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The Cover Story
The cover artist for the Harbor Springs Visitors Guide is Mary Hramiec Hoffman. Mary was always drawing as a child growing up in the beautiful Petoskey and Harbor Springs resort area surrounding Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. Encouraged by her artistically inclined parents, her drawing ability took on a life of its own. She was enrolled in children’s art classes at North Central Michigan College and the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey at a young age.
Mary continued to develop her talent and obtained her degrees in fine art from St. Thomas Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design. After graduating, Mary held the position of creative director at an advertising agency. Mary is known for the delicate sensitivity portrayed in her oil scenes of Northern Michigan. Her oil paintings reflect an appreciation of the fauvist and impressionist movements - she creates a pulsating vibrancy on the surface of her canvases. Behind the spontaneous brushwork and loosely applied colors in her paintings there is control that brings the elements into a structured whole. A series that has an impressive following is her “Happy” collection. These paintings commonly have polka dot skies and whimsical elements in them.
Mary still resides in the same scenic resort area in which she grew up, with her husband and business partner Mark Hoffman and their four children. Visit Hramiec Hoffman Fine Art & Craft, 6911 M-119, Harbor Springs; 231-526-1011.
For many people, just saying these two words brings a smile and perhaps a flood of memories. Welcome to this special place where memories are made. For year ‘round residents, this is a community that blossoms in the summer months with visitors, guests, and resorters and then quiets down from fall to spring. If you are visiting Harbor Springs for the first, or maybe fiftieth, time - welcome!
Back in the late 1800s, steamships came into the deep natural harbor bringing visitors. Summer communities like Wequetonsing and Harbor Point developed as more and more visitors built cottages to reside in for the summer. The steamships are gone but the harbor is a magnet to vessels of all kinds—sail and motor boats, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards are plentiful here. The clean, deep water of the harbor fascinates visitors. Walk the down at the city marina and look down into the crystal clear water to see fish darting among the boats.
Harbor Springs has a vibrant restaurant scene with nearly 20 dining spots within the city limits or nearby. Dinner and a movie? Yes! The Lyric Theatre on Main Street in Harbor Springs draws movie lovers in year ‘round for a movie and then a short walk to a number of nearby restaurants.
Water, water, everywhere and lots of it to drink! Harbor Springs is named for the harbor and the dozens and dozens of natural springs that abound. Water fountains around the city offer cool, sparkling, fresh water.
This year ‘round community offers something to do in every season. While summer is the busiest one, the fall color is truly spectacular, spring is filled with morels and trillium, and the snows of winter make for great winter sports. Summer is a special time with long days perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, golfing, swimming, and more.
Welcome to Harbor Springs!
Harbor Springs Visitors Guide
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