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July 2003
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4th of July Festivities

BITA - BIBCO Reach an Agreement

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance on the Agenda

Vanishing Sturgeon

PABI's 1st Annual Goofy Golf Tournament

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Tara runs like the Wind

News from Beaver Island Hospice & Helping Hands

On This Date

Rutan Experimentals Fly-In at the Township Airport

Annual Firemen’s Picnic

Barry Pischner's New CD: Sailing On

The Island Welcomes New Sheriff Jim Campbell

The Bike Path: an Unqualified Success

Museum Week 2003 Schedule; Museums hold Open House

Some interesting occurrences at Meetings

A Solstice Celebration: The Second Annual High Tea

Whiskey Point Restoration; Rectory Auction

Camp Quality does Beaver Island

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Celebrating Flag Day

Charlie's Model A: on the way to the Shop

One Hundred Years Ago

The “Seven Sisters” Opens

BIRHC Board has Opening

Sunset Cruises available Once Again

Bob Hannon: 1950-2003

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Museums hold Open House

One day after Volunteer Coordinator par excellance Joyce Bartels held her annual Docent Orientation, both Island museums opened their doors for regular business holding an Open House at which a near-record 77 guests sampled numerous delightful treats. Spring cleaning was finished in plenty of time (with five minutes to go); new exhibits were completed, new books put on display, and the grounds spruced up to welcome the public to confront its past.

Interest in history abounds, to judge by the broad interest in the museums. One day Tim Carroll and his sisters arrived to inquire about Benjamin Rice, their great great great grandfather who had lived here with his five daughters, supporting them by hauling cargo around Lake Michigan in his sailing ship; when Strang arrived in 1847, he was one of those who quickly saw the writing on the wall and relocated to the Mission Peninsula. A few days later nine heirs of Galon Cole arrived with their story, passed down through generations, of how their ancestor escaped the clutches of the Mormon King: “Strang was tightening his fist, and they weren't sure he'd let them go. So the kids were told to put on layer after layer of clothes. They got into a longboat and pushed off, saying See you in a couple of days. But they never came back; nor their children or grandchildren. In fact, we're the first. That was in 1851.”

Next came Roxanne Selby, hoping to locate the grave of her ancestors, John Oliver and his Native American wife. No trace could be found, but she encountered Terri Bussey, who offered to help. Terri was here to scout the next site for an archaeological dig for 32 students from Leelanau, and to offer some of the artifacts from last year's excavation (French pottery; a huge beaver tooth drilled for a necklace) to the museum. She thought John was buried near the remains of his cabin, and said she would try to find documentation. The next day the owners of the Stonehedge Fiber Mill arrived to look for a trace of George Williams, who had fallen through the ice delivering the mail 80 years ago. Ed McCauley came from Nome to see where his grandfather had stepped off the dock and drowned on 12-12-1912. And so it continues, now that the Museums are open for the summer.

BIHS moves forward with Heritage Park

After taking 27 loads of debris to the Transfer Station, the Historical Society began to work in earnest on its long-planned Heritage Park. It boxed up the hundred old bottles found on the lot, hired trimmers to limb the trees, and moved all the artifacts that had been dropped off over the years to the property's edge. It organized the Barn’s interior and then, with a generous assist from Gary Vogt and H & D, flattened and blacktopped a four-car parking lot.

The next step was to fill in the depressions and cover them with black dirt, which was nearing completion by late June. Because of bequests of old farm equipment from the Bluebird and Al Hunting, new exhibits have arrived on the site and are waiting for placement. A split-rail fence is planned for the east edge, with the cost shared by neighbor Keith Albin. Signs and plantings will soon follow.

Museum Week 2003

Sunday afternoon: House Party at the Bonner Farm, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday July 14
Dan Chingwa, master Beader, on the history and techniques of Native American Beadmaking at 2:00 p.m.
Music on the Porch at 8:00 p.m.
Year-arounders or visitors; Hat Passing

Tuesday July 15
Antje Price will Open the Protar Home from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
Well-known Native American author/ historian Simon Otto talks about Indian history, culture, and lore at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 16
Nature Walk for Adults in the morning.
$10. Leaves from CMU at 9:00 a.m.
Mary Blocksma signs her new book,
What's on the Beach on the Print Shop Porch starting at 2:00
The Ray Denny Memorial Art Show
at the BICS Gym begins at noon
Robert Cole presents recordings and conversation about the past at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday July 17
Nature Walk for Kids leaves from CMU at 9:00 a.m. (Limit 25) $5.
Jim Gillingham's Wonderful World of Amphibians and Reptiles at 2:00 p.m.
The Art Show continues, noon to 4:00
MaryAnn Moore and Madeline Jones: Life in a Straights-area Lighthouse;
a costumed re-enactment with local support at 8:00 p.m.

Friday July 18
Another Nature Walk for Kids leaves from CMU at 9:00 a.m. $5.
MaryAnn Moore and Madeline Jones in period costume tell Lighthouse Tales for Children at 2:00 p.m.
The Art Show’s final afternoon
Pinky's Bold-stakes no-ringers-allowed Bingo Game at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday July 19
The Pet Show on the Print Shop porch at noon. All children and pets welcome
Antje Price will open the Protar Home between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The Conkin Celi Band: concert at 8:00; drinks start at 9:00 p.m.
Arranmore Twinning Celebration: slides and stories during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Print Shop (231) 448-2254, or at the door.

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