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Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – July 7 – 9, 2017

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We are excited to announce that family owned Trinchero Family Estates  will be joining Grand Hotel for Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend. You will have the opportunity to explore varietals from Trinchero’s brand, Terra d’Oro translated as “Land of Gold.” The name pays tribute to its Italian heritage by creating Pinot Grigios and Barberas, along with single-vineyard Zinfandels. Jeff Meyers from Terra d’Oro will be joining us for the weekend along with Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer. Elizabeth was recently featured on MyNorth.com. Read Article >>

Terra d'Oro

The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception on the Front Porch followed by a five-course dinner in the Main Dining Room. On Saturday enjoy a full breakfast in the Main Dining Room followed by two themed wine tastings.

Morning tasting: Enjoy Italian varietals from California including, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo based Rose, Aglianico (ancient grape from Southern Italy), Teroldego, Barbera, and Sangiovese. All the wines tasted during this session are made in very small production and provide a unique opportunity to taste something not available every where.

Afternoon tasting: The second tasting on Saturday will have a Zinfandel perspective including, Terra d’Oro Zinfandel,  Home Vineyard Zinfandel, Deaver Vineyard Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and finishing with  Zinfandel Port.

Later that evening, enjoy featured wines at the Grand Cocktail Reception and a special private dinner. Afterwards sip demitasse, enjoy musical entertainment in the Terrace Room or gather with friends in the Cupola Bar. In addition the package includes accommodations in one of 393 uniquely decorated guest rooms and all of the modern amenities of Grand Hotel.

Elizabeth Schweitzer
Elizabeth Schweitzer, Grand Hotel Sommelier

Stay additional nights Thursday, July 6 and/or Sunday, July 9 for $229* per room, per night with dinner at Woods at no extra charge (based on availability).

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-33GRAND

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • A full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Saturday wine tastings
  • Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception
  • Special dinner event on Saturday evening (Saturday dinner is for adults only)
  • Saturday evening Cordial Reception
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to 2% Mackinac Island assessment, Michigan 6% sales tax and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and child rates apply.

Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend

Arrive: Friday, July 7, 2017
Depart: Sunday, July 9, 2017

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$1,299 per couple, $1,149 single
Lakeview:
$1,725 per couple, $1,575 single

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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 15 – 18, 2017

Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.

The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 15, 2017 with 3,000 sailors competing in this world-class sporting event. Although The Mac remains primarily an amateur event, this race has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport.

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest, annual freshwater sailing race in the world. It takes place on Lake Michigan.

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Quicklinks: (Look for updates as racetime approaches)

Race to Mackinac – FAQ – Basic questions (and answers) about the race

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Online Race Tracking – 2016

Mackinac Bridge Call-Ins Page (Keeps track of boats that have passed the bridge)

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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
Follow the Race to Mackinac Via Twitter
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Website

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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Photo Gallery (Click on photos for slideshow view)
 

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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac On Facebook

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Friday March 17th, 2017 - 10:26 am

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

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Wednesday March 15th, 2017 - 5:43 pm

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

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Wednesday March 15th, 2017 - 8:26 am

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

Two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and legendary sailor Terry Hutchinson is speaking at Columbia Yacht Club on March 23. This is a free event that would be of interest to all Mac sailors! (Note that advanced registration is required - see the event below).

How to Win Sailboat Races with Terry HutchinsonMar 23, 7:00pmColumbia Yacht ClubPlease note, you must register via the ticket link above, seats are limited!

Join us for the first of three seminars in the Quantum Spring Seminar Series at Columbia Yacht Club!

Terry Hutchinson is the master mind behind Quantum Racing’s success and growth. Hutchinson will be sharing his approach for improving the performance of any boat from how to structure practice to what to look for in when making adjustments.

Other seminars in the series:

Introduction to Performance Racing
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Distance Racing A to Z
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Tuesday March 14th, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

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2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – July 22 – 25, 2017

2016 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Bayview Mackinac Race will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start to finish!

Bayview Mackinac Race Quicklinks:

Online Race Tracking – 2016
Bayview Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
Follow Via Twitter
Bayview Yacht Club Website

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In the nine decades that the Bayview Mackinac Race has been sailed, much has happened. Wars, economic depressions, and other significant events have transpired, yet the Race has gone on. In fact, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wired a message to Bayview during World War II when word reached the White House that the Club was considering canceling the race. That message read: “Sail your race.” Even then, it was clear that this race was and is important for sailors and for the State of Michigan. Bayview did sail the Mackinac Race that year, and has done so every single year since the first Bayview Mackinac Race in 1925, making it the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world. This year’s race starts on July 22, 2017.

