Summer Solstice Party 2018

Several OONs attended the annual Summer Solstice Party to usher in the long awaited Summer on Thursday, June 21st at the Black North Inn’s Sunset Room (most appropriate for our themed celebration!). Guests were encouraged to dress in creative summer attire with awards going to Sue Zeppetella for Best Dressed Female and Frank Lauta for Best Dressed Male. Also, appropriately named entertainer, Judd Sunshine, (yes, that’s his real name!) did a fantastic job entertaining the guests with songs about sunshine and summer, including a sing-along featuring Frank Lauta and Mary Ann Tillman at the mic. The backdrop was perfect as we watched the weekly sailboat race participants cruise out and back into the harbor while we were being serenaded by Mr. Sunshine, himself!

Special thanks to Alana at the Black North Inn for helping me put on this fun & fabulous event, including selecting a perfectly themed buffet, providing excellent service and donating the “best dressed” prizes and other surprises!

Each guest went home with a packet of sunflower seeds to “plant some sunshine today!”

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Annual Plant Exchange

The annual plant exchange was held on Saturday, June 2 at the Orleans County Marine Park. Thank you to Sylvia Goodstine and Mary Ann Tillman for coordinating! The concept is to expand your garden by bringing a plant from your’s and take other’s home to plant. Sylvia always brings a variety of plants from hers to share.

This year, plants from former neighbor, Sandy Hare were provided to the “exchange” in her memory. New owners of Mrs. Hare’s lakehouse were kind enough to donate the plants from a garden she tended for many years before her death in 2017. Landscaper Jeff Osborne, with assistance from Lynne Menz, meticulously dug up over several hundred plants and bulbs to preserve and have a new life in OONA neighbors’ gardens.  Irises, daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths will be spread throughout the OONA neighborhood in Sandy’s honor.