Southport Column: Church concert, Lasagna and Love, and more

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 8:30am

A reminder that this Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Southport United Methodist Church the women of the church are sponsoring a concert by the Back River Fiddlers, who consist of three fiddlers and one guitarist, including Southport’s own Nancy Harriman. They will perform a mix of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, along with some rag, blues, and baroque sounding pieces. No admission charge will be collected but you may make a goodwill offerings to the church as well as donate spare change, especially quarters, by placing them in the community fuel fund collection tube. If cancelled due to snow, the concert will be rescheduled for the next day, Sunday, at the same time.

Next up is the Lasagna and Love event sponsored by the Southport Island Association Feb. 5. Reserve a meal by calling Sandra Seifert at 633-3546. These meals are free for residents and family, but donations will be gratefully received to benefit the Helping Hands fund. Pick-up will be at the Southport Town Hall from 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 and, if you ask, home delivery can be arranged.

Another reminder about the five workshops coming up at The Barn at the Southport General Store. All of the details about the classes, times, and teachers are listed on their website! People need to register for the classes in advance online and can email Annie if they have any questions. Annie’s email address is The website address is

About 35 people gathered in the Southport Town Hall last Saturday afternoon to hear Sarah Sherman McGrail’s tales of the experiences of the Southporters who served in World War 11 as well as others whose lives were affected by the war because they lived abroad, but who also lived here for many years, such as Mimi and Jan Havinga. Sarah, who currently works for the Veterans’ Association, began gathered her stories by interviewing her father who fought in the war. His accounts moved her to interview neighbors and many folks on the peninsula who experienced WW11. Ultimately she wrote eight books from those interviews, which are available either from the Southport Memorial Library or from Sarah. In all about one-fourth of the population of Southport at the time served in the armed forces, and three died, Leslie Sweet, Norman Gaudette and Roland Gray. Sarah’s father was wounded in the foot and survived malaria, both assaults on his body continuing to affect his life after the war.

Sarah’s presentation was filmed by our local Channel 7, so check their schedule if you wish to watch it from home.

Good news is that Enid Johnson is home and, I am told, doing very well after a stroke. Please respond to the fundraising letter from our local library. Although the town does provide the majority of the library’s expenses, additional funds are also needed.

Driving to Sarah’s lecture last Saturday in the early afternoon, on Cross Road I passed about five or six guys clearly out hunting. In response to my question they said they were hunting coyotes, a fact Gerry Gamage affirmed when I saw him later in the day. So we better continue to wear our orange hats when in the woods.

A reminder that registration for the sailing program at the Southport Yacht Club has begun. You can register by going to

More changes in the open hours for Southport General Store hours. They will no longer be open on Sundays.

As I finish this column we are experiencing whatever weather can fall from the sky. Perhaps not as bad a situation as California has known recently, but rain, snow, and sleet have been added to our lovely snowfall from a few days ago. I guess it is another day of cancellations.