2018-09-06 / Editorial

Did You Hear?


Artists gathered Saturday, Sept. 1 for the final Saco Bay Artists show of the summer, at the library lawn on Temple Street in Ocean Park. Pictured is summer resident Diane Fumia, from Haverhill, Massachusetts, who was showcasing/ selling handmade ornamental yard art. (Alex MacPhail photo) Artists gathered Saturday, Sept. 1 for the final Saco Bay Artists show of the summer, at the library lawn on Temple Street in Ocean Park. Pictured is summer resident Diane Fumia, from Haverhill, Massachusetts, who was showcasing/ selling handmade ornamental yard art. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? This past Labor Day weekend was celebrated in so many ways with tens of thousands of tourists visiting local beaches and events happening all over Ocean Park and Old Orchard Beach.

In Ocean Park, Saco Bay Artists held its third (and last) art show of the summer on the lawn of the Ocean Park Library on Temple Avenue. Artists from near and far attended the show and sold various homemade items such as quilts, paintings, photographs, craftwork and more.

I spoke with vendor Diane Fumie, who sold beautiful handmade yard ornaments made of antique and classic glassware, teacups and plates.

“I love going out, finding the right items, scouring Goodwill and Saver’s stores and making the pieces fit,” said Fumia, who is a hospice nurse from Haverhill, Massachusetts. “It’s therapy for me.”

When asked what brought her and her husband to the Saco Bay Artists show in Ocean Park, Fumia said that her great grandparents had a home locally while serving in the Salvation Army many years ago, and she and her husband have continued to keep the camp, located in Old Orchard Beach, for their grandchildren.

At the very same time, up the road on West Grand Avenue, just off of Old Orchard Street, Corner’s Surf Company of Old Orchard Beach held its third annual barbecue lunch fundraiser, with all donations going to Marine Mammals of Maine. According to Corner’s owner Blake Laughlin, who hails from Windham, each year he puts on a lunch for customers (and passersby of the shop, which is located across the street from the Matterhorn at Palace Playland) for a suggested donation, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the nonprofit group, which is dedicated to marine mammal and sea turtle rescue, care, research and education.

“It’s a way to be able to give something back to our community and really helps a great group of people at the same time,” Laughlin said.

Working the lunch table, which included meatballs, hot dogs, sides and more, was 16-yearold Kobe Pillsbury, a junior at Windham High School.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier and chairman of Saco Conservation Commission, president of Friends of the Ballpark, a member of Saco Main Street Executive Board, Saco Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and HOB River Jam Committee. Have an interesting event you’d like publicized? Email him at didyouhear@gmail.com.

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