Community Builders

Get ready for the Street Dance on Main Street on Friday, July 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. with the DJ Treble Makers and pizza and hot dogs. Harbor Days is the following day,  Saturday, July 30, down at the harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be all kinds of fun for young and old alike. The next bingo night is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Town Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Community Library

Please buy your raffle tickets at the library to win a gift certificate to Sweet Cheeks Bakery. The winner will be announced at the Library’s Pie and Art Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Tai Chi continues to meet at the harbor. The lower level of the Town Office will serve as backup in case of bad weather. Thanks to  teachers Dean Anderson and Bill Philbrick for their terrific leadership. If you are not already a member of the Tai Chi group and would like to join, please call the library at 207-567-4147 to register. And Story Hour continues on Tuesday mornings!

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

There will be a guided Sears Island walk on Thursday, July 28, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with Wesley Hutchins, intern, who is majoring in wildlife ecology at the University of Maine. Meet at the gate at the end of the causeway.

Free blueberry picking on Beech Hill in Rockport will continue until Wednesday, Aug. 3. Register at coastalmountains.org. The trail on Mt. Tuck in Stockton Springs is almost ready to be opened as crews have been working on it and in a few weeks it will be ready.

Gander Gardens at 78 Steamboat Wharf Road opens at 10 a.m. every Saturday selling vegetables and flowers until October.

Milkroom Farmstand and Crafts, at the top of Cape Jellison Road, has new batches of handmade soap and other new products each week. This past week the soap was Acai & Fern and their packaging is lovely.

The Playground is offering rentals of kayaks and paddle boards at the Stockton Harbor. Call or text to reserve equipment at 207-653-1428. There address is 2 Cape Docks Road.

We are so lucky to have lots of great farmstands and farmers markets nearby for great produce. Please support the small businesses in our area.

One day in this heat friends and I went to see “Where the Crawdads Sing” movie, which I thought was excellent. I had read the book so perhaps that helps with the movement of understanding the story.

I also saw “Elvis,” which was also a good movie. Everybody felt sorry for him at the end of the movie as he was so manipulated by Col. Tom Parker, his manager. It’s good to be back in an actual movie theater, especially to enjoy the air conditioning.

The weather, which is always a topic of conversation with people, is hot. Maine usually gets hot for a few days and then it’s over. Everyone is watering their gardens and hoping their wells don’t run dry. We did have one day of long soaking rain.

As children during hot summers, we always begged my mother to put on the sprinkler and we had great fun running through it endlessly. I do wish that I had that energy back! It would be great to resurrect that feeling of joy in the moment. Whether it is having a swim, a drive in the country, or eating your favorite burger, try to enjoy it as if it were the first time for you.

Thought for the week

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”— Edith Wharton.