Saturday’s humidity didn’t keep people from getting out and taking part in some incredible community activities. Islesford Boatworks had its second annual rowathon. The rowers left Sand Beach at about 9 a.m., rounded the island and returned to Sand Beach at about noon. There was a rest stop at Bunker Cove, complete with fruit and water and a chance to swim. It also was the opportunity to change places. Ann Fernald joined for the last part of the trip.
The event raised around $4,000 from donations ranging from 41 cents to $400 dollars. All funds go to the nonprofit to continue the fantastic educational hands-on work it does. Further donations are welcome. Mary Schuch and Malcolm Fernald had the most signed-on supporters; the Chaplins had the largest donation. Thanks to Tony Archino for organizing the event.
The school’s move from Islesford to Great Cranberry has happened. Kelly Sanborn was one of the organizers of the transition that will help ease the burden of the teachers. Thanks go to James Amuso, Lindsay Eysnogle, Lauren Simmons, Audrey Noether, Josh Gray, Mark Alley, Norman Sanborn II, Sharon Witham, Katy Hehoe, James Gertmenian (Sam King), Renita Banks, Josh Hastings and Jessica Sanborn.
The Islesford Neighborhood House Association had their annual meeting on Wednesday. Ellie Miller, president; Peyton Eggleston, vice-president; Skip Stevens, secretary; Eleanor Bright, treasurer; Alden Hathaway, Cheryl Scholl, Mary Schuch, Hugh Smallwood and Sally Pitkin McLendon have been the board. A change in the bylaws reduces the size of the board to seven; the change will be made by not replacing Mary and Hugh, whose terms expired this summer. Islesfordians who attended were Cindy and Dave Thomas, Jack Miller, Edie and Charlie Wright, Pat and Bob Mocarsky, Chris Sandberg, Helen and Richard Dudman, Sally Rowan and Shirley Dwelley. Cindy Thomas reported on the library, whose circulation will drop this year with the school meeting on Great Cranberry. She had a list of library volunteers: Ellie and Jack Miller, Jeanne Smith, Barbara Bryant, Serena Spurling, Amy Palmer, Ronnie Hanson and Pat Mocarsky.
The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor showed “I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan,” “a documentary by Maine-based filmmaker Richard Kane and producer Robert Shetterly. In the film, he reflects on his art-filled life and the ways in which experiences with war and racism have impacted his image and journey.” A good number of Isesfordians were able to go. Ashley spoke, and the filmmakers were present for questions. Hawk Henries of the Nipmuc tribe in southern New England also was there and played his flute.
“Painting and Poetry” was hosted at the Islesford Dock Gallery on Friday, celebrating Thom Heyer’s new “Tree of Life” now on display and Rick Benjamin’s new collection of poetry. Thom’s works pursue the myth of identity, looking at the questions of what we identify as and who gets the historical voice. Rick chose poems using an image of trees from his newly released book of poems.
Carl Little’s “Art of Acadia” has just come out and includes many Cranberry artists, among them Dan and Katy Fernald, Henry Isaacs, Ashley Bryan, Edith Wright, Rosamond Lord, Rick Alley, Mark Howard, John Heliker, Robert LaHotan and Chris Diaz. His list includes many others.
Also this Saturday on Great Cranberry was the first Farm Day Fair. Many adults and children of all ages came to learn about fun agricultural activities that are possible in Maine. There was the farm stand selling beautiful produce from the Island Ecology Project and David Encarnacion‘s gardens. Kayla Gagnon hosted a “planting for pollinators” activity, planting an edible garden for Hitty’s Café, including flowers to attract beneficial bugs to the garden. The garden is surrounded by sunflowers the island kids started from seed in garden club this spring. Page Hill showed a beehive, gave a talk on the basics of beekeeping and made candles with beeswax. Darlene, Hallie and Kariha Sumner had their goat for people to meet, and Wendy Rackliff had her angora rabbits and gorgeous birds on display. The Islesford wool spinners came over to give a demo on fiber spinning. Jessi Duma did a butter making workshop and gave two lectures, one on the basics of composting and on the agricultural heritage of the islands. Cesar, the chef of Hitty’s Café, had a delicious all-you-can-eat barbecue for the fair. It was a weekend filled with fun, educational events that showcased the many marvelous things the islands have to offer.
There are still many exciting events happening this week at the Cranberry House. Arman Marsoobian’s photo exhibit on the Armenian genocide continues through Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arts Center. Peter Buchsbaum will host a guided nature trail walk on Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Meet on the Cranberry House deck. The Weekly Kids Adventure Club will meet on Thursday, July 21, at 2 p.m. in the Shaw Cabin. Phil Whitney will present a GCI historical slides show on Friday, July 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Arts Center. The weekly lobstering talk and demonstration will be presented on Friday, July 22, from 1-2 p.m. Meet at the High Hopes lobster boat. Sharon Witham’s art exhibit will be presented from Sunday, July 24, through Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arts Center. A reception will be held Monday, July 25, from 4-7 p.m. Weekly yoga classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Arts Center. Helen Bertles hosts a weekly kids’ art studio on Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. in the Shaw Cabin. Darlene Sumner hosts a weekly toddlers’ play group on Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. in the Arts Center. Bonnie Alpert will host a group play reading on Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center.
Katrina Van Dusen wrote, on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood House, Erica Brown and Matt Shipman will play an Americana mix of bluegrass, folk, old time and originals. There will be a harmony workshop from 4-5 p.m. the same day. Do come.
During the weekend of July 29-31, the Islesford Neighborhood House is hosting six workshops. Friday includes “Introduction to Water Color” with Mark Howard and “Ukranian Egg Decorating” with Kaitlyn Duggan, with optional time on Saturday to return and continue working. “Knitting Stuffed Mittens” with Kate Savidge is two hours on Friday and another two hours on Saturday. All of Friday and half of Saturday, Hugh Smallwood is presenting “Build a Box,” including tool use and making a wooden box. Saturday includes “Rug Hooking” with Sue Trotter and Kate Fernald; and “Block Printing” with Katrina Van Dusen. A sign-up sheet is at the Islesford library.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, there will be an auction/cocktail party at Islesford Neighborhood House. Some of the live auction items are Bruins tickets pizza dinner for six; a date with a mystery person and some other surprises. To donate auction items, contact Ellie Miller, Karen Smallwood or Cheryl Sholl. Gary Allen will be the master of ceremonies.
Islesford movie night on Monday will show “Sense and Sensibility” downstairs, while “Wall-E”’ (G) will show upstairs for the young ‘uns.
Chris Hathaway will host “Wits and Nitwits” at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
A community potluck in honor of Dan and Cynthia Lief and the Islesford Dock Restaurant is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 16. More information is available at the pottery shop. Help is welcome.
Andrea Ruby’s birthday is July 22. Rumor has it there are more birthdays this time of the summer. Please send yours in.
Melissa and Jim Amuso’s wedding anniversary is July 25; Barb and Bruce Fernald celebrate another year on July 28.