Mackinac Winter Update

Hi friends,

Here’s an update of what’s been going on here on Mackinac Island as of late:

For the past 2 months I’ve been learning the ropes at my new job at Ste. Anne’s Church as their secretary. And I’ve been told that it takes 3 years to know everything there is to do as a church secretary, so I’ve got a lot to learn! But so far, so good… because of the unique situation that we are in on Mackinac Island, our church closes up and we have mass downstairs in our parish hall

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Then, once Christmas nears we decorate the church and have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass upstairs. On a side note, it’s fun being in charge of all the new materials that come in, ie advent books, calendars, etc… and it’s also fun getting to update the Ste. Anne’s Facebook page with photos throughout the winter season!

After I’ve worked at the church in the mornings, I hop back on my bike (a word about my snowmobile later in this post) and head over to the school, where I teach art and music classes. We are in the midst of learning music for our Winter Concert on Dec. 20, and this year’s concert will involve more instruments than in past performances. I’m very excited to see how well the 4-5 students do in their Bells Choir, and the 6-8 students on their piano solos. Plus, there will be some fun songs for preschool-3rd grade to sing! And as usual, the high school music class will be finishing the concert with instrumental songs of their own, featuring a variety of group ensemble and solo/duet music.

When school gets out and I’ve organized my lessons for the following week, I head back out to either finish up work at the church, or go home. Now here’s where my life has been getting a little tricky… my parents decided to stay a month longer than they normally do (as seasonal residents, they move to Petoskey in the winter), so with the extra hands (and the extra place to spend the night) around, I decided to take my sweet time moving up to my new home in Harrisonville. Although it’s nice not having to worry about finding the time to lug a bunch of stuff up the hill on a dray, unload it, and bring it all indoors all in one shot, I still haven’t quite gotten everything up there yet. But now that they’ve finally made the move off the island for the winter, it’s time to start moving. EVERYTHING. Actually, there’s not much left to move, it’s just a matter of putting them all in boxes and bags first. How fun!

Oh, and about my snowmobile… well, we did have a couple of days of snowfall, allowing me and everyone here to comfortably snowmobile around for a bit. I have this nice little Polaris Indy 440 that works just fine, although every now and then I need some help pull starting it what with my weak arm muscles and all. Thank goodness I live on an island where everyone is helpful and friendly and there’s always someone around to help with that! Unfortunately, with the warmer temps and rainfall this weekend, most of the snow has disappeared, and we’ll all have to wait until the next snowfall to get back on our sleds.

Anyway… I’ve got most of my big ticket items at the new place, and being that this weekend is our Christmas Bazaar, I couldn’t help but take a few pictures of what’s being going on around town:

I was just able to catch the lighting of the Christmas tree:

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The rummage sale at the fire department had a great amount of stuff from which to choose. People really stepped up and donated this year!


There were also a lot of wonderful items for sale over at Community Hall, many of which were home made:


And who couldn’t resist Santa!? He was a big hit coming in on the fire truck:


I hope you’re all having a wonderful winter so far out there!

6 thoughts on “Mackinac Winter Update

  1. Beth

    You are amazing! I don’t know how you do it all. I’m a teacher and I don’t think I have any energy left to spare by the end of the day! Thanks for writing your blog. Your writing helps me to relax as I let my mind wander and imagine the magical island that you call home.

    1. heathermay

      Thanks, Beth! When it comes to energy at the end of the day, I definitely know how you feel. But I guess being on “island time” helps to slow things down a bit 🙂 Glad to hear from a fellow teacher!

  2. Liz Peterson

    Heather, Mackinaw Island is my favorite place ever! I am so excited that I found you!I have read back to the beginning! I do want to know when did you start to stay on the island full time? Thanks for the adventures so far! Liz

    1. heathermay

      Thanks Liz, glad you’re enjoying the blog! I started living here year-round in 2010, which means this is my third winter here 🙂

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