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Gifts or Creatures – Music In The Park – August 17, 2017


Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband-wife duo Brandon and Bethany Foote.

The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana.

Both are also active members of Michigan’s Earthwork Music Collective, advocating for original music and environmental awareness throughout the Great Lakes region.

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7pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island – Free

With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, country, blues—the best of Americana. All concerts are free. We recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort.

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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

The festival features a family-fun-fudge-related activities including:

  • Miss Michigan Sugar Appearances
  • Daddy…I want the Golden Ticket Vacation Giveaway
  • Great Turtle Slow Ride Bike Race
  • Fudge Making Demonstrations & Tastings
  • Fudge on the Rocks
  • Fudge infused cocktails at Island restaurants
  • Dining under the Influence of Fudge at Mary’s Bistro

TENTATIVE DAILY EVENTS for 2017

  • Fudge on the Rocks – Island bartenders create frothy fudge-ilicious concoctions

FRIDAY, AUG. 18, 2017

  • Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Draught House: 2-6 p.m.
  • Mackinac Island Beer and Fudge Pairing at Pink Pony: 3-5 p.m.
  • Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
  • Market Street Art Walk with Fudge Treats: 6-9 p.m.
  • Menu Specials in the Cudahy Chophouse and Fudge Themed Cocktails
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Movie on the Lawn at Stonecliffe 8:00pm

SATURDAY, AUG. 19, 2017

  • Ryba’s Fudge Loompas Golden Ticket Delivery: 10 a.m.
  • Golden Ticket Giveaway and Fudge Demonstrations
    • 1:00pm Murdick’s Fudge Demo and Golden Ticket Giveaway
    • 2:00pm Ryba’s Fudge Demo and Golden Ticket Giveaway
    • 3:00pm Joann’s Fudge Demo and Golden Ticket Giveaway
    • 4:00pm May’s Fudge Demo and Golden Ticket Giveaway
    • 5:00pm Sander’s Fudge Demo and Golden Ticket Giveaway
  • Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Draught House: 2-6 p.m.
  • Mackinac Island Beer and Fudge Pairing at Pink Pony: 3-5 p.m.
  • Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
  • Menu Specials in the Cudahy Chophouse and Fudge Themed Cocktails

SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017

FUN-DAY FUDGE-DAY ON A SUNDAY AT WINDERMERE POINT

  • Mackinac Island Fudge Giveaway At Windermere Point: 12:30 p.m.
    • First 100 kids get a slice of free fudge
  • Great Turtle Slow Ride: 1 p.m.
  • Sugar Sack Relay Race: 1:30 p.m.
  • Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Draught House: 2-6 p.m.

Stop by the Mackinac Island Information Center, next to Carriage Tours and across from Star Line Dock 1, for more information

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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Mackinac Island Fudge – Photos From Instagram

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The Grand Garden Show Featuring Proven Winners – August 27 – 29, 2017


Announcing the 5th Annual Grand Garden Show presented by Proven Winners, the world’s #1 plant brand. Join us for this special gardening weekend located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular and memorable setting. Celebrate the beauty of flowers while you surround yourself with the rich history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. This will be a multi-day event with hands-on demonstrations and presentations from some of the nation’s foremost garden design experts. Special guests this year include presenting guest speaker P.Allen Smith, an award-winning food, lifestyle and garden expert and host of two public television programs, and a regular contributor on the NBC’s The Today Show. Laura LeBoutillier, from Garden Answer, the most popular YouTube how-to gardening vlog. See her video from 2016 here >>. Mackinac Island’s own award winning garden designer  and author, Jack Barnwell. Representatives from Proven Winners will be available to answer questions including Tim Wood from Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc. and John Gaydos from Proven Winners.

This package includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily, evening receptions, garden tours and seminars- including private garden home tours around Mackinac Island.  View photos from past events and video from the inaugural year.

To request a FREE Gardener’s Idea book from Proven Winners, please click here.


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Participating partner:

Stay additional nights Friday, August 25, Saturday, August 26 and/or Tuesday, August 29 for $229* per room, per night

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

Package Includes:

    • Accommodations
    • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
    • Sunday and Monday evening receptions
    • Monday and Tuesday morning seminars
    • Monday and Tuesday afternoon exclusive tours of private Mackinac Island gardens
    • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
    • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
    • No tipping within Grand Hotel

*Worth 5 Master Gardener Educational Credit Hours

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.

Grand Garden Show Featuring Proven Winners®

Arrive: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Depart: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Package Price:

Standard: $1,415 per couple, $1,315 single
Lakeview: $1,799 per couple, $1,649 single

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Grand Garden Show – 2015 – Photos From Instagram

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Stroh Cottage Remodel – Jack Barnwell Design (Mackinac Island)

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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

Sign up for the Grand Hotel eclub and watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates! 

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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THE 60th ANNUAL MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK – September 4, 2017


The Mackinac Bridge Walk is an annual event held every Labor Day since 1958, in which people may walk the 5 mile length of the Mackinac Bridge. In an average year, 40,000 to 65,000 people participate. The Annual Bridge walk is the sole exception to the rule prohibiting pedestrians on the bridge.

NO Fees or Registration

There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5 per person (infants are free).

Bridge walk starts at 7:00 a.m.

The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 11:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY.

Walk Route, Transportation and Parking

The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:

Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area. Parking is also available at Little Bear East Arena with shuttle service provided. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or

Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle. The buses are hired for your convenience by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The Authority strongly advises walkers to arrange for their own transportation to the starting point because of the increasing demand on the buses. Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 5:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City. Bus service from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace will end at 2:30 p.m. Handicap buses will be available. A limit of two people may accompany the handicapped person on the handicap bus.

Traffic and Restrooms

The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30 a.m. and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30 a.m. only one EAST lane is available to walkers. The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area.

Baby strollers, animals and jogging

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. NOT ALLOWED are: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of working service dogs, NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!! Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.

Walk Certificate

You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event only. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150. Good Luck!

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