Boatworks’ 10K raises fun, funds

Sunday was a busy day! The Islesford Boatworks’ 10th anniversary celebration included a fundraising element with a goal of $10,000. A rowathon, the water-based version of a walkathon, with sponsors from on and off island, started at Sand Beach, then through “the gut,” across to Eastern Way and around through the harbor back to Sand Beach. Boatworks is better known now than a few weeks ago. Seventeen boats went around the island, with a group on the island who got the boats ready and organized a post-rowing celebration. Yoga stretching was done to minimize soreness after the boats got back to land.

Some of the rowers and passengers wore costumes: Courtney Chaplin, Louise, Whit and Sannah, accompanied by Richard Dudman, were turn-of-the-century rowers. Tony Archino picked up rowathon supporter Ann Fernald dressed as a Sesame Street princess at Bunker’s Cove. Jim Amuso rowed in hunting garb and was following ducks around the island.

Charlotte Williamson is a local summer girl who attended Team Racing World Championships in England. Her team won silver, and another U.S. team took gold. Great Brittan took bronze. Charlotte will start at Tufts University later this summer to study to be a doctor.

There was a big turn out at the Cranberry House Sunday night. Artists with ties to the Cranberry Isles had a reception to display their artwork. The art will be on display all week upstairs at the Cranberry House.

Jehovah’s Witnesses visited the island Thursday. They made an effort to meet and talk with everyone on the island as part of a yearly visit. The focus of their message was to promote the website

The yearly talent show at the library was a fun evening. Ashley Bryan led everyone in a poem with all the enthusiasm you would expect from him. Sam King also read some poems, as did a few others. Some were very emotional. I especially liked Tiffany Tate’s poem about 5-gallon buckets. It encompasses the struggle of the hard and heavy workload of island life. In the end, it shows how the load is easier to carry when there are two working together. There were several performers. It was a very entertaining night, and there were a lot of people in attendance. Hopefully, it raised a lot of money for the library.

Mid afternoon Sunday, the Islesford Dock hosted an opening celebration of an art show with works by Chris Wriggins and Miche Booz. The show is “Old Friends-Architects who Paint.”

Calendar items: Monday, Aug. 10, will be the day of the Islesford Fair, and Wits and Nitwits is on for Thursday night, Aug. 13, at Islesford Neighborhood House. The next Sunday, Aug. 16, (where are this month and summer going?), will have the auction “Boats and Buoys for Books” as a fundraiser for the Islesford Library.

There will be no movies next week because of the Islesford Fair.

Birthdays this week include Graham Bright on Aug. 8, Malcolm Fernald on Aug. 12, and Alden Hathaway, who will be up from Beaufort, S.C., for the occasion on Aug. 13. Happy birthday to all!

Karen and Hugh Smallwood‘s anniversary was Aug. 5. Many happy returns!

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]



Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

We look forward to reporting 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]
Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

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