Special Events

    July

  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 1

    Illustrative Lettering with Kate Dupre. For more information visit the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Sculpture Talk Demonstration

    Tuesday, July 2

    Join sculptor Andy Sacksteder as he demonstrates how he begins to sculpt a head (from a pipe attached to a wood base, then covered with newspaper and tape). The demonstration will include a discussion on the planes of a face, proportions and markers used for reference. There is a maximum of 30 ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 3

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 3

    Plein Air Painting with Maeve Croghan. Please visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Star Spangled Fourth of July

    Thursday, July 4

    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 ...

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  • An American Picnic

    Thursday, July 4

    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 ...

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  • Mackinac Associates Red, White & Blue Celebration

    Thursday, July 4

    An annual private Independence Day reception for members of Mackinac Associates. Head to the Mackinac Associates website for information on ...

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 4

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Jetty Rae, a folk rock singer. From the Arts Council: "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 ...

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  • 1812 Encampment at Forts Holmes and Mackinac

    Saturday, July 6

    Join historical reenactors for an 1812 event at Fort Holmes on Mackinac Island.  

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 8

    Bookbinding with Cindy Hunter Morgan. Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Tuesday, July 9

    Bookbinding with Cindy Hunter Morgan. Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Sculpture Talk Demonstration

    Tuesday, July 9

    Join sculptor Andy Sacksteder as he discusses the current progress on a bust he is working on. Discover and learn what happens when the clay sculpture is done, which is mold making, and the process of last wax bronze casting. This program will be held at Station 256 Conference Room above the ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 10

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 11

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Bassel and the Supernaturals, a funk and soul band from Chicago. From the Arts Council: "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 ...

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  • Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

    Saturday, July 13

    Even in the Great Lakes wilderness, the historic residents of Michilimackinac knew how to have a good time. As you explore the fort, stop and try your hand at games of skill and chance, sing a song, take tea with the neighbors, enjoy the latest news from London, or learn an 18th century dance.

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  • Summer Stargazing

    Saturday, July 13

    Join a Mackinac Island park ranger for a constellation program showcasing the twinkling wonders of the night sky. Meet at Fort Mackinac for a guided hike with solar lights to Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island.

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  • Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

    Sunday, July 14

    Even in the Great Lakes wilderness, the historic residents of Michilimackinac knew how to have a good time. As you explore the fort, stop and try your hand at games of skill and chance, sing a song, take tea with the neighbors, enjoy the latest news from London, or learn an 18th century dance.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 15

    Watercolor with Mary Lou Peters. Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 17

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 17

    Pencil Drawing with Bethany Phipps. For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council. 

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 18

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents folk-rock artist Megan Dooley. From the Arts Council: "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 ...

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  • Introduction to Typography

    Friday, July 19

    Are you fascinated by fonts? Participants will gain basic typographic knowledge and learn quick, hands-on type design in this combination lecture and workshop. Limited to 30 people. The workshop will be held at Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's ...

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  • Vintage Base Ball

    Saturday, July 20

    A vintage game of “base ball” as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old-fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 22

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters. For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 24

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 25

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents pop country artist Darby O. Bell. From the Arts Council: "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 ...

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  • July Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, July 26

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet at the Mackinac State Historic Parks Post Hospital Administrative Office Board Room on Mackinac Island.

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  • Walking Type Tour

    Friday, July 26

    What does a sign really say? Join for a guided downtown walking tour to explore the rich history and meaning of typefaces on Mackinac Island's most recognizable and beloved signage.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 29

    Block Printing with Natalia Wohletz. For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Keyboard Composition Recital

    Tuesday, July 30

    Roger MacNaughton, award-winning composer and pianist, will present a free concert at the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center Station 256 Conference Room. He will be performing and discussing many of his various compositions, as well as interspersing well-known pieces that have inspired him ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 31

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 31

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters. For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council. 

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