Stockton Springs Community Builders

Stockton Springs is hosting the annual Harbor Days event July 26 and 27. Friday night there will be a street dance for all ages. Downtown Main Street will be blocked off for the festivities and there will be a food truck and fun games for the kids. Saturday the party will be at the harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Cape Docks Road with boat rides, kayaking, games, crafts, barbecue and more. Lobster boat adventure for kids starts at 3 p.m. Come enjoy this free event sponsored by Stockton Springs Community Builders. For more information, visit facebook.com/StocktonSpringsCB/.

Also, coming up together with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust will be an outdoor movie night in the Stockton Springs Municipal Parking Lot on Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Sandy Point Community Hall

On Wednesday, July 17, Sassafras Stomp will play fiddle and banjo tunes, ballads and original and harmonic songs at the Open Mic "Plus" Evenings at the Sandy Point Community Hall at 684 Route 1 in Stockton Springs. The open mic format is from 7-8 p.m. and music starts at 8:15 until 9:30 p.m.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Don't forget the Summer Reading Program for children on Tuesday, July 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m. throughout July. Also coming up is the Pie and Art Festival on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.

Friends of Sears Island

On July 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., there will be "A Sears Island Treasure Hunt" with Robin Huntley of Dirigo Learning for ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. Advance registration is required. For more information, go to facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland.org. or call 975-3878.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

On Tuesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club, there will be an open house information event in support of the land trust's new acquisition of Mt. Tuck and building trails up that mountain. To conserve and create the Mt. Tuck Preserve, they are looking to raise $200,000 through grants and private donations by the end of 2020. They just had an information session at the library this past week, which I attended, as I am active volunteer for this organization. This preserve will be an asset for Stockton Springs, drawing hikers and others to the preserve and our town when completed.

Stockton Harbor has been very busy with boats of all types going in and out. I finally spoke to a Searsport town employee on what the string of buoys between two orange floats is for in Searsport's area of the harbor. I was told it is a mussel farming endeavor. All winter long a lobster boat went out to check on the mussel farm and I hope it is successful, as I love steamed mussels!

There have been many glorious sunsets across the harbor with a red sun from the Canadian wildfires. The town dock and the bridge on Cape Jellison have been busy with fishermen.

Finished reading "Next Year in Havana" by Chanel Cleeton about a Cuban family during the Cuban revolution. A friend of mine, Mel Suarez, and his family fled from Cuba when he was 8 years old and his stories are right in line with this book.

Certainly the older I get, the more grateful I am for everyone and every experience I have. Enjoy your summertime this week, as we survive winter just for these lovely days.

Thought for the week: "The summer night is like a perfection of thought." — Wallace Stevens.