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Grand Hotel Historian Tagatz Talks Cars, Trip to Cuba in St. Ignace

Grand Hotel historian and concierge Bob Tagatz lives on an island that hasn’t had a privately owned motor vehicle since William McKinley resided in the White House, but his well-documented love of old cars has taken him everywhere from elite Co More...

Chicago Students Are Treated To A Day on Mackinac Island

Their “My Block, My Hood, My City” sweatshirts and Tshirts could be seen a mile out on the top deck of the Star Line Ferry coming from Mackinaw City as a dozen students from Chicago approached Mackinac Island for the first time in their l More...

Mackinac Island Hosts 49th Annual Stone Skipping Tournament

The Mackinac Stone Skipping & Gerplunking Club’s annual Stone Skipping Tournament has become a familiar element of Mackinac Island’s Fourth of July festivities, where amateurs and world record holders of all ages compete against each More...

July 4th Weekend Sees Biggest Crowd of Visitors Since 1980s

Visitors came in droves to Mackinac Island the long Independence Day weekend, a period Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry President Chris Shepler described as the busiest days for his company since the 1980s. More...

Grand Hotel Hosts Summer Poetry Series

The annual poetry lecture series at Grand Hotel, hosted by Jim Lenfenstey, has a revised 2017 summer schedule for its sessions themed “From My Favorite Poets To Yours.”  More...

Island Dock Porters Share Memories A Half-Century Later

More than 50 years later, the memories of Mackinac Island were still fresh in the minds of three men who worked as porters balancing loads of luggage on bicycles for transport to hotels from the Arnold Transit Company dock in 1966.  More...

109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Sets Sail July 15

More than 300 boats have been registered to take on what is known as one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races, the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust Saturday, July 15.  The race is a 333-m More...

Proposed Composting System To Cut Costs, Build Revenue

Michigan State University students have developed a composting plan for Mackinac Island they say could save the Island’s Department of Public Works up to $50,000 in annual costs for transporting and disposing of sludge from its wastewater treat More...

Mulebone Set To Perform July 14 at The Gate House

Mulebone is a musical partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa and roots music specialist Hugh Pool. They base most of their sound on traditional blues with a unique instrumental twist.  More...

Mother, Sister, and Daughter Create New Illustrated Cook Book

Good food and fine art come together in the “Mackinac Island Cottage Cookbook,” an illustrated collection of recipes by mother and daughter team, Barbara Toms and Marcia Dunnigan, with original artwork by award-winning artist Sharon Griff More...

Names in Local History: A Profile of St. Ignace’s Peter Hombach

Peter William Hombach was born in Kelters, Prussia on September 23, 1835. His parents were Henry and Ursula Hombach. He came to the United States in 1852, arriving at Mackinac Island in 1854. More...

Unseasonable Weather Sweeps Through Straits

Climate in the Straits of Mackinac is often erratic with a wide range of temperatures and intense storms, but rains that engulfed Mackinac Island for extended periods during the final week of June were unusual, according to a National Weather Service More...

Line 5’s Saga Continues; Watershed Council Offers Workshops

There must be a back story to Enbridge’s Line 5 Straits oil and gas pipeline that only a few know, because from the outside, nothing makes much sense. More...

Fort Mackinac Celebrates Independence Day with 1880s Traditions

Fort Mackinac’s annual Star- Spangled Fourth of July celebration embraces the traditions of the Fourth of July as the holiday would have been celebrated by the Fort Mackinac soldiers and community of the 1880s and provides patriotic fun enjoyed More...

New Anna May Timmons Education Center Announced at Cookout

Fresh-grilled burgers and sweets were the order of the evening as the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center held its annual Cowboy Cookout festivities Thursday, June 29.  More...

Civil War Memorial Dedication To Take Place August 19

A dedication of the memorial to honor Union Civil War veterans from Mackinac Island, to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, will include a special ceremony performed by the Michigan department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. More...

Anna Timmons Service To Be Held July 8 at Ste. Anne’s Church

A funeral for Anna May Timmons will be Saturday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island.  Mrs. Timmons lived many summers on Mackinac Island. More...

Families Enjoy Independence Day Sack Races, Competitions

Above: Children race to the finish line in potato sacks on Windermere Point. The Mackinac Island Recreation Department held free games July 4 for Island residents and visitors. More...

Tim McCleery Takes First at Pink Pony Sailboat Race

Mackinac Island Yacht Club 2017 Pink Pony Fourth of July Sailboat Race Results   More...

Children’s Choir Sing Culturally Diverse Praises

The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster, from Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Mennonite School, sang at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort Saturday, June 17.  More...

Local Authors Write New Book for Thoreau’s 200th Birthday

To commemorate American essayist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday and his 1861 visit to Mackinac Island, the Mackinac Arts Council has organized an evening of readings, music, and artwork inspired by Thoreau’s work. More...

Ste. Anne Church Reaching Out to Community Since 1660s

The mission of Jesuit priests 3.5 centuries ago is still alive in international meals, dances, teaching, and services held at Sainte Anne Catholic Church for the thousands of employees who arrive on Mackinac Island from around the world each summer.& More...

MACKINAC ISLAND YACHT CLUB BRIDGE RESULTS

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 5, Toots Gillespie placed first, Janet Stingel placed second, and Dick Riel placed third.   More...

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