All around the town…
what’s new, what’s changed, or what’s just worth hearing about again!
Bunzy Sherman the Potter
It is with a great deal of personal sadness that we remember Bunzy Sherman, who passed away in December 2017 at the age of 94. She was my dear friend, an amazing woman, who lived her life to the fullest right up until her death.
“Independent. Feisty. Sharp. Witty. A force to be reckoned with,” are but a few of the descriptors used by her friends.
She and her late husband, Irving, were big supporters of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Bunzy was a potter who opened her barn gallery to visitors every year – greeting each with a smile, sharing stories, and selling her functional pottery to people from around the US.
She leaves a huge hole in our hearts, and the community mourns her loss.
The Art of Evelyn Kok Gallery
Formerly The Gallery of the Purple Fish, the gallery will re-open in June.
Owned by Christina Shipps, Evelyn’s niece, who inherited the property as well as the artist’s lifelong collection of original art, the gallery will offer Kok’s original watercolors, drawings, bookmarks and ceramic pieces.
Since Evelyn’s death in 2013 Shipps has created an extensive line of greeting cards using original watercolor images and produced a book in 2017 titled “There Has To Be Magic, the life and art of Evelyn Kok,” all of which will be available. Small antiques and collectibles from the Kok estate will also be offered.
Please stop in and enjoy this unique seaside gallery, an iconic Maine location right on Stonington Harbor.
The gallery will be open June through mid-October. 10am-7pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Explore History in Blue Hill
The Blue Hill Historical Society was founded in 1902 for the purpose of preserving the heritage of the Town of Blue Hill.
The Society’s home and headquarters is located in the Holt House (photo above) at 3 Water Street. The Holt House is an original home built in 1815 by Jeremiah Thorndike Holt. It serves now as a museum and repository of artifacts and archives relevant to local history.
In addition to tours of the Holt House, the Blue Hill Historical Society offers a speaker series and other events throughout the summer.
The Holt House is open for tours July 6th through September 15th, Tuesday and Fridays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Check their website for an updated schedule of events: www.bluehillhistory.org
They look forward to your visit!
New faces in Blue Hill
At press time, we learned there would be several new businesses opening in Blue Hill this summer.
Siam Sky, an authentic Thai restaurant will be open in the former Pie in the Sky location at 8 Mill St.
Bangkok native Vee Napapornpipat and her husband, Chalee Chaikaew are the owners of the new restaurant, which will feature a variety of Thai dishes including but not limited to Pad Thai, tamarind duck, salmon choo chee, and seafood volcano.
The couple previously owned a Harvard, Mass., restaurant, Siam Pepper Thai Cuisine, which was featured in The Boston Globe in 2015.
And at 66 Main Street, Matt Thurston, a Baton Rouge, La., chef, is opening a restaurant with his fiancée, Kate Wentworth, an Orland native and George Stevens Academy graduate.
Thurston has been a seasonal resident of Brooksville and attended culinary school in Colorado.
In 2012, he says he wanted to spend more time in Maine, and he took a job at The Whales Rib Tavern in Deer Isle. In 2016, he began working at Aragosta in Stonington and moved to Deer Isle full time.
Thurston said 66 Main Street “is such an amazing space, and we feel like the whole area has been waiting to have a restaurant there since 66 Steak and Seafood closed.”
Depending on staffing, Thurston said the hope is to be open for both lunch and dinner, and they expect to be open for dinner year-round.
While Creole and Cajun dishes are not the plan, Thurston said he would probably offer a gumbo or etouffee come winter.
Moyo, described by owner Jill Clendenen as a “destination” gift shop will open in the building formerly housing Mill Stream bakery, which closed in 2016. The shop will be situated behind Boyce’s Boutique, which occupies the front area. Clendenen said she envisions events on the side porch, like “paint and sip” and is selecting merchandise that “you can’t find on Amazon.”
Stop in for lunch or dinner at the new restaurants, or look for that unusual gift at Moyo – and be sure to mention you read about them in Arts Guide!