The first weekend of July usually brings a lot of people back to the islands. Friday was a holiday this year because July Fourth fell on a Saturday, so there were extra family and friends on hand.
The Independence Day Parade was a big hit. Pedestrians gathered on the lawn by the Ladies Aid, Fire station and the Cranberry House. The weather was perfect. The first float was a Christmas-in-July theme. Blair Colby pulled it with his tractor. The float was decked out with a Christmas tree and Santa. Santa had several helpers at his side. The next float was pulled by Norman Sanborn with his four-wheeler. He had a Hawaiian float. It was very colorful. The two Sanborn kids were on the float with their friends. Chong Lim was pulling an antique buckboard made right in Bar Harbor in the 1800s. It had been well-preserved, and his family rode in the back. Pablo was the next to come up the hill. He had decorated his four-wheeler with red, white and blue. His dog, Maximiliano, a chocolate lab, proudly rode at his side. He was followed by a red VW bug. Denis and Kathy came up the rode in their golf cart “the Carp.” Hanging from its roof were several colorful wind socks in the shape of fish. Lisa Shaw drove her 1931 Model A with son Sam and his friend Oona in the back. They were followed by a red truck with a man dressed as a lobster who waved to the crowed. The 1932 Ford Woody driven by Janice Smith was impressive. It’s amazing to see these old cars on the road and in such good condition. There were several more golf carts, including the Island Explorer. Jim Bradley drove his fully restored Ford Bronco. Young Kariah was leading her patriotic goat, and her brother rode his dirt bike. After the parade, everyone enjoyed a cookout at the ladies aid.
Islesford’s annual picnic/party was on Town Field. Food disappeared: the regular lobster, chicken, hotdogs and a veggie burger were the main dishes. There was an abundance of watermelon and a good number of desserts, with a small amount left over.
Richard Hill took the middle of the field and announced the raffle would happen soon, and a good number of people went to get tickets. Items included Joy Sprague’s cream puffs, Emily Morse‘s children’s book, an Islesford Pottery T-shirt, a floating flashlight, a table runner made by Ellie Miller, a B&B mail boat ticket, a watercolor by and from Steve Winegar, Richard Hill’s fudge and a towel from the Little Cranberry Lobster gift shop.
Special thanks to those who set up, worked at the tables and cleaned up, including hauling the tables and chairs back to Neighborhood House, cleaning the field and handling the trash. Joy Sprague, Skip Stevens, Peyton Eggleston, Cari Alley, Ellie and Jack Miller, Starr Bright, Dick Atlee, Dave Thomas, Richard Hill, Jasmine Samuel, Marion Baker, Joe Parrish, Bob Mocarsky, Rick Alley, Chris Wriggins, Katrina vanDusen, Johnny Palmer, his school friend Aaron, and Aaron’s grandmother Tammie, Bob and Ellen Davison, Anne Perkins and J.C. and Ellen Gellerstadt. Apologies to those whose names are missing!
Thanks also to those who showed the boats from previous years’ Islesford Boatworks. Boatworks is up and running this year.
An early thanks to the EMTs, who with the population increase, will have more opportunities to help than we give them in the winter. If you have an emergency or question a possible emergency, please call them. They come at midnight in December, and it will be much easier in warm weather! It’s the same number as on the mainland, 911. There are EMTs on both Great Cranberry and Islesford and boats to take people over to the mainland. Thank you, Katelyn Damon, for all your work behind the EMT system.
Summer has arrived, and the internet connection goes on vacation. Postcards will probably sell well, but don’t limit yourselves to postcards. There’s Katie Fernald’s art store just past the library, the Islesford Pottery shop and the Winter’s Work gift shop, which includes jewelry, sweaters and books, among other things, at the Islesford Dock. Winter’s Work is hosting a summer fundraiser for the Ashley Bryan School, offering re-usable grocery bags with the Ashley Bryan School logo. All of the money goes to the school. Thank you, Sue Hill! The Islesford Dock restaurant has an art gallery attached. The museum carries some books and other gifts as well. Stop and play miniature golf at Jim and Sallye Parrish‘s.
Mary-Kate Murray will teach yoga on Islesford this coming Wednesday, July 15, and all Wednesdays in August. Come to Islesford Neighborhood House, from 4-5:30 p.m.
On Monday, July 13, “Diner” will be on the screen downstairs at Islesford Neighborhood House. The children’s movie upstairs will be “Escape from Earth.” Movies start at 7:30 p.m.
Cranberry House has more events coming up. Peter Buchsbaum will host another guided Nature Trail Walk on Thursday, July 9, at 11 a.m. Interested persons should meet at the main entrance to Cranberry House. The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation will present a Meet the Artists program in the Arts Center on Friday, July 10, at 4:30 p.m. Other Arts Center events include a yoga class on Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m. and every Sunday at 9 a.m. after that; a poetry reading by Michael Glazier, Maryland Poet Laureate, on Sunday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.; a talk by Tim Dalton about West African agricultural issues on Monday, July 13, at 7 p.m.; a joint program by Todd Little–Siebold, COA professor, and Jessi Duma, Island Institute Fellow, about the agricultural heritage of the Cranberry Isles on Tuesday, July 14, at 2 p.m.; a lecture on aging by Dr. Richard Pierson on Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m.; and a poetry class by Sam King on Thursday, July 16, at 1 p.m.
The Sutton’s schedule is continuing on the three-hour cycle. It leaves Southwest Harbor at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and Manset at 7:20 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. The afternoon cycle is 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. from Southwest Harbor, 1:20 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. from Manset. It leaves Great Cranberry at 7:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 1:40 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., arriving at Islesford just before 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The return cycle leaves Islesford at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., then leaves Great Cranberry at 20 minutes past the hour. It leaves Manset at 20 minutes before the next hour.
Rubey Alley has a birthday on July 11, followed by Aaron already on July 12. The best known Islesford resident, Ashley Bryan, chalks up another birthday on July 13. Allan McCormick adds another on July 17. Happy birthday to all!
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