2014 Somewhere in Time Cast and Crew

Announcing the 2014 cast and crew for Somewhere in Time Weekend at Grand Hotel, October 24 – 26, 2014. Come learn more about the characters, behind the scenes information and production process, and get a chance to ask questions and spend time with past cast and crew all while enjoying the spectacular views and fall colors of Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island.

“It’s just a very innocent love story,”  ”And I think everyone, deep inside, is a hopeless romantic.”, said Sean Hayden to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sean, otherwise known in the film as young Bellman Arthur was 7 years old when he filmed the movie. Sean has also appeared in The Blues Brothers as well as countless commercials.

Steve Bickel, the associate producer of Somewhere in Time. Steve is President of Orpheum Communications in Los Angeles, CA.

Sal Camacho was the second assistant cameraman. Sal also worked on the films, Dead Man Walking and The Big Easy.

JoBe Cerny was the second day desk clerk. He has acted in many feature films including The Road to Perdition and Legally Blonde 2. Little known fact about JoBe is that he is the voice of the famous Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Dan Dewey  was the location manager. Dan also worked on the Tom Cruise film, All The Right Moves and is responsible for Dan’s Coffee Run. He delivers coffee to cancer patients.

Jeff Gourson was the film editor. Jeff has worked on several of Adam Sandler’s films, the TV show Magnum PI and was an uncredited assistant editor on both Jaws and the Alfred Hitchcock film, Topaz. Jeff also worked on the TV show Quantum Leap, for which he won an Emmy.

Isidore Mankofsky, ”Izzy” was the Director of Photography. Among the over 90 films that he has worked on, Izzy was the Director of Photography for the original Muppet Movie and the cult favorite, Better Off Dead.

Ali Matheson,  the daughter of Somewhere in Time author and screenwriter, Richard Matheson. Ali is also a writer and film producer who was a student on the set in 1979. The Collector and Halloween Town are among her credits.

Mike Orefice, Mike was the electrician. Mike has also worked on the TV series Weeds and Deadwood.

Click here to view pictures from last year’s event. We hope to see you during this special weekend at Grand Hotel.

Fall Wine Weekend Featured Michigan Wineries

Fall Wine Weekend was a great success featuring seven Michigan wineries.  Bel Lago (Leelanau), Fenn Valley (Fennville), Brys Estate (Traverse City), L. Mawby (Leelanau), Chateau Chantal (Old Mission Penisula), Wyncroft (Buchanan), and Chateau Grand Traverse (Traverse City) wineries all joined us for a weekend filled with good wine and good food.  

Saturday started with a Michigan Challenge after breakfast.  The challenge was laid out by Grand Hotel Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer and Michigan wine enthusiast and Master Sommelier, Claudia Tyagi.  Guests were served two white and two red samples, and with a bit of information provided for each by Elizabeth and Claudia they were challenged to guess the Michigan made wine.

The afternoon tasting provided guests with a sampling of each individual winery.  Owners, Sommeliers and representatives from all seven wineries were on hand to answer questions and provide advice on choosing the appropriate wine for any situation.  With a grand selection varying from dry white, to sweet ice wines and bold reds, the afternoon was filled with flavor.  

The evening cocktail reception created the perfect opportunity for Elizabeth to show off her skills in Sabering a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. There are many stories about this tradition. One of the more spirited tales is that of Madame Clicquot herself, who had inherited her husband’s small Champagne house at the age of 27. She would entertain Napoleon’s officers in her vineyard, and as they rode off in the early morning with their bottle of champagne, they would open it with their saber to impress the rich young widow.

Saturday evening dinner was hosted by Brys Estate wines and featured a selection of wines chosen to highlight each course.  Guests were treated to a fabulous dinner in the Theatre, and were given tips on each wine they were enjoying by Brys Estate Vintner, Coenraad Stassen.  Mr. Stassen has earned over 350 medals in national and international wine competitions.  Menus for the meal were made of chocolate, and were provided as a keepsake for the weekend (or as an optional dessert!).

Our Spring and Fall Wine Weekends are always a great time, and our Master Sommelier, Elizabeth invites you to join us in 2015 to open your mind to new wine adventures.  Look for the 2015 Special Package schedule online the first week in November, and we hope to see you enjoying a special selection of wines with us next year!



Safety is Everyone’s Job at Grand Hotel

On an average summer day Grand Hotel is host to over 1200 guests. More than 600 employees are there to make those guests feel welcome, special and safe.

“In the hospitality industry it is important to be ready to help your guests in every situation,” said Jason Kladiva, Grand Hotel Director of Security and Safety. “This includes making sure they are in a safe environment and being ready for an unexpected emergency.”

Employees go through orientation each spring and are taught many things including safety of the guests that come through our doors. They are taught procedures should there be an emergency and are also taught to watch out for potential hazards to keep guests and employees safe. They are also taught how to use a fire extinguisher and Ansul systems in the kitchen if needed. A fire drill is then performed at Grand Hotel and employee housing.   Life guards at the pool are required to have completed a certified course on life saving and CPR.

