First Fudge

As the school year is winding down, I’m slowly starting back up at May’s Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island for the summer. This weekend, I worked side by side with my oldest sister, Tienne, to make fudge throughout the day. And I am proud to say… I STILL got it!

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As a candymaker, you really seem to forget how to make fudge. It’s like riding a bicycle. And you can never go wrong with chocolate fudge… lots and lots of chocolate fudge. We made sure to stock up on it by making mostly plain chocolate and chocolate nut fudge. We did throw in some vanilla nut, maple nut, and peanut butter fudge as well. It was nice getting to work next to my family once again, and I’m really looking forward to this upcoming season!

Here are a few more pictures of what I got to make on Saturday and Sunday:

Before I could make the fudge, I had to make sure we had plenty of chocolate on hand to put into the batch. I was told that you can actually buy this kind of chocolate (No. 23) in little chips, but in keeping with tradition, we do everything by hand and cut this large block of fudge with a knife:

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My brother being a career artist, likes to make special notes about the quality of our fudge in the fudge itself:

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When the fudge has finally cooled down to a certain point, it’s ready to cut off the bars and start flipping:

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The finished product! Well, almost… the fudge still needs to be cut:

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Once Memorial Day Weekend hits, we should be able to get more of our standard flavors in, gradually working our way back up to our normal 16 flavor menu. Also, there is a chance that we’ll be making our famous Monster turtles later this week! More pics of that to come soon…

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Mackinac Island Student Art Show

This weekend was the reception for the Mackinac Island K-12 student art show. We had a wonderful turnout and the students and parents alike enjoyed seeing art from across each grade level.

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Many of the students’ parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers were in attendance:

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Some of the students also had the opportunity to be interviewed by the local newspaper, the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

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What I tried to focus on in art class these past few weeks were self portraits, and also a study of the artist, Pablo Picasso. We learned a little bit about the artist himself, then looked a few of his paintings. In the picture below, K-1 students used watercolor to paint a Picasso-style portrait:

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In 2nd-3rd grade, I chose the sun as a creative face to study the Picasso style. Students used oil pastels to create suns with one side of warm colors and the other side of cool colors:

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With 5 high school art students this year, I gave them a bit of free range in terms of choosing their subjects. Their displayed artwork focused on watercolors and acrylic paintings:

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For 4th through 7th grade, I chose to display a variety of the artwork they’ve done throughout the year. They used a variety of different mediums, including oil pastel, colored pencil, and even created their own wax-resist scratchboards:

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Being my first time putting up an art show I was a little bit nervous about the outcome, but everyone in attendance truly enjoyed the show. The students’ artwork will be on display at the Mackinac Island Public Library from now through the Lilac Festival, so if you find yourself on Mackinac Island in the next month, please stop by to see all the incredible artwork!

Sights around Mackinac Island

It was a fairly busy weekend for Mackinac Island this past weekend. Unfortunately, I missed most of it! But here’s what I was able to catch:

For almost all of Saturday my time was spent at the Mackinac Island Public Library, putting up the artwork for our school’s 2012 spring art show. I was not quite aware of how many people were around town that day… at least not until the next day on Sunday when I made my way to church. 

As I biked along, I noticed a fair amount of tourists enjoying some of the nice weather that morning in front of the Island House:

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My mom and I were a little bit late for mass at Ste. Anne’s, but we didn’t think much about it… man, we should have been on time!!

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Turns out my sister got there a little bit late too, so we all ended up sitting together… in the back. But it was still a lovely mass 🙂 As we mosied back home afterwards, that was when I really got to see Mackinac island back alive for the first time this year:

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Almost all of the stores are open, and even though there’s still a little bit of construction/painting going around here and there, Mackinac island is pretty much ready for every tourist!

For those of you who will be around this coming weekend, please join me at the K-12 student art show reception this Friday from 4-6pm, at the Mackinac Island Public Library. It features artwork ranging from Kindergarten watercolor paintings, to 3rd grade oil pastel, to 12th grade acrylic paintings. The reception is free for all, and cookies will be provided! Hope to see you there, and if not, you can see pictures from the reception this coming weeekend.