All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.
The Land Use Committee meets Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m.
The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday the 7th at 6:30 p.m.
The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday the 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Open Studio Tour
This weekend, Friday the 26th through Sunday the 28th. is the annual off-the-beaten-path studio tour of local artists and craftsmen. Renamed Midcoast Maine Arts & Artisans, the tour includes 13 studios in Lincolnville, Camden, Hope, Rockport, West Rockport, Union and Warren. Randy Fein’s Mountain Studio on Youngtown Road, Simon van der Ven’s studio in the Center and Sleepy Hollow Rag Rugs on Beach Road are the Lincolnville locations. Watch for the bright pink signs and arrows pointing the way along the tour.
Plan to have lunch in Hope village. As they have in the past, Partners For Enrichment, the nonprofit organization that helps to bring arts and science enrichment to Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville K-8 schools, will have their lunch stand open each day of the tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of routes 105 and 235 across from Hope General Store. Among other things they’ll have hamburgers and hot dogs, curried chicken salad, egg salad, cold drinks, potato chips, home made pies, cakes and cookies.
Library Book Sale
Lincolnville Community Library will have a book sale Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to noon with a large selection of novels, history and gardening books, memoirs, cookbooks, children's books and more. The library also has several bookcases for sale. All proceeds will benefit the library, which is expected to move into the town's old one-room schoolhouse once its renovation is complete. The current library is located at the corner of Heal Road and Main Street in Lincolnville Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Picnic and Auction
The 2nd annual Summer Picnic and Auction to benefit the Lincolnville Community Library project will take place Sunday, July 28, beginning at 5 p.m. at Lincolnville Boat Club in the Center, right across the street from the new library-to-be. The menu of brick oven-roasted pulled pork on homemade rolls, summer salads, cookies and watermelon was a hit last year, so we’re doing it again. The meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children, with those younger than 5 and older than 90 free.
After eating, Rosey Gerry begins auctioning off a wonderful array of items, services, and gift certificates, all from Lincolnville folks, including pottery, jewelry, a painting, a rag rug, a quilt, sailing and paddleboard lessons, a sushi platter, a mini keg of beer, several restaurant gift certificates, a massage, reflexology treatment, a pedicure and manicure, a bagpiper, front end alignment, Magic soil, a Christmas tree, a historic tour of the town, a biplane ride and a day of sailing and more. A Rosey Gerry auction is actually the entertainment; don’t miss it!
Save the Date
This year’s Blueberry Wingding will be Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at McLaughlin's Lobster Shack. Raffle and breakfast tickets are available from any member of Lincolnville Improvement Association. Call Lee Cronin for information at 236-0028.
I always enjoy reading the Rockland-based magazine, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors for its interesting articles, especially those written by Jennifer McIntosh. I’ve known Jennifer, who grew up at Youngtown Corner, since she was in Susan Terrell’s kindergarten with our oldest. How nice to read last week that she’s been made managing editor at the magazine. Congratulations, Jennifer!
Local business series: Christine’s Gallery
Christine Buckley’s Gallery offers a unique service right here in town — custom picture framing. Christine’s been doing framing since 1987 when she started with a shop in southern Maine. Within the next several years she opened shops in Portland, South Portland and Falmouth. When her first child was born, she moved to Lincolnville, downsizing to one shop. Today, as her family has grown, she jokes that’s she’s gone from three shops and one kid to one shop and three kids.
Located, as her phone message says, “in the big yellow house at the corner of Route 235 and Moody Mountain Road,” Christine offers complete picture framing services, with a specialty in mounting and framing textiles, an often hard-to-find skill. Her prices, she says, are 30 percent below retail, due to her lack of overhead. In typical Maine home-business model, the framing shop is just off her kitchen. Even with shipping costs, New York City customers find her prices reasonable. Christine does work for corporate clients as well as individuals, galleries and artists.
As readers of the online Lincolnville Bulletin Board know, Christine often finds ways to help out local projects with a bake sale or selling handmade jewelry at the Farmers’ Market, by donating framing and mounting for the Historical Society, as well as putting on neighborhood parties with her kids. Christine’s changes her phone message weekly with her open hours listed – 763-4500.
Corelyn Senn writes: “There seems to be a large crop of baby nuthatches this year and I have seldom seen such tiny birds out of the nest. They look like they should not yet be able to fly, but they are doing a good job of it. Also, their feathers don't seem to have taken on the adult differentiated coloring yet — they all look sort of dirty and ruffled up. I saw that especially with the one I rescued from inside my house. They are busy coming to my suet feeder hanging in the window so I get a good look at them. Judging from their appetites they will get big pretty quickly.”
The Once-Abandoned House
When I moved to Maine in 1967 abandoned houses were pretty common, especially out in the country. Old farmhouses moldered on every back road. I watched as the ones in my neighborhood (near Tenants Harbor in those days) slipped closer and closer to the ground with each passing year. One was rumored to have collapsed into its own cellar behind its boarded up windows; the piano had gone right through the floor.
But then, in the 80s and 90s things picked up. Here in Lincolnville the rumble of dump trucks delivering loads of gravel and loam, of Viking and Rankins trucks hauling building supplies to a construction site were daily occurrences. The Beach parking lot overflowed at 6 a.m. with carpenters, plumbers, and electricians rendezvousing for the day’s work.
Then came the recession of 2007. MBNA had already gone away by that time, and for Lincolnville it looked as if the “good times, they were over.” I began keeping track, counting, as people moved away or died, and nobody came to live in their houses. Some were foreclosed. At one point there were four empty places on Ducktrap Road alone, a road that only has about a dozen houses.
One of those abandoned places was on Beach Road. Its last owner had left it a mess. Each year it looked sadder and sadder, all the more since once upon a time it had been the home of a large and boisterous family. Old photos at the Historical Society show them growing up. Then, during the past several months, we passers-by have watched as new owners carted off trash, repaired and painted and cleared away the tangled underbrush of many years. Pots of seedlings appeared in the glass porch windows, a garden plot was plowed up. Then one morning last week I caught a glimpse of a pretty woman in a sundress, carrying a basket out to her garden. The place is coming alive.