Autumn winds signal changes



As August ends and autumn air is present in the island wind, we feel the transition of summer to fall begin. It can be seen in the decline of the summer community as they return to their homes and with school starting up for kids of all ages.

This past Thursday at Cranberry House, the Island Institute presented four thought-provoking short films titled “A Climate of Change.” It was a set of eye-opening film about fisheries in Maine, Alaska and Florida, all facing a changing ocean and seeking innovative solutions. Staff members from the institute were there to talk about the films and answer questions.

Aug. 28 on Great Cranberry was a day to remember with the magical matrimony of two lovely people, Amory Davis and Seth Gray. The beautiful young couple held their ceremony and reception at the Gray’s family boatyard, Newman and Gray. They were wedded by Seth’s sister, Hannah Gray, who shared thoughtful and touching words for the two to hold with them throughout this new chapter of their lives together. Everyone at the island wedding looked dashing, Seth being the most handsome and Amory looking breathtaking and lighting up the room. They transformed the boatyard into a stunning sight and had the same band that played at Josh and Lauren Gray’s wedding last summer, Shutdown Brown, who played some funky fun tunes all night. The celebration went until 2 a.m., filling the boatyard with enormous amounts of energy, laughter, love and fly dance moves. Congratulations, Seth and Amory, and may your new life together be filled with precious love, enlightening discoveries and tender memories to be made.

The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation had its final open studio of the summer this past Saturday. The public came to admire the work of three artists, Michael Owens, whose work was focused primarily in oil painting, Michael Ross, who produced paintings in oil and watercolor, and Stephen Rodriguez, who worked in Janet Robert’s pottery studio working in clay.

This past Sunday, Aug. 28, Bakers Island held its yearly gathering on the dancing rocks where people sailed or boated over to dance freely under the sun together by the Atlantic. About 12 people spent the day dancing on the smooth, flat rocks by the salty water.

Congratulations to Meagan Blank and Lindsay Falls on their wedding. The ceremony was at Coast Guard Station, and the reception, open to everyone, was at the town field. It was a beautiful day, and the reception went into the night.

Ashley Bryan spent some time Thursday, Aug. 25, signing his new book, “Freedom over Me.”

Islesford Movie Night has come to an end.

Here comes Labor Day weekend, and the island activity is taking its own vacation. Schedule changes abound.

A very historic moment is taking place on Great Cranberry Island this Thursday, Sept. 1. The newly renovated Longfellow school will open its doors for the first time in 17 years to educate our island kiddos here on GCI! In keeping with the island tradition everyone from both islands are invited to come to the Longfellow school to celebrate the re-enrollment of our island school children and show excitement for their education and growth. Students from Islesford will arrive to GCI at about 8:30 a.m., so please join us in celebrating the coming together of our communities, a new school year in our new historic school house and a merging of our islands for the growth of our island children.

The Islesford Dock has had dinner only this week, and Saturday, Sept. 3, is its final night. Thanks again to Dan and Cynthia Lief for all their years here.

Islesford Pottery is on an end-of-season schedule, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be an extra sale on Sunday. After Sunday, it might be open by chance or appointment with Kaitlyn Duggan.

Cranberry Cove Ferry goes back to the four-trip schedule on Sept. 1. It leaves SWH at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. It leaves Islesford at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 2 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Beal & Bunker goes to its fall schedule on Labor Day, running to the second week of October.

Margaret and Biz Houghton joined the party together on Sept. 3. Happy birthday, twins! Congratulations again on the celebration of your daughter/niece Meagan’s wedding.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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, email Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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