Once again, the Island’s Preservation Association is working on its two key summer fundraisers—its Silent Auction and Summer Gala—in support of the BIC Center and WVBI.
The Silent Auction will be at the Center from June 15 to July 17 this year—with the summer Gala scheduled for July 17. The Gala includes the silent auction as well as a live auction following the Gala Dinner.
We hope Island residents and visitors will make the Silent Auction successful again by donating significant items. Some of the most popular donations given before included a charter fishing trip, Sunset Cruise, air tour, local art, local woodworking, and local business packages. Owners of unique homes have donated a week’s rental, while others included a golf package, cord wood, driveway gravel, power washing, pizza package, aerial photos, and framed photos. We hope to have most items received, and ready for bids by mid-June.
The July 17 Gala Celebration will again include a $100 a plate sit-down dinner, as well as the auctions. Our 2019 goal is to sell 100 seats. You can make reservations and buy tickets at the BIC Center front desk or by calling the Center at +1 231-448-2022.
Ron Wojan is in charge of gathering items for the auction this year. He serves on the PABI Board and says the Center and WVBI play vital roles in bringing entertainment, information and enjoyment to our Island community. “These two events are two of the Island’s key summer fundraisers,” says Ron. “They generate the funds that cover most of the operating expenses for the Center and radio station—while adding to the wellbeing of the entire Island. And, please remember: no tax dollars are levied to run the Community Center or WVBI. Rather, they rely fully on fund-raising activities to keep the doors open and the transmitter on.” Ron thanks all who have helped with these fundraisers in prior years, and urges folks to contact him at (231) 645-2284 with any questions or suggestions—or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meantime, our summer entertainment calendar is full of great events. Our first featured performance The Dave Bennett Quartet on June 29. Always an island favorite, Dave’s band plays a broad variety of music from jazz to boogie and beyond. July includes the RFD Boys, two Baroque on Beaver Gala Concert events plus two CMU Summer Theater shows. August brings stand up comedy on homecoming weekend with The Hobbit Trail and Erin Coburn at the end of the month. Tickets for these events are on sale now. You can get them at the BIC Center front desk or by calling +1 231-448-2022. (Baroque tickets are available online at mynorthtickets.com.)
Summer Yoga classes start June 24th, and look for Tai Chi, Kick Boxing and Self Defense classes, too, starting the same week. Meantime, our regular weekly events continue with the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11 (changing to 10:30 to 11:30 on June 25th), and Games Galore Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4. And, there are movies every Saturday at 4 and 7 (except when there is a show in the house). Check here for trailers and details.
We look forward to seeing you at your Beaver Island Community Center.
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.