Breakfast clubbers combine food and adventure

The Breakfast Club draws up to two dozen Schoodic Peninsula residents Saturday mornings in the summer.

GOULDSBORO — When John Gerlock, a retired Ford Motor Co. research scientist, and his wife, Sandy, bought a home in Corea a neighbor clued them in on how to make the transition from Detroit to Downeast Maine.

First, the late Jan Lawson told them, read “The Peninsula,” a book about rural coastal Maine by Louise Dickinson Rich.

Next, Lawson said, “drive around endlessly looking for moose.”

So, upon the Gerlocks’ first summer in 2006, they invited Lawson and her sister-in-law, Betty Osgood, to hop in the Gerlocks’ car for a moose-hunting foray.

As Gerlock recalls, “Betty got hungry, so we went to Chase’s in Winter Harbor, where Jan and Betty rolled me for breakfast. The ‘Breakfast Club’ was born — best money I ever spent.”

The Breakfast Club today is a loose band of souls largely from the Schoodic Peninsula that can number up to 25 people some days. They meet Saturdays from June to October.

The breakfast spot varies from week to week, as does the activity, or field trip, that follows the chow down.

The field trips have ranged from a seaweed harvester in Steuben to the chainsaw sculpture artist in Hancock.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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