Daddy Frank's is Cookin'
If you've visited Daddy Frank's for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack, you've probably noticed that this year they have two new cooks. One is like the McDonald's commercial - super-sized - while the other is tiny - a "short-order" cook. Both are terrific people and I was concerned that they may have not wanted their picture taken but they both have a great sense of humor and were more than willing to pose. Charlie Gray, son of Michele LaFreniere, towers over the six foot mark while petite Leslie Bush doesn't hit five foot. Both are spending the summer working for Daddy Frank's restaurant. Stop in and say hi to them... have a waffle cone while you're at it, after all it is summer-time and all diets are on hold until Labor Day.
The News on the 'Net will NOT be updated on Monday of next week, August 4th, as I'm going off-island Sunday through Tuesday or Wednesday. I will update as soon as I get back. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
Since I needed to update the Community Calendar anyhow, I decided to give the whole thing a face-lift.. new colors and a past photo for each month. If you know of some event that should be posted, please let me know. Check it out at
What On Earth Do You DO on That Island?
That seems to be the number one question that residents are asked (although there are some really off-the-wall ones too). For those who live here year 'round it seems as though the days, weeks or months aren't long enough to accomplish everything. Folks who have moved to the island are always saying that they are busier here than they ever were where they moved from. Most folks have more than one job, many are on some sort of committee or board, then there are the meetings and we island people seem to have more than our share of meetings. Add into that mixture summer visitors, church events, community events, weddings, funerals, reunions, and whatnot and you'll be surprised at how little "free" time you actually have. This has already started out as a busy week, we've seen tall ships, we've attended a baroque concert, checked out the building progress of the new rural health center, burned dinner 4 times, took a short hike back in the woods and it's only Monday. There's that old adage that says "idleness is the devil's handmaiden" but I'll bet there are some days that being a "handmaiden" sounds pretty darn good. Yes, we live in an island paradise (remind me of that in January when it's below zero), however most of us don't make it to the beach on a daily basis or even have many free evenings but we wouldn't live anywhere else. We need a vacation from summer vacation. When push comes to shove, this is HOME and we love it, even the busy summer months.
Living out in the middle of northern Lake Michigan offers one advantage, seeing unique ships stop in on their way up or down the lake. This week it was some of the "tall ships" who were making their way down to Chicago for the 2003 Tall Ships Festival and then to Muskegon for the Tall Ships Challenge. Previously the Amistad spent the night tied up at the Beaver Island Boat Dock, and a beautiful ship it was. But on Saturday evening, the 26th, I got several phone calls to bring my camera and see the huge boat coming in the harbor. Of course I grabbed it and ran for the car, however I have to admit that I was thinking "yeah, huge" and then as I reached the harbor area I adjusted that to "holy cow! that's HUGE". What THAT was, was the Caledonia a square-rigged barquentine whose homeport is Halifax, Nova Scotia. With an overall length of 245 feet, she was gigantic even without having sails up. Not a beautiful ship, but one that probably offers the most interesting history next to the Amistad.
She was launched from the Cooks Welton shipyard in Beverley, United Kingdom in 1947 as the steam trawler Akurey and her first port of registry was Reykjavik, Iceland. In the 60's she was retrofitted as an offshore oceanagraphic research vessel and renamed Petrel V. While under that name she took a place in history as being one of the ships on the 1998 expedition to the Titanic, carrying researchers and 21 reporters from NBC. Not long after that she was sold again.
Now named the Caledonia by her new owners, the Canadian Sailing Expedition she is the largest Class A sailing ship to be built in Canada in over 100 years. Her draft is 16 feet and her beam is 30 feet. With a rig height of 145 feet, she can carry 17,000 square feet of sail. She can carry 90 passengers and has a crew of twenty. The main deck has 8 double plus cabins, 4 suite cabins, 4 triple cabins, reading room, salon, galley and dining salon. The lower deck has 2 triple cabins and 16 double cabins. If you're interested in taking a voyage on the Caledonia, contact the Canadian Sailing Expedition.
After church on Sunday morning I was told that there were two tall ships at Sand Bay, after a quick phone call to Peg and Bob Hoogendoorn to make sure that the ships were still there (one was gone, unfortunately), I headed for Mike Boyle's beach. What a thrill it was to see one of these ships under sail! I'd about give anything to see the entire fleet of tall ships under sail.
So what was the ship under sail looking so beautiful? After some hunting I discovered it was the INS Tarangini. Her name comes from the Hindi word 'Tarang' meaning waves. She is the only sail training ship in the Indian Navy. Tarangini, designed by the British Naval Architect Colin Muddie, is 177 feet long, was launched on December 1, 1995 from Goa Shipyard Limited; Vasco DaGama, India. and commissioned on November 11, 1997. Her homeport is Kochi and she left there on January 23, 2003 on a circumnavigation voyage which is scheduled to be completed in May of 2004. A total of 300 sailors will serve on the ship during this long trip.
The Indian ship is a barque rig (square sails on the forward two masts and fore and aft sails on the mizzen). She carries 3600 square feet of sail area on her three masts. The middle mast, which is the mainmast, is just under 114 feet long.
What a beautiful sight it was to see this sailing on the horizon as it left the shelter of Sand Bay.
Other tall ships taking part in the Tall Ships Challenge that have visited Beaver Island in the past are: Windy II, Denis Sullivan, Inland Seas, Amistad, and the Appledore. Maybe the island should have a Tall Ships Challenge someday, just to have them all arrive under sail for the thrill of seeing a piece of history.
Van Malsen - Souders Wedding
Lori Sue Van Malsen became the bride of Perry Baker Souders at the Beaver Island Christian Church on July 26, 2003. The couple were married by Reverend Howard Davis. Perry is the son of St. James Township Treasurer, Jean Palmer. The couple are employed by Jean's Lawn Service. A reception was held at the Beachcombers following the wedding. Congratulations to Lori and Perry!
The Preservation Association of Beaver Island
Invites You to Enjoy A
Featuring Grilled Entree's & Picnic Salads
With a Champagne Toast at Sunset
Sunday, August 17, 2003
At The Port St. James Pavilion on Donegal Bay
6:0 P.M. until Dark
Dinner Served at 7;00 P.M.
Proceeds to Benefit
The Preservation Association of Beaver Island
Lemonade & Coffee Provided
Please Bring a Chair & Other Beverage if Desired
This Week's Pictorial View of the
New Rural Health Center
Beaver Island is chock full of scenic spots and everyone has their favorite. One of mine is some old beaver dams and a creek. I find this one of the loveliest spots on the island, excluding any lakeside view and would not be surprised to see some little leprechaun or fairy sitting on a toadstool or having a wee picnic on the moss at the creeks edge.