Storytelling Season under the winter moon
The January issue of Down East magazine reminds us that winter is Storytelling Season.
It makes sense as shadows flicker on the snow under the full Wolf’s Moon (as the Abenaki called it). Fresh footprints, identifiable as our companionable deer, moose and raccoons share their stories in the sparkling sunlight of ever-lengthening days here at Spruce Point Inn.
But the stories in Down East accompany what they call “the 10 Most Iconic Maine Photos” including the cover image of JFK and his August 1962 visit here to Boothbay Harbor. We have our own iconic images – including a Kennedy on a sailboat – stunning photographs from David Marx workshops and an Instagram account that documents dozens of “oceanside memories made in Maine” and the thousands of words each picture brings back to mind.
Settling in to the work on the winter checklist here at Spruce Point, we have lots of stories to tell each other. As our summer team turns to the tasks at hand – painting, sorting and sprucing up for the start of the season May 16th – we find ourselves recounting our own oceanside memories. The day the lead housekeeper saw one of her team dragging a vacuum up the driveway and pitched in to help finish the days’ rooms (“no housekeeper left behind,” she told us). The extended family our rooms manager comes down to meet in the lobby each time they return. The anniversary surprise the crew in 88 helped a guest conspire to pull off, just as the sun was setting over Boothbay Harbor. The city child under his mother’s eye, entranced by the magic of the firepit.
While the images of lobsters and lighthouses are spectacularly beautiful. It’s the ones brought to life by the people we’ve come to know that bring back the stories we remember. They’re the reason Down East named us the #1 hotel in Maine and Conde Nast Traveler honored us as a “best resort in the Northeast.”
Each person gathered here brings an individual story – the lives they encountered on the way to Grand View Avenue, and the magic conjuring oceanside memories out of sharing the sunshine.