News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 3, 2013
More than 100 people turn out for Deer Isle village retirement party

Neva Beck and Joanne Haskell at the retirement party in Deer Isle Village

A retirement party was held for three businesses: The Periwinkle, Harbor Ice Cream and Lester Gallery on September 29. More than 100 people attended the event celebrating (possibly) the final season of the three Deer Isle village businesses. Here, Neva Beck of The Periwinkle, left, and Joanne Haskell of Harbor Ice Cream share a smile.

Photo courtesy of Linda Stratton

by Jessica Brophy

Sunshine, hugs, laughter, stories, memories, friends, relatives, fried chicken, sandwiches, hot dogs, fish chowder—all made for a memorable day in Deer Isle village.

More than 100 people gathered in good weather to celebrate the final season of three longstanding Deer Isle village businesses.

The primary focus of the event was Neva Beck’s last season of The Periwinkle, a business she has run for 47 years. Beck greeted friends and customers during the event on Sunday, September 29.

“It was absolutely extraordinary,” said Ginger Lester, proprietor of Lester Gallery, which is also closing this year after 25 years. “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so much food.”

Lester said she recognized that much of the turnout was in Beck’s honor. “She’s been a stalwart of the community for such a long time,” said Lester. “She’s truly embedded in the spirit of the Island.”

Many hugs and well wishes were exchanged during the event, said Lester. “It was a tremendous coming together, and a wonderful tribute. Everybody had a great time.”

Harbor Ice Cream, the third business celebrating a retirement on Sunday, may or may not reopen next year after more than a decade of serving up ice cream and other foods. The business is owned by Joanne and Mike Haskell, who say they are still up in the air about reopening next spring.

Maureen Farr, proprietor of Vincent’s Ear gallery in Deer Isle, will be moving into the Lester Gallery space in November, opening the weekend before Thanksgiving. Farr said the new gallery’s name will be Gallery Mozelle and will feature paintings, jewelry, glassware and more.

 A crowd at the DI Village retirement party

A retirement party was held for The Periwinkle, Harbor Ice Cream and Lester Gallery on Sunday, September 29. More than 100 people attended the event celebrating the final season of the three Deer Isle Village businesses.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Dessert at the DI Village retirement party

A cake with a picture of The Periwinkle, the store run by Neva Beck in Deer Isle Village for 47 years. The cake was served at a retirement party on Sunday, September 29. More than 100 people attended the event celebrating the last season of the Lester Gallery, The Periwinkle and Harbor Ice Cream.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Bob Haskell at the DI Village retirement party

Bill Haskell of Harbor Ice Cream hands out ice cream from his shop at the three-business retirement party in Deer Isle Village on Sunday, September 29. More than 100 people attended the event celebrating the last season of the Lester Gallery, The Periwinkle and Harbor Ice Cream.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Neva Beck and Joanne Haskell at the retirement party in Deer Isle Village

A retirement party was held for three businesses: The Periwinkle, Harbor Ice Cream and Lester Gallery on September 29. More than 100 people attended the event celebrating (possibly) the final season of the three Deer Isle village businesses. Here, Neva Beck of The Periwinkle, left, and Joanne Haskell of Harbor Ice Cream share a smile.

Photo courtesy of Linda Stratton