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June 10  Annual Used Book Sale  11:00am – 4:30pm


June 16  Extreme Duct Tape Workshop   2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Fun for All ages!


June 30   

Summer Author Series 4:00pm

Steven C. Brisson

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Steven Brisson recieved a B.A. in History from Nothern Michigan University in 1989 and a M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies in 1992. His museum career began as a student assistant with the Michigan Bureau of History at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and Fayette Historic Townsite.  He completed a senior internship at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in 1991.  He served as a curator for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Sites Division from 1992 through 1995.  He became curator of collections for Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1996.  He was appointed chief curator in 2003 and deputy director in 2011.  He is the author of five books on Mackinac history including Picturesque Mackinac: the Photographs of William H. Gardiner, 1896-1915.  He lives with his wife Lisa Craig Brisson, Daughter Emma and sons Matthew and Andrew on Market Street in the summer and Cheboygan in the winter.  The focus of Downtown Mackinac Island, is images of the “downtown” area of Mackinac Isalnd, from Windermere Point to Mission Point.


July 7   Art Reception   Marlee Musser    4-6:00pm


July 13  Marionette Show, Stevens Puppets presents: Sleeping Beauty    2:00pm

Hand carved, beautifully costumed marionettes enact the play with the help of skilled manipulators.  Specially painted scenes and furnishings in correct proportion create the magic effect that causes you to say of the marionettes, “They are so lifelike.”  Accented by Tchaikovsky’s music, the dramatic and humorous script by Peabody Award winner Martin Stevens, and the gorgeous costumes by the internationally acclaimed Margie, make this familiar tale live again, delightfully.

July 28  

   Summer Author Series 4:00pm

   Judy Cook, A Quiet Corner of the war     img056

Judy Cook is the editor of “”A Quiet Corner of the War: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 1862–1863.”. Cook tours universities and historical societies in the United States and United Kingdom, performing multimedia presentations based on the Claflin letters and songs of the Civil War era.

August 4    Art Reception  Mackinac 7   4-6:00pm   


   August 8   Organization for Bat Conservation presents: Live bat presentation 2:00pm

Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) is a nonprofit organization based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan established to further Bat Conservation. It is a conservationist organization, founded by Rob Mies and Kim Williams in the late 1990s.

   August 16    Poetry  Fleda Brown  4:00pm

Fleda Brown was born in Columbia, Missouri, and grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her Ph.D. in English (specialty in American Literature) is from the University of Arkansas, and in 1978 she joined the faculty of the University of Delaware English Department, where she founded the Poets in the Schools Program, which she directed for more than 12 years. Her books, essays, and individual poems have won many awards. Her 2016 real-time memoir, My Wobbly Bicycle: Cancer and the Creative Life, is available at bookstores and on Amazon. All proceeds go to Cowell Cancer Center.The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems, will be out from University of Nebraska Press in 2017. Her collection of memoir-essays, Driving With Dvorak, was released in 2010, also from University of Nebraska Press. She has co-edited two books, most recently On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers.

Fleda has read and lectured in secondary schools, retirement communities, libraries, bookstores, a prison for delinquent adolescents, Rotary Clubs, AAUWs, and many universities and colleges, from Oxford University, Cambridge, to small liberal arts colleges. She has slept in a bunkhouse and has read with cowboy poets in North Dakota, and she has read for the Governor of Delaware and for the Delaware Legislature. She served as poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-2007, when she retired from the University of Delaware and moved to Traverse City, Michigan. In Traverse City, she writes a monthly column on poetry for the Record-Eagle newspaper, and she has a regular commentary on poetry on Interlochen Public Radio. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and she spends summers with her husband, Jerry Beasley, also a retired English professor, at their cottage on a small lake in northern Michigan. Between them, they have four children and ten grandchildren.


  August 25

Summer Author Series 4:00pm

   Lori Rader-Day, Mystery Writer   lori rader day cover

Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, will be released by Harper Collins William Morrow on April 11, 2017. She lives in Chicago.

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