The news from Vinalhaven
We seem to have entered a bit of a rainy spell here that is wonderful for people’s gardens, and the wet and fog makes town picturesque in a different way than the sparkling sunny days. Dahlias of many colors are blooming around town including the favorite Matinicus Red Dahlia. Butterfly bushes and sunflowers are tall and vibrant, and I have seen many hummingbird moths busily working amongst the flowers. If you’ve never encountered a hummingbird moth, try to do so. Gardens that are attracting a lot of butterflies and bees are a good place to patiently watch for this tiny fluttering insect. You can look up photos of these moths online first so you know what you’re looking for. It’s mesmerizing to sit only inches away while they hum about their work.
In the town of Vinalhaven news given in the Wind, the deadline is approaching for deer permit lottery applications. Paper application deadlines have past, but if you apply online you have until Aug. 15. It’s not uncommon to see deer as you drive the island roads, or walk in the early morning or in the evening. There are many gardens around town that have had plants browsed by deer, and some say the population is higher than is healthy for our surroundings. In other town news, the quarries have had their summer water testing, and all is good with the water. Swimming continues to be a very popular activity any time of day.
Has all the Olympic coverage left you craving sports? If you have a little extra time and some energy to spare, you can go up to the school any week during the summer and join in a pick-up soccer game on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. This week, 18 folks showed up to play and enjoy the sunshine and some good exercise. There are all ability levels present, and anyone is welcome to play. And if watching soccer is more your speed, do feel free. You could even think about the money you’re saving by watching soccer in Vinalhaven instead of London this summer.
In other school-related news, Marcia Ball, a five-time Grammy nominee, will be coming to the island for a concert on Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall. Ball was nominated for the 2012 Blues Album of the Year, so it’s sure to be a great time. You can, like always for these big concerts, get tickets at the Paper Store. Partners in Island Education is the organizer, so ticket sales will help PIE’s mission of sponsoring art, literacy and enrichment opportunities at the Vinalhaven School.
Business around town
This last week Vinalhaven Eldercare Services had its annual Auction and Tag Sale and was thankful for the gorgeous weather and the many attendees. It’s always fun to roam the tables and see what is being offered for sale or bid including artwork, old parlor organs, lamps, pies, or whatever folks have decided to donate to Eldercare to help raise funds for the organization.
This week folks are getting ready for the Musical Rampage to be held at Charlotte’s Field on Sunday, July 29. There’s food and dancing, and the bands are always the highlight of the afternoon. From noon till dusk there will be bands including the Six Foot Swells, Josh Eden and the Difference, and the Toughcats. It promises to be a great gathering. The Rampage is at the end of July so if you miss it this year, mark your calendar for next summer.
What folks are talking about
Sparkplug Farm continues to do well, and it is fun to hang out in the Flea Market Field during community supported agriculture (CSA) pick up times. On those Monday and Thursday evenings folks enjoy chatting about their own gardens, successes and failures, and the beauty and bounty of the produce coming from Sparkplug. Sarah Hodges and John Wright who run the farm are always in a pleasant mood and even send their CSA members farm updates and recipes to match the week’s vegetable offerings. I personally have my eye on their recent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe. Their produce is also available in town at Carvers Market and the ARCafe, and you can find out more about their endeavors at www.sparkplugfarm.com.
Across the street from that field, on Jane Duell’s lawn, Vinalhaven’s 18th annual Pet Show will be conducted. Folks are chatting about the fun of the pet show in years past, and speculating on what pets may be presented this year. In past years, pets have included ferrets, hamsters, chickens, a horse, cats, and any number of dogs. Each owner will have a few minutes in the ring to present their pet if they choose, and there are ribbons presented in many categories. There will be a yard sale starting at 9:30 to be followed by the Pet Show at 10:30. Suzanne Heller will be there to paint pet portraits, and Deb Farrington will be there to take photos of pets. There will of course be food and desserts, and proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Knox County. Do try to come to enjoy the festivities. The more unusual pet you bring, the better your chances of being the talk of the town.
As for the talk of the town, I look forward to discovering what folks are talking about, what programs folks have been to and enjoyed, and what’s coming up on the Community Calendar. Folks might be chatting about Phil’s circumambulation talk, the Benefit Challenge race, the antique car rally, or the ARCafe’s Open Mic Night. More on those events and more next week as we all enjoy our summer to its fullest.
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