The Photographer, Part Un

Do you remember when I told you that we had a photographer from the Washington DC area staying with us who was participating in a photo contest for the Pure Michigan campaign? Well, lem’me tell ya, he sent some pictures last night that are awesome. He gave me permission to use them here on the blog. His name is Drew Smith of  Drew Smith Photography

There are so many gorgeous pictures. Everyone of them worth framing.
How about some of Mike and Marc fishing off the Frankfort pier?


Click on the thumbnails to see the full size pictures

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Josh Carter, the crew coordinator for the Wolverine Fireworks Co., has just informed me that big things are planned for the 4th of July celebrations.  Among them, a raffle to find a winner.  The prize –

Grand Marshall of the Fireworks

The winner gets to start the show and to fire miscellaneous shells during the show.  The tickets will be on sale sometime next week for the usual tarrif – 1 for $1. or 6 for $5.  That should be great fun.  I know that I am going to buy a bundle of tickets.

Josh has pledged the fee that he is usually paid to go back into Frankfort’s fireworks fund, which is solely paid for, by the way,  with donations.  This will allow him to bring a bigger show for us to see.  Donations are already coming in from down state families who enjoy our 4th of July celebrations every year.

Usually Steve Christian from Dinghy’s and  Mike and the boys  will go around the parade route and collect money for the fireworks and there are collection boxes stationed all around Main Street stores.  If you’re here for the 4th, remember to stuff something in those boxes.

I didn’t report on the Solstice fireworks, don’t ask me why.  They were spectacular once again.   Superb.  The only way those fireworks could be better is if they were set to music.


The music was so loud last night around 1 am, that I got out of bed, where I had just gotten comfortable,  got dressed again, went downstairs to walk outside and find out which cottage had the radio blasting.

As soon as I stepped outside, I could hear it coming from far away. It came from the Elberta Festival.
I laughed out loud and hope that I didn’t wake anyone, heehee

That’s all I came  to tell you

What's left of the "Round house" in the Waterfront ParkWhat’s left of the “Round house” in the Waterfront Park

Car Show and Solstice Festival photos

I am back from my jaunt into Frankfort (first) and Elberta (second). By the time I could go into town, it was already 2 o’clock  – too late for the market, I thought.  To my surprise, there were plenty of farmers still left, selling everything they had for as long as they could.  Sadly though, the emu people, who also sell the best chicken eggs, were all out of eggs.

Enough of my troubles,  I saw Steve Brunger there.  He’s been a guest here at the Wayfarer for the last 3 years. He comes on a regular basis 2 to 3 times a month in high season and a little less often the rest of the year.  At first he only came to enjoy the beach.  One day though, he decided to make jewelry.  Don’t ask me how that went, I was “in the know” but I cannot remember.  Maybe he’ll come and tell you about it.   He makes the most beautiful things out of fossils and polished rocks.

Steve with his beautiful photos of Benzie County

Steve with his beautiful photos of Benzie County

Some of his pretty jewelry

Some of his pretty jewelry.  I wish I had taken some closeups.  This won’t do. Make note to wear glasses when taking pictures 😉

On to the car show and the Elberta fun.

I have to apologize for the lumped together pictures.  I had so much trouble today getting these pictures posted and in the right way, I finally after a couple of hours, gave up. Click on the thumbprints once and then again to see big pictures 😉

Today is the Day!

The Frankfort Craft Fair and the Elberta Summer Solstice Festival are happening all on the same day.  That’s a lot to take in but it can be done.  After all, most of us are used to power shopping in stores.  The difference here is, it’s more fun and they serve beer!  Michigan Micro Breweries are on tap this year.  Quite a few of them from what was rumored.  All the restaurants are out in full force, serving some of the items they have on their regular menus.  There will be 5 bands playing, including some specifically for the kids under 18.   And of course the fireworks at the end of the day!   Josh Carter is putting them on this year for Wolverine Fireworks That’s it for Elberta.

Before your go to Elberta – Come to Frankfort because at this moment –  as I type this – right now – while I am sitting here – not at 4 PM like Elberta, there’s the Classic Car Show,  the Arts and Crafts Fair, the Saturday Market in Frankfort, the town is BUSY! I will try and take some pics later on today, for right now I am waiting for Dan A. to pay me before he checks out 😉

This Year’s First Summer Weekend

This year’s first summer weekend seems to be a really fun one already.  It’s only Thursday and the Wayfarer is almost full tonight with some new and happy guests and some old familiar faces as well.  A great mix of old  and new guests. They have already all met and enjoyed cocktails on the front lawn together. That was great fun and very exhilarating.  A great start to the season.

The Garden Theater re-opens yay!

I just got the official email and I thought it would be nice to pass it along.

The theater was built in the early 20th century and until now had fallen into disrepair. Theater-goers would not go there for the viewing pleasure, to be sure. People came out of nostalgic reasons.  It was sort of difficult to even see the movie with the old equipment. For the kids it was/is a treat, because they could and would go to the movies and meet with their friends without the parents – feeling just a bit more grown up than usual.  Many a Saturday night, during the summer, when the movie is over, you can see hoards of kids waiting for the parents to come and pick them up – but not before the traditional the trip across the street to the ~Cool Spot~ for ice cream.

I am posting the entire mail because it also give you a program of which movies they have lined up for all of us.  A visit to Frankfort should  include a visit to the Theater

Garden Theater

Re-Opens on Thursday!

that’s TODAY

Dear Wayfarer Lodgings,

Lights! Camera! Action! We are excited to inform you that The Garden Theater, which has undergone one heckuva transformation under its new ownership and the many, many improvements in the last year, will be re-opening its doors this Thursday, June 18!

Come experience The “NEW” Garden, featuring:

A new heating & cooling system

Upgraded sound system with Dolby Digital equipment

Restored Art Deco Painting

AND… brand new seats

Plus many more behind-the-walls improvements!

See you at the movies!


Upcoming shows at The Garden

Thursday, June 18, 7pm –

In celebration of the community effort behind the re-opening of The Garden, we will be airing a PBS documentary of the WE THE PEOPLE, The History of Frankfort Michigan. This was a joint project with FEAS High School and a grant received from PBS and the Michigan Department of Humanities.

At 8pm on Thursday we will show, just for fun, and a right of summer, American Graffiti (1973) for free…

Friday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 24, 8pm (each night)

Star Trek

(2009) – Blockbuster “re-boot” of the Star Trek franchise. Kirk, Spock, Uhura and the rest of the original crew are back… boldly going together…on their very first mission!

Rated PG-13.

Thursday, June 25, 7pm

Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes (2008) – Americas foremost humorist and commentator, Garrison Keillor, takes his skits and jokes, music and monologues across the country in his traveling radio show, spinning his stories into American gold. This free form, intimate look at the private man in the public spotlight goes behind the scenes of Americas most popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, and inside the imagination of the man who created it. FREE admission. Brought to you by Interlochen Public Radio.

Friday, June 26 – Thursday, July 2, 8pm

UP (2009) – The Disney Pixar gang is UP to their old tricks in this sky-high fantasy about friendship, love, and…Kevin??? Starring the voices of Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer. Rated PG.

Be sure to check our website to see What’s Showing and Upcoming Events!


New logo captures character of The Garden

The Garden is pleased to unveil its new logo (right), which was created by Greenlight Marketing , a full-service marketing agency located in Traverse City.

Greenlight Marketing graciously donated their time, expertise and talents to The Garden to craft a logo that we feel superbly captures the character and charm of The Garden.

“We feel honored to be a part of The Garden’s journey, and to join the many community members who have given of their time in restoring this northern Michigan landmark,” says Karl Bastian of Greenlight Marketing.


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We hope to see all of you at The Garden soon! Remember “Live Long and Prosper” or “Live Long and buy lots of popcorn at The Garden”…


The Garden Theater