Beaver Island News on the 'Net, July 9-15, 2007

4th of July Celebration Here

PABI Fashion Show Here

New CMU Bio Center Building Named the

James C. Gillingham Academic Center

Mark Your Calendars

There are a couple of busy weeks coming up here in July for those that aren't busy enough yet this season. We have the Fashion Show on July 12, 2007, the CMU Biological Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 14, 2007, the Dedication of the Music Room at the BI District Library on July 15, 2007, and then the following week is Museum Week and MAD Camp, the Beaver Island Music Festival, Boyne Thunder, and the Ladies Golf Tournament, followed by Baroque on Beaver with Music Camp, the week after that. Check the Community Calendar for other dates.

Remember, organizations, I will gladly post your event if you email the information to

A “note” for your calendar. . .


For everyone who appreciates beautiful music, played in beautiful surroundings, it is time to circle July 26, 27, 28 and 29 on your calendar. For the sixth year, “Baroque on Beaver,” a festival of classical music, returns to the place where it all began, on Beaver Island .

Approximately 80 musicians—Beaver Island year around and seasonal residents, professional and student musicians from mainland Michigan and eight other states—will present informal “musicals” around the Harbor area during the week. Many of the musicians will participate in chamber music concerts at CMU's new auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on July 26 and at the Beaver Island Christian Church at 7:30 p.m. on July 27. The full orchestra and chorus, featuring soloists from the Traverse City Symphony and Michigan State University will perform the music of Bach, Beethoven and more on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

While the majority of the musicians are returning for the fourth, fifth or even sixth year, three musicians who recently discovered the festival – each with strong family ties to Beaver Island – are planning trips to the Island , just to participate!

A special feature of this summer's event will be the Music Camp for students, 9-12 a.m., Tue-Fri., July 24-27 at Beaver Island Community School. The staff of music educators, together with many of the other musicians, will involve the students in interactive musical experiences involving string and wind instruments, vocal instruction, games, art, CDs etc. -- all designed to meet the level of each student.

While the non-profit Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association is the official sponsor of “Baroque on Beaver” and the Music Camp, much appreciated financial support has been provided from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, private foundations, and donations from both private donors and businesses from the entire Beaver Island community.

There is no charge for the performances or for the student Music Camp.

Free-will donations are, of course, welcomed.

Additional information about all events is available on the BICAA website:

Museum Week Schedule

Please go to this web site to get the whole Museum Week schedule:

Art Show

from the BI Historical Society Director

  Rising to the challenge presented by Laura Pratt's inability to supervise this year's Art Show (B. I. Christian Church, Wed 7-18 & Thurs (7-19) 12:00 - 5:00 and Fri 7-20 12:00 -- 7:00), several of the artists have offered to pitch in to help with the staging.  New artists will be on display, and masterly chanteuse Dawn George has agreed to sing and play her guitar from 5:00 to 7:00 on the Show's last day.  There's no charge, and plenty of fun--seeing Art, meeting up with friends, and learning about techniques from the artists themselves.  Donations made at the show will go to the Church's building fund to help complete the Phil Gregg Fellowship Center. 

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

What were the names of the four permanent members of the country rock group named "Rhythm Banned" that performed in the Shamrock Bar providing competition in the popular music market on Beaver Island in the 1980's?

No one emailed me any guesses. This one must have been too difficult. The answers are Joe Moore on bass guitar, John McCafferty on lead guitar, Rick Delamater on rhythm guitar, and Danny Peck on drums. They were playing old country tunes and old rock and roll songs.

This Week's Question:

We will switch gears from music to healthcare.

Which Beaver Island Medical Center provider was also a licensed pre-hospital paramedic?

If you are the first to email me the correct answer, you may choose a person to receive a subscription to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net for the months of July, August, and September. Email me your answer to:


2nd Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

This golf outing is open to everyone. Each team consists of four (4) golfers. Call Buck Ridgeway to make certain that your team is all set to play. The entry fee is $15.00 for members of the BI Golf Course which covers $5.00 for prize money and $10.00 for the food and its preparation. Non-members of the golf course will also have to pay the normal $18.00 green fees in addition to the $15 entry fee. The prizes are $100 for first place, $60 for second place, and $40 for third place. The winning team members will get their names put on a plaque that is hung on the wall of the BI Golf Course Clubhouse in Jerry's honor.

Remember to call Buck at 2680, email, or call the golf course at 2310 and ask for Sandy.

Men's Golf League- UPDATE 6/12/07

Since the men's golf league members did not play last week due to the fourth of July celebration, the standings have not changed. Buck Ridgeway and Ivan Young are still in first place, but this week will be a challenge for all at the top of the leader board because the first place team plays the second place team, and the two teams tied for third place also play each other. Have a good round all of you, and enjoy the wonderful Beaver Island summer weather.

The Wednesday Night Men's Golf League results, after the first play since the 4th on July 11, left the top four teams fairly close. The third place, based upon total points, is still tied. There are only four points separating the first place team of Buck Ridgeway and Ivan Young from second place team Ron Wojan and Bob Simpson. The scores for this night ranged from a low of 32 by John Robert and Bill Hirschey to a high of 44 shared by a few teams. On a par 35 course, this represents a good range of scores, and makes the competition quite healthy in a handicapped league. The average scores also present a range from 35 to 43.

Aranmore Park Religious Grotto

The Aranmore Park in town was not currently available from Wolverine Electric Co, so the Aranmore Park Committee decided to work on another project. This is the religious Grotto out at Holy Cross Cemetery. It will include a bronze plaque, bricks with family names from Aranmore, and others. It was designed by the Aranmore Park Committee. The committee will try to do both the park and the grotto if they can.

These are the hand drawn designs that Dick and Amy Burris are working from.

Doing it right with a zoning permit.

It's even more beautiful in reality than it is in the drawings. When finished, there will definitely be something posted here.

Raving About Central Solutions' Wireless

Once you get an opportunity to try out the Central Solutions' Wireless Internet access, you will never want to go back to the Great Lakes dial up Internet access. The only thing better than this solution is the one that is free at the Beaver Island District Library, and that one has to be shared with whoever is there at the library using its free wireless access. Everyone who has tried the Central Solutions program is amazed at how well it works. There have been glitches, which is normal for a startup operation, but when working, it can't be beat. Thank you, Central Solutions, for your program of Internet access.

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