A Mission

Today I was on a mission –  to get in the car, drive along the shortest highway in Michigan, Highway 168, and go to the Trick Dog for some R&R before the summer is in full swing.  I had not had a chance to go up there all year.

It looked as good as ever; I took Mike along for a Father’s Day lemonade 🙂
Below at the Elberta Waterfront Park, cleanup was going on from the Solstice Festival yesterday and out on the water there were a couple of really beautiful sail boats…

The swim instructor is still here doing his job

There is a new employee: the Trick Dog Greeter!   She’s giving out Wayfarer brochures, among others. Yay

And then it was back to the grindstone

Frankfort-Elberta Festivities

June 19, 2010 was a big day for Frankfort and Elberta.  Antique Car show and Craft Fair in Frankfort and across the bay, the Elberta Summer Solstice Festival.   Enormous crowds, sunshine, great food, provided by the local restaurants.  See for yourselves…


remember to click on each picture to see all the wrinkles…



Aha!  this is where the crazy dressers got their clothes

on to the beer garden where this year local breweries sold their stuff

Hannah Beale was definitely the highlight of the evening for most of us.

The Doughnut Sandwich!

Before the work started at the Wayfarer this past weekend, Marc fixed himself a sandwich

Then the men went to work on mowing the lawn, picking weeds out of my flowerbeds and cleaning up generally all around the property.  It was a good weekend, very productive.
Mike did most of the work and I appreciate it, the place looks great.

Now how come after all that, the lawn needs mowing AGAIN?   It’s like laundry, dishes, dusting, blech…every 5 minutes it needs doing again.

The chickens were the only ones who were  just laying around 😛

First there always is a huge mess

See, he’s happy to do the work. No need for me to feel guilty

Peonies and weeds

Hmmmm, I feel a sculpture coming…

And now it looks beautiful

my favorite rose

Ok, Marc didn’t eat that doughnut sandwich, he wanted to but I smacked him into reality

Bayview Grille

We were lucky enough to snag an invitation to the new Bayview Grille in Frankfort. A preview dinner.   I have to say, I felt special since we sort of didn’t belong with that group of guests.  Invited were the craftsmen, the designer, painters, bankers, carpenters, vendors – all those who helped to get this new restaurant off the ground. Mike and I were invited because I wrote about this beautiful new eatery in this post

Opening its doors to the public on  Thursday morning, June 17  at 6 AM, yes, 6 AM. I am salivating thinking about what they will serve.  Starting with beignets, mmmmmgood,  they will serve some really interesting breakfast items, coffee from “higher grounds”.  Then there will be lunch and of course dinner.
What am I babbling about here? I thought that I could remember all that Dale told us about the menu – apparently that is not so.  I don’t have a menu to copy yet but I should have one in my hands by the end of the week.

Too much talking,  back to tonight.  I’m afraid my pictures don’t do it justice 😦

VERY comfortable chairs.

Dale Evans, proprietor.

The flooring people Dale Censer and his wife of TileCraft, Inc. put in that pretty flooring and Bonnie Woolsey (right) of MasterCraft Cabinets – they made that incredible bar with Hickory wood and accents of corrugated steel, built right here in Grand Traverse County.

I drooled over the light fixtures…

We had a choice of panko crusted whitefish or petite filet of beef and a gorgeous chocolate desert.

Petite Filet (2) with smashed potatoes and asparagus

Panko crusted whitefish with a butter sauce…


And there you have it. The restaurant will eventually have 60 seats outdoors – overlooking the bay.

It was a very nice evening. I can’t wait for Thursday morning.

Congratulations, Dale Evans, I promise, I will not forget your name again!  😛