Whether you are visiting for a day, a week, a month or more, we invite you to drop by Beaver Island’s Community Center — the BIC Center — to get your Emerald Isle adventure started. We serve as the trail head for both the Beaver Island Birding and Water Trails. Our brochure racks are full of information about island services and activities. At our front desk you’ll find someone to answer your questions, get you pointed in the right direction and, if you need a snack, serve you a delicious Nathan’s hot dog, chips and a cool pop, lemonade or iced tea.
If you head upstairs you’ll find games, a pool table, big screen TV, nice chairs for reading and public use PCs and printers. It’s perfect for a mid-day break, a family rendezvous point or a refuge on a rainy day.
We have lots of activities to help you make the most of your time on the island. Yoga classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click here for details. Our movies this week include Finding Your Feet on Tuesday evening at 7. This weekend, our Saturday matinée is DC Lego Aquaman and the evening feature is The Leisure Seeker. Three great films you can enjoy along with great treats from our concession stand. A free will donation of $5 per person is suggested for films; students are free.
One note: The BIC Center will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday July 12th so that we can prepare for a special event that evening. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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
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.