Square Dance at Mackinac Island’s St. Anne’s

Historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church, built in the late 1820’s, has long been the spirited center of Mackinac Island. Each summer visitors flock to the white-steepled structure to take in its storied religious history (check out the basement museum to learn about religion on the island from its 1670 Jesuit missionary beginnings), its lively late-night Jamaican worship services and its grand wedding processions.

And this summer, starting July 1, the church will again host weekly square dances on its outdoor deck. Look for a live band — Mr. John Findley, a lector of the parish and owner of Small Point Bed & Breakfast, is the caller; Brother Jim Boynton, SJ is the fiddler — plus the smell of Mackinac Island lilacs in the air and some serious foot stomping, swinging and skip-to-my-Lou-ing before sunset.

 The Lowdown:

Where: St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Mackinac Island

When: Tuesday nights, 7 p.m., starting July 1

Contact: 906-847-3507

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