Ocean Point Column: Horribles Parade will go on

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:30am

How wonderful to see Ocean Point bustling with people! Many residents have returned and Shore Road is busy with pedestrians out walking and enjoying the beautiful weather. And it’s certainly exciting to see boats finally returning to their moorings.

With all of this activity occurring it makes us pause and wonder what the summer holds for all of us. Some of our activities here at Ocean Point have had to be canceled however; our time-honored tradition of our 4th of July celebration will take place.

In keeping with the long standing tradition started in the 1930s by beloved Ocean Pointers Joe Wellington (Jean Slayton’s father) and Mildred Evans the Horribles Parade will take place on Saturday, July 4th beginning at 9:30 a m. In order to practice safe social distancing rather than marching along the route we will all gather in the Grimes Cove parking lot and drive to the Casino. Feel free to decorate your vehicle and, of course, participants of the parade should dress in their costumes if they wish. Spectators are asked to distance along the route and everyone is urged to bring a mask.

Once you reach the Casino you will be directed to drive into the ball field and park your car for the dedication of our new Casino. Our president and vice president will give the opening remarks followed by the invocation and then the unveiling of the Donald Demers painting generously donated to the Preservation Project by Donald. The beautiful painting of Ocean Point will be presented to Jon and Bev Holt in recognition of their extreme generosity to the Preservation Project.

Small tours of our beautiful new facility will be given after the ceremony.

As a reminder to all, membership dues and tennis fees are posted on the website and can be paid online or mailed to: OPCT, P.O. Box 642, East Boothbay ME 04544. Also, contributions for the Preservation Project remain open so please contact Lanny Whitehouse or Matt Lindley if you wish to donate. Thank you to all who have kindly donated to our new Casino.

Our CLYNK fundraising continues thanks to Paul Taylor; bags are available at Hannaford and Paul has plenty of stickers if needed.

In my last column I acknowledged some of our Ocean Point graduates and I would like to recognize Briggs Rowley who recently graduated from Hingham High School in Hingham, Massachusetts. Briggs will attend UVM in the fall. Briggs is the son of Kerrin and Stod Rowley and grandson of Ted and Mary Fuller. Briggs and his family celebrated his graduation at Ocean Point and it was great to catch up with them.

Congratulations to Ellie Densmore who was 1 of 39 fifth grade students in the state of Florida to receive a perfect score in the statewide math test. What an accomplishment! Ellie is the daughter of Kristin and Dan Densmore and granddaughter of Jack and Georgia Chambers.

Alex Hall and Rick Ford have recently retired from their careers, congratulations to both and wishes for many happy healthy years ahead. Both Alex and Rick are looking forward to spending well-deserved time at Ocean Point.

A celebration of the life of Taylor Pond will be held on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p m at the home of Cara and Mark Pond. At 7:30 the celebration will move to the rocks at the corner of High Street and Shore Road, Taylor’s favorite rock, and watch the sunset.

Stay healthy, positive and have a great week!