Southport Column: Lots on the calendar

Tue, 06/11/2024 - 8:00am

If you are reading this article Tuesday morning in the “Daily Catch, remember to vote on that day, June 11, for federal (except president), state, and local candidates. Voting booths at the Southport Town Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Look elsewhere in this paper for more information.

Do look for another article and pictures of the Southport Central School’s concert at the town hall last Wednesday, June 5, and here are just a few more thoughts. First of all creating an all school concert with so few students is a challenge, but one well met. The theme this year was “Adventures in Travel” with the ‘Itinerary,’ the title of the program, which was a poem and then a song, both of which had as their subject “travel.” For example, the concert opened with a poem by Nikki Giovanni titled “A Journey,” followed by a song sung by all the students titled “How Far I’ll Go.” Later on the youngest students first presented a poem titled “Road Trip,” and then sang “Pictures in the Sky.” When the older students recited a poem by Walt Whitman, titled “Song of the Open Road” and followed it by singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” accompanied on guitars by Ryder Baker and Duncan Scott, many in the audience joined it. A fun evening!

Another school activity for all is the graduation graduation/end-of-year celebration that begins at Newagen Inn on Thursday, June 13 at 9:45 a.m. We all are invited to join in the celebration of all Southport Central School (SCS) children. Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony. Sixth graders (Jessie Ullo, Mabel Kaler and Kayla Watts) will be riding the firetruck from school to the inn, leaving school around 9:15 a.m. All Southporters are encouraged to cheer on these graduates by coming to the roadside with signs, noisemakers, etc. as they are transported from school to the inn.

The evening before this graduation activity, on June 12, is the Firemen’s Dinner at Newagen Inn. Remember to get your tickets either online or by calling the Inn at 633-2494. The dinner is begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. with food served family style at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go the the Southport Fire Department.

On June 13 at the Southport Memorial Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Jerry Farnham will discuss his debut novel, “Red at Night,” a story set on the coast of Maine.

On Monday evening, June 17, 7 p.m., at the Southport Town Hall, Friends of the Southport Historical Society (FSHS) will hold their annual meeting. FSHS will begin the program with a raffle for the lobster trap table built by Gerry Gamage, as well as a call for sponsorship and donations for the handsome new copper lanterns to grace the Museum. All of this will be followed by a presentation, "Southport Maine: The
Postcard View" by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at the Penobscot Museum. Refreshments will be served!

All Saints by-the-Sea opens this coming Sunday, June 16, with services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Beginning on June 18 the Southport General Store will remain open until 7 p.m., assuming enough help has arrived. Two dates coming up from the store: (1) June 20 from 4 through 6 p.m. you can attend a Needle Felting workshop, and (2) on June 27 from 4 through 7 p.m. you can attend a wine tasting. Expect a fee for the workshop but not for the wine tasting.

Look for another article in this paper concerning Southport’s Land Use Ordinance, which needs to be brought into compliance with a new state law relating to the availability of housing in the state. Note two public hearings on this change, the first being Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. and the second June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Southport Town Hall. The amendments can be found on the town’s website’s Planning Board page. The town has also has scheduled a Special Town Meeting for July 1, the date the new law takes effect.

A new date for your calendar is July 6 when there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Southport Central School’s Playground Expansion. Beginning at 9: a.m. the Southport Central School’s Playground Committee will be hosting a ceremony for the official opening of the new natural playground. All are invited to see the Gaudette Family cut the ribbon officially opening the playground, which includes the Ramona
Gaudette Mud Kitchen, dedicated to the beloved school cook of 57 years. Light refreshments will be served. For for more information, look elsewhere in this paper.

Beginning Sunday, July 7, the Southport United Methodist Church will begin sharing a new pastor with the East Boothbay Methodist Church, with the time of worship changing to 8:30 a.m. All are invited to join friends and neighbors as we welcome Steve Murray, and his family, wife, Julie, and their son, Joshua, to our region. They will arrive on June 26 and live in the East Boothbay parsonage. Previously Pastor Murray has served a church for about 38 years that has expanded to three locations: Plaistow and Sandown, New Hampshire, and Amesbury, Massachusetts.