SOUTHWEST HARBOR — You may not think that drums and tennis are natural companions. But Dan Granholm hopes to change your mind.
Granholm is spearheading a campaign to open Northshore Tennis and Music, an indoor tennis and music facility in Town Hill. It will feature four indoor tennis courts, music practice spaces and performance space. The plans already have been approved by the Bar Harbor Planning Board. Organizers are now fundraising to make that dream a reality.
In order to get the word out and to show that there is a need in the community for such a venue, Granholm recruited some volunteers and started the Northshore Tennis and Music summer camp. The camp, which is in its third week, runs from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. Kids split their time between a music session and the tennis courts, working on both sets of skills.
“It’s definitely brand new,” Granholm said at camp on Monday. “I’ve been teaching for a long time, but this is different. I’m really happy with the crew I have. Most of the kids are local and have never really been able to play tennis before. And the ones who have been coming since day one have really gotten better at both tennis and the music side.”
Granholm, a former high school tennis coach, also was the music director at Mount Desert Island High School for 15 years. He worked as the head tennis pro at the Seal Harbor Club for seven years. He is accompanied by Beau Lisy, owner of Southwest Harbor Drum Studio, a professional teacher and musician.
Jack Sasner and Adam Krueger are the two student staff members. Sasner, a 2015 graduate of MDI High, will be attending the New School in Manhattan in the fall, where he will study musical theory. Krueger, a summer resident from Ohio, reached the top eight in the Ohio High School singles tournament as a sophomore this spring.
Campers give performances at Lisy’s studio every Friday at 3 p.m. The music is mostly drum-focused but also incorporates brass and horn instruments. At the end of this week’s session, the campers will begin preparing for the Flamingo Festival parade on July 18 in Southwest Harbor, where they will be marching.
To learn more about the camp or the Northshore Tennis and Music fundraising efforts, contact Dan Granholm at email@example.com.