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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2017

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open  Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for  Professionals (1:30 pm)

Complete Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Schedule is Here >>>>

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Mackinac 2016 Stone Skipping Results – Beach Report

From the depths of an International field of top Pro-Stone Skippers, came the man known as Lefty! He stared down the waters of the Straights of Mackinac looking for the best water on which to land his third toss of six. Dave Kolar 57, of Troy Mich., hurled a monster local-stone, and achieved a winning skip of 27 to take the coveted Grand Hotel Goblets and the $200 prize money….

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Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions

Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions on Vimeo.

Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010

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Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2017

The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting.

It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games.

Guests join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground.

When:
Tuesday, July 4
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price:
Included with regular Fort Mackinac Admission. Adult $12, Youth (5-17) and free for children 4 and under.

For more information on admission into Fort Mackinac, visit http://www.mackinacparks.com/explore-mackinac/admission/

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An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2017

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac
Presented by Grand Hotel
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
6:30 p.m. to Dusk

Featuring:

GRILLED HOT DOGS
HAMBURGERS
BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
CORN ON THE COB
PASTA SALAD, COLESLAW, RED SKIN POTATO SALAD
CORN BREAD, POTATO CHIPS
BAKED BEANS
WATERMELON SLICES
FULL DESSERT BUFFET
ICED TEA, LEMONADE, MILK

Beer, wine and soft drinks available for additional charge.

All Fort Mackinac buildings will be open and a program of patriotic music will be presented. Tickets are nonrefundable if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Advance tickets on sale beginning June 15 available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and
Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center. Ticket includes fort admission.

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Rachel B and the Boys – Music In The Park – July 6, 2017


Rachel B is a singer-songwriter thriving with a self-appointed genre of “soul empowerment pop,” blending vivacity and uplifting melodies with hints of sass.

She was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award and Berklee’s Women’s Composer Award, and her magnetic stage presence has led her to perform at Chicago Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center, South Park Amphitheater, Flood City Music Festival and more.

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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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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.

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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

Make reservation

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Grand Hotel – Dorothy Draper School of Decorating – July 7 – 9, 2017

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Announcing the 3rd Annual Dorothy Draper School of Decorating at America’s Summer Place. Come experience a Day of Decorating with host Carleton Varney, one of the most well known interior designers and President of Dorothy Draper and Company of New York City. Participants of the School of Decorating will explore the art of creating beautiful bold interiors during two design and artistic sessions. Learn about the Dorothy Draper style, developing a symphonically creative space, and giving your room personality and harmony. In addition, the day of decorating class is designed so participants may enhance design and decorating for their own personal spaces and appreciate the process of creating new and bold interiors.

Carleton Varney

Come immerse yourself in the bright beautiful colors and inspiration throughout Grand Hotel where Carleton Varney has been decorating for over 40 years. Gain confidence in your artistic expression and let your decorating talents come to life! Get ready to be creative and have fun!

In addition to the School of Decorating, the package includes accommodations in one of 393 uniquely decorated guest rooms designed by Mr. Varney, a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily, cocktail receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings, and all of the modern amenities of Grand Hotel.

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Dorothy Draper School of Decorating Registration Form:

In addition to the package price, there is a $300 per person fee for the School of Decorating sessions for guests staying at Grand Hotel.

For non-hotel guests there will be a $350.00 per person fee.

To register for the School of Decorating, please fill out the form by clicking here.

Stay additional nights Thursday, July 6 and/or Sunday, July 9 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
  • Friday and Saturday Cocktail Receptions
  • Saturday Dorothy Draper School of Decorating Classes from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NOTE: Guests of Grand Hotel must pre-register for the design sessions and pay the additional per person fee. Non-hotel guests are welcome and must also pay the design session fee. (click here)
  • Free golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • 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.

Dorothy Draper School of Decorating

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

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$999 per couple, $899 single
Lakeview:
$1,375 per couple, $1,275 single

Make reservation

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