In its own way, the Bayview Mackinac race has become a vital part of Great Lakes history, Michigan history, and sailing history.

Celebrate the start of the race in Port Huron. Then follow the course of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as they head north along the shores of Michigan’s eastern coast. Join the festivities at the finish line on Mackinac Island. Where the hospitality and celebration is always second to none.

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Tuesday July 19th, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

RECORDS AND WINNERS FOR 92nd EDITION

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. (July 19, 2016) – The 92nd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race provided a fast ride for winners in nine classes on its 259-mile Cove Island Course and seven classes on its shorter 204-mile Shore Course.

“It was a resounding success with near-perfect conditions for most of the race and mostly downwind and reaching legs,” said Chair Kyle Burleson, “and of course there was plenty of camaraderie and revelry before the start during Friday night’s Boat Night in Port Huron and then again on Mackinac Island, which hosts thousands of sailors and their families for two days after the racing is over.”

Even though Rick Warner (Marine City, Michigan) and his crew aboard the Orma 60 Areté set a new elapsed course record for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race on Sunday morning, it was Alan Gurski’s and Ben Gougeon’s (Bay City, Michigan) 35-foot Adagio that won the race’s Division III (Multihull) overall when it arrived at Mackinac Island around 6:16 p.m. that night. Areté had finished just before 11:15 a.m. to finish the Cove Island Course in 21 hours, 44 minutes and 58 seconds, shaving nearly two hours off its own record, which it set last year, but Gurski stole the spotlight with his ride that, on corrected time, put him at the top of the scoreboard and Areté in third position.

“It was a nice, fast ride; I’d give it a 10,” said Gurski, who explained that Adagio was built 46 years ago by his father-in-law (Gougeon’s father) who also once won this race with her. “It was a downwind run to Cove Island; we made the turn and hardened up to where we were reaching and broad reaching the rest of the way. A storm hit us 30 miles from the finish, but we were well prepared and were fast all the way into the Straights of Mackinac. We were passing lots of the Santa Cruz 70s along the way, so we had a good feeling that we were near the front of the fleet.”
Of his record-breaking run Warner said, “It was light before Cove Island, so we had to work it there, but then we saw 26 knots into the Straights of Mackinac. I think we had to complete only four maneuvers on the boat throughout the whole race. It was nearly a full moon, so we could see the boat, feel it better, and get more out of her. It was great to set the record last year, but coming back to beat it is rare, so this was special for us.”

Evolution, the Santa Cruz 70 owned by Terry Kohler and Peter Reichelsdorfer (Sheboygan, Wis.), won Class A and overall honors in Division I (Cove Island). Reichelsdorfer’s son Richard, who served as skipper/navigator, explained that the team’s plan, after looking at weather models, was to stay west of the fleet. “The first couple of hours were tricky, because the wind didn’t do what it was supposed to, but we still stuck with our plan, hugging the Michigan shoreline. We had some traffic issues in the first six to eight hours, which cost us: by 7 p.m. Saturday night, we were three to four miles behind everyone. But we stayed patient, and as the overnight hours came, we were able to see the rest of our class starting to sail higher and slower because they were being lifted toward the Canadian shore (that we wanted to avoid). Once we saw that, we made the effort to sail lower and keep getting the separation on our competition. We made our gains and passed them. We were fourth to finish over the line (shortly after 6 p.m.) behind Heartbreaker, Natalie J and Denali. Interestingly enough, those boats had seen what we were doing and came down to match our line. They are faster, so all we needed to do was stick with them. There aren’t many passing opportunities on the second part of race, so we just got to the finish as fast as we could.”

The Hunter 37 Freedom, which won Class J (Cruising), also won overall honors in Division II (Shore Course). “It’s probably unusual that an older (built in 1987), heavier boat would win,” said skipper James Cooper (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), “but we also won class and overall in 2012 with this boat. Like all winners, we stayed awake and aware in the middle of the night, and given the conditions and the fact we have an asymmetrical, we were able to do well.”

The first of two storms caught up with Freedom 10 to 15 miles from the finish, causing the boat to broach twice. “We put a kite up three hours into the race, and only took it down once…when the storm removed it for us,” said Cooper, laughing. “We tore our chute and got a second one up and got going again. When we finished in daylight (around 8:30 Sunday evening, after 31 and a half hours) only 12 sticks were in the harbor. We were absolutely ecstatic; we felt like we were pitted against Goliath and we won.”

