The Maine Adventure

The Property
The Site...  Landscaping... Outside Design... The Natural Environment...
Gentle Demolition...  Moving the Barn...  Moving the Cape...  Reconnecting the Cape...  The Cape Renovation... Becoming a B&B...
The Farmhouse
Prepping for the Farmhouse...Modular Farmhouse & Stick-built Garage...Farmhouse Interior...
The Homer Jones Barn
The original Homer Jones Barn...The new HJ Barn...Homer Barn Interior...Owner's Quarters

The Heroes-My Working Partners...  The Gallery... The Retreats... The Destination Weddings



Unless adjusted, all meetings are the third Monday of the month, at 6p. See Calendar below for details:



Birthdays this Month

Feb 19 The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman Deb Augustine  Anne Brooks February 10 Angela & Gabrielle DiPerri 
Mar 19 Voting Down the Rose Anne B. Gass Dorothy Ferrell/Anne B. Gass  Judy Milinowski March 30 Kiersten Lynch
Apr 16 Ordinary Light Tracy K. Smith Sandra Hodge  Barbara Dusseault April 1 Claire Tomlin
April 26
Melissa Thornton
April 30 Annette Stormont
May 21 Gourmand's Way Justin Spring Kiersten Lynch   May 20 Sarah Strouss 
June 18 The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work At 72 Molly Peacock Anne Brooks  Kiersten Lynch
June 28 Valerie Young
July 16 Pocketful Of Names** Joe Coomer Susan Reynolds   July 10 Suzy Mace
July 25 Pat Driver
Aug 20 Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging & the Courage to Stand Alone Brene Brown Gabrielle di Perri  Deb Augustine August 13 Dorothy Ferrell
August 23 Claudia Leighton
Sept 17 Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess Kathy Eliscu Diane Schyberg  Melissa Thornton Sept 6 Becky Welsh
Sept 18 Deb Augustine
Sept 28 Barbara Dusseault
Oct 15 The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating Elizabeth Tova Bailey Sarah Strouss   Oct 7 Jane Smith
Oct 8 Susan Reynolds
Oct 12 Kathleen Jones
Oct 23 Judy Milinowski
Nov 19 Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger Barbara Dusseault    
Dec 17 A Piece of the World Christina Baker Kline Valerie Young   Dec 5 Diane Schyberg

** The Boothbay Gourmet Book Club has read this book, in 2009. If too many current members have read it, we'll add a second book to enjoy for this month.


PRESS HERE for Book Club Recommended Book List   


2016 September Book Club Meeting



All prepped and ready to go....


And the Book Club members begin to arrive, as the fog rolls in off the river....




And Jane leads the lively discussion about Bully Pulpit....and today's political arena...



Angela and Gabrielle DiPerri  February 10 Claudia Leighton   August23

Sharon Goldhirsch  February 18

Becky Welsh   September 6

Kiersten Lynch  March 30

Deb Augustine September 18

Claire Tomlin April 1

Jenny Litchfield  September 21

Melissa Thornton  April 26

Susan Morris  September 25
Annette Stormont   April 30 Barbara Dusseault September 28
Sarah Strouss  May 20

Diana Kerr  September 29

Liza Maugham   May 21 Jane Smith October 7
Valerie Young June 28 Susan Reynolds October 8
Jan Carbin  July 8 Kathleen Jones  October 12
Suzy Mace July 10 Judy Milinowski   October 23
Pat Driver July 25

Beth Lewis  November 12

Dorothy Ferrell   August 13 Judy Molinelli December 2
Kim LaTour   August 18 Diane Schyberg December 5

2014 Solstice Book Club Meeting...Baby Book Shower for Valerie, Tabor and CONRAD!!





Crazy Color Lady....

2012 Solstice Book Club Meeting


Solstice Celebration, 2011
September Swap Meet, 2011


Jan 15 Lone Wolf Jodi Picoult Melissa Thornton  Boathouse Bistro  
Dec 18 Loving Eleanor Susan Wittig Albert   Susan Reynolds and Dorothy Ferrell Dec 2 Judy Molinelli
Dec 5 Diane Schyberg
Nov 20 I am Pilgrim Terry Hayes   Suzy Mace  
Oct 16 The Rent Collector Camron Wright   Deb Augustine Oct 7 Jane Smith
Oct 8 Susan Reynolds
Oct 12 Kathleen Jones
Oct 23 Judy Milinowski
Sept 18 Commonwealth Ann Patchett Melissa Thornton Barbara Dusseault Sept 6 Becky Welsh
Sept 18 Deb Augustine
Sept 21 Jenny Litchfield
Sept 25 Susan Morris
Sept 28 Barbara Dusseault
Sept 29 Dinny Kerr
Aug 21 Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life William Finnegan Anne Brooks CANCELLED August 13 Dorothy Ferrell
August 18 Kim La Tour
August 23 Claudia Leighton
July 17 The Book of the Mandolin Player Anne Britting Oleson Becky Welsh Becky Welsh July 10 Suzy Mace
July 25 Pat Driver
June 19 1. The Garden of the Finzi Continis

