Cranberry Isles: Islesford is bustling

Along Islesford’s curving lanes, returning birds are singing, tree branches are green with new leaves, and tiny violets are opening beneath budding, red blueberry stems. The harbor is blooming, too, with more and more small boats appearing daily. Riders are choosing the outside decks on ferries, enjoying the blue waters and mountain views part of the everyday commute between Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles.

The previous week’s weather alternated between rain and sunshine, with temperatures ranging from the low forties to the low sixties. Islesford is bustling as residents prepare for the start of the summer season. Saturday, floats, which had been stored beside the co-op, were moved into the water. Solar panels are being installed on the co-op buildings and preparations are ongoing to open the co-op shop and Islesford Dock Restaurant.

The Islesford Library Coffee Hour continued on Tuesday. Though Cindy Thomas was unable to bake for the event, the group enjoyed Mrs. Dunster’s Donuts. Anna Fernald, Ashley Bryan and Skip Stevens were joined by several people, including Kathleen Lake, Beverly Sanborn, Star Cummin Bright and Christine Sandberg.

On Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, students at Ashley Bryan School will be doing a poetry workshop with Sam King. On Monday, May 20 students will leave for the Teaching and Learning Collaborative field trip. They will return on Wednesday, May 22.

Kathleen Lake has announced plans for a summer production of “Bootloose! The Not-Quite-a-Musical.” She is looking for production assistance and actors. She writes, “Help us produce a great show on Islesford this summer. Recruiting a production team to help behind the scenes starting soon as well as actors and variety acts for our July 19 production of ‘Bootloose!’ We need talent and lots of support from both islands to make this thing great! Contact me if you can play a part on or off the stage. You don’t even have to speak!”

Jeri Spurling started Kid’s Circle on Saturday for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Children are invited to enjoy a Bible story, snacks, games, and an occasional craft. All children are welcome. Please contact Jeri for more information.

Happy birthday to Sally Rowan, Dan Fernald and Melissa McCormick who were born on May 16. On May 17, Cory Alley, Justin Bunker and Fred Day celebrate their birthdays. Happy birthday to David Encarnation on May 19. Birthday wishes go to Tammy Palmer, Sannah Chaplin and Whit Chaplin on May 20. Happy birthday to Jim Fortune and Kathy Zuck on May 21.

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at [email protected]

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