Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 20, 2013

Northern Notes: Visitor seeks car ferry photos for DVD

Frequent northern Michigan vacationer Ted Hayes has put his love for the area into poetry and song and is moving forward with his second DVD featuring the area.

His first effort, “Lady in Blue,” was completed in 2010 with more than 50 color photos of Crystal Lake. The DVD plays with an original song of the same title, which Hayes recorded with Frankfort native Charlie Sessoms and his Smoky River band.

Now Ted is working on “Carferry Queen,” a DVD featuring an original song about the car ferries that plied Lake Michigan from the 1880s to the early 1980s and docked in Frankfort. The song was recorded at Interlochen in 1983. Ted sailed on these ferries for many years for annual vacations at the Congregational Summer Assembly north of Frankfort. He will be in the Frankfort area May 26-31 and would be happy to hear from anyone who has photos, hopefully in color, of the car ferries, their captains, crews and passengers he can feature on the DVD. Credit will be given on the final DVD to everyone who contributes photos.

“You can’t visit the Benzie County-Traverse City area without coming to love it and wanting to capture it in a way that goes beyond simple print and photos,” Ted said.

Photos also can be emailed to, or sent by regular mail to Ted Hayes, P.O. Box 432, Elkton, VA 22827. Ted’s phone number is (540) 298-0814.

• Cherryland Middle School eighth graders have been studying all winter in Dana Shepherd’s class to learn about life on the farm at the turn of the century. Today and tomorrow they will share what they’ve learned with fourth-grade students from Mill Creek and Lakeland elementary schools who are currently studying Michigan history. The eighth graders will act as docents when the fourth graders visit the Samels’ turn-of-the-century farm.

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