Winter made an abrupt appearance on the island this weekend with up to 5 inches of snow in some places and chilly temperatures everywhere. Wouldn’t a nice, new Kubota be a handy accessory in that new snow? You could win one in our annual fund raising raffle, but ime is quickly running out on your chance. Only 2 weeks left to buy tickets and only 1,200 will be sold. You can buy tickets at the BIC center on Monday through Friday from 1-5pm and on Saturdays from 9am-9pm. They’re also available from any PABI board member. Something to remember: the Preservation Association of Beaver Island, which runs WVBI and the BIC Center, is 100% non-tax payer funded. We rely on fundraisers to provide services to the island, and all proceeds from the Kubota go to help continue to provide services for our wonderful and unique community.
This weekend we have special events planned with the Beaver Island Historical Society to commemorate the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley 50 years ago on November 18th. We’ll remember the members of the crew that were lost as well as their families. At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday we’ll show a documentary about the tragedy and its impact on Rogers City, the Bradley’s home port. That will be followed by the premiere screening of a BIHS interview with Frank Mays, one of just two survivors of the sinking and the only one still alive. He was interviewed this summer by Dick Mulvihill. Dick will be present for the showing along with a panel of islanders who were here when the Bradley went down. They’ll share their memories of the event and take questions.
On Thanksgiving two blockbusters will be showing in the McDonough’s Market Theater. At 3:00 we’ll have Incredibles 2 and at 7:00 the feature show will be Crazy Rich Asians.
Please remember that we’ve switched to our off-season hours, so on Mondays through Fridays the BIC Center is open from 9am-5pm and 9 to 9 on Saturdays. Regular events include the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program upstairs in “Carol’s Hangout” on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11, Pickle Ball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to noon and Games Galore on Thursdays from 1 to 4. And, throughout the winter, Dawn George with the Council on Aging (COA) will be providing arthritis services and senior meal coupons from her office upstairs from 9am-2pm (weekdays).
And finally, there is a rumor that Santa and Mrs. Clause will be in town and possibly stop by the Community Center to chat with the Island’s young ones. If we find this rumor to be true and when this could happen, we’ll be sure to let you know!
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.
McDonough's Market Theater
The McDonough’s Market 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 McDonough’s Market Theater
Music, Plays, Graduation & a Birthday
The summer of 2018 kicked off with a road rally, student theater and BICS graduation and continued with music, plays, special community events, yoga and more. Our scrapbook from May to September is here for you to enjoy while we plan another summer to celebrate in 2019.
BIC Center Big Screen
The winter of 2017-18 was packed full of great movies at the BIC Center. Watch them sparkle by to the right. Anything you'd like to see again? Let us know. And let us know what you'd like to see this summer. We'll have movies at 3 and 7 Saturdays, at 7 on Tuesdays and at 3 and 7 on rainy days. Watch biccenter.org for the latest.
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!
You can help us deliver quality community events and entertainment at the BIC Center and on WVBI by making a contribution.