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June 2009 Blog Posts (17)

Postcard of the week

A view of Main Street on Mackinac Island looking east toward the fort.

Added by Mike Forrester on June 29, 2009 at 3:42pm — No Comments

2010 'Seasons of Mackinac' Calendar now available

The Mackinac Island Recreational Department has updated it's webpage to feature the new 2010 'Seasons of Mackinac' calendar, available for $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.


The images in the calendar were selected during the island… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Things to do on Mackinac Island - Part Two

In Part One of my guide of the top things to do, I listed many of the most familiar island activities, but also a few that some may not be familiar with. I think that's a good thing. Like so many activities we engage in, we tend to stick with what we know - the tried and true. Sometimes it's going back to a favorite restaurant or hotel. On Mackinac Island, it's doing the things that, well, are easiest to do! But Mackinac Island has more to offer if you leave the few blocks of… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 23, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Island book signing on July 3rd

Michigan native Doris Kelly will be signing copies of her new book, 'Mystery of the Copper Turtle' on Friday, July 3rd at 2:00PM at The Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island.

From her website: 'A stolen copper turtle, a monstrous green Gi-bi, a haunted music hall, and a man missing from the Governor’s Conference — suddenly, Jared and Sadie’s boring Mackinac Island summer perks up! Mystery of the Copper Turtle is the… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 22, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Postcard of the week

I found this card on CardCow after finding out about the upcoming tours of Round Island Lighthouse on July 11th. It's hard to imagine the lighthouse in this state of disrepair and even harder to imagine Mackinac Island… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 18, 2009 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Back to reality...for now

Mackinac Island offers visitors many different options for relaxation, biking, hiking, riding horses, but this trip it offered me a chance to meet some incredible people. While I've been a fan of the island for over a decade, it's only been a few months I've started writing about it in this blog, Twitter or Facebook. Yet in that short time, the internet has allowed me to meet folks I would have never known otherwise.

Round Island Lighthouse, taken from ferry departing the island. When you share a common interest, conversation comes… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A great weekend on Mackinac Island

Though the great weather would have been enough to make this past weekend memorable, I have to admit it was meeting all the great people on the island. I've spent a few hours each day talking to some long time residents, new residents and visitors like myself. Each of them has contributed to making this visit the best yet, and I'll be sharing their advice, tips and stories in upcoming posts.

In the meantime, I still have one more day on the island, so it's back to exploring!

Added by Mike Forrester on June 15, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Computer Curses

Pardon the interruption...but my computer has crashed. Of all places my new Dell laptop decides to stop functioning properly, it's on Mackinac Island! I'm using the computer at the internet cafe for this post, but it looks like the bulk of my postings may not happen until the computer issue is fixed! Here's hoping I can sort it out tomorrow!

In the meantime, I'm shooting hours of video and travelogues that I will be posting in the coming weeks. Have a great weekend.

Added by Mike Forrester on June 13, 2009 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Relaxing after a morning hike on Mackinac Island

It's time to take a break after nearly 4 hours of hiking the trails around the East Bluff and Arch Rock on Mackinac… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 12, 2009 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Video taken above Marquette Park of downtown Mackinac Island

I was up early this morning and hiked mostly around the East Bluff. Here's a quick video of the view near Anne's Tablet and the 'Somewhere In Time'… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 12, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Driving to Mackinac Island...A video blog

It took more than just a short drive to arrive on Mackinac Island… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 11, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

It's time for a visit to the Lilac Festival

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is well underway and beginning Thursday evening, you'll be treated to daily updates from the festival and around Mackinac Island during my visit. Look for blogs, videos and photos all posted here, on the Facebook page and frequent updates on the Twitter account.

If you're visiting the island this weekend, please let me know. I am planning an informal get-together at the Pink Pony on Saturday evening at 6PM, though I am also happy to meet when it's… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 10, 2009 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Postcard of the week

This postcard from 1908 by the Curt Teich & Company shows Mackinac Island Crescent Beach. The photo location appears to be just east of where the Bay View Bed & Breakfast now stands and looks west toward downtown.

Added by Mike Forrester on June 7, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments


We're planning a trip to the island on June 11, 2009. Does anyone know if the lilacs will be in bloom?

Added by Kathy Brady on June 5, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Island blooms with Lilac Festival

The 60th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is underway! This island is noted for it's large lilacs many of which resemble trees more than shrubs and some of which could approaching two hundred years old. During a visit in 1947, Naturalist Carl D. La Rue wrote that some of the lilacs could be 118 years old based on his observations. The lilacs obviously like the climate of Mackinac Island.…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 5, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Preserving vacation memories

By trade, I'm a cameraman. It's my job to work with broadcast and corporate clients to record important events, activities or stories that will be turned into news features, documentaries or even sales videos.

I've had a camera in my hand and to my eye for as long as I can remember, even shooting Super 8 movies when I was in Elementary School. Cameras, especially video cameras are a magical machine to me. They capture moments not likely to be repeated and allow viewers the unique… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 4, 2009 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Postcard of the Week

This postcard is of Mackinac Island's old Agency House, which was the home to Anne in the book by the same name by author Constance Fenimore Woolson. Anne Cottage on Main Street now stands on the site of the Agency House.

(Note: I am moving the Postcard of the Week to my blog line so they… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 1, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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Coast Guard on Mackinac Island

Started by Robert Posar. Last reply by Robert Posar Oct 10. 7 Replies

I was a Coast Guardsman assigned to the Mackinac Island Life Boat Station 1958-1960. The Station is now the Visitors Center. While living on the island for near 2 years, I met many wonderful Islanders, worked for the City, and rode saddle horses for…Continue

Arnold Ferry

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by Mike Forrester May 15. 2 Replies

I understand Arnold Ferry may not longer be running. It is our tradition to get to and from the island on Arnold!! Anyone have any info? BRING BACK ARNOLD!!

A view of the bridge

Started by Robert Keck May 4. 0 Replies

This is a webcam that went on line last fall, okay to add?

Grand Hotel entrance fee

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by maxine teachout Apr 6. 2 Replies

I have read in one place only, that if you enter the hotel grounds from West Bluff or by a horse drawn carriage, there is no entrance fee. Can anyone confirm this?Thanks! TinaContinue

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