Winter didn’t want us to think we’d been forgotten, so wrought havoc on the first day of spring. March 20, dawned brisk and windy on Great Cranberry and not at all spring like. Two of the three signs that residents use to mark the arrival of spring have been spotted, those being the emergence of the beautiful purple crocuses which dot the gardens and fields of GCI and the return of the lovely red-breasted robins with their distinctive hop as they search for the elusive worms. The third sign that spring truly has arrived is the removal of the winter enclosure which protects patrons of the Cranberry Isles Post Office from the winds and weather in Spurling Cove. This third and final sign of spring will have to wait until the impending snowfall and projected nor’easter have passed by.
Spring will win, with warmer (heh) temperatures the next few days, but the car wash places are thrilled to see another opportunity to clean off road salt from a lot of vehicles. Welcome to Maine. I am in hopes that by the time you read this, the enclosure will have been removed.
“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.” – Chinese proverb
“Pie (π ) night ” was held at the Community Center on GCI on 3-14 as a tribute to mathematics and was a very good reason to eat a wonderful variety of homemade pies. About 25 hungry residents gathered to enjoy the good company and pies ranging from leek and spinach quiche to coconut cream.
A Cribbage and Pizza night is to be held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the GCI Community Center. Bring your board and a pizza to share with fellow players and enjoy an evening with friends. All are welcome to attend, from those wanting to learn the game to those who are experts with the 15-2.
On Thursday, March 31, several of the middle and high schools will put on Show Choir dress rehearsals at Mount Desert Island High School from 6-8 p.m. It’s wonderful to see them support each other without the intense competition on the weekend. The performances will be on Saturday, April 2, at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Finals will be Saturday night. Meg Stevens is a senior, so this is her last show choir.
There will be services at Islesford Congregational Church on Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and Friday (Good Friday) in the late afternoon. Tom Powell will lead them. Come to Islesford on the 3:30 p.m. boat from Northeast Harbor, return to Great Cranberry or MDI on the commuter boat, departing from Islesford at 5:20 p.m.
The full moon was March 23, and this coming Sunday, March 27, is Easter, complete with alleluias and chocolate bunnies. Things get started early on GCI with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Community Center, followed by Easter services at 9:30 a.m. at the Cranberry Isles Congregational Church with the Rev. Powell presiding. At 11 a.m., an Easter egg hunt is planned with activities for youth and 15-plus (including adults!) Hope to see you there.
Easter and Passover are often close together, but this is one of the years they’re a full moon apart, with Passover on April 23.
Happy belated birthday to Charlotte Harlan on March 21, to Kirk Weibel and Ethan Stanwood King on March 22 and to Mandy Hicks on March 23. Our own Painter Pete Eldredge will be blowing out candles on his special day on March 26 with his lovely bride Audrey. The best of the best birthdays to you Pete from everyone who has ever had the pleasure of knowing you. We love you bunches! Happy birthday also goes to Dan Lief on the same date. Chris Diaz celebrates on March 28. The birthday of our dear friend Owen Roberts is on March 29. Happy birthday, Owen. March 29 also is the birthday of twins, Janice Strout and Jennifer Westphal. A very happy birthday to you both. Kelly Fernald and Wyatt Alley slipped in under the wire, with birthdays on March 31.
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 Eileen Richards at [email protected]