North Haven news
If any of you readers out there are looking for a way to make the seasons fly by may I suggest writing a column for your local town? I say this not in the form of a complaint, but as a realization that when you relive the past two weeks and openly prepare for the following two things seem to fly by; just as this summer has.
My next column after this one will be published in September. While September to some (i.e. kids and tourists) may seem like the end of summer, to me and many I know who live and work along the Midcoast, it is a beautiful month of reprieve. As with so many intros to my columns in the past, let this last August writing be a reminder of the good weather that is to come in just nine short days.
Seeing that this is the last column in August, it must mean that North Haven’s Community Days has taken place. On Aug. 10, North Haven awoke to a beautiful day despite the persistent downpour for two days before. That beautiful day brought with it flower show winners, a parade, a codfish relay, a lobster crate race and a three-plus hours long street dance featuring four bands.
The fifth annual Red Barn Flower Show had more participants this year than last year and offered some beautiful arrangements within the five different categories. Lindsey Beverage won the Best in Show ribbon and Karen Cooper won the People’s Choice award. Congratulations go out to both Lindsey and Karen, as well as all the other winners and participants. At 11 a.m. (not 9:30 as written) the citizens and visitors of North Haven were presented a varied display of floats, scooters, fire trucks and celebrities from the grave in this year’s parade. Some of the floats that made the trip (twice) through town this year were from local groups and businesses such as: The Turner Farm, The Casino, The Humane Society, Sheep Meadow Farm, The North Haven Library and Thrift Shop, the EMS and Firemen, a gang of scooters and people looking to have a good time and show off some old cars. The vote for best floats this year went to Joette Adams for her “raining cats and dogs” float to raise awareness of the Knox County Humane Society, a Davy Jones float and a float by Sheep Meadow Farm highlighting their gardens. This year’s codfish relay had 40 participants competing for 10 teams. While there is always a cash prize for the winners it is perhaps the pride and cheers that is best won in this event. Donning boots, raingear and carrying a codfish while racing up and down Main Street (and doing it faster than your opponents) is the basis for this fun event. This year’s race had a slight upset compared to years past (perhaps I see it this way because I was on the winning team) because the fit young men of the Casino were beat (quite badly I might add) by a group of middle-aged men looking for six-pack money. My advice to the young men for next year: a steady technique and less concern about how your six-pack abs look might help you finish a little closer to the Backshore Men. With beer money in hand, thanks to the Sheep Meadow float and Codfish relay wins, the misses, little one and I enjoyed a great set put on at The Shake (the street dance) by Six Guns, Uncontrollable Urge and The Toughcats. What better way to end a Saturday on North Haven than seeing Main Street closed down and people dancing to classic rock covers, DEVO, Prince, James Brown and The B52’s covers and North Haven’s own Toughcats? Thanks for a great day North Haven and the Recreation Council.
I’m glad to announce that next year’s events will have at least two additions to the festivities. On Aug. 4, Tess and Ryan Marves became the happy parents of a baby boy. North Haven’s newest addition is named Byron Evan Marves. I have no doubt that between mom and dad and the three big sisters he will be well looked after. On Aug. 12, Joan Davisson Dow, with Brackett by her side, gave birth to a baby boy. Joan and Brackett welcomed Wilder James Dow at 9:59 p.m. Wiley weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 22.5 inches long. North Haven welcomes the new baby boys and sends out warm regards to the Marves and the Dows.
As I come to a close, I would like to throw out a plug for a good friend of mine who is having an art exhibit at Waterman’s Community Center. Andy Gelinas art exhibit features pastel works of North Havens woods, shores and surrounding islands. If you have ever seen the red sky at night setting over the Camden Hills than I suggest you give Andrews works a look. Until next time enjoy the rest of your August.