The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday, July 16, from Port Huron. Of the 215 boats registered, 214 started and 14 teams did not finish, making the total count for boats completing the race 200. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 5,000 people will gather on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel for a celebration with live music and a prize giving that will include the awarding of special trophies.

Trophies for the 2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race include the J.L. Hudson Trophy for the boat with the best corrected time in Division I and the Canadian Club Classic Trophy for the boat with the best corrected time in Division II. Special competitions include the Corinthian Challenge (for all-Corinthian teams) and the Pro-Team Sports Challenge (held in conjunction with community partner Set Sail for Autism and the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, with four yachts representing different professional Detroit sports teams) as well as the North Sails Yacht Club Challenge, comprised of 12 three-boat teams.

J.L. Hudson Trophy- Cove Island Course Overall
1) Evolution
2) Heartbreaker
3) Denali2
Canadian Club Classic Trophy- Shore Course Overall
1) Freedom
2) Wind Toy IV
3) Eliminator

Multihull Cove Island Course
1) Adagio
2) Strings
3) Arete'

Corinthian Cup- Awarded to the boat with a crew comprised entirely of ISAF classified amateur sailors with the best overall corrected time in seconds per mile- open to competitors on both courses.
1) Dynamis

Pro-Team Challenge
1) Nauti Boys – representing the Detroit Pistons

Joining Bell’s Beer in sponsoring the 2015 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Mich., Doubletree by Hilton, Freighters, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Aitken and Ormand Insurance, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pentastar Aviation, and the Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Zurn, and Meijer.
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RECORDS AND WINNERS FOR 92nd EDITION

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. (July 19, 2016) – The 92nd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race provided a fast ride for winners in nine classes on its 259-mile Cove Island Course and seven classes on its shorter 204-mile Shore Course.

“It was a resounding success with near-perfect conditions for most of the race and mostly downwind and reaching legs,” said Chair Kyle Burleson, “and of course there was plenty of camaraderie and revelry before the start during Friday night’s Boat Night in Port Huron and then again on Mackinac Island, which hosts thousands of sailors and their families for two days after the racing is over.”

Even though Rick Warner (Marine City, Michigan) and his crew aboard the Orma 60 Areté set a new elapsed course record for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race on Sunday morning, it was Alan Gurski’s and Ben Gougeon’s (Bay City, Michigan) 35-foot Adagio that won the race’s Division III (Multihull) overall when it arrived at Mackinac Island around 6:16 p.m. that night. Areté had finished just before 11:15 a.m. to finish the Cove Island Course in 21 hours, 44 minutes and 58 seconds, shaving nearly two hours off its own record, which it set last year, but Gurski stole the spotlight with his ride that, on corrected time, put him at the top of the scoreboard and Areté in third position.

“It was a nice, fast ride; I’d give it a 10,” said Gurski, who explained that Adagio was built 46 years ago by his father-in-law (Gougeon’s father) who also once won this race with her. “It was a downwind run to Cove Island; we made the turn and hardened up to where we were reaching and broad reaching the rest of the way. A storm hit us 30 miles from the finish, but we were well prepared and were fast all the way into the Straights of Mackinac.  We were passing lots of the Santa Cruz 70s along the way, so we had a good feeling that we were near the front of the fleet.”
Of his record-breaking run Warner said, “It was light before Cove Island, so we had to work it there, but then we saw 26 knots into the Straights of Mackinac. I think we had to complete only four maneuvers on the boat throughout the whole race. It was nearly a full moon, so we could see the boat, feel it better, and get more out of her. It was great to set the record last year, but coming back to beat it is rare, so this was special for us.”

Evolution, the Santa Cruz 70 owned by Terry Kohler and Peter Reichelsdorfer (Sheboygan, Wis.), won Class A and overall honors in Division I (Cove Island). Reichelsdorfer’s son Richard, who served as skipper/navigator, explained that the team’s plan, after looking at weather models, was to stay west of the fleet. “The first couple of hours were tricky, because the wind didn’t do what it was supposed to, but we still stuck with our plan, hugging the Michigan shoreline. We had some traffic issues in the first six to eight hours, which cost us: by 7 p.m. Saturday night, we were three to four miles behind everyone. But we stayed patient, and as the overnight hours came, we were able to see the rest of our class starting to sail higher and slower because they were being lifted toward the Canadian shore (that we wanted to avoid). Once we saw that, we made the effort to sail lower and keep getting the separation on our competition. We made our gains and passed them. We were fourth to finish over the line (shortly after 6 p.m.) behind Heartbreaker, Natalie J and Denali. Interestingly enough, those boats had seen what we were doing and came down to match our line. They are faster, so all we needed to do was stick with them. There aren’t many passing opportunities on the second part of race, so we just got to the finish as fast as we could.”

