Ashley Bryan is one of the finalists for the Kirkus Prize in fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature, a prize to be given in November. He’s nominated for “Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.”
A special shout out goes to Brendan Westphal for his guest appearance on Double B this past Sunday. He was captain for the day and operated a tight crew, got people to Great and Little Cranberry and Suttons in a timely fashion and entertained his passages with his witty humor and sarcasm. Passengers thought he did a fantastic job subbing in as captain except for when he did nothing but eat crackers and orange peels as Joe lost his arm to a shark attack.
Susan Valdina met with high school friends “in a remote fancy restaurant. I expected the moose to look at us while we were dining, but they didn’t.”
Here comes October! Fall has started, leaves are turning over to show their truest colors, and already winter is on the mind. Potatoes, corn and squashes are to be harvested and stored. Garden beds are to be tucked in to rest, cover cropped or mulched to stay warm like the rest of us. Those island winds can chill you to the bone, and you don’t want that in your marrow or your roots.
Seems like last year it took this long to get to the end of March. Time flies, unless it dreams of having incessant fun dumping snow everywhere and watching the building of snowmen. It’s been said in the “Farmer’s Almanac” and the grapevine that we’re in for another nasty one.
Speaking of October, Islesford will have a harvest supper on Oct. 9. Family style, with food at each table – no line! Neighborhood House will provide hams; Erin Gray is giving vegetables. Sign up at the post office for bringing a dish for 10 people or dessert. Thank you, Karen Smallwood, for organizing the event. Homesick summer people, come on back for the long weekend.
A topic being discussed at the General Store is the possibility of Islesford losing internet, which could be detrimental for the community and specific members who could not do their jobs as efficiently, such as the fire chief or folks at the town office. While Islesford and Cranberry are two different islands, we are one town and one community overall. If Islesford is to lose internet before winter comes and a solution cannot be found, the other half will suffer, which inherently hurts the community here on Great Cranberry, as we rely on one another.
There are still fun happenings coming up. Now teaching tai chi at the Cranberry House is Jane McInnis. She will be teaching it Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m.
The Heliker-Lahotan Foundation is having its fall open studios with the four talented artists who have been on island for the past month. The open studios will be Friday, Sept. 30, from 3-5:30 p.m. Jessyca Broekman will show her work in the new studio, Joseph Norman will show his work in the Heliker Studio, and Nina Jerome will show her work in the Lahotan Studio, all of which are at the Heliker-Lahotan Foundation. William Price will show his work at the Samenfeld Studio on Harding Point Road. Come out to see what these talented artists have created while staying on the island.
Happy birthday to Amy Philbrook on Oct. 2 and Noah Pogany on Oct. 5. Susan Valdina will party hearty on Oct. 6, a day shared with Christopher Fernald. Happy birthday to all!