Throwback Thursday-Hometown Memories


You Are My Sunshine!

I named this piece “You Are My Sunshine” because one of my earliest memories is of a concert at Hammond Hall by a couple from Birch Harbor.  They sang what we described in those days as being Country Western Tunes.  I loved them and my favorite song by them was “You Are My Sunshine”. This picture of the 3 young men standing in the boat and obviously serenading someone caught my eye right away.  It is a wonderful photograph.  I have added “artist license” and adorned it with familiar sights from the Winter Harbor town dock area.  I have many fond memories of the dock and this seems like a fitting location for this photo.  I don’t know who these boys are but will do more research to find out.  If anyone out there knows this answer or has a comment on this or any post I would love to hear from you.

Thank you again to the Winter harbor Historical Society for making this material accessible.

There are currently two more programs scheduled for this summer to be presented by the Historical Society.  If you would like to attend they are listed below.

July 8, 7pm-Hammond Hall-Sanford Phippen-Speaks about Frenchman’s Bay Lodge and his book about working there called “Kitchen Boy”.

August 12-7pm-Historical Society- Charles Joy will give a presentation about “John Moore”, from Steuben, he owned approx. 2000 acres on Schoodic Point and was the person to donate it to the National Park Service.  He also built a home on Grindstone called Far From Wolves-known by many as Frenchman’s Bay Lodge.

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You Are My Sunshine!

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What fun, a Women’s Bicycle Club!!!  It was truly a unique experience many years ago.  Can you just imagine riding a bicycle in those long skirts (or any skirts)?

I loved this photo and this idea.  I got this photo at the Winter Harbor Historical Society and added paint, paper, epherma and stencils.  There were names listed under the women but I could not read them well enough to list them here.

I hope you enjoy this artwork.  I thank the Winter Harbor Historical Society for making this possible and hope that you have a chance to stop by at one/or all of the programs this summer to share your memories or appreciation.

June 10th at 6:30pm-Peninsula School Students Public Speaking-this program is over by the time you receive this post but we thank all of the students for participating in this wonderful event.

July 8, 7pm-Hammond Hall-Sanford Phippen-Speaks about Frenchman’s Bay Lodge and his book about working there called “Kitchen Boy”.  This program is also over but enjoyed by all.

August 12-7pm-Historical Society- Charles Joy will give a presentation about “John Moore”, from Steuben, he owned approx. 2000 acres on Schoodic Point and was the person to donate it to the National Park Service.  He also built a home on Grindstone called Far From Wolves-known by many as Frenchman’s Bay Lodge.

 

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Walking My Porcupine!

An unknown young man is all dressed up and heading out for the daily stroll with his pet porcupine.  This image was taken from a vintage Post Card and in this work I have incorporated it into a scene from Grindstone Point.  The Boardwalk began at the Swimming Pool and went past the Yacht Club to the Casino.  I found these photos of the Boardwalk, the map and the Grindstone Inn at the Winter Harbor Historical Society.
The Society allows access to many historical documents and is working hard to improve the collection.

Grindstone is a place that has a rich and interesting history for the folks who “Summered” there and also for the people from the area who worked to make this atmosphere possible.  There are many intriguing and interesting folks involved who have made our town a different kind of place to grow up.   Sanford Phippen experienced this during his time as an employee at the Frenchman’s Bay Lodge.  He wrote a book about the lodge and the work and play that made it unique.  He will be speaking at the Hammond Hall on July 8th at 7pm.  The Historical Society invites you to join them in sharing this story and others you may have as well.

August 12-7pm-Historical Society- Charles Joy will give a presentation about “John Moore”, from Steuben, he owned approx. 2000 acres on Schoodic Point and was the person to donate it to the National Park Service.  He also built a home on Grindstone called Far From Wolves-known by many as Frenchman’s Bay Lodge.

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Hometown Memories-A Visit to the Historical Society


I made a wonderful journey to the Historical Society in Winter Harbor recently.   The pieces in this photo are the culmination of some of what I collected on this trip.

The folks there are working hard to restore the building and organize, archive, and save the collection.  Last year the historic bell tower was rebuilt, the bell itself was restored to it’s original soundness and beauty and the group invested in the job of lighting the bell at night.

This past winter the windows upstairs were refurbished and now work like brand new windows, a lot of support has been added in places and more physical labor has been done then I have room to list here.

The job of saving the collection of photographs, letters, school histories and town papers is being organized.   Some history from the former Navy Base has been added.  Archive quality sleeves are being used to protect information from further damage.  A joint effort of the Winter Harbor Public Library and the Historical Society has made Town Newspapers/newsletters  more accessible.  An air purification system has changed the air quality in the building.  This is a whole lot of work, built upon other ambitious efforts of concerned individuals over the years to help make the Historical Society a lasting place of reference and memories.

This is all being accomplished by a small group of interested individuals.  They have scheduled public presentations for June, July and August:

June 10, 6:30pm at Historical Society-Public Speaking

Seven young folks from the Peninsula School will give a speech they each wrote.  This idea is rooted in the history of the Winter Harbor Schools, at one time students could not pass their English class if they did not present a speech to the school, they also were required to write this speech out in Latin if they were in the 11th or 12th grade.  Speakers will include 7 young folks with deep roots in this area.

Whitehouse family: Madeline & Adeline Buswell Harrington Family, Tracy’s daughter Alexis and Melissa’s son Matthew

Young family: Ethan Young  The Coombs family: Colby Hurd                                          Alley/Chase family: Rhiannan Alley

Please come to hear what this next generation has to say!

July 8, 7pm-Hammond Hall-Sanford Phippen-Speaks about Frenchman’s Bay Lodge and his book about working there called “Kitchen Boy”.  This program is also over but enjoyed by all.

August 12-7pm-Historical Society- Charles Joy will give a presentation about “John Moore”, from Steuben, he owned approx. 2000 acres on Schoodic Point and was the person to donate it to the National Park Service.  He also built a home on Grindstone called Far From Wolves-known by many as Frenchman’s Bay Lodge.

A long story short— the reason I am going on about this organization is because I am so very grateful for the archived photographs that I was able to access and use in an upcoming collection of work.  I will feature each piece in a blog post in the coming weeks.

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Ferry Dock 8 x 10 encaustic

Ferry Dock
8 x 10 encaustic

Winter Harbor Ferry (sometimes known as the Bar Harbor Ferry) is pictured here landing at the dock many years ago.  Fast forward a few decades (quite a few!) and again we have the opportunity to sail from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor and back.

I have read that this summer there is even a much larger Ferry available.  Today the Ferry lands at the dock located on Sargent St. and folks can choose to walk into town, (grocery store and post office are less then a mile) or take the Island Explorer free bus service.  This boat is used primarily for tourists, the prices are prohibitive for local folks to use on any sort of regular basis.  The savings one enjoys from taking the boat is that of avoiding traffic, the environmental impact on the community (of Bar Harbor) and the pleasure of traveling by boat.

There has been talk of moving the Ferry landing in Winter Harbor away from town.  Would the businesses in our town be better served if the landing was moved closer to Schoodic Point?  They can offer housing, food and entertainment at SERC.  Does anyone care?  The bus service already refuses to serve any place beyond the bank.  Art shows and performances at Hammond Hall, Works of Hand Gallery and the Golf course are not available on the bus line.  If the boat landing gets moved I wonder where the bus will stop then.  Maybe at the IGA, or at Peter’s or at Winter Harbor Welcome Center????

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Happy Birthday Colby!  Today would have been my fathers birthday and this is how he would have enjoyed celebrating.  Of course he also would have loved to be chewing on strip fish (and other stinky foods) and enjoying a good joke with someone, or riding around Grindstone in his truck, stopping many places along the way.  I’m glad he enjoyed living his life in Winter Harbor!!!

Colby at Work! 12 x 25 mixed media

Colby at Work!
12 x 25 mixed media

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Mending the Nets 16 x 20 mixed media

Mending the Nets
16 x 20 mixed media

“The past is never where you think you left it.” Katherine Parker  It does seem like it was just yesterday that I could see folks mending nets, knitting bait bags, building traps from lathes and other jobs related to fishing.  Even the fish houses,”bait shacks” are not what they used to be.  History does play an important role in our lives.  History can help us to see the benefits of new developments and sometimes the downside as well.  People used to work very hard for a dollar.  It seems as technology and education have taken a stronger role in our lives that folks are able to get more value for the labor they expend.  People still work very hard, it’s just a different variety of work.  We live in a more complex and complicated world now.  It doesn’t take away the benefits of life gone by but hopefully if we take the time and effort to evaluate our lives we will be able to take the best of both worlds and meld them into a new  paradigm .

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                                                    “Letters to Madge”

She Loved Her Cats! 8 x 10 mixed media

She Loved Her Cats!
8 x 10 mixed media

This is Madge Tracy Coombs.  She moved to Winter Harbor  from Steuben when she married my Grandfather, Dennis Coombs in 1918.  They purchased this house and lived here throughout their lives.  Madge was a reserved woman who loved cats.  She worked hard most of her life as a cleaning lady on Grindstone Neck.  In the off season she could be found knitting bait bags, or crocheting blankets.  Madge corresponded with her friends and family by letter.  The penmanship on these letters is exquisite, and the information within seems much like some of the facebook posts we see today.    (People keeping in touch, saying hello, a few stories shared and some ideas for future visits.)  Of course a letter is one person addressing another person, not one person addressing all of their facebook friends and often their friends too, then maybe more if that post gets shared.  I don’t even quite get how it all works.  I do get the importance of being very cautious. I also know that I really appreciate knowing how folks are doing.  Are they well?  What do they enjoy doing?  Pictures of friends and family are fun.   I also wonder how this mode of communication will fit in history.  From the idea of using technology I often think of all of those 8 tracks we not longer use or have a way to view. Will there be studies done of our generation,  thoughts and ideas ignited by things we have shared?   How will our ancestors know us?

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                                               “Happier then a  Pig”

Happier then a Pig? 10 x 10 Mixed Media

Happier then a Pig?
10 x 10 Mixed Media

Where did that phrase come from?  Maybe not from this picture.  The pigs here certainly look well fed, clean.  But, are they happy?  It’s hard to tell with pigs, sometimes with people too!

Sometimes people can look one way and be someone else entirely.  I have met some wonderful, kind, generous folks who on the surface may not fit societies’ expectations. I have also met some people who look believable and trustworthy but found that they could not deliver the rest of the package.

Fair warning-things are not always as they appear!

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Messing Around in Dinghy’s”

10 x 10 oil

10 x 10 oil

Have you ever spent a few hours just messing around in dinghy’s?

Some of my earliest memories include spending time at the Town Dock.  This love affair began when my friend Deb and I began scouring the shoreline for treasures.  We were never disappointed.  I moved from hunting to fishing.  I would drop a line hoping for pollack and often times pull up a toad sculpin.  Not to be deterred, we found uses for that fish too.  It didn’t take long to realize how much freedom rowing would offer, so that’s when I first picked up a set of oars.  What to do with those oars took a while to figure out, but after quite a bit of practice I was on my way.  On my way to trouble!  These dinghy’s are working boats and they need to be taken care of and available for the lobster men when needed.  One very kind and generous man explained the rules to me and also offered to give me permission to use his boat when he was not using it.

After the Haul 12 x 25 acrylic

After the Haul
12 x 25 acrylic

I finally had “both oars in the water”, a term meaning that I was finally on the right path. This practice of “Having both oars in the water” has served me well throughout life.  Even now when things don’t go as planned, after a little review I find the reason is often that I don’t have both oars in the water!!!