Ol’ Man Winter had a say about when Thanksgiving break would start: a snow storm arrived last Tuesday morning and closed a lot of schools straight off. MDI High School held on, and finally closed at 11 a.m. The temperature plummeted and wind picked up. The boats ran on Wednesday, but were cancelled in advance for Thursday. The temperature worked its way back up into the 30s over the weekend, which was almost bikini season compared to mid-week.
Cancellation of the mail boat Thanksgiving Day left folks who had travel plans, either to or from the island, on the wrong side of the pond.
The community Thanksgiving at the Aid was a solution for some. About 30 people gathered to give thanks and feast on turkey, ham, all the fixin’s and delicious pies. The roaring fire in the fireplace warmed folks on the inside as the company, conversation, laughter and tall tales warmed the hearts of those attending.
Thank you to all who helped make this event possible. A special shout out to Mark Alley, Colleen Bunker and Ingrid Gaither who arrived very early to start the turkeys and stayed late to help others with clean-up. Some of those attending were: Blair Colby, Geoff and Sharon Wadsworth and their sons and nephew, Pauline Bunker, Helen Bertles and her sons, Joe Flores, Mike Westphal, Jennifer Walls and her parents, Kevin Wedge, Ben and Darlene with their family, Colleen and her husband Joe, Mark, Eileen and more. Thank you all and we will see you next year.
If there is one person who loves to make snowmen, it is Lily Hall. As soon as there is enough snow to make a snowball she is out on her front lawn working to fashion a rotund seasonal visitor. When the snow melted too quickly, she enlisted the aid of Patrick Allen and the Kubota to search-out and bring home the highly valued white material to create her frigid friend. We can’t wait to see what she creates when the snow is readily available.
Craft afternoon at the Aid was fun and informative. Bow-making classes with Laurie Dobson and creative projects like mini-wreaths, lollipop plants, and Santa candy sleighs kept the group busy. Those attending were, Kariah Sumner, Lily Hall, Karin Whitney, Sharon Morrell and her dog Cosmo, Ingrid Gaither, Laurie Dobson.
36 wreaths were ordered from the Ladies Aid this year. Colleen Bunker, Helen Bertles, Sharon Witham and her nieces Addie and Eileen gathered Friday evening to begin decorating the pre-made wreaths. With a bit of bow-making, some creativity and lots of love the seasonal symbols were completed on Sunday afternoon. Thank you to those who helped decorate and to those who will have the wreaths adorning their front doors.
Adrian Munro was the visiting pastor at the Cranberry Island church on Sunday morning. Pastor Munro his family and island attendees filled the church with song as the Aid was filled with the aromas of a special feast for the occasion. Thank you all for your participation in the day’s activities.
Tom and Becca Powell are on vacation for a few weeks. Here’s to well-earned R&R and enjoyable time with family and friends. The church services are covered jointly. On Nov. 25th, Joy Sprague and Jeri Spurling went over to Great Cranberry. Munro, from Bar Harbor, took the service. Sam Leonardi will take the service on Dec. 1st on Islesford; Jim Gertmanian will take the service on Dec. 8th, also on Islesford. Dec. 15th, the service on Great Cranberry will include Scott Planting of the Maine Seacoast Mission. Tom Powell will be back on Dec. 22nd, scheduled for Islesford in the morning and Great Cranberry in the afternoon, if Ol’ Man Winter cooperates.
We’re about to have the earliest sunsets of the year up here in the MDI area. Friday, Dec. 7th – Tuesday, Dec. 11th, it sets at 3:55. The days get longer in the evening, but shorten in the morning until the end of December and into early January, so the shortest day really is Dec. 21st.
December birthdays begin with birthday girl Rebecca (Becky) Sanborn on Dec.1. Erin Fernald Gray celebrates on Dec. 3rd. Christa Porcaro celebrates on Dec. 8 and all the best to our friend Ruth Westphal on her birthday Dec. 9. Paul Leibow is the birthday boy on Dec. 10. Special day, special person and special celebration. May all your dreams and desires come true in this coming year. Happy birthday.
“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane , obscuring summer’s memory …” -John Geddes.
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]