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Stone Skipping raises $1000 for Mackinac Island Ho...

The T-Shirt gals once again raised $1000.00 which was donated to the Mackinac Island Community Foundation earmarked for the island Hospice. Curtesy, Patti Smeelink

126 Stones+twenty men + 1 woman = fun-filled after...

126 stones, twenty men and one woman may not sound like a fun-filled family afternoon in some parts of the world, but in Franklin, PA it simply meant it was time for the annual state stone skipping tournament. Competitors from as far away as The Great White North, New York City, California, Kansas, and Michigan (including former World Record Holder John “Skippy” Kolar) assembled to take on local favorites: current and former...

Rock in River Festival 2009

In a stunning upset, Wichita, Kansas resident Grant Mitchell walked away with the Pennsylvania State Title Saturday at Riverfront Park. A medical student at Penn University, Mitchell himself was stunned to have taken the trophy away from long-time winner Russ Byars. “I had been wanting to compete in this tournament for awhile,” Mitchell said. “I had just arrived in Philadelphia late in the week to get ready...

15 young Gerplunkers contested for glory …

Colin ‘C-Man’ Lacy 2009 Gerplunking Winner Kirby ‘Fully Loaded’ Berke Gerplunker Runner up Henry ‘Giggles’ Piskie 1st time Gerplunking (age 3 3/4) With clear blue sky and sparkling blue water, 15 young Gerplunkers contested for glory July 4th on the famous Windemere Beach of Mackinac Island. Gerplunking is an important part of the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping event as Stone Skipping is...

Another great day at the beach – July 4th, 2...

The offical 4oth Stone Skipping event has come and gone but the memories linger on. The weather was fantastic with clear blue skies 70 degree temperatures and a slight breeze.  The water was cold and the skippers were hot. Highlights: Rubbing elbows with a legend. Gerplunking had its first ‘Plunk off’.  Doc is reviewing beach photos to verify the winner and will post his findings soon. Brotherly Rivalry cost one...

Russ ‘Rock Bottom’ Byars – Sight...

Russ ‘Rock Bottom’ Byars Sighting – Russ has been spotted in Ohio on his 2000 mile pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to Mackinac.  His famous “Skip stones for fudge” shirt quickly identified him as the Guiness World Record holder (i.e. 51 skips). He has been seen carrying 2 large buckets along his route. Although the buckets were covered they are suspected to contain stones for the upcoming tournament. So far he has...

Stone Skipping 2009 – Come out and skip

I can hardly believe two weeks from today we will be on Windemere beach skipping stones.  Thanks to a lot of digging in the archives we have been able to verify that indeed this will be the 4oth anniversary tournament. News from ‘Mussles’ Calleweart is that the weather is sunny, beautiful and the in 70’s this week.  Since the 4th falls on Saturday this year we are expecting a record crowd on the beach. No...

The Lost Art of Stone Skipping

As delivered by Karl Rabe at the 2009 Winter Rules Committee Meeting of the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club Not to dilly-dally or shilly-shally but before I begin — a few things I would like to mention… As many of you know, in December Virginia Gillis passed away. Gini was the first female to break through the proverbial quartz ceiling when she was appointed as the High Commissioner of Stone...

2009 Winter Rules Meeting

Its official … The 2009 winter rules meeting is Sunday March 29th 4:00 pm at: Dick O’Dows 160 W. Maple Road, Birmingham, MI (248) 642-1135 Need directions click here Please confirm your attendance to me ASAP. Thanks!  John Kolar – Chairperson – M.I.S.S. & G.C.  – Cell [248] 346 –...

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Welcome to the Stone Skipping blog. News and information changes as fast as as stone can skip these days. Our blog is a great place for the raving fans to share Events, News and Stories/Memories about the grand old sport of stone skipping. Feel like penning something here read our About page to learn how easy it is to ‘Comment’ or ‘Contribute’ as a regular writer. Or just click on the heading of any...