Slow Open

Congratulations everyone, we made it through May!

The weather is steadily getting nicer, the flowers are steadily blooming, and stores are slowly starting to open. The island has participated in a “soft soft opening” to the season, keeping the elders of our community in mind as we get the tourist season started up. I’ve ventured out a few times recently for more than just the mail, and am starting to enjoy more of the nature coming alive outside my window as well.

Two morning doves have found a new place to build a nest, just outside my window! They were working on it for a full day a few days ago, using the cut off branch as a nice landing pad.

A shipment of flowers rounding the corner onto Cadotte Ave…

My sister arrived back on the island a couple weeks ago as well. The boat lines have made many changes to their services in the time of Covid-19, including requiring guests wear masks on the boat, and cleaning seats off between each boat ride.

I recently left the island to move my car out of winter parking and into summer parking, as well as pick up my resident pass for Shepler’s. The ride was great, and I missed the wavy rides of a fast ferry ride! I haven’t left the island since mid-March, which isn’t that long, but considering the fact that I’ve stayed home for the majority of that time, it seemed MUCH longer. Anyway, it was nice to enjoy the lake breeze on the return trip home.

For those of you interested, you can find a list of store openings on Mackinac Island’s tourism bureau website, right here. Who’s looking forward to a trip to the island this summer, and when are you planning to come? Is there anyone playing it safe and delaying their trip to next year?

Stay safe everyone! Until next time…

Heather

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Mackinac Kids Clean!

Who’s ready for a visit!?
Last Monday, the students of Mackinac Island Public School set out to do some outdoor cleaning for Earth Day! Students went out by classroom and the island was split up into different sections for picking up garbage. Here, 4-7th grade start their trek by the boardwalk, while 2-3rd graders are on their way back from the middle of the island:

Since the weather seems to also be heating up, I thought I’d put up a couple of art projects from my 2-3rd grade art students. They’ve been studying up on Picasso portraits, and we created suns out of them using oil pastels. Students colored one side with warm colors, and the other side with cool colors, using whatever colors they liked for the sun’s rays.Then, they cut out their sun and glued it onto a construction paper background:

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You can see more of this artwork, along with K-12 artwork at the Mackinac Island Public Library coming up this May! The student art show will stay up in the library throughout May and until the Lilac Festival. If you find yourself on the island early this summer, please stop by and enjoy some art!