Southport Column: Events upon events
What is so rare as a day in Maine? There, if ever, come perfect days. As my sister, Peggy, and her daughter and family prepare to leave after two weeks on Marrs Point to return to Jericho, Vermont, I am sure they will enjoy additional lovely days, but will miss the ocean breezes, the sun sparkling on the water, the shouts of laughter and fun from the turnabout fleet occupants just beneath their windows.
I remember the ache of leaving preceded, of course, by the joy of coming, How fast the time passes, filled with sand and boats and ice cream and lobster. Welcome to all our summer visitors. Just please, walk facing the traffic in bright clothing; bike alert for cars; take all trash to the public dump, not a private dumpster.
This month is packed with activities. Sailing takes first place for every day expenditure of energy, and, I am sure, is written about elsewhere in the paper. But opportunity for other fun abounds.
On Saturday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, July 19 again at 9:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. you can come to the Southport Memorial Library to learn about Essential Oils, good for your health and much else. Look for an article with more information elsewhere in the paper.
Newagen Inn offers the following: on Sunday, July 15, Paul and Amber will be playing in the Pub from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m; last week’s Tuesday Lobster Bake at the Inn sold out, so be sure to call early for tickets to the bake on July 17. Wednesday, July 18 storyteller, Jude Lamb, will be around the campfire at 7 p.m., followed by s’mores, an event and treat free and open to the public. On Thursday, July 19, Steve Jones will play in the Pub from 7 until 9 p.m.
On July 16 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Southport Town Hall we will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Hendricks Hill Museum. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Southport Historical Society, will be a lively and informative evening with a visual presentation of the history of the museum along with personal first hand accounts of goings-on that have played an important role in the formation of our beautiful island community. Please consider becoming a "Friend" of the society that supports the preservation of the history of Southport Island.
The next night, July 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at the picnic area behind the General Store, will be the second “Open Mic.” Come and listen to your talented neighbors play and sing for you, even, occasionally inviting you to sing along.
Coming up on July 18 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. is the annual Southport Methodist Church fair. Most of you know the goodies that await: a lobster roll lunch in the Southport Town Hall, the cookie walk to fill your cookie jar, gently used books and other items over in the church on the Attic Treasures and Precious Past tables. A silent auction is usually in progress on the town hall porch.
More shopping opportunities are available at the Southport Memorial Library’s Christmas in July sale on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A change in schedule is the cancellation of the talk by author Kate Braestrup at the Southport Memorial Library on July 24 at 7 p.m. I hope she can come at another time because the one book I have read by her is excellent.
We have an exciting event coming up at Harbor Theater on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. that involves a Southport resident. Mary and Joe Tanski have lived at Newagen Colony for more than 25 years. Mary's daughter, Kate Novack, is a filmmaker who will be staying on Southport in the Knowlton Cottage for a week in July. She has graciously agreed to introduce her latest film, “The Gospel According to Andre,” and to answer questions after the screening.
Her mother and Kathy Rotondaro, also of Newagen Colony, are arranging special hors d'oeuvres in conjunction with Eventide Specialties, which will provide wine and cheese for a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and $8 for members (member’s children are $6). Look for a longer article about this event in next week’s Boothbay Register.
Finally beware walking and biking along Cross Road. A friend was buzzed by a large brown bird, probably a hawk who is probably defending a nest. The little junko defending her young in the nest in my hanging basket on the front porch buzzes me when I water the plant, but the difference in size causes less concern.