Southport Section: Upcoming Events and Projects

Hooray for Southport! Today’s Boothbay Register online article lists vaccination rates by zip code. 04576, our postal code, gets a green rating with over 95% of our population vaccinated. Well done, everyone. Also by zip code, the CDC publishes the number of cases, and in that category we’ve seen the number drop from 6-9 to 6-19 probable or confirmed cases. This number only reflects people who reside within the zip code, not visitors or those claiming residence elsewhere.

Remember the annual book and bake sale at the Southport Memorial Library this Thursday, August 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, complete with homemade pies, cakes, cookies and other goodies. The books will continue to be on sale in the afternoon and again on Saturday.

Another shopping opportunity is the annual Southport Yacht Club Arts & Crafts Show this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 38 Cozy Harbor Road. With over 25 participating vendors, there will be something for everyone! Watercolors, acrylics and oil paints, photographs, jewelry, homemade soaps, knitted hats, scarves and gloves, note cards, Robert Mitchell 2022 hot-stamp calendars, hand-stamped silverware, pottery, stained glass, hand-hooked rugs main and much more! We even have a few young artists participating this year; Hadden Brinegar, 9, created cut oyster shells and Gabriella Moen, 13, will be making personalized pearl bracelets. Please come support the local artists who graciously donate 20% of their profits to the Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation Scholarship Fund.

You can buy grace and forgiveness for your sins at All Saints by the Sea, where Reverend Mr. Cristina Paglinauan will lead Holy Communion services for the next two weeks. The hours of service for the 2021 season are 9 am and 10:30 am. Look for more information elsewhere in this document.

In this article, also look for an article by Jenny Bennett on the meetings held to discuss the improvement of the grounds of the Southport Central School, currently called the Southport Community Commons Project. Lisa Clarke from the school and Valerie Gamage as well as Alice Mutch from the Southport Island Association are among those people who bring ideas together and lead discussions. If you’re interested, call Lisa, the school principal, at 633-3132.

If you are interested in the broadband progress on Southport and / or have questions about this project, you can attend a meeting at Southport Town Hall, inside or in the parking lot, depending on the COVID scene -19, August 22. at 4 p.m. As you may have noted elsewhere in this document, elected officials signed a contract with Axiom Technologies to install broadband, which the city voted to appropriate.

The middle room of the Southport Memorial Library was filled last Thursday night, July 29, with people eager to hear Southporter Gerry Hawes talk about “Albatross,” his first fictional book. Some of the action in the book is based on real life since Gerry’s experience is flying commercial and warplanes during the Vietnam War. One particular story of solving the mystery of a plane crash is also fact-based. I suspect that many people in the audience were or wish to be pilots themselves, judging by the lively conversation and questions.

Last week I wrote that Selectmen Trustee Ashlea Tibbetts would be leaving her job at Southport Town Hall at the end of the summer, so this position would be open for applications. On Monday, I learned that even though this information was true last week, Ashlea decided to stay. I think the selectmen didn’t want to lose her and made her job and maybe her pay a little more attractive. Whatever the reason, we are delighted to keep her with us.

Don’t forget the “Talking to the Horses” children’s event, which will be held August 14 from 1 pm to 3 pm, sponsored by the Southport Island Association. Led by Kristen Long, a Southporter who studies equine science at the University of Edinburgh, children will learn how horses talk to us – and how we can talk to them. They will meet Jessie, one of Kristen’s horses, which she has owned for a little over a year. A space is reserved for the first 10 young people (410-353-3861) either for this event or to express their interest for another moment. You must wear a sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes. They’re ready to take an old lady, so I’ll go too.

Now that we’ve shifted the schedule to August, note that a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Joan Britton will be held at the Southport Yacht Club on Sunday, August 29 at 4 p.m. On Saturday, September 11, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at All Saints-by-the-Sea, All Saints Road, Southport, at 2 p.m. for David Helming, followed by a rally at the Southport Yacht Club. We hope the COVID-19 resurgence will subside by then so we can come together to honor these two good people.

Our Southport General Store and Gift Barn features mouth-watering foods to eat and a wide variety of gifts, but currently employed students will be leaving to return to their schools soon, so continue to let people know that help is needed.

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