News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 27th, 2021


From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, July 27th, 2021. 

First some news…


We had a blast of heavy rain last evening on the island—an inch or more in less than in hour in some places—along with some blustery winds that have decks and windows wet that usually stay dry in the rain.  Meantime, forecasters say more sever weather is on the way for the state in the next three days with heavy rain, thunder and lightning.  The center of the storm track is forecast to be south of us, but we could still see some activity.  Cover up the boat.


U-P officials have released the name of a Detroit man who fell to his death from the Miner’s Castle rock formation over the weekend.  Dominic Rotondi, 21, of Lincoln Park near Detroit apparently stepped over a safety rail, lost his footing and then fell to his death from the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore icon on Saturday.  It’s the second death from a U-P landmark in just a week after a man took his own life earlier last week with a leap from Arch Rock up on Mackinaw island.


Petoskey’s Junior Little League Team had to pull of some must-wins over the weekend to make it to the championship—but they did it, and then did it again yesterday to bring home the state Championship.  It’s the first state Little League title ever for Petoskey. 

No new COVID-19 from the state yesterday.  Next reports come out on Friday.  Our latest info is on the WVBI COVID-19 info page. There’s info there, too, about how you can find a vaccine location and sign up for the Michigan vaccination lottery.  And its in today’s script online.


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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week:  Just one left. B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2.  That’s it. Meeting details and info on remote attendance are in the calendar online.


There’s a bit of a lull in activities this week as the island takes a beach break after the Music Festival and Museum Week. Until then, regular activities continue. 


Today, the C-O-A has chair Yoga set at the Beaver Island Gallery at 9:30.  Pickleball is on from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  And, the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout.


Wednesday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. At noon, Historical Society continues their Picnic on the Patio series. Bring your lunch and island curiosity.  Then, head out to Protar’s Home.  It will be open from 1 to 3 with docents on hand to tell you all about it.  It’s a snapshot of life on the island in a very different time. Wednesday evening, there’s a Baroque Preview with festival maestro Robert Nordling at the Print Shop Museum.  That’s at 7. No admission fee, but seating is limited. And BINGO is on at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7.


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s market is on out at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop at 9.  Pickleball is on 10 to noon at the municipal tennis courts. Games Galore is here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4 up in the Hangout.


Special events this week include the annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.  That’s on Friday.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, Baroque kicks off on Friday with Peter Ferry performing here at the BIC Center.  Saturday, Baroque opening events continue with Anthony Trionfo.  Both shows start at 7:30.  Ticket’s are available at


[Friday there’s Yoga at 9:30 at the BIC Center and Chair Yoga at 10 at the Gallery.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center  Andg, the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival kicks of with the first of two gala opening concerts.  Tonight at 7:30


Tomorrow, Saturday, C-O-A walking club at 9 starting at the C-O-A office. Pickleball is on 10 to noon over at the municipal tennis courts. At 2, the Historical Society has the second part of their Arranmore Connections program at the Print Shop Museum. Connect to our heritage back in Ireland  with a video conference back to Arranmore. And, there’s more heritage on tap with Our Town Our Island Our Music is on the air again at 3 here on the radio station. Movies are on at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Justice Society: World War II. It’s rated PG-13. At 7:00 its’s The Courier.  Great Cold War spy story  rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound at the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open for both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at 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.  And, the Downtown Farmer’s Market is on starting at 11.  They have produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and other yummy stuff along with craft items.  Look for them at the corner on Kings Highway up the street from Daddy Franks.]


One last Kid’s summer camp coming up. August 2nd through the 6th is the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer Camp as part of Baroque on Beaver. Sign up details for that are in the calendar entry online, too.

Looking farther ahead, the BIC Center WVBI Starry Nights Summer Gala is coming up on August 12.  Tickets were almost gone, but the organizers have added a tent and increased to food order to accommodate some more folks—but they say that’s it. The remaining tickets are available at tickets dot bic center dot org.  []

BIRTHDAYS:  Darlene Dooley is celebrating today with 29 candles on the cake.  Happy Birthday to Darlene and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island Beltway is running—not so smoothly low with the roads pocked up from the rain—no bridge delays. Still, let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low. 

ON THIS DAY in 1940, a brazen bunny saunters onto the screen. Huntsman Elmer J. Fudd meets “that pesky wabbit” for the first time in ‘A Wild Hare,’ an animated short subject from Warner Bros. What’s up, Doc? For Bugs Bunny, it’ll be crazy popularity, decades of movie releases, an Oscar win, and a TV compilation show that runs for 40 years. (

WORD OF THE DAY: jeremiad (noun) [jair-uh-MYE-ud], which means: a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue. Jeremiah was a Jewish prophet, who lived from about 650 to 570 B.C. and spent his days lambasting the Hebrews for their false worship and social injustice and denouncing the king for his selfishness, materialism, and inequities. When not calling on his people to quit their wicked ways, he was lamenting his own lot; a portion of the biblical Book of Jeremiah is devoted to his “confessions,” a series of lamentations on the hardships endured by a prophet with an unpopular message. Nowadays, English speakers use Jeremiah for a pessimistic person and jeremiad for the way these Jeremiahs carry on. The word jeremiad was borrowed from the French, who coined it as jérémiade. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Bugs Bunny: “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive!”

On a lighter note, did you hear about the dirty Easter egg hunt?  It was hosted by the dust bunny.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, July 27th, 2021. 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.