Summer means Friday nights at the Rockport Boat Club at the mouth of Rockport Harbor.
It is an easy way to gather with friends and neighbors for an enjoyable evening and to catch up on what is happening around the area.
Everyone brings their own food, and the grills are fired up and ready for easy cooking.
As much fun as visiting is noting what is happening all around. Lobster boats are moored until morning when once again they will be heard heading out in the early hours.
Always on the dock people are fishing. I’m not sure what they are catching, but every now and then I spy something dangling from a line. Seeing this reminds me of the hours I spent sitting on our dock in Galveston. I didn’t catch much, but just as here I enjoyed all that was happening around me.
Not everyone on the dock is fishing. Some folks just like to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the harbor and capture the moment as a memory.
Generally in the early evening, there is a nice wind and a few sailors take advantage of it to have the last cruise of the day.
Around sunset Heron, the schooner operating from Rockport Harbor, returns from its dinner cruise. It is always good to see it with a full load of passengers who’ve chosen to experience the beauty of Penobscot Bay.
When the sun begins saying its good byes, everyone packs up and helps put away tables and chairs before going separate ways. Rockport Friday nights are one of the joys of small town living and again I realize Maine is the way life is supposed to be.