The summer heat has arrived, and with it, glowing faces bustling throughout town. Everything is lush with life as color takes over. Just drive up from the town dock and pass Sam King‘s house with all her flowers singing with color.
Ben Stevens and State of Maine spent Independence Day in Cobh, just off the coast of southern Ireland’s County Cork. Cobh is “the only dedicated port for cruise ships,” so Ben might feel close to home. From Ireland, they go to Antwerp, Belgium, then New York City, and back to Castine in early August.
The Cranberry House is full of life and color with many more events taking place this week. There is a photography exhibit by Bill Paterson that will be up in the Cranberry House for a week. It is titled “Water, Rock and Ice” and should not be missed. Helen Bertles is starting kids’ art classes at the Cranberry House every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attended and explore their creativity.
On Saturday, July 9, there will be another lecture at the Cranberry House by Judith Burger-Gossart titled “Creative and Courage: Fishermans’ Wives and Maine Seacoast Mission Hooked Rugs 1923-1938” [sic]. There will be a lecture Friday, July 18, at the Cranberry House featuring Jack Miller. The lecture is titled “Hope Reigns Disaster Response Team.” Peter Bucshbaum is still giving his incredible nature walks every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can meet him at the Cranberry House and explore the woods while familiarizing yourself with the flora and fauna here on the island.
A Bar Road Block Party is planned for this Saturday, July 9. The 2nd Annual party is 3-7 p.m. Here’s to good weather, since there’s no rain date. There will be music by the Blake Rosso Band; the party organizers provide grills, paper plates, napkins, cups and condiments. “You bring your afternoon party self, something to cook on the grill, your beverage of choice and a dish to share – salad, chips, cookies, whatever.”
Want some homemade bread? Pies? Karen and Hugh Smallwood are making bread again this summer. So far, they have offered rosemary-garlic, cheddar-jalapeno and plain. Blueberry pies have returned as well. Looks like they’re expanding into Tuesday pizza this summer: pepperoni, sausage and peppers, and margherita (fresh basil and fresh mozzarella). Don’t forget to be on Islesford on Wednesdays. Karen posts notices ahead of time asking for requests.
The 2016 Island Reader is out! If we run out at the island libraries, it will be a pleasure to get more.
Lisa Fernald Payne has scheduled a graveside funeral for Dennis Fernald for this Saturday, July 10, at noon. This would have been his and Donna‘s 50th wedding anniversary. Lisa will be on the island on July 8. Her mother will stay until the first week of September.
Belated birthday wishes to Karla Rees and Rolf Westphal on July 1 and Clay Taylor and Tori Akers on July 6. Happy birthday to Steve Shirey, Bonnie Alpert and Anika Murray on July 7; and to Ellen Stolpe on July 10; Rubye Alley chalks up another year on July 11, as do Aaron Gray and Henry Westphal on July 12. Many happy returns to Ashley Bryan on July 13. Gabriel Westphal and Luke Encarnation celebrate on July 14, Karin Whitney on July 15, Creighton Murch and Lilo Stanton on July 18, Abigail Hicks on July 20, Rob St. Germain and Elaine Bucshbaum on July 22, Austin Wedge on July 23, Emily Nelligan and Jill Lobkowicz on July 24, Jacob Vance, Dick Avery, Barbara Stainton and Steve White on July 26, Dennis Encarnation July 27, and Katlin Porcaro, Corina Gribble, Hope Paulos, Shawn King, Ben Weibel, Zoë White, Laura Lomas and Preston Gary Tripp on July 29. Happy birthday to all the July babies!
For wedding anniversaries, we had Dennis Encarnation and Kathy Graven on July 5. We have Cressida Silvers and Brian Cabrera on July 10, Terry Savage and Lindsay Iverson and Mike and Jennifer Westphal on July 24, Pamela Wells and Don Rockhead on July 25, Fred and Alison Hawes on July 26 and Barb and Bruce Fernald on July 28. Congratulations to all happily married partners!