The Hunter 37 Freedom, which won Class J (Cruising), also won overall honors in Division II (Shore Course). “It’s probably unusual that an older (built in 1987), heavier boat would win,” said skipper James Cooper (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), “but we also won class and overall in 2012 with this boat. Like all winners, we stayed awake and aware in the middle of the night, and given the conditions and the fact we have an asymmetrical, we were able to do well.”

The first of two storms caught up with Freedom 10 to 15 miles from the finish, causing the boat to broach twice. “We put a kite up three hours into the race, and only took it down once…when the storm removed it for us,” said Cooper, laughing. “We tore our chute and got a second one up and got going again. When we finished in daylight (around 8:30 Sunday evening, after 31 and a half hours) only 12 sticks were in the harbor. We were absolutely ecstatic; we felt like we were pitted against Goliath and we won.”

The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday, July 16, from Port Huron.  Of the 215 boats registered, 214 started and 14 teams did not finish, making the total count for boats completing the race 200. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 5,000 people will gather on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel for a celebration with live music and a prize giving that will include the awarding of special trophies.

Trophies for the 2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race include the J.L. Hudson Trophy for the boat with the best corrected time in Division I and the Canadian Club Classic Trophy for the boat with the best corrected time in Division II. Special competitions include the Corinthian Challenge (for all-Corinthian teams) and the Pro-Team Sports Challenge (held in conjunction with community partner Set Sail for Autism and the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, with four yachts representing different professional Detroit sports teams) as well as the North Sails Yacht Club Challenge, comprised of 12 three-boat teams.

J.L. Hudson Trophy- Cove Island Course Overall
1) Evolution
2) Heartbreaker
3) Denali2
Canadian Club Classic Trophy- Shore Course Overall
1) Freedom
2) Wind Toy IV
3) Eliminator

Multihull Cove Island Course
1) Adagio
2) Strings
3) Arete

Corinthian Cup- Awarded to the boat with a crew comprised entirely of ISAF classified amateur sailors with the best overall corrected time in seconds per mile- open to competitors on both courses. 
1) Dynamis 

Pro-Team Challenge 
1) Nauti Boys – representing the Detroit Pistons

Joining Bell’s Beer in sponsoring the 2015 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Mich., Doubletree by Hilton, Freighters, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Aitken and Ormand Insurance, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pentastar Aviation, and the Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Zurn, and Meijer.

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Tuesday March 21st, 2017 - 4:55 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

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Monday March 20th, 2017 - 10:41 am

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Monday March 20th, 2017 - 10:32 am

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Friday March 17th, 2017 - 7:00 am

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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – August 18 – 20, 2017

Calling all Fudgies!!!

While fudge was not invented on Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island’s fudge has become the most popular fudge in America.

The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival celebrates the creamy goodness with events such as Dining Under the Influence of Fudge, Fudge on the Rocks, Michigan Craft Brew Beer Tastings, Great Turtle Slow Ride and the coveted “Daddy, I Want the Golden Ticket” vacation giveaway

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival Information Below is from 2016. Check back for the latest updates for 2017.

Festival Events

Daily

Fudge on the Rocks

Island bartenders create frothy fudge-ilicious concoctions to tickle your inner fudgie. Ongoing all weekend.

2pm- 6pm Michigan Beer Tastings at Draught House

The Draught House, Mackinac Island’s newest tap room, will be serving up their favorite Michigan Beers including Arbor Brewing Company’s Mackinac Island Fudge Stout!

Friday

3pm-5pm Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Pink Pony

Michigan’s own Arbor Brewing Company created Mackinac Island Fudge Stout especially for the festival. Try this amazing concoction alongside more of Michigan’s best craft beers at Pink Pony

6pm-9pm Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner-Ryba’s Fudge inspired dinner & desserts and don’t forget to get things started with their fabulous Ryba’s Fudge Martini!

