The first day of December brought a blanket of snow to the island complicating Thanksgiving visit departures for some, but painting a festive holiday backdrop for us to enjoy. On December 7th we’ll join the Beaver Island Chamber and many island merchants in a Shop Local First Saturday event designed to create a fun and convenient holiday shopping opportunity. At the BIC Center, you’ll find an Arts and Craft Show, a visit from Santa, present wrapping services, three holiday movies and a tree lighting event. Check out the schedule on the Community Calendar. Around town, numerous shops will be open (including many that are normally closed this time of year) with special deals. Santa Paws will be at the hardware. The Shamrock, Stoney and Dalwhinnie’s will be open for meals, and the Whisky Point Brewing Company will have its craft beer on tap. We hope you’ll make a day of it and Shop Local First this holiday season.
The end of the year brings PABI’s Annual Giving Request, which is one of the key sources of revenue to support the BIC Center and WVBI. It comes as PABI has received grants to strengthen its leadership with funding for a full-time paid leader to take on numerous tasks now done by PABI’s all-volunteer board. This will be critical as the board moves forward to implement its strategic plan to grow the roles of the BIC Center and WVBI in our island community. We hope you will help our new PABI leadership get off to a good start by continuing your operating support for the BIC Center and WVBI. Please know that regardless of size—all gifts will benefit the entire island community through the programs at the BIC Center and WVBI.
As to what’s happening at the BIC Center, our weekend movies, Pickleball and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program all continue. Pickleball is now back inside in the McDonough’s Market Theatre on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to noon. The move from Thursdays to Fridays is to accommodate a Conference on Faith Series that is running weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6 through December 18. After that, Pickleball will be back to its regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 up in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Hangout at the BIC Center. Our weekend movies continue through the winter with showings at 4 and 7 on Saturday. You’ll find info on upcoming showings by scrolling down or clicking on this link.
Last, but certainly not least, we want to congratulate Ray Cole on winning the 2019 PABI Kubota Raffle and thanl all of those who purchased tickets. Your support is very much appreciated as are the efforts of our BIC Center staff and BIC Center and WVBI volunteers who worked hard to make raffle a success.
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.