On Thursday evening, August 12th, a unique event occurred at the Township Airport when Maria Ann Caiafa and Joydeep Bose exchanged vows before Captain Mike Weede and about 50 friends.
Maria had had a busy day considering she had flown in from Mays Landing, New Jersey where she is an assistant Principal at Oakcrest High School to join Joy here on Beaver Island. Maria had never been to the island, she had never skydived either. Joy is a skydiver, pilot, instructor. They met when she decided to take flying lessons for a pilots license and he was her instructor. According to Maria, she decided that flirting with Joy was more fun than learning to fly.
The airport was decorated with helium balloons and champaign flowed copiously once the bride and groom had made their decent. The pilot was William Andrew Rowell, who works with Joy. Tandem jumping with Maria was Luther Kurtz, owner of Sky Dive Harbor Springs. Best man was Mike McDermott, groomsmen were Andrew and Luther. Bridesmaids were Amy Kurtz, Julie Strickland and Alison Warner. John Kurtz walked the bride down the "aisle" to meet her groom.
Following the short ceremony, the happy couple walked to the decorated airplane for the grand finale "you may kiss the bride" in freefall from 11,000 feet. . Upon landing they were served a cold glass of champaign.
Our very best wishes and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Bose! May you have many, many wonderful years of blue skies and calm weather.
For the past few years Homecoming had become something that gave a lot of year 'round residents the shivers as the island seemed to have become the place to come to ignore the law and become as obnoxious as possible. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that this year Homecoming was pleasant albeit busy and with lots of visitors. There was something for everyone from ball games to lying on the beaches, the Homecoming dance, the August dinner, and catching up with old friends. What made the difference? We don't know if it was the rowdy ones not coming or the fact that over the traditional weekend the County and State police are very visible. Whatever it was, it sure was nice to be able to enjoy the entire weekend. Kudos to all those who worked so hard putting it together.
I didn't make it to the dance, however I understand that Mary Palmer did.... and didn't make it home again which resulted in Edward posting this sign in their front yard Sunday. I do wonder what price he put on her though.
I did attend the August Dinner but was so interested in filling my tummy that I didn't take any pictures. Elaine West of the NorthernIslander did and was generous enough to share them. (this is also why she is skinny and I'm not... I eat when offered the opportunity). Huge amounts of chickens were grilled, there was a mountain of mashed potatoes, a river of gravy, and enough desserts to feed an army. It was all wonderful! No one left hungry, or if they did it was their own fault.
Friday and Saturday the ball diamond was packed with folks watching the annual Bud McDonough Memorial Baseball Tournament. The road to the point became one lane as cars were parked along both sides. The Beaver Island Sports Boosters sold food to hungry fans and players behind the fences. At the top of the hill outside of the park John and Carol Runberg had another food stand keeping people from wasting away while cheering on their team. This year Gray Gables of Charlevoix took first place, Bergmann Marine of Charlevoix came in second and the Shamrock Bar/Restaurant were third. Congratulations to all the winners!
All weekend Ed Wojan could be seen selling tickets for the annual Basket of Joy. This year it was worth almost $2,000. That's a lot of liquor, beer and snacks! After the final ticket was sold and the winning one pulled, Brook Slater Phillips was the lucky winner. We're guessing that the entire LaFreniere crew may have offered to help deplete the basket so Brook and her husband wouldn't have to carry so much home.
The results of the Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive for 2004 were:
83 persons presented
68 productive units were collected
4 first time donors
9 persons deferred
That's pretty darn good for such a small community. A great job was done by all and special applause goes to Jerry and Marg Charbeneau, Connie Wojan and Jeanne Howell for all their work in organizing the operation and lining folks up.
Saturday afternoon we watched as the tug Huntington slowly made her way around the harbor and over to Bud Martin's dock. Owned by Ben and Sarah Fogg, this was the tug's second trip to Beaver Island this year having visited in July. A small child watching exclaimed to his parents, "Look! It's little Toot, just like in my story!"
The Huntington was built in 1950 by Ira S. Bushey and Sons in Brooklyn, New York, hull number 602. Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, it has a 1,200 horsepower engine and an 88-inch propeller. The original purpose of Fogg's ship was to help dock 1,000 foot freighters and barges, a job it was still doing when purchased. Within 1,000 square feet of living space there is a galley, four tiny staterooms, captain's quarters and a small head (bathroom in boat-speak) with a shower. Ben and Sarah plan on living aboard her after making some renovations. Home port is Douglas, Michigan near Saugatuck.
One of Ben's hobbies is flying an Ultra Light and on the stern of his tug, looking much like a gigantic dragonfly, was his flying machine. Family and friends were on hand to greet the boaters as they tied up.
Throughout the summer L. D. Ryan and friends have been providing boaters and anyone who wants to stop by Beaver Island Marine with music on Saturday evenings. If you can sing or play an instrument, stop by and join in. The crowd gathered there this past Saturday truly enjoyed not only the music, but the boats and the sunset.
Every time I write something about how things were in the 60's, Marie Connaghan LaFreniere, always stops me and says how much she likes remembering those times. Well, Marie, now you can really bring back those old memories.
