News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, August 17th, 2023

The line of thunderstorms that crossed over the island this morning brought almost an inch of rain to some rain gauges, but it won’t dampen things for this evening’s BIC Center W-V-B-I Summer Gala.  Center Managing Director Paul Cole says everything is set to go for the event with the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He says that the shelters for the event at the Brother’s Place were up yesterday. “We are high and dry,” he says, “and ready for a great evening.” Featured at the gala will be live music from Weekend Comeback, a gourmet strolling dinner, deserts, an open bar with wine, beer and seltzer, live and silent auctions, plus raffle boxes and other prizes. Proceeds from the gala support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I. Things get underway this evening at 6:00. Cole says that when he check this morning there were just 20 tickets left. They are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.



Two high school students are joining Charlevoix County boards in non-voting positions. That will let them share t heir classmates’ opinions on what’s happening in county governance.  Lila Kelly was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board, and Lindsey Jibson was appointed to the Planning Commission.  Their role was facilitated by Government for Tomorrow, a nonprofit that works with local governments to create student positions on various boards. They’ve worked to put students on local boards in 15 communities across the state.


Here’s some news from Paradise Bay Coffee Shop.  They are closing for the season ab it early this year. Monday will be their last day, so today is the last day for the farmer’s market with the shop open, too.  We understand the market will continue there on Thursdays through Labor Day making the 31st the last day for it.


Finally, here’s an update on the Verizon service outage. Expect outages today mid and down island as work is done at the mid-island tower location.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week. St. James Public Works meets today at 11:00. Emergency Services Authority has a meeting set for Thursday at 2:00.  The J-TAC meeting set 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, 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.  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, Thursday evening is the BIC Center-WVBI Summer Gala. Things get underway at 6:00 with Music starting at 7:00 along with auction and other fun to come along with a gourmet strolling dinner, delicious desserts and wine and beer at the bar. Tickets are at tickets dot bic center dot org.


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 we covered at the top. 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. Each show is followed by a Q and A talkback for an hour long presentation.


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…


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.


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


BIRTHDAYS:  Marlene Wiser, Ryan Oliver and Riley Williamson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Marlene, Riley, and Ryan, 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. Parking issues seem to have subsided, but it still gets busy when the boat comes in.  Let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1959 a new cool modality unfurls on Miles Davis’ latest album, ‘Kind of Blue.’ Davis’ brilliant horn playing, and his sublime supporting ensemble, including Bill Evans and John Coltrane, will make the disc an enduring success, and it will be considered by some the greatest jazz record of all time.

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WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is volatile (adjective) VAH-luh-tul], which has several closely related meanings, including “subject to rapid or unexpected change,” “having or showing extreme or sudden changes of emotion,” and “likely to become dangerous or out of control.” Volatile was originally for the birds—quite literally. Back in the 14th century, the word was a noun and volatiles were birds (especially wild fowl) or other winged creatures, such as butterflies. That’s not as flighty as it sounds. Volatile traces back to the Latin verb volare, [vo-larh-AY] which means “to fly.” By the end of the 16th century, people were using volatile as an adjective to describe meal ground so fine and light that it could easily “fly” or be blown about. Soon after, the adjective was extended to creatures that were capable of flying (as in “volatile insects”), later to vapors and gases, and by the early 17th century, to individuals or things as prone to sudden change as some gaseous substances. In recent years, volatile has alighted in economic, political, and technical contexts far flown from its avian origins.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…nothing volatile involved…

Here’s a thought for the day from Miles Davis: “Always listen for what you can leave out.”


On a lighter note: I was going to tell a joke about vaporized water, but I couldn’t come up with a good punchline. It was a mist opportunity.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, August 17th, 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. 



Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. High near 69. Southwest wind around 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Isolated showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

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


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.


Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Fire danger level on the island is: Very High.

Out on the Big Drink…

Today-Gale Warning in Effect

SSW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 kt. Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Waves 7 ft subsiding to 4 ft.


NNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft.


SSW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 68 in Little Traverse Bay. 66 at mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island. Sleeping Bear is 68. 68 up in the straights.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002