Islesford Volunteer Fire Department will host a BBQ on Sunday, July 26, 12-3 p.m. You can eat in or take out. The menu is sliced beef brisket sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, water and a dessert. The price is $15 per person. All proceeds go to the fire department. Come in and talk with our volunteer firefighters and have a great meal.
The fire department on Great Cranberry may need a new chief. Tyler Kuester has been laid off from Newman and Gray boatyard, and he is not currently living on the island. Tyler’s brother Jake is in France till fall building a power plant. Only time will tell if things work out so that Tyler can make a go of it. They both moved here from northern Maine. They have proved that they are hard working and friendly. Katelyn Damon said that Tyler is good standing with her as the safety coordinator. That may change if he can’t live here. Fire danger is highest in the summer, yet the chief and one volunteer are gone. Summer is the best time of year to be out on the islands, and yet it looks like these two men will miss it.
Cranberry Isles Realty Trust (CIRT) will hold an open house on Friday, July 24, 5 p.m. at Cranberry House. Come meet the CIRT families, chat with the CIRT directors, learn more about CIRT’s successes and challenges, and enjoy some refreshments.
The Church will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, July 26, immediately after the 5 p.m. service.
Sam King will present an evening of poetry reading on Saturday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Cranberry House Arts Center. The MDI League of Towns will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 28, at 10 a.m. at Cranberry House Arts Center. College of the Atlantic Summer Camp (26 kids and adults) will visit Cranberry House and GCI on Tuesday, July 28. Various exhibitions, trail walks, programs and tours are planned. Junior Bracy will present a program of Underwater Slides in the Cranberry Isles Region at Cranberry House Arts Center on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. The slides were taken by him while diving in these waters over the years. An All-Day Film Festival will be shown in the Cranberry House Arts Center on Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Films will include interviews with GCI residents past and present, local and regional topics, and highlighted by the premiere GCI showing of Jeff Dobbs’ production “Ralph Stanley-An Eye for Wood,” which will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ralph Stanley will be present for the 4 p.m. showing.
Next week’s movie at the Islesford Neighborhood House is “Easy Rider.” Popcorn, water and lemonade are the movie munchies.
The Islesford Library will have a buoys-for-books auction on Aug. 16. Come get your buoy to decorate for the auction from Cindy Thomas or other librarians. There was a wonderful set of buoys a few years ago, decorated by a lot of people in completely different ways. Join the fun and support the library by contributing buoys and bidding on the ones you like. Bid on some for your own home/office and bid on others for friends.
Finally, “The Island Reader” is out. Dedicated to Rob Benson, who began the Island Reader in 2006, this year’s Volume 9.5 is a “spotlight edition,” touching on the previous nine issues. Rob started a new position this past fall. Writers, artists and photographers, get things ready for the upcoming production of Volume 10, submission date Dec. 1, for publication summer 2016.
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 Jennifer Walls at [email protected]