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A quilt marking a lifetime of Festival volunteering

By Stephen Betts | Jul 31, 2020
Photo by: John Root Charlotte Root of Rockland poses with a quilt made of Maine Lobster Festival volunteer t-shirts.

Rockland — The weekend of Aug. 1 would have been the wrap-up to the 2020 Maine Lobster Festival, but the COVID-19 outbreak led to the cancellation of the annual summer event.

But for a former longtime volunteer, she has something she can wrap up in when cold weather arrives.

Charlotte Root of Rockland, who is nearing 93, proudly displayed a quilt that her daughter and a friend made out of volunteer t-shirts she received during 40 years of volunteering.

Root said she was taken by complete surprise when she visited her daughter, Katherine Root-White, this week in Greenville and was presented with the quilt. Root said she collected the t-shirts, but was cleaning out the house and didn't know what she was going to do with the shirts.

Root's daughter made the quilt along with a friend, Jo Ann Pullen. The shirts were designed and made by Jim Brickel.

Root volunteered at the festival from 1959 through 1999. She started by serving as a chaperone for the Sea Princesses. She then served dinners at the eating tent when the McLoon company used to bring over large tanks to cook the lobsters before the cookers were built.

Later, Root worked the admission booths and when people determined she should be out of the hot sun, she was assigned to the information booth, where she answered questions from visitors from around the world. She also sold festival memorabilia.

Eventually, she said, when she could not reach for items high up and unable to bend down for merchandise lower down, she decided it was time to retire.

"I liked meeting all the people. I'm a people person," Root said.

As for the cancellation of the festival, Root said it was going to be awful not having the event in the community. She pointed out the festival raises money for many good causes.

Root said she hopes she can display the quilt at the 2021 Festival but in the meantime, she said it would keep her warm when colder weather arrives.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Jul 31, 2020 17:49

Great way to remember all the good times!! Congratulations Charlotte!!

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