Link to the Lullabies & Moonstruck Luna-Tics

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon, we’re all yearning for connections to that epochal moment.

Here at Spruce Point Inn we’re delighted to acknowledge our own legend – the day John Glenn sailed in on Palawan along with Bobby Kennedy, singer Andy Williams (of the signature song, “Moon River”) and other guests. Astronaut John Glenn, in 1962, was the first American to orbit the Earth in a space capsule, proving the next steps, out of Earth orbit  and on to the moon, just might be possible to take. And Kennedy’s brother John was, of course, the man who charted the course by speaking the dream of “putting a man on the moon and bringing him back safely before the decade is out”.

What strikes us most vividly in the (completely deserved) edu-tainment barrage leading up to the anniversary is how crisp and colorful the film that was taken on board the spacecraft was! Somehow our brains are wired to expect that all the footage from that historic event was as grainy, black-and-white as the images of Neil Armstrong stepping off the Eagle’s ladder into the lunar dust.

But “American Experience” and “NOVA” and the brilliant documentary Apollo 11 – all use archival film, much of which was never shown before. And suddenly history is in sharp focus and vivid color.

Kind of like what happens to first-time visitors to Boothbay who step out of their cars into actual Maine. They stand on our front lawn and drink in the harbor approaches and the vivid green of the grass and blue of the ocean, feeling the sun on their faces, the seabreeze cooling their arms and breathing in the heady blend of ocean and wild roses. Suddenly everything they thought they already knew about Maine (or the moon) is energized and imprinted on their souls (as astronaut Michael Collins described so well).  Imagine what the experience of actually standing on the moon must have been like!

That’s what the expression “a sense of place” tries to capture. That there are some places that have managed to hold onto all the magic – in our case, all the “oceanside memories made in Maine” – that make them distinctive, authentic, priceless.

And some places speak to the spirit. They resonate with the unheard music of anticipation, experience and delight; and that, once experienced in sharp personal focus and living color, takes us places we thought we could only dream of.

Now, standing here on the coast of Maine and gazing at the full Thunder Moon of July we understand why humans have to ‘go there’ and stand in the dust and hear the silence and turn our sensory impressions into inspiration. We’re all just crazy enough to dream such dreams. We appreciate our link to the lullabies of moonstruck luna-tics. And treasure the moments we can “go there,” too.


Photo: Mercury astronaut John Glenn (far right)at Spruce Point Inn with Bobby Kennedy and Andy Williams aboard Palawan.