News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

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. Normally, the state releases update hospitalization data on Monday, but there is nothing out so far.


Today is election day with the polls in St. James and Peaine open until eight this evening.  Voters will select candidates for statewide office for governor, state senator and state representative.  Remember that for the primary races, you can only vote on one side of the ticket or you will spoil your ballot. There are local issues as well with county millage proposals for transit, parks and veterans and St. James Millage Proposals for fire, the medical center and roads. A sample ballot is available at a link in our script online. Again polls are open now and close at 8 p-m.


The race for the  Republican nomination to face off against Governor Whitmer this fall presents voters with five largely unknown candidates, that after ballot qualification issues saw the two leading candidates purged from the ballot. None of the candidates has held elected office before and while they hold many similar views, there are differences.  Bridge Michigan has an article that summarizes their positions.  It’s linked in today’s script online:


The back and forth over some local prosecutors seeking to enforce Michigan’s 1931 law that bans most abortions took another twist yesterday with an Oakland County judge issuing an order that bans prosecutors statewide from pursuing such charges. That was in response to an ruling that an earlier order suspending state enforcement of the law did not apply to local prosecutors. 

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 this 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, 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 this evening 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. 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. 


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.


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.


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:  McCauley Connaghan is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to McCauley 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 getting busy in town all the time during prime time, but especially with boat arrivals. But, no delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1943, a PT boat is sunk and a young lieutenant helps save mates. Lieutenant J-G John F. Kennedy leaps into the Pacific Ocean after a nighttime attack by a Japanese destroyer has sunk his command, the PT-109 patrol torpedo boat. The future US president swims through burning wreckage and manages to help save all but two of his crew, leading survivors to an island to await rescue.



nebulous (adjective) [NEB-yuh-lus] which is often used as a synonym of indistinct or vague, but can also be used to refer to something that is related to or that resembles a nebula. Nebulous may sound other-worldly—after all, it’s related to nebula, which refers to a distant galaxy or an interstellar cloud of gas or dust—but its mysteriousness is rooted in more earthly unknowns. Both words ultimately come from Latin nebula, meaning “mist, cloud,” and as far back as the 14th century nebulous could mean simply “cloudy” or “foggy.” Nebulous has since the late 17th century been the adjective correlating to nebula (as in “nebulous gas”), but the word is more familiar in its figurative use, where it describes things that are indistinct or vague, as when Jack London wrote of “ideas that were nebulous at best and that in reality were remembered sensations.”

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for day from President Kennedy: “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.”


On a lighter note: What do you call a sleeping dinosaur? A Zzzz Rex.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, August 2nd, 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. 



Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


Scattered showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Low around 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.


Sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.


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

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Out on the Big Drink:


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


S wind 15 to 20 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.


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

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 63 at White Shoal, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.