St Clair

St Clair

On This Date: Photo taken 6/24/2005

Since we were already up north for the car show (see yesterday’s On This Date), we headed to Sault Ste Marie for Engineer’s Day. And watched the big boats from up close.

St Clair‘s a 770 foot vessel, launched in 1975 to ferry coal to the Belle River power plant. She now carries other bulk cargoes, like most lakers.


We’ll be heading north for Engineer’s Day again this Friday, but we’re staying at a Soo hotel this time. See some of you there!

Number of pix taken on various June 24ths: 489
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 316
  • 4 Stars: 126
  • 5 Stars: 22

Revision History:

Like a Dream

Like a Dream

On This Date: Photo taken 6/23/2005

Saint Ignace has two car shows in late June. The second–the St Ignace Car Show–is the larger event.

We usually try to avoid the big show, but in 2005 it was a pony car event and we couldn’t resist. Had a good time watching the Mustangs and the Camaros. And the Cobras.


We avoid it not because we don’t like the show, but because we’ve grown accustomed to a less-crowded, less noisy St Ignace. “Our” St Ignace is just waking up from winter–they’re still training the summer staff, still repairing the winter’s damage, still shaking out the mothballs.

We’re used to that, and we’ve come to enjoy it.

Number of pix taken on various June 23rds: 1684
Year of oldest photo: 1992 [to repeat myself: only in 1992 did I deliberately date all my film photographs]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 29
  • 2 Stars: 183
  • 3 Stars: 1162
  • 4 Stars: 264
  • 5 Stars: 46

Revision History:

Terry Eldredge

Terry Eldredge

On This Date: Photo taken 6/22/2012

Terry sings lead and harmony with the Grascals, and is a terrific, but I think under-appreciated, musician. His ability to meaningfully stagger the rhythms on high-speed songs never ceases to amaze me. He’s seen here at the 2012 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival.

Terry’s also heard on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction–he’s the southern-sounding voice you hear doing station IDs, introducing the weekly programs, and suchlike.


The banjo player in the background is Kristin Scott Benson. I featured her husband, Wayne, in yesterday’s photo…..

Number of pix taken on various June 22nds: 1063
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 13
  • 2 Stars: 147
  • 3 Stars: 651
  • 4 Stars: 204
  • 5 Stars: 48

Revision History:

Wayne Benson

Wayne Benson

On This Date: Photo taken 6/21/2013

IIIrd Tyme Out’s excellent mandolin player.


Judging by my photographs, on June 21 I’m usually either at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival or somewhere in the Upper Peninsula. Sounds about right, but not true today–though I’ll be at Charlotte tomorrow.

And in 2005 I took pix at a meeting with a vendor. What a comedown.

Number of pix taken on various June 21sts: 1423
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 71
  • 3 Stars: 980
  • 4 Stars: 302
  • 5 Stars: 65

It all began with Sahlgren

It all began with Sahlgren

On This Date: Photo taken 6/20/2013

Mark Sahlgren, that is, who’s pictured here with Patty Williams in front of the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival stage.

Well, not entirely with Mark–I can trace other influences–but consider:

  • Mark’s band, Sweetcorn, began appearing at political fundraising events I attended sometime in the 1970s. (My friends Mike Stoline and John Flynn were also performing bluegrass at those events, but Mark’s band was far better than theirs.)
  • Mark and his friends (mostly band members) began hosting a radio program, Grassroots, at around the same time. I learned to recognize “Footprints in the Snow” and “Bringing Mary Home,” and learned to love Emmy Lou and Jim & Jesse and Country Gazette. Mark’s still hosting the show, but now the co-host is his daughter Darcy.
  • Also around this time I attended my first bluegrass festival, at Charlton Park near Hastings. Sweetcorn was a featured performer. I kept going back. I soon moved to the Lansing area, and added the Charlotte fest to my routine.

Mark changed my life.


Patty played at Charlton Park, too; she was the cute young lead singer in the Williams Family Band. (I had a crush on her.) Now she promotes the music in West Michigan.

The current incarnation of the Williams Family Band was setting up to perform when I took this picture. Patty apparently no longer sings with them; she sat in the audience and listened.

And a new “camera” note: Also on 6/20/2013 I took my first photograph with my new phone, a Galaxy Note 2. It was of the festival’s new stage, and taken just a few minutes before the photo of Mark and Patty.

Number of pix taken on various June 20ths: 1794
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 15
  • 2 Stars: 197
  • 3 Stars: 1093
  • 4 Stars: 418
  • 5 Stars: 71

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay

On This Date: Photo taken 6/19/2006

Not sure how we discovered this beach north of Saint Ignace, but it’s one of the places we go during our mid-June weekends on the Mackinac Straits.

Here’s Joan, and Foley Creek, and Lake Huron.


Used to be we’d hike the one-mile trail from the US Forest Service campground at Foley Creek to get to the beach. These days we park near the casino and just walk along the beach. Since USFS has apparently closed the campground, the trail’s probably no longer an option.

Number of pix taken on various June 19ths: 1209
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 25
  • 2 Stars: 221
  • 3 Stars: 670
  • 4 Stars: 250
  • 5 Stars: 45

Revision History:

Kurt Hickman

Kurt Hickman

On This Date: Photo taken 6/18/2015

In recent years Kurt and his band Harbourtown have been fixtures at the Charlotte (MI) Bluegrass Festival. They’ll be appearing on Thursday, this year (this week). I’m looking forward to hearing them again.


I’ve been attending the Charlotte festival for nearly 40 years. It’s part of my routine; it’s one of the highlights of my summer.

Somewhat to my surprise my camera’s recently given me an identity at both festivals I attend. I’m no longer just one of the fans; folks call me by name, ask where they can find my photographs, and talk with me about past festivals. It’s an interesting change, and I’m not sure why it happened. I’ve been taking pix for years; this part-of-the-show thing’s only happened in the past two or three summers. All in all it just seems, well, odd.

Puzzled. That’s the word.

Number of pix taken on various June 18ths: 1223
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 21
  • 2 Stars: 139
  • 3 Stars: 710
  • 4 Stars: 285
  • 5 Stars: 68

Revision History:

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

On This Date: Photo taken 6/17/2011

One of the annual events in Saint Ignace is a car show called Antiques on the Bay. Our Saint Ignace weekends often overlap the event. Sometimes we wander among the cars.

I have trouble thinking of any T-Bird as an antique, though.


A car show, a baseball game, ships at the Soo, ships at Marquette, a bluegrass music festival. Some country road pix, too, and some taken at work meetings. Breakfast. A thorough examination of the Chief Wawatam dock before they prettified it, and lots–lots–of photographs of terns. There’s even a Daily Flower Census in the mix. Of course.

June 17th’s the day I’m most likely to take photographs.

Number of pix taken on various June 17ths: 2735
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 39
  • 2 Stars: 347
  • 3 Stars: 1947
  • 4 Stars: 357
  • 5 Stars: 45

Revision History:

Horsepower

Horsepower

On This Date: Photo taken 6/16/2013

On Mackinac Island you travel by foot, bicycle, or horse.


We’ve never taken one of the carriage tours. Maybe this year….

Number of pix taken on various June 16ths: 2576
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 34
  • 2 Stars: 243
  • 3 Stars: 1654
  • 4 Stars: 533
  • 5 Stars: 112