This week on GCI, Darlene Sumner hosted the first Monday Music Night at the Cranberry House, and in lieu of studying with a music teacher, students learned guitar by following along with an instructor projected on the big screen. Hallie and Kariah played acoustic, Sampson and Cooper opted for electric, and Ben Sumner showed up to listen and learn. Baby Audrey came along as well to gurgle coo sounds of support, sitting content on her mother’s hip while Darlene flitted around the room like a bird making sure that everyone’s fingers were on the correct strings. Although tuning the guitars took longer than expected, the night went smoothly, and everyone had a blast.
The Cranberry House also hosted an aerobics class Tuesday organized by Jessi Duma. In the same format as music lessons, participants watched a Jane Fonda video, working out their cores with some high kicks, crunches and a lot of laughter.
Although we can bring aerobics and guitar lessons to the island, public high school classes cannot be projected at the Cranberry House, and most island kids are sent off to attend classes on MDI. The transition can be trying at times, and once a year, to make this transition easier, middle schoolers are sent on an off-island retreat to have a bit of fun and prepare themselves for the coming change. This year, Hallie, Cooper, and Amber attended from Great Cranberry. They stayed at a hotel in Bar Harbor for two nights, went rock climbing, visited the Abbe Museum, and “FaceTimed” with a student at Mount Desert Island High School who couldn’t drive due to Saturday’s weather. The kids were enthusiastic about the retreat and intrigued by high school trips to Hawaii and scuba diving with Diver Ed.
Islanders gathered at Ann Fernald’s on Thursday for a buffet birthday supper. Her children Paul, Karen (and Hugh Smallwood), and Kelly (and Al Reid) were present; Malcolm (and Mary Schuch) represented the next generation. Neighbors included Jim and Sallye Parrish; Ted Spurling; Ashley Bryan; Miklos Pogany and Clair; Soos and Steve Krasnow; Cindy and Dave Thomas; Jim Fortune; Serena Spurling, Paul Brumaghim, and Rick Alley; Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens. Michael and Karen Rayne came up from Maryland.
If any of you island folk on Great Cranberry see a skier flying through the dooryard, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the boys keeping themselves amused with the fresh powdah. When you can’t get to Sugarloaf, bumper skiing is the next best and most economical thing as long as gas prices stay down. Skiers promise to be extra careful not to hit your car or yard fowl. Safety comes first of course!
Jeri Spurling is in the Dominican Republic at the school/church building project and will be back this week. Ted goes down soon with the medical team.
Let’s back up the calendar to extend some birthday wishes. Jan. 10 was the arrival day for Robin and Fritz Fernald. Cathy Sinnott had cake on Jan. 11. Samantha Krasnow’s birthday was on Jan 12. Wanda Porter shares Jan. 12. Helen Dudman celebrates on Jan 13. Zinnia Pearl Gray joined her family on Jan. 13, missing her great-grandmother Ann Fernald’s birthday by a couple of hours: Ann’s party was Jan. 14. Kate O’Donovan blew out candles on Jan. 18. Melanie Sanborn celebrated on Jan. 19. Cheers, Sam, on Jan. 21. Happy birthday to Ian Westphal on Jan. 22. Johnny Palmer adds another candle on Jan. 23. Kaitlyn Duggan and John Moran share Jan. 26, and Sheila Krasnow takes a birthday bow on Jan 27.
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, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.