From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, September 6th, 2019.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Today, well…the Beaver Island Irish Festival is here. Welcome to the island if you are visiting for that. We’ll get to the details in just a second, but first…a few events happening before the festival officially starts at noon. Basic Yoga at the BIC Center at 9:30. It’s the last session of the season. Arthritis Foundation Exercise program upstairs in Carol’s Hangout at 10:30. Beaver Island Irish Feile or Festival gets started at noon. All sorts of activities with great music, dance, cultural demonstrations, movies, crafts, food and more. Visit the Cultural Center at Holy Cross Hall to register, to check out vendors, visit the tea room and see the traditional family hearth. There’ll be music at venues all over town—Irish and island music of course—and plenty of cultural activities, too. Talks at Holy cross hall and the community center. Continuous showing of Home on the Island here at the BIC Center stating Friday at noon—stopping only for scheduled events. If you haven’t seen Home on the Island, you need to. It tells the story of Irish migration to the island as well as the twinning of Beaver Island with Arron Mhor. For details, check out either the festival website at irish feile dot com—that’s f-e-i-l-e—or the Beaver Island Chamber website at beaver island dot org. The full schedule with details on every event is on those sites and alos on our very own Community Calendar on the WVBI and BIC Center websites. Events continue through Saturday evening, with Home on the Island showing on Sunday, too.
This evening, a special film at the BIC Center—. it’s Rocketman—Elton John’s life story with great music. Showtime is 5:30. Concession stand will be open for snacks or a meal. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Tomorrow, in addition to Irish Festival events, Pickleball on the Municipal Tennis Courts from 9:30 to 11:30. Movies here at the BIC Center. And, in all the Irish Fest flurry, don’t forget the Contra Dance Saturday evening. That’s at the Episcopal Mission at 7 with live music and lots of fun.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission and the Lighthouse Fellowship. Times and details are on the calendar. Also Sunday, the first annual Beaver Island Pickleball Tournament is on from 1 to 4. Call Jan Paul at 2943 to sign up. Play will be on the municipal tennis courts, Rain date is the 15th. Don’t want to play? Come and watch. Either way, bring a lawn chair so you have some place to sit.
Next Monday, both the Peaine Township Board and the B-I-C-S Board have meetings set – both at 7. Peaine in the township hall and the school board at school.
Next Tuesday, Pickleball at 10:00 on the municipal tennis courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30 here at the BIC Center up in Carol’s Hangout. Tuesday Night movie here at the BIC Center at 5:30. Show is The Wind. It’s a western horror story—a different take on both kinds of films. Lots of awards. It’s rated R, so for the grownups among us. Concession stand open for snacks and dinner. Also next Tuesday, the Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set. That’s for 7 at Peaine Township hall.
Next Wednesday, the Historical Society has a Picnic at the Point at noon. Topic is military history on Beaver Island, which seems appropriate given that next Wednesday is the 11th. BINGO is back next Wednesday at the Greg Fellowship hall. Doors open for fellowship at 6:15. Games at 7.
Next Thursday, Pickleball at the municipal tennis courts—10:00 to noon. Also next Thursday, the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative is meeting here at the BIC Center. It brings interested groups together with the D-N-R to work on management of stat elands in the archipelago. Meeting starts at 10 and runs to 4. Bring your own lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. No Games Galore next Thursday because of that meeting, but the B-I-C-S Board curriculum committee has a meeting set for 3:30 that afternoon.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market: Today Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Monday Night A chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Tuesday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Tuesday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Wednesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Out on the Big Drink… Today SW wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers after 5pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday ESE wind around 10 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Water temps: Steady from yesterday: 66 in Little Traverse Bay. 64 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull. Down to 60 at White Shoal Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip. But, deer lurking at every corner it seems. So, let’s be careful out there—especially in the school zone.
BIRTHDAYS: Sienna Anderson, Darrell Butler, Sr., Joe McDonough and Peg Hoogendorn. None on Saturday. Sunday: Dee Gallagher, Brock Rosema and Katelynn Martin are celebrating. Happy birthday to Sienna, Joe, Peg, Dee, Bock and Katelynn. And if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DATE in 1522, Nao Victoria sails into Seville after a historic journey. After three years, 42,000 miles, and the first circumnavigation of the world, the Nao Victoria sails back into her Spanish home port. Of the original five ships and more than 200 sailors that started Magellan’s expedition, only the Victoria and 18 men have returned from the globe-spanning voyage. And, also on this date in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s record. The Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record which had stood since 1939. Ripken will continue his streak for three more years, ending it in 1998 after 2,632 games played over 16 years.
WORD OF THE DAY: Féile (Fay-luh), which is an Irish word meaning festival. It is from the Old Irish féil (“festival, feast day”), from Latin vigilia (“wakefulness, watch”), from vigil (“awake”), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (“to be strong”).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…
Here’s a thought for the day from Michael Collins, the Irish leader, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty: “We have to learn that freedom imposes responsibilities.”
On a lighter note: What did Obi Wan Kenobi say to the cowboy? May the Horse be with you.
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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thursday, September 5th, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.