Quilters passing on tradition



To ease the winter doldrums, Beverly Sanborn has been engaging the school children in a traditional island winter craft. Working with art teacher Mary Lyman, Sanborn is sharing her knowledge of quilting, a craft that in the past kept many island women busy throughout the colder months. Beverly has been making quilts for 40 or 50 years. Her grandmother quilted, but Beverly really got her practice when she joined the Ladies Aid. Members frequently made quilts to raise money at the Ladies Aid church sales, but the tradition is slowly dying out. Many of the old quilts have now found a home in the island museums, but maybe the kids can bring the old craft back to life. Each student has designed their own project and hope to finish in about four classes with Beverly. Ask to see what they’ve been working on!

It’s wonderful that Ashley Bryan is back on the island. He spends time with the small children at the library on Thursdays. This week, he read “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch,” by Eileen Spinelli. They made Valentine cards and cookie balls. A good time was had by all! Kaitlyn Duggan and Bode were there, along with Elliott Damon Hadlock and Marina Pickering. Next week is Washington’s birthday celebration!

Lily Isabella Tomonari Field was born at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco on Jan. 17 to Ryan and Sara Field. She was 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches. Lily is already looking forward to her first lobster roll! She’s sleeping pretty well at four weeks, so Ryan and Sara are getting some rest. Welcome, Lily, and congratulations, Ryan and Sara!

River Daniel Gray joined Erin and Aaron Gray and his four siblings at 7:48 a.m. on Feb. 17, 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches. He was born at home, and we are all so excited to get to know this little guy! Welcome, River! Congratulations, Erin and Aaron!

The birds are changing their tunes as we move towards spring. Traveling between the islands becomes easier as the winds relent their gusts. It is time for pruning apple trees and planning gardens. Still islanders aren’t fooled. Winter never truly loosens its grip till about June.

The islands are mourning the recent loss of the one and only bicycle-riding, pipe-smoking senior, Micky Macfarland. Truly an island icon, Micky is remembered fondly by many for his gentle demeanor, childlike curiosity, intelligence and generosity. Micky passed Feb. 17 in his home on Great Cranberry.

Also lost to the community, on Feb. 12, was Shawn King, son of the late Rhonda Colby King and Douglas Eugene King. Shawn leaves behind his two beautiful children, whom many have met playing on Dog Point Road visiting their grandmother Gaile Colby, Arvard Savage and Aunt Eileen. Shawn loved lobstering around the shores of these islands, and his memory will be warmly guarded in the community’s heart.

The Seaside Playhouse hosted a Longfellow School movie presentation of “Wonder” on Friday afternoon, before the weeklong vacation recess. Karin Whitney provided an extensive array of refreshments.

Darlene Sumner will host a Bible study program at Cranberry House Arts Center, including a series of Easter-related religious videos. The series begins on Thursday, Feb. 22, and continues each Thursday through March 29, at 6 p.m. The public is most welcome to attend.

Saturday will be another open mic/coffee house on Islesford. Kaitlyn Duggan has 6:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs at the Neighborhood House. The first one was full of good music, readings and excellent food, and a good time for all. “Bring a song, a poem, or a snack to share.” Combinations of the three items are welcome!

Birthdays: Patrick Mocarsky chalks up another year on Feb. 23. Jasmine Samuel cuts cake on Feb. 25. Don’t forget our famous U.S. history character, George Washington, on Feb. 22!

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
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