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July 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Retire Worn Flags

Long-EZ's return - Burt Rutan-designed experimental aircraft

PABI GroundBreaking

Island Airways Hangar Party

Wildlife Club News

School Election Results

Letters: To the Beaver Island Community

Walleye Pond a Success this Year

The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in. The yearbooks are in!

Thanks to Ed Wojan who orchestrated the event, Islanders get to Skydive from 11,000 ft. at Township Airport

On This Date

Museum Week 2004 Schedule of Events

A Sturdy New Home - Ben Fogg's new Tug Spartacus.

Lighthouse School Graduation

Silent Auction added to Fashion Tea

Phyllis Townsend 1911-2004

Preservationists named Honorary Architects

The Dig Continues - Suttons Bay Anthropology Club

Rich Gillespie will run for Charlevoix County Commissioner

Will there be a New Boat?

BIRHC Grand Opening - A Fine Celebration

One Hundred Years Ago

Art found in Nature - the Wood Sculpture of Bruce Struik

Mary Gallagher 1909-2004

Cecelia Kinney 1911-2004

Emergency Lights Available

New First Responders

Blood Drive; Hospice Needs Summer Caregivers

New Map of Beaver Island


Museum Week 2004 – Schedule of Events

For the 24th consecutive year, the Beaver Island Historical Society will hold its annual Museum Week from July 12th through July 17th. This week-long presentation of talks, hikes, lectures, art, and music has become an important event for Island residents and visitors alike.

At 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday (the 14th), Thursday, and Friday, the staff of CMU's Biological Station will lead three three-hour Nature Walks, the first for Adults ($10) and the next two for kids ($5.) During the summer CMU offers a number of specialized Nature Walks, cosponsored by the BIHS, such as to the dunes or to the bogs, but these three cover a little bit of everything. Each expedition is limited to 25 participants, so be sure to sign up at the Print Shop Museum in advance.

Archaeologist Jay Peck initiates the afternoon programs on Monday at 2:00 with a presentation on “Prehistory of the American Southwest.” He will speak again (and show slides) on “Mysteries of Archaeo-astronomy” on Wednesday at 2:00. These talks, and Thursday afternoon's presentation, cost $3 for adults, $1 for children. Thursday's talk is by Jim Gillingham's CMU staff on “Amazing Reptiles and Amphibians.” The live snakes and giant frogs are always a big hit with the young.

Antje Price, the “Protar Lady,” will open the Protar Home (on Sloptown Road) from 1:00 until 3:00 on Tuesday and Saturday, and will chat about Protar's life, giving a sense of the veneration in which he is still held. There is no charge (but donations are accepted), nor is there for the Pet Show, held on the Print Shop porch on Saturday at noon. Almost all entrants come away with some kind of award (such as a certificate for the puppy with the longest ears.)

The Marine Museum will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Friday afternoon with an Open House from 1:00 to 5:00. Another increasingly popular event is the Art Show on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the School from noon until 4:00.
“Music on the Porch” will kick off the evening programs. On Monday night, July 12th, Main Street will be closed and 200 chairs set up to listen to 12-15 performers on the Museum porch. Some of the regulars have a great following, but there are always surprises, both new people just off the boat and familiar faces who previously kept their talent under wraps. Hats are passed during intermission; if it rains, the chairs will be moved down the street to the Parish Hall.

At 8:00 on Tuesday evening Michele VanderVelde and MaryAnn Moore, members of GLLKA (the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers' Association), will be at the Parish Hall to celebrate the immanent restoration of the Whiskey Point Light and describe its history. The charge for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Robert Cole will discuss the Oral History project on Wednesday and show some of the material he recorded since his talk last summer. On Thursday Native American speaker Joe Mitchell from the Little Traverse Bay Band will talk about various aspects of his culture.

On Friday Ed Palmer and the Beaver Island Boys will throw an “Island dance” the way it was done for so many years. Admission to this rollicking event is $10, and there will be a cash bar. Another musical delight is on tap for Saturday evening: a reprise of April's stunning performance of “A Little Night Music,” songs by Stephen Sondheim. Drinks will be available, and afterwards the cast will join the audience to toast the entire week.
Once again the merchants have kicked in the funds needed to put on these festivities, so please do everything you can to support them.

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