Trio tests the waters



There’s nothing like warmish weather at the beginning of January, an excellent opportunity to respond to a regular challenge: the dip of the month. They timed it very well. Early afternoon had gray sky and a lower temperature. Barb Fernald writes: First day of the year … first dip of the year! Woo hoo! Barb, Cindy Thomas and Joy Sprague went to Sand Beach at 1 p.m. The air temp was around 38 degrees. Water temp guesses were Cindy: 47 degrees, Joy: 42 degrees, Barb: 45 degrees. The water temp buoy in Bar Harbor: 43 degrees. Eastern Maine Shelf buoy: 47 degrees. We were all correct. It felt cold enough with the wind that we passed on a double dip. Happy New Year to all you cold water swimmers and dippers and to all the rest.

Those who left the tropics of Great Cranberry Island to be with family for the holidays will return to a change of scenery. Snow finally fell Tuesday, the first of the season, and then it was winter – Blair Colby ready and waiting with his plow. Winter on an island to some may seem inhospitable at best, but for those who call this place “home,” the shortening days and biting winds carry with them a welcome change of pace.

For Patrick, it means to trek through woods and backyards, following the trail of an otter as it slips under porches and sheds and wondering where it will have its next litter of pups. Ask Genny, Jessi or Audrey, and they’ll tell you the cross-country skiing is great because, if you ask Blair nicely, he’ll leave some of the roads covered in fresh powder for a bit longer than he should.

When it gets late, the heath beckons to those brave enough to wander onto the ice where usually you sink up to your knees in peat and pitcher plants. In place of the bog is a frozen winter “wanderland” and incredible stargazing. Winter means boats hauled in and plenty of work sanding, painting and building. It means time to refine your cooking skills, learn how to sew with Beverley, build a snowman even if you’re not technically a kid anymore and enjoy hearty community dinners after church on Sunday.

Many think that winter on an island must be painfully isolating, even boring, but island residents would tell you differently. The island’s emptiness allows for creative motion. When the brush dies back and the summer residents leave, it’s easy to explore parts of the island – and yourself – usually hidden.

Becca Powell has finished her project “100 Days of Cranberry Cutouts.” She has posted her work on Facebook. To see some of them, go on Facebook and enter #100DaysOfCranberryCutouts. Congratulations, Becca.

There will be no church on Great Cranberry on Sunday, Jan. 10, as Pastor Tom Powell will be attending a conference in Belfast.

Musical Instruments Instruction nights at Cranberry House Arts Center begin on Monday, Jan. 11, and are open to everyone. Darlene Sumner is coordinating. Instructional DVDs on the movie screen for various instruments will be utilized. For further details, check the poster in the Post Office or contact Darlene.

Jane Porter and Audrey Noether’s birthday was this past Sunday, Jan. 3. Sarah Dawson’s birthday is Jan. 7, Kristie Porcaro follows on Jan. 8, and Harvey Bunker celebrates on Jan. 10. A big “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, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.

 

 

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.
Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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