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Spruce Point Inn, Hotel, Resort, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, John Glenn

Starry, starry night

It’s hard to tell exactly when the world started using the term “stars” to describe celebrities. But Spruce Point Inn has gathered a constellation of stars as guests, from its earliest years operating as a posh hunting and fishing lodge for captains of industry.

We were thinking about that universe last week when word came that astronaut and former Senator John Glenn had “slipped the surly bonds of earth… to touch the face of god.” He has gone to take back his spot on the rail of the stellar Palawan, where Bobby Kennedy, Claudine Longet and Andy Williams sail the heavens, leaving “oceanside memories made in Maine” here among us. Other Kennedys sail with them (racing each other to “the second star on the right and straight on to morning, no doubt.) And like the lists that appear each year of those who’ve gone on ahead, the list of those who favored Spruce Point Inn while they were here also includes Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Maine Senator Edmund Muskie and “Evans & Novak” syndicated columnist Rowland Evans.

As December’s “Long Nights Moon”sparkles on the new blanket of snow, we watch the Geminid meteor shower streaking above The Boothbay Region. What a wonder it must have been to be America’s first orbital astronaut to look down on our blue marble from that vantage point.

As we look up, we offer Col. Glenn, star traveler, Andy Williams’ signature refrain, “Moon river, wider than a mile; I’m crossing you in style some day, we’re after the same rainbow’s end…”