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Sept. 3rd. Really??? Where did the summer go? Well, we have lots of fall activities to settle into despite a pandemic! Here we go.

Lobster, give me more lobster!

Back by popular demand is the Takeout Lobster Roll dinner at the Searsport Congregational Church, Saturday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. til sold out. For $20, the dinner includes a generously filled lobster roll, chips, pickle and whoopie pie! Only 120 dinners will be available, so to avoid disappointment, call Jayne at 407-694-8733 or Sandra at 548-6530 to reserve yours. Proceeds will benefit Searsport’s Kindness Program, which provides food to children when school is not in session as well as home-cooked meals to homebound seniors and others in need of food assistance.

Salted tales

Penobscot Marine Museum invites us all to hear a great real-life, hair-raising sea adventure or two from five working seamen and women. You don’t go to sea without collecting some good stories! This is a free event happening on Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 10. Each story lasts about 8 minutes. Register for the Zoom link at penobscotmarinemuseum.org under Events and settle in to hear a good tale!

Carver Library is hopping!

Crafternoons

If you haven’t joined in to the very popular Crafternoon Zoom group at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, you’re missing a good time to socialize and share. Get the Zoom link from the library website at carverllibrary.org and work your craft or pick up a do-it-yourself kit and follow along on the first Thursday of the month. Good time to ask questions!

This month the DIY kit is making macramé jam jar plant hangers. The kits are available on the last Thursday of the month and geared for teens and adults. Next month (available Thursday, Sept. 24) will be pressed leaf and flower suncatchers.

Union Hall Book Club

What have you been reading this summer and during lockdown? Got a good read to share? On Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m., the Union Hall Book Club will meet. Plenty of room to spread out and discuss what we want to read this fall. Remember, this will be held upstairs at Union Hall, 1 Union St., not at the library.

Homeschoolers' Share and Connect Group

This is an excellent chance to connect with other homeschoolers. Happening Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. on Zoom.

Make and Take Kits

This is a good family activity for everyone, not just homeschoolers. These kits are geared for ages 4 to 9 and their caregivers and are available on the first and third Fridays of every month. They are projects that can be done at home and usually have an educational STEAM theme. They include instructions and supplies.

For information on any of these events and Zoom links, go to carverlibrary.org. Reminder: Carver Memorial Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

There’s beauty in Searsport!

Continuing with my spotlight on new businesses in Searsport, here are two new ones:

First, Stranz has taken over Guys and Dolls on Main Street with Lisa Brassbridge and Rachel McFarland at the helm. They offer a full range of unisex hair and beauty services, including haircuts, styling, perms, waxing and manicures. Lisa, a former beauty school instructor, has over 29 years of experience and Rachel has 11. They’ve also been very supportive to the nonprofit, Pay It Forward, providing free haircuts to kids. Their hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and evenings and Mondays by appointment at 322-8755.

The other is Hana Seaside Nails at 64 E. Main St. Hanh My offers manicures including French dip, decorative and acrylic, pedicures, hot stone massage and skin treatments. If there is any one thing I could say about Hanh’s shop, it is Clean, Clean, Clean! A customer, who was there when I spoke with Hanh, said she travels all the way from Bangor every two weeks for her services! Hanh is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can be reached at 548-4214.

There is no excuse not to look spiffy in Searsport. But I also want to remind you about the old Girl Scout song that says, make new friends, keep the old, one is silver and the other gold. So don’t forget to support our businesses that have been here for years!