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Sept. 1! “Where did the summer go?”; don’t we say that every year? Hope you all had a good one. Now let’s see what is happening this early fall.

September means that it’s time for Fiber College Sept. 8 through the 11th at Searsport Shores Campground. Since 2005 they have invited some of the country’s most gifted craft artists to the campground to teach classes of 12 or less. This year the workshops are called Touchstones and will include designing and hooking original art pieces, the age-old art of cordwainer shoemaking, weaving a tapestry wall hanging, using rust (yes, rust) to construct household items and textiles, and creating art from natural materials.

From Sept. 15 to 18, the Gees Bens quilters return to lead a quilting workshop that is so unique, any level of quilter can attend. For more information about the courses or registration, you can look online at the Searsport Shores website or call 207-548-6059.

The Friends of Sears Island and Carver Memorial Library invite you to a new StoryWalk for families to enjoy on the Homestead Trail running Sept. 5-30. Posts with laminated pages will tell the story of the “The Squirrels’ Busy Year” by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Richard Jones. The story covers approximately half a mile and directions to the start of the story can be found at the kiosk just beyond the island gate.

Things are heating up at the Penobscot Marine Museum as Member Mondays start up on Sept. 12. The first will be a look at new acquisitions at the museum with Curator Cipperly Good. She’ll start with a Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott painting of fishing schooners off Monhegan Island in 1881. These talks are on Zoom from noon to 1 pm. and are a monthly PMM member benefit.

Have you checked out Mainely Gallery right on Route 1 at the Searsport/Belfast line? They have lots of interesting art, but their specialty is glassblowing. Brian Frus, a two-year glassblower and art professor, will be offering classes of eight-week courses and partnering with the glassblower at Waterfall Arts in hopes of inspiring artists in the community. Stephanie Natale oversees the unique gallery. Mainely Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday to 8:30 p.m., and has a presence on the web at mainelygallery.com.

How about a little Mark Twain wisdom to close summer weather: “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does all the work.” Think about that one for a minute! (Taken from a letter on Aug. 28, 1908.)