Town Fair included inside sales, outdoor art under the tent, and lunch, including hot dogs, hamburgers and vegetarian burgers. Histories of the town were available, including a book of photographs taken over a few decades. Almost all the island T-shirts sold. Faces were painted; a fortune teller was on hand; a source of baked goods was well stocked (and well cleared).
Sunday included the silent auction of pot buoys decorated by people from the island and summer visitors. Sunny weather meant it was outside Neighborhood House. A good number of people came, and the buoys sold well. There were a couple of contributions made of other material than the pot buoys provided: Marian Baker contributed an ocean-blue mug with one of Warren Fernald‘s buoys “going through” it – the bottom was out one side, and the top was out the other. Rick Alley made a wood buoy including his father’s number. Cindy Thomas used Ashley Bryan‘s technique of pictures made from cut paper to put Burt Dow rowing his multi-colored boat. Lesley Tryon’s “Albert Makes a Mess” was a colorful presentation of a goose wearing a painter’s smock with paint dripping off his flower leaves and open paint cans on the floor. Steve Winegar made “The Bi-Plane” buoy, with water and land like the Cranberry Isles and a yellow bi-plane flying above. Madison Howard made “A Day in Nature,” including a tree of some small pine cones and birds flying and carrying musical notes. Hannah Carroll portrayed the Little Cranberry docks: the restaurant, lobster shed and the waiting shed at the top of the mailboat dock. Lucianna Pickering and Elliott Damon Hadlock, island 2-year-olds, joined together to make “Foggy Day” with patches of different colors. Their 2-year-old partner, Bode Duggan, made one with much brighter colors. Christina Spurling, April, Patrick and Katya Mocarsky, Xander Amuso, Jeri Spurling and many others also contributed buoys. The auction was successful in raising funds for the library, but no figure is available at this time.
The Islesford Dock Restaurant hosted “A Conversation with Ashley Bryan and Jacob Lief” during which they discussed Jacob’s book “I am Because You Are.”
The summer is dissolving like fog on a hot day. Already some families have left for the season. Apples are littering the ground, and the blueberries have gone by. Blackberries are just coming in season, and they can be found all over the island. All this hot weather has been great for the gardens. The farm stand has an abundant selection. Stop by Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon in the apple orchard before the library. There are still a few hot weeks left. It’s time to do some last-minute school shopping. There are many activities planned.
At the Cranberry House, there is something to do every day. Phil Whitney will host another historical slide show on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cranberry House Arts Center. Chong and Judi Lim will host an art exhibit Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Arts Center. Sheila Seamon, geology professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will host a Geology Walk & Separate Lecture on the origins of the Cranberry Isles on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. Meet at Cranberry House main entrance. Gail Grandgent and her spinners group will provide demonstrations on Wednesday, Aug. 26, starting at 10 a.m. at the Shaw Cabin. Jessica Duma will present an encore lecture on “The Agricultural Heritage of the Cranberry Isles” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center.
August artist fellows-in-residence at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island will open their studios to the public on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4-6 p.m. Encaustic artist Diane Zaitlin of Saco and ceramic artist Cheryl Bryant of Maine and New York have been in residence at the foundation since Aug. 3; painter Marjorie Portnow of New York has been in residence since Aug. 10.
The open studio events are free, and the public is invited for refreshments and to meet and view the artists’ work. Maps will be available to locate the studios on the island. Afternoon ferry boats are available from Northeast Harbor, Islesford and Southwest Harbor (Manset). For more information, visit www.heliker-lahotan.org or contact the foundation at 244-7772.
The town office is closed on Aug. 20 and 21 and relocating to a temporary site near the Islesford Fire House on Maple Avenue, Islesford.
Karen and Hugh Smallwood continue to support the Islesford Congregational Church by making pies and bread as requested for baking day.
Meg Stevens is part of the MDI High School’s Interact Club, which raises funds and provides service through the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club.
Dr. Margaret Shively and her crew of the Dockside Veterinary Services are coming to the Cranberry Isles next weekend. They will be at the Great Cranberry Town Dock on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9-11 a.m. and at the Islesford Town Dock on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 1-4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 24, the movie on Islesford will be “Crazy Heart,” starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Come to Neighborhood House at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be available.
Birthdays: Sheila Krasnow celebrates her birthday on Aug. 21, followed by Meagan Blank on Aug. 26. Happy birthday!
We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, reach Jennifer Walls at [email protected]