All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Cemetery Trustees meet tonight, Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The Selectmen meet Monday the 12th at 6 p.m.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 14th at 7 p.m.
Blueberry Wing Ding
This Saturday, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. the annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Blueberry Wing Ding will take place at McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack Restaurant, along with blueberry baked goods and crafts. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than 10. Raffle tickets for seven gift certificates – to Chez Michel, Copper Pine Café, Cellardoor Winery, Lobster Pound, Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Whales Tooth Pub, and Youngtown Inn – will be available, with the drawing on Saturday. This is the Lincolnville Improvement Association’s yearly fundraising event and makes possible scholarships to local students and provides for the community Christmas Party. L.I.A. members also maintain the old Beach Schoolhouse, as well as plant and tend flowers at the Beach.
Art at the Beach
After filling up on blueberry pancakes, wander up to the 24th annual Art at the Beach, on the Whales Tooth Pub’s grounds. The show, which features the work of local artists in watercolor, oil, pastels, art photographs and mixed media is open all day Saturday the 10th.
Community Block Party
Crossroads Community Baptist Church is hosting their summer Community Block Party at Breezemere Park, Saturday the 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. At previous events hosted by Crossroads more than 100 people from all over the local area — Rockland, Warren, Belfast, Stockton Springs, Camden, as well as Lincolnville — have attended and had a great time! The party is free with barbecue, bounce house, games, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon animals and prize drawings.
The next meeting of the Improvement Association will be Thursday the 15th, 5:30 potluck.
Lincolnville Center Flea Market
The next Center Flea Market at the Community Building will be Saturday the 17th (and every third Saturday of the month through October) from 8 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by United Christian Church, tables are available for rent, and donations for UCC’s tables are welcome. Contact Roberta Heald, 763-3266 or Mary Schulein, 785-3521.
Grange Supper Coming Up
Mark your calendar for Tranquility Grange’s August supper to be held the 17th.
Recital at UCC
An organ recital featuring Ann McCullough with special guest performance by Ray Cornils will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at United Christian Church. A reception will follow.
Local business series: McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack Restaurant
I caught Rick McLaughlin on a busy Saturday afternoon in the middle of his busiest weeks and followed him around the kitchen asking questions as he worked. This is his 34th year as manager and now owner of the place many in town still refer to as The Lobster Pound picnic area or take out. But over the years the original facility has grown to include a dining room and patio as well as picnic tables overlooking Lincolnville Beach.
With an average of 11 employees (“one key employee and the rest students”) Rick says his seasonal business doesn’t provide “household supporting” jobs. As the mother of one of those seasonal employees (many years ago) I can appreciate what a business like his does provide. I wonder how many Lincolnville young people found their first real jobs in the kitchen of one of the busy Beach restaurants – washing dishes, breading clams, prepping salads, waiting table – learning the basic responsibilities of holding a job, like showing up on time, looking presentable, being willing to work. Rick remembers the kids who car-pooled in from Thorndike back when he first ran the business. “It was much better than haying on their family’s farms, and it actually paid.”
The Lobster Shack is truly a seasonal business, April to October, seven days a week, open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. And at that 80 percent of the business occurs in just twelve weeks. Once he closes down for the season, Rick turns in his spatula for an electrician’s tools. In April he’s ready to come back to the restaurant, but by October he says he’s happy to go back into attics.
On Saturday Rick will open his kitchen and restaurant up to the L.I.A. for their annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. For that one morning of the year volunteer cooks will be cranking out pancakes, bacon, and sausage for patrons who start lining up at 7 a.m. There can’t be a more wonderful place to eat breakfast on an August morning than the patio of the Lobster Shack. Or a more patient restauranteur than Rick, cooking and picking lobsters for the day, even as these once-a-year cooks ask for help with the gas burners or where does he keep the foil.
When, out in the kitchen, I was explaining that I was trying to answer the tourist’s question: “What on earth do people do for a living around here?”
“Anyway we can!” said Melissa Yandell, that non-student, key employee Rick referred to.