There was strong wind for a couple of days, but the town had power for most of the time. On Friday, Cranberry Isles residents called to report a power outage at about 8:30 a.m. and learned power had gone out in many places starting around 1:30 a.m. It was restored to the Cranberries before noon.
Temperatures were in the single-digits and teens for a couple of days, with wind chills well below zero degrees. Saturday started out very cold, but a warm front came in, and temperatures went up into the 30s by afternoon. The boat ride back to the islands at 3:30 p.m. was much pleasanter than the one off in the morning. The wind was strong Sunday afternoon, with temperatures in the upper 40s-low 50s. Expected high on Monday: 16 degrees, doubled to 35 degrees Tuesday.
As the temperatures plummeted this week, people gathered ’round the fire at the Ladies Aid for a community Christmas dinner on GCI. Hands and hearts were defrosted, and bellies were filled with home-cooked ham, squash, beans and pie. While we finished with desert, the youngsters sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and who else but Santa himself sauntered in, followed by a strikingly attractive elf. Santa and his elf handed out presents to the good boys and girls – and face it, they’re all good on Cranberry. Polly Bunker even got to sit on Santa’s lap! Then as quickly as he came, Santa hopped on his sleigh, and away he went.
Later in the week, the weather only got worse, with wind chill dropping well below freezing on Friday and heavy gusts forcing the commuter boat to be cancelled. The mail boat bravely left residents with one chance to get off island that day. A few pipes burst, sacrifices to the ice gods by Sunday. It was colder than “you know what” out there, but at least the local plumber will have plenty of work this week.
The highest tide was Wednesday morning. The lobster trap pier in front of the Blue Duck was partly covered, and the stone it sits on was only visible as a gray streak in the water. As usual, the high tide’s angle wasn’t steep between the co-op’s dock and the float, but it was in the opposite direction. The supermoon rose that night.
Islesford’s Santa Supper is scheduled for Friday, Dec 23, at 1 p.m. Brenna Sullivan has taken on the final preparation. Thank you, Brenna!
Saturday and Sunday this past weekend included a Holiday Open House at the Islesford Artists’ Gallery. Work by Malcolm Fernald, Rebecca Powell, Cindy Thomas, Kaitlyn Duggan, Jeri Spurling and other local artists was available.
Lindsay Eysnogle, Amy Palmer, Kaitlyn Duggan, Jeri Spurling and Mary E. Schuch went caroling Sunday afternoon and spread happiness through the neighborhood. They chose the right day, with the temperature well above freezing.
Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah runs this year from the evening of Dec. 24 to the evening of Jan. 1.
And Merry Christmas! The 12 days of Christmas run from the evening of Dec. 24 through Jan. 5. That’s 11 days of “post-Christmas clearance” within Christmas.
Happy birthday to Christina Spurling on Dec. 23. Louise Chaplin celebrates on Dec. 24. Richard Hill is the last of the known Islesford birthdays, on Dec. 30.