Southport Column: Graduation, cookout and more

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 4:45pm

If you are reading this column early, note that on Tuesday, June 14, the polls at the Southport Town Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. to vote in the primary election.

Our sixth grade students at the Southport Central School will graduate on Friday, June 17, at a ceremony to be held at Newagan Inn beginning at 9:30 a.m. Beginning about 9 a.m., if you live on the west side of the island between the school and the inn, you can cheer the students on by gathering alongside the road to ring bells, wave banners, and cheer as they go by, riding on the Southport fire truck.

Don’t forget on June 18 to bring your favorite father to the Father’s Day Cookout at the Southport School from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Newagen Inn has underwritten and the Southport Island Association has organized this event that is open to any Southporter who arrives with a father. No reservations necessary.

A reminder that we can gather at the Southport Town Hall on June 22 at 6 p.m. to get answers to any questions you may have about the fiber installation project. Also, please note that you can go onto the Southport Broadband Committee's website to learn more about this town-wide effort to provide all Southport households with equal access to affordable reliable high-speed full fiber Internet service. The website address is

We all know help has been very hard to find at various establishments in the area, but the Southport Island Store is fortunate to have been introduced to four women from Romania who arrived last Monday to work for the summer. They will have a week to settle in and then begin their schedules on Monday, June 20. Please welcome them to our community. Their names are Aurora, Emma, Codruta and Simina.

Among other arrivals that we know, but who have come again for the summer, are Susie and Aims McGuinness who were busy this week getting their summer home on David’s Island open and boats in the water.

Mooring tags are required by July 1, so see Ashley at the Southport Town Hall if you need one, and note that All Saints by-the- Sea will open this Sunday, June 19, and will offer two opportunities for worship each Sunday until Sept. 11, one service at 8 a.m. a.m. and the second at 10 a.m. along with Bible study on the porch on Tuesday mornings at 9.

If you heard some Southern accents around the island over last weekend, they may have been coming from Kit’s cousin, Sally, and her daughter, Valerie, who were visiting from Roswell, Georgia. They have been here before, but again exclaimed about the beauty and the delicious fish. Such comments always remind me again how lucky we are to live here.