Visitors spicing up the Cranberries

Jacob and Adam Vance were up to oversee some repairs to their house and the small cabin. They are heading back to Boston but will be back sometime this summer when the house isn’t rented out. Pete Noether‘s brothers Dana and Chip came to visit for a long weekend. Visiting Great Cranberry in the spring is worth the six-hour drive back to the south of Boston where Chip and Dana live.

Audrey Noether is away with Brenna Sullivan and Marla Walls for the eighth-grade field trip. They went to North Conway and are staying at the Red Jacket Inn. They visited Story Land, took a ride on the Cog railroad and did some hiking.

Polly Bunker has opened her store, Whale’s Rib gift shop, for all the visitors and locals. The store is open “8” days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be Polly’s 45th year. Over the years, she has built up a large selection of merchandise from island artists. Ruth Westphal makes handy pot holders, and Junior Bracy makes excellent wood carvings. Wini Smart has her paintings there. There is a beautiful selection of note cards from Emily Ott. Lisa Hall, who has her own studio in Northeast Harbor, has some of her jewelry there. There are many other talented artists who have items at Polly’s shop. Everyone loves the tee shirts she designs. They are produced at Woodland Studios, but Polly’s design makes them unique like only she can.

Cheryl Moore will be teaching watercolor classes at the Cranberry House. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon two days a week. Sign up is at the Cranberry House.

Phil Whitney reports the Seaside Playhouse at the Cranberry House will begin showing movies three nights per week beginning Thursday, June 18. Movies will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., with occasional “Islanders Choice” movies on Sunday evenings. Donations for the movies are always appreciated. Popcorn and sodas are sold for $1 each. Jessi Duma, Karin Whitney and “Toby the Movie Hound” are providing movie support services this season.

Sunday was the blessing of the fleet on Islesford. After Sunday service, Pastor Tom Powell offered the blessing. Lobster fishing is a physically demanding career and can be dangerous. This was a day to remember the risk involved. It was also a fun community event. There was food, fun and prizes. Cory Ally made deep-fried chicken. Ric and Ingrid Gaither and Ben Sumner organized all kinds of games. There was arm wrestling, running, jumping and a tug of war between the fisherman and the kids. I don’t know if it was strength or strategy, but the kids won. Karin Whitney won the raffle. She won a bracelet made by Barbara Fernald, a painting by the young artist Adele Palmer, four lobsters from Cory Alley and a blow-up tractor wheel. This is the second year for this event, and it was a big success. There was a good mix of people from both islands. Hopefully this will be a continued tradition.

Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens are in Seattle on vacation visiting his son Chris, Tory and their son Dashiell. Skip and Chris have worked on an engine to get shipped east to put in Pilgrim so Pilgrim can go back in the water after two years of non-functioning.

Islesford birthdays are Roy Hadlock on June 15, Allan McCormick on June 17 and John Dwelley on June 18.

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 Jennifer Walls at [email protected]


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