2.I'll Take You There

1. Georgio Bassani

2. Wally Lamb

1. Jane Smith

2. Deb Augustine

Diane Schyberg June 28 Valerie Young
May 15 Lilac Girls Martha Kelly Kiersten Lynch Melissa Thornton May 20 Sarah Strouss 
May 21 Liza Maugham
Apr 17 Nine Mile Bridge: Three Years in the Maine Woods Helen Hamlin Valerie Young Jane Smith April 1 Claire Tomlin
April 26
Melissa Thornton
April 30 Annette Stormont
Mar 20 Illumination Night Alice Hoffman Deb Augustine Anne Brooks March 30 Kiersten Lynch
Feb 20 A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles Angela DiPerri Dinny Kerr February 10 Angela & Gabrielle DiPerri 
February 18 Sharon Goldhirsch 
Jan 16 A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman Annette Stormont CAPERS Restaurant-Dorothy  
Dec 19 In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume Valerie Young Dorothy Ferrell Dec 2 Judy Molinelli
Dec 5 Diane Schyberg
Nov 21 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin  Melissa Thornton Suzy Mace Nov 12 Beth Lewis
October 17 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins   Annette Stormont's Oct 7 Jane Smith
Oct 12 Kathleen Jones
Oct 23 Judy Milinowski
Sept 19 Bully Pulpit Doris Kearns Goodwin Jane Smith Melissa Thornton Sept 6 Becky Welsh
Sept 18 Deb Augustine
Sept 21 Jenny Litchfield
Sept 25 Susan Morris
Sept 29 Dinny Kerr
August 15 The Nightingale Kristin Hannah ??? Valerie Young August 13 Dorothy Ferrell
August 18 Kim La Tour
August 23 Claudia Leighton
July 18 Not My Father's Son Alan Cumming Gabrielle DiPerri Kathleen Jones July 10 Suzy Mace
July 25 Pat Driver
June 20 When We Were the Kennedys Monica Wood Sarah Strouss Claire Tomlin  
May 16 The Wars of the Roses Alison Weir Kiersten Lynch Becky Welsh  
April 18 My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante Suzy Mace Jane Smith  
March 21 The Constant Princess Philippa Gregory Deb Augustine Anne Brooks  
February 15 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Melissa Thornton Annette Stormont  
January 18 Shadow of the Silk Road Colin Thubron Suzy Mace Jane Smith  
DEC 14 The Sweet Life in Paris David Lebovitz Anne Brooks Boathouse Bistro  
NOV 16 Leaving Time Jodi Picoult Diane Schyberg Suzy Mace  
OCTOBER 19 The Pecan Man Cassie Dandridge Selleck Melissa Thornton Diane Schyberg  
SEPT 21 Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman Valerie Young Kiersten Lynch  
AUGUST 17 Last Night at the Lobster Stewart O'Nan Beth Lewis Sarah Strouss  
JULY 20 Being Mortal Atul Gawande Diana Kerr Anne Brooks  
JUNE 15 Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline Claudia Leighton Diane Schyberg  
MAY 18 Euphoria Lily King Kathleen Jones Melissa Thornton  
APRIL 20 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett Melissa for Annette Boathouse Bistro  
MARCH 16 Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear Gabrielle DiPerri Dorothy Ferrell  
FEB 16 Citizens of London  CANCELLED Lynne Olson Pat Driver McSeagull's  
JANUARY 19 Some Luck Jane Smiley Deb Augustine Jane Smith  
DEC 15 Still Life Louise Penny Anne Brooks Melissa Thornton  
NOV 17 The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Kathleen Jones Suzy Mace  
OCT 20 Delicious Ruth Reichl Kiersten Lynch Diane Schyberg  
SEPT 15 Shores of Knowledge Joyce Appleby Sandra Hodge Pat Driver  
AUGUST 18 Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown Annette Stormont Deb Augustine  
JULY 28 Trains and Lovers Alexander McCall Smith Deb Augustine Claudia Leighton  
JUNE 16 Caleb's Crossing Geraldine Brooks Pat Driver Valerie Young  
MAY 19 Cancelled The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri Pat Driver Diane Schyberg  
APRIL 21 Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead   Sheryl Sandberg Jane Smith McSeagull's, Claudia will organize  
MARCH 17 The Dressmaker of Khair Khana Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Diana Kerr   Diana Kerr    
FEBRUARY 17 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski Valerie Young Jane Smith  
JANUARY 20 The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert Jenny Litchfield  Annette Stormont  
DECEMBER 16 Outlander Diana Gabaldan Deb Augustine Melissa Thornton  
NOVEMBER 18 Wild Cheryl Strayed Suzy Mace Diane Schyberg  
OCTOBER 21 Traveling Mercies: Some thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott Gabrielle DiPerri Jane Smith  
SEPTEMBER 16 Moloka'i Alan Brennert Valerie Young Sarah Strouss  
AUGUST 19 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky Sarah Strouss Kiersten Lynch  
JULY 22 Major Pedigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson Judy Milinowski Kathleen Jones  
JUNE 17 Then Again Diane Keaton Kathleen Jones Jenny Litchfield  
MAY 20 Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson Melissa Thornton for Sharon Pat Driver  
APRIL 22 The Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling Kiersten Lynch Annette Stormont  
MARCH 18 The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman Kim Latour Jane Smith  
FEBRUARY 18 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Diana Kerr Suzy Mace  
JANUARY 21 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Pat Driver McSeagull's-Dorothy is setting up the date  
DECEMBER 17 Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand Diana Kerr Melissa Thornton  
NOVEMBER 19 Slow Love Dominique Browning Kathleen Jones Kathleen Jones  
OCTOBER 15 God is not Great Christopher Hitchens Claudia Leighton Diane Schyberg  
SEPTEMBER 17 Death Comes to Pemberley P.D. James Sarah Strouss Judy Milinowski  
AUGUST 20 Robber Bride Margaret Atwood Sharon Goldhirsch Pat Driver  
JULY 16 The Tiger's Wife Tea Obreht Valerie Augustine Deb Augustine  
JUNE 18 Island Beneath the Sea Isabel Allende Beth Lewis Suzy Mace  
MAY 21 The Beekeeper's Apprentice Laurie R. King Melissa Thornton Annette Stormont  
APRIL 16 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Foer Liza Maugham Jenny Litchfield  
MARCH 19 Rules of Civility Amor Towles Suzy Mace Sharon Goldhirsch  
FEBRUARY 20  An Object of Beauty  Steve Martin   Jane Smith  
JANUARY 16 This Life is in Your Hands Melissa Coleman   Diana Kerr  


