This is the first evening of the BIHS Museum Week, and it is always a very good opportunity to hear the talents of the Island residents and visitors. The hostess of this event for the last 20 years has been Doris Larsen. Doris always has done a wonderful job of organizing and scheduling the talents of the performers, and performing is also one of her strengths as well. A special thank you goes to Andrea Moore for helping with photographs and video.
First on the porch was Mike and Shelley Scripps, Jayne Bailey, and "Butch" singing gospel songs.
Then Butch gave us a history of some of the Island music and performed a waltz and a polka-jig tune.
Butch talked about Dick's store and the only thing that Dick was never out of was harmonicas.
Next up was the community choir with solos by Sheri Timsak and Mike Scripps.
It's pretty obvious that some of the youngsters were enjoying the night...
Scott Kausbaum performed as well as filled-in with music between performers.
Several performers got up to sing with music accompaniment
Then Joddi Croswhite performed without aid of accompaniment two moving songs
Joe Moore performed a couple of old time Beaver Island polka and jig tunes
Then the youngsters of the Gerrish family and friends performed two wonderful pieces including Copland's "Hoedown"
Terry Bussey, a former BICS teacher from years ago, put in a repeat performance.
Jeff Connors performed an original song about Ernie Martin
Joyce Runberg and Paul Niehaus performed the Shamrock jukebox hit "Seven Old Ladies"
A few more singers including Phil Beckers and Signe Thomas sang karaoke..
L. D Ryan got up and read some excerpts of articles of family veterans and played unaccompanied saxophone "I'll Be Seeing You"
The evening ended with Doris Larsen singing "Summertime."