Santa made an appearance at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Sat, Dec. 15. He is pictured with sisters Kariah and Audrey Sumner. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EILEEN RICHARDS

Cranberry Isles: Community revelry

An amazing Community Christmas potluck, party and visit from Santa was held at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. With the kitchen filled with food and friends, the dining room was transformed by soft lights, advent wreaths, seasonal decorations and a beautiful tree with colored lights. Santa made a surprise visit, much to the delight of all the adults as well as the children.

Lighted angel displays on the Aid porch welcomed attendees and now adorn the church porch.

Thank you to Norman, Kelly and Melanie Sanborn; Jessica, Ingrid and Ric Gaither; Ben and Darlene Sumner as well as their family; Mark Alley; Ben and Grace Weed and others for organizing this community event.

Heading into Christmas and the New Year, the Cranberry House Fundraising Campaign has just reached the halfway mark towards its $450,000 goal. Many thanks to all those who have contributed in support of the campaign.

Cory Alley’s Under Pressure is back from Abel’s boatyard! This is some of the best news of the past month or so.

The Ashley Bryan School students joined the Mount Desert school choir for their Christmas music performances.

At the Island Holiday Sale on Islesford last weekend, all kinds of home- and hand-made things were available: April Mocarsky contributed handmade slime, and Lindsay Eysnogle had handmade salt soaps. Katelyn Damon brought hand-knit hats, while Malcolm Fernald offered photos and prints. Barb Fernald made her hallmark fine jewelry; and Joy Sprague included hand-knit sweaters. Cindy Thomas hawked bird bags and salt bags. Katie Fernald contributed hand-knit items and Kaitlyn Duggan wheeled in some pottery.

There were also paintings by Islesford artists, including Danny Fernald, Rick Alley, Jack Merrill, Sue Charles, Margaret Griffith, Chris Diaz and many more!

Along with the creative pieces, some tables for creating ornaments and decorating cookies were brought in. Everyone could apply frosting and sprinkles to their cookies, then either eat them or put them on a tray. Ornaments were made from old cards and other heavyweight paper, and reindeer were made from pipe cleaners. It was a great lighthearted place to spend part of the day.

Sunday’s church service ended while Sunday’s sale was on, and those who had come from Great Cranberry as well as the minister for the service and his wife enjoyed seeing our creators’ works.

Sunday night included an Islesford pizza supper at the Islesford Neighborhood House. The Amuso family was there, heading over with Patrick Mocarsky on the commuter boat for school on Monday.

Other participants included Ted and Serena Spurling; Rick Alley; Cindy and Dave Thomas; Ann Fernald; Barb and Bruce Fernald; Joy Sprague; Cari Alley, accompanied by Brenna, Rubye, Wyatt, and Isaiah; Lindsay Eysnogle and Jason Pickering, with Luciana and Marina; Nan and Roy Hadlock with Nicko Hadlock and Hannah Folsom; Cory, Kaitlyn, and Bode Duggan; Katelyn Damon; Elliott Damon Hadlock; Jeremy Alley and many others greeted Santa and sang Christmas songs.

Joy Sprague started “On the first day of Christmas,” and it had been awhile since many people had sung it, but all twelve verses were sung with just one or two pauses.

Joy Sprague opens birthday cards on the 20th. Christina Spurling blows out candles on the 23rd. Warm birthday wishes to Louise Chaplin on the 24th. Sneaking in at the year’s end is Richard Hill, December 30th.

Happy belated birthday to Tom Watson. I hope you had a wonderful day. Chelsea DePalmer has her special day on Dec. 16, with our own Norman Sanborn celebrating on Dec. 21. Your birthday is the start of another year with more surprise and joy around every corner.

Merry Christmas to all from the Cranberry Isles.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th President of the United States.

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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]


Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]
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