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It is with sadness that I write to inform you that Lizabeth Lanier, former Beaver Island Community Center employee and daughter of longtime PABI President and former CEO Judy Gallagher, has passed away. Her obituary is below:

 Obituary and Memorial for Lizabeth Lanier 

 Liz Lanier died in Charlevoix, Michigan on August 6th, 2020 following years of struggle with cancer and related illnesses. She was 59 years old, and is survived by her mother, Judith Gallagher, her Aunt Tricia DuVall, Uncle Mike Taack, and step-brothers and sisters: Cindy & Jim Nielsen, Mark & Tina Lanier, Melanie Lanier, Dorothy & Dick Prawat, Diane & Jeff Braun; Sherman Gallagher, Tom & Michelle Gallagher, Bill & Crystal Gallagher, John Gallagher, and Jean & Matt Heinemann. Lizabeth was preceded in death by her brother Ross Henderson, her uncle George Taack, and her beloved stepfather, Jack Gallagher. 

 Liz loved swimming and fishing during her family’s summer vacations on Beaver Island, even as she waitressed at the Shamrock in her teens. After graduating from Holt High School, Liz attended Central Michigan University before joining her uncle in a Home and Art Furnishings business in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She returned to Michigan in 2003, and helped create Montaage, a similar business on Beaver Island. Liz also worked at the Beaver Island Community Center once it opened in 2008–where her colleagues and customers enjoyed her spontaneous good humor and source of local information. She spent her last few years in Charlevoix.  

 Liz enjoyed foreign travel, including her time as a foreign-exchange student in Chile and Argentina, and travels to Africa and Europe with her Mother. Other personal joys included living with her cats, playing cards, entertaining, sparing with friends and family, and being kind to community colleagues. She will be missed by many. 

A memorial service for Liz will be scheduled after the Corona Virus is better controlled and allows safe travel for family and friends. In the meantime—and in lieu of flowers—the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to The Beaver Island Community Center for the Lizabeth Lanier Memorial Fund at P.O. 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782—or online.     

 

Sincerely, 

Marcy 

CEO

PABI/Beaver Island Community Center/WVBI

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Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center

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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.

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Ray & Ann’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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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