Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Holidays…Island Style
Evie Bloomfield here. It’s my first Christmas and New Years on Mackinac Island. I could have chose to go off island and spend the really cold months with my parents and siblings in Chicago but there is a ton of work to do at the bike shop to get ready for next year.
Now that it’s Christmastime on Mackinac Island and the place is really gearing up for the event. Things on MI are a little different than other places with there being no cars. By now the horses have been taken off island for the winter and we are polishing up our snowmobiles and dragging out the winter boots. I’ve never driven a snowmobile and cannot wait! (Hope others on the island agree!)
To get the season off to the right start we have the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. To benefit the medical center that keeps us all happy and healthy. For three days people meet, talk, bid, eat, bargain hunt, and buy all for the sake of raising funds.
The Friday before the Christmas Bazaar is the kick off with caroling, tree lighting and a hay ride in the middle of Main Street where the Christmas tree is placed.
Almost all 500 of us permanent residents congregate to sing holiday carols which ends with a local child being picked to “throw the switch” and turn on the lights on the Christmas tree. After the tree is lit, a hay wagon arrives to take young and old on an old fashioned hay ride, where often the singing continues.
The Rummage sale then opens for early birds to get first dibs on the best buys in the Mackinac Island Fire Hall. You see, with this being an island getting rid of stuff is tough so we sort of swap stuff around instead of tossing it out.
And now the fun for the kids starts…all 65 of them that attend out schools and the younger ones too. On Saturday the community hall and fire barn open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served throughout the day and then Santa arrives. We wind up the day with a Prime Rib Dinner where we all get together in the town hall and celebrate being together.
For New Years we ring in the event with the a snowshoe walk and the Great Turtle Ball Drop…’cause out island is shaped like a turtle. Then we head over to the Town Hall for live music and dancing.
So that’s the Happy Holidays news from Evie Bloomfleld and Mackinac Island. See you all next year! And by the way…what do you have planned for next year
I’ll give away a copy of Geared for the Grave from the answers.
Geared for the Grave
first book in Cycle Path Mysteries
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