Given the current situation with Covid-19 several events on the Island have been cancelled or changed to adapt to the current situation. This includes our Summer Solstice Dinner and the GALA dinner scheduled for July. We are planning these events for later in the summer/fall if we can, with a wait and see approach for all remaining events. This year’s auctions will take place online on our newly developed auction website. After June 15th the auction will be open at gala2020.biccenter.org. We hope this will be a fun, exciting alternative to our live and silent auction!
Central Michigan University also cancelled their July theater performances and rescheduled them for 2021, and Baroque on the Beaver is conducting their events virtually.
We hope to open the Center as soon as the Governor’s executive orders allow, and we hope to again offer yoga, computer use, visitor information, movies, a place to meet-up with friends or hang-out while waiting for the ferry. We will, of course, follow all recommended health and safety guidelines, for all staff and visitors. The Dave Bennett Concert has already been rescheduled for August 8th, and we continue planning for the future. Our current schedule of major summer events appears with this post.
We rely on our fundraising activities to keep the doors open, and in these uncertain times, we feel our operations are more critical than ever to the residents and guests of Beaver Island. May 5th, is Giving Tuesday. You can donate for Giving Tuesday, or any other day, and support ongoing operations during these challenging times. You can make a donation now by clicking on “Donate” in the menu at the top or, if you prefer, send a check to P.O. Box 494 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
We look forward to seeing you at the BIC Center soon after the current restrictions are lifted and it is safe for you to visit. In the meantime, please keep in touch by listening to WVBI and following us on Facebook. You can also follow WVBI on Facebook and Twitter, and get the latest island COVID-19 news on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page.
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.
Ray & Ann's Hangout
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.
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.