The way life should be, but isn’t this year

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 4:45pm

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  • Frank Barnako is a seasonal resident of Wiscasset at Clarks Point on the Sheepscot River.   His career in journalism included on air and news director positions with CBS and NBC Radio and TV stations.  He was a pioneer in the Internet, helping to create and co-found where he also developed a 200-station radio network and wrote daily columns focused on the stock market, business news, and technology. Barnako describes himself as “an aspiring photographer,” whose work can be seen at<>. He is a member of the town’s Investment Advisory Committee. Email him at

Let the summer begin!

We’re a little late with this post due to the two-week quarantine, since we drove up. We finished Wednesday.   Now we can go out and ... do ... anything/nothing? Yeah, more of the latter than the former.

I did hear that there are four or five county fairs that haven’t announced cancellations, yet.

Unfortunately, the Montsweag flea market is closed because of Covid.  But I’m happy to know that the Wednesday Wiscasset Farmer’s market is up. Featured are  organic “micro” greens, Dan Sortwell’s Red Barn Coffee and Blue Tin Farm’s goats. (About the Herd)

A little late this year, too, appear to be the lobstermen.  When we got here, we counted a dozen traps in the Sheepscot River.  Then last weekend a bunch more buoys appeared.  Tim at North End Lobster Co-Op said this July 4th weekend is usually the start of the lobster season.

Speaking of water ... it took me two months last summer to get our kayaks into the river.  This year ... well, I did it Thursday - perhaps because kayaking is among the few things we’ll be able to do this summer.  But I whine, again.

Now that we are free to move about Wiscasset, we’re planing on dinner with some neighbors.  We’ve ordered take out from Chelsea at Little Village Bistro and are really looking forward to it.  Tony and crew do such a good job.  The other reason is --- we can get out of the house, if only to pick up the food and then go on our back deck with friends.  Who knows how long it’ll be before we eat in a restaurant, which is sad because we know Water Street Kitchen was doing great last year and Montsweag Farm  looks like it’s doing business.

Finally, we’ll be watching Route 1 on Thursday evening, to see how the traffic is, with the new lights and all.  There was a minor slowdown over the lunch hour - but my guess is our reputation for awful traffic will not be a topic of conversation this year.  There doesn’t appear to be any traffic ... or tourists.

That’s not a good thing.