Poetry, pot lucks and summer fun

The annual Islesford Literary Evening is coming up at the end of this month. Thursday, July 26, is the day. Come support the Islesford Library. Cindy Thomas will have an Adopt-a-Book list. Give your choice of books in honor or memory of a person or an occasion. Erica Merrill, involved since Sarah Corson began Literary Evening in 1979, is now the principal organizer; Sarah has been the emcee many times; Rick Benjamin has filled in for Sarah some of the last few years. Many thanks to Sarah, Erica, and Cindy for all their work.

Safety is one of the most important parts of time on the island. Please remember to walk on the docks. Don’t run or bicycle on the dock. Push bicycles to and from the ferry docks, don’t ride them, and don’t leave bicycles along the side of the docks or in groups at either end.

Golf cart safety is not always an age issue, but remind your guests and renters that a driver must have a legal driver’s license to operate them. Those with a learner’s permit may drive a golf cart as long as they are accompanied by a licensed driver. Licensed drivers and accompanied permit holders are the only drivers covered by insurance for motor vehicle or golf cart.

Control dogs such that they are close to those walking them. Dogs can be wonderfully friendly, but not everyone wants to be greeted up close by even the sweetest puppy or friendliest subtle older dog.

There will be an Islesford Boatworks silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 4. Donations of auction items should be made before Aug. 2. If you can’t make it for the auction but would like to support Boatworks financially, donations would be welcome.

Next Monday, July 16, will include the movies “Apollo 13” downstairs and “Madagascar” upstairs. In this PG movie, “Unaware of what’s outside the zoo, four animals escape, unwittingly assisted by four mixed-up penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.”

Happy Birthday to Aaron Gray on July 12. Ashley Bryan’s birthday is July 13. Allan McCormick blows out candles on the 17th. Happy day to Christina Blank and John Dwelley on the 18th.

The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will celebrate “PI Approximation Day” on July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. This is a potluck dinner with sweet and savory pies so bring a dish or two to share. Come enjoy a night out with your friends and neighbors where the only thing on the agenda is good conversation and eating lots of pie. A reminder that this is a free event. We hope to see you at the Aid!

Events at Cranberry House Art Center include: Sam King will host a poetry class at the Arts Center on Thursday, July 12, at 1 p.m. Bill Patterson’s photo exhibit runs daily 10 to 4 through Saturday, July 14,

Darlene Sumner will host Beano Night on Friday, July 13, at 5 p.m. in the Arts Center. Cornelia Cesari of Baker Island will present a talk regarding her new calendar book on the history of Baker Island at the Arts Center on Saturday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m. The Heliker LaHotan will present its initial program in the “Meet the Artists” series on Sunday, July 15, at 4 p.m. in the Arts Center. Laurie Dobson will present a garden talk on Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. in the Arts Center.

Fourth of July on Cranberry was an epic holiday with a parade and wonderful events at Cranberry House topped off with spectacular fireworks lighting up Spurling Cove. A launching party was held at Newman & Gray Boatyard for the vessel Moonshot owned by Jim Garnett and family. The backdrop of an American flag filling the open doors of the boathouse added to the holiday atmosphere. Even the heat of the day could not dampen the spirits or appetites of those attending as they enjoyed the delicious BBQ by Alleyway, Cory Alley and family. Thank you to Jim and to all who worked to make the holiday special for everyone.

Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Fred and Alison Hawes on July 26 and to Barb and Bruce Fernald on July 28. All the best wish for many more years together. Happy birthday to Earl Brechlin on July 25 and on July 26 we congratulate Jacob Vance, Barbara Stainton and Steve White on another year well done. July 27 is the birthday of Dennis Encarnation, Happy birthday Sir. Many returns of the day to you all.

“I remember myself, age five, sitting on a porch overlooking a very muddy road. The day was rainy. I was wearing rubber boots, yellow – no, not yellow, green – and for all I know, I’m still there.” Joseph Brodsky. Russian and American poet (1940-1996).


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]


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