BI News on the 'Net, December 24-30, 2007

Graicen Mae Knox has arrived!

She was born at exactly 9:00 this morning. She weighs 7lbs. 3 oz. and is 21 inches long. Proud parents are Joseph Knox and Kellie Marie Gillespie Knox. Proud grandparents are Richie and Laura Gillespie.

Merry Christmas

from Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Holiday Celebrations

Beginning on Sunday, December 23, 2007, at 10 am, the Beaver Island Christian Church had its Christmas Eve service one day early. The usual celebrations of the readings and special music from many attending was wonderful as always. Kathy Speck led a small choir in two beautiful songs. Judi Meister and Loraine Dawson played "O Holy Night" as well as accompany the congregation in several Christmas carols. The chimes, led expertly by Deb Plastrik, played three excellent, but difficult carols. Susi Fisher performed a solo, and Joe and Judi did the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria." The candlelight ending to the service is always very emotional as the whole congregation sings "Silent Night."

The Holy Cross midnight mass service began, at 7:45 pm on December 24th, with carols being sung by the choir. Selections included a duet with Tami McDonough and Elaine West, and a gorgeous solo of "O Holy Night" performed with vocal expertise by Danielle Cary with harmony provided by the choir. An especially interesting combination of clarinet and two violins playing a counter-melody also accompanied the choir and organ in one carol. The special mass celebration included three students who enacted the entry of Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem and requested a place to stay. Loraine Dawson performed flawlessly on the organ not only the carols and accompaniments for the various groups, but also the sung parts of the mass.

The church was packed and many renewed acquaintances after the mass was over. It truly was a wonderful service and get-together.

St. James Episcopal Mission also had a service at 8:00 pm with approximately thirty in attendance. The Christian Church had been invited to join St. James in this service since theirs had been held the day before. This was a very neighborly and Christian invitation, and it is very nice to see groups get together to celebrate.

A complete sweep of all the celebrations is not possible due to a scheduling issue. It is unfortunate that the schedules cannot be worked out so that someone could attend all the services if they so desired. There is so much talent on Beaver Island that could be spread from one service to another to accommodate all and provide live music to all. Since each group prefers to hold the service in their own building for their own members, perhaps a compromise in scheduling could be worked out for next year.

Holiday Dinners

You all know that holiday dinners are the thing that we look forward to, and the thing that "we wish hadn't done." The turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, not to mention the salad, croutons, and dressings along with the vegetables and, of course, desert make the "I shouldn't have eat so much" the most common statement of the holiday. The holiday dinners also represent a time for renewing the friendships and the family ties that surround us all year long, but that we get too busy to take the time to renew. For some reason, we take the time at the holidays to actually sit down and talk without the TV blaring and the video games flaring and jumping and making us deaf with the volume level.

Such are the holidays that we know still take place on Beaver Island. Next will come the visiting of other families and other friends. It is so nice to walk in the store or just down the street and hear the greetings, "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas." If you're looking for one reason why we live on Beaver Island, this is it!

At Donegal Danny's and Stoney

Monday, December 31 st : New Year's Eve:

Happy Hour will feature Danny and Danny at the Pub

Special, ALL YOU CAN EAT, Dinner Buffet from 6-10 pm includes Prime Rib, Roast Pork Loin, Roast Turkey, Never Ending Shrimp, Whole Baked and Chilled Atlantic Salmon, and Lots of other side dishes including salads breads, desserts, and stuff for the kids as well. $17.95 for adults, $8.95 for twelve and under, and under four years old is free.

Donegal Danny's Pub will close after the dinner hour to help support the New Year's Eve party scheduled at Holy Cross Hall. Please go and support the traditional party at the hall.


On New Year's Day, please join in at Donegal Danny's Pub for football, munchies, and Happy Hour all day long.

1/12/07 Boodlers will be playing for Mardi Gras

The New Year's Hall Party

It seems that this year's Holy Cross Hall Party for New Year's Eve has become the event of the year with all of the community uniting to provide the best way to bring in the New Year--together at the Hall. Donegal Danny's and the Beaver Island Lodge are sponsoring this event that will attempt to bring the community together for the beginning of 2008 in one celebration.

The entertainment has been carefully arranged to provide something for everyone with the Beaver Island traditional music performed from 7:30-? with Cindy Cushman, Dan Gillespie, John McCafferty, Ed Palmer and Brian Roman providing entertainment from 7:30-9:30 and the Doghouse Boodlers performing from 9:30-closing with guest performers?? joining in. There will be a buffet at midnight and 50/50 raffles as well.

Come join in the fun!

A Failed Attempt

You will find it hard to believe that four nights of photographs were taken in this failed attempt, but an honest attempt was made. The pictures that you will see constitute a failed attempt at capturing the spirit of Christmas displayed around the harbor area. A better photographer may have been able to accomplish the task, but, if the old adage, "Try, try, and try again," didn't work, then it has to be the photographer. Every single setting that could be changed on the camera was changed in an attempt to get these pictures to turn out. There are no excuses being presented here, just an honest confession of lack of ability. Try to look at these pictures (and video 1 and video 2) with the spirit of Christmas in your heart, and, just maybe, you'll see what was attempted to be captured.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

What is the name of the young girl who sang "Ave Maria" without accompaniment from the choir loft of Holy Cross Church many years ago? Hint: She now performs with the Toronto Opera Company. She gathered a group of Beaver Island singers to perform a "Requiem."

Tara, Courtney, Marie, and Mary Palmer all correctly guessed the answer, which was Martha Guth. Martha seems to think that she was about eight years old when she sang the Schubert "Ave Maria" from the choir loft at Holy Cross. Courtney and Joe think that she was closer to ten. No matter when she performed it, she did it very well, and we all may be blessed by more performances from Martha this coming New Year of 2008.

This Week's Question:

Who is the Beaver Island musician, having performed at the Shamrock, the Old Rectory, CMU, NMC, and Donegal Danny's, who is now studying to become an elementary teacher?

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