Islanders come together

The Great Cranberry Isles Congregational Church hosted a joint Palm Sunday worship service with Swans Island, Frenchboro and Islesford parishioners on Sunday, March 29. The Sea Coast Mission vessel Sunbeam transported folks from Swans Island on a beautiful, calm day to Cranberry, while the Islesford contingent arrived by special boat. Rev. Scott Planting, mission director, also joined the group and supported the service conducted by Pastor Tom Powell. Amy and Adele Palmer, and Cari Alley came, accompanied by Brenna, Rubye and Wyatt. Ann Fernald and Skip Stevens and Sally went from Islesford. Thanks to Dan and Linda Lunt for running the boats.

After church, lunch was prepared and served at the Ladies Aid by Barbara Meyers, Sunbeam chef, assisted by Sarah McCracken.

Approximately 40 persons attended. Everyone had a good time, including new church parishioner Lewis Marshall Powell, who relaxed quietly through all the activities.

Kaitlyn Duggan has some pottery in a show and wrote “I had fun taking a peek at the MECA Alumni Show yesterday with Marian Baker at ArtProv in Providence, R.I. The show looks great! I am honored to have had a piece chosen for it.”

Meg Stevens was in the MDI High School’s Show Choir. The State competition was held in Millinocket this past Saturday. MDI performed “The Machine.” Abe Philbrook was there to cheer on friends. Skip and Sally were there for the afternoon performance, but were not able to stay until the final performance.

Steve Philbrook went out to visit Abe at his college in California. Micah Welch is in Abe’s class, and Geoffrey Ravenhill lives nearby. The three of them go to church together. Sam Hyler was there as well, and they spent a lot of time enjoying southern California’s surf, maybe dreaming some about surfing here in the Cranberry Isles this coming summer. Steve, Amy, Isaac and Nate will be on Islesford to celebrate Isaac’s birthday this coming weekend.

Town Field is pretty damp at the moment, but much of the snow is gone. There are plenty of other places that still are more than generously supplied with snow, and it’s slushy enough that snowmen and other things can be packed together fairly easily.

In Cranberry House news, The Seaside Playhouse will reopen for the season on Saturday, April 4. Current plans call for showing movies on Tuesday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. through mid-June.

Barring any snow storms, gale force winds or the creek risin’, Kelly Thurlow of Kel’s Kutz will be at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Wednesday, April 8, from 12-3:30 p.m. for any folks who are in need of a spring trim. Let Eileen Richards know if you would like a perm, as Kelly will have to bring the items from home. See you there.

Let’s start this week’s celebrations with anniversary wish for Fred and Buzzy Day on April 4. Congratulations. Isaac Philbrook was born on April 4. Happy birthday to Lena Wallace and Ryan James Hawes on April 7. Kyle Krasnow celebrates her birthday on April 9, followed by Judy Ravenhill on April 10. Happy birthday to Hayden Dale Russell on April 11. Ann Watson celebrates her birthday on April 15 along with Martha Bunker. On April 18, we have five birthdays, beginning with Gaile Colby celebrating 80 years. Mary Wallace, Elizabeth Harlan and twins John and James Murch also share the same day, and I am sure celebration will be on the agenda for all.

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, reach Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]


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