This summer’s Islesford Boatworks party was Sunday afternoon. The boat is now named Phoenix and will be finished next summer. She is a more complex project than in previous years, thus needing a second summer’s work. The boats made over the Boatwork’s 10 years were available for people to row or sail. Several pirates were present to celebrate. Tony Archino, the head of Boatworks, had a successful season there. This year, he said that he taught the kids to build a wooden sail boat with a secondary propulsion system. The unique design employed a paddle operated by a foot peddle. The boat was named Sea Salad. He is looking forward to next year and even convinced my daughter to try it out. Many kids on the island participate. Tony said there is something for all skill levels youth, teens and even adults. Boatworks has been growing for the past 9 years. Though Tony left Sunday for a new home and job in South Carolina, he is looking forward to next season.
Dennis Lee Fernald passed away Thursday, Aug. 6. Though he had moved to Tennessee, he loved Islesford as home to himself and his parents, Winferd and Reta Reed Fernald, more than anywhere else. The place itself and the people he knew here from childhood or summer visits as an adult were important to him. His true loves were flying and boating. Dennis served in the U.S. Navy and was promoted to lieutenant in 1969. His interment will be on Islesford in July of 2016.
The Islesford reading night was Thursday. Skip Stevens (one of Mary Oliver’s Dog Poems and several of his own); Ellie Miller (“Ladle Rat Rotten Hut,” a lesson in the importance of speaking clearly); Alden Hathaway (a chapter from “Spring Creek Carnival”); Grace Dolan (two of her own poems); Kathleen Lake (poetry in a Japanese format); Emily Axelrod (some of her own poems); Susan Valdina (excerpt from “A Long Way from Chicago,” set in 1930); Barbara Hathaway (“The Cremation of Sam McGee,” poem by Robert William Service); Starr Bright (poems by Kevin Gilchrist); Joy Sprague (10 things about Mae West); Jack Merrill (“White Gull” and “My Friend” in the style of “My People,” a Langston Hughes poem Ashley Bryan often has an audience say); and Ashley Bryan participated. Ashley dedicated his readings to Dennis Fernald, who had been one of his friends for many years. Sarah Corson was the master of ceremonies and helped with the refreshments; Cheryl Sholl provided flowers by the reading stand. Erica Merrill was the organizer. Cindy Thomas brought information about a dozen books for the library, and most were adopted that evening. The rest were adopted shortly after.
Jessie Campbell, who works in the inter-island school program for the Island Institute, came out to the Cranberry Isles for a Cake Walk fundraiser and to provide information about the Outer Islands’ Teaching and Learning Collaboration, “TLC.” Events included cake walks, during which participants go around in circles and stop when the music stops. A number is drawn, and the participant on that spot wins the baked prize with the same number. There also were T-shirts and other baked goods for sale.
The Buoy Auction to support the Islesford Library will be on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. Some very creative pieces have been turned in. It’s fascinating to see how differently people envision things on a buoy.
Here are some upcoming events at the Cranberry House. Pete Buchsbaum will host another popular Nature Trail Walk on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. Dr. Richard Pierson will present a lecture on aging at Cranberry House Arts Center the same day at 4 p.m. Pete will present a slide show on the Buchsbaum Family’s recent travels to China and Southeast Asia on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Cranberry House Arts Center. Pierson will present a second lecture on diabetes at Cranberry House Arts Center on Monday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.
Cranberry Isles Realty Trust will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Cranberry House Arts Center. The public is encouraged to attend.
The library is hosting a waffle and pancake breakfast Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8:30-10 a.m. It will be held at the Ladies Building. Coffee and juice also will be served. This is a great opportunity to meet up with other book lovers and support the library. A suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child would be appreciated.
This week’s movie at the Islesford Neighborhood House will be “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Come to Neighborhood House at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be available.
Birthdays this week: Joe Flores on Aug. 15; Jim Amuso and Serena Spurling have cake on Aug. 15; and Serena’s daughter, Hanni Brumaghim, adds another on Aug. 20. Happy birthday to all!
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, reach Jennifer Walls at [email protected]