The Cranberry Island Tennis Club held its annual tournament, “Wimbleberry”, August 10 through 15. Dan McShea was a big winner, victorious in men’s singles, men’s doubles with Alex Johnston and mixed doubles with Holly Hartley. Dan graciously thanked many people, including those who did not play. Abi Rome and Holly Hartley were the women’s doubles champions. The members celebrated with a victory party at the home of Chris Johnston. New officers are Sarah Zimmerman, President; Abi Rome, Vice President; and Ann Sullivan, Treasurer. Geoff Wadsworth agreed to continue as Secretary. The club thanks outgoing officers , Peter Buchsbaum, Jim Kehoe and Elissa McBride.
Thanks to Crow Athletics and a great group of volunteers and runners, the Great Cranberry 100 is one for the history books. Starting with Rob Benson completing the Run 2 Respond Run by swimming from Northeast Harbor to the Town Ramp at Great Cranberry Island, the race ended in the same spirit of fun, determination and friendship. Thank you to the Ladies Aid Society, the Cranberry Island Congregational
Matt Brown will demonstrate color woodblock printing at the Islesford Artists’ Gallery Friday afternoon, August 24th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday night, August 25th, Joe Mama and the Swamp Walkers will play at the Islesford Neighborhood House Musical Event of the Summer. To raise support for Islesford Neighborhood House, there is a $5 entry cost; donations are also accepted. Snacks and lemonade are offered; BYOB. Dancing is encouraged!
LCYC’s season is over. Congratulations to Jessica Ann Sanborn on winning the Zuckerman Bowl. The Bowl is given each year “to the junior sailor who showed the greatest enthusiasm in sailing, good sportsmanship, most progress in sailing skills, consideration of others, high standard of character and cooperation.” Many thanks to Lauren Simmons and all who participated in teaching and organizing the programs.
Friday was a music day, as Christina Spurling brought music to Islesford again. Friday afternoon the Islesford Congregational Church hosted a recital of organ music and English and German song. Tom Sheehan, organist at Harvard Memorial Chapel and Ketti Jane Muschler, Boston-based soprano, were in town as part of the Quietside Chamber Music Festival. Christina said, “I’m delighted to be able to share them with my island family!” Tom and Ketti played selections from their weekend programs. Thanks to Thomas Powell and the church for the use of the beautiful space and the lovely Fisk organ. There was a good turnout.
Friday evening, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn played a folk music concert at Neighborhood House to benefit the Islesford Historical Society. They have played on Islesford in the past, and came back to visit Gail and Henry Grandgent. Dan, who played the hammered dulcimer and guitar, commented about how rich the sound is now that the walls and ceiling are fully wooded. Peggy’s songs included some from the Suffrage Era.
On Thursday, the Islesford Historical Society had their annual meeting, followed by the movie “The Fire of ’47.” This documentary includes film taken as the MDI fire happened, and interviews with people who faced it. This movie has been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
“The Bridge is Burning: US Healthcare Crisis (& how to fix it)” Dr. Chuck Radis, the presenter, is a physician specializing in Rheumatology who practices in Ellsworth.Dr Radis is a noted writer and lecturer on health care issues, including the strengths of other health care systems around the world. He spoke at the Islesford Neighborhood House and answered questions throughout the presentation.
Desi Sinnott writes: “Thanks to all who attended the Wiffle Ball Game. It was great fun and [I’m] thankful to come away with a 8-0 win.” Alex Hadlock pitched a perfect game, allowing no runs, and Malcolm [Fernald] hit an inside the park home run.
Shout out to Iann and Sheila Krasnow for providing burgers, hot dogs, and drinks, with proceeds going to ALS research. Donations were made to support ALS in honor of Steve Hillenberg. Those who weren’t able to donate yesterday and would like to, please go to als.org/donate.
This year’s Masquerade Ball and Tea took place at the Islesford Neighborhood House and was lead by choreographer and dance instructor Andy Taylor-Blenis from Arlington, MA. She brought people of all ages together in a circle and taught, step by step, dances from around the world. Her own collection of music was a joyful accompaniment to the dances. The dancing lasted two hours with an intermission half way for refreshments of iced tea, homemade cookies, rice balls and assorted goodies. In years past, the Masquerade Ball was more of a costume oriented event, with a grand march of characters walking around the Great Hall, with prizes for all. Next summer, Andy will be leading two weeks of dance workshops on Islesford for kids and adults, ending with the Masquerade Ball to practice and perform all the dances they have learned.
Next Monday will include the final flicks of the season at Islesford: Upstairs will be the 1987 “Superman 4”. Superman looks like Christopher Reeve and “fights to rid the world of nuclear bombs.” Thank you, Ellie and Jack Miller for hosting the movies and providing popcorn.
Downstairs will be “Stand and Deliver”, in which a math teacher at a high school for Hispanic students in East LA works with his students to build them up for AP Calculus. The movie is based on a true story.
Islesford has a lot of birthdays this week. Meagan Blank Falls blows out candles on the 26th. Cindy Thomas and Bea Amuso share the 28th. Bruce Fernald’s day is the 29th, which is also when Westen James Thormann will turn 1.
On Sunday, August 19th, there was a wonderful double baby shower for Meagan Blank Falls and her sister, Frances Blank Hadlock. About 30 island women brought delicious food and beautiful gifts. Meagan and Frances were so appreciative! Enjoying the party were, among others, Kate and Sannah Chaplin, Denise McCormick, Margaret Houghton, Gretchen Blank, Jeri Spurling, Hannah Folsom, Cindy Thomas, Katelyn Damon, Barbara Hathaway, Ellie Miller, Erica Merrill, and Erin Fernald Gray.
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