Cranberry Isles; Community rowing is open

Islesford enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day. The weather was cooperative, with sunshine and warmth. After the parade and a picnic at town field, islanders watched a beautiful sunset, many from boats on the way to Southwest Harbor for a closer view of the fireworks. After the excellent holiday, the Cranberry Isles are gearing up for numerous events.

Islesford Boatworks announced Community Rowing is open. Thursday through Saturday, from 5-8 p.m., friends can get together and row in the beautiful, student-built boat, Bridge.

Boatworks staff can help rowers get started and even join in where an extra rower is needed.

On Saturdays from 5-8 p.m., teams can “take a shot” at beating the best time around the #1 green buoy and back. $10 buys a try, but Boatworks will buy a round of drinks at the bar for a record breaking team. For more information, contact the Boatworks staff at the Blue Duck.

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” will be Monday’s children’s movie upstairs at the Islesford Neighborhood house. Contact the Neighborhood House for more information.

On Aug. 17 at 1 p.m., at the Neighborhood House, Sarah Rice will hold a memorial service for her grandmother, Sallye. Everyone is welcome. Please bring pictures, stories, food (a special bonus if it’s Sallye’s recipe) or anything else to remember Sarah’s grandmother.

The Bass Harbor Yacht Club, with 30 members, visited Cranberry House on Sunday. They enjoyed special lunches prepared by Chef Cezar under beautiful skies. Phil Whitney and Jim Singerling presented a brief on the history of Cranberry House and the current fundraising campaign project.

The group was given a tour of the compound, including the building expansion construction site, the new Sea Wind 2nd Chance Shop and the Whales Tale Gift Shop. Many rode the Cranberry Explorer Shuttle to see the entire island.

The Cranberry House will sponsor a Contra Dance at Longfellow School on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. The band will be fiddlers Tom Judge and Susan Groce, who will rejoin Pixie Lauer for a Different Shoes reunion. Midcoast musician Ian David Foley will also join them. Chrissy Fowler will be the caller.

Phil Whitney will host another historical slides program, “Cranberry Summer Scenes,” on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center.

Pixie Lauer will lead Dog Training Class II in the Cranberry House Field on Friday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m. Any “slow learners” from the previous class will be brought up to speed in preparation for the “Big Island Dog Show” in early August. Anyone with a dog is encouraged to attend (along with the dog).

The second movie in the Mickey MacFarlan summer movie series will be shown on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Check the posters or the GCIHS Website for details.

Darlene Sumner will host two youth-related events Monday, July 15. There will be another Youth Talk Show Interview at 9 a.m. in the Arts Center, and a Preble Cove Beach Outing at 4:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 17, Eileen Richards and Phil Whitney will present a “History of the Cranberry Island Post Offices” at 7:30 p.m., in the Arts Center.

Bonnie Alpert will coordinate a play reading of “An American Daughter” on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m., in the Arts Center.

Eileen Richards reports, “Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Barn Sales began last Saturday with Sharon Witham hosting the event from 1-4 p.m. Many visitors stopped by to say hello and shop. Thank you to all for your support. We will be having Barn Sales each Saturday during July from 1-4 p.m., so, if you won’t be on island for the Summer Fair, make sure and stop by to pick up some great items.

“The Ladies Aid will host their Annual Pie ( Pi ) Night on July 22 at 5 p.m. Please bring a sweet or savory pie to share with your neighbors. Come for dinner and stay for dessert at the Aid. This is a free event so come have fun, visit with friends and enjoy an abundance of pies. Beverages will be provided by the Aid.”

Happy birthday to Rubye Alley who celebrates on July 11. Happy birthday to Aaron Gray and Henry Westphal on July 12. A very happy birthday to Ashley Bryan on July 13. Gabriel Westphal and Luke Encarnation receive birthday wishes on July 14. A most happy birthday on July 15 to Karin Whitney. Happy birthday to Gail Grandgent on July 16 and to Allan McCormick on July 17.

“They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.” – Lemony Snicket

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at [email protected]

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