Sumner tells tales



Sunday at the Cranberry House, quite a few residents came to get a taste of the south on a cold New England evening. Ben Sumner, with his strong southern accent, read old English and Irish folk tales to his little island audience. Adults and children alike came to listen to the tales before bed. Many were impressed by Ben’s comical storytelling expertise and are looking forward to more stories as Ben tentatively has agreed to read a couple tales each month in the coming summer season.

Great Cranberry feels a little more whole again with the return of the iconic Polly Bunker from the hospital. With the support of family and friends, essentially the whole island, Polly is recovering steadily from a recent illness. Send her warm thoughts, love and support if you can. She will be 90 this May and is tougher than a nail, but would still appreciate your warm wishes.

Islesford had a baked bean supper with other friendly things as well. There were a pot of beans in Natalie Beal’s old gray clay pot; salads; a soup from Melissa Amuso; red hot dogs supplied by Dave Thomas; various rolls and – drum roll, please – desserts: lemon squares, two kinds of brownies. Joy Sprague made her cream puffs; Melissa McCormick contributed chocolate chip cookies; Denise McCormick made a molasses blueberry cake; and Ann Fernald took a cranberry pie.

Islanders who came were Steve & Tammy Palmer, Aaron and Johnny Palmer; David & Cindy Thomas; Ricky Alley, Serena Spurling and Paul Brumaghim; Skip Stevens and Sally Rowan; Lindsay Eysnogle, Jason, Luciana, and Marina Pickering; Amy and Adele Palmer; Jim & Melissa, Bea and Xander Amuso; Ted Spurling; Ashley Bryan and his niece Bari; Roy and Nan, Nicko and Elliott Hadlock, Hannah Folsom; Melissa, Denise and Mitchell McCormick; Ann Fernald, Hugh and Karen Smallwood; Katie and Danny Fernald with their granddaughters Phoebe and Zinnia; Malcolm Fernald; Joy Sprague; Cory and Kaitlyn and Bode Duggan. Apologies to those whose names were missed in the contributions lists.

Many, many thanks to Nan Hadlock, Tammy Palmer and Melissa Amuso for thinking of, planning and organizing a well-enjoyed evening.

Hugh Smallwood came up and joined Karen at Ann Fernald’s. Various Islefordians have panged for summer the past few white weeks; Hugh wanted to see how his outdoor oven had made it through the winter. They collaborated, checked the forecasts and had a pizza night on April 3. Karen and Hugh made the crust and sauce, partakers brought their own toppings. Pizzas were made at Ann Fernald’s, then taken to Hugh and Karen’s for the oven.

Garden vegetables are already available! Erin Fernald Gray has a community supported agriculture program, a subscription for vegetables through the first week of November.

Those coming up to Islesford this summer should be relieved. The Islesford Dock Restaurant is hiring summer staff. Not only do they offer housing on the island, but transportation out to Islesford from MDI. They have positions available out front with customers, in back preparing food or in the dish room.

There will be an Easter vigil service at Islesford Congregational Church on Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Birthdays: Bill McGuiness and Ian van Dusen partied hearty on April 2. Isaac Philbrook added another year on April 4. Kyle Krasnow will blow candles out on April 9; Judy Ravenhill will follow on April 10. David Thomas will celebrate on April 13. Anne Watson will celebrate on April 14, followed by Martha Bunker on April 16. Gaile Colby, Mary Wallace, Elizabeth Harlan, and John and James Murch share April 18. April 19 is James “Samson” Gaither’s birthday. Then on April 23, it’s Barbara Meyers turn. April 28 is Kayla Gagnon’s birthday, and April 30 is Patrick Allen’s special day. Happy birthday, all!

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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