Maine Maritime Museum touring vessel

Patten Free Library

Thanks to a grant from the Merrymeeting Bay Trust, the Children’s Room is offering two free educational cruises on the Maine Maritime Museum touring vessel this summer. The cruises are for families with children ages five to 12, and will focus on the wildlife of Merrymeeting Bay. For more information on this great opportunity and how to register, click here.

What better way to enjoy summer, Maine wildlife, and the beauty of our towns than by boat?

MacMahan Reads — Summer 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 10:00a.m. Location to be announced.
Book — When we were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine.
“A marvel of storytelling, layered and rich. It is, by turns, a chronicle of the renowned paper mill that was both pride and poison to several generations of a town; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant families that grew and prospered there; and an account of one family’s grief, love, and resilience.”

Tuesday, August 7th, 10:00a.m. At the cottage of Mary Mendler
POETRY SALON — Bring favorite poems to share with others.

Tuesday, August 14th, 10:a.m. Location to be announced.
Books: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
“To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. She is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina’s World. –book jacket–

ALSO: Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life by Richard Meryman
“A revelation. No one will ever view Andrew Wyeth’s apparently tranquil works the same way again after reading this vivid and astonishing portrait of the turbulent, driven pan who painted them. A wonderful book.
–Geoffrey C. Ward–

Murray Zimiles’ Show

When artist, Murray Zimiles was growing up rough in Brooklyn, the son of impoverished immigrants, the last thing he could have dreamed of was the style, colors, beauty and traditions of fox hunting.
When he and his wife, artist, Martha Zimiles, finished working on their fixer-upper on Charlie Hill Road in Millerton, and finally moved in, they were shaken out of bed on their very first morning by the clatter of hooves and the baying of hounds as the Millbrook Hunt rallied below their window. They were sure they were hallucinating. That was in 1973.
Farm animals and horses have surrounded them ever since, but Murray was focused in his art career on other subjects and on the formal concerns germane to a contemporary artist . His work has been sold and exhibited around the world and is in many collections and museums. Most recently he had one-person shows in Paris and in Chelsea, NY.
Being an artist meant getting to Europe, and other countries, as often as he could and he became acquainted with the pageantry, rivalry and even danger of the famous horse race around the campo in the Tuscan city of Siena., called “The Palio”.
All his artistic life Zimiles has been challenged by the difficulty of showing movement on a two-dimensional canvas. Four-legged creatures lend themselves well to this exploration.
After painting several canvasses showing the whirl and medieval pagentry of the Palio, it dawned on him, one Fall morning as the hunt gathered again by his house, that there was action, grace, movement and tradition enough right here. Thus began his fox hunting series. What he did not want to do was follow the venerable and popular tradition of English hunting prints. Rather he turned his contemporary eye on the landscape, the riders, hills, fences, hounds, barns and wood lots of our own Dutchess County; tossing them into different angles of perspective and using overlapping images to show movement. Just as he had sought to reinvent landscape painting for at least eighteen years before that, he created works unlike anything done on the subject. They are perfectly readable as images of the hunt, but entirely new.
The 15 large paintings will be on exhibit at The Warner Gallery at The Hollbrook Arts Center at The Millbrook School from June15- August 1. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on June 15.

Sailboat to rent?

From Nick Wilder –

My wife and I are staying at a B&B in Five Islands the nights of July 27, 28 and 29.  We’d love to come out to MacMahan and cruise around my old stomping grounds for a few days.  Do you know anyone who’d like to rent out their sailboat for two or three days?  I’ll take good care of it.

Nick Wilder

nwilder at


Jay Rogers – one-man gallery show

Jay Rogers would like to announce the upcoming one-man gallery show of his recent one-of-a-kind architectural boxes, and invite you to the opening if you happen to be in Boston on October 26!

All best,
Jay Rogers

at the Society of Arts and Crafts
100 Pier Four Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
October 26, 2017 to January 2, 2018

refreshments will be served

Chowder weekend- and moths

Just a quick note to the community as all islanders prepare for another chowder/race weekend. I hope everyone will turn out and have great weather, good food, and the start of many stories to share next year as another “Round the Island race” weekend is put to bed. I wish you all good wind, good crew, and a close race. This event is one with fond memories for me and my family – even those of us that don’t particularly like chowder! Get something to eat and drink, listen to stories of “the wind that got away” or the “won by the length of a bowsprit”, and celebrate the history and future of the entire community.

While you’re out and about, I want to remind everyone that some of your fellow islanders (and island staff) have had nasty experiences with the infestation of Browntail Moths. As caterpillars, they release toxic hairs that become airborne and cause significant itching and rash, and sometimes respiratory problems for asthmatics. What we now know is that the hairs remain active in the shrubbery and brush even after the caterpillar becomes a moth. Islanders have developed extensive and VERY itchy rashes after clearing brush, stacking wood, and working around their homes. Unfortunately, MacMahan is right in the middle of the “high risk” area per the Forest Service ( . Here are a few resources with information about how to protect yourself and what the moth looks like in different stages.

Unfortunately, references report that hairs are toxic for up to three years, so it’s worth getting familiar with the beast. The Board will review options available for responding to our infestation.

Again, I’m sorry not to be on island to celebrate with you all. Don’t let the moths (or lack of wind?) ruin the day,

Martha Kennedy
President, Sheepscot Island Company