Our January seems to be moments of winter and almost spring so far. We’ve had lows in the teens and highs near 40. No material build-up of snow and the harbor remains clear. If you aren’t on the island, you can have a look for yourself from the Hodgson Enterprises WVBI Webcam.
We are sad to let you know of the passing of one of PABI’s founders and among the first supporters of a Beaver Island Community House. Edna Grace “Skip” McDonough left this world on January 9, the day after her 88th birthday, surrounded by her family. She was a true friend of the BIC Center and WVBI. Visitation for Skip will be Sunday, January 12, at 4 at Holy Cross Catholic CHurch followed by a Rosary at 6. Her funeral mass will be at 11 on Monday at 11 with internment at Holy Cross Cemetery and a luncheon at Holy Cross Hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to Skip’s favorite organizations, among them PABI. You can donate online by clicking the donate button above or call the BIC Center at +1 231-448-2022 to arrange a donation. Other suggestions from the family are Holy Cross Catholic Church 37860 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782, Charlevoix Community Foundation PO BOX 718, East Jordan, MI 49727, and the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3811. Skip was a good friend. We will miss her.
Skip would insist that we carry on. So we shall with plenty of events through our winter slow season on the island. In addition to Pickleball on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, we have the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 111:30, Games Galore on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and two movies every Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m. The BIC Center also hosts Community Meetings throughout the year including this month a presentation by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) on their new grant process on Thursday, January 9 at 10: a.m. Coming up in February, we’re looking forward to being part of the Island’s Winter Festival–an expansion of the Wildlife Club’s well established winter fishing contest. In addition to fishing, there’ll be skating, snow sculptures, music and more.
Our CEO search continues. If you are interested in the position or have someone to recommend, please click on the link in the panel above this post and let us know.
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.