MAINE SEPTEMBER VISITORS
Dr. Cal and Ellie Kendall, from Vermont and Minnesota, and John and Nancy Mohr, from Pennsylvania, visited South Bristol this week. Cal and I were Bowdoin roommates years ago and have maintained our friendship for more than 64 years. I visited them in VT earlier this summer and they returned to Maine this week to visit us.
Our daughter Jan is married to the Mohr’s son, Joss. The senior Mohr’s usually visit Maine in September, staying on Christmas Cove. The above photo shows the Mohrs and Haskells with Joss cruising back from Lobsterman’s Wharf on the good ship Morgan, earlier this past week.
The Kendall’s, Senior and Junior Mohr’s, Pat and I ate lobster and fresh corn on our porch, fortified with Dr. Cal’s special old fashion formula cocktails and white wine. We had a hearty evening with these fine folks overlooking the new South Bristol Bridge.
Cal, Ellie and I cruised up the Damariscotta River aboard Morgan. On their second day, we visited the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. We were enchanted with some previously unseen paintings by N. C. Wyeth, who we’ve known as an illustrator.
From Rockland we drove to Camden and up Mount Battie in the Camden Hills State Park. We looked out over Penobscot Bay at the summit on a magnificent afternoon. Below us were Camden Harbor and off in the distance we saw Cadillac Mountain to the left and Owls Head Peninsula to the right. Pat joined us for this stop as she went antiquing in Rockland while we viewed the Wyeth paintings.
Cal and I knew John Christie at Bowdoin. John worked at the Camden Hills box office, where, unfortunately, he had a heart attack and died earlier this summer. John was a fabulous skier on the Bowdoin Ski Team and taught me the finer points of slalom racing.
Dr. Cal has agreed to help me with a new book I’m working on. We met on our porch and, as with other books Cal has edited for me, he gave me
many outstanding hints for my new book. He stressed concentrating on the quality of my writing rather than speed for this project. Cal taught English for many years at the University of Minnesota and inspired me to take an English course at college that was definitely my most memorable course there.