Whiteout in August

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 11:00am

About this blog:

  • 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 MarketWatch.com 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 frankbarnako.com<http://frankbarnako.com>. He is a member of the town’s Investment Advisory Committee. Email him at wiscasset@barnako.com.

We had a mini “whiteout” in Wiscasset last week.  Dozens of folks dressed in white to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. It was part of the town’s monthly “Walk Around Wiscasset” open village event.  

While most of us schmoozed and chatted on the sidewalks, Elizabeth Palmer put on her suffrage costume and waved her banner high on both sides of Route 1.  It was great to see drivers smiling and waving as they saw Wiscasset put on a show.

Maine continues to lead the nation in controlling the Virus.  The local TV news reports the number of active casesoholding at about 400.  However, the number’s jumped in the past week after a wedding, attended by 50 people, has proven to be a super spreader event yielding more than o hundred new cases, from the wedding party to the York County jail.

Donna and I have been sticking very close to the house and our back deck.  Once a week, we have another couple over for a glass of wine, just before sunset.  You can’t curl up like a turtle.  But if you go out,  you dress for it. Or "mask" for it.

Last night we went out to dinner! OUT!  We were at the Water Street Kitchen and Grill, a contemporary water view restaurant that opened last summer. From the first day, the place was getting good reviews.  And I believe I saw a news release a few weeks ago that DownEast Magazine named Water Street among the best restaurants in the state.  It may be, but I can’t prove it because there’s a paywall on the story in the magazine now.  

On the way back after dinner, Donna says she saw a house with a fire going in the fireplace. It has been cool a couple nights, 50 degrees or so.  Last year it didn’t get cool enough for us to have a fire before we left. There has been talk that this has been the hottest Maine summer ever.

A week or two ago, Donna and I went to Sprague’s, the open air restaurant on the town pier.  We had lobster rolls for the first time this summer.  They were fine ... they were expen$ive ... $24.  Sprague’s is right across the street from the landmark Red’s Eats lobster roll place.  What I love about both of them - besides the lobster - is they don’t take credit cards, but they do have ATM machines right there at the counter.  Convenience counts, right?

More summer excitement.  We got our flu shots last week.