Southport Column: Longer store hours, Cozy’s Dockside and more

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 8:15am

If you are reading this column in the “Morning Catch,” and if you are registered to vote on Southport, please attend the town meeting on Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. concerning installing solar panels to create electricity for the five town buildings. The town has the money ($175,000) but we need a quorum of about 40 people for the vote to count.

“Sumer Is Icumen In” is a medieval English round of the mid-13th century, although when I Googled the phase, I see many singers have transliterated it into modern English and built on the traditional tune. For a fun way to welcome, finally, our warm and sunny weather, Google the phrase, chose a rendition of the song, and enjoy.

A correction to last week’s column — the website for the Cozy Harbor B&B is This B&B with such a lovely view over the harbor will open June 22.

With summer comes longer Island Store hours and new workers assisting Janet, Oliver, and the usual crew during these busy time. Perhaps you will want to introduce yourself and welcome them to the island as some come from far away.

New store hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Oliver reports that many summer visitors are returning as are workmen either building new houses or renovating existing ones. Skip’s sayings, posted on a white board visible over the shelves as you enter the store, caught my eye as it said, “If you see me jogging, please kill whatever is chasing me.”

Summer also brings the reopening of Lynn Schafer’s Possibilities Shop on Route 27 between the Island Store and the Yacht Club. You can find her there most afternoons and enjoy her garden as well as the many interesting items in the shop.

Kit and I could not attend the Firemen’s Dinner last Thursday evening because our grandson graduated from Lincoln Academy that afternoon, but all reports are that it was sold out, the food was good, and everyone had fun.

Jason Rodriquez, returning chef at what is now called Cozy’s Dockside (previously Oliver’s), said the restaurant will open this Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. It will be open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. The decor is similar with the addition of many shiny pans hanging above the counter. Jason said the menu would be more in keeping with the original years, i.e., hamburgs, hot dogs, and milkshakes, although he hinted at a wide variety of new flavors for the milkshakes. The ice cream window will still be open, and some of the fish dishes such as lobster and crabmeat rolls, and my favorite, fish tacos, will remain along with other traditional coastal Maine fare.

Some of Southport’s cooking will available in Wiscasset as I hear that Ken and Ginny Coburn’s son is opening what was Le Garage, renamed as Waterstreet Kitchen and Bar. You can check it out by going to the website,

When I asked for news at the Island Store, a young man said that the boat, Liberty, belonging to John Malone, would be returning to Hodgdon Yachts, an interesting sight for boat lovers.

Other boats are returning to the water in Cozy Harbor and elsewhere. Commissioning week at the Southport Yacht Club begins June 17 and the sailing classes begin June 24. The last day at the Southport School is June 12, so young sailors there have a few days off before sailing begins.

A reminder to all: please write out Southport news and put the note in the green envelope at the Island Store or email me at