On Friday July 18 at about 10:00 AM the Yankee Lady B-17 will make a low pass over Paradise Bay prior to landing at Beaver Island's Municipal Airport. There is an unconfirmed report that she may be escorted by a WWII fighter. A number of other vintage aircraft plan to attend the Beaver Island Air Show July 18 and 19 if the weather is good.
In addition to the Chamber of Commerce the following sponsors made the Yankee Lady visit possible: Island Airways, Ken McDonald, Roger Wilcox, Beaver Island Golf Course, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Elson & Helen Spangler Family, Fresh Air Aviation, Beaver Island Lodge and Haggard's Inc. A special sponsor flight will take off at noon on July 18th.
Public rides on the Yankee Lady will be available on July 18 and 19. The price is $425. The beautiful vintage plane can accommodate up to 10 passengers at a time. Riders will be able to sign up on site or make advanced reservations by contacting Dave Wright at the Yankee Air Museum, (734) 483-4030. Reservations are recommended for a family group. Rides are tax deductible donations to the museum.
Public tours of the beautiful polished aluminum plane will be available for a small donation. The Yankee Lady is the finest flying example (only 12 are flyable) of the venerable B-17 in the world. She is a B-17 G model built in 1945.
More information about the plane and the Yankee Air Museum can be found at www.yankeeairmuseum.org .
The high performance power boats of Boyne Thunder will once again visit Beaver Island's Paradise Bay on Saturday July 12, 2008. The Poker Run that benefits Camp Quality begins in Boyne City with a staggered start and a reduced speed trip down Lake Charlevoix. Once they hit Lake Michigan they bury the throttles. Some boats top 100 mph.
The first boats are expected to arrive at Beaver Island about 10:30. The Chamber of Commerce has assisted with the event for several years. This year Municipal Marine Harbor Master Jim White will take over the duties of arranging for a volunteer card boat that will be anchored in front of the Marina.
More information about the event and photographs of the colorful high speed boats can be found at www.boynethunder.com
All the ladies of Beaver Island and summer visitors are invited to attend the 25th annual Beaver Boat-Tique Fashion Show. It will held in the air-conditioned James C. Gillingham Academic Center's lecture hall at CMU Biological Station on Wed., July 9, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
The event will include a salad and dessert luncheon (with beverages), and a lively fashion show emceed by Lisa Vance Gillespie. There will also be a raffle for two gift certificates to the Beaver Boat-Tique.
The fashion show is sponsored by Boat-Tique owners, Donna and Louise King, and the ladies of Beaver Island Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission and Holy Cross Catholic Church. Proceeds from the event will go towards three very special church projects: the Gregg Fellowship Hall, landscaping at St. James Mission, and an Island-wide women's retreat to be held at Holy Cross this fall.
Tickets are $25 each and available at the Beaver Boat-Tique. Seating is limited so call your grandmother, mother, sister or girlfriends and plan an afternoon of fashion and fun.
This traditional event will take place at noon on July 9, 2008, at the Jim Gillingham Academic Center (CMU Auditorium). The tickets are on sale at the Beaver Boat-tique for $25.00. This even will benefit all three of the churches on Beaver Island: Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Mission, and Beaver Island Christian Church.
The BITA meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month at the BITA Building across from the Beaver Island Boat Dock. The meeting time is noon.
The format is as follows: Men drive on the odd numbered holes, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Women drive on the even numbered holes 2, 4, 6, and 8. The man and woman take turns with alternate shots until the ball is holed. Two teams tee off at each hole, so there is room for a total of 18 teams. This will be a shotgun start. The entry fee is $15 per team plus the cost of green fees if the player is not a Beaver Island Golf Course member. The prizes are based upon the total of the entry fees. First place team gets 40%, second place team gets 30%, third place team gets 20%, and fourth place team gets 10%. You may sign up by calling the golf course at 448-2301 or by using the signup sheets at the golf course. You may signup for any or all of the events at one time. Deadline for signup is noon on Friday before the event you wish to enter.
The Ladies' Golf Tournament will take place on July 19, 2008, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The event is a best-ball scramble with four person teams. You may fill out a registration form that can be found at the golf course. You can form your own teams or sign up and be assigned to a team. The cost of $20.00 for the tournament includes a catered lunch. As always, this does not include the green fees for non-members. The green fees are an additional $18 for nine holes for non-members.
Softball will be offered this year on Tuesdays in June and July. Ages: Incoming 9th graders thru adult are welcome. If you have any questions please contact Kerry Smith at 448-2601.
MAD Camp will take place during the same week as Museum Week this coming July. The dates are July 21-25, 2008. You can get more information about this by going to their web site at www.madcamp.org
There are also applications available at the Beaver Island Community School office. Be sure to register early for the early registration discount.
The Beaver Island Association (formally BIPOA) will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Election of officers, Treasurer's report, committee reports and other business will be conducted. Open to the general public.