Hard to believe after our never-ending winter, but the official start to summer comes this weekend with Memorial Day. The BIC Center will be humming all weekend hosting presentations for the Warbler’s on the Water birding event and with a Robotics Team Movie Festival.
Warbler’s on the Water makes use of the Beaver Island Birding Trail to present an event that draws visitors from around the globe. In addition to birding events out on the trail, WoW includes a series of informative presentations that are all hosted here at the BIC Center (which also serves as the trail head for the Beaver Island Birding trail). The presentations start Friday evening with one on Bald Eagle Research in the Beaver Island Archipelago at 5pm and another about Using the Nation Audubon Society’s eBird App at 6pm. If you are new to birding, stop in Saturday at 4pm for Birding for Beginners. At 4:45pm, there’s a presentation on the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Program. Sunday at 1pm enjoy a special presentation of Green Fire, an award-winning documentary about legendary conservation thinker Aldo Leopold. Things wrap up at 4:30pm with a presentation about Nesting Waterbirds on Beaver Island.
The BIC Center is also hosting a Robot Movie Festival this weekend presented by the BICS Robotics Team. It’s the bIrobot Movie Festival with movies at 3 and 7pm. Each film will be preceded by a team presentation and robot demonstration. You’ll see the team’s 2018 robot in action, and their 2016 and 2017 robots will be in the house, too. All weekend long in the BIC Center lobby you can see the pit display they built to promote Beaver Island. Of course, the bIrobot Movie Festival includes movies about robots, too. The 3pm presentation includes the Pixar classic Wall E starring an eccentric robot of the same name, and the 7PM show is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy featuring Marvin the Paranoid Android.
It’s the first busy weekend of many to come for your Beaver Island Community Center. You can keep up to date on what’s happening here as well as other events on the island by checking out our Community Calendar. Bookmark it today to help you keep up to date about all the fun events coming this summer.
What’s at the BIC Center?
Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center
The Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center is a great place to get information, grab a snack, connect to Wi-Fi and kick off your island adventure. It’s also home to the island’s community radio station…our very own WVBI-The Voice of Beaver Island.
Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater
The Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater is the premier performance space on the island hosting music of all genres, dance, theater productions, movies, seminars and community meetings.
Carol’s Hang Out upstairs offers an informal gathering place for meetings, reading, pool, foosball, board games, video games, TV, using our community PCs and printer, and … just hanging out.
Coming to the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater
Music, Plays & More
The summer of 2017 was truly one to celebrate at the BIC Center--with plays, music from many genres (Classical, Jazz, Celtic, Folk and Country) informative presentations, the Summer Solstice Party, the 2017 Gala, Yoga, tech presentations, rainy day games, trail head information and more. We're planning a similar flurry of events for the summer of 2018.
BIC Center Big Screen
Summer 2017 was big for movies on the big screen at the BIC Center. We presented two movies every Saturday all year and started movie Tuesdays during the summer. Watch them sparkle by to the right. 2018 will be another great year for movies in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.
Plays, Robots & Ice
PABI's spring events included two productions in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Theater, a robot film festival and the classic Ice Classic.
Car #1 Was #1 Again!
The winning team of Diane McDonough, Andy Kohls, Eric Hodgson, Jeanne Gillespie and Kathy Speck has not only Rallied for over a decade, but in past years has organized this PABI annual rite-of-spring. Congratulations for winning the coveted trophy--and continuing a Beaver Island tradition!
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