Stockton Springs Community Church

Gospel and Christian music fans might want to circle Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. on their calendars. On that date, Nashville duo Ernie and Jason Couch will be in concert at the Stockton Springs Community Church.

Ernie and Jason will be bringing an exciting mixture of 20th-century gospel classics and originals to town. These guys are known across the United States and Canada for their live music, good humor, and genuine spirit.

This duo has been traveling the road for almost three decades, presenting a professional evening of music. Besides a Grammy nomination and having a number of songs in the gospel charts both here and abroad, Ernie and Jason have recorded with such greats as George Beverly Shea, Jake Hess, George Jones, Petra, James Earl Jones, Patti Page and Dallas Holm, to name a few.

Check them out for yourself at erniecouchandrevival.com or on their Facebook page at Ernie Couch & Revival. This is a free concert with donations accepted.

Stockton Springs Community Library

SSCL will host the The Great Event Sept. 7, and space rentals for the giant yard sale are underway. Mark your calendars and save the date for the giant yard sale, barbecue, tea room, bake sale, homemade doughnuts, children’s events and much more.

Spaces are approximately 10 feet by 15 feet. Cost is $35. You may bring your own table or you can rent a table for an extra $5.

Also, don't forget the Pie and Art Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17, with homemade pies, savory and sweet, and artwork created by local artists, on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.

Sandy Point Community Hall

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, there will be an Open Mic Plus evening at Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 U.S. Route 1, featuring Hawk Henries with indigenous and original flute music and wonderful stories. Open Mic is from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by Hawk Henries from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Sandy Point Club was founded in 1923 with the original purpose of helping generate a closer feeling among summer and year-round residents.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., there will be a talk by Dick Baldwin for the Where in the World lecture series at the Old Vestry, 2 Church St., Searsport.

Baldwin launched Educational Passages as a project to spread ocean and environmental literacy. Its GPS-equipped MiniBoats follow ocean currents and winds, allowing students of all ages to explore oceanic phenomena while the project develops transoceanic classrooms.

Baldwin’s talk will include photos and video from his most recent MiniBoat launch. The cost is $8 per person or $5 for museum members.

Lighthouse Pizza and Pub

Don't forget that Lighthouse Pizza is collecting donations of backpacks and school supplies for kids.

Backpacks and school supplies are needed to make sure our kids return to school with what they need and to take some of the burden off teachers as they ready the classroom for our children.

The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 29, for Regional School Unit 20.

Today, as I sit writing this column, it is pouring rain, which is good for our gardens, yards and trees. No lobster boats went out this morning. There have been several foggy mornings as well this week.

My son Ryan, who is here visiting with me, and I went to see the film "Maiden" in Rockland last week. It was a great movie about a group of young women who entered the Whitbread Round the World sailboat race, out of Southampton, England, against great odds. They did very well and were welcomed back to England by many well wishers.

We then drove down to McLoon's Lobster Shack on Spruce Head Island for their terrific lobster rolls. The place was loaded with out-of-state cars, so the word is out about that place. Stopped off to see some friends who live around the corner from McLoon's, Adrian and Pam Hooydonk, who said that they are always directing people to the lobster shack.

There don't seem to be many waterfront or waterview lobster places in the Midcoast. My family's and friends' favorite is, of course, Young's in East Belfast.

The lilies are blooming and they are exquisite. I am getting lots of Sun Gold tomatoes and there is one Early Girl tomato that is turning red!

Enjoy these beautiful summer days.

Thought for the week: "At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough." — Toni Morrison