Downtown Ellsworth Finds a Way for the Sun to Shine 

We got a lot of rain today but the sun was out in abundance along Main Street in Ellsworth.Meghan Hayward explains.Despite the rainy weather this summer businesses along Main Street in Ellsworth are making sure the sun is out in their buildings.Owner of Coastal Interiors Lori Chase thinks it’s added a lot to downtown.”Happy color and sunshine where we have no sunshine all summer long.”The project is called Celebrate Sunshine with Friends.Artists have decorated metal suns with different designs which are on display along Main Street.Early next month all of the suns will be auctioned off to benefit Faith in Action.”Faith in Action is a program that assists the elderly and disabled in Hancock County with free volunteer services so they can stay independent”Executive Director Jo Cooper says she thought a public art display and auction would be a perfect fundraiser.”We wanted an item that could be hung in a garden, outside on a house or inside. And this was and we also wanted something upbeat.”Chase designed one of the suns and says she was happy to help the program.”It’s tremendously important. That kind of organization is vital to small towns across the country. And if we don’t help support them at this level we can’t expect them to be there for us.”Cooper says she never expected the kind of involvement this project has gotten.”There’s a lot more participation from artists than we ever expected. It’s not such a daunting project but what is fun is to see whole families doing it together. It’s really been a community event.”The auction is on Monday, August third and will be held at The Grind on Main Street in Ellsworth at 5:30.For more information about the auction or to reserve a bid, call Jo Cooper at 664-6016.