Several more busy weeks to go in our summers. First up, if you get to read this column online in the “Morning Catch,” you will be reminded of Southport summer resident, Robert Stengel, who is sharing his involvement in and memories of the moon landing at the Boothbay Harbor Library on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. My understanding is that Rob wrote the code that enabled the module to leave the spacecraft to descend and land on the lunar surface. Rob shared with us, and the article about him and his talk in last week’s Register noted that a ﬁlm constructed of the actual video and audio from the beginning of the rocket’s launch to the landing on the moon, to the return trip would be shown on the Boothbay Harbor Library lawn on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Not many people must have gotten the word because Kit and I were among only about six people watching on the big screen. To sit on the lawn on a warm summer’s evening, able to see the moon at a little more than half full, and watch history as it was made those days in July 1969 was a delightful experience.
Next up is the Southport Firemen’s Auction this Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning as usual with the Flea Market at 6 a.m., the Yard Sale at 7 a.m., and the live auction at 9 a.m., featuring Gerry Gamage as the auctioneer.
Previous to the auction a number of Southporters will ﬁll up on blueberry pancakes ﬂipped at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Boothbay Harbor, beginning at 8 a.m.
Our elementary and middle school children will be attending “Set for Success’ on Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning with a cookout at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then entering the YMCA tennis court area to gather their school supplies for the year, all tucked into a backpack. Children will be able to get other back-to school needs met such as haircuts, dental and eye exams, and clothing. As always a great day for our community and thanks to all who have donated.
The Southport Island Association’s (SIA) annnual meeting will be Monday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Newagen Inn. All are welcome and are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. After a short meeting and a few words from our current president, Medea Harris, you can continue to enjoy fellowship with your Southport friends and family. The SIA Board is eager to share with you what the SIA has been up to this past year. From educational scholarships and community hunger prevention programs to family fun activities, the SIA has been busy. The board would love to hear from you about what the SIA can do to continue to improve our island community.
Many of us had a lovely evening and delicious food at the SIA annual picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Many thanks to Skip and Jane Williams who shared their lawn with the lovely view of Pig Cove and Capitol Island and to all you who cooked and provided food. The young children had a great time romping on the lawn and playing the variety of games provided.
Our Southport Memorial Library aides continue to be busy arranging authors’ talks. The next will held on Aug. 22 when David Rosenfelt will speak at 7 p.m. Rosenfelt is best known for his Andy Carpenter series that features an attorney who loves dogs. His nonﬁction book, “Dogtripping,” recounts his cross country trip with 25 rescue dogs, in three vans, with 11 volunteers. You may bring Mr. Rosenfelt’s books for signing and a photo of your dog!
On Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., author Douglas Preston has been rescheduled to talk about his nonﬁction book “The Lost City of the Monkey Gods.” Preston was the journalist hired by National Geographic Magazine in 2015 to record the discovery of this city in the rainforests of Honduras. A video will accompany this talk. This fascinating trip will be brought to life by Preston. The library has many of both author’s books.
Please mark these dates on your calendar. The Southport Yacht Club’s annual Arts and Crafts two day sale last weekend was a great success. Many thanks to all those who worked to arrange the sale, to conduct the sale, and who bring their arts and crafts for us to enjoy and buy. Perhaps more on these “thank you’s” next week.