Sunday, July 27, 2008

Peak's Island Excursion coming up Sat. Aug. 16!

Join us for a relaxing, beautiful day on Peak's Island, Saturday, August 16. Enjoy the 17 minute ferry ride from Portland, ME and arrive on this 2-mile-by-3-mile haven. It's a favorite summering spot for about 6000 people and a year-round residence for about 1500. Bill Dickinson (Cowell, Pioneer Class) is inviting us to his home on the Island, as he has done for the past 5 years. Come hang out with friends in the mid-to-late afternoon on Bill's veranda - we'll have a delicious picnic prepared. Then enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches or explore an old fort with World War II batteries. Check out Whaleback Rock - its crashing breakers and spraying mists have been the subject of many photographers and artists. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who grew up in Portland based his ballad, "The Wreck of the Hesperus" on the destruction of the Helen Eliza, which crashed off this island's shore in 1869. Or just walk around the island in less than an hour for a scenic jaunt. All friends and family welcome!

Click here for Ferry Schedule.

If you want to stay over on the Island that weekend, The 8th of Maine (built as a vacation retreat/reunion hall for the 8th of Maine regiment) is a cool place to stay. It's a wonderful old summer hotel on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Click here for more details. If anyone is inclined toward more luxurious accomodations there is The Inn on Peak's Island. And there is always the totally quirky Peaks Island House (although I recently heard that The Peaks Island House might already be booked up that weekend.)

RSVP and send your checks by Wed. Aug.13 because we need to know how much food we need to buy and who needs a ride. RSVP by email to me. Please indicate if you need a ride, or will be driving and have room for other riders.

Send your check $12 (adults) and $6 (children) made payable to Erika Tarlin, Treasurer, 7 Bradford Ave., Somerville 02145.

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