Saturday

10am Ryba’s Fudge Loompahs Golden Ticket Delivery

See the loompahs deliver the Golden Tickets to the select fudge shops on Main Street with Lars, the most magnificent Friesian Horse.

Daddy I Want The Golden Ticket Giveaway! and Fudge Making Demonstrations:

Every hour from 1pm-6pm, your favorite Mackinac Island Fudge Shop will set aside 40 boxes of fudge and hide a Golden Ticket! Purchase fudge for your chance to win a 2016 Mackinac Island Vacation! Each shop will also celebrate the fudge making process with an in depth demonstration and free samples!

1pm Fudge Making Demonstration and Golden Ticket Giveaway – Murdick’s Fudge Shop (Located across the street from Lilac Tree Suites and Spa)

2pm Fudge Making Demonstration and Golden Ticket Giveaway- Ryba’s Fudge Shop (Located at the head of the Star Line Dock)

3pm Fudge Making Demonstration and Golden Ticket Giveaway- Joann’s Fudge Shop (Located next to Main Street Inn and Suites)

4pm Fudge Making Demonstration and Golden Ticket Giveaway- May’s Candy and Fudge (Located on the corner of Main and Astor)

5pm Fudge Making Demonstration and Golden Ticket Giveaway- Sander’s Candy and Fudge (Located inside the Bicycle Street Inn)

3pm-5pm Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Pink Pony

Michigan’s own Arbor Brewing Company created Mackinac Island Fudge Stout especially for the festival. Try this amazing concoction alongside more of Michigan’s best craft beers at Pink Pony
6pm-9pm Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner-Ryba’s Fudge inspired dinner & desserts and don’t forget to get things started with their fabulously delicious Ryba’s Fudge Martini

Fun-Day Fudge- Day on a Sunday

12:30pm Mackinac Island Fudge Giveaway!

First 100 kids to check in at Windermere Point receive a 1/2 lb box of fudge!

1pm – 3pm Draught House’s Beer and Fudge Tasting

Visit Mackinac Island’s first tap room for a Get Weird with Beer Tasting. 4 fudge inspired plated dishes will be available.

1pm Great Turtle Slow Ride

Hit the brakes! Go as slow as possible without setting a foot on the ground to balance. Prizes including an overnight stay at Windermere Hotel and Fudge Baskets! Windermere Point.

1:30 Sugar Relay

Teams of four compete at carrying bags of sugar on picturesque Windermere Point! Teams aged 15 and under will try to cross the finish line first with a 25 lb. bag of sugar while teams with participants 16 years old and up will carry a 50 lb bag of sugar.

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Mackinac Island Fudge – Photos From Instagram

Tag your Mackinac Island Fudge instagram photos with #mackinacfudge or mackinacislandfudge and they will appear in our Mackinac Island Fudge Instagram Photo Stream.
 

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Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend – September 1 – 4, 2017

Grand Hotel's Labor Day Jazz Weekend

Experience Grand Hotel during the finest musical weekend of the year. Escape to America’s Summer Place for the Labor Day Weekend and immerse yourself in the melody of beautiful Jazz music played by some of the country’s top performers. This year presents our strongest performer line-up and we hope you will join us.

Presenting Jason Marsalis Friday evening for the opening performance in the Theatre!

We are proud to announce Jason Marsalis will be opening the weekend Friday evening in the Theatre. The youngest child of Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, Jason learned alongside his brothers Branford, Wynton, and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz. All of his brothers and father have previously performed at Grand Hotel so we are excited to present Jason to our guests and continue the jazz beat soul tradition of the Marsalis family. 
Playing violin by age 5, and on his second drum kit by 6, at age 7 he was sitting in with his father’s Jazz group. Throughout his high school years he continued to hone his skills by playing gigs with his father and brothers, as well as ultimately studying orchestral percussion techniques and Classical composition. A passionate percussionist, Marsalis found himself playing the vibes in 2000, leading his own band, and then in 2005 made a recording of George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” with the Marcus Roberts Trio and the Saito Kinen Orchestra, a project that involved fusing jazz and classical music. In 2012 Marsalis was involved in yet another genre-breaking collaboration as the Marcus Roberts Trio released an album with banjoist Bela Fleck. The combination of jazz and bluegrass was entitled “Across the Imaginary Divide” and the unit toured successfully.

Saturday performances by Mr. B, Dianne Reeves, and John Pizarelli, Jr.

