David L. Washegesic 1926-2004

David L. Washegesic, 77, of Charlevoix, died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at his home in Charlevoix.

Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. The Rev. Thomas Neis will officiate and burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Charlevoix.

David was born Oct. 29, 1926, on Beaver Island, the son of George and Sarah (Peters) Washegesic. He attended the Holy Childhood School in Harbor Springs.

David was a commercial fisherman his entire life. He was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and St. Mary's Church in Charlevoix.

Dave was an active member of the Grand Traverse Band Elders. Dave was the last of his brothers and sisters, having been preceded in death by Archie, Alex, Joseph, Mary, Catherine and Esther.

Many nieces and nephews survive him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Traverse Band Elders.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Concert on the Green

Friday evening the icing on a beautiful Beaver Island day was the Concert on the Green between the Beaver Island Boat Dock and the Chamber of Commerce building. The Northport Band, directed by Doug Scripps, and joined by the Beaver Island Community Choir put on a fabulous performance. People flocked from all directions to enjoy this great music. It was predominately a belated Fourth of July celebration with many patriotic songs and if grins on faces, young children mimicing the conductor and the tapping of feet is anything to go by, this should definately become an annual event. The time alloted was perfect, enough to make you want just one more, but not so long as to have the youngest in the audience become tired and cry. Not only was the music wonderful, the scene of the lighthouse reflecting across the mirror of the harbor made it a matchless ending of a superlative Beaver Island summer day.




Island Sunset

Friday evening after the concert we headed out to Donegal Bay to see the sunset. Evidently others had the same idea as there were at least a dozen cars all parked and cameras whirring as folks tried to capture the beauty of a Beaver Island sunset. Needless to say, I was one of them and so very thankful that I live in such a glorious place.


Surprise Anniversary Party

They were told it was an anniversary party celebrating the 41 years of existence of the Beaver Island Christian Church. It was a potluck dinner and there was to be a couple short talks about the church's beginning but it turned into something more... an honoring of Phil and Lil Gregg for all their work over the years from the birth of the Christian Church to the present. Phil tends to get nervous when put on the spot so it was kept hush-hush and they were certainly surprised. A turnout of approximately a hundred people to say thanks. Following the dinner the Community Choir, Mike and Rich Scripps and Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, Susie Fisher and Earl Seger got toes tapping with some old fashion gospel music. Judi Meister, Reverend Howard Davis and many, many folks in the audience spoke. A lovely vase was center stage and as Reverend Davis read off a list of 41 things that Phil and Lil have done in the church one at a time folks would place a hand cut-out on a stem resembling a flower into the vase. By the time 41 hand flowers were collected it was quite a bouquet. Judi Meister presented the couple with a dozen yellow roses. Frank Solle and Robert Cole were on hand to preserve the evening for posterity with their cameras along with many of the guests. It was a wonderful evening with friends celebrating their beliefs. Great is their faithfulness!

Fashion Show Tea and Silent Auction a Classy Affair

By Elaine West , courtesy of NorthernIslander

Deerwood Lodge provided a perfect backdrop for the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 's Fashion Show Tea, held on July 8. A sell-out crowd was shuttled in to Deerwood, greeted at the door and given small tins of tea as favors. Chef Deborah Harwood and crew had tables overflowing with a wide variety of pastries and sweetbreads, with floral bouquets (created by Pam Grassmick) and beautiful teapots setting the tone for a special afternoon.

Leonor Jacobson, chair of the event, welcomed the crowd and introduced Sally Fogg, thanking her and husband Jon for the opportunity to hold the event at Deerwood. Guests wandered about the Lodge to view the large suites and stopped in the library to put in their final bids at the Silent Auction. Auction items included get-away packages, entertainment and sports items, artwork, jewelry, home repair and handiwork, and even dermatology work! In addition, a number of other items ranging from artwork to freshly baked pies - were auctioned off during breaks at the Fashion Tea.

After all had helped themselves to refreshments, the show began with fashions from the Beaver Boat-tique and East Wind Spa. Lisa Vance Gillespie emceed the first half of the show and East Wind Spa co-owner Karen Whitecraft did the honors for the second portion.

The final tally of the proceeds from the silent auction and the tea will be released soon.

For more about this year's Fashion Show and Tea, be sure to pick up a copy of next month's NorthernIslander .

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