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.

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.

Summer Auction

We are starting this summer with newly resurfaced tennis courts and significant Yacht Club renovations –  improvements made possible to a large extent by Recreation Committee money raised at the 2013 auction, annual chowder picnics and other fundraisers over the past several years. New tables for the Yacht Club deck and three chowder pots were purchased in June. These much welcome projects and expenditures have nearly depleted the Rec Committee treasury.  So, it’s time to have some fun raising funds for additional “wish list” projects for the yacht club and playhouse, e.g., new cushions for the playhouse, a long needed broom/utility closet in the playhouse, etc.
The Recreation Committee is organizing a special Saturday Evening Cocktail Party and Auction on August 5th, at 6:00 pm. Bring your cocktails, favorite hors d’oeuvres, enjoy the glorious sunset and take home a treasure.
We need your help! Add your creative donation — a work of art or handicraft, a picnic or sunset sail, a special dinner, your famous pie, a theme basket, etc.  Let your imagination be your guide. Questions?  Contact Gerry Welch or Rachel Baumgartner.
Use the donation form attached to this notice to submit your donation.  Add a photo if possible.
Save the Date…send in your donation and look for future email  “blasts” with more information and updates on auction items.
Many thanks.  We look forward to seeing you on island very soon.
The Recreation Committee

Tennis Courts Spring Clean Up

Dear Macmahan Friends

We will hold our annual spring clean up for the MacMahan tennis courts on Sunday, May 28.
If you are going to be on the island for the Memorial Day weekend please come join our work force and help get the courts ready for action. We will rake off the winter debris, go over the courts with the roller and set up the nets and other equipment. Chris covered the courts with a big tarp last fall so they should be in the best shape ever.

Please bring with you: gloves, rakes, tarps and drop cloths (we always need more), a hammer for resetting nails, water, and bug spray.

Date:      Sunday, May 28

rain date:  Monday, May 29

time:     9:00 am

Note:  If it rains on Sunday with only few sprinkles we will continue. If there is heavy rain we will cancel and try again on Monday.

I look forward to seeing you soon on the island.
Happy Spring,

MacMahan Reads — Summer 2017

Wednesday, July 12th, 10a.m.  —  at the Welch Cottage
MacMahan Reads Plainsong by Kent Haruf and its sequel Eventide.

Thursday, July 13th, 8p.m.  at the Playhouse
Plainsong, the movie.

Monday, July 24th 10 a.m.  Poetry Salon at the Hamilton Cottage
Bring a poem or poems to share.

Tuesday, August 22, 10a.m.  — at the Cottage of Nick and Erin Stone
MacMahan Reads Benediction by Kent Haruf, the third in the trilogy.

About Plainsong:
This award winning book takes place in a small town on the high plains of Colorado and chronicles the lives of some of it’s struggling residents namely a lonely school teacher and his young sons who’ve been abandoned by their depressed wife and mother, a forgotten inbound widow, a caretaker and her elderly father, two rough on the exterior old bachelor brothers , and an abandoned pregnant teenage girl. This is an unflinching look at how life’s harshest challenges can draw unexpected people together and strengthen them.

About Eventide:
Readers will find that what made Plainsong a bestseller—its humanity, its grace and its moving, heartfelt story—shines again in Eventide

About Benediction:
Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. Here Kent Haruf gives us his most indelible portrait yet of this small town and reveals, with grace and insight, the compassion, the suffering and, above all, the humanity of its inhabitants.

All three books are available from Amazon, Kindle and most public libraries.