BAR HARBOR, ME — It is always a welcome surprise when living Mission history walks through the front door of the Mission headquarters. Mission receptionist/clerical associate David Snyder tells us about one such meeting last Friday, July 28, 2017;
Kate Van Dyke and “Tag” Goodhue, of Salem, MA, came by for a visit today. Kate’s grandmother had christened the Sunbeam IV, March 2nd, 1964. She is also the great granddaughter of Henry Van Dyke who wrote the poem, Little Ship Sunshine. (More famous for his 1907poem “Hymn of Joy”, which begins with the words, “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee…”, which became the new lyrics to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, from the final movement of his Symphony No. 9.)
Ms. Van Dyke and Mr. Goodhue are standing in a Colket Center room with a frame displaying the Sunbeam IV poem and the photo of Henry Van Dyke pictured here.
ISLE AU HAUT
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 27, 2017
Lighthouse committees share struggles, paths to restoring historic landmarks
by Anne Berleant
“Separated by 20 miles of deep, icy water, what could two tiny Maine islands possibly have in common? For one thing, troubled lighthouses.”
Swan’s Island Lighthouse Committee has been working on its restoration since 2005, and Burke had contacted the committee, which invited Burke and others for a visit. Sunbeam, courtesy of Maine Seacoast Mission, ferried the committee.
Burke and Swan’s Island Lighthouse Committee’s Eric Chetwynd expressed great appreciation for Maine Seacoast Mission’s assistance, and affection for the Sunbeam that carried them: “Historic preservation efforts transcend you and me…We are all in this together. The Sunbeam understands this,” Burke wrote.
He Shares His Love of Farming—and His Crops—with Local Schoolchildren by Brett Leveridge
CHERRYFIELD, ME – Guideposts magazine visited our Downeast Campus earlier this year, interviewing Director Wendy Harrington and Michael Hayden. The result? A new story addition to Guideposts’ “collection of slideshows.., inspirational quotes, beautiful photos, and powerful stories of hope.”
The story begins, “A former social worker, Michael Hayden came to love farming while working in a program that helped developmentally disabled adults live and work on a farm alongside other families. “I had never farmed before,” said Michael, “but I learned. And I loved it. I saw how being on the land and eating what grew there nourished people—adults and kids of all ages and abilities.”
[H]e met Wendy Harrington…. She had the idea that the Mission could set up its own farmer’s market.
Wendy asked if [Michael] would be interested in a salaried position that allowed him to visit local schools to talk about his crops and to hand out bags of his produce to the students.
Kids Go Carnival Crazy at Seacoast Camp
By Emily Tadlock |
Posted: Thu 6:16 PM, Jul 20, 2017
Isaac Marnik, Assistant Director of the EdGE program says, “The EdGE program has three summer camp locations. We have one in Machias, Millbridge, and Cherryfield. We give [kids] a lot of options so they have a lot of experiences. Some kids learn how to play chess that haven’t done that, learn how to computer code that haven’t done that before. It’s just a place to come together with their friends and have a positive experience over the summer.”
Maine Seacoast Mission is hosting week-long camps for kids from Gouldsboro to Machias
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:58
The camps were designed to help bridge the learning gap that takes place in the summer isn’t in session.
Director Charlie Harrington said “We think with the reading we do, the recipes we use, a lot of the opportunities around, the robots the computers, i think it really is a helpful piece of what we do for kids in the summer and for families].”
The Mission had a great time Saturday, July 15th in Boothbay Harbor, and again, on Sunday, July 16th at Oceans Point in East Boothbay. Thank you, Sue and Paul Taylor for inviting us and for being such wonderful hosts.
These photos, in chronological order, show the Sunbeam V in Boothbay Harbor on Saturday afternoon, guests who boarded the Sunbeam V in Boothbay Harbor for a cruise and a Q&A about the Mission and its work.
Sunday was a reunion of the Mission and Wilson Chapel at Oceans Point. Wilson Chapel was celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Mission President Reverand Scott Planting gave the Sunday service marking the 96th year someone from Maine Seacoast Mission spoke at a Wilson Chapel service.
The service ended with a tribute to friend, musician, and Wilson Chapel organist Danny Beal, who died in January 2017. Churchgoers and Castlebay sang Danny Beal’s favorite hymn, Let The Lower Lights Be Burning. Here is a rendition of that hymn.