Stockton Springs Community Library

The library will be offering "Art in the Stacks" from Sept. 8 through Oct. 3. New original work for sale from six well-known Maine artists will be featured. The art show and sale will feature multiple works by local artists Judy Belasco, Sarah Faragher, Scott Moore, Betty Schopmeyer, Anne Spencer and Peter Walls. SSCL will feature one artist each day on its blog and Facebook page leading up to the opening. The library will earn a gallery commission for each piece sold, which will go into the SSCL Endowment Fund.

A charming Peter Rabbit hand-embroidered quilt will be on display in the Reading Room of the library and the quilt will be sold by silent auction. The quilt was made by a long-time library volunteer Edna (E.J.) Pikulski. The art will be displayed to the public during the library’s open hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Oct. 8. Please contact the library at 567-4147 for more information.

And don’t forget the fall Bake and Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Town Office

Recycling dates this month will be Thursdays, Sept. 10 and 24. Recycling cannot be placed in plastic bags.

As I mentioned last week, there are various volunteer board and committee vacancies that need you, including Planning Board, Board of Assessment Review, Zoning Board of Appeals, Harbor Committee, Cemetery Committee, Parks Committee and Shellfish Conservation Committee. If you are a resident and are interested in volunteering on any of these, please call the Town Office at 567-3404 or email the town manager at manager@stocktonsprings.org.

According to the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site, the Col. Peterson Park at the end of Middle Street is being nicely maintained and is a park with a picnic table. Sounds like a nice spot to enjoy a picnic and a view of the water. The town dock area and Sandy Point Beach are also excellent places to enjoy a picnic.

Community Builders

Bingo night will be next Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Social distancing will be required.

One morning this week the temperature on the water side of my house was only 49 degrees. We have had strong winds, but thank goodness, nothing like the poor people of Louisiana have had with Hurricane Laura on the Gulf. It seems to me that each year at the end of August the weather turns cold for a few days and inspires all the vacationers to go home.

This year may be different, as a trip to Acadia this week with my son Ryan suggested — the park and the area around it were full of vacationers at every trail head. Perhaps, with the pandemic, everyone won’t disappear as soon as Labor Day is over.

Some of the trees have already begun to show a bit of color and the blueberry fields are beginning to take on that distinctive red tone that comes every fall. Time to look for those long-sleeve jackets and warmer blankets!

Thought for the week: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas.