+++++ And this is what Thomas Kinkade said about this work +++++
"Life is filled with quiet surprises. One such delight can be found in an autumn weekend on Mackinac Island, that charming retreat from modern living nestled in the sparkling waters between Lakes Michigan and Huron. The only way to reach Mackinac Island is aboard ferry, and once you've arrived, the only modes of transport are walking, bicycles, and romantic horse-drawn carriages. No automobiles or motorcycles disturb the enchanting timelessness.
In autumn, crisp beds of red geraniums highlight the lush greenery, while the heady aroma of chocolate fudge blankets the island. The array of charming Victorian homes and hotels, crowned by the magnificent Grand Hotel transports us into centuries past. The nostalgic mood is further underscored by musket fire echoing from the restored Ft. Mackinac.
In 'Autumn on Mackinac Island', carriages clatter down the enchanting lane while bicycles weave languidly to and fro. Nan's Fudge Shop (a tribute to my wife's famous fudge recipe) invites us to sample the island's chief product, while the Grand Hotel peeks proudly from behind the autumn foliage of the trees at the left of the lane. The steeple of the famous Little Stone Church rises above the trees at the right of the composition and geraniums festoon the town with patches of red.
Now, with 'Autumn on Mackinac Island', you can enjoy the season of plenty in this charming, nostalgic haven all year 'round."
About Mackinac Island
~~~Located just off the coast of Michigan, in the center of the Great Lakes Waterway, Mackinaw Island draws tourists and vacationers from all over the world. The most noticeable first impression visitors get of Mackinac Island is the absence of automobiles ... There are absolutely no cars permitted on the Island, and one must take a ferry to get there and by snowmobile over the ice in the winter.
~~~It was the Victorians who made Mackinac Island one of the nation's most
favored summer resorts ... In the 1880s and 1890s Mackinac changed greatly.
Business investment by large railroad companies and personal wealth led to
the construction of opulent Victorian summer homes.
~~~The famous Grand Hotel is featured in the painting ~~ only as a
The porch, said to be around 880 feet long and proclaimed to be the longest
front porch in the world by "Ripley's Believe It or Not," is that of the
legendary Grand Hotel. The beautiful swimming pool at the Grand Hotel was
built for Esther Williams' swimming pool movies in the 1940s.
~~~There are 7 hidden N's in Autumn on Mackinac Island, in honor of
Nanette, Thom's lovely wife. He has also named the fudge shop "Nan".
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