Tugboat Inn & the schooner Isaac Evans

Kay Brown performing at the Tug Boat Inn, the rigging of the schooner Isaac Evans can be seen in the background.

In the pilot house, the view to starboard, Commercial Street of Boothbay Harbor from
the helm of the Tugboat Inn!

Ray has not been up here since high school!
Looking aft:
Electrical panel and a view back downstairs to the dining rooms.
The view to port includes the upstairs outdoor dining deck.

Right next door:

Shelly aboard the schooner Isaac Evans.


Capt Josh Jacques owner/operator briefing the passengers. Shelly and I have known Josh and his parents since he was about 40” tall. Now he’s in charge of the largest windjammer homed here in Boothbay Harbor.

We are now back at the Tugboat to experience Kay Brown’s entertainment in about a half hour. She and I used to work the crowd at the “Tin Inn” across the harbor in the mid 1980’s. I was the bartender, she was the entertainer! Kay’s daughter, Bonnie, is the GM here at the Tugboat; Bonnie and Ray were classmates at Boothbay Region High School just a few years ago.

Nice license plate holders!
Bonnie and mom, Kay Brown. Tugboat Inn.
DJ Kelly, Kay Brown, and Megan Kelly.

DJ and Megan are grandchildren of Kay.

Their mom, the late Liz Brown (Kay’s younger daughter) (as a 9 ?!?! Year old) swept this whole town off its feet some 45 years ago with her singing and dance number “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” to win the Miss Shrimp Pageant, Windjammer Days mid 1970’s. ((As personally witnessed and recalled by blog author, Ray Sirois.))

Back to the present:

Chris Kenniston plays her well-tuned bass “gut bucket” to accompany Kay on the piano this evening as she has clearly done many times before.
Chris and Kay… half decent view too.
Gerry Gammage of Southport Island,
Diane Vernesoni of Topsham, Kay Boothbay of Brown Harbor, and Chris Kenniston of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Kay is not afraid to share her stage with some of her talented friends, so long as they make it through her rigorous audition process.

Kay Brown live at the Tugboat Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Far right, matriarch Laura Arsenault of the Arsenault Family led the whole tavern with (her favorites) … songs which Kay figured out as they went along.
Laura dancing!

Ray remembers playing ice hockey with Laura’s offspring up in Augusta some 40+ years ago.

Those Arsenault boys would be proud of their “Ma” tonight, fer sure! Maybe even proud of their older brother, Billy shown below.

Hiedi Dunn of Gray, Billy Arsenault representing Laura’s Arsenault offspring, and Gerry Gammage from Southport Island (of course) accompany Kay Brown here at the Tug Boat Inn, west side of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

FYI: Billy Arsenault claims that he taught his younger brothers Gary and Ron how to play ice hockey. (This detail was unable to be independently verified at press time.)

Below, Ramona Gaudet, of Southport Island harmonizes with Kay Brown with one of Kay’s performances tonight. Ramona worked at the Southport Elementary School for 5 or 6 decades. That small school house is reportedly STILL in operation today for K-6. Back in my day (1970’s) the students from that small Southport elementary school always stuck up for each other once they made it to Boothbay Region High School. They were like family for each other. “Don’t mess with a Southport student if there was another Southporter around.”

Chris and Don Kenniston round up my final pics for the night. Don’s mom was the well respected (and well loved) Betsy Kenniston, a realtor for decades in this region. His dad is reportedly the craftsman who made the “half hull” shown on the wall here. No additional details are known yet. But: Stay tuned!
Kay Brown performing at the Tug Boat Inn
Our next door neighbor, Ellen, chats with Tugboat Inn dockmaster Pete, as we begin preparations to push off this morning.

5 thoughts on “Tugboat Inn & the schooner Isaac Evans

  