October in Full Swing

This has been a good, long summer, and I’m glad that it’s finally October. There are too many fun things going on this month.

When I’m teaching I only get to be back in the fudge shops to make fudge on Saturdays, so this Saturday I prepared myself for a routine day of fudge making. It was slow, but then again, what October doesn’t feel like that after enduring the hectic schedules of June, July and August? I didnt make any fudge art, but I tried a new spin on selling fudge in the form of mini pies. Who wouldn’t like a dollop of fudge surrounded by a layer of graham cracker crust? I guess I’ll be finding out soon, as they just went out into the showcase this Monday.


The big excitement for me and I’m sure lots of the tourists traveling on and off the island this Sunday was the weather. Blowing winds and big waves was the theme for the day, and tourists stopping to chat with me while I made fudge filled me in on how their ferry had canceled a scheduled trip, had shut down altogether for the day, and were just hoping the waves would die down later in the day. I myself wanted to check out the waves, and did so in the morning behind the fudge shop. Sneaking out the back door and walking down the alley behind my shop, the Trading Post, and Seabiscuit, I walked out onto the dock and around the hardware store to get a better view looking at the back of our store, where one can find a very lovely private venue known to me as the Tiki Room. Often times on a hot, summer day, the owners of this Tiki paradise will sit out there and grill something that the wind currents blow in through my fudge shop’s back door and entices me to immediately run out and buy some ribs.

On this day, however, no one was cooking… and a good thing, too! I caught these waves brushing up against the dock and the biggest one almost flew far enough back around to hit me where I was standing:




Since it had started to rain after work, and I’ve been feeling under the weather, I decided not to go out after work on Saturday to get more pictures. The weather was a bit better on Sunday, and it wasn’t raining, so I took some time to snap a few pics down by one of the break walls:


  

  
  
  

So the exciting thing that’s happening this month? My brother’s getting married! I can’t wait because it’s going to be awesome seeing my big brother tie the knot, plus the reception will be filled with tons of his ballroom dancing friends from college. Looks like I won’t be missing much of the Grand Hotel’s ballroom dance weekend, because I’ll be dancing all night anyway! And of course, this month has what a lot of us islanders call the ‘holiday that never ends,’ which is Halloween. More on that in a future post…

~ Heather

Mackinac in February

A few photos from around town:

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Sunset at school
Sunny day downtown
Sunny day downtown
At the end of town (Doud's on left, Chippewa on right)
At the end of town (Doud’s on left, Chippewa on right)
Middle of town (May's Fudge across the street)
Middle of town (May’s Fudge across the street)
Tourists lined up across from The Mustang for dinner
Tourists lined up across from The Mustang for dinner

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All the snowfall lately has left quite an impact!
All the snowfall lately has left quite an impact!
Just barely dug a path to my house...
Just barely dug a path to my house…
Looking out on a very snowy day
Looking out on a very snowy day (my shoveled path is still holding on!)
The Grand Hotel in the distance
The Grand Hotel in the distance
We couldn't go one more day in February without a community-wide sledding day down Fort St., this past Sunday
We couldn’t go one more day in February without a community-wide sledding day down Fort St., this past Sunday

~ Heather

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival 2013

Today is the beginning of a very festive weekend on Mackinac Island, as today starts the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival! There are a lot of fun events going on, but the real event will be what you’ll find inside the fudge shops! Here are a couple of pictures from around May’s Famous Fudge shop from this summer:

Here I am, stirring some cherry fudge
Here I am, stirring some cherry fudge
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And here I am, IN the fudge! My brother, Lee May, is an artist and graphic designer, and when he’s not creating art on his computer or sketchbook, he’s creating artwork in the fudge.
My sister, Tienne, stirring some fresh mint chocolate chip fudge
Stirring up all kinds of hotness! I believe we had just started to cook a batch of carmel.

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Cashew brittle that had just been poured onto the marble slab. The next step? flip it over and stretch it out!

In an attempt to catch up to my brother’s artwork, I’ve been working on my penmanship in the fudge:

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And after a long day of fudge making, all I have left to do now is cut the fudge and clean the marble slabs.

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A new fudge design I've been trying for the festival... loops and swirls!
A new fudge design I’ve been trying for the festival… loops and swirls!

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