BEAVER ISLAND — The world could soon learn what Beaver Islanders have long known: its night skies inspire wonder.
The 13-mile-long Lake Michigan island lies 32 miles off Charlevoix and mainland lights.
“Wherever you go on the island, you’re under a dark sky,” said William Markey, a Beaver Island resident for 40 years and dark sky advocate.
The massive storm we had last week, the day before New Year’s Eve, caused a lot of problems for a lot of people. But, for some, it created beauty. And if you’re stuck in the middle of Lake Michigan, you might as well enjoy it.
Corey Adkins explains in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.
“I think northern Michigan and Michigan is gorgeous, but when you’re on an island, because it’s a slower pace, people really slow down and enjoy it. They just love to get out in it,” said Paul Cole.
Whiskey Point, at the west end of the harbor at Beaver Island.
By Sarah Hulett
As part of our MI Curious project, Philip Zoutendam asked this question:
What's the story of the Mormon kingdom that was on Beaver Island in the 1800s, and how does it affect the island today?
Sarah Hulett boarded a ferry in Charlevoix and headed over to the island to find some answers. What she found was a story of murder, intrigue, and a Mormon population that’s completely vanished.
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Beaver Island Music Festival to star Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
TRAVERSE CITY — Spring is the perfect time to make summer festival plans, and two of Michigan’s most charming music events — Wheatland Music Festival and Beaver Island Music Festival — have announced lineups sure to entice plenty of music devotees.
Focusing once again on traditional roots music, as well as emerging acts with deep ties to tradition, the 2018 edition of the Wheatland Music Festival will boast headlining sets by Nora Jane Struthers, Town Mountain, John McCutcheon, Joe Hall & The Louisiana Cane Cutters, Front Country and Detroit’s own Thornetta Davis.
The headliner announcements represent the first wave of bookings for Wheatland, with more artists expected to be revealed in the near future.
As one of the Michigan music festival season’s best-kept secrets, the Beaver Island Music Festival has long captivated a devoted, fairly intimate fan base with its remote, special vibe. With its 2018 lineup, the festival might not be much of a secret anymore...READ MORE