Ladies Aid Fair set

The 117th Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Fair will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Activities include a bake sale, white elephant tables, raffles, clothing, home-made crafts, fresh lemonade, field games, garden table, face-painting, kids crafts and folk art. Tickets are $5. There will be a BBQ luncheon, ice cream, popcorn and more. It will be fun for all ages.

The Islesford Boatworks fundraising auction will be this Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. Mark your calendar now! It will be at the Blue Duck and the Islesford Dock. The theme is “Boats or Other Nautical” in the form of art, painting, print, writing, artifact, book, poem, toy, etc. If you have questions, call Marian Baker at 207-244-9108.

If you can’t make it for the auction but would like to support Boatworks financially, donations would be welcome. Many thanks!

The 40th Literary Evening on Islesford was last Thursday. The Rockbound Grange became the Islesford Neighborhood House in 1976. Sarah Corson organized the Literary Evening to honor Harry Spurling who painted, and also learned and recited poetry. Corson teamed with Erica Merrill, who got those ideas on the island calendar. The two of them have been involved ever since.

Cheryl Sholl organized the reception, which included a celebratory cake from Starr Cummin Bright. Readers included Ashley Bryan, who started the evening with a poem he had written, “Rain Coming.” Other readers were Skip Stevens, Emily Axelrod, Jack Merrill, Alexandra Zukerman, Joy Sprague, Stephan Henry, Starr Cummin Bright, Kathy Lake, Rachel Speakman and Jay Speakman.

Ashley ended the evening with Langston Hughes’ “My People,” which is one of his regular poems to recite to groups. Cindy Thomas had books for the library and welcomed sponsors to give in honor/celebration/memory of others. It was one of the best attended things so far, with all the folding chairs from the back added to the regular chairs.

A small sample includes Jeri and Ted Spurling, Jack and Ellie Miller, Alden and Barbara Hathaway, Dick Atlee, and Peyton Eggleston.

Sharon Leckbee Daley of the Maine Seacoast Mission, says, “This is a thank you and recognition to Cindy Thomas and Sara Vosloo, who are the health aides for the Mission on Islesford. They do a lot for us and the island. If you don’t know about telemedicine ask them! So thanks to two women who are giving a lot to their community.”

Coming soon to Islesford Neighborhood House! This Friday, to be exact. Open Mic Night begins at 7 p.m. Sign up at INH with the evening’s organizer, Kaitlyn Duggan.

Coming soon, to a town center near you: Wednesday, Aug. 8, Islesford Neighborhood House will host an exhibit called “Painting Islands—Traveling Photo Exhibit.”

Sponsored by the Sunbeam V, the Maine Seacoast Mission, and Howie Motenko, it “includes fine art photographs from the 15 participating outer island communities, including Islesford.” The exhibit will be here from 9 a.m. until later in the day, at a time to be determined.

Aug. 6th’s movies will be (downstairs) Henry V, which wasn’t available for last week, and (upstairs) Kung Fu Panda 2.

Next Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., will be the Boatworks Boat Launch Celebration. It will be at the Blue Duck.

Sharon Morrell is a new summer helper at the Cranberry Island Library. She will be on hand to assist you on Mondays through the summer. Stop by and say hello!

Karina Yan Glaser held a writing workshop at the Cranberry Island Library on Tuesday, July 17. Her book, “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street” is available at the library. The book was noted as one of The New York Times’  Notable Children’s Books of 2017.

There’s a busy schedule of events at the Arts Center on Great Cranberry: a folk music concert by Pixie Lauer and friends Friday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and a wine-tasting event with Ned Swain on Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m. The following week, there’s a Meet the Artists with the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., a mini film festival with Willoughby Hastings Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. and a jewelry-making class with Laurie Wadsworth Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., also at the Arts Center.

Happy birthday to Elana Rome on Aug. 15 and to Connie Savage and Meg Johnston on Aug. 18. Birthday greetings go out to Gail Perry, Hannah Singerling and Sue Hand on Aug. 19 with Alexander Donald celebrating on Aug. 20. May this birthday turn out to be as amazing as you are.

Happy anniversary wishes for Rob and Lu St. Germain on Aug. 14 and to Judas and Jess Rome on Aug. 15. Sarah and Travis Smith celebrate their anniversary on Aug. 16 with Bill Bancroft and Alice Murphy celebrating on Aug. 18. May you have many more chapters to your love stories.

“I’ve probably wasted a solid year of my life just staring into the fridge.”-Bill Murray American author, comedian and writer.

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]. For Great Cranberry, email Eileen Richards at [email protected]

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