The beauty of winter in Topinabee
Topinabee invites you to join us along the shores of Mullett Lake in northern Michigan where the good life is always in season. We enjoy a wonderful small town atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and a local market and deli. But it’s the awesome natural beauty all around that is the real reason we live here in our part of the Great Up North. Come and visit us in Topinabee and you and your family will see what we mean!
HOME TOUR A SUCCESS
Wintry weather did not deter the holiday spirit as a large turnout for the third holiday Topinabee home tours. Thanks to the Wilkins, Bakers, Gales, Millers, and Warrens their were five homes decorated for the Christmas season to visit. A big thanks goes to Julie Garipy the chair of the event who put this all together.
Home tour chair Julie Garipy greets Linda and Dave Harrington as they begin their tour (Click on pictures to enlarge them)
Kim Hayes and Patti Green are ready to start the tour
Debbie and Paul Chapoton sell tickets for the tour
MEET A MULLETT TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBER
John F. Brown is a Cheboygan County native and graduated from Cheboygan High School. Other than six months in Chelsea, Michigan he has always lived in the area. He and his wife Carlene have two sons and a daughter. John is the owner of Brown’s Sawmill and he also works at the Cheboygan County Humane Society. He is a director of Presque Isle Electric and Gas as well as serving as a trustee on the Mullett Township Board. He also is involved in the Cheboygan County Youth Livestock Program and is a Cheboygan High School football volunteer. He enjoys hunting, fishing and boating. Thanks to John for serving on the Board.
KIOSKS INSTALLED AT PARK
Four kiosks have been installed at the Topinabee park with a kiosks for each of the following topics: Topinabee, The Railroad, Inland Water Route and Recreation. These kiosks were part of the overall park project and do an outstanding job of presenting many historical features of the area. Joe Hines of Project Arts and Ideas along with local volunteers spent time researching the project by visiting area museums, talking to area citizens and visiting area libraries. The kiosks depicts each topic in text and pictures. People using the park or the trail will have the opportunity to learn more about the area from these presentations. This project was funded through a grant from the DNR Trust Fund and Mullett Township.
Two of the kiosks at the park
one of the kiosks- more pictures under the area activities tab
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Did you know…about my neighborhood?
My home is located at 1466 Patterson. On May 25, 1885, Mary and Oscar Adams purchased the property from Robert Patterson for $50. It’s interesting to note the property faced Adams Avenue which is now US 27. Oscar Adams was an attorney originally from Flint, MI. He moved his firm to Cheboygan and in 1894 was elected Cheboygan Circuit Judge, a position he held for 6 years. During that time he made Topinabee his permanent home. Mary and Oscar Adams lived in the home until 1916 when it was purchased by Sylvia and Sherman Callender. They owned the home until 1959 – 43 years! Lera and Fred Slater were the owners from 1959 until 1964, then Eleanor and Richard Spencer called it “home” until 1979. (We’re getting close to me!) In 1979, the home was purchased by Elaine and Thomas O’Hare. Mr. O’Hare was a carpenter and he and his family lived in Bay City. They purchased the home for weekend getaways for themselves and their 6 children, and later…grandchildren. For the next 32 years, all the O’Hares enjoyed the home. Three of the children now have Topinabee homes, Mary and Tom O’Hare and Mary Jan and Gary Miller make Topinabee their permanent home, and their sister, Mary Jo Smith and her family own the blue home down the hill and come for summer getaways! Topinabee really gets into your blood! So in 2011, I bought the home. The footprint of the home has remained the same over these many years but the inside has changed. If you’d like to see the inside and a few early photos of the home, be sure and purchase a ticket for the Christmas Home Tour on December 8. I’ll show you around!
One of my neighbors across the street has quite a history too.
The Topinabee Community Church was originally built in 1917. The “little white church on the hill” was organized as a Methodist Church and at its’ beginning was the only church located on the west side of Mullett Lake. Eventually, Topinabee began to lose some of its’ early tourist population and fewer and fewer members were true Methodists. So in 1947, the church was reorganized as an Independent inter-denominational organization of Christians. Methodist Church officials actually allowed the church to be sold, and the faithful church body purchased the building for $1800. The sanctuary was expanded and classrooms added. The church continues today as a result of a caring congregation of fewer than 100 regular members. One of my favorite things about the church is the church bell. Listen for it on Sunday mornings.