Twinkie Smith remembered



The Islesford church service on July 24 included a remembrance of Twinkie Smith, a longtime summer resident of Islesford who passed away last November. A number of people had delightful stories of things Twinkie said or did through the years.

Lu and Rob St. Germain were home in Connecticut recently to welcome their new grandson, Cole Robert Smith, born on July 13. Proud parents are Sarah and Travis Smith. Big sister Avery is looking forward to showing him around the island.

This is the last week to see the Bill Patterson photo exhibit entitled “Rock, Ice, Water.” Bill has graciously offered to donate all proceeds of any sales to the library. So please stop by and see it. Thank you, Bill, for supporting the library.

The Little Cranberry Yacht Club-Community Sailing and Education Foundation’s Seamanship Regatta on July 20 was a great success for both children and adults. Commodore Joe Merrill explained the purpose of the knots he was demonstrating, and with an abundance of lines available, children and adults practiced each knot. Sailing instructor Luke Encarnation explained how the program was running this year and pointed out that adult lessons are available one-on-one in Turbo 420s. After reviewing how to dock and tie up a boat, Joe Merrill spoke about the principles of anchoring. Then adults and children climbed into two motorboats, which allowed every person a chance to set an anchor for their boat. Following the regatta, the intermediate and advanced students cooled off by capsizing and righting a Turbo 420.

A second Seamanship Regatta will be held on Sandbeach, Islesford, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 p.m. This event is open to the community – sailors, non-sailors and family members of all ages. Bring your own picnic and your own line so you can participate in learning knots and the rationale for their use on motorboats, for towing and for tying up at docks. Participants also will review dock landings, making a mooring and anchoring. For more information, contact Starr at 244-0379.

The Island Institute offers “I LEAD” Leadership Training: Island Leadership Exploration and Development. They did a condensed version on July 20 on Great Cranberry in the morning and Islesford in the afternoon. Topics included that meetings are more effective when everyone knows a clear reason for the committee. Another is how to recognize and resolve the stress level of discussions without deferring that subject until the next meeting.

Matt Carroll, a lifelong summer Islesfordian, is one of the Boston Globe reporters featured in “Spotlight,” the movie that came out last year portraying the Globe’s investigation of alleged child abuse by one of the Roman Catholic priests. Come see the movie at Neighborhood House on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Matt will talk about the case at a question-and-answer session following the screening.

Bid away! There are two upcoming occasions to support much-needed and well-loved Islesford institutes: Islesford Neighborhood House and the new Ashley Bryan Center’s “Story Teller” Pavilion being built to display Ashley’s art.

The Islesford Neighborhood House will be home of a cocktail party and live and silent auctions on Sunday, July 31. Gary Allen will be the guest auctioneer. There is a suggested donation of $5 for what promises to be a lively and fun time. The doors open and party begins at 5 p.m.; the live auction starts at 6 p.m. Items include a Peter Rudolph painting, a Tina Howard photo on wood, a pizza dinner for five, Boston Bruins tickets and a signed T-shirt, a date with Richard Howland and a boat cruise with Joe Merrill. There will be lots of silent auction items as well.

The Islesford Dock will host “Blackbird–Raven–Crow!” a fundraiser for the new Ashley Bryan Center and the “Story Teller” Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1-3 p.m. The pavilion is being built to display Ashley’s art, seaglass windows, paintings and puppets. Marian Baker writes, “If you are interested in donating anything related to a blackbird, raven or crow in terms of art, book, found object, painting, ceramic, poem, photo, food etc, please contact me at the pottery shop at 244-9108. If you can attend (and buy), please come! Hope to see you there!”

The Cranberry House has many events this next week. Events are at the Arts Center unless otherwise mentioned. Printmaker Sharon Witham’s art exhibit “The Tao of Rocks and Feathers” continues daily through Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kids Adventure Club meets at the Shaw Cabin every Thursday at 2 p.m. There are different activities every week around the property. Author Peter Blanchard will lecture regarding his book “The Kellams of Placentia Island” on Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The Kellams lived a hermit’s existence for decades on this island located near Frenchboro. A group from the Hurricane Island School will conduct a Preble Cove Beach clean-up on Saturday, July 30, at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in helping is invited to meet at the “topless beach” at 9 a.m. The annual “Art of the Cranberry Isles” exhibit will be shown daily from Sunday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. A memorial reception for former summer resident Richard Cox will be held Monday, Aug. 1, from 3-5 p.m. Music Karaoke Night will be hosted by “vocalists” Darlene Sumner and Karin Whitney on Monday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Helen Bertles kids art studio is in the Shaw Cabin on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. Mike Westphal will lecture and show short films on Marathon Running and Parkinson’s Disease on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m.

The library auction is Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at 2 p.m. The library is looking for donations of goods or services for the auction. Please stop by or call the library or see a board member for details. If you have something big that needs to be picked up, the library can help with that too.

Nan Hadlock posted some longed-for news: Cranberry Isles 2016 telephone books are now available. The price is $10 each, and proceeds benefit The Cranberry Isles Education Fund for scholarships for Cranberry Isles residents. Available at The Cranberry Isles Fair and The Islesford Fair, these will make great Hanukkah or Christmas gifts. Summer residents may want two copies, one for here and one for your winter residence. Thank you to Elaine Chilcoat and Ingrid Gaither for your volunteer time updating the new books.

The 38th annual literary evening at the Islesford Neighborhood House will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Call Erica Merrill as soon as possible at 244-7884 if you’re interested in being on the program. There is a limit of five minutes per person. No last-minute signups. Ashley Bryan will be the last speaker.

Regarding the Islesford Neighborhood House, “The Islesford Neighborhood House board needs everyone’s help with the security and cleanliness of the INH. We want to keep the building unlocked and available for use 24/7. We can do this if folks will be careful to clean up after themselves, and to close windows and turn off lights. Also, regarding our children, we want them to enjoy the building, but please, parents and caregivers, observe our policy of requiring children under 10 to be accompanied by an adult.”

Please stay on the right side of the road going around curves and corners! Regular-sized cars, some pickup trucks and bicycles are not visible where there are high bushes, and drivers/riders can’t see what’s coming. This has happened at least twice on Islesford. Please keep bushes and other growth low enough that bicycles and cars can be seen.

Thanks to the Hancock County Planning Commission, an opportunity for household hazardous waste and universal waste disposal for the Cranberry Isles will be available at Ellsworth High School on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants must preregister at their municipal office and receive a permit to be presented the day of the event. The permit allows the disposal of up to 10 gallons or 40 pounds of HHW/UW without charge. For details on what materials are accepted and other requirements, visit www.hcpcme.org. Scroll down one-third of the page for information.

Contact Sheri Walsh at [email protected] or 667-7131 for more information.

If Aug. 20 doesn’t work for your household, TCI will have another collection in late September.

Islesford Movies showing on Tuesday, Aug. 2, include “Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations” downstairs, complete with popcorn. “The Last Starfighter” (PG) will show upstairs.

Graham Bright’s birthday party is Aug. 8. Denise and Mitch McCormick will celebrate their anniversary on July 31; Karen and Hugh Smallwood on Aug. 5.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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