Juniper and McKown Points Column: Lobster bake, tennis and more

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 8:45am

All’s well that ends well. The 2019 Lobster Bake came off spectacularly, thanks to a tremendous push led by Chairperson Ann Swope who had to make the call midday Saturday to move the event off the field to the Community House. The downpours between 5 and 7 p.m. deterred few, with over a hundred “dining in” while many others did “take-out.” Over 200 lobster and 45 hot dogs dinners were served.

Thanks to all the volunteers: Cammie and Rob Beattie for shopping (did I overhear 12 pounds of butter?) Cindy, Faith and Andrew Gagne who prepped, served and cleaned up, the McGee championship corn husking team, Helene and Holly Barnes who once again baked many wonderful desserts, as did others, Terry Paetzold who put her catering experience to work with an efficient set up in a very crowded Community House and husband Ray who was there every time Ann needed something, and the lobster cooking crew - Jim Dilley, Carey Swope, Sandy Fuller, Shawn Mccullock - who put out almost 300 pounds of lobsters, dozens of ears of corn and many buckets of clams from Jim’s carport-turned-kitchen. Bunny Gagne came out of retirement to help with ticketing, and many younger hands showed up to serve the lined up crowd. Thanks everyone!

Burnt Island Day is Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your family, friends and a picnic lunch for a relaxing afternoon at Burnt. Emily Whiting needs volunteers to transport people in boats from Moore’s Landing beginning at 12:30 and to run the family games. Contact her at If you can help with either.

Last Wednesday the first Junior tennis competition of the season was played with BHYC. After a fun morning, Juniper Point eeked out a few matches over the Yacht Club. Next up, Christmas Cove today.

The July 4th Parent/Child Round Robin was a success with 11 teams (including 5 teams from the Lewis family) enjoying fun tennis, hot dogs and socializing. Ben and Buck Lewis inched out Micaela and Ethan Brown for the Championship title.

After the USA soccer win on Sunday, 15 Juniper Point adult tennis players, family and friends took boats out to Squirrel Island for a Round Robin. Perfect weather and the picturesque setting made for a fantastic afternoon.

Former Tennis Assistant Po Grant married Kylie Waddington at Linekin Bay Resort Saturday night. Boothbay Harbor and Juniper Point plays a big role in their lives; guests enjoyed the wedding location and experiencing the Maine coast.

Kudos to Charlotte Morrison, Membership Chair, for producing the new JPVIS directory. With input from Lee Corbin and Jose McComiskey, Charlotte did a great job updating contact information into a very readable, easy to use format. They are available at the Community House along with the summer schedule of events.

Adorable baby (your correspondent’s assessment) Christopher Hearn, Ann and Carey Swope’s grandson, enjoyed the weekend with his mom Kate Swope. He stuck his toes in the water, met Christina Edwards’s, Meredith Leone’s, Laura Stevenson’s and Devon Crawford’s children, went on his first boat ride, lunched at Tugs Pub, enjoyed the Lobster Bake and made many new friends. The tradition continues.

JPVIS President Jose McComiskey and incoming President John Gillies will be meeting with Police Chief Hasch soon about the traffic on McKown Point Road. We all need to observe the posted limit of 25 MPH and watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Perhaps a speed monitor will help us gauge our speed.

Next week’s column will be written by Wade Judge. You can send your news to him at or 633-3796.