Welcome back, John Dwelley and Delight. It seems summer has really started now that the handsome wooden launch with comfortable wicker seating and canvas sides to block bad weather—or stay out of the way in good weather—is back on the water.
Cornelia Cesari brought her new book, “Images of America: Baker Island,” to Islesford this past week. She briefly introduced the project, then opened for questions, which led to many aspects of her research. Cornelia got answers to her questions including from descendants who knew about the island in the family tree and were delighted to learn more. The book is available at Islesford’s and Great Cranberry’s Historical Societies, and at Winter’s Work on Islesford.
Tuesday, July 3, Islesford Boatworks begins. Come to the Blue Duck from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The director, Tony Archino, was on Islesford last fall and began this year’s boat at the school. It’s a St. Ayles skiff, a 22-foot racing rowboat that will be used to connect the islands, both figuratively and literally. Last fall, kids from Islesford went over to Great Cranberry for school, and well into autumn they used the St. Ayles skiffs on loan from other schools. (Tony was with them.)
Tony and his son, Hank Archino, came up to Islesford a few weeks ago to get things organized for Boatworks. Sarah and their daughter Sadie were in New York, spending time with family and friends, when some medical issues arose for Sadie. It was discovered she has to be near a larger hospital. (Up here, neither Bar Harbor nor Ellsworth would work; Bangor would, but it is too far away.) Because of this, Tony and Hank left Islesford so the family will be together, and they will return to their home in South Carolina where they live close to a well-equipped hospital. At this point, they won’t be able to come back to Islesford and the boat programs the rest of this year, and the future is uncertain. Many people from both Islesford and Great Cranberry will miss them, and they are held in many hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Along with working with wood to build boats, Islesford Boatworks includes the wood of guitars. Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 p.m., will include the weekly Boards & Chords time to play instruments (more than guitars are welcome) and sing. Skip Stevens and Malcolm Fernald play their guitars; Jeri Spurling adds her flute. The Blue Duck has been re-introduced to music. Those who neither sing nor play instruments are also welcome.
There will be a Celebration of the Life of Gregg Patton, Gail Grandgent’s brother, at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Friday, July 6th, from 2 to 4 p.m. Gail writes: “All are welcome. Gregg lived on Islesford for a decade, the 1980’s, and was manager of the Co-Op. He loved to grill, so we will cook up steak to share, and pot luck finger food would be great. His old record albums will be playing and we can share stories together, and dance. It’s what he wanted: a party for his friends.”
Next Wednesday is July 4th. The 2nd Annual Islesford 4th of July Decorated Bike and Golf Cart Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of Islesford Neighborhood House. Sunshine only, so root for good weather.
Summer is a-comin in—Islesford Cranberry House movie season. Next Monday, July 2, “The Darkest Hour,” the story of Winston Churchill’s early days as prime minister, will play downstairs. Upstairs will include a tour of the world’s magical chocolate factory: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Cynthia Eiseman Lief’s birthday is on the 29th. Nate Philbrook adds another candle to a cake on July 3.
Anniversaries include Jeanne and Cliff Smith on June 28, and Christina Spurling and Andrew Trepenier on June 30.
Cranberry House will hold its Annual Open House on Sunday, July l, from noon to 5 p.m. There are new museum displays on Mickey MacFarlan, Wini Smart and Cranberry House 10th Anniversary.
Gaile Colby and Arvard Savage will be the recipients of the GCI Citizens of the Year award. There will be a kids’ art show and reception. Free ice cream sundaes will be served up by Darlene Sumner. Rodney Wimer and Donna Sonday will be honored for ten years of lawn and gardening service at Cranberry House. Cezar Ferreira has hopeful plans to BBQ on the front lawn. A roving minstrel, George Rossi, will provide guitar musical selections during the day.
At 3 p.m. the Cranberry Isles premiere of “ I Know a Man …Ashley Bryan” will be shown at the Seaside Playhouse, as part of the open house. Ashley and the producer, Richard Kane, will be in attendance to offer commentary and answer questions.
Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid barn sales will begin on Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by and check out the new items.
A 4th of July Parade will take place on Great Cranberry again this year with floats, walkers, etc gathering at the gas pump to begin the journey to the dock. A notice is posted at the Post Office and the Cranberry General Store with more information. See you there. Cranberry House will host 4th of July activities, including a barbecue by famed Chef Cezar Ferreira, and a bounce house, swimming pool and Slip & Slide activities for the kids. The events will begin immediately after the 4th of July Parade.
Weather permitting, there will be a morning walk on Tuesday and Thursday with participants gathering at the Ladies Aid building for some light stretching before leaving. This is a slow paced walk so all are invited to join in and enjoy the exercise, conversation and beautiful scenery.
The Cranberry General Store hours are now 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by for groceries, a sandwich from the Seawich Café’ or enjoy a delicious soft-serve ice cream cone.
Carl Brooks and his sons Frank and Carl returned from a four-day trip to Montreal, Canada, to attend the Canadian Grand Prix. The family enjoyed the race as well as the many sights the city had to offer.
The kids’ art show at Cranberry House will run from July 1to July 7 in the Arts Center.
We are sorry to announce the passing of long-time summer resident the Rev. Dr. Georgiana Rodiger at the age of 87 on June 11 in Pasadena, Calif. Georgie and her family own the house next to the Aid building lovingly know as the “Dollhouse.” Our condolences to the family.
This weeks book choice from the Cranberry Isles Library is “The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack” by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. This is the story of the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack. Sound good? Stop by your library and check it out. Summer hours (July and August) at the library will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July is almost here and with it a new month of birthday and anniversary celebrants. July 1 is the birthday of Karla Rees and Rolf Westphal. Clay Taylor’s birthday is July 6 as it Torey Akers. Bonnie Alpert and Anika Murray share July 7 as their special day. Henry Westphal with celebrate on July 12. Gabriel Westphal and Luke Encarnation have their birthday on July 14 and our own Karin Whitney will have her birthday on July 15. Happy birthday to all. Two anniversaries this week include Dennis Encarnation and Kathy Graven on July 5 and Cressida Silvers and Brian Cabrera on July 10. Happy anniversary to both couples.
Church services at the Cranberry Isles Congregational Church on Sun., June 24 included the baptism of Liam Stubbs. Liam is the son of Branden and Meghan Stubbs. All the best to this beautiful family as they begin life’s many adventures.
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as an opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshal (1902-1949), Scot-American pastor
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 Eileen Richards at [email protected]