Music in the Park

Published on June 19th, 2017

Last updated on October 1st, 2020



Do you long to tell the world when you unexpectedly stumble across something so special that you can’t wait to relive the experience again and again? My “something so special” took place during the summer of 2011 on beautiful Mackinac Island.

After weeks of planning a unique and family-friendly vacation, we finally made it to Mackinac Island. My family was finishing a wonderful evening bike ride, absorbing the sounds of gulls and loons over the lake and water lapping along the shore – sounds that signal the quiet and comfort of the approaching sunset. We pulled into town to have dinner along the water when we noticed people hustling toward Marquette Park.

This park is beautifully positioned in the heart of downtown, at the base of historic Fort Mackinac. A prominent statue of Father Marquette, a Great Lakes explorer, stands tall at the center of the park, overlooking the harbor. What we saw and began to hear when we arrived at the park transformed a lovely day on the Island into a day that made my family feel like a welcomed part of the Mackinac Island community.

Blankets and lawn chairs covered the lawn surrounding the revered statue. Picnics had been spread, many of which had been thoughtfully assembled by Island restaurants or Doud’s Market. As if in a movie, the show started as the sun began to set. Music flowed – folk tunes with elements of rock, country and blues. True Americana. We sat on the lawn, immersed in the whole experience. We sang along to songs we knew and engaged in conversation with others.

We are overjoyed to know that Music in the Park continues its tradition on Thursday evenings on Mackinac Island. The complete listing of concerts and artists for this summer can be found at mackinacartscouncil.org. The magic of Mackinac Island lives on, and we can’t wait to be a part of the fun again! See you soon, Mackinac Island!


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