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Community Calendar for Monday, August 1st, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, August 1st, 2022. 

First some news,


Yet another no news is good news day on the COVID-19 front.  No new tests or results as of this morning. And, we are back down to no positive tests in the last seven days for the island. No big changes in the stat ehospital utilization report released on Friday.


The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive had a steady run of donors on Friday. No final tally yet on how much blood was created, but islanders and visitors were out in force with no lulls in those donating for the entire time the clinic was open. So, it looks like another full capacity year.


Baroque on Beaver got off to a spectacular start on Friday with the Lincoln Trio and Martha Guth. There was another Gala performance on Saturday evening with Ying Le giving the piano a real work out and again Sunday evening with What’s new Baroque and some really innovative sounds include quarter step scales, dueling trumpets and a talking tuba. The festival continues this afternoon with Brass on the Grass out at Whiskey Point—assuming the weather clears and according to the forecast it should—though the grass the brass will be on may be a bit damp, so bring a chair. That’s at 4:00.  Tonight after our news at five, Robert Nordling will be Dennis Winslow’s guest on Beaver Island Perspectives with a look at what’s coming up for Baroque.  If you miss the broadcast you can catch it as a podcast.


In Dark Sky news, folks continue to report good sightings of the Delta Aquariids as that meteor shower continues.  That after a week of Dark Sky Awareness events that have seen good turnouts every night to enjoy the island’s dark skies.


Don’t forget that tomorrow is election day.  Voters will select candidates for statewide office for governor, state senator and state representative.  There are local issues as well. A sample ballot is available at a link in our script online. Polls are open tomorrow from 7 a-m to 8 p-m.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Planning Commission has a meeting set for 6:00 Tuesday evening. Peaine Township planning meets Wednesday morning at 9:00. St. James Finance meets that afternoon at 1:00. And, that’s it for the week. More info is in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon—if it stops raining in time. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like. At 4:00, head out to the Whiskey Point lighthouse for a Baroque tradition.  It’s Brass on the Grass with hits from the American Songbook, Broadway and film—all in a spectacular setting. And listen every evening this week for Beaver Island Perspectives for a run-down of upcoming Baroque events. Music Director will be Dennis Winslow’s guest on the program after our news at 5:00 daily through Friday. 


Tuesday, The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. Baroque on Beaver continues on Tuesday with Chamber Music Drama here at the BIC Center. Showtime is 7:30.  At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Or, head on down to the greenspace across from the deli and brewery to hear the St. James Jazz Ensemble play. Bring some food and grab something to drink if you like.  There are still some picnic seats available to purchase, but you can also bring your own chairs or a blanket and plop on down for free. At 4:00, composer Tony Manfredonia will make a presentation at the Print Shop Museum on the creation of the piece he wrote for the festival. It’s a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process complete with musicians to demo things. Wednesday evening it’s the Founders Choral Concert as the first of the Baroque big ensemble shows takes to the stage at Beaver Island Community School. The baton comes down at 7:30. Also, Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts. Over at the Beaver Island Gallery, Baroque heads outside for Chamber Music Alfresco.  That’s at 2:00. Then at 7:30 at school it’s the Greatest Hits of 1750 as the festival orchestra takes to the stage for the first time for this season.


Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. And, Baroque on Beaver continues with their Kids Koncert at 2:00. It’s the final result of the Dorthy Gerber Summer Strings camp run in collaboration with Baroque on Beaver with students learning from Baroque performers and putting on a fantastic show over at the Community School. Then, Friday evening it’s time for the Festival Orchestra and Once Upon a Time. Musical stories of nature, the heavens, war and more presented by the full Festival Orchestra with Music Director Robert Nordling conducting.  Showtime is 7:30 again at school. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Baroque events conclude with the full orchestra and Glorious Baroque.  Baroque comes in many forms and they will all be on display in this spectacular finish to the twenty-first season of Baroque on Beaver. Tickets are available at tickets dot 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. The downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3.


Looking for summer activities for the kids? There’s a summer reading program at the Library with a variety of events on tap.  Check in with the library for details.


And, a final calendar note…tickets for the BIC Center W-V-B-I Secret Garden Summer Gala or on sale. You can get them at the BIC Center front Desk or online at tickets dot BIC Center dot org. This year’s event will be in Gene Masta’s beautiful gardens surrounding the old Lifesaving station that once stood at Whiskey Point…and that is now his summer home. Strolling dinner, music, libations, raffles and both silent and live auctions will add to the fun of mingling with your island friends in the Secret Garden.

BIRTHDAYS:  Aiden Martin and Kim Jones are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kim and Aiden

and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  It’s picking up again with Baroque on Beaver arrivals, but no delays other than around ferry times. Lots of new folks exploring the island for the first time. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1981, music videos get their own channel as MTV launches. [Audio Insert] Cashing in on a new form of popular entertainment, the MTV network debuts, complete with “video jockeys” (VJs) introducing music videos, a way of both listening to and watching popular songs. The first video shown, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star,’ will prove wrong.




Frolic (verb) [FRAH-lik] which means “to play and run about happily.” Frolic is a word rooted in pleasure. Its most common function today is as a verb meaning “to play and run about happily,” as in “children frolicking in the waves,” but it joined the language in the 16th century as an adjective carrying the meaning of its Dutch source vroolijk: “full of fun; merry.” Shakespeare’s Puck used it this way in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, saying “And we fairies … following darkness like a dream, now are frolic.” Verb use quickly followed, and by the early 17th century the word was also being used as a noun, as in “an evening of fun and frolic.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for day from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”


On a lighter note: What kind of platypus has blue blood? An aritrocratypus. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, August 1st, 2022. 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. 



Showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then scattered showers between 1pm and 2pm. Steady temperature around 71. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.


Sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.


A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Out on the Big Drink:


SSW wind 15 to 20 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11am. Waves 2 to 4 ft.


N wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 ft subsiding to 2 ft.


N wind 5 to 10 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the morning. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tuesday Night

ESE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming S 10 to 15 kt after midnight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1am and 4am, then a chance of showers after 4am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


S wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 7am. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 67 at White Shoal, 71 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.