Spring brings blossoms



Everything is greening up, daffodils and hyacinths making themselves known along the edges of the woods and under apple trees. The islands are shifting from a wintery inwardness into an outward spring bloom as we start to see what’s been developing underground and in the creative minds of people who live here.

One GCI resident in particular, Wendy Rackliff, has been working on a number of creative endeavors this winter that may soon be on display in a greenhouse shop at Coastal Creek. She’s been an artist and artisan all her life, painting and making whimsical bits of clothing and decoration to brighten living spaces. Nothing in her life is too commonplace; instead everything has a certain uniqueness and imaginative element to it. Most recently, she’s been perfecting the fine art of soap making, carefully mixing specialty oils and herbal extracts, resulting in a variety of colorful and fragrant products that many islanders already have had the chance to try. Keep your eyes on Coastal Creek to see what blossoms in the coming weeks.

Cindy Thomas hosted a busy children’s morning at the Islesford Library on Thursday. David Thomas noted “the cake is crumbly (not crummy)” and invited those who went to the library to congratulate Cindy on their 36th wedding anniversary. Ashley Bryan read Lois Ehlers’s “Feathers for Lunch” while the kids made cardinals. There was a crowd of kids, some not in school yet, and some being homeschooled because of travel, which would interrupt a regular school schedule.

The trustees of the historical society have voted to collaborate with Friends of Island History in efforts to create a regional system to share archives, making collections more widely accessible. Anne Grulich, Jessi Duma and Willoughby Lucas Hastings have been working on new displays for the museum on Cranberry Isles. The museum will open Memorial Day weekend, and visitors are encouraged to check out Willoughby’s remarkable wall panels displaying Anne’s research on the Richardson family’s voyages under sail during the 1870s-1880s from Great Cranberry Island.

The spring track-and-field season has begun. Melissa Amuso is coaching the Cranberry Isles team again. They went to Brewer on Saturday, with a total of 503 athletes. Patrick Mocarsky ran a 6 minute, 36 second mile; Xander Amuso had a shot put throw of 20 feet, 5 inches (personal best at a meet); Bea Amuso also had her personal best at a meet, 53 feet, 11 inches in discus. Xander threw the disc 50 feet, 11 inches, another personal best at a meet.

A meet was scheduled for May 10 in Bucksport (details next week); another is coming up in Brewer on May 18, and May 22 is the Almquist Invitational meet “States.”

Congratulations to Cooper Sumner and Carmen Walls for participating in their first track meet of the season in Brewer last Thursday with the MDI field-and-track team. Also notable this week is the dedication of the others on the team, who have been practicing diligently. Samson Gaither, Kariah Sumner, and Melanie and Jessica Sanborn have been running right through the rain.

Jeri Spurling is in California visiting her parents. “We visited the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium just minutes away from my parents new home.”

There will be a free workshop on Quickbooks and WordPress at the library this June, courtesy of the Island Institute and Axiom Technologies. The registration deadline is May 31. Contact Ingrid Gaither to sign up.

Good news for those who park in Manset: Monday, May 22, is the starting date for Cranberry Cove ferry. The season starts with four round-trips each day, leaving Manset at 7:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. It leaves Great Cranberry at 20 minutes past those hours, and leaves Islesford at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Amanda Bracy said there is construction all over Mount Desert Island, so leave plenty of time to get to Manset.

Work is finishing at the Islesford Dock Restaurant. Opening day is on the calendar for Thursday, June 1, 5-10 p.m. Lunch service will begin Saturday, June 3.

Happy birthday to Fiona Stanley on May 12. Dan Fernald, Melissa McCormick and Sally Rowan went for May 16, the middle day of the month. Cory Alley celebrates on May 17, as do Justin Bunker and Fred Day. David Encarnation’s birthday is May 19. Holley Hartley follows on May 23, then Polly Bunker on May 29. Happy birthday to all!

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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