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- The Harbour Market is opening for the season. Inside you’ll find sandwiches (including pressed sandwiches) , scones, muffins, espresso, cappuccino, ice cream, beer, wine, liquor, soda, specialty food items & clothing. A little bit of everything! Out front, you’ll find one of the best views of Paradise Bay with chairs and tables to take in the view while you have your meal or snack. It’s a great place for provisioning when you arrive by boat. Stop in and see what’s new this season.
It’s Season Opening Weekend at the Circle M! Join them to celebrate the start of asnother summer season of fine food and good friends. Hours for the season are 5:30 to 9:00 Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 9:30 on Fridays and Sundays.
The Circle M is an island landmark and family friendly bar and restaurant located just a mile and a half out of town. They offer quality, fresh made food at fair prices.
Here’s another sign of spring: The Restaurant at the Beaver Island Lodge is opening for the season. You’ll find plenty of favorites on the menu mixed in with items that are new for the season. Bon Appétit!
We will be celebrating the long tradition of Island Clean-up with a community gathering. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the original & traditional folk music of Max & Ruth Bloomquist with us. Event will start at 3pm at the beach or school weather dependant. Watch the school announcement board for details.
This dynamic duo will also be performing for the Warblers on the Water annual Birding Festival opening dinner celebration at 7pm.
Join us at the Community Center, conveniently located across from the ferry dock, for a briefing on the birds of the Beaver Island archipelago with Dr. Nancy Seefelt. Darrell Lawson will share insights from his island birding trips and what to expect over the weekend.
A short 500 ft walk will bring us to the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant where the Beaver Island Music Festival will have music performed during dinner for your enjoyment. Relax after your trip and share the spirit of the beginning of a weekend of exploration.
The birding field trips will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registered participants will be picked up at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli (see below) for small group transport to sites. Participants will be limited to 12 per field trip for all field trips on both Saturday and Sunday. Please prepare for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and sunscreen. Although insects are usually not a problem this time of the year, you may want to consider carrying some insect repellent. Participants will be returned to the Community Center after the field trips at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Board US Coast Guard-certified boats to embark on an outer island expedition to High Island. This island has a long Native American history and is recognized in the Treaty of 1836 with Washington. A settlement once flourished from 1912 through the late twenties which was the site of a religious cult known as the House of David under the leadership of Benjamin Purnell. Fragments of this past can be found in foundation sites. You’ll land in a sheltered bay with a long spit on the east side of the High Island. This uninhabited island will provide a very special birding adventure.
With Dr. Nancy Seefelt and Darrell Lawson.
Pickup at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli.
**This trip is weather dependent at the discretion of the captains. If postponed, it will take place on Sunday. The Saturday trip will be changed to exploring Beaver Island Birding Trail sites with Dr. Seefelt and Darrell Lawson. Snacks and a box lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday during the field trips.
Get an up-close and personal tour of the cultural history which provided Native Americans with a place of refuge and inspired early settlers to venture out to Beaver Island. Hear stories of fur traders, Jesse James Strang, Irish fishing and logging settlements with visits to museums, and focused around one of the best natural harbors in the Great Lakes.
With Beaver Island Historical Society Members
Pickup at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli.
Come to the library and show us your building talents. Or, just play with the blocks and have fun.
Visit us for music on the porch with Ruth and Max
Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart. Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.
Ruth was named Outstanding Vocalist of the Month for December 2006 by Singer Universe Magazine. Her resonant alto has been compared to Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Kathy Mattea. After hearing Ruth and Max perform the Scott Wiseman standard, Remember Me, Garrison Keillor told Ruth, “You have a big voice… I’d like to sing that song with you.” And the next night he did!
Brought to you by (PARC) Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities
Terry Grabill is a life-long birder, having gained the handle of “Birdman” by his family in his early teens. Along with his wife Andrea, Terry has dedicated countless hours and adventures to developing beginning birders with their “Beaver Island Group” program through Fremont Middle School, where Terry is an 8th grade science teacher. Most of his own introductory birding experiences happened on Beaver Island. Terry was a Central Michigan University student studying at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver in 1988 when he realized that there were other individuals, groups even, interested in birding. He has maintained life-long relationships with these people. He and Andrea have developed young birders for 20 years with the groups they’ve brought to CMU’s Biological Station and birding events down-state.
With Andrea and Terry Grabill at the Community Center.
Free and open to the public.
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