A Star Spangled Fourth of July

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 games on the fort parade ground.

Don’t miss out on this all 1880s Independence Day as we have catch and baseball available on the parade ground to go along with foot races and sack races, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the raising of the colors, the national salute (38 rifle blasts for the 38 states of the 1880s!), a cannon salute, and much more!

The Tea Room Restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel, is open all day serving snacks, sweets, and beverages, and will have full lunch service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All special programming is included with regular admission to Fort Mackinac. #thisismackinac

Artist-in-Residence Workshop with Poet Leila Chatti

Chatti will lead a writing workshop titled “Poetics of Place: Hello From ______!” This generative workshop will be focused on how to write place-based work, from postcard poems and travel narratives delighting in new experiences to deeper exploration of our well-known, day-to-day domiciles. How do we capture a place—its sounds, sights, smells, culture, and quirks—and convey it to someone who’s never been? How do we train our eyes to see again, more clearly, the details of our homes and hometowns, which may have become “mundane” through familiarity? This workshop will look at the work of established writers for examples of how to bring the places we love (and hate!) to life for distant readers, and participants will be given exercises to further their own work. Everyone has a story to tell about where they’re from, and where they’ve been—including Mackinac Island!

This workshop will take place at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center. This is a free event. #thisismackinac

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. 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 Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.

Artist-in-Residence Workshop with Playwright Alexander Utz

Utz will present a staged reading of his new play, which he’s currently developing, called Gut. It is about the experiments conducted by William Beaumont on Alexis St. Martin, beginning on Mackinac Island and continuing until their time together came to an end. The presentation will include a brief introduction on how the play came to be, including how specific places in the story like Mackinac came to influence the telling of the story itself. Then the presentation will move on to a staged reading of the play, which will be performed outdoors (most likely in Marquette Park). Because a lot of the play deals with travel, the outdoors, and the idea of exploring frontiers in that time period, it should be very interesting to perform it outdoors, and something very powerful about enacting these historical events in one of the places they actually took place. After the reading, Utz will lead a discussion with the audience about the themes explored in the play, the process of writing it, and the potential for more development going forward.

This workshop will begin at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center. This is a free event. #thisismackinac

‘Mackinac Journeys’ Open House and Reception

“Mackinac Journeys” will be celebrated with awards and a reception outside The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. This event is open and free to the public. Co-sponsored by Mackinac Associates and the Mackinac Arts Council.

Every Mackinac journey is unique. From lifelong residents to the novice first-timer, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac is always memorable. We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what a Mackinac journey means to them.

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. 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 Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.