St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – The entire Island celebrates this special day…or days, as the case may be. The Island Treasurers Resale Shop has an annual sale on everything green! The school kids have a costume contest and games in the gym. The Shamrock will host the annual St. Patrick’s Day Games on Sat., March 15. Brains (limerick contest) and athletic prowess (frozen fish toss and  shopping cart obstacle course) are all part of the fun. There’s also a corn beef basket raffle – with all the fixin’s for a traditional Irish feast. The restaurants and pubs offer special dishes, live music and much more!

MAY 4:
PABI Road Rally – This benefit road rally starts with the “reading of the rules” and ends with the presentation of some very large trophies for the winning team! Each year’s themed rally is full of surprises whether it’s a mind boggling puzzle to be solved to find the clue or an out of the way location to be discovered. It’s a full afternoon of fun and benefits the Preservation Association (Community Center).

MAY 17:
The Beaver Island Citizen of the Year Banquet  – will be held on Sat., May 17 and honors an individual, group or organization that has made Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors this evening of recognition of those who go above and beyond for the Island community. It’s a “feel good” evening of great food and friends.

Memorial Weekend:
Gail’s Walk – an untimed 5K Walk/Run honors the late Gail Weede and proceeds assist Islanders facing long term medical care.

JUNE 21:
Beaver Island Bike Festival – This is the 5th year for the Beaver Island Bike Festival, a wonderful family-friendly  way to enjoy the outdoors on the Island.  This fully supported biking event will take place on June 21. Other activities on Fri. and Sat. include a picnic for participants, a beach party, late night fun and prizes for the participants.

JULY 4th:
America’s Birthday – The Island shines in celebrating the 4th of July! There is a golf tournament, a civil war replica cannon, a missing man formation flyover, a truly spectacular parade and of course, fireworks over the harbor at dusk.

JULY 17 – 19:
Beaver Island Music Festival. -This festival showcases well known bands and individual musicians performing in a rustic woodland setting.

JULY 21- 26:
Museum Week, sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society include various lectures on Island history, entertainment, and hopefully another “Antiques Road Show – Beaver Island style,” tours of Dr. Protar’s home, an art show, pet show and nature walks. Central Michigan’s Institute for Great Lakes Research hosts an open house at their facility on the harbor. It’s a  great week of events for the entire family.

Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival – A variety of concerts, soloists, orchestra and choir performances are all planned for this special celebration of music on Beaver Island.

(dates, times, details to be determined) include:
The Glen McDonough Memorial Concert which features Island and visiting musicians and benefits music scholarships.
Beaver Island Garden Tour and Luncheon takes participants on a tour of beautiful Island gardens, along with a special lunch in the Wellness Garden at the Health Center.
MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama) is a week long fine arts camp taught by professional artists and teachers.
Vacation Bible School is a day camp hosted by the Island churches.

AUGUST 8 – 10:
Homecoming Weekend features a wonderful softball tournament at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park and a traditional grilled chicken dinner at Holy Cross Hall.
The Funky Fun Fashion Show and Luncheon  (date to TBA) includes a wonderful potluck lunch of salads and desserts, entertainment, prizes and fashions from Island Treasurers Resale Shop and other businesses,modeled by Island beauties.

Labor Day Weekend – The Vintage Vehicle Show  is held at Whiskey Point and features all types of “cool” vehicles – cars, bikes, snowmobiles – you name it!

Island Boodle 5K Run/Walk
and the Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival –
The Island’s annual fall festival is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn and a lot of fun events. The Island Boodle takes participants around the harbor of Paradise Bay in the morning and benefits the Island’s Sports Boosters. The Community Center hosts an artisan show – with arts and crafts, jewelry, packaged food and activities for the kids.At noon the doors open for the Bite of Beaver – which features bite-size portions of everything from soup to nuts . The Island’s professional and very best amateur chefs put out their best fare for bite-size prices. There is also an annual (and hotly contested apple pie contest).

Other events and activities throughout the summer and fall include nature field trips, golf tourney’s, performances at the Community Center, hunting and fishing,  artisans in the harbor, kids activities and many impromptu events. Watch upcoming issues of NorthernIslander for all the details as they become available.