For the past couple weeks, islanders have been having family visits, enjoying the company of those whom they may not see very often. While everyone is still working hard to accomplish what they must before the cold really sets in, there is a calmness to things. With the General Store now closed on Sundays and the sun setting around 6 p.m., things are happening at a different pace now.
The Cranberry Isles produce cross-country runners. This year has Patrick Mocarsky, Beatrice and Xander Amuso, Cooper Sumner, Adele Palmer, Carmen Walls and Samson Gaither running with Mount Desert Elementary School in meets.
Mount Desert Island High School’s cross-country team includes Cranberry Isles former full-time residents, now part-time or by heart, Louise Chaplin, Sofie Dowling and Matilda Allen, all of whom had excellent results in the Festival of Champions cross-country meet in Belfast this week, continuing the proud island tradition of distance running. Approximately 670 girls from as far away as Connecticut and P.E.I. participated.
Here’s to a good season for them and the team.
The Islesford library has a T1 connection to the internet, available 24-7 at the Ladies’ Parlor (and outside!). If it’s not possible to have a hotspot at home, the T1 is alive and well. Cindy Thomas reminds those using the Ladies’ Parlor to sign in so the library gets credit for services provided. In the meantime, the town Broadband Communications Working Group, Tom Powell, Rosalie Kell, Ingrid Gaither, Skip Stevens, Katelyn Damon, and advisor/consultants at the Island Institute, Briana Warner and Stephenie MacLagan, have been looking at new island services.
Harvest Supper on Islesford is this weekend. Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with friends and family on the island at one of the great annual events. Karen Smallwood is the chief organizer-source of information.
A Columbus Weekend Dinner will be held at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. The menu includes turkey with all the fixin’s and dark blueberry cake for dessert. This is a Ladies Aid annual fundraiser and donations will be accepted at the door. Who knows, there may even be a raffle or two. Come join us for a delicious meal in support of the Ladies Aid. There also will be a Ladies Aid barn sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with calendars, cookbooks, clothing and more. Stop by and pick up a few holiday gifts or maybe something for yourself.
Carl Brooks and his sons, Carl Jr. and Francis, ask you to join them for the graveside service of Patricia “Patsy” Brooks, wife, mother and friend, at the Spurling Cemetery on Great Cranberry Island on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m. Patsy passed away on Aug. 1 after a long illness. The island always awaited the summer arrival of the Brooks family and the many beautiful plants that Patsy and her family would bring to decorate their lovely home. We will never look at a beautifully blooming cosmos plant without thinking of Patsy reading on her porch surrounded by the family, home and flowers she loved so well.
Chris Hathaway wrote: I’m still looking for people interested in being part of a production of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” next summer. I could use some suggestions of who might be willing that doesn’t belong to this group or maybe other ways to get the word out.
The following have birthdays in the month of October: Soos Krasnow and Christopher Fernald on Oct. 6, Leslie Watson and Skip Stevens on Oct. 7, Benjamin Steven Weed on Oct. 15, Shannon Tozier on Oct. 17, Alex Johnson on Oct. 18, Juliette Reid Silvers on Oct 19, Chris White and Madeline Avery on Oct. 25, Russell Wedge on Oct. 28 and Kristen Blodgette and Louise Millar on Oct. 30.
Charlie Day and Lori Siegel will celebrate their anniversary on Oct 15.