Southport Column: Antiques, remembering, lobster bake and more

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 1:00pm

Thursday, July 18, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. at the Hendricks Hill Museum, Richard Plunkett, certified antiques appraiser, antique shop owner, painter and poet, will answer your questions concerning any family heirloom about which you may have questions.

The museum will be open that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for Mr. Plunkett’s evaluation, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Please note: Plunkett does not appraise coins, stamps, money or gem stones. The museum is located at 419 Hendricks Hill Rd, Southport.

A celebration of life for Stephen J. Baseman, who died Nov. 16, 2018, will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 26, at the Beth Israel Congregation, 862 Washington Street, Bath, Maine. The burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. Beginning at 4 p.m. a reception to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at the Baseman family home on Southport Island. If you have any questions, please call his wife, Barbara, at 941-350-2772 or email her at

Many of us remember Steve introducing himself as “Barbara Baseman’s husband” during Southport Island Association (SIA) events when Barbara was a the president. Steve’s more serious role on our island and in the surrounding communities was to set up free clothing closets, first on the island, then that closet moved to Boothbay Harbor behind the Methodist Church, and then one in Waldoboro. Had Steve not been ill, I am sure more such closets would have followed. We thank Steve for all he did for our community.

If you heard an ambulance on the island Friday morning, it was coming to help Barbara Lally who tripped as she entered the Southport Memorial Library. We wish Barbara a speedy recovery, especially since her works of art, along with those of her daughter, Jeanne, decorate so beautifully the library walls.

Many shoppers browsed throughout the library when I visited later Friday morning, taking advantage of early Christmas shopping opportunities displayed by our many talented artists. I always am captivated by Linda Brewer’s many hand sown figures and enticed by the handmade chocolates. Many other items unique to our Maine neighbors’ creativity were on sale.

The next library event will occur on July 25 at 7 p.m., when best-selling author Douglas Preston will speak on his book, “The Lost City of the Monkey God.”

About 150 people enjoyed a lobster bake with corn, mussels, and potatoes plus home-made desserts at the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) last Saturday evening. And a perfect evening it was for eating outside, seeing friends, and enjoying the sunset. Thanks to the SYC organizers and to Cozy’s Dockside with two of our very own as serving crew, Darcy Curwen and Lilley Harris.

We Southporters can be well fed as we move from one event to another. The next up eating opportunity is July 21 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Hodgdon Yacht Services at the end of
Ebenecook Road. The event is called “Community and Customer Day,” and will feature music and BBQ.

A reminder that the next SIA event will be on Monday, July 22, at the Southport Town Hall when Ham Meserve will repeat his talk on ”Mom, Broadway, Hollywood and Maine.”