Celebrating Sears Island’s Past and Present

Several dozen attendees, including familiar and new faces, enjoyed a variety of food treats, and music that was “just right” while browsing through displays of historical interest and current activities on Sears Island.  “Celebrate Sears Island” was held at Curtis Hall in Searsport; on April 28.  It was sponsored by “Friends of Sears Island” (FOSI), whose intent was to acquaint the community with the many resources available for their recreation and education at Sears Island.

Mark Aubertin performed throughout the afternoon singing and playing guitar, harmonica and native American flute. Displays included old photos and paintings of the farmhouse that stood on the island until it was razed in the 1930’s. The artists were Gertrude and Pauline Gordon, whose work is well known in the Searsport area and beyond. Gertrude also wrote stories about life when she was a girl living in the farmhouse in the early 1900’s when her family worked the land.  Younger generations of the Sylvester and Gordon families were most helpful in providing these items.

Special guest Barbara Merry, also related to the other artists, has used her talents and love for Sears Island for a lifetime of creating beautiful rugs, many with themes inspired by the island and farmhouse. Viewers were captivated by a photo of one of her rugs.

Other displays were of recent and current FOSI activities, including the five nature walks held last summer and fall.

Food and punch were provided by FOSI members, plus a cheese tray donated by the Belfast COOP.  Thanks go to everyone who made the afternoon a most enjoyable event.