Remember bumper pool? Chocolate malts? Playing the juke box? Five songs for a quarter? Ashtrays made from empty tuna cans? Remember the Rustic Villa Grill? Of course you do! Thanks to Ellen Hill you can now see interior pictures of our favorite teen hangout. I was mentioning to Ellen that I wish we had pictures of the inside of the Grill when she jumped up and ran into her cottage and came running out with these pictures. She was generous enough to let me scan them. They are old and somewhat faded, but what wonderful thoughts of good times they invoke.
Now, do you remember the top songs of 1965? These will bring back some memories for you too.
|(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction||The Rolling Stones|
|I Can't Help Myself||The Four Tops|
|A Lover's Concerto||The Toys|
|Let's Hang On||The Four Seasons|
|I Got You Babe||Sonny and Cher|
|Come See About Me||The Supremes|
|Stop! In The Name Of Love||The Supremes|
|You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling||The Righteous Brothers|
|Wooly Bully||Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs|
|Love Potion Number Nine||The Searchers|
|I Hear A Symphony||The Supremes|
|Help Me Rhonda||The Beach Boys|
|I Feel Fine||The Beatles|
|Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daugher||Herman's Hermits|
|This Diamond Ring||Gary Lewis & The Playboys|
|The Name Game||Shirley Ellis|
|Hang On Sloopy||The McCoys|
|Mr Tambourine Man||The Byrds|
|Get Off of My Cloud||The Rolling Stones|
|Eight Days A Week||The Beatles|
|Ticket To Ride||The Beatles|
|I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am||Herman's Hermits|
|Eve Of Destruction||Barry McGuire|
|I'm Telling You Now||Freddie and The Dreamers|
|Mr Lonely||Bobby Vinton|
|Cara, Mia||Jay & The Americans|
|Taste of Honey - (Instrumental)||Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass|
|Go Now||The Moody Blues|
|Unchained Melody||The Righteous Brothers|
|Like A Rolling Stone||Bob Dylan|
|Game Of Love||Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders|
|The In Crowd - (Instrumental)||The Ramsey Lewis Trio|
|What's New Pussycat||Tom Jones|
|Back In My Arms Again||The Supremes|
|My Girl||The Temptations|
|Keep On Dancing||The Gentrys|
|She's Not There||The Zombies|
|I'm A Happy Man||The Jive Five|
|California Girls||The Beach Boys|
|You Were On My Mind||The We Five|
|Rescue Me||Fontella Bass|
|Goin' Out Of My Head||Little Anthony|
|Can't You Hear My Heartbeat||Herman's Hermits|
|Bye Bye Baby||The Four Seasons|
|I'll Never Find Another You||The Seekers|
|It's The Same Old Song||The Four Tops|
|She's A Woman||The Beatles|
|King Of The Road||Roger Miller|
|Count Me In||Gary Lewis & The Playboys|
|I Know A Place||Petula Clark|
|Turn, Turn, Turn||The Byrds|
|Save Your Heart For Me||Gary Lewis & The Playboys|
|Darling, Take Me Back||Lenny Welch|
|Yes I'm Ready||Barbara Mason|
|The Mouse||Soupy Sales|
|Shotgun||Jr Walker & The All Stars|
|My Love Forgive Me||Robert Goulet|
|What The World Needs Now Is Love||Jackie DeShannon|
|The Birds & The Bees||Jewel Akens|
|I Got You||James Brown|
|Catch Us If You Can||The Dave Clark Five|
|Keep Searchin'||Del Shannon|
|Tired Of Waiting For You||The Kinks|
|Wonderful World||Herman's Hermits|
|Time Is On My Side||The Rolling Stones|
|Land of 1000 Dances||Cannibal & The Headhunters|
|Nothing But Heartaches||The Supremes|
|The Boy From New York City||The Ad Libs|
|Tell Her No||The Zombies|
|You Really Got Me||The Kinks|
|You're The One||The Vogues|
|Crying In The Chapel||Elvis Presley|
|For Your Love||The Yardbirds|
|Red Roses For A Blue Lady - (Instrumental)||Bert Kaempfert|
|Don't Think Twice||The Wonder Who|
|Concrete and Clay||Unit Four Plus Two|
|Everyone's Gone To The Moon||Jonathan King|
|Let's Lock The Door||Jay & The Americans|
|Over and Over||The Dave Clark Five|
|I Can Never Go Home Anymore||The Shangri-Las|
|Walking In The Rain||The Ronettes|
|Hurt So Bad||Little Anthony|
|I Do||The Marvelows|
|Papa's Got A Brand New Bag||James Brown|
|Ferry Cross The Mersey||Gerry & The Pacemakers|
|Hold What You've Got||Joe Tex|
|Nowhere To Run||Martha & The Vandellas|
|Just A Little||The Beau Brummels|
|Seventh Son||Johnny Rivers|
|It's Not Unusual||Tom Jones|
|I'm Into Something Good||Herman's Hermits|
|We Can Work It Out||The Beatles|
|You've Got To Hide Your Love Away||The Silkie|
I sure am glad I don't have to remember any further back :)