Morrill Town News
By Mindy Rowlands
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I’m sure that a number of you have probably had a few adventures, vacations, company, or family reunions this summer, so please give me a call or drop me an email so that I can include them in the news.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, Dean and I headed “north” for the 38th annual Brown Reunion. Every year my family celebrates this reunion at the “family camp” on South Branch Lake in Seboeis Plantation, the town founded by my family way back in the late 1800’s. It is a busy, but fun weekend of events usually focused around some theme. This year’s theme was “lumbering.” My mother and I usually plan the games so this year’s activities included lots of good old fashioned lumberjack events. The adults tossed pulpwood while the kids got to throw some firewood; we had a crosscut saw competition for adults while the kids cut tree cookies with a bucksaw and we also had a relay race that involved moving very large logs with Peaveys. The highlight of the games, though, was a real log rolling competition in the lake where everyone successfully fell in, and no one stayed on long enough to even be timed, but where both the spectators and the contestants were highly entertained. Along with all the games, sisters, Nancy and Anne, competed in a chocolate donut “fry off” to finally determine who was the better donut maker. Despite lots and lots of taste-testing by everyone in attendance, no one could say for certain who made the best donut. (Even Anne and Nancy, who did a blind taste test, could not find any difference between the two donuts.) So, while no one was ultimately crowned the champion, we all came out the winners because we got to “taste test” to our heart’s greatest contentment.
The weekend’s festivities came to a conclusion after the annual meeting and the family auction, where items handmade by family members are auctioned off. The auction is always a great success as a half-dozen homemade donuts generally sells for about $25. Besides a number of incredible cooks, my family is blessed with a large number of extraordinary artisans of various types. At the auction you could encounter anything from breathtaking photos from my cousin, Scott, hand woven placemats or handspun and knitted mittens and hats from my cousin Lynn, handmade Adirondack chairs or porch swings from my Uncle Jack, to handmade snowshoes from my cousin, Darrell. Along with the handmade items, there are usually a number of children’s toys that sell for less than a dollar so that every child can win something to take home at the end of the reunion.