News Feature

Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 30, 2012
Community center’s 10th anniversary celebrations a “big success”
Auction rescheduled

Marlena Jones and Grace McGuire enjoy the giant inflatable bounce house

Above, six-year-old Marlena Jones of Deer Isle (left) and seven-year-old Grace McGuire of Deer Isle enjoy the giant inflatable bounce house at the Island Community Center’s cookout on Saturday, August 25.

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by Jessica Brophy

Island Community Center Executive Director Pat Gross said the weekend’s celebrations—which included a cookout, a magician, a Flash! in the Pans concert and fireworks—were a “big success.”

The festivities marking the 10 years of service to the community by the center included a “thank-you” cookout complete with bounce-house, magician and cake on Saturday and a street dance with music by Flash! followed by fireworks on Monday. The annual auction was not held on Sunday out of deference to the Heanssler family. The auction is rescheduled for Tuesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. at the community center.

The events of the weekend were just a “small way to return thanks to the community,” said Island Community Center board of trustees president Anne Sigmund. “We’re really grateful for all of the support we have had from the community,” said Sigmund. “We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for that. We’ve come a long way in 10 years.”

Sigmund said the board’s future goals for the center are to become increasingly self-sufficient. “We’re grateful for all the support we’ve gotten from the towns, but we know how difficult it is in this economy.”

Gross said community response to the anniversary has been extremely positive. “I’ve had a lot of people come up with good things to say,” said Gross, who said the center has also received many cards of congratulations. Gross was pleased with how well-received the magician’s performance was on Saturday afternoon.

For Sigmund, the highlight of the weekend’s celebration was the events on the Stonington pier on Monday night.

“Watching the fireworks while Flash in the Pans was playing was just about the most exciting thing I’ve seen in a long time,” said Sigmund.

Fireworks exploded in the sky over Stonington Harbor

Fireworks exploded in the sky over Stonington Harbor as Flash! in the Pans played steel drum music on Monday night to celebrate 10 years of the ICC.

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Magician Danny Baker

Magician Danny Baker of Bangor wowed children on Saturday, August 25, at the Island Community Center.

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Flash! in the Pans plays for a crowd

Flash! in the Pans plays for a crowd of more than 200 down on the Stonington Pier on Monday, August 27.

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ICC board members serve up tasty treats

ICC board members serve up tasty treats at Saturday’s community cookout. Left is board president Anne Sigmund, and right is Twyla Weed, the Deer Isle selectman representative to the ICC board.

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Cake was handed out at the Stonington Pier

Cake was handed out at the Stonington Pier before Flash! in the Pans delighted listeners on Monday night.

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Tyson Rice checks out the bounce house

Tyson Rice, 12, of Stonington checks out the bounce house at the Island Community Center’s cookout on Saturday.

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Archipelago performance

Archipelago performed for those attending the free cookout on Saturday afternoon.

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Flash! in the Pans plays for a crowd

Flash! in the Pans plays for a crowd of more than 200 down on the Stonington Pier on Monday, August 27.

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Marlena Jones and Grace McGuire enjoy the giant inflatable bounce house

Above, six-year-old Marlena Jones of Deer Isle (left) and seven-year-old Grace McGuire of Deer Isle enjoy the giant inflatable bounce house at the Island Community Center’s cookout on Saturday, August 25.

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ICC board of trustees Vice President Bobbi Billings

Island Community Center board of trustees Vice President Bobbi Billings grills food for the cookout celebrating 10 years of service to the community.

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