News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Weekly new case report from the state shows 16,586 new COVID-19 cases across the state in the past week, or 2,360 a day. There were 96 deaths over the seven day period covered by the report.  IN our region…276 new cases or 39 a day.  No deaths. There were 12 new cases reported in Charlevoix County.  Hospital utilization continues to look good over all—about normal—but for COVID-19, the numbers are up noticeably with about 2,600 new admissions. On the island, another no news is good news day.  No new tests or results as of this morning. Three positives in the report in the seven day range.


The Great Lakes saw a rare event yesterday as the first new laker built in the region since 1983 set out on her maiden voyage.  After leaving Sturgeon Bay yesterday morning, the 630-foot Mark W. Barker is at Port Inland this morning taking on a load of stone that it will deliver to Muskegon. Built for the Interlake Steamship company, she’s closer in size to vintage boats built during World War II than to the thousand footers that had been the norm—but she does not share their classic lines.

The Charlevoix Coast Guard station wants to remind you to be sure to file a float plan before heading out on Lake Michigan.  And, they have a handy app for that. Search your app store for U-S-C-G Boating Safety to find it.  If you are using the Beaver Island water trail, you can also file a float plan at the BIC Center front desk and borrow an E-pirb emergency transponder to take with you on the trip.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Emergency Services Authority meets on Thursday at 2:00. A link to more details is in the calendar entry online. And, that’s it for the week.


On the fun front today, 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. And stick around for a preview of Baroque on Beaver week and a peak behind the scenes with Festival Music Director Robert Nordling. That’s at 4:00 at the Print Shop. After the maestro’s presentation, grab a quick dinner at Daddy Franks and head over to the library for a book signing and author presentation with Laurie Lounsbury, author of Kingdom Forgotten.  Or, head to the Gregg Fellowship Center for some 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.


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 kicks off with the return of The Lincoln Trio to the BIC Center stage featuring soprano soloist Martha Guth. They’ll deliver a world premiere performance Chronicles of Ghosts: Extraordinary Women of the 16th Century by composer Clarice Assad—a special commission for the Beaver Island Performing Arts Alliance.  Showtime is 7:30. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


After the concert, head outside and look up for the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower in the heavens above our Dark Sky Island.  They’ll be peaking Friday and Saturday evenings in a fitting end to International Dark Sky awareness week.


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Baroque events continue with the second gala fundraiser. Ying Li will perform on the Hamlin Grand on the BIC Center Stage. Miss Li has performed around the world, but is making her island debut Saturday night. 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.  And Baroque week continues with What’s New Baroque at the BIC Center.  Check out out the latest trends in classical music with a montage of performances in a new feature for Baroque that’s quickly become an audience favorite.  Showtime is 7:30. Tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.


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. 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.


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:  None on our list today but, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you 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 1935, a stalwart of Allied air power takes its first flight. Boeing sends its new four-engine bomber on a test flight, and a reporter dubs the behemoth, fitted out with multiple machine guns, the ‘flying fortress.’ Before a decade is over, the B-17 bomber will live up to that nickname, with extensive service in the skies over Europe and the Pacific in World War II.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: ostentatious (adjective) [ah-stun-TAY-shus] means “attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy.” Ostentatious comes from a Latin word meaning “display,” and the idea of display persists in the English word’s current use: people and things described as ostentatious seem to be practically begging to be looked at. The word is often applied to objects and buildings that can also be described as luxurious—flashy jewelry, mansions, edifices with marble columns. Someone with an ostentatious lifestyle spends money in a way that makes it obvious that they have a lot of it. Used in negative constructions—”the house is large but not ostentatious”—the implication is that display isn’t the point.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Thursday

Here’s a thought for the from Dustin Moskovitz:

“Success is very much the intersection of luck and hard work.”


On a lighter note: Who was that Dutch painter who was famous for his portraits. Hmm… I can’t seem to Rembrandt.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, July 28th, 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. 



A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 10 to 15 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


A chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Out on the Big Drink:


W wind around 15 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


WNW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 67 at White Shoal, 69 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.