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 (http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/documents/browntail_moth_risk_map.pdf) . 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

Boat Runs on Wednesday 8/16

In order to accommodate islanders planning to attend the Celebration of Life for Dan Kunhardt tomorrow, the Island Raider will ferry between the West Float and the Landing from 11:45-12:15 on Wednesday. Based on the noon numbers, additional runs will be made at 4:30pm as well.

Thank you to Chris and his team, as always.

Offshore and Coastal Sailing

Jessica and Richard Johnson (Ralph and Susan (Chauncey) Horky’s niece and her husband) run “Elcie Expeditions,” wonderful coastal and offshore expeditions around the world, on their 62 ft catamaran (comfortable for 6-8 guests).  Interested individuals can sign up for one or more legs of the trip and participate in the sailing/navigating process.  My words do not do Elcie justice – their website gives a much better picture.

 Jess and Rich are highly professional and have done this for many years.  They enjoy MacMahan, and we thought that, similarly,  their expeditions might appeal to people who spend time on MacMahan.   Please contact them directly through their website.

~Susan Chauncey Horkey

Hawkes Tree Service

Jarrod Hawkes can come out to MacMahan and take care of our trees after Labor Day.

1) Price Estimates
To get an estimate on the work you want to be done, call Carol Hawkes at 442 – 7444.

2) Transportation Costs
The cost of getting the men and equipment here is $5,600. The major expense is for the barge fee…

However- bringing the equipment over – a tractor, a lift, a chipper, and a stump grinder – enables the crew to get rid of the slash and junk wood and to work more efficiently than would a single person with a saw. This is an opportunity to get a lot of work done as a group. I think it will be cheaper to get as much done as possible as a group now rather than waiting a few years when the costs of transportation will have risen along with the height of our trees.

If 10 people sign up it will bring down the cost of getting him here. The transport costs will be divided among those who hire Hawkes’ services, and after all the work here is over.

Thank you,

Mary Mendler

August Children’s Events

Children’s Wednesday Movie Nights
The Playhouse
7 pm

Thanks to Laurie Martin, the following movies will be shown on Wednesday evenings in August. Bring your picnic supper or favorite movie snack and enjoy movie nights!

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

August 2 “Sing”
August 9 “Beauty and the Beast”
August 16 “Trolls”
August 23 “Smurfs” or “Moana” (TBD)

Children’s Field Day…

…is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 4th at 5 pm if adult volunteers are available to help organize, gather materials, and help with the children during the event.
If you can help, please contact:
Laurie Martin – lmartin@georgetown.k12.me.us
Noelle Welch – noellern0704@gmail.com

Indigo Dye Pot – July 29th at 1pm


Pulling an item out of an indigo dye vat and watching the color develop from pale yellow- green to deep blue is magical.

Join us Saturday, July 29th at 1 pm at Baumgartner’s. Erika will provide an indigo vat and over-the-shoulder instruction as you experiment with dye resist methods using clamps, beans, rubber bands, string, jar lids, and strips of wood. It will be a lot of fun. You bring up a couple of items (such as napkins, dish towels, a t-shirt, or a yard of fabric) to dye. Items must be cotton or linen.

Items must be clean and free of grease, detergent and/or finishes – “scoured” They can be washed in hot with Charlie’s soap or boiled with washing soda.


You need:

1) A big non-reactive cooking pot, big enough so the fabric will not be crowded like an enamel canning pot.

2) Sodium Carbonate aka Washing Soda or Charlie’s Soap. Rachel has Charlie’s soap and washing soda if you want some to clean your cloth.

For each gallon of water in your pot, add anywhere between 2 to 3 teaspoons of washing soda or 2 teaspoons of Charlie’s Soap,

Washing soda is somewhat caustic, so be careful when you use it. It won’t burn your skin off if some of the wash water splashes on your hands when you’re stirring, but it is harsh and drying. You’re supposed to wear gloves when working with it.

Add the fabric and turn on the heat. Bring the water to a simmer and keep it there for a minimum of an hour or more. Stir the fabric occasionally with a long wooden spoon to make sure it launders evenly. The water will turn this ghastly yellow brown color. When you figure it’s ready or you’ve decided you don’t want to watch it anymore, rinse the fabric very thoroughly in cold water.

Your fabric is ready to dye.

July 30 Bishop’s Visit

St. Cuthbert’s is thrilled to welcome Maine’s Bishop, Stephen T. Lane, to our service at 9:30 on Sunday, July 30. We look forward to introducing him to our beautiful island community and showing off St. Cuthbert’s with a full chapel. Please know that all are welcome, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Welcoming reception to follow.