Over the last week or so, there has been a flurry of activity not far from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastat the Bush family compound, and it certainly warrants a bit of attention. Not only did George H.W. Bush just celebrated his 88th birthday, but the Navy just completed construction of the USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class supercarrier. Honestly, I have no idea what that
means, but I am pretty sure it means big, powerful, and pricey! But after a small, contained vacuum cleaner fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, it set sail on its way to Kennebunkport, where the former President took a helicopter from his estate to the ship. It apparently came close enough to shore that you could see it very clearly, but, of course, I missed that incredible photo-op! Nevertheless, this was a momentous occasion, especially because it was the first time in naval history where such a ship was commissioned for a still-living namesake.
But what seemed to cause an even greater stir this week was the premier of the HBO documentary “41,” which took place on the grounds of St. Ann’s Church. An easy walk from the Maine Stay Inn, many visitors took the opportunity to stroll by. Of course, security was tight, but the unimaginably large tent was visible from the Kennebunk Beaches and was quite a sight to behold when viewing from Ocean Avenue. Now, the rest of us will just have to wait for the public airing of this supposedly wonderful film, but fortunately, the wait’s not too long – it runs on HBO tomorrow night! For a preview, check out the trailer here on HBO’s YouTube channel. I don’t know about you, but I will certainly be watching – even if only to catch a glimpse of Kennebunkport “back in the day!”