Some views of the picturesque Emerald Isle of Beaver Island, 30 miles west of Charlevoix, Michigan, in Lake Michigan, are shown below. Beaver Island is the home of about 500 year-round residents and many summer visitors. In the 1840s the self-proclaimed King Strang took over the island until his assassination by one of his followers. The island is accessible by a two hour ferry ride or by air, Fresh Air Aviation and Beaver Island Airways. In the winter, only the planes go to the island.
A Little Bit of Beaver Island
As the ferry gets about an hour out of docking at Beaver Island you can catch glimpses of the island rising from the West with cottages tucked away in the pine trees.
Beaver is the center of an archipelago with smaller surrounding islands. The French fur traders visited this island around 1670, naming the island “Isle due Castor.” Beaver Island is the literal English translation of that. Next came the early while settlers (Indians were already here) fishing the abundant waters of Lake Michigan.
James Jesse Strang the Mormon “king” was here in the 1850’s. After his assassination in 1857 the non-Morman residents evicted the Mormons with the folks of Irish ancestry moving back to the island, attracted by fishing, farming and lumbering.
You can check on the Beaver Island Chamber of Chamber website for more events, videos, pictures and Beaver Island information
Some 2019 Beaver Island Events
There are so many events now on Beaver Island (MI) in the summer that I will just put a link to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web page detailing each. http://beaverisland.org/events/
Art in the Harbor
Friday mornings 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center (across from ferry)
See me at Art in the Harbor sometimes and at Beaver Island Gallery (kitty corner from Library)!
Beaver Island Music Festival
Beaver Island Music Festival has been creating Music in the Woods since 2003, a 3-day outdoor event combining nature, renewable energies, music and artwork, song and dance, on a small remote island in Lake Michigan. Plan to enjoy one of Michigan’s most unique festivals, with wide varieties of music, art, and activities for all ages, food, camping, and take a tour of the island.
Beaver Island Museum Week
Discover Beaver Island history with the annual Museum Week full of informative and entertaining events. Music; presentations on nature, Oral History, and Native American culture; and Nature Walks, a Pet Show, and an Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center. See Beaver Island Jewelry at the Art Show! Usually third week in July.
Baroque on Beaver
A presentation of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Baroque on Beaver – A Festival of Classical Music brings professional and student musicians together on Beaver Island. Performances range from small ensembles to a full orchestra and chorus concert.
In 2015 BICAA introduced, in collaboration with the Beaver Island Community Center, an annual Jazz Weekend series. The Second Annual Jazz weekend promises 3 days of fabulous jazz.
The Beaver Island Half Marathon plus 10K and 5K. Start at 9:00AM, Packet Pick Up TBA. Registration Link
Bite of Beaver
The first Saturday in October is the annual Bite of Beaver here on Beaver Island. Also the Boodle and the Artisan Show. Come visit Beaver Island Jewelry at the Artisan Show at the Community Center.