Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 2014

June 6-15, 2014

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Photos by Steven Blair
A celebration of lilacs takes place every June on Mackinac Island where this Northern Michigan destination features many varieties of gorgeous lilacs in a 10-day festival.

With dozens of varieties, some brought to the island before the Civil War, the lilacs are the stars of this spectacular celebration. Don't miss the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with 10 days of activities in a spectacular setting.

2014 Lilac Festival Calendar of Events


ONGOING LILAC FESTIVAL EVENTS


A Spring Exhibition Mackinac Art Gallery is pleased to present an art exhibition by Island painters Kitty Hannabass, Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte. The Spring Show takes place at the Murray Hotel.

Birds of a Feather Island artists, painter Bill Murcko and photographer Betty Murcko present their exhibition featuring 48 works of art of the birds of Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island Public Library.

Center for the Arts Mackinac Arts Council in collaboration with Central Michigan University present the exhibition The Clarke Historical Library, Molson Art Collection of Children's Book Illustrations at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort.

Win a Mackinac Island Lilac! Enter to win the drawing which will be on Sunday June 15, 2014. To enter stop by the Gallery any time during the week of the Lilac Festival. Mackinac Island Lilacs are also available for purchase. Artistic Mackinac Art Gallery, Astor Street. No purchase necessary to enter/win.

12pm-2pm Grand Luncheon Buffet The legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet is a distinct highlight of the Island. It features hot and cold entrees, seafood, salad, pastries and more. No reservations necessary, dress is resort casual. There is a $10 admission fee for non-guests at Grand Hotel, however, those who partake in the luncheon buffet will have their admission fee deducted from their buffet luncheon. The buffet is $45 per person.

3:30-5pm Grand Hotel Afternoon Tea Enjoy tea, sherry and champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones and an array of pastries, accompanied by a chamber music recital. $30, no reservations necessary, dress is resort casual. Please know, there is a $10 admission fee for non-guests of Grand Hotel.

9:30-11:30pm Alex Graham & Grand Hotel Orchestra Come hear what all the fuss is about as Graham and company take you on a musical journey. Grand Hotel dress code: coat and tie for gentlemen, dresses or pantsuits for ladies (after 6:30pm).

10pm Downtown Entertainment Musicians and DJs take over the stages in our downtown pubs.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Trunk Show SomeWear on Mackinac presents Michigan's own Robin Goodfellow Designs. Inspired by music, dance, nature and Shakespeare, Robin Goodfellow Designs creates whimsical necklaces, bracelets, and earring's. Gate House Shops.

11am-4pm Mackinac Island Public Library Annual Book Sale Stop in and pick up some books to support our library. The Library is a architectural gem and was designed by Richard Bos of Royal Oak, Michigan and the interior design is by Carleton Varney, who is also the interior designer for Grand Hotel.

1-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort-Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor, Chateau Fontaine, Fenn Valley, and Chateau Grand Traverse along with Michigan Craft Beers including Petoskey Brewing, Cheboygan Brewery, Griffin Claw, Beards, Arbor Brewing and Saugatuck Brewery. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: (906) 847-0932

6-8pm Market Street Art Walk Meet and greet with Island artists in their galleries on Market Street while viewing works inspired by the Mackinac. Galleries include Maeve's Arts, Lilacs & Lace, Mackinac's Little Gallery, Photos on Mackinac and Artistic Mackinac Art Gallery.

8pm Mackinac Arts Council Film Series Man of Steel, General Admission, $5 at the door, Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Trunk Show SomeWear on Mackinac presents Michigan's own Robin Goodfellow Designs. Inspired by music, dance, nature and Shakespeare, Robin Goodfellow Designs creates whimsical necklaces, bracelets, and earring's. Gate House Shops.

11am Historic Downtown Buildings Mackinac State Historic Parks opens the doors to Biddle House, Benjamin Blacksmith, Birch Bark Chapel, American Fur Company Store and McGulpin House for the season.

