Winterfest…. a late January community gathering in the Deer Isle-Stonington elementary school auditorium. It’s the place to be on a snowy Saturday, with fun things to do, friends to meet, great food  to eat, performances to watch, and books to discuss. IRW was present too, giving out books to young and old, and chatting about  Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer to neighbors. Our booth was alongside one from the local historical society and both of us featured  aspects of life on our island during the time of Tom Sawyer. Candace Hall, the librarian at our town’s public library, helped  kids with a Go Fish game like one the kids played back in the 1840s. The prize catch included miniature yoyos or marbles as well as a quote from Mark Twain glued to a paper ‘fish’. You can see from Candace’s jaunty hat, that our island people really get into these events!

Sallie Findlay

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