New moon brings endings, new beginnings



The month of September starts with a new moon eclipse that brings us endings that lead to new beginnings. The gals volunteering for the Island Ecology Project held their last farm stand on the island this past weekend. They are putting their many gardens across the island to rest and buttoning things up to prepare for fall harvest and next year’s growing season. While the gardens may be starting to die back, the island here on Great Cranberry is flourishing more and more with each sunset and moonrise.

The Longfellow school had a magical moment this past week. Sept. 1 was the first time it had opened its school doors in 17 years. The sun was shining brightly in the sky as clouds danced over community members who came to welcome our 11 school children back to school and to a new location. Ashley Brian was there to give an exuberant welcome, reciting an inspirational and motivational poem by Langston Hughes. The community wrote a list of things they hope our island kids learn this year, from supporting one another, to generosity and gratitude, to self reflection, new perspectives and much more.

Teachers Audrey Nother and Lauren Gray each welcomed every individual student while we all cheered and encouraged them in their new educational ventures. Audrey asked the community who had gone to school at some point in the old Longfellow school, and hands went up all over from community members of various ages. It was a touching sight to see Great Cranberry and Islesford together growing as a community that will continue to make strides forward.

September marks 40 years of service for Joy Sprague as a federal employee. The Postal Service has sent Joy a plaque in honor of the occasion. Congratulations, Joy, and happy anniversary!

Joy also has a wide variety of great stamps. Stop in, contact her by mail, or c’mon up to Islesford to get some.

Hope all had a happy Labor Day break and weren’t swamped in traffic backups.

This week, Henry Isaacs and Ashley Bryan are teaching their last September painting classes on Islesford. Many people have enjoyed time here on the island, and rain or not, there’s been a lot for them to learn and try for the first time. Many thanks to Henry and Ashley and the staff who keep them fed. More next week about who did what and especially Mother Nature’s contribution.

This next week, the Cranberry House will host some artistic events. The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation will present a “Meet the Artists” program at the Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. The incredibly talented and lively young artist Willoughby Hastings will present an art exhibit of work she has created while living out on Great Cranberry for the past five months after having moved from her home in Alabama. Her exhibit is titled “More Than a Rock” and will be held at the Arts Center between Saturday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A reception will be held Monday, Sept. 12, from 5-7 p.m.

Susan Valdina posted an announcement by Richard Kane, producer-director at Kane-Lewis Productions. Kane wrote: “Delighted to screen the world premiere of our film “Ashley Bryan’s World” at the Camden International Film Festival as part of Dirigo Docs on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockport Opera House. Hope you’ll make it.” See the trailer at: vimeo.com/181221163.

Chris Hathaway posted: “We are planning for next summer at the Islesford Neighborhood House a production of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” We are thinking of at least three performance dates in late July to early August. I want to start rehearsal in June.

There are six roles, all speaking, that need to be cast: Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolitions expert; Betty Meeks, a middle-aged innkeeper in southern Georgia; Catherine Simms, a young heiress; Ellard Simms, her slow-witted brother; Rev. David Marshall Lee, Catherine’s fiancé; and Owen Musser, a redneck and bigoted property inspector.

People who might be interested please let me know so I can begin to get a cast together by winter and have scripts ordered so that people can get to know the play well in advance.

Happy belated birthday to Karlena Sanborn on Sept 4, Donna Erickson on Sept. 6 and Ellen Savage on Sept. 7. Happy birthday to Nour Wells on Sept. 10, Scott Bracy and his twin, Christina Bracy Farnsworth, on Sept. 12, Briggs Gray on Sept. 14, Kitty Pierson on Sept. 15, Lorraine Bracy on Sept. 16, Buzzy Day and Leslie Horvath on Sept. 17, Elizabeth Grace Weed on Sept. 20, Paul Rancourt on Sept. 21, Acadia Gribble and Kevin Rancourt on Sept. 22, Wyatt James Westphal, Ethan McKelvin and Barbara Ware on Sept. 23, Fred Quackenbush, Rob Benson and Dick Pierson on Sept. 25, Charlie Day on Sept. 26, Hale Murch and Sonja Colby on Sept. 28, and Lisa Hall on Sept. 30. Happy birthday, everyone!

Some sweet September wedding anniversaries are Stephanie Austin and Robin Fernald on Sept. 10, Emily and Robert Howell on Sept. 13, Dick and Kitty Pierson on Sept. 14, Giddy and Steve Akers on Sept. 17, Nancy Savage and Jay Soukup on Sept. 22, and Audrey Nother and Peter Eldredge on Sept. 27.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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