Great Cranberry’s Longfellow school had its opening Saturday, Aug. 13. It was a wonderful success and displayed the newly renovated school building and the beautiful work islanders put in. When you walk in and see bright yellow walls and big windows with light shining through, you notice the work the school teachers, Lauren and Audree, have done creating spacious, comfy classrooms that will be sure to inspire creative thought and critical thinking for our island youngsters. Jessi Duma displayed the school board’s plans for the landscape design, and thus far, with the hard work of volunteers Barbara Meyers, Janice Murch, Page Hill and myself, the garden has come to life with green grass growing tall and dahlias in bright bloom.
This past Friday on GCI, new life came to the island. Janice Murch brought four lambs to her property. She has three elder Shelton sheep and has now added four more of these historical island sheep to the gang. Also this past Friday, the Vacation Bible School held a super slippery fun summer gathering for the kids with a water slide to play on. In other church news, the GCI Congregational Church will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Aug. 21, immediately after the regular morning church service.
Sunday, Aug. 18, was Polly Bunker Day, a celebration of the vibrant life of island native Polly Bunker. The day started with a small luncheon of delicious foods and beverages, and Gale, the daughter of Wini Smart, gave a brief history of Polly’s life. She married her husband, Tud, in 1952, the same year she lost her brother and father in the Korean War. Polly worked for 25 years at the Asticou, eventually to open what was known as the Cranberry Cove Restaurant. She has run the gift shop Whale’s Rib for 46 years, always pleasantly greeting any visitor who passes through. The rest of the event followed, with a slide show of memorable photos, an inspirational and moving poem by Sam King and a lovely fashion show of what’s offered at the Whale’s Rib. The whole while, Polly sat in the back glowing bright as usual with her gifted tiara from Gary Allen.
The Polly Day event would not have been possible without the hard work of the events committee chair, Jessi Duma, and the help of Karin and Phil Whitney, Don Wells, Tom Watson, Jim Bradley, Mary Corley, Cezar Ferreira, Anne Grulich, Robb Hicks, Sam King, Alice Murphy, Molly Singerling, Pablo O’Campo, Helen Bertles, Elaine Buchsbaum, Jan Moss, Janice Murch, Barbara Stainton, Lu St. Germain, Sharon Wadsworth, Fred and Buzzy Day, Blair Colby, Gail Perry, Morrie and Johnna Newell, Charlotte Harlan and many more.
Marian Baker reported that the Blackbird/Raven/Crow exhibition and auction was a wonderful success. The silent auction and raffle tickets for Ashley Bryan’s plate raised close to $7,350 for the Ashley Bryan Center and the new Storyteller Pavilion. Thanks to those who contributed and to those who bought. Special thanks to Marian for putting energy into organizing it.
Wits and Nitwits was on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Chris Hathaway was the master of ceremonies. More details next week.
LCYC-Community Sailing and Education Foundation race results:
The Islesford Open and the Shirey Junior Skipper Race were held back-to-back on Thursday, Aug. 11, just outside of Islesford’s Hadlock Cove. In the Islesford Open, Nick Newlin and crew Pearl Tolliver-Shaw sailed Twinkle to first place; Joel Collier with his wife, Ann, and children Claire and Matthew were second in Bird of Dawning. Anjigami, a Great Cranberry Bullseye with David Encarnation, Katherine Graven, Carolyn and Robbie Ward, came in third; Desi Sinnott and Skye Howard were fourth in Kotick. Then the junior members took over the helm for the Shirey Junior Skipper Race. The race results of the Bullseyes were in the same order, but the skippers were Pearl Tolliver-Shaw, Claire Collier, Carolyn Ward and Desi Sinnott. Congratulations to all the sailors.
Upcoming events at the Cranberry House Arts Center include Charlotte Harlan hosting her annual kids crafts class on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to noon; Junior Bracy hosting a re-showing of “Underwater Slides Around Cranberry Isles” on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.; a Cranberry House volunteer appreciation day on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. (All volunteers who have helped out in any way at Cranberry House this past year are invited to attend.); and Former U.S. Ambassador Charles Dunbar’s presentation of a Middle East-related lecture on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
Coming up Friday, Aug. 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Southwest Harbor, sopranos Michele Kruske and Ketti Muschler and pianist Christina Spurling will present an evening of songs inspired by the sea. Included will be art songs, opera arias and cabaret songs from around the Atlantic. Join them on their voyage to Britain, France, Spain and the Americas in every kind of weather. All proceeds benefit the West Side Food Pantry. Suggested donation is $10.
Movies: Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” will interrupt the sleep of downstairs viewers; upstairs will be “Brave.” (PG)
Happy birthday to Paul Brumaghim on Aug. 20 and Sheila Krasnow on Aug. 21. Sheila and Iann Krasnow were married on Aug. 21 as well.