Volunteers arriving on the Sunbeam ready for beach clean-up on Great Cranberry. PHOTO COURTESY OF EILEEN RICHARDS

Cranberry Isles: No need for speed

Amy and Steve Philbrook are in England with Kate and Abe PhilbrookNate Philbrook, and Kate’s parents, Amy and David Breau.

Cindy and Dave Thomas went to Iceland for a week filled with geysers, waterfalls, sturdy winter-proof horses, fields so full of lupine ours look scrawny, more waterfalls and warm water for swimming. Iceland’s hot water comes from Mother Nature: Instead of paying to heat water, they pay to cool it.  Water for the Dip of the Month would be warm enough the challenge would be getting back out of the water.

This Friday, July 6, there will be a steak kabob grilling to remember Gregg Patton at Islesford Neighborhood House, from 2 to 4 p.m. His sister, Gail Grandgent, writes, “Bring your memories and dancing shoes, and maybe a snack to share.” If you see the Islander in time, head on over.

Lauren Gray put up some information about summer rowing.  Tony Archino is not on the island for the rest of this summer and Lauren writes, “Tony is passing the torch on the Cranberry Rowers Club to you. There are many different reasons to row, so we thought we’d form some special interest groups and ask a fabulous volunteer to head up each of these groups. These community rowboats are available for your use …. On July 7th, Muriel Curtis from Station Maine will host a coxswain training at the Merrill Boathouse to get more people comfortable with leading a boat.” Contact Lauren at [email protected]

Karen Smallwood posted: “Annie Smallwood Morse, “Little” Hugh Smallwood and I have planned a Memorial Flotilla for “Big” Hugh Smallwood on Sunday, the 15th of July. Boats will leave the Islesford Harbor at noon and head to Bunker’s Cove.

“The evening before, July 14th, we are inviting all who are interested to have pizza in our yard starting at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and perhaps a salad to share. We’ll need to know how many to plan on for pizza so let me know. You can give me a call at 244-5123.”

Let’s hope the weather will co-operate for both events.

Summer jam sessions are back. Kim Turner posted an invitation: “Come to the barn Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., to play, sing or just hang out. All skill levels are welcome!” The barn is the Ravenhill’s, on Sand Beach Road. Jam sessions are a chance to get to know Boatworks and see the project’s current home, meet new people and enjoy music.

The annual Islesford Literary Evening is coming up on Thursday, July 26. Come support the Islesford Library.

A month from now will include the Islesford Boatworks Boat Launch Celebration. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., it will be at the Blue Duck. Come celebrate the new school boat.

July 9 will include movies at Islesford Neighborhood House. Look for “Kung Fu Panda,” in which “the title of ‘Dragon Warrior’ may be given to Po, an obese panda who is a pitiful Kung Fu beginner.”

Birthdays: Steve Shirey’s birthday comes on the 7th. Ellen Stolpe’s is on the 10th. Rubye Alley blows out candles on July 11th. Happy Birthday to all!

A Kids Art Show will be on exhibit at the Cranberry House Arts Center through Saturday, July 7. Also at the Arts Center yoga sessions are held every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and every Thursday at 6 p.m. Anne Neumann will present a program of bedtime stories for kids and adults on Sunday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Amelia Dalton will present a kids’ dance class for three weeks, Monday through Thursday, beginning July 9 at 3 p.m. Classes will end on July 26.

The Ladies Aid Barn Sales continue on July 14 from 1 – 3 p.m.

With construction vehicles, golf carts, bikers, walkers, farm equipment, cars and trucks, the roads of Great Cranberry are very busy and will only become busier as the summer progresses. We ask that everyone slow down, use caution and be a defensive driver. We may have a short road but it only takes a second to have an accident no matter the length of the highway. There is no need to speed anyway. You are not going very far and we all want to reach our destinations safely. Thank you.

A correction regarding the walking group on Cranberry: The group meets on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Aid and it is an easy paced exercise not slow-paced….unless of course you want to go slowly.

Charlotte Harlan will conduct her annual kids’ crafts class Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a $5 charge per person per day. Please sign up in advance at the Museum Reception Desk.

Ric Gaither will host his annual series of lobstering talks/demos beginning Friday, July 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Ric will meet you at the High Hopes lobster boat near the Blue Heron Pond.

The Cranberry Isles Congregational Church will hold 10:30 a.m. church services on Sunday, July 8, with the annual meeting to follow.

Happy birthday to Creighton Murch and Lilo Stainton on July 18 and to Abigail Hicks on the 20. Rob St. Germain and Elaine Buchsbaum share July 22 and Austin Wedge blows out candles on July 23. Big hugs to Emily Nelligan as she celebrates her 94th birthday on July 24, all the best wishes from your Cranberry friends. Jill Lobkowicz will have her birthday celebration on the 24 as well, Happy birthday to all. Happy anniversary wishes go out to two couples on July 24, Terry Savage and Lindsey Iverson and Michael and Jennifer Westphal. Congratulations.

“Grass is the cheapest plant to install and the most expensive to maintain.” Pat Howell

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, email Eileen Richards at [email protected]


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