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Turkey Tracks: July 4th in Cushing, Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  July 6, 2013

July 4th in Cushing, Maine

Every July 4th, Sarah Rheault and her children, Willow and Chrisso, host a potluck July 4th party at their Cushing, Maine, home, for, mostly, their Cushing neighbors and friends.  This year, Willow could not come.  The mother of a toddler, she is expecting her second child this summer.  Chrisso was present, however, and spent some hours grilling us delicious hamburgers.  And the potluck food, as always, was also delicious.

I brought deviled eggs from my soy-free, free-range chickens–made with homemade mayonnaise and local scallions.  I sprinkled them with freshly cut chives.  I should have taken a picture, especially after Sarah put my eggs on a big white platter she had.  I had carried them in a container that I could fit into the cooler for the 45 minute ride out Cushing.

It was SUNNY and hot–and we all reveled in both after so many, many days of rain.

I thought you kind blog readers might enjoy seeing the views from this special spot in this world.  Here’s a view from the front of the house–which is built low so as to fit into the landscape.

Rheault's July 4th 2013

That’s Sarah in the blue jacket.  See the solar panels in the background?

Rheault's July 4th, 2

Here’s the deck.  That’s Meg Barclay, standing, in the orange shirt.  She’s talking to John Blydenburg.  I was struck by the contrast between my first time at this July 4th party and this time.  I have, in nine years, gone from knowing no one at this event to knowing so many of these dear people.

Rheault's July 4, 3

On the right is Joie Willametz, who kind of adopted John and me on my first time to this party.  Joie is one of the most amazing people in this world.  She is an artist; she is endlessly curious; she traveled extensively with her husband; I have to work really hard to beat her at WORD.  She is sitting with her daughter-in-law and grandson, who together with Joie’s son, came down from New York City for the weekend.

Rheault's July 4 4

I will leave you with a view that kind of says it all:

Rheault's July 4, 5

Thank you Sarah and Chrisso for…everything!

Written by louisaenright

July 6, 2013 at 11:00 am