The picture that I have included here of my wife Lauren and I was taken at the commemorative plaque that was permanently installed in the spot on Mackinac Island where Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour first meet on screen in Somewhere in Time. Seeing that plaque always touches me deeply as it reminds me of how deeply loved the film is by its fans.
On this trip we also learned that Susan French, who played the older version of Jane Seymour in the film, and who loved not only her role but the Island as well, had her granddaughter bury her ashes just behind the plaque.
Also, this year, we all discovered a little memorial sign and a rock with “Love” on it that had been placed just a few feet from the plaque. There is some mystery as to who the sign is for as it just says “For Bill” but we suspect it was placed there to memorialize a love that found its expression in Somewhere in Time.
That’s the kind of love and devotion that fans of the film exhibit throughout the weekend.
Today, I want to share a few of the poignant and loving stories that people shared with my family during the celebration weekend.
We met a charming young woman who had come alone all the way from a very small town in the heart of England. A schoolteacher to children between 4 and 11, she has always been a huge fan of Somewhere in Time but had never been able to come to the weekend celebration. This year, she just decided that she had to attend so she raised the money for the trip by selling some personal items. Hearing that humbled all of us.
Another lovely woman traveled all the way from Japan to experience the weekend. Somewhere in Time was recently named one of the 50 top foreign films in the history of Japan. And it also is a huge favorite in China where it actually played continuously in one theater for 18 months.
We met a wonderful couple, now in their seventies, who had lost their spouses but reconnected again after 25 years apart. They’re getting married this December.
Some people have indeed been coming to the Somewhere in Time weekend every year since it began 20 years ago.
Lauren and I plan to make it there every year if we possibly can.
Time travel lives.