Mr. B

Michigan native Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun) takes the stage Saturday afternoon in the Grand Hotel Tea Garden to perform on piano his own style of boogie-woogie blues. Mr. B has entertained audiences coast-to-coast in the States as well as all over Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. B’s style shows the influence of such keyboard artists as Blind John Davis, Boogie Woogie Red, and Little Brother Montgomery. There aren’t many pianists devoted to playing boogie and blues these days, and fortunately for us Mr. Bʼs passion for showcasing it keeps this essential form of American music right in front of us. Jazz New International said, “The future of blues piano is in good hands with Mr. B.”

Dianne Reeves

Following Mr. B’s performance Saturday afternoon we welcome Dianne Reeves who performed on the stage at Grand Hotel in 2013. Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz & R&B style, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category. Most recently the winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Beautiful Life” showcases Dianne’s sublime gifts in what is a melding of R&B, Latin and pop elements within the framework of 21st Century jazz. “At its essence,” says Reeves, “Life is beautiful, and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked.” Adored by audiences and critics alike, Dianne Reeves is a natural wonder not to be missed. We are looking forward to her performance Saturday afternoon.

Saturday evening sit back and relax with guest favorite, John Pizarelli, Jr. in the Theatre.

John Pizarelli, Jr.

Most recently, John performed during the hotel’s 2014 Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival and, previous to that, played a special set during the hotel’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. An American Jazz guitarist, Pizzarelli is also a vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, and radio host. His musical influences span from Nat “King” Cole to Lennon & McCartney, to name just a few. John Pizzarelli has a cool jazz style with brilliant guitar playing and singing. His latest album, “Double Exposure”, is a collection of tunes by some great pop songwriters, with traditional pop arrangements. With over twenty of his own albums under his belt, Pizzarelli has also recordings with his father Bucky Pizzarelli, Sir Paul McCartneyJames TaylorRosemary Clooney, and his wife, Jessica Molaskey, among many others. John will perform Saturday evening in the Grand Hotel Theatre.

Sunday performance by Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

At just 13 years old, Joey Alexander is known as a child prodigy. Born on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander started learning about jazz at age 6 from his dad. He began teaching himself to play piano using a mini electronic keyboard his dad gave him. Joey’s dad nurtured his gift of swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with veteran musicians in Bali and Jakarta. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his US debut appearance at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014 where he amazed the audience with his musicality. In 2015, he debuted the album “My Favorite Things” which garnered two Grammy nominations, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Solo, making him the youngest Jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. Joey has been featured by The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and The New York Times. Joey develops fresh takes on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his own original compositions in a way which invites in both new and seasoned listeners, and reflecting the true emotional heart and soul of his musical personality. Joey Alexander will perform Sunday afternoon in the Grand Hotel Tea Garden.

All Weekend with Paul Keller 

Every evening in the Cupola Bar you can enjoy the bass sounds of Paul Keller. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Paul studied classical music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Today Paul is a string bassist from Metro Detroit. He has earned the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan” as each year he logs many miles traveling across the state to perform at various music venues. Mr. Keller is an integral part of Labor Day Jazz Weekend every year and we are excited to welcome him back.

Paul Keller
Paul Keller

View performances of this year’s artists:
Jason Marsalis

Mr. B

Joey Alexander

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Have you been to a past Labor Day Jazz Weekend? Listen to Q&A podcasts of past performers by Paul Anthony below!

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Stay Friday night ONLY and see Jason Marsalis perform in the Theatre. To reserve Friday night ONLY book online or call reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

Make your reservation online for the entire Labor Day Jazz Weekend or call reservations at 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Stay a fourth night free, add a fifth night for $229 per room*

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Friday evening Theatre performance by Jason Marsalis
  • Saturday morning Q&A session hosted by Paul Anthony
  • Saturday afternoon Tea Garden performance by Mr. B and Dianne Reeves
  • Saturday evening cocktail reception
  • Saturday evening Theatre performance by John Pizzarelli, Jr.
  • Sunday morning gospel performance
  • Sunday morning Q&A session hosted by Paul Anthony
  • Sunday afternoon Tea Garden performance by Joey Alexander
  • All entertainment – including late night performances
  • Cookout luncheon in Tea Garden Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and children’s rates apply. *Dates subject to availability.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend

Arrive: Friday, September 1, 2017
Depart: Monday, September 4, 2017

Package Price:

$2,149 per couple, $1,859 single
$599 per additional adult

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