News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, July 19th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, July 19th, 2021. 

First some news…


Mackinac Bridge was shut down yesterday for about three hours because of a bomb threat.  The shutdown came at about 2:15, and the webcam feed that we feature on the W-V-B-I website came down shortly after. At first, no reasons were given for the shutdown. The bridge was searched and, with nothing found, reopened. No word on the source of the threat or what investigations may ensue.



Beaver Island Music Festival put a wrap on their 2021 comeback year Saturday night after three days of great music with big crowds every evening. Back at the start of the year, it wasn’t at all clear whether the festival could proceed as many other similar festivals cancelled their 2021 events. A uniform view seemed to be that it was good to be back enjoying music in the woods.

COVID-19 data from Friday shows a big uptick in the number of new cases per day, but the increases seem to be concentrated down-state—primarily around Detroit and Grand Rapids.  The average number of new cases statewide was 510. For deaths, the average was 16…with 7 reclassified deaths included. Seven-day averages are 315 for new cases and 10 for deaths.  In our eight-county region there were 1- new cases a day and no deaths.   Seven day rolling averages are no 7 new cases a day and no deaths. Three of the new cases over the period were in Charlevoix.


The active case numbers are up.  Statewide there are 4,957 active cases, up about 1,300.  In our region we have 83, up 28.  But, on the island, there are no active cases.  No new tests.  Last positive was in mid-May.


Hospital data was updated as well, and it all still looks good.  Overall occupancy numbers are normal, and the COVID-19 case load is just 1.2% statewide.  Locally, Munson has no patients. McLaren has picked up one.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the 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 another busy week on the fun front with Museum Week underway and lots of activities on tap. There’s Yoga at the BIC Center at today at 9:30. That’s now running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please remember to come 10 minutes early to get set up. 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. 

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. Also at 7 on Tuesday we’re presenting Our Town, Our Island, Our Music with host Jacque LaFreniere who will take you on a tour of island music from the early Lomax recordings to modern artists with some music from the island’s beloved Ed Palmer along the way.  It’s an encore to music on the porch with a rebroadcast of a special we produced in January as part of the NEA Big Read project. 


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.

[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. 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.


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.   And a Dark Sky viewing opportunity with telescopes on hand at the Donegal Bay Pavilion at 11:30 in the evening—after it is good and dark. 


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. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on 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.


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 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 83. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly clear, with a low around 61. West wind around 5 mph.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight chance of showers between 11am and 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Out on the Big Drink:


WSW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SW wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


NW wind around 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am. Waves around 1 ft.

Tuesday Night

N wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 ft.


ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Mostly 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:  None, nada, zip.  Except when the ferry’s come in.  Then it’s a madhouse downtown. Let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Theresa Matela is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Theresa.  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 1941, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera release a new cartoon, ‘The Midnight Snack,’ featuring a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. The characters had appeared in a previous cartoon as Jasper and Jinx. The new names will stick, and the feuding animals will appear in more than 150 shorts and several spinoffs. (

WORD OF THE DAY: capricious (adjective) [kuh-PRISH-us], which means: governed or characterized by caprice : impulsive, unpredictable. The adjective capricious and its close relation, the noun caprice (a synonym of whim), both derive via French from the Italian capriccio, which originally referred not to a sudden desire but to a sudden shudder of fear. Capriccio, in turn, likely derives from the Italian capo, meaning “head,” and riccio, the word for “hedgehog.” The implication was that someone who shuddered in fear was said to have a “hedgehog head,” meaning that the person’s hair stood on end like the spines of a hedgehog. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day inspired by Tom and Jerry: “Always remember that if you fall, I will pick you up right after I stop laughing.”


On a lighter note: I once knew a peanut who wanted to be a teacher.  So, I recommended a job in macadamia.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, July 19th, 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.