Juniper and McKown Points Column: Chowder, tennis and more

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:30am

In his 1995 book, “America,” Charles Kuralt selected his favorite places to represent each month. August was devoted to Boothbay Harbor. No wonder. With our latest sunny days and perfect sleeping nights, our visitors may also stay the entire month.

Your correspondent had a live update from Jose on Saturday night’s second annual chowder cook-off. Chowder champ Bob Stuart is returning to defend his title, along with nine other contestants. Also returning is the yummy bread from Standard Baking Company in Portland, thanks to a house guest/courier. So bring your $15 ($5 for children) cash admission and favorite beverage (and maybe a drinking vessel) to the Community House at 5 p.m. for a terrific evening.

Tonight (Thursday) is the second and last story evening at the Gillies’ house at 7 p.m. Everyone raves about these evenings and it has been standing room only lately. Patti and John are in the yellow house down the driveway across from the Community House. Everyone welcome.

Tennis has been busy this past week with the annual tournament. Some categories are still to be played, but these were the results for the Juniors at press time: Girls single champion is Micaela Brown, Tabor Andrews finalist; Boys single champion Soren Zimmer, Sebastian Rubel finalist; Girls doubles winners were Maive Zimmer and Micaela Brown. In the adult division, Ray Fleming and Brook Hazleton were men’s doubles champs with Jack Fleming and Rick Barton as finalists. Women’s singles champ is Susie Uitti, Sheila Floury finalist. In the Men’s (ahem) senior division Rick Barton won over brother Bill Barton. Tennis clinics end on Aug. 23. Susan leaves on Aug. 19 and Dave and family drive away on the 24th. Dave and Susan want to thank everyone for their participation and support this year. You can show your appreciation by showing up for “Improvement Day” at 9:30 Saturday morning and weeding, weed whacking around the tennis courts. If you do so, bread eaten at the chowder cook-off will be calorie free. Or at least you will have worked it off already.

See you at one of these upcoming events. Meantime, send me some morsels.