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Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 28th, 2021. 

First some news…


There was a bad accident yesterday afternoon on main street just outside the ferry dock gates.  There are no official reports yet, but witnesses said a forklift struck a pedestrian in the street—apparently running over her feet.  Beaver Island E-M-S, the Fire Department and the Sherrif’s department were all on the scene. While not life threatening according to emergency responders, the pedestrian did suffer severe injury to her feet. She was evacuated by ambulance to Welke airport where she was transported by air ambulance to the mainland.  The incident serves as a reminder that despite the carefree feel on the island, everyone needs to pay attention—look for traffic, watch for pedestrians.


The Baroque music festival kicks off on Friday, but there’s a preview of it all set for 7 this evening the Print Shop museum. Baroque Musical Director Robert Nordling will pull back the curtain on this 20tn Anniversary Season of this unique festival here on Beaver Island. Nordling was in the studio yesterday and gave WVBI a bit or a preview of the preview…

Nordling 1-Summary of Wed Night Talk   :34 seconds

There’s no admission charge, but seating is limited, so be sure to get there early. That’s “How Does Baroque Happen” – a special talk by Musical Director Robert Nordling, 7:30 tonite (Wednesday) at the Print Shop Museum.

There’s no new COVID-19 data from the state. Nothing new on the island. Next reports from Lansing come out on Friday.


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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.


On the fun front today, 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. As we mention at the top there’s a Baroque Preview this evening at 7 at the Print Shop Museum.  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. The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive is Friday, too, starting at 11.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing that.  Links and info are in the calendar entry.  And, the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival kicks off Friday evening  with the first of two gala opening concerts. Percussionist Peter Ferry will be in concert at the BIC Center in a special fundraising event. Showtime is 7:30.


[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. Baroque’s opening events continue at the BIC Center Theater Saturday evening with flutist Anthony Trionfo.  His musical training includes time at the Interlochen Arts Academy—so he’s coming back to somewhat familiar turf for this performance—a special treat for islanders given the rave reviews he’s received at premier venues around the world.


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. Sunday evening, there’s a Baroque Preview and Review at the BIC Center starting at 7:30.  Robert Nordling along with some Festival artists will be there to talk about what’s coming up and reflect on where Baroque on Beaver has been—and where it is headed.


Monday, there’s Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. Marine Museums continue out at the Marine Museum at noon. And Baroque on Beaver events continue with the always popular Brass on the Grass event out at Whiskey Point.  That’s at 4.


Tuesday, 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.  There’s also the Arthritis Foundation exercise program at the BIC Center at 10:30 up in the Deerwood Lodge hangout. And, Tuesday evening the sounds of Chamber Music come to the BIC Center Theater with Baroque’s Chamber Music Café. Show time is 7:30.]


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:  None on our list today, but, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  Last evening’s incident reminds us that even though our traffic is light—things do get busy at times—and those are especially times for everyone to pay extra attention. Let’s be careful out there. 

Fire Danger Level:  Low. 

ON THIS DAY in 1935, a future stalwart of Allied air power takes its first flight. Boeing sends its new four-engine bomber on a test flight, and a reporter dubs the behemoth, fitted out with multiple machine guns, the ‘flying fortress.’ Before a decade is over, the B-17 bomber will live up to that nickname, with extensive service in the skies over Europe and the Pacific in World War II. Also on this date in 1996, a Paleoamerican skull is accidentally discovered near the Columbia River in Washington, and later, archaeologists will recover most of the skeleton of ‘Kennewick Man’ and date it to around 9,000 years old. It is one of the most complete ancient skeletons ever found. (

WORD OF THE DAY: bivouac (Verb) [BIV-uh-wak], which means: to make a temporary encampment under little or no shelter; to take shelter often temporarily; to provide temporary quarters for. In his 1841 dictionary, Noah Webster observed bivouac to be a French borrowing having military origins. He defined the noun bivouac as “the guard or watch of a whole army, as in cases of great danger of surprise or attack” and the verb as “to watch or be on guard, as a whole army.” The French word is derived from the Low German word biwacht, which translates to “by guard.” Germans used the word specifically for a patrol of citizens who assisted the town watch at night. Today, bivouac has less to do with guarding and patrolling than it does with taking shelter. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from B-17 Memphis Belle pilot Colonel Robert Morgan—that seems especially appropriate for this pre-Baroque week: “She was a Stradivarius of an airplane…”

On a lighter note, what does a grape say when it gets stepped on?  Nothing, it just lets out a little wine.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, July 28th, 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.