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Community Calendar for Friday, July 30th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, July 30th, 2021. 

First some news…


New traffic stop policies being adopted by some local prosecutors are raising concern for a Michigan Police Association.  M-Live is reporting this morning that the policy of concern—adopted by the Ingham County prosecutor—says that charges arising out of non-public safety traffic stops won’t be pursued by her office.  She says the policy is intended to address racial bias in the criminal justice system. Police say it puts people at risk by leaving dangerous crimes they discover unaddressed.


As the federal moratorium on evictions comes to an end as the calendar turns to August, there are concerns that Michigan’s affordable housing crisis is about to get worse.  In the time the moratorium has been in effect, housing costs have escalated even more. At current rates, you’d have to work 77 hours  at minimum wage to pay rent for the average two bedroom apartment in Michigan—that’s according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Governor Whitmer has announced a plan to create 2,000 new affordable rental homes using COVID-19 relief money, but it isn’t clear where those home will be and whether any of them will be in northern Michigan, much less on Beaver Island. The township planning commissions are working together to address affordable housing on the island.


The 20th season of Baroque on Beaver kicks of this evening with a gala opening performance by percussionist Peter Ferry.  He chatted yesterday with W-V-B-I’s Dennis Winslow about what to expect…

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The Chicago Sun_Times calls Ferry “ ingenious percussionist.”  His shows are everything but what you might expect at a classical music perfromance—other than that the music is fantastic. There are still tickets available. You can get yours at tickets dot bic center dot org.  Showtime is 7:30.

There’s no new COVID-19 data from the state. Nothing new on the island. Next reports from Lansing come out this afternoon.  If you aren’t vaccinated yet, there’s info on how to sign up to get the jab—and sign up for the Michigan vaccination lottery—in today’s script online.


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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week:  Peaine Township Planning Commission meets Wednesday morning at 9 at the Peaine township hall.  St. James Township Board meets on Wednesday at 5:30 at the township hall out on Whiskey Point.  Thursday at 5 there’s a meeting on shoreline treatment for invasive species at the Peaine township hall. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar online.


On the fun front today,


Special events this week include the annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.  That’s on Friday.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, Baroque kicks off on Friday with Peter Ferry performing here at the BIC Center.  Saturday, Baroque opening events continue with Anthony Trionfo.  Both shows start at 7:30.  Ticket’s are available at


Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center. The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive is Friday, too, starting at 11.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival kicks off Friday evening  with the first of two gala opening concerts. Percussionist Peter Ferry will be in concert at the BIC Center in a special fundraising event. Showtime is 7:30.


Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. Baroque’s opening events continue at the BIC Center Theater Saturday evening with flutist Anthony Trionfo.  His musical training includes time at the Interlochen Arts Academy—so he’s coming back to somewhat familiar turf for this performance—a special treat for islanders given the rave reviews he’s received at premier venues around the world.  Showtime is 7:30.


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.  Historical Society Cemetery Walk & Talks continue at 11—again this week at Holy Cross. 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. Sunday evening, there’s a Baroque Preview and Review at the BIC Center starting at 7:30.  Robert Nordling along with some Festival artists will be there to talk about what’s coming up and reflect on where Baroque on Beaver has been—and where it is headed.


[Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. Marine Museums continue out at the Marine Museum at noon. And Baroque on Beaver events continue with the always popular Brass on the Grass event out at Whiskey Point.  That’s at 4.


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.  There’s also the Arthritis Foundation exercise program at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout. And, Tuesday evening the sounds of Chamber Music come to the BIC Center Theater with Baroque’s Chamber Music Café. Show time is 7:30.


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.  Stick around the museum for a Baroque on Beaver Flowerpot Music Lecture with Peter Ferry. Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Baroque concerts continue Wednesday evening with the Founder’s Concert: Morning and Evening  at 7:30 at Beaver Island Community School. And BINGO is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop 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.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for that are in the calendar entry online, too.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center will host the R-F-D Boys as they deliver the Bluegrass and more on August 12.  Showtime is 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  It’s a Belfy party with Suzy Belfy-Breden and Mark Belfy both celebrating.  On Saturday, the last July birthdays are Joanie Adams, Ann Miller and Rose Hockey. Sunday, Aiden Martin and Kim Jones celebrate. Happy Birthday to Suzy, Joanie, Ann, Rose, Kim, Mark and Aiden, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays on the roads other than self-imposed ones to slow down a little. Let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low. 

ON THIS DAY in 1945, the USS Indianapolis sinks in shark-infested waters. Having delivered A-bomb parts to Tinian Island, the USS Indianapolis sinks in the Philippine Sea after a Japanese sub torpedoes her. Only 317 of 1,196 sailors will survive, with many dying from injury, exposure, and shark attacks after drifting in the open ocean for almost four days. Also on this day in 1975, former labor boss Jimmy Hoffa goes missing. He still is. (

WORD OF THE DAY: wherefore (adverb) [WAIR-for], which means: for what reason or purpose : why; therefore. In early English, a number of new words were formed by combining where with a preposition. In such words, where had the meaning of “what” or “which”—hence, wherein (“in what”), whereon (“on what”), and wherefore (“for what”). Although wherefore as an adverb is rarely used today, the noun form, meaning “an answer or statement giving an explanation,” survives in the phrase “the whys and wherefores.”


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

Here’s a thought for the day from Jimmy Hoffa:

“In the old days all you needed was a handshake. Nowadays you need forty lawyers.”


On a lighter note, what’s the best drink to have in a pool?  A root beer float.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, July 30th, 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. 




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


Sunny, with a high near 72 on the shore—76 inland. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.


Increasing clouds, with a low around 64—cooler inland. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74 at the shore—77 inland. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71—warmer inland. North wind around 15 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 72—77 inland.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74—79 inland.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Sunny, with a high near 75.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.


Sunny, with a high near 75.

Out on the Big Drink:


NNE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


WSW wind around 15 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.


NNW wind around 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 2 ft.

Water Temperatures: Little Traverse Bay buoy is reading 70 this morning. Up at White Shoal its 62.  70 at Mackinac.  Sleeping Bear buoy is 68. And, the mid-lake buoy is at 66.