Holidays mean community

From across the pond, life on a coastal island might appear isolating, especially in winter, but come visit around the holidays, and you’ll see a perfect example of why on the Cranberries, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, maybe the boat gets cancelled when it’s blowin,’ it can be tough to get the oil trucks out in a timely fashion, and our DSL internet connection may seem to some a bit prehistoric, but there is a common thread that ties many to the Cranberries – community.

The Islesford Neighborhood House renovations are finished! There is now insulation in the main hall on the first floor; the kids will be able to take their jackets and mittens off when they go for gym in the cold winter weather. Jackets were left in the hall for Santa supper. It’s a wonderful change.

The Neighborhood House’s renovated and upgraded meeting room on the first floor was the site of another interisland potluck Santa supper organized by Cary Alley.

An enjoyable time was had by all with a generous potluck supper, conversation with friends and new people at the tables and singing led by the kids. An extra table had to be brought in for all the food. Later that evening, even though the reindeer may have taken him first to Great Cranberry by mistake, Santa, sporting a suspiciously Southern accent, arrived to hand out gifts. His elves had done such a good job that Santa had presents even for those unexpected visitors! Jeanne Hadlock and Cindy White continued their annual tradition of knitting hats and gloves for all the children younger than ninth grade. Many thanks to all of them!

Those present included Katelyn Damon, Mary E. Schuch and Malcolm Fernald; Rick Alley, Serena Spurling and Paul Brumaghim; Becca and Tom Powell with Lew; Cari and Cory Alley, Brenna Sullivan and Wyatt and Rubye Alley; Kaitlyn and Cory Duggan with Bode; Nicko Hadlock with Elliot Damon Hadlock; Roy Hadlock, Nan Hadlock and Hannah Folsom; Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson; Melissa and Jim Amuso with Beatrice and Xander; Ann Fernald; Steve Palmer and Tammy Strout Hewett with Johnny Palmer and Aaron; Lindsay Eysnogle and Jason Pickering with Lucy and Marina; Adele and Amy Palmer; Cindy and Dave Thomas; Skip Stevens and Sally Rowan; Jeri and Ted Spurling; Katya Mocarsky with April and Patrick; Melissa, Denise and Mitch McCormick; from Great Cranberry, the Sumner family; Beverly, Kelly and Norman Sanborn with an extended family group; Ingrid Gaither with Samson and Santa; and Audrey Noether. It was exciting to see three new islanders born this past year: Lew Powell, Audrey Sumner and Marina Pickering! Apologies to those I’ve missed.

Mandy and Scott Bracy ran the F/V Sutton so those from Mount Desert Island and Great Cranberry could get home after the supper and Santa times.

Many, many thanks to Cary for all she did to set up a beautiful space.

Just the next evening, GCI got together for a Yankee swap organized by Darlene Sumner and hosted at the Ladies Aid. Darlene and her family, some of the newest residents of Great Cranberry, are proving to be a wonderful addition to the island, organizing and participating in events that help to tie the island community together.

Thursday, Cooper Sumner had his GCI directorial debut with the premiere of his stop-motion movie “Lego Spiderman,” which was co-produced by Wyatt Alley. The movie was favorably received by the audience, and Cooper already is planning his next film release.

Connectivity is what makes living out here so well worth the missed boats and slow internet. However, internet may not be slow on the islands forever. Fortunately Tom Powell, Rosalie Kell and Ingrid Gaither, along with Islesford residents Skip Stevens and Katelyn Damon, got their internet committee approved at this week’s selectmen’s meeting and are hopeful about getting the internet connection to follow suit.

It’s obviously December on Islesford: forsythia and lilac bushes are blooming. The grass is still pretty green, as well. Of course, last year it was warm and raining on Christmas, but Old Man Winter reassured us he was well at the end of January.

The Seaside Playhouse continues to show family, religious and Christmas-oriented movies during the holiday season on Tuesday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Yoga classes at the Cranberry House are held each Wednesday and Sunday at the new time, 6:30 p.m. All levels and ages are welcome. Yoga is cancelled Dec. 20 and 23 for the holidays.

Barb Fernald will host an open house this Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit friends, eat cookies and other goodies, make paper snowflakes. If there’s last-minute shopping to do, there will be work by Kaitlyn Duggan, Barb, and Malcolm Fernald.

Next week, the Great Cranberry Congregational Church will hold its Christmas service on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Islesford Congregational Church will have a Christmas Eve service on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 2:30 p.m. Come celebrate!

Santa might be visible the night he traverses the skies – Christmas is a full moon!

A very happy birthday to Chelsea Depalmer on Dec. 16. Joy Sprague’s birthday is coming right up on Dec. 20. Christina Spurling joined us on Dec. 23. Louise Chaplin beat having a birthday combined with Christmas by going with Dec. 24 for her birth. Happy birthday to all and to all a good night!

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 Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.


Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
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