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Community Calendar for Friday, July 16th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, July 16th, 2021. 

Michigan’s June job numbers are out, but they are nothing to write home from summer camp about.  They show unemployment pretty much unchanged with 300,000 people still looking for work.  That’s been the case pretty much since March.


M-Live is reporting this morning that Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom is expected to be mild this year. Year.  Nut it’s not because efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff into the lake have succeeded.  Instead it is the result of a mild spring.  Meantime, here on the island, reports are of more alga in the water than is typical—but still fairly light. 

The state will release updated COVID-19 data late this afternoon on new cases, deaths and hospital utilization.  We’ll publish our analysis on the WVBI COVID-19 update page and have an update in Monday’s Community Calendar.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: St. James Board of Review meeting is on Tuesday at 10 at the Township Hall. Waste management Committee meets at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. B-I-A Board meets on Tuesday at 4:00 at the BIC Center.  All are welcome.  St. James Public Works Committee meets on Wednesday at 11:00 at the governmental Center.  And that’s it for meetings for the week.  More details and information on remote attendance for each of these are in the calendar entries online.


It’s a busy day on the fun front. There’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. Today is the first of their Friday session for the season.  So, there’s now Yoga at the BIC Center Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please remember to come 10 minutes early to get set up. Also today, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga at the Beaver Island Art Gallery at 10.  And, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 10:30. After you get all limbered up, you’ll be all set for Beaver Island Music Festival Events.  Samuel Acus is playing in town at noon and then Brother Crowe at 1:00 p.m. Things spin up out on the Festival Grounds at 5:30 with Mr. Acus kicking things off there with non-stop music past midnight.


The festival continues on Saturday with Dave Boutette and Kristy Lynn Davis playing in town for your Saturday breakfast and eventson the Festival Grounds kicking off at 1:00 with Patty Pershayla and the Mayhaps.  Music runs nonstop past midnight.  More details are on the festival website at B-I-M-F dot net. 


Also Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts.  Historical Society kicks off Museum Week with walk and talk cemetery-based history tours. First one is this Saturday at 1:30 in the Northeast quadrant of Holy Cross Cemetery. The family names Gallagher, O’Donnell, Greene, and Bonner will be discussed.


And, there is still more on Saturday: Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is The Croods: A New Age—great animated comedy from Dreamworks. A stone age family meets a modern family. It’s rated PG. And at 7:00 Godzilla takes on King Kong in a epic battle. It’s rated PG-13. Both shows beg for the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.


At 1:45 on Sunday, drop by the Print Shop for Arranmore Connections, Part 1.  Beaver Island’s history is intertwined with Arranmore, an island off the northwest coast of Ireland and this in-person and online presentation is the first of a two-part series on that connection—as the museum connects with folks on Arranomore to discuss the history. Glenn Hendrix will perform Irish music during the intermission.  Come to the Print Shop or attend online with Zoom. Details are in the calendar entry.


Next Monday, the C-O-A’s walking club gets busy on at 9.  They start at the County offices on Donegal Bay Road. And, there’s Yoga today at the BIC Center at 9:30.  Plus, the Historical Society continues their Marine Mondays lunch series today out at the Marine Museum at noon.  Bring a lunch if you like. Monday evening is Music on the Porch at the Print Shop as part of Museum Week.  That island favorite starts at 7.  Bring your lawn chair and while you wait you can check out the historical society’s revamped their website on your phone. It is full of great pictures and info about the island’s history.  Lots of great content—but why wait, checking it out now would be a great activity for this cloudy day.


Next Tuesday, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program will be on at the BIC Center at 10:30. At 7:00, museum week activities continue with Beads, Bones, Pipes and Seeds: Analysis of 250,000 artifacts from the Mormon Print Shop Site.  That’s an archeology presentation from N-M-U’s Dr. Scott Dremel on the work he and his students have done at the museum.


Next Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Wednesday afternoon is the annual Chicago to Mac Race afterparty.  Expect to see a bunch of sailboats in the harbor and racers relaxing in town. Check the calendar for event details.  Wednesday evening, there’s and BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7. 


Next Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop.  That starts at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout. And at 7:00 there’s another Museum Week event on the search for the Jarvis Lord shipwreck.  That’s at the Marine Museum at 7. 


If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, there are two camps coming up:


The Historical Society has a camp for kids running during Museum Week.  That’s July 19th to the 23rd with different activities every day including a trip with CMU on Thursday. Also, August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for both camps are in the calendar entry online.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  There’ll be great music, food and drink—plus silent and live auction fun. A strolling dinner is planned, so you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends you’ve not seen for a long time—and meet new ones.  Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

Now…weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


Sunny, with a high near 74—near 81 inland. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the morning.


Mostly clear, with a low around 63—59 inland. North wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 76—81 inland. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64—cooler inland. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.


Sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Out on the Big Drink:


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 65 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 64.  69 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is 64. And, the mid-lake buoy is at 64.  Remember, if you are using the Beaver Island Water Trail, you can file a float plan at the BIC Center and get a loaner EPIRB emergency beacon to take along on the trip. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low.

TRAFFIC:  Traffic is picking up again as we head into the weekend.  Delays in town around ferry arrivals with both boats running. Lots of walkers, bikers, baby strollers and kids running for the beach or ice cream. Let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Birthday Calendar Master Deb Robert, Roger Lear, Angie Wojan, Sabrina Kenwabikise and Tyler Befly are all celebrating today. Tomorrow Garrett Cole will blow out all 29 candles on his cake.  And Sunday, Carol Runberg will blow out 28. Happy Birthday to Deb, Angie, Sabrina, Carol, Roger and Garrett.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1769, Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and four days later two of its astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. (

WORD OF THE DAY: omniscient (adjective) [ahm-NISH-unt], which means: having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight; possessed of universal or complete knowledge; something my kids once thought I was—until they learned what the word meant. One who is omniscient literally knows all. The word omniscient, which has been part of English since at least the beginning of the 17th century, brings together two Latin roots: the combining form omni-, meaning “all” or “universally,” and the verb scire, meaning “to know.” You will recognize omni- as the prefix that tells all in such words as omnivorous (“eating all” or, in actual use, “eating both plants and animals”) and omnipotent (“all-powerful”). Scire likewise has a number of other knowledge-related descendants in English, including conscience, science, and prescience (meaning “foreknowledge”).  (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday …

Here’s a thought for the day from Neil Armstrong:  “The best I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises. preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”


On a lighter note: How many software developers does it take to change a lightbulb.  None.  A lightbulb is a hardware problem.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, July 16th, 2021. 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.