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Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 13th, 2022. 

The Health Center is reporting another four tests run with two back positive.  That brings the current positive count to 14. Nothing new from the State, but our local Health Department yesterday reported 23 news cases in Charlevoix County in the last week, or about 3 a day, and no deaths.


Although the COVID variant popping up on the island isn’t, known, health department officials around the state say that the B-A-5 subvariant is fueling most of the resurgence in COVID-19 cases around the state.  The variant seems to duck both natural immunity and vaccines, at least for some. Beaumont Health, one of the biggest hospital operators in the state, reports that one in three of its COVID patients had been both vaccinated and boosted. But, officials say that vaccinations still greatly lessens the impact of the virus and that they remain the best defense against winding very sick or dead.


If you happen to be across in Petoskey tomorrow, the library there is holding an event to celebrate the new views of the cosmos coming from the James Web Space Telescope. Apparently, dinner is involved as well. The Time Traveling with Tacos and Telescopes event is planned for 7:00 tomorrow evening at the Petoskey District Library.


A go fund be account has been set up to help with John Runberg’s funeral expenses. There’s a link in today’s script online:



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


Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Township board meets this evening at 5:30 at their Township Hall. Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:00 at Peaine Township Hall. And that’s it for the week. Meeting details are in the calendar entry online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center starting with stretch at 9:30 and full at 10:00. Meantime, Summer Yoga is on in the Theater from 9:30 to 10:30. Tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. At noon, head over to the Print Shop Museum for a Picnic on the Patio presentation. Bring along a lunch if you like. Wednesday evening its BINGO time over at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games start at 7:00. Wednesday evening catch a preview of the music festival with Hannah Harris and John Warstler at the Beachcomber and the Bootstrap Boys at the Circle M.  Music starts at 9 at both venues.


Thursday, the farmers market is on out at Paradise Bay coffee shop with the start time moved up to 8:30. Senior Tai Chi is on at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is 10 to noon on the municipal courts. There are also two in town Music Festival events with Eric Nassau playing for lunch at Dalwhinnie’s and Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis playing at the Bodega at 2:00. In the middle of that, Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Then, the music festival kicks off with acts on the festival stage out in the woods off west side drive at 6:00. First up is Chris “Wink” Winkleman.


Friday, kicks off with KLT’s Omelet in the Morning show live from the Harbor Bodega with coverage of the Music Festival. Summer Yoga is taking a day off, but tennis is on from 10 to noon on the municipal courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30. Festival performers Good Morning Bedlam will be our guests at noon here on WVBI. Lynn and the Moonshine runners will be at the Print Shop Museum at 1:00 and the festival stage comes alive for the evening with The Bootstrap Boys at 5:00. And, the Elks have their July Burger Night planned for Friday evening.  Drive through only at the Gregg Fellowship Center from 5 to 6:30. Fresh grilled burgers with your choice of toppings and chips are $8. Sides of coleslaw and potato salad available for $1 each.  All net proceeds go to Elks projects for the community.


Saturday, Pickleball is on 10 to noon. Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis will wake up Festival goers on the stage at 9:30.  Then, Gretchen Dolphin has Yoga on the public beach at 11. Christopher WINK Winklleman is playing at Dalwhinnies for lunch and Hannah Harris and John Warslter will be with us here on WVBI starting at 1:00. Festival stage comes alive at 4:00 with Lynn and the Moonshine runners. Lineup for the evening includes the Ragbirds and the Accidentals. Meantime, in town Saturday evening, Dave Bennett and his quartet are back at the BIC Center. Jazz and Honky tonk, blues , country and pop—he covers all the bases with an energetic shows that has always been a hit on the island.  No doubt there’ll be some tunes from his latest album along with some favorites. 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.  Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis are playing at the Circle M Sunday evening at 8 and Soul Patch will be at the Shamrock at 9.


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.


Monday, Summer Yoga is on at the BIC Center morning at 9:00. Also Monday, Tennis is on over on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. And 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.


Tuesday, Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Tuesday evening at 8, 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.

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but, 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, but there are delays in town when the ferry comes in. Lots of folks out and about. Lots of bikes and strollers. So, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1863 the U-S Civil War draft incites huge riots in New York City. Racial tensions and class warfare mix into a deadly brew as a protest by working-class whites against newly enacted Civil War draft laws spiral out of control into a city-spanning riot. Some 120 die and thousands are injured, with New York City’s Black population the target of racist violence.


(noun) [SAH-guh] which is a long and complicated story or series of events. The original sagas were Icelandic prose narratives that were roughly analogous to modern historical novels. They were penned in the 12th and 13th centuries, and blended fact and fiction to tell the tales of famous rulers, legendary heroes, and average folks of Iceland and Norway. And they were aptly named: saga traces back to an Old Norse root that means “tale.” The English word first referred only to those original Icelandic stories, but saga later broadened to cover other narratives reminiscent of those, and the word was eventually further generalized to cover any long, complicated scenario.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Wednesday

Here’s a thought for the day from Bob Geldof, one of the organizers of the 1985 Live Aid concert that kicked off on this date in 1985: “Mankind at its most desperate is often at its best.”


On a lighter note: Once upon a time, a man found a mushroom.  And that’s the morel of the story. 

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, July 13th, 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, mainly before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


Mostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Out on the Big Drink:


N wind 5 to 10 kt. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing. Waves 1 ft or less.


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.


SSE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 60 at White Shoal, 64 at the straits and 64 at Sleeping Bear. 62 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.