Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fun in the Sun…

Evie Bloomfield here from the Cycle Path mystery series set on Mackinac Island. 

It’s June  and a perfect evening with small swells on Lake Huron and clear skies overhead. Those of us brave enough...or stupid enough, the jury was still out on that one...to tough out the winter from hell on the island so deserved an evening like this. A year ago I lived in Chicago and thought I knew all about snow, hideous winters and ice. Yeah, right.


            The Lilac Festival is in full swing with fudges...that’s what we call the tourists who visit our lovely island because they buy so much fudge, nearly ten tons a year would you believe. Holy cow, now that’s a lot of fudge.

            The Lilac Festival is the first festival on the island
and it’s our prettiest festival. We have lilacs blooming all over in every color and shade of white, pink, blue, purple and even red. The whole island smells like heaven and looks like one giant wedding bouquet. We have other festivals on the island all year long too.  There’s the Horse Festival to celebrate the horse's role on the island.  We have  lectures, workshops, pony rides, carriage parades, demonstrations, stable tours and a parade. We are really big on parades on the island.
            In the fall we have the Music Festival with folk, country, rock, blues, bluegrass, classical, jazz and country. We have a Fudge Festival to celebrate fudge…that’s my favorite festival around here. Who doesn’t love great fudge? And we always celebrate the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day with great cookouts and parades and lots of terrific food.
            So that’s the festival lineup here on Mackinac, what about in your neck of the woods? What is your favorite Summer Festival? Is it a State Fair? Church get-together? Ice Cream Social? Antique Festival? Let me know and I’ll give away a striped beach towel from the comments. After all there is no better festival than a day at the beach. (be sure to check back to see if you’re the winner)
Hugs, Evie
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14 comments:

  1. I would
    D love the lilac festivals, one of my favorite scents. We have Musikfest but it's gotten to big and is no longer the quaint time it used tobe. I have to say two friends and I went to Brimfield Antiques Fair one year and we had the best time, worn around the edges motel (went with the antique theme so we didn't complain) drinks by the pool with out toes in the water and oodles of antique hunting with many oohs and ahhh. Came home with a spinning wheel (huge) and many other treasures. Spinning wheel was so big that I had to sell it once home but the profit paid for half the trip. I'd do it again

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    1. Love the spinning wheel story. I so need to check out the Brimfield festival. Even if I don’t buy just looking is half the fun.

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  2. I'm not a fan of summer but my favorite time of summer is when all 6 of our kids and their families get together for a few days. It's a wild time but it is so fun to have them all together!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Nothing more fun than getting together with the family. I love summer and wish it would last forever.

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  3. The Kumquat Festival is the festival I look forward to the most every year. We also have Strawberry and Blueberry festivals.

    I love that you call visitors fudges!! Too funny! I would love the Lilac Festival. The smell would be amazing. I love purple (my favorite color) lilacs the most. I'd like the Horse Festival too since I love horses, and who wouldn't love a music festival?

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  4. We have the Garlic Festival close to where I live - also the Mushroom Festival and the Artichoke Festival! My favorite of all though is the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, California!

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    1. Wow, Karen, you have a ton of festivals. What fun!! They sound amazing.

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  5. Currently it is the summer reading program hosted by the public library. :)
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Summer reading programs are always fun. I love them when I was a kid.

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  6. The Lavender Festival is one of my favorites. Summer is lovely here and I love Lavender. Thanks for this great post and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh this sounds amazing and I just love Lavender.

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  7. Where I used to live we had The Bread and Honey Festival the first weekend of June. Free giant slices of bread with honey, games, entertainment and an old fashioned fair and parade. I miss this special yearly event. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh now that is a terrific memory! I would definitely miss that too. Local honey is so delish. Yummm. And homemade bread! There is nothing better.

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  8. The winner is Karen Candee!! Congrats Karen. Send me your mailing address DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com and I’ll send along a beach towel. I’ll give away another next month. Long live summer!!!

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