In the fall of 2014, Tony Contakos initiated a volunteer project to renovate the cabin affectionately known as "Blue Door”. On a beautiful day in late August 2017, about two dozen celebrants gathered on Hurricane Island to celebrate the completion of the restoration. Following is a gallery of photos from that day and from some of the days Tony and his team worked on Hurricane Island, as well as the letter Tony wrote to invite support for the project. Enjoy!
Hello Blue Door Tribe!
Climbers, Sailors, Teachers/Leaders and general long haul Hurricane Island adventurers...
At the 50th Outward Bound Reunion, Randy Baker and I talked about bringing the Blue Door back to life. We saw its current state - deck missing, rotted sills, windows that did not work, leaky roof. It was sad as we both had fond memories of the Hurricane scene of teaching hard, climbing hard, and playing hard. You were there!! Remember? Sure you do. All too good. Too real. We were lucky, and we knew it.
So, in the Hurricane Island tradition of action: Chip Bauer purchased materials and swung a hammer along with Randy Baker, Will Rogers, Paul Fagan, Tony/Norvelene/Christos/Jonas Contakos. We were welcomed on the island by Sam Hallowell, used Bob Weiler's boat to get there, and during a couple of work weekends in the summer of 2015 replaced all windows and frames, repaired sills, built a new deck, shingled half of the building, and patched the leaky roof. Bob Gordon helped carry, and the Harbor Builders crew was more than helpful. Still to do in 2016: replace the roof, finish shingling, and outfit the interior. The goal is to have the Blue Door in working order for Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership staff and students...and for the Blue Door to regain some of her "in the field" Island dignity.
We need your help. Total material cost to date is $7000. The Contakos family has given $1000 toward materials, but we need your help. Any amount is helpful, and for those that can cough up $100 (more!?) there will be a Blue Door Party on Hurricane Island in 2016. Of course we're all still planning to make our annual fund contributions to support the good work that Hurricane Island Foundation's Center for Science and Leadership is doing, and hope you'll consider an extra gift for this effort.
With best regards and humble thanks,
If you would like to support our capital projects, click on the "Donate" button at the bottom of this page. Please be sure to include "capital projects" in the Comments box on the donation page.
If you prefer, you may mail donations to:
Hurricane Island Foundation - Capital Fund/Blue Door
PO Box 1280
Rockland, ME 04841