DECEMBER 19: Book: Breakfast with Buddah, Roland Merullo    Site: Melissa Thornton

NOVEMBER 21: Book:   In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson   Site: Dorothy Ferrell

OCTOBER 17: Book:   Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot      Site: Annette Stormont

SEPTEMBER 19: Book:   State of Wonder, Ann Patchett   Site: Diane's

AUGUST 22: Book: Bossypants, by Tina Fey, chosen by Sharon. Site was Kathleen's.

JULY 18: Book: The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver, chosen by Sarah and Site was Kiersten's. 

JUNE 20: Book: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, chosen by Becky and Site was Suzy's

MAY 23: Book: Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy, chosen by Deb and Site was Becky's.

APRIL 18: Book was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and Site was Jenny's

MARCH 21, 2011: Book was 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' by Garth Stein; site was McSeagull's. 

FEBRUARY 21, 2011: Book was 'Little Bee' by Chris Cleave; site was Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Val and Gabrielle hosted the meeting.

JANUARY 24, 2011: Diane chose COME SPRING by Ben Ames Williams. Sharon hosted the meeting.


  1. DECEMBER 20, 2010: Melissa hosted the meeting and Melissa chose Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. Dorothy introduced the author and Melissa led the discussion.
  2. NOVEMBER 15, 2010: Diane hosted the meeting. Deb chose Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Jantzen. Deb introduced the author and led the discussion.
  3. OCTOBER 18, 2010: Dorothy hosted the meeting. Liza chose The Inn at Lake Devine, by Elinor Lipman.
  4. SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: Deb hosted the meeting with Kim as a co-host and Kim chose Birds of Fall, by Brad Kessler.
  5. AUGUST 23, 2010: Becky hosted the meeting AND Becky chose The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace.
  6. JULY 19, 2010: Kiersten hosted the meeting. Valerie chose The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbary and Diane introduced the author and led the discussion.
  7. JUNE 21, 2010: Suzy Mace hosted the meeting. Dorothy chose Julia Spencer-Fleming's book:  In the Bleak Midwinter and Dorothy introduced the author and led the discussion.
  8. MAY 17, 2010: Sarah Strouss hosted the meeting. The book was Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout. Melissa introduced the author and led the discussion.
  9. APRIL 19, 2010: Jenny Litchfield hosted the meeting. The book was The Woman Behind the New Deal by Kirstin Downey. Dorothy introduced the author; Sarah and Tomlin led the discussion.
  10. MARCH 15, 2010: Valerie Augustine hosted the meeting. The book was The Help by Kathryn Stockett Suzie introduced the author. Susan pinch-hit leading the discussion.
  11. FEBRUARY 15, 2010: Susan Morris hosted the meeting. The book was Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill. Diane introduced the author and led the discussion.
  12. JANUARY 25, 2010: Susan Earle hosted the meeting. The book was Away, by Amy Bloom.  Sarah introduced the author: Dinny led the discussion. JANUARY 18 at Kathleen Jones' house was 'called' for SNOW!


