You’re in luck today! This auction begins both online and in person at BIRHC, to raise funds for our Wellness Gardens. If you see something you want to bid on please submit your offer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org She will write in your bid amount asap.
If you want to know the most recent bid amount write her or call BIRHC (231-448-2275) reception as someone can check it out for you. Be sure to give the Item name and Item # from the listing. Watch the end dates as we have weekly winners. The final bids are taken at 3pm on the dates listed. Winners will be called and emailed that evening. There are a few “or buy now” items available. If you offer that price immediately (and before someone else does!), you will claim your purchase that day.
Remember that the Wellness Gardens are not funded by tax dollars. A group of 10+ volunteers work hard to continue enhancing our Medical Center and Forest View surroundings. Come see these spots when you are in town!
Enjoy browsing below:
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Item #3 “Robert’s Shipwreck Frames”
You are in luck if you get these two “gems”.
Donated by Delores and Lloyd Cochran, and beautified by Frank Solle’s photographs.
Bidding is on one , highest bidder can buy both for highest bid price EACH. Money raised from this will go towards Robert Gillespie Honorarium in the gardens.
Winning Bid- Lighthouse Only- Deb Roberts
How fortunate are we to have these resident artists offering their art pieces:
Item #5a Kay Masini “Flowers on the Table”
Layers of drawing, paint and ink methods are used to create this beautiful batik-styled framed original painting by Beaver Island’s own legendary artist.
Beginning bid : $127 or buy now $477
End date: July 28th 3pm
Item #5d Jane Early “Fabric Art Piece”
Item #6 “Casino Fun Day!” (Or Elsewhere)
This package consists of 2 Island Airways tickets to Charlevoix (or use as one round trip), lunch/dinner in town, time to go to Petoskey for fun, back to Charlevoix for overnight stay at the Weathervane Inn.
Use after Labor Day, good until next Memorial Day.
Winning Bid- Bruce Jacobson
Item #7 “Don’T Gamble On This One”
A First Aid kit will keep you and your guests set for those cottage-time cuts and stings.
Always good to keep on hand; donated by Charlevoix Ace Hardware.
Winning Bid- Pete LoDico
Item #8 “Pots Of Gold”
Marigolds, that is, or any other flowers /herbs you care to fill the 2 coordinating pots with. Comes with bag of potting soil and two decorative inserts. Courtesy of Rite Aid in Charlevoix.
Winning Bid- Loretta Slater
Item #10 “Put A Little Irish On The Table”
Nadra Johnson and Dana D’Andraia have put this together.
There are various items available – Click here to view all the Belleek items
Item #11 “Betting on a Healthy Picnic”
Family Food Fare has donated a cooler filled with healthy picnic snacks; Izzi drinks, Lentil chips, Bhuja nut mix, Annie cheddar squares, and Kind bars.
Winning Bid- Nancy Frazee
Item #12 “Bounty Basket of Island Goodies”
Farmers Market basket filled by many vendors : Heidi Vigil, Jacque LaFreniere, Nancy Frazee, Darlene Dooley, Patrick McGinnity, Mary Acker, Dianne Tracey, and Bruce Jacobson
See list at biruralhealth.org or in lobby
Beginning bid :$57
End date August 4th
Item #13 “Lucky Day To Be On Beaver Island”
Half day kayaking from Happy Paddle , Lunch for 2 at Paradise Bay Cafe , Two tickets for BI Music Festival, to be used at your discretion.
If you are lucky you might see the loons on Font Lake! A peaceful way to navigate the inland waterways, then on to casual lunch, and head out to the woods for a musical evening. Donated by Mark Engelsmann, Dale and Terry Keyes , and Dan and Carol Burton.
Winning Bid- Debbie Bousquet
Item # 15 “Red Brings Good Luck”
…Especially for those trying to keep their back in shape! 800 lb. capacity hand cart/dolly donated by Family Farm and Home in Charlevoix .
Winning Bid- Connie Wojan
2017 Garden Walk – Our 7th Annual
Read the recap of the walk here and some well deserved thank you’s.
Just a little effort can go a long way when the Island community comes together to help with our project of beautifying and maintaining the BIRHC and Forest View surroundings.
This year we made great strides in adding more helpers to our Volunteer Garden group, as well as having a member arrange for the new entrance arbor, and then in turn, having these men donate their supplies and labor!! Read more…
About our Garden
Stop and Smell the Flowers
If you have been lucky enough to spend time on Beaver Island this summer, you may have caught a glimpse of the beautiful landscaping in front of the building. Did you know that the landscaping is the result of many generous donations and countless hours of volunteer labor?
Our original garden benefactor is island resident BJ Wyckoff, who stepped in after construction was completed and donated bulbs, plants, trees, shrubs and labor costs. Gary Marvin of Marvin’s Gardens in Charlevoix came to the island with a landscape plan and also donated many trees and shrubs. Jim Wojan donated and placed the large boulders at the building’s entrance. Connie Wojan and Leonor Jacobson have worked tirelessly for several year now.
When construction for our new neighbor, Forest View, was completed this spring, another dedicated volunteer stepped in to plan landscaping for the land between us and the apartments. Leonor Jacobson has helped lay out garden contours, organized several fundraising events, donated funds and plants and pulled more than her fair share of weeds! Marianne Weaver designed, donated and planted a butterfly garden. Three island garden businesses were hired to design gardens. Our board member, Jeff Powers, gave us a generous credit allowance at his hardware business.
If you stop by to visit the gardens, you will even find a fairy garden decorated by Judy Boyle and her family, complete with a tiny picnic table!
Until last summer, the only BIRHC money spent on landscaping was for electricity for the water pump. The board recently okayed the installation of underground water lines to several hose taps around the perimeter of the gardens so that our chief waterer, past Board President Connie Wojan, would not have to spend so much time dragging long heavy hoses around.
Leonor and Connie Wojan have been working on the wellness gardens for years. They have this tirelessly planning fundraisers and doing a lot of physical work.
When our building was finished we did not have one cent to spend on landscaping. Everything you see out there was donated and placed there with volunteer labor.
The only Health Center money spent on landscaping has been the electricity for our pump to water.
BJ Wyckoff organized the project and donated the largest number of tress and bushes, all of the bulbs, all of the lilies, fertilizer, top soil, mulch, the use of their tractor, labor of her employee, lunch for planting crew…you name it.
Others who made major donations were:
Jim Wojan- delivered and donated the boulders.
Gary Marvin-of Marvin Gardens came to the island for a day, laid out plan, helped plant and donated over $2000 of trees and bushes.
Volunteer labor from many people.
Leonor has very ambitious plans.