Security Guards are trained on accident prevention, CPR, defibrillators, fire prevention, first aid, and procedures on assisting emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters. Grand Hotel security guards patrol Grand Hotel and it’s properties 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During these patrols they are looking for potential hazards, monitoring the security and sprinkler system, and assisting guests and employees in need.

Maintenance and security departments also work with third party contractors that inspect, test and perform maintenance on all sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and Ansul systems at Grand Hotel, satellite restaurants and employee housing.

In addition to their regular duties at Grand Hotel, many employees are also on the Mackinac Island Fire Department and receive additional training there that they use to help keep Mackinac Island and it’s guests and employees safe. These employees include Mr. Kladiva; Director of the Paint Department, Jason St. Onge; Stable Master, Ben Mosely; Manager of the Gate House and Cawthorne’s Village Inn, Travis Vartanian; and Carriage Driver Jeff Rosema. They have all been trained as firefighters and have also received training in hazardous materials, ice and water rescue, high angle rescue and first responder medical.

In April, Mr. Kladiva went for training at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis and experienced advanced hands-on classes in search and rescue and high rise rescue with fellow firefighters from departments like New York, Chicago, Denver, Sacramento, Miami and the military.

“The training I received at FDIC was incredible, ” said Mr. Kladiva. “I have already been able to pass on some of that training to the security guards in my department to help make Grand Hotel an even safer place to visit and work.”

There’s something magical about Grand Hotel

We would like to welcome guest blogger, Nadia Carriere , editor and publisher of ChildMode.com.

Nadia is a mom to 2 girls and a boy. As someone who appreciates travel and finding the ‘best of the best’ for families we recently welcomed her and her family back to Grand Hotel.  Her work has been published on People.com, Huffington Post, and TripAdvisor. Below is her experience she shared with us.

There’s something magical about the Grand Hotel.

America’s Summer Place
Tea Garden

Nightly dancing after dinner

My family and I have been visiting this exquisite piece of American history for 3 years now and it continues to be one of the main highlights of our year, regardless of when and where in the world we travel. It’s a place that is filled with memories of generational families visiting year after year.

In the evening, children from 1-100 hit the dance floor in the ballroom where a live band plays classics from the past and present. It’s the only place I know (other than a family wedding) where children and their families can dance the night away during an evening of fun.

Five-Course dinner

You won’t find your typical resort-style dining at the Grand Hotel – no Sir! Proper table manners are a must, when you enter the Grand Dining Room. Delicious meals include healthy options and a full buffet option for the children.

It really is no wonder that this hotel has received award after award for their excellence in both service and grandeur. Last year, the Grand Hotel opened Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, to tempt our tastebuds and thrill our inner child. I put together a feature of this new addition on ChildMode.com where you can also view a video tour of the establishment.

For 2014, the Grand Hotel had another surprise up their sleeve. They introduced the Musser Suite this Spring and it booked up for the season shortly after.

A view from the Musser Suite

This new one-bedroom suite is located on the fourth floor of the hotel and provides an incredible view of the Mackinac Bridge and the entire Straits of Mackinac. It is the first room to be added to the hotel since it opened its Millenium Wing in 2001 and the first step in a 3-year plan to add seven additional two-bedroom suites.

Musser Suite

Of course, the hotel’s decorator Carleton Varney left no stone unturned in what he calls “the finest decorated projects” of his career. The room’s carpeting was custom-woven in Connemara Ireland and there are plenty of incredible unique and decorative touches found throughout the suite.

The suite is named after the late Grand Hotel Chairman R.D. “Dan” Musser Jr., who passed away a year ago. I put together an exclusive video tour of the room while I visited last month and would love to share it with you!


You can find out more about this suite by visiting the Grand Hotel’s website.
Now…who wants to join me in the Musser Suite for 2015?

Children’s Program Fun!

Each season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Grand Hotel’s Children’s Program is available twice daily for our young guests five and older. The program includes a special meal in one of our restaurants, with a Children’s Buffet the Main Dining Room on some evenings.  After everyone enjoys their meal, the fun continues with games, crafts or mini adventures.

Activities include walking to the butterfly house, visiting the Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, arts and crafts, croquet and bocci ball, rock collecting on the beach, playground games, kite flying and scavenger hunts. Each program is complimentary for those guests staying under our Modified American Plan.  A fee is charged for young guests staying with the breakfast only or meal exclusive plans.  Baby sitting is also available for those under five through our Housekeeping Department.

Our Children’s Program is a great way for the kids to have fun and make new friends, and for mom and dad to enjoy a game of golf, or maybe a romantic dinner for two. Sign up at Rebecca’s Room when you arrive and let the fun begin!



Movies in the Tea Garden

Our Family Added Value Days package has always been a big hit with families looking to get away in August before the kids return to school.  With daily Ice Cream Socials, complimentary Children’s Programs, nightly family friendly movies, free golf for anyone 17 and younger, and half off golf for adults, this package has something for everyone.

This season, guests staying with us August 17, 18, and 19, will enjoy an added treat with movies in the Tea Garden.  Great Lakes Outdoor Cinemas will be showing Frozen, Despicable Me 2, and Lego Movie on the big screen (weather permitting of course). Sitting on blankets in the grass, watching movies together is the perfect time for creating treasured family memories.  Life can be hectic, and families can lose track of each other, so we strive to provide opportunities to bring you back together, to slow down, and enjoy each other.  Hopefully, we will see you at the movies this August!

