News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

It’s a no news is good news Tuesday at the Health Center for COVID-19 updates.  No new tests or results as of this morning. State hospital utilization data released Monday showed no big changes—statewide or locally.


Over in Charlevoix, East Park Tavern—run by the island’s Hodgson family—had to close their kitchen early last Saturday evening because Venetian Festival crowds were…well…rude.  So rude, that the staff was upset.  Like just about every establishment up north, East Park is short staffed, so it takes longer to get around to tables and get food orders out. Larah Moore, general manager of East Park Tavern on Bridge Street, made the decision Saturday night to close the kitchen an hour early to spare her staff after they “took a beating all week.”


A 12-story senior living apartment building in Adrian was evacuated yesterday after engineers discovered a structural issue on the building’s third floor.  Apparently repairs can be made, but there is no word on how long that will take. 


The Chicago to Mackinac island sailboat race finished up yesterday with boats battling high winds, steep waves and some thunderstorms along the way—conditions that knocked at least 15 boats out of the competition. The Veni Vidi Veatchi appears to have made the fastest run according to prelimanary results with a time of one day, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 44 seconds. The 333-mile Race to Mackinac – also affectionately called “The Mac”- is the world’s oldest freshwater distance race.

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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Beaver Island Christian Church has a meeting scheduled today at the township hall for 3:00. Emergency Services Authority meets on Thursday at 2:00. And, that’s it for the week.


On the fun front today, Tuesday, the Annual Garden Tour is today…it is long sold out, but don’t forget if you have a spot. 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. Tuesday evening Claudia Scmidt makes a return to the BIC Center stage as part of the Beaver Island Jazz Series.  Claudia is a fantastic musician with a songbook that cuts across jazz into many genres. Never a day goes by that we don’t play something from her catalog on W-V-B-I—and this coming Tuesday evening you can hear her live on the stage at the BIC Center.  Tickets are available at …but there were just 27 left first thing this morning. Again, showtime is 7:00 Tuesday evening.  At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light.


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.


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:  Tony Connaghan and Charlie Chadwick are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Charlie and Tony 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:  The W-V-B-I virtual octo-copter is flying high in the crisp and clear Beaver Island skies and spies…nothing but a sea of green in a sea of Caribbean blue. It’s idyllic out there…still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1975, the disco era hustles onto the scene with a chart-topper. Inspired by a line dance already popular in Manhattan discotheques, songwriter Van McCoy’s mostly instrumental homage hits the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. ‘The Hustle’ will kick-start disco music’s rise, win a Grammy, and become one of the definitive grooves of the ’70s.


(noun) [LUH-dyte] which refers to someone who is opposed to change, and especially to technological change. Long before your Luddite friend was waxing poetic about how blissful it is to not have a smartphone, Luddites were protesting the textile machinery that was slowly replacing them. It was toward the end of 1811, in the vicinity of Nottingham, England, when handicraftsmen formed organized bands and began to riot for the destruction of the new machinery. Their name is of uncertain origin, but it may be connected to a (probably mythical) person named Ned Ludd. According to an unsubstantiated account in George Pellew’s Life of Lord Sidmouth (1847), Ned Ludd was a Leicestershire villager of the late 1700s who, in a fit of rage, rushed into a stocking weaver’s house and destroyed his equipment; subsequently, his name was proverbially connected with machinery destruction. With the onset of the information age, Luddite gained a broader sense describing anyone who shuns new technology.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday

Here’s a thought for the from Stewart Stafford:

“Orthodoxy is the departure lounge for irrelevance.”


On a lighter note: Did you hear about the new bikini documentary?  It’s a two part series that’s really quite revealing.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, July 26th. 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 79. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 63. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


Showers and thunderstorms likely before 5pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.


A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 57.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.


Sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Out on the Big Drink:


SW wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.


SSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Waves around 2 ft.


W wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of showers after 1pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: High

Water Temps: 64 at White Shoal, 69 at the straits and 69 at Sleeping Bear. 66 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.