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Community Calendar for Thursday, March 17th, 2022…Saint Patrick’s Day

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, March 17th, 2022…Saint Patrick’s Day.

First some news …


It is the Great Day today with celebrations kicking off for a weekend of fun on the island—for the first time after two years with no planned events due to COVID-19.  Today the BIC Center will be screening work from former TV nine and ten feature producer Corey Adkins that’s about the island and its history—and efforts to preserve that history in the archipelago. Alan Lomax’s recordings, Ed Palmer and a visit to restore the Squaw Island Light are among the topics covered.  That starts at 3:00.  It will be followed by Home on the Island, a film that tells the story of Irish immigration to the island and its current connection to Arranmore Island in Ireland, the ancestral home of many of those immigrants.  Showings will repeat and continue until closing time this evening at 7.


Tomorrow, Friday, both the Shamrock and the Beachcomber will have live music with Brother Crowe and the Ben Traverse Band on the island.  Music will start early and run late. Stoney Acre, Dalwhinnie’s and the Whiskey Point Brewing Company will be open as well, all serving the Irish national drink along with other things.


Saturday, the island’s tradition games and sidewalk shenanigans start around 1:00 out in front of the Shamrock.  Watch for the Irishditarod Race, the grudge rope-pull match between the fish mongers and the hay seeders and the frozen fish toss.  Betting may be involved, but be wary of anyone dressed in green. WVBI’s Songs from the Trail crew will be doing a play by play of the event as part of a live to tape recording of our St. Patrick’s Day Special. That will continue as Brother Crowe and the Ben Traverse Band perform again at the Shamrock and the Beachcomber—with Stoney Acres and the Brewery open for the evening as well.  So lots to see and do and plenty of places to get refreshments.


In other less important news, nothing new on the COVID-19 data front from the Health Center. There are no known active cases on the island. State data released on Monday showed continued good trends. Seven-day running average for new cases is now at 675.  For deaths, it is 27 including reclassified deaths. In our region, there were 36 new cases and six deaths. Charlevoix County had two new cases and one of the deaths. The other deaths were in Antrim, Emmet and Leelanau with one each and Grand Traverse with two. Hospital occupancy rates, including for COVID-19, continue to look good.  No changes in the COVID-19 patient counts at Munson in Charlevoix or McLaren in Petoskey.


Down in Lansing, it looks like proposals for cutting the state fuel tax are all but dead.  Now, support seems to be growing for supporting the sales tax on fuel.  Michigan is one of just seven states where there is a sales tax on fuel. Some want to get rid of that tax permanently.


Finally in the news today, there is growing support to move permanently to daylight savings time.  The US senate passed a bill to that effect on Tuesday.  The Michigan House passed a bill to that effect last year at this time and the Michigan Senate is sitting on a similar proposal—those part of a multi-state compact that would move midwestern states to fulltime D-S-T. Apparently, dairy cows support the proposal.  They like to be milked at the same time and this oppose the twice annual time shifts.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Today, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center. Library Board meets at 5:00 at the library. Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Thursday, Tai-Chi is at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 both here at the BIC Center.  Tai-Chi in the Hangout and Pickleball in the Theater. Games Galore is on up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00 and stick around for with Heidi Vigil’s ComminiTea Time from 3:00 to 4:00—also in the Hangout. Also at the BIC Center Thursday afternoon starting at 3:00 we’ll be celebrating the great day with rotating presentations of Corey Adkins documentaries on the history of the island as well as Moondance Film’s Home on the Island that tells the story of the island’s connection Arranmore Island in Ireland. Normally on Thursday evening, you can play Euchre Thursday evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  But, not this week because more important celebrations ar eon tap.  Euchre returns to Thursday next week.


Friday,  Pickleball is on—in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at noon it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, there are all the activities we covered in our news at the start—the games, music, special all day showing of films on island history at the BIC center and more.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar.


Monday, Chair Yoga is on up ion the Hangout.  Start time is 10:00.


Tuesday, Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on at the Peaine Township Hall. That event for crafters starts at 9:00. Also, it’s C-O-A’s Chair Yoga at 10:30. Wednesday evening it’s Time for Art at the BIC Center with Cindy Ricksgers. Start time is 5:00.

BIRTHDAYS:  Sharon Vance is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Sharon and, if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  More than we’ve seen in a while as folks arrive for the first St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in two years.  And the roads are a slush pit down island.  So, let’s be careful out there—especially if you are boodling.

ON THIS DAY in 461 Legend has it the Christian missionary and bishop Patrick dies in Ireland. He will be revered for his works and life, and by the seventh century he will have become Ireland’s patron saint. Patrick’s thoughts on green beer and ‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ t-shirts will be lost to the ages—but it is known that he would rather be celebrating on Beaver Island. (

WORD OF THE DAY: limerick (noun) [LIM-uh-rik], which is a humorous rhyming poem of five lines. While the origin of this type of verse is unknown, some believe that the name limerick comes from the chorus of an 18th-century Irish soldiers’ song “Will You Come Up to Limerick?” to which were added impromptu verses. The Limerick referenced in this chorus is a port city in southwestern Ireland.


Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island St. Patrick’s Day…

Here’s a thought for the day from Monte Briggs:  “Since my skill at composing haikus is yet to be tested, I thought I would submit a limerick instead….”


On a lighter note: What do you call a leprechaun prank?  A Saint Pat trick.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, March 17th, 2022. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day on the Great Day– and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 



Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 5 mph.


A slight chance of rain after 2pm, mixing with snow after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain and snow between 8pm and 9pm, then snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


Snow likely, possibly mixing with rain after 11am, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.


Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.


A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 34.