Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Westport Island Christmas Greeting

doorsI heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
‘There is no peace on earth, ‘ I said
‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.’

angelThen pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.’

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

     -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Westport Island: A Christmas Frame of Mind

December and the Christmas season are underway. Think local – it’s a low-stress option – creative gift ideas are a neighbor away — save a couple of fill ups, and forget the parking mambo.

Westport Community Church at night with Christmas wreathesTo celebrate and say hi to neighbors, the Community Association’s annual Christmas Sing is 7 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at the Westport Community Church. A meet and greet will follow at the Old Town Hall. Bring a donation for the Island’s Food Pantry – organizers are hoping to fill the Pantry for holiday needs.

Now to shopping local…Maybe decorate your house or gift a Christmas keepsake from Jill Cooney’s Island Crafts. Know someone who likes poetry? Hit the internet for a second-hand copy of Jerry Day Mason’s Speaking to Strangers – my coolest book find of the year. Know a writer. Think about a journal from Joelle Webber’s Mermaid Bindery.

Woodcrafts? Bruce & Suzi Whittemore (Studio 78) craft wood coasters, bottle stoppers, and kitchen ware. The bottle stoppers are available at Treats in Wiscasset. And…no one turns wood finer than our own Ken Shepherd, president of Maine Woodturners, where some of his work is showcased.

For foodies who like locally grown fresh greens, how about a couple of windowsill micro-pots of microgreens from Judy Hughes’ MicroMainea? Better yet, put the microgreens in a whimsical pot thrown by Nancy Shaul, Westport Pottery. And, for our friends from away, lobster and fresh seafood are always a hit from the North End Lobster Co-op or Cromwell’s Crustaceans — call Mike, 380-5885, for on-Island delivery. Need help with holiday desserts? Call Daphne’s Cakes and Pies, 882-6652.

If the people in your life are stressed, how about a heated neck wrap to tenderize tense muscles from Ann Cole-Fairfield’s Instant Comfort. Or, take stress relief to the next level with a gift certificate to Sarah Rhinelander’s Westport Island Massage Therapy.

Other options: A scarf or shawl from PS Designs; some notecards from Ann Springhorn; or gift certificates — for dinner at the Squire Tarbox…piano lessons with Carol Blake…or maybe pet sitting from your friend or loved one’s favorite pet sitter…

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