9:30am Lilac Festival 10K This paved road race is the first big event of the festival. $35 per person, Windermere Point.To register online, visit www.runmackinac.com

11am Lil Lilac Run/Walk A fabulous run/walk in the school yard. $10 per person, Mackinac Island Schoolyard. To register online, visit www.runmackinac.com

11am-3pm Go Lakers! To help raise funds for the Mackinac Island Lakers sports programs, the school has set up a great fundraiser of all things wearable to show your team spirit. Mackinac Island Public School.

1-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort-Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor, Chateau Fontaine, Fenn Valley, and Chateau Grand Traverse along with Michigan Craft Beers including Petoskey Brewing, Cheboygan Brewery, Griffin Claw, Beards, Arbor Brewing and Saugatuck Brewery. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

4:30pm Grand Hotel Jazz Quartet A unique opportunity to hear Grand Hotel musicians in an open air pre-coronation concert. Windermere Point

5pm Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen We welcome the Lilac Festival Queen & her court with Mayor Doud and other community members at Windermere Point (rain location, Windermere Hotel)

5-7pm Birds of a Feather Artist Reception/Opening Island artists, painter Bill Murcko and photographer Betty Murcko unveil their exhibition featuring 48 works of art of the birds of Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island Public Library.

6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932

7-9pm Dancing' in the Streets Learn Country Line Dancing with the West Michigan Bootscooters, Stuart House Museum on Market Street. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

1pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

2-5pm Lilac Festival Wine Tasting Goodfellow's Italian Chophouse features excellent wines and unique beers in this Sunday afternoon tasting at Lake View Hotel. $20 per person.

3-5pm Lilac Festival Art Poster Reception This lovely exhibition/reception will feature the works of those who have entered the annual Lilac Festival Art Print Call for Entries. Ste Anne's Church.

6pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs An early evening stroll to learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

Monday, June 9, 2014

10am Grand Hotel History Lecture This is a must do event with hotel historian Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel, meets on West Front Porch (inclement weater, will meet at Audubon Wine Bar). Included with $10 hotel admission. This is not yet confirmed, an alternate date during the festival may occur and we will post here shortly.

10am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

12-2pm Do Good Pins Meet the local artist and maker of Do Good Pins & magnets. Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

3-5pm Concert in the Park Detroit Music Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Audra Kubat performs at Windermere Point. Rain location: Mary's Bistro

3pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac (baby lilac included in the free event). Ste. Anne's Church Yard.

7pm Evening Stroll Walk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

7pm-9pm Lilac Festival Street Hockey Tournament Islander & hockey fan Jamie Bynoe rallies all to join in this great street hockey tourney with the Labatt's Blue Mackinac Leaves vs. the Budweiser Black Hawks Meets at the Windermere Point Dog House.

8pm Mackinac Arts Council Film Series Man of Steel, General Admission, $5 at the door, Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

10am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

12pm Author Luncheon Island Bookstore presents Michigan author Mardi Jo Link at Hotel Iroquois' Carriage House Dining Room, $25, reserve seating at Island Bookstore: (906) 847-6202

12:30pm Nature Tour with naturalist Trish Martin Trish writes the nature column for the Town Crier and knows so much about the flora and fauna of Mackinac Island, luckily she is willing to share her knowledge. Wear good walking shoes. Bogan Lane Inn, Free.

3-5pm Concert in the Park Detroit Music Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Audra Kubat performs at Windermere Point. (Rain location: Mary's Bistro).

3pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac (baby lilac included in the free event). Ste. Anne's Church Yard.

6:30pm Lion's Club Bingo In 1917 Chicago businessman Melvin Jones suggested civic groups ban together to make better communities all over the world and to make the world a better place. Mackinac Island Community Hall (18 & over only).

9pm Jazz Night Spend an evening enjoying hot jazz in a cool setting with Grand Hotel musicians. Gate House

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

9:30-11:30am Governor's Summer Residence Tour The Lawrence A. Young cottage is a Shingle Style Victorian Era Cottage overlooking the lake and was donated to the state of Michigan for its Governors. Adjacent to Fort Mackinac. For a horse drawn taxi, call (906) 847-3323, two person fare minimum.

10am Walk and Talk with Lilac Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

1pm Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne Tour the straits of Mackinac on this repurposed Maine Lobster boat. Reservations suggested, $24 per person, call 231-436-5094.

2-3pm Irish Ceili Dance Session All are invited to learn some new dance steps and more about Irish culture with Ardan Academy of Irish Dance. Windermere Point.

3-5pm Beer Tasting at the Draught House Mackinac Island's newest watering hole features 200 beers from around the globe on draft. Prices vary. Star Line Dock at Main Street.

3-5pm Concert on the Dockside Detroit Music Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Audra Kubat performs at Mary's Bistro overlooking Lake Huron.

3pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac (baby lilac included in the free event). Ste. Anne's Church Yard.

7pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs An evening stroll to learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

7-9pm Life's Little Luxuries Stop in to stock up on select Michigan Wines, Craft Brews, Gourmet Cooking & Baking Products, Tea Towels and Michigan Made Home Goods. Free samples while supplies last. Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

10am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

11:30am-1:30pm 8th Annual A Taste of Mackinac Mackinac Island's most anticipated culinary event. Harbour View Inn, $18. Tix at the Tourism Bureau.

Dance performance by Ardan Academy of Irish Dance and folk music by Detroit Music Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Audra Kubat Tickets are available here: click or copy and paste Taste of Mackinac and from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau until 10am the day of the event. This award winning luncheon also features products from Coca Cola, the official soft drink of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival along with award winning Michigan Beer & Wine (for those 21 & over with proper ID) and delcious coffee and tea from our local Starbucks.

2-4pm Love Smitten Designs New Orleans jewelry artist Ivette Dixon has moved her studio to Charlevoix and will be on Island making Michigan-inspired jewelry at this meet and greet in-store event. Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

2-4pm Lilac Festival Wine Tasting Take in amazing views of the harbor and enjoy only the best wines at the Conde Nast award winning Hotel Iroquois' Carriage House Dining Room, $20 per person

2-4pm Pink Pony Beer Tasting Journey around Michigan through beer in 120 minutes at the famous Pink Pony. Prices vary, Chippewa Hotel

3pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac's lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. This is the final festival Walk and Talk with Lilacs.Meets at the Tourism Bureau.

Friday, June 13, 2014

9am-6pm Trunk Show Alicia Estrada has dressed Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilara, Kat Von D, Paris Hilton, Amy Winehouse and more A List Celebrities with her impeccably retro designs Stop Staring! and was awarded "Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year" by the mayor of Los Angeles. SomeWear on Mackinac presents her first trunk show at their boutique at the Gate House Shops.

12-2pm Art's Little Luxuries Acclaimed local watercolor artist Mary Lou Peters will be painting and displaying her works at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

1pm Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne Tour the straits of Mackinac on this repurposed Maine Lobster boat. Reservations suggested, $24 per person, call 231-436-5094.

1-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort-Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor, Chateau Fontaine, Fenn Valley, and Chateau Grand Traverse along with Michigan Craft Beers including Petoskey Brewing, Cheboygan Brewery, Griffin Claw, Beards, Arbor Brewing and Saugatuck Brewery. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass

4pm Concert with Roger Humphrey Roger Humphrey began playing guitar in 1958 at the age of 10 and began teaching guitar in 1967. He has been on faculty at Olivet College since 1987 and Marshall's School of Music in Lansing, MI since 1980. He has also served on the faculties of Lansing Community College, Kellogg Community College, Alma College, and Michigan State University. Join him as he performs a concert of classical works in the beautiful Mackinac Island Public Library.

5pm Feast of Epona Blessing of the Animals Join us as we bless the horses, dogs, turtles and more at this auspicious event. Presented by the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Club. Little Barn at Mission Hill.

6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932

6-8pm Market Street Art Walk Meet and greet with Island artists in their galleries on Market Street while viewing works inspired by the Mackinac. Galleries include Maeve's Arts, Lilacs & Lace, Mackinac's Little Gallery, Photos on Mackinac and Artistic Mackinac Art Gallery.

8pm Mackinac Arts Council Film Series Hunger Games: Catching Fire, General Admission, $5 at the door, Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9am-6pm Stop Staring! Trunk Show Alicia Estrada has dressed Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilera, Kat Von D, Paris Hilton, Amy Winehouse and more A List Celebrities with her impeccably retro designs Stop Staring! and was awarded "Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year" by the mayor of Los Angeles. SomeWear on Mackinac presents her first trunk show at their boutique at the Gate House Shops.

Noon Metropolitan Boys Choir Flag Day Concert Now in their 41st year, this Minneapolis/St. Paul choral group performs a unique program of musical selections gaining personal growth for Twin Cities area boys of varied social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Fort Mackinac (with paid admission)

1pm Epona & Barkus Parade This zany parade is a blast ...so come join in or watch the parade of canines dressed to the hilt.... starts on the boardwalk from the school to Windermere Point. Presented by the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Club.

1pm Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Show Like the days of yore when small traveling circuses would stop through rural America and put on a show, this one ring trained animal event takes place at Windermere Point. Presented by the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Club. The show starts as soon as the parade ends.

1-5pm Lilac Festival Wine Tasting Bistro on the Greens, Mission Point Resort - Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor, Chateau Fontaine, Fenn Valley, and Chateau Grand Traverse along with Michigan Craft Beers including Petoskey Brewing, Cheboygan Brewery, Griffin Claw, Beards, Arbor Brewing and Saugatuck Brewery. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass and is pet friendly.

4pm Architectural Walking Tour Learn the who, what, where, when and why of many downtown buildings. Tix $10, meets at Tourism Bureau.

4pm Around the Island Cruise with Star Line Ferry The first ever complete cruise all the way around Mackinac Island. Be sure to bring your camera to capture to gorgeous scenery. Tix at the dock only prior to the event. Questions? Star Line Ferry: 800-638-9892

6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932

Sunday, June 15, 2014

9am-6pm Trunk Show Alicia Estrada has dressed Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilera, Kat Von D, Paris Hilton, Amy Winehouse and more A List Celebrities with her impeccably retro designs Stop Staring! and was awarded "Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year" by the mayor of Los Angeles. SomeWear on Mackinac presents her first trunk show at their boutique at the Gate House Shops.

8:30am Ste Anne's Church Service Metropolitan Boys Choir, now in their 41st year, this Minneapolis/St. Paul choral group performs a unique program of musical selections during the Sunday Mass at Ste Anne's Catholic Church. All are welcome.

11:30am Metropolitan Boys Choir Grand Hotel Concert Now in their 41st year, this Minneapolis/St. Paul choral group performs a unique program of musical selections gaining personal growth for Twin Cities area boys of varied social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Grand Hotel Porch (free to guests, non-guests with paid hotel admission)

2pm Patrick Sinclair Scottish Tattoo Head to the ramparts of Fort Mackinac as we honor the memory of Fort Commander and Scotsman Patrick Sinclair. Listen to the stirring pipe tunes that over centuries have given courage and inspiration on battle fields in every corner of the globe. Marquette Park

3pm Scottville Clown Band The Scottville Clown Band's roots date back to the start of the 1900's when a musical group of merchants began to dress as hillbillies while entertaining at local carnivals. Marquette Park, presented by Doud's Market, Michigan's oldest family run grocery store.

4pm Lilac Festival Grand Parade presented by Coca Cola Considered a Local Legacy Event by the United States Library of Congress, this festival finale is led by the family of Don Andress, Carl Andress & Jamie Andress-Islanders and direct descendants of Chief Mackinac along with Don and Darold Keith, descendants of Chief Pontiac and Chief Okemos.

To participate in the parade, please email director@mackinacisland.org for a parade application.

5:30pm Parade Winners & $10,000 Raffle This marks the end of the festival where we announce the parade winners and select the raffle winners. $100 raffle tickets are available from the Tourism Bureau. To order tix by phone please call: 800-454-5227

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