Yoga at the Playhouse

Yoga at the Playhouse
4pm Tuesday July 17th
Free – All levels welcome

Taught by Mary Ellen Goodsir
E-RYT 500, RYS 200, YACEP

Mary Ellen owned a yoga studio for 15+ years, recently sold it and is moving to New Zealand! She will be a guest of Rachel and Steve’s for a few days while she waits for immigration clearance to join her husband in NZ.

Rachel Baumgartner
arkbee13 at

Meeting Reminder

Cottage and Associate Members,

A reminder that there is a Members Meeting at 10 am this Saturday, July 7th in the Playhouse. The Nominating Committee will present the slate of nominees for the BOD election on August 3rd. Immediately following the meeting, Martha Kennedy will demonstrate the proper use of the Stop the Bleed Kits that are now located at various sites on the island.

Thank you,
Gerry Welch
Secretary, Sheepscot Island Company

Safety Committee Updates

Happy summer everyone.

On behalf of the Safety Committee, I want to share a few updates and bring to your attention a few safety items with the intent of making sure this is a fun, and safe, 2018 summer.

1-Stop the Bleed Kits: These are emergency response kits containing tourniquet and compression bandage to address life-threatening hemorrhage while awaiting the 911 response. These are now located throughout the island, including the following places: (1) on the Island Raider, (2) on the barge, (3) in the company shop area, (4) in island company golf carts, and (5) with each AED (Lodge Porch, St Cuthbert’s Chapel [left side], West Float, side of Myer’s garage near the Myer’s cottage and rectory). We would encourage each cottage owner to consider purchasing a kit as well. There are several options (from basic to advanced), and you can purchase on several sites. Here are a few suggested site and kits:, or Martha will demonstrate their use in July and August when she is on the island, including after the Island Meeting this Saturday 7/7.

2- Update your emergency contact info! Please be sure to update your contact information (and that of your family members who stay on the island) on the AMG Alert emergency system if there has been a change of information so you will be contacted in the case of an emergency. To update contact info:

Also, please review the protocol on the website under the Emergency Information tab for contacting a system gatekeeper after calling 911, and be sure to share the information with your renters.

3- Fireplace Safety: All are encouraged to have a fire suppressant on hand to put out fireplace/chimney fires. These are logs or packets that get thrown on the fire. Most work by starving the chimney of oxygen. Examples include Chimfex Fire Extinguisher or FireEx Chimney Fire Suppressant. These can be bought on line or at most home improvement/hardware stores.

4- Electrical assessments and cottage work: This fall, Chris will coordinate bringing an electrician on the island to do electrical house inspections for a fee (then applied to any work done). Please contact Chris if you are interested.

Thank you,
Laine Romero-Alston
(lainealston at

Nomination Process for the SICO Board

A reminder that the Nomination Process for the SICO Board (approved September 6, 2015) allows for additional nominations to fill Board vacancies. This year, there will be three seats open for nominations.

Per the approved Nomination Process:

To allow sufficient time to prepare for a contested election at the Annual Meeting, any Member may make additional nominations only by letter or email to the President or Vice-President received by July 10. Such nominations must include a brief description of the candidate and a brief (two or three sentences) written summary of each candidate’s background and qualifications. Any Member may nominate her or himself or any other person. If there are vacancies of different term durations, the nomination must specify which term the nominee is seeking.

Nominations should be sent to Steve Baumgartner (slbaumgartnerat or Martha Kennedy (mkenned2 at by July 10, 2018.

Missing Oars/oarlocks

Some time between Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 the Rogers’ oars/oarlocks were left in the West float vicinity (possibly outside the Playhouse/Yacht Club) and haven’t turned up since. Any information regarding their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.

Mario Rincon
mariorincon at

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


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