Chow down at the Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, Aug. 1. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, and we have more than a dozen chowders for your tasting pleasure this year. Tickets are $5 at the door on the evening of the event and $1 per vote for your favorite chowder(s). Proceeds benefit the lighthouse and the library. There will be something for everyone, so bring your whole family and vote for the champion of chowders. Be the first to taste the Day Rec Zebras’ “Lucrative, Loquacious, Luscious Lobster Chowder” or enable Gayle and John Crowley’s climb to the top with their “First Prize Chowder.” Stay for the entertaining variety show put on by the Recreation Department at 6:30 p.m. Support your lighthouse, library, Recreation Department and Odd Fellows Hall in an evening of fantastic food and fun.
Kathy Turner encourages us to stop by and see the Swan’s Island Lobster and Marine Museum next to the ferry terminal. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. This beautiful collection of lobster fishing gear, many half-hulls of local vessels from the past and historical documents relating to local marine events from the past century is open to view.
Jeffrey Ellison informs us that the following new board members for the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative were voted in at the recent annual meeting: George Baker, Eric Staples and Tom McAloon. Jim Stone resigned from his position on the board, and the SIEC board will appoint his replacement at their next meeting. Results of the straw ballot were overwhelmingly in favor of continuing talks with Emera.
Maine State Archivist David Cheever recently announced that Swan’s Island Educational Society will receive $875 to preserve and provide better access to its historical collections as part of the Historical Records Collections Grant Program. The program is administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant program is coordinated in Maine by the State Archives. Congratulations to our Educational Society.
John Bryan tells me that this year’s Open Studio Art Walk is on Friday, Aug. 7, from 2-6 p.m. Be certain to mark your calendars for this favorite island event.
Reminders for this upcoming weekend include the Swans Island Vet Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantic Fire Department; the Swan’s Island 5K race at the Swan’s Island School on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m.; the Kathy Krafjack exhibit at our library on Saturday, Aug. 1; the Chowder Cook-off at IOOF Hall on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by the variety show at 6:30 p.m.; and another delicious Odd Fellows breakfast at IOOF Hall from 7-9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Happy birthday to Sadie Joyce, Dusty Staples, Deb Staples, Gerri Lynn Smith, Rusty Burns, Clay Savage, Jodie Lee Mauger and Christopher Carlson. Anniversary blessings to Chris and Emmie Sawyer, Bill and Raylene Banks, and Thomas and Billie Jo Riedel.
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