The Village News: Seen & Heard - 2022


 


 

January 2022

 


       

Ice Skating Returns to the Peat Hole

Peat-Hole

It's finally been cold enough for the Peat Hole to freeze over! We'd like to thank Tim Edwards for sending us his photo of a recent hockey game there.

 


       

And the Winner Is...

Pamela

Over the Holidays, Pamela Lerner, Home & Design, held a contest for a $100 Gift Certificate for its customers. The contest ran from December 1st to December 26th and all you had to do was come into Pamela’s shop, on Main Street in Bellport Village, and buy something. Each time you did, your name was entered in the contest and the random drawing for the $100 Gift Certificate was held on December 27th.

The winner of the drawing was Bellport Village Trustee, Maureen Veitch. Maureen has been a customer of Pamela’s for 18 years, ever since Pamela opened her shop. Maureen said she tries to do all of her Holiday shopping in the Village and in particular, at Pamela Lerner Home & Design because it has such a wonderful assortment of great gifts to choose from. Maureen said she plans on donating the $100 Gift Certificate to the Village’s Seniors’ Program.

Congratulations Maureen!

 


       

From Bellport.com’s Photo of the Week to Canvas, a Maine Artist Finds Her Muse

Swan

We received the following from Julia Villacara...

“Hello Erin and Larry,

Thought I’d share the following story with you and the beautiful inspiration your work at Bellport.com has produced.

Thank you for all that you do.

Julia”


Bellport native and prolific artist Maria Castellano-Usery on the creative process behind her 8x10 acrylic on canvas painting titled “Swan:"

“I was having a conversation with a friend here in Maine about the symbolic properties of swans: transformation, awakenings, beauty, grace, elegance, and strength. I thought, ‘What better way for me to begin cultivating those traits than to do a painting of a swan?‘ I reached out to childhood friend Julia Villacara because not only is she a dear friend, but I love her photographs. I know she has many gorgeous shots of the natural world in Brookhaven and Bellport. I don’t see too many swans here in Maine, but I have fond memories of the many beautiful swans right on South Country Road. I knew it needed to be a single swan, and I wanted the photo to be appealing and to have a certain amount of detail so I could capture it.

Julia did not have a single swan but a few weeks later showed me Susanne Bellocchio’s photo of the week on Bellport.com. I knew it was the right one. It’s a beautiful photo and the clarity is fantastic. Julia reached out to Sue, her long-time family friend, for permission for me to use her photograph as a jumping-off point, and Sue was gracious enough to give me her blessing. I’m very grateful to Sue and Bellport.com for publishing this gorgeous photo that translated so well to my canvas.”

Swan

From Bellport.com to easel: For more original works by Maria and to stay up to date with her monthly charity paint-a-thon events, please follow her on Instagram @brushstrokesbymaria and visit her website www.brushstrokesbymaria.com

 


       

Downtown Bellport Village Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Downtown Bellport Village sure did look festive this holiday season! We'd like to thank Paul Warner for sending us his photos of the shops dressed up this year.

Holiday Lights

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