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Searsport news

By Lin Calista | Apr 03, 2021
Photo by: Lin Calista Dennis and Phyllis Raleigh in their shop in Searsport.

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Spring-like things are starting to happen in Searsport. For example, the town meeting is April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Searsport High School gymnasium.

Takeout Turkey Supper

Searsport Methodist Church is having its first takeout turkey supper of the season on Saturday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. They’ll be serving traditional turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, corn and your choice of a slice of homemade pie. Dinners are $10 each to “take away” and no reservations are necessary. See you at the front of the line!

Historical happenings at PMM

Hopefully April 9’s Peek into Paintings on Facebook at noon is on your calendar as they take a close look at a lithograph from 19th century Belfast. If you are a member of the Penobscot Marine Museum, you can participate in the Zoom presentation on Monday, April 12, at noon about the hapless ship, S.F. Hersey, that lost three Searsport captains in less than three years! Even the ship delivering the planking and spars ended up sinking in a gale, causing Capt. Forrest Treat to lose appendages to frostbite! For more information on any of these programs, get in touch with Jeana Ganskop at 548-2529, ext. 213.

Single-lane traffic on Main Street

The Searsport Water Authority has informed me that they will be digging up water lines between Mortland Road and Black Road starting in April to mid-May. Be on the lookout for flaggers and pack your patience!

Antiques shops opening

Celebrating a combined 102 years in the antiques business, Phyllis Sommer and Dennis Raleigh will be opening Pumpkin Patch Antiques April 17 for its 52nd season. They specialize in 18th and 19th century furniture, folk art, weathervanes and portrait miniatures, all beautifully displayed. No collectibles or faux antiques here, it’s all the real deal, but don’t be intimidated, they just know their stuff.

Phyllis, a history major in college, has always been fascinated by the construction of furniture and started collecting in New York shortly after high school. She and her husband first rented a cabin in 1975 in Stockton Springs to get out of the city and never left!

Dennis, a native of Michigan, was invited into an old house and was instantly captivated by the furnishings. The owner said they had all come from flea markets! That’s all Dennis had to hear and he was on the hunt! He opened his shop in Wiscasset in the summers and then back to Michigan in the winters, until he came to his senses and stayed in Maine for good! The Raleighs are open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phyllis Gaul, who also has a very nice antiques shop in her garage down the street, will be opening that weekend as well.

Jim Rose celebrates the arrival of life-saving vaccines with this rainbow painting at his house in Searsport. (Photo by: Lin Calista)
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