit with Carlton Varney at my home when he was on Mackinac for the Mackinac Island Public Library fundraiser in September. He had his guest with him, Patrice Flynn, the widow of the late Errol Flynn, who was in the film, “See You in My Dreams,” with Danny Thomas and Doris Day. Mrs. Flynn lives in Jamaica on her plantation, where they raise Jamaican Red Poll cattle. Mr. and Mrs. Xaxier Chin accompanied Mrs. Flynn. Mr. Chin is a business industrialist and his wife, Roma, is a fashion artist. They thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of Mackinac.

Happy 90th birthday to Carol Clifton October 6. Carol and her late husband, Max, spent many summers on Mackinac with their two daughters, Nancy and Cindy. Friends may remember Carol with a card at the following address: 1403 N. Maddox Drive, Muncie, IN 47304. Hope you had a great day.

Family and friends gathered at Mary’s Bistro Friday evening, September 30, to celebrate Vic Callewaert’s 75th birthday. It was a grand celebration with lots of laughs and great food. All of Vic’s children attended, including Mary, Todd, Amy, Ann, and Greg, along with all of the grandchildren. Best wishes to Vic for many more years of good health and happiness.

In the August 2011 edition of Travel and Leisure magazine, there was an article entitled “America’s Best Family Hotels.” There was a beautiful picture of Grand Hotel and it reported that the hotel is open May through October. This 19th century resort features 100 rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch. It’s great publicity for the Island.

Cindi and Skip Kutsop of Mountainside, New Jersey, spent a weekend at their condominium in the Mission.

I’ve had the pleasure of going for a carriage ride almost every day with Buck and Alice Sharrow. Buck is employed by Mike Young, and I really appreciate the opportunity to see the beauty of the Island. Mike’s prancing hackneys, Prince, Lady, Willie, and Charlie, are wonderful as they trot along through the woods displaying the beautiful fall colors. Traveling down Leslie Avenue, you can see the blue water through the colored trees, with the brilliant sun shining down on the Straits of Mackinac. What a magnificent sight.

Val and Phil Porter and Tony and Loretta Spata joined 18 other people for a two-week vacation in Scotland, where they will stay in a castle. They will return to Mackinac Sunday, October 16. It sounds like an exciting trip.

Claire Dunnigan, daughter of Brian and Candi Dunnigan, was the campus celebrity Monday, September 19, in the Mount Holyoke College newspaper in Massachusetts. Claire, a sophomore, is majoring in international relations with a minor in Chinese. Her future goals include working for National Geographic, in the diplomatic field, joining the Peace Corps, or joining the U.S. Navy. She said that whatever she does, she wants to be able to have horses and stay connected to Mackinac Island. The article featured a great picture of Claire with a beautiful white horse.

Happy birthday to Virginia McIntyre Riordan October 10. Hope you enjoyed your day.

Mark your calendar for the Harlem Ambassadors, who will be at the Mackinac Island Public School Saturday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. They will play a local team that Bob Loff has put together. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. Come and join in the fun.

Happy birthday to Ashley Gough and Frank Bloswick, Sr. October 12. Have a great day.

The Poorman’s Ball will be Wednesday, October 19, at the Mackinac Island Public School.

Congratulations to Jennifer Bloswick and Kirby King, who were married Saturday, October 1. Island friends send best wishes.

Alice Myron has departed Mackinac for her winter home in Port Huron. We wish her a good winter.

The last service at Little Stone Church was Sunday, October 9, at 10:30 a.m., after which Reverend Vincent and Molly Carroll departed Mackinac for their winter home in Sarasota, Florida. Have fun in the sun.

Happy anniversary to Dan and Marlee Musser October 9. Hope you enjoyed your day.

Grace Armour spent several days on Mackinac visiting her daughter and son-in-law, Anneke and Matt Myers. She dropped off a loaf of her famous cinnamon bread for our enjoyment.

Mark your calendar for the annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3, through Monday, December 5. Any donations would be appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

We send special greetings to Tom and Nancy Clifton Cripe, who celebrated their wedding anniversary October 10.

The Carriage House Dining Room will close for the season Saturday evening, October 15.

Brenda Topham and Mac Armstrong departed Mackinac last week for their winter home in Southhampton, Ontario. Brenda worked in the Lenox kitchen, and Mac drove the hourly and wedding carriage. Have a good winter.

Happy first wedding anniversary to Sam and Lisa Barnwell October 10. Hope you had a great day.

It’s great to see Mike Beaudoin back to work at Mackinac Island Carriage Tours after his recent open-heart surgery. Take it slow and easy, Mike.

Richard and Helen Wolfgang recently enjoyed a weekend on Mackinac. They have a home in Petoskey and spend time in Florida in the winter.

We bid goodbye to Dick Ruilson of Pelkie, who was employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours during the summer months. Have a good winter. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Hazardous waste will be collected at City Hall Saturday, October 15. Mr. Clean Septic Service will be on Mackinac Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28. Please call to make an appointment.

Mona Carley returned to her home in Sault Ste. Marie after working for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours in the Lenox kitchen during the summer months. We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Bazaar.

Happy birthday to Megan Winkel McNulty October 9. Hope you had a great day. Happy birthday to Alex Gillespie and Mac- kenzie Bean October 13, Mike Bradley and Paul Fisher October 14, and Levi Porter and Charlie Lilliquist October 15. Hope you all have a great day.

We bid goodbye to Fritz George, golf pro at Wawashkamo Golf Course, who is retiring this year. Best wishes from Island friends.

Ken and Vanessa Hardy will celebrate their wedding anniversary October 14. Have a wonderful day.

The popular Woods Restaurant and the Jockey Club both closed for the season Saturday, October 8. We wish all of the employees a very good winter.

The annual Millionaire’s Night, sponsored by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, will be Sunday, October 16, at The Gate House. Come and join in the fun.

Lorianne Thompson has closed the Lilac House for the season and has left for Florida to join her husband, Lt. Commander Ken Thompson, who is stationed there. Have a great winter. We look forward to seeing you next spring.

Happy birthday to Janie Hart October 20, Kathleen Rickley October 21, and Danielle Wightman October 23. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Pat and Vivian McTique recently entertained friends at their condominium in the Mission.

Elaine Murray left Mackinac Friday, September 30, for her winter home in Vermont. Her husband, Toby, will remain on the Island for a few more weeks.

Mike Hegarty celebrated his birthday October 3. Hope you had a great day.

Kate Koboski and family of Petoskey enjoyed a recent weekend on Mackinac.

Dr. Don and Karen Weersing of Grand Haven attended the birthday celebration for Vic Callewaert Friday evening, September 30.

Pollyanna Smith and Dominic Redman were married Saturday, October 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Jim Williams officiating. Pollyanna is employed at Central Savings Bank, and Dominic is an officer with the Mackinac Island Police Department.

Happy anniversary to Bob and Susie Raisch October 16. Have a wonderful day.

Rod and Nancy Nelson of St. Ignace attended the birthday festivities for Vic Callewaert Friday evening, September 30.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Gila Grossman October 1. Hope your day was special.

We send get-well wishes to Midge Gillespie of St. Ignace, who recently had major surgery at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital in Cheboygan.

Irene Rickley, her daughter, Sara Bunker Sutherland, Joe Stakoe, and Annette Gillespie will celebrate their birthdays October 25. Hope you all have a great day.

Debra and Sandra Orr left Mackinac Saturday, October 1, for their winter home in Naples, Florida. Debra will have knee replacement surgery in Boston, Massachusetts, Tuesday, October 25. Best wishes from Island friends.

Anna Mary Cusack will celebrate her birthday October 29. Enjoy your day.

The new fire truck arrived Tuesday, October 4. It will be a wonderful addition to the Mackinac Island Fire Department.

The Mackinac Island Lakers soccer and volleyball teams played the Hannahville teams Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1.

Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, with their friends, Clarice and Dennis Lewis of Dublin, Ohio, are enjoying their annual vacation at the Windermere Hotel.

Kevin Leveille spent a recent weekend in Minnesota with the Tim Leveille family. They enjoyed a weekend of a hobby called “letterboxing.”

Happy birthday to Loren Horn and Calvin Rogers, Jr. October 31. Have a great day.

Marilyn Putz, summer cottager from the East Bluff, provides beautiful dinner music in the main dining room at Mission Point Resort. It is very enjoyable and relaxing.

Kitty and George Schadel left Mackinac Monday, October 3, for their home in Lackawanna, New York. Have a great winter.

Win-Some Women Christian Retreat will gather at Grand Hotel with more than 3,000 participants to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Workshop sessions are planned October 18 through October 21. The sessions are full.

I received a nice note from a gentleman named Gary Bugh from Mount Pleasant, stating that he was a longtime friend and fellow broadcaster with 91-year-old Jim Hughes, who passed away Saturday, September 10. Mr. Hughes loved the Island and spent most Saturdays at Grand Hotel, from May through October, in the 1980s and 1990s. He enjoyed stopping at the Dog House for two hot dogs with just a little mustard. He had many friends on the Island, including the Musser family and former Governor Bill Milliken. Recently, Mr. Bugh and his two grandsons, John and David, along with Mr. Hughes’ friend, Paul Siers, came to the Island to celebrate Mr. Hughes’ life. Grand Hotel resident historian Bob Tagatz treated them to the buffet at Grand Hotel, where they shared memories of their mutual friend. Later in the afternoon, a brief ceremony was held near the “Somewhere in Time” movie plaque (Mr. Hughes loved the movie) at the end of the boardwalk, a perfect day on Mackinac. He would have loved it. Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel have lost a good friend.

Enjoy the great fall colors and weather!

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