Gardening with Guest Blogger Stacey Hirvela

Today’s Guest Blogger is Stacey Hirvela, marketing specialist for Spring Meadow Nursery.  Stacey is one of the guest speakers for the 2014 Grand Garden Show featuring Proven Winners.

Gardening rocks! There’s no better complement to a beautiful Michigan summer than a lush backyard, bursting with color and life (especially after the winter we had this year). For me, that means a mix of flowers AND vegetables – it’s the only way to satisfy my plant geek side and my foodie side. I’ve been growing vegetables in containers for most of my gardening life and I share my experience and ideas in my new book, Edible Spots & Pots, published by Rodale this past March. In it, I cover the details of growing edibles in containers and raised beds, sharing tips and tricks to set you up for a successful, beautiful harvest. For example, did you know that the secret to growing good cilantro like you buy at the grocery store is to grow more than one plant, and sow seeds regularly? Cilantro naturally has a very short life cycle, so to keep a continuous supply, you have to sow seed frequently. When your cilantro plant goes to seed, don’t just rip it out right away. You can let the seed turn from green to tan and sow it and grow more cilantro, or collect it and put it in a glass jar – it is the spice, coriander!

Because I work for one of the partners in the Proven Winners brand, colorful containers are pretty much a way of life. So in the book, I adapted the popular thriller-filler-spiller method of composing fabulous floral combinations to vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. The book includes over 30 “recipes” for gorgeous and edible combinations, plus all the information you need to mix up any herb or veggie that you like to grow into your own unique combo.

But I’m going to need to leave my container garden in the care of my husband (who fortunately loves to garden as well) when I head up to the Grand Hotel at the end of August for the Proven Winners Grand Garden Show. I am so excited to go back and enjoy the grounds of the Grand and all of the gorgeous private gardens on the tours. And, I get to do my favorite thing – talk about plants and gardening – for three whole days! Last year’s show was amazing, inspirational, and so much fun. I mean, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cocktail on that legendary porch in the company of P. Allen Smith, Jon Carloftis, and Jack Barnwell – three of the nicest, funniest, most talented gardeners you’ll ever meet? I hope you can find someone to mind your garden and take the time to escape with us. It really is an unforgettable experience!

P.S. Master gardeners (http://www.extension.org/pages/9925/state-and-provincial-master-gardener-programs:-extension-and-affiliated-program-listings#.U7RO1PldVA0) can earn 5 educational credit hours for attending!

Gayle McCracken Trunk Show

Mackinac Market will be hosting a Trunk Show July 9-19, with products created by Stampin’ Up distributor Gayle McCracken.   Gayle has been with “Stampin’ Up” since 2005 and has won awards for her designs.  What started out as a simple hobby turned into a wonderful way for Gayle to share her creative ideas by holding classes in her community.  She now has her products for sale at a local shop, and sells her creations at local events and craft shows.

For this Trunk Show, Gayle has created a variety of fun Mackinac Island specific pieces.  She offers custom note cards as well as memory books, photo albums, and craft bags.  We hope to see you there!




Shelbie, Grand Hotel’s First Female Coachman

For the first time in its long history, Grand Hotel has a female Coachman driving the Musser family’s Hackney horses.  Shelbie Mosley was raised on Mackinac Island and has been around horses her entire life.  Shelbie’s love of horses and other animals has driven her to pursue a career as a Veterinarian.  She is presently in her last year of pre-veterinarian studies at University of Findlay in Ohio, hoping to get into Michigan State University to further her education.

This is Shelbie’s fourth year working at the Grand Stables.  As a very young girl she remembers visiting the stables and falling in love with some of the very carriages she now drives.  The Hackney horses Shelbie drives are used to haul the Musser family to various Island functions, they also frequently pull our wedding carriage, and transport some VIP guests on special rides.

Hackney horses are known as the aristocrats of the show ring. They have a very high knee action, high head carriage, and are natural showmen.  The carriages that are used with these horses are over one hundred years old, and many have a great deal of history on the Island.  Shelbie considers this job not only a valuable learning experience, but a true life experience, and something she can use in her further career.


“Man in the City” comes to Mackinac Island

You may notice something a little different when you pass by the Gate House this summer.  That something is a little orange man standing on the roof urging you to look up.  Crooked Tree Arts Center located in Petoskey, Michigan is currently displaying 40 “Man in the City” sculptures on rooftops throughout Detroit, and Windsor, Canada.  As part of Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Detroit @CTAC exhibit, Northern Michigan will host approximately 20 of the sculptures over the summer months.

John Suave created the “Man in the City” project in 2008, and the sculptures have been exhibited on New York City’s Highline and on Governors Island.  The project creates a metaphor for life that transforms the skyline and encourages people to look around.  The purpose of looking around is to get people engaged in the discovery process, helping an individual gain a sense of place within the city.

The Man in the City will be watching next time you visit, encouraging you to look up, look around and discover something new.