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Community Calendar for Friday, August 18th, 2023

After a stormy start to the day yesterday, the skies cleared and it was looking good for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Summer Gala last evening. And then the skies clouded up and it rained. An then they cleared and then clouded and cleared again. But, in the end the gala lived up to its name as A Midsummer Night’s Dream with just a little breeze and a few stray drops. Weekend Comeback provided fantastic music, there was plenty of delicious food, and lots of fun. And, it appears that fund raising goals were met for the evening with a near sell-out crowd and successful auctions and raffles. Thanks to all who attended, all of the many donors and sponsors who made the event possible and to the gala organizers for a fantastic evening.


With a strike by more than 143,000 United Auto Workers members nationwide looming, a consulting firm released a report yesterday that projects a five point six billion dollar hit to the economy from a ten-day strike. That’s what the U-A-W is threatening if it doesn’t reach terms with GM. Ford and Stellantis. Industry observers expect a work stoppage at at least one of the automakers.


Finally, here’s an update on the Verizon service outage. Now the plan is to wrap up work on Monday, but there will be an island-wide outage of Verizon service for a good part of the day.

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for next week. The J-TAC has their meeting reset from last week on Tuesday at 4:30. for Thursday has been postponed to next Tuesday at 4:30. The library Board meets at 5:00. That’s it for the week. Meeting locations and more details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, there’s Senior Coffee and Donuts at the BIC Center at 8:00.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at 9:00 up in the Hangout. Summer Yoga is at 9:30 in the Theater. The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. And, Friday is Natalie’s Cantina Taco Night at Dalwhinnie. Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday kicks off with Pickleball outdoors on the Peaine Township Park courts from 9:00 to 11:00. The Resale Shop will be open from noon to 4:00. Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Whiskey Point Lighthouse tower will be open from 1:00 to 3:00. There’s a Shrimp Boil at Dalwhinnie starting at 5:00. Also at 5:00, the Christian Church is holding a 60th anniversary dinner at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Ham and beverages will be provided.  You bring sides, deserts and alternate mains if you can. All are invited. And at 7:00, the Historical Society presents the one person play Women of the Watch, Keepers of the Light at the Print Shop Museum. The play follows Anna as she relives family trips to lighthouses in Michigan, which ignites a passion to share the spectacular stories of various female lighthouse keepers of the Great Lakes. She details the lives of four particular keepers by donning voice and movement. As she steps into these brave women’s shoes, she discovers the tragedy of the hardships they faced and the beauty of their spirits. A Q and A session will follow the show. All in the event will run for about an hour.


Sunday there are services at the Episcopal Mission at 9:00, the Christian Church and the Lighthouse Fellowship at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…highlights include


Monday, there’s Summer Yoga at the BIC Center starting at 9:30 Monday is pizza and salad night at the Shamrock. And, for Monday Night at the Movies, the show is No Hard Feelings. This one is a comedy for the grown ups at your house. On the brink of losing her home, Maddie finds an intriguing job listing: helicopter parents looking for someone to bring their introverted 19-year-old son out of his shell before college. She has one summer to make him a man or die trying. It’s rated R. See it on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater…the way movies were meant to be seen. Concession stand open for snacks, a meal, or both. See the trailer and more at calendar dot W-V-B-I dot net.


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is in the Hangout at 9:00. Pickelball is on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park at 9:00. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Bodega and Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies.


Wednesday, there’s Summer Yoga in the Theater in the BIC Center at 9:30. The Whiskey Point Lighthouse Tower will be open for climbing from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday evening. Evening Pickleball is at 6:00. That’s over on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. And BINGO is back at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games start at 7:00. And, at 7:30 Third Coast Swing makes their debut appearance on the BIC Center stage as part of the Beaver Island Jazz Series. It’s traditional big band jazz swinging a new way with a small jazz ensemble. Showtime is 7:30. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Thursday, the Farmer’s Market is on out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 9:00 to 11:00. C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Peaine Township Hall for 9:30. Pickleball is from 9:00 to 11:00 on the outdoor courts at Peaine Township Park. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. That’s at 10:00. Also, at 10:00 a two-day Pastel Workshop gets underway at the Beaver Island Studio & Gallery. Call the gallery to sign-up.  And C-O-A has Bingocize, a health information game based on BINGO out at the Peaine Township Hall at 10:30. The resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, it is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock.


And, Saturday, the Dave Bennet Quartet takes to the BIC Center stage to wrap up the Beaver Island Jazz Series for 2023. Showtime is 7:30.

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Harvey. If that’s your name, drop by the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.


BIRTHDAYS:  Marge Peters and Myah Gillespie  are celebrating today. Tomorrow is blow out the candles day for Chad Crandall and Jenna Wilk. And Sunday, has Lisa Gillespie, Jeannie Gillespie, Ruth Gregg, Andrea Keehn, Kim Bousquet and Marlaina Cole celebrating. Happy Birthday to Marlaina, Kim, Andrea, Ruth, Jeannie, Lisa, Jenna, Myah, Marge and Chad, and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None, nada, zip. Still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1920 American women get the right to vote. The US women’s suffrage movement has walked an arduous road, from 1848’s Seneca Falls Convention, through decades of activism, and some violent resistance, but the journey ends as the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified 42 years after Congress first introduced it.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is inkling (noun) [INK-ling], which refers to a slight, uncertain idea about something, or to a slight amount of knowledge about something. This may come as a surprise, but inkling has not a drop to do with ink, whether of squid, tattoo, or any other variety. Originating in English in the early 16th century, inkling comes instead from Middle English yngkiling, meaning “whisper or mention,” and perhaps further back from the verb inclen, meaning “to hint at.” An early sense of the word meant “a faint perceptible sound or undertone” or “rumor,” but now people usually use the word to refer to a vague notion someone has (“had an inkling they would be there” for instance), or to a hint of something present (“a conversation with not even an inkling of anger”). One related word you might not have heard of is the rare verb inkle, a back-formation of inkling that in some British English dialects can mean “to utter or communicate in an undertone or whisper, to hint, give a hint of” or “to have an idea or notion of.” (Inkle is also a noun referring to “a colored linen tape or braid woven on a very narrow loom and used for trimming” but etymologists don’t have an inkling of where that inkle came from.)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for the day from women’s suffrage leader Alice Paul: “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.”


On a lighter note: What do you call a grizzly bear in the rain? A drizzly bear.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, August 18th, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 



Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.


Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Fire danger level on the island is: High.

Out on the Big Drink…


NNW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft.


SSW wind around 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


WSW wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NNE wind around 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves around 1 ft.


E wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temps: 67 in Little Traverse Bay. 66 at mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is 66. 64 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002