Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 20, 2013

Northern Notes: Visitor seeks car ferry photos for DVD

Local columnist

---- — 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.

Last fall, the students started their studies with an introduction to the farm by mentors from the Samels’ Family Heritage Society. All winter they researched through books, the internet and with farm mentors to write their own scripts and create period costumes. They also learned about how life was lived in the “olden days” so they could explain and demonstrate activities in the barn and woodshop, the blacksmith shop, the granary, the house, the garden and the archaeology site.

“The Samels’ family donated this unique property for the purpose of educating the community to life on a turn-of-the-century farm. The Samels’ Family Heritage Society is grateful to the school and the children who help fulfill this trust,” the Samels Family Heritage Society wrote. “While these education days are not open the public, it is well to note that the past is kept very much alive by the gift of the Samels family to the community and by the efforts of our schools and young children.”

• Benzie Area Christian Neighbors is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, a milestone that would not have been reached without the volunteers who make charities like BACN possible.

The Board of Directors of BACN would like to extend a note of appreciation to Fran Korten and Frankfort and Elberta United Methodist churches, Bonnie Putney and Blaine Christian Church,, Shirley Henning and St. Philips Episcopal Church, Joanne Walrad and St. Ann’s Catholic Church, and Penny Szczechowski and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. These congregations provided a hot lunch each day one week to celebrate the 102 BACN volunteers who drive the organization’s services throughout the year.

“Hail to all the volunteers who make remarkable charities like BACN possible,” said David Abeel, BACN director of development. “BACN volunteers gave more than 11,000 hours of service in 2012, valued at $284,283. With them, BACN now has a 30-year history of continuous service.”

To explore volunteer opportunities with BACN, call 882-9544 and ask for Michele or Janie.