  1. DECEMBER 21, 2009: CHRISTMAS PARTY~~Melissa Thornton hosted the meeting. NO BOOK. WILD HOLIDAY PARTY ONLY!
  2. NOVEMBER 23, 2009: November's book title was: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. Dinny Kerr hosted the meeting. Kathleen introduced the author and Kiersten led the discussion.
  3. OCTOBER 19, 2009: October's book title was: Drinking the Rain: A Memoir by Alix Kates Shulman.  Sharon Goldhirsch hosted the meeting. Dinny introduced the author and Kim led the discussion.
  4. SEPTEMBER 21, 2009: September's book title was: Senator's Wife, by Sue Miller. Melissa Thornton hosted the meeting.
  5. AUGUST 17, 2009 August's book title was: The Stories of John Cheever. Claudia Leighton hosted the meeting.
  6. JULY 27, 2009: July's book title was: Winter Dance by Gary Paulsen. Kim LaTour hosted the meeting. Melissa introduced the race and the author.
  7. JUNE 22, 2009: June's book title was: Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. Deb Augustine hosted the meeting.
  8. MAY 18, 2009: May's book title was: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez. Suzy Mace hosted the meeting. Deb Augustine led the discussion.
  9. APRIL 20, 2009: April's book title was The Nine, by Jeffrey Toobin. Jenny Litchfield hosted the meeting.
  10. MARCH 23, 2009: March's book title was Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer. Kiersten hosted the meeting; Melissa led the discussion.
  11. FEBRUARY 23, 2009: February's book title was Good Harbor, by Anita Diamant.  The meeting was held at McSeagull's.
  12. JANUARY 26, 2009: January's meeting was held at Beth's home. The book was Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Diane introduced the author and led the questions.
  13. DECEMBER 18, 2008: December was our holiday party, which was held at Kathleen's house.
    No book for this meeting; just celebration.
  14. NOVEMBER 17: November's book was The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost. The meeting was held at Sharon's house. The author was introduced by Valerie Tu'Ineau who led the questions as well.
  15. OCTOBER 20: October's meeting was held at Dorothy's house. The book was Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster. Deb introduced the author and led the questions.
  16. SEPTEMBER: September's meeting was held at Liza Maugham's house on Barter's Island. The book for the September meeting was Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult.  Dinny introduced the author, Kim led the questions.
  17. AUGUST: The book for the August meeting was Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  The meeting was held on Monday, August 18 at Melissa's home. Author presentation was by Melissa Thornton; Judy Milinowski provided interesting questions for discussion.
  18. JULY: The book for the July meeting was Pope Joan by Donna Cross; the meeting was held at Deb's lovely Back Riverfront house on July 28th.
  19. JUNE: The book for the June meeting was The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory. The date was June 30th and the meeting was held at Diane's house. Kiersten presented the author; Dorothy the interesting questions.
  20. MAY: The book for the May meeting was The Patron Saint of Liars, by Ann Patchett. The meeting was held on May 19th at Melissa's newly renovated Bold Colorful Life Inn, 802 Back River Road, first building on your left after Dover Cross comes in on the right. Author presentation was by Melissa and interesting questions by Kim.
  21. APRIL: The book for the April meeting was Waterbaby, by Chris Mazza. The date April 21st at 6pm and the site was Sharon's lovely houses on Barter's Island.  Sharon presented information about the author; Dinny presented interesting questions about the book.
  22. MARCH: The book for the March meeting was Waiting, a novel by Ha Jin. The date of the meeting was March 24th at 6pm and the site was Kiersten's new Captain's House, Formosa Lane, Boothbay.
  23. FEBRUARY: The book for the February meeting was The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig. The meeting was held on Monday, February 25th at 6pm at the Center Cafe. 
  24. JANUARY: The January meeting was held at the Townsend Ave Cafe and Grille on January 21st at 6p. The book was Snow, by Orhan Pamuk. Jenny researched and introduced the author and Melissa created the questions which led the discussion.
  25. DECEMBER: The December meeting was held at Paula's house on December 17th and was a fabulous, sumptuous Celebration meeting--no book discussion. 5 Buffle Head Cove Road  Boothbay ME  045373.
  26. November 26th
    BOOK: A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
    LOCATION: Jenny Litchfield hosted
    researched the author; Dinny shared interesting questions.
  27. October 29th
    BOOK: Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
    LOCATION: Diana (Dinny) Kerr hosted
    PRESENTATION: Melissa researched the author; Sharon created some interesting questions.