GCI had fun family Fourth

Great Cranberry had a beautiful Fourth of July on the island. The parade was a great success. Many community members participated, sprucing up their island cars and golf carts to drive up and down the Main Road. The Fourth of July picnic was kindly hosted on the lawn of the Days. The summer air smelled of grilled goodies, the food table was filled with delicious salads, friends and family chatted while children played on the lawn. Rosalie Kell showed up with one of her big wicker baskets filled with treats, including two massive Frisbees that were a huge hit with kids of all ages. Jim Gertmanian gave a reading, and Jeff Wadsworth, Laurie Wadsworth, Susan Patterson and Jessi Duma played a series of patriotic songs.

Olive Isaacs and Randall Rodakowski married on Sunday. Rain moved the service from Coast Guard Station to the Islesford Congregational Church building. Between the service and dinner at the Islesford Dock, the party spent time out of the rain and in the Islesford Neighborhood House.

Dennis Fernald’s burial was Sunday at noon, followed by a reception at Evelyn and Harvey Bunker’s. Dennis’ wife, Donna, daughter Lisa Fernald Payne and Lisa’s son Christian were here. Donna’s brother, Hugh Davis, was the minister, joined by his wife, Becky, and daughter Deborah. Guests at the reception were Ashley Bryan; Ann Fernald; Deborah and David Brooks; Barbara and Bradley Bryant; Audrey Delafield; Helen Dudman; Barb and Bruce Fernald; Vicky and Mark Fernald; Paul Fernald; Jay Houghton; Trinx Howard; Ellie and Jack Miller; Hugh and Karen Smallwood; Joy Sprague; Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens; Cindy and David Thomas; Susan Valdina; and Edie and Charles Wright. (Apologies to those missed.)

The much needed rainy weekend has most islanders thankful for the restorative time it allowed and the quenching our thirsty earth needed. Seeing how dry the earth is, dust kicking up into your eyes like the deserts of Arizona, can leave one (especially farmers and gardeners) dancing barefoot in wet grass as the rain falls. We need the rain to fall on us all, soaking us for some much needed growth to continue.

Growth is happening here all over the island. The Great Cranberry farm stand now has more community members participating in selling their homemade, home grown goods. David Encarnation is now attending on Saturday mornings selling his gorgeous produce. This coming Saturday, July 16, the farm stand will be located at the Cranberry House for the Farm Day Fair. It is a day to celebrate agricultural heritage on the islands and will be a morning filled with activities. There will be snacks and face painting and farm animals to interact with. The schedule is as follows:

9-9:30 a.m. – ongoing activities, face painting, farm animals, farm stand

9:30-10:30 a.m. – basics of planting for pollinators with Kayla Gagnon

10-11 a.m. – vermicomposting demonstration

10:30-11:30 a.m. – candle making activity and beekeeping basics with Page Hill

11 a.m. – spinning demonstration

11:30 p.m. – butter making activity

12 p.m. – tractor ride

12:30 p.m. – agricultural heritage presentation with Jessi Duma

The Little Cranberry Yacht Club – Community Sailing and Education Foundation has officially started classes for the season. Catering to the families of the Cranberry Isles, LCYC-CSEF offers rowing (ages 4-6) and sailing (7 and up) as well as an adult seamanship class in July and an adult sailing class on Friday afternoons upon request. Head instructor Luke Encarnation, Great Cranberry Island, is back for a second year to teach sailing with Tallulah Newlin assisting. Whit Chaplin is the rowing instructor. For information and forms, look under the “program” tab on www.LCYC-CSEF.org

Laurie Schreiber will give a lecture titled “Boat Building on Mount Desert Island” at the Cranberry House on Friday, July 15, from 7-8 p.m. Armen Marsoobien will host a reception at the Cranberry House for his exhibition titled “Remembering a Lost Armenian Homeland: A Photographic Journey” on Sunday, July 17. The exhibition will be up all week for the public to view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marsoobien also will give a lecture titled “Bearing Witness to a Lost Armenian Heritage: The Dildilian Family Story” at the Cranberry House on Monday, July 18, from 7-8 p.m.

The second annual Islesford Boatworks’ Row-a-thon is Saturday, July 16. It will be a 10K paddle around Little Cranberry Island, with any style boat and any crew combination. “Racing sculls to your beaten old tub, all are welcome!” You can still support the program by going to Islesfordboatworks.org and registering to participate. A list of paddlers is available, and you can sponsor any or all of them. The group will leave Sand Beach at 9 a.m. and travel around counter-clockwise, with a break halfway around at Bunker’s Cove for snacks, water, loo. A set of three powerboats will be on duty for safety. Return to Sand Beach will be around noon. Tony Archino, head of Boatworks, has organized it.

Islesford Neighborhood House movies downstairs this year will be film editions of books. The July 18 film will be “East of Eden,” from John Steinbeck’s book of the same title. Upstairs, “Madagascar III: Europe’s Most Wanted” will be shown.

Some reminders: The Manset/Southwest Harbor boat has gone to six round trips per day now. It leaves Southwest Harbor at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. It leaves Manset 20 minutes later. It then goes to Great Cranberry and leaves Great Cranberry at 40 minutes after the odd hour to go to Islesford.

It leaves Islesford on the even hours, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It goes to Great Cranberry, leaving at 20 minutes past the hour, and gets to Manset at 40 minutes after the even hours. It then goes the rest of the way to Southwest Harbor.

Trash is picked up on Mondays. It needs to be at the roadside by 8 a.m. and cannot be loose. The transfer station is open Thursday morning, 8 a.m. to noon; the transfer station also is open on Monday, 8 a.m. to noon, and trash can be taken there.

Dogs are welcome on Islesford but must be on a leash. Be ready for several other dogs to be on the dock or the boats to MDI.

Drivers on the islands are required to be insured. The vehicle must be insured for registration/license, and insurance does not cover an unlicensed driver. Golf carts are license-required vehicles.

The sun’s earliest rise was a month ago, June 12-15, at 4:46 a.m. Its latest setting was June 24-27, at 8:23 p.m. We can sleep in a few minutes more easily: sunrise is now after 5 a.m. Sunset will be earlier than 8 p.m. at the end of the month, which is the halfway mark to the equinox.

Islesford birthdays this week include Allan McCormick on July 17, Christina Blank and John Dwelley on July 18, Jeri Spurling on July 19, and Paul Fernald and Taylor Theriault on July 21.

Melissa and Jim Amuso’s anniversary is July 25.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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