Thistle Inn receives old poem

Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:00pm

    Marc Brewer of Boothbay Harbor was a friend and neighbor of Terry Lewis. Lewis, who was a merchant marine, collected many items in his travels around the world. After Lewis died in 2006, Brewer bid on and won his property and merchandise.

    He discovered several items, including hundreds of rolls of red ribbon. Brewer eventually gave some away to crafters, teachers and others. Other items included lots of Boothbay Harbor memorabilia.

    Recently, Brewer came upon a hand-penned poem written about former Thistle Inn owner Leonie Greenwood Adams. Adams was a colorful character and a former Boothbay Harbor selectman, so penning a poem about her was probably easy to do.

    The nine-stanza poem, about four feet in length, was written in October 1978 by Elizabeth "Liz" Calloway with artwork and lettering done by Ann Hedgcock. Calloway died in 2005 but Hedgcock, owner of Stonehedge Pottery, lives in East Boothbay.

    “I remember that ‘long’ vertical piece I lettered for the Thistle. Not knowing Leonie personally, my biggest concern was lettering the poem without making any spelling mistakes, etc! Can't believe it's still around and that Terry Lewis had it,” said Hedgcock.

    Thistle Inn General Manager Sonya Dearborn said she hopes to frame the poem and hang it in the restaurant.