LAMOINE— As COVID-19 continues to alter the celebratory plans for Lamoine’s 150th birthday, resident Penny Walls is finding creative ways to acknowledge the milestone year while giving back to her community.
Using her photography skills, Walls has taken pictures of the colorful sardines that popped up throughout town over the spring and summer as part of an event organized by the Lamoine 150! group. Walls has turned the photos into 5-by-7 notecards that she will sell, with all proceeds going to the Lamoine Fuel Assistance Program.
Starting this past April, Lamoine 150!, the committee behind the town’s birthday celebrations, invited residents to design decorative sardines to be placed in front of homes and around town. The event, dubbed “The Great Lamoine Sardine Haul,” connected over 80 participating households in a fun, creative and socially distanced project aimed at remembering the maritime history of the town, says Walls. The event, which was especially welcomed as residents grappled with the isolating conditions of COVID-19, resulted in “sardines popping up all over the place,” she chuckles.
As Walls admired the displays during her bike rides throughout Lamoine, she came up with the idea for the notecards. She will be taking orders at the Lamoine Grange parking lot on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 (rain dates Oct. 11 and Oct. 25) from 10 a.m. to noon. Customers can view samples of the cards and place orders, which will be available after Dec. 1.
The cards that Walls will have available to view include her collage designs, which feature photos of multiple sardines, as well as photos of individual sardines. Customers can also request cards with pictures of sardines that have not been photographed yet.
Walls plans to continue selling the cards throughout 2021, including at the town’s birthday celebration tentatively rescheduled for August 2021.