Standing around a small outdoor fire at the Longfellow School this week, islanders were reminded of the gifts of small outer island life. The students read poems they wrote along with others solicited from the community and assigned awards to many of the submissions. The best rhymes were assigned to Carmen Walls. Jessi Sanborn and Wyatt Alley tied for the scariest poems. The best haiku was written by Samson Gaither. Eileen Richards‘ poem was nominated most inspirational. Kariah Sumner and Melanie Sanborn wrote the best island poems. Finally, April Mocarsky was nominated for both the saddest poem and judges’ favorite. After reading her poems, April was handed a glow-in-the-dark chalice and model car, both 3D-printed by her classmates as an award for the favorite poem. After the readings, everyone gathered around the fire to roast marshmallows, eat s’mores and enjoy each other’s company.
“Snow had fallen, snow on snow” … and kept going like the Energizer battery bunny. It started Wednesday night (March 21, first day of spring), with lighter flakes than what fell in the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday and made the interstates a mess of slush. Thursday noon, the wind was still blowing hard, with the already-fallen snow dancing around with the incoming while Snowman Winter thumbed his carrot at us. Both the mail boat and commuter cancelled on Thursday. The weekend was breezy and had everything from blue sky to spats of rain and snowflakes.
In memory of Islesford artist and craftsperson Rosamond Lane Lord, the RLL Fund was started by Ashley Bryan to honor her wish to encourage the island schoolchildren in art and crafts. This winter’s artist-in-residence, master quilter Beverly Sanborn (assisted by art teacher Mary Lyman), helped each student at the Longfellow School make a unique quilted piece. This spring, the island librarians will purchase several recently published picture books as part of the RLL Fund collection. The First Day of School photo book for 2017-2018 by Sarah Lord Corson is available for your perusal in each of the island libraries. Thank you for all of this, Ashley Bryan!
Cindy Thomas posted some books now at the Islesford Library. Nora Roberts’ “Year One,” Mary Higgins Clark’s “Every Breath You Take” and John Grisham’s “The Rooster Bar” have moved in. Others include Ellen Herrick’s “The Forbidden Garden,” Sarah Addison Allen’s “Garden Spells” and Elizabeth Berg’s “The Story of Arthur Truluv.”
Denise McCormick, town clerk, posted online that the town of Cranberry Isles has been selected for a $1.3 million USDA grant for the broadband connection project. “Thanks to Malcolm Fernald and everyone else who worked so hard on this for all of us.”
Palm Sunday service hosted by Pastor Tom Powell was held in the church March 25. Afterwards, a delicious potluck luncheon was provided at Cranberry House. Lamb pie by Helen Bertles, Scottish eggs by Karin Whitney, scalloped potatoes by Bob Hudson and homemade bread and a variety of sweets by Becca Powell were served.
Passover begins March 31. Easter is April 1. Happy celebrations of each.
An Easter Sunday service will take place at the church on April l at 10:30 a.m., followed by another potluck luncheon at Cranberry House at noon. Everyone is invited to attend.
Kiss the first quarter of 2016 good-bye! It ends with the second full moon of the month, also the fourth full moon of the quarter, making it a “blue moon.” Those who say “Rabbit, rabbit” first thing each month might make the Easter bunny vain, thinking he’s being recognized. Here’s hoping his Easter eggs and chocolate aren’t buried in snow, or if the snow disappears, mud!
Snow persuaded Kaitlyn Duggan to postpone open mic until the end of April. That leaves four weeks to learn new songs, memorize or write poetry or prose, practice old and learn new recipes for the yum table, and get ready for a good time on April 28.
Working to support the year-round community, CIRT’s fundraising campaign committee will begin meeting this week on Islesford. Their goal is to raise $100,000 for either purchasing land and housing on Islesford and Great Cranberry or helping islanders to purchase their own homes.
At the Cranberry House this week, there will be a program on local Civil War history presented by the Maine State Archivist on Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Longfellow School. The public is encouraged to attend.
It’s officially spring at the Seaside Playhouse, and movies will now be shown Tuesday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Soda, popcorn, candy and occasionally special treats will be available for purchase to enhance the cinematic experience.
After a long history of meetings taking place in the fall, the annual meeting of the Islesford Congregational Society will now be held in the first quarter of the year, shortly after receipt of financial accounting. Joy Sprague, Sally Rowan, Amy Palmer and Becca Powell remain president, vice president, treasure and secretary. Trustees are Karen Smallwood, David Thomas and Skip Stevens. Tom Powell was the official chairman of the meeting, though twins Brigid and Padraig Powell also got attention.
Happy birthday to Kelly Fernald on March 31, a birthday shared with Wyatt Alley. Bye-bye March, and start April with birthday greetings to Eva Galyean on April 1, Bill McGuiness and Ian van Dusen on April 2 and Isaac Philbrook on April 4. Anne Watson will celebrate on April 15, and Martha Bunker on April 16. Gaile Colby, Mary Wallace, and John and James Murch will have birthdays on April 18, Samson Gaither on April 19 and Barbara Meyers on April 23.