Spring hopes spring eternal

There is hope that spring really is coming. The leaves are starting to show at the end of branches, making the trees a little blurry against the sky instead of the straight lines we’ve seen all winter.

With cold temperatures and blustery winds still wrapping Cranberry in a winter-like grip, the news that Mickey MacFarlan has daffodils coming up by his kitchen door was well received. Mickey has planted over 160 daffodils and an abundance of blue-bells in the field behind his beautiful home on Cranberry Road. Warmer temperatures should have arrived by the time you read this, which will warm the ground for the many crocuses planted about town several years ago. Hope springs eternal!

The Ashley Bryan School eighth Grade class, Marla Walls and Brenna Sullivan, had a fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 21. The weather was good, and boats weren’t cancelled; a special boat was on hand to take Great Cranberry and Mount Desert Island residents home. The event was radically different from what it was planned to be a few weeks ago. The funds are to help pay for a class trip to the White Mountains.

The evening was an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner and a silent auction of a variety of items. The pasta sauce was provided by Cory Alley. The raffle included an IVFD T-shirt, given by Richard Howland and won by Amy Palmer; Richard also contributed a CIRS T-shirt, won by Karin Whitney. A fishing co-op T-shirt went to one of the Sanborn daughters; Joy Sprague donated some of her delicious cream puffs, and her ticket was drawn as winner. Richard Howland was sitting at her table, and she passed them on to him. Eileen Richards gave a totebag from Great Cranberry, which Joy won. Jessie Sanborn won a pair of paintings by Sofie Dowling; Richard Howland also won a book donated by Joy. Brenna Sullivan gave a set of three boxes of Girl Scout cookies, and Melanie Sanborn got to take them home. Xander Amuso‘s home-made cookies went to Great Cranberry with Karin Whitney, who also got Gail Patton Marshal Grandgent’s hand-printed silk scarf with some beautiful lupines on it.

At the silent auction, Ashley Bryan got shortbread contributed by Sally Rowan; Xander Amuso got a pair of paintings by Sofie Dowell. Denise McCormick was the high bidder for Barb Shirey Fernald‘s earrings. Joy Sprague got crab claws from Cory Alley and a co-op T-shirt. Lindsay Eysnogle gets to go out while Bea Amuso babysits Lucy. Tiffany Tate submitted two paintings, one of which went home with Amy Palmer, while Cari Alley adopted the other. Brenna Sullivan will provide baby/dog sitting service to Nan Hadlock and Kelly Sanborn. Amy Palmer contributed knit socks, which went home with Cari Alley. Gail Grandgent had painted some tiles, which Samson Gaither took home. Denise McCormick got the gift certificate for the Great Cranberry store, and Cari Alley out-bid all others for some block prints by Rickey Alley. Apologies to anyone missed!

The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid provides the luncheon for those attending Town Meetings every other year on Great Cranberry. This year was an opportunity to have some fun and host a delicious meal as well. With a western theme, the volunteers decorated the dining area with bandana accessories and sheriff badges for all with a menu of Guinea hen soup, cackle-berry sandwiches, prairie chicken sandwiches, root-wraps, rootin-tootin root beer, campfire chili and a delicious assortment of pies to round out (or round-up) the meal. The Ladies Aid would like to thank all who cooked, cleaned, lugged, tugged and toted to make the luncheon such fun. A special thanks to Heather Varnum and her daughters Aislynn and Alyssa who came from Orland to help with the meal. Heather is the grand-daughter of Gaile Colby. Also a big thank you to Sofie Dowling and Jessica and Melanie Sanborn for all of their help, you are the best!

Sam Leonardi took the church service this past Sunday at the Islesford Congregational Church while Tom Powell finished his two-week time with Becca and their newborn son, Lewis. Tom planned to resume the Wednesday morning prayer service on Islesford and will be back in the pulpit for Palm Sunday and Easter. Islesford people also will get over in time for the service (All weather permitting).

The Great Cranberry Isles Congregational Church will host a visit next Sunday, Mar. 29, Palm Sunday, with our neighbors from Swans Island, Frenchboro and Islesford. Sunbeam will provide transportation from Swans Island and Frenchboro. A service in the church will be held at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, lunch will be served on board Sunbeam at the Town Dock. Everyone is invited to attend.

MDI High School’s show choir will perform their competition show at the school on Thursday; the competition will be on Saturday at the George W. Stearns High School in Millinocket. Meg Stevens is in the show choir for the third time.

A potluck dinner will be held on Monday, Mar. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cranberry Island Community Center. This event is being organized by Jessi Duma, our Island Fellow, and many of those attending will include members of the Island Institute. Bring a dish to share with the group and contact Jessi if you have any questions.

March 21 was the birthday of Charlotte Harlan, with Kirk Weibel and Ethan Stanwood King celebrating on March 22. Happy birthday wishes to Mandy Hicks and Rick Wallace, who celebrated on March 23, and to our own Painter Pete, Peter Eldredge, on March 26. Hugh Wilkerson celebrates on March 27 with Owen Roberts sharing his 91st birthday with twins Jennifer Westphal and Janice Strout. We end March birthdays with Chris Diaz on the March 28 and Kelly Fernald chalking up another on March 31. We begin our April birthdays with Eva Galyean on April 1. April showers bring Bill McGuiness and Ian van Dusen’s celebrations on the second. Already April? All that snow has kept spring from showing much.

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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]


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