First dance in 40 years

This year keeps flying! Bye bye, July!

The theme of the Boatworks fundraising auction, set for Aug. 4 from noon to 2 p.m., is “Boats or Other Nautical.” It will be at the Blue Duck and the Islesford Dock. There’s still time to participate: bring your donation (art, painting, print, writing, artifact, book, poem, toy, etc.) to Islesford Pottery before Aug. 2, please. If you have questions, call Marian Baker at 244-9108. If you can’t make it for the auction but would like to support Boatworks financially, donations would be welcome. Many thanks!

Thank you, Christina Spurling, Jaime Feldman and Nicholas Southwick for coming out to Islesford and playing some of the music from your performances in Somesville and Surry. Saturday afternoon, the three of them played at the Isleford Congregational Church, Christina the piano, Jaime the cello and Nicholas the flute.

Starr Cummin Bright, Barb Fernald, Skip Stevens, Barbara and Bradley Bryant, Ashley Bryan, Gail Grandgent, Anna Fernald and David Hawkes, Mary E. Schuch, Jeri and Ted Spurling, Deborah and David Brooks, Erin Fernald Gray and several of her children were about half of the audience.

Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. will be open mic night! Come to the Islesford Neighborhood House. BYOB or a snack to share. All are welcome. Read your favorite poems, stories, tell jokes, sing (some even partner with dogs!) songs. Any jugglers out here? There will be a sign-up sheet at Neighborhood House.

Coming soon, to a town center near you: Wednesday, Aug. 8, Islesford Neighborhood House will host an exhibit called “Painting Islands – Traveling Photo Exhibit.” Sponsored by the Sunbeam V, the Maine Seacoast Mission and Howie Motenko, it “includes fine art photographs from the 15 participating outer island communities, including Islesford.”

On each island, participants chose their scenes; Islesford’s scene was the Sand Beach boat houses. Howie came out to Islesford, where participants went to different chosen places and used flashlights to bring out color in strange formats. Islesfordians helping with the project included Mary E. Schuch, Malcolm Fernald and Sally Rowan, among others. The exhibit will be here from 9 a.m. until later in the day, at a time TBD.

Monday, July 30, the movies will be (downstairs) “Henry V,” with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, and (upstairs) “Superman, the movie” (1978) which shows how the story of Superman began. Christopher Reeves wears the big S.

The Sea Moss Gift Shop, located in the former Beal & Bunker office building behind the Cranberry Isles post office, will be opening on Aug. 3. On Aug. 1, from 2-3:30 p.m., everyone is invited for iced tea and cookies and to have a preview of the gifts that will be available for purchase. The shop is dedicated to Pauline Bunker and is operated by Laurie Wadsworth. It will feature photos, crafts and art made by local residents as well as a few toys and some clothing. The hours of the shop will be 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. every day except Sunday and Thursday. Please drop by and say hello and tell your friends and guests about it.

The first dance since 1978 (40 years) was held upstairs in the Longfellow School on Friday evening, July 20. The event was sponsored by Cranberry House. The Big Moose Band (10 members) played to a lively crowd of adults and kids were instructed in various contra dances, and then energetically danced the night away under the guidance of the caller. The renovated Longfellow gym proved the perfect setting.

Everyone agreed it was a great fun event, full of nostalgia and laughs. Band member Ruth Grierson (age 90) played with Ralph Stanley’s Country Strummers at the last dance in 1978, and this year’s attendee Beverly Sanborn was also present 40 years ago at the earlier dance.

The Cranberry House Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off Event will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 3-5 p.m. at the Singerling Residence at Long Ledge. Everyone is invited to attend and learn about hopes for the future of the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society and Cranberry House operations.

The Heliker – LaHotan Foundation will host another Meet the Artists presentation in the Arts Center on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m.

Sam King will host a poetry class in the Cranberry House Arts Center on Friday, July 27, at 1 p.m.

Laurie Dobson will provide a gardening lecture in the Cranberry House Arts Center on Wednesday, Aug. l, at 4 p.m.

Every chair was filled for Pie Night at the Aid on the evening of Sunday, July 22, as folks gathered to enjoy the culinary expertise of their friends and neighbors. Everything from fruit tarts to chicken tamale pies was enjoyed by the crowd as laughter and conversation echoed through the building.

Thank you to all who created so many wonderful dishes and then stayed to help put the place in order again. We were also able to complete the cleanup in time for folks to attend the wonderful poetry and music event at Cranberry House with Sam King, the Glaser family, Geoff Wadsworth and more.

Thanks again and for you year-round folks…see you on March 14 for “Pi Night.”

Frank Brooks, son of Carl and the late Patricia Brooks, has climbed most of the 4,000-footers in the Northeast in summer and winter, including Washington and Katahdin. Last week he went West to work on the fourteeners, which are peaks over 14,000 feet. His first was White Mountain Peak at 14,252 feet in California. This peak is one of two fourteeners in the lower 48 that stand alone. Because of its isolation, the University of California maintains two research huts on the mountain. It is a difficult climb because the 11-mile summit trail requires around seven hours in the low-oxygen Alpine Zone above 12,000 feet. The most important feature of this mountain is that it is home to the Bristlecone pine, which at almost 5,000 years is the longest lived life form on Earth. The peak is the third highest in California. Safe climbing, Frank.

Happy extended birthday to Henry Grandgent from the 23rd, and Cliff Smith from the 25th.

Birthday wishes also go out to Molly Kehoe and Betsy Gribble on Aug. 1 and to Nolan Theodore Savage on Aug. 2. Clay Savage and Susan (Sam) King enjoy birthday festivities on Aug. 3 with Billy Bancroft celebrating on Aug. 4. Lisa Monteith, who was known as “Pockets” when she was a cook at Cranberry General, will have a fun-filled birthday on Aug. 5. Aug. 7 birthday babies begins with our own Blair Colby, Matilda Allen and twins Enid Gertmenian and Emily Callahan. Louise Akers will blow out candles with friends and family on Aug. 8, as will Graham Bright and Aaron Kimball. Alex Weinreich will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 11.

To all of you, remember as you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two. Happy birthday!

Three couples will be celebrating their wedding anniversaries in early August: Jim and Katy Kehoe on Aug. 2, Eric and Christy Porcaro on Aug. 7 and Steve and Cherie Weed on Aug. 10. Congratulations on another 12 months of love, laughter and friendship.

“Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.” Margaret Walker (1915-1998). American poet and writer.

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]. For Great Cranberry, email Eileen Richards at [email protected]


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