Celebrate Polly Bunker

CRANBERRY ISLES — The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society will celebrate Polly Bunker Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Each year, the historical society honors one of the island’s notable citizens. This year, they chose the well-loved Pauline “Polly” Bunker.

Bunker has run the little gift shop, the Whales Rib, since the 1970s. Her husband, Tud, built the shop first on the shore of Cranberry Cove, then later it was moved down the road, near their home. Customers go for more than buying a gift, as they get the warmest greeting, the latest news, a sympathetic ear or some sage advice.

Bunker was born and raised on the island. When she was 16, she began working at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor and became the dining room manager for many years, working there from 1945 to 1970.

A light lunch will be followed by a program with a fashion show, a short history and a poetry reading by Sam King. King and Bunker are both cancer survivors.

Call the museum at 244-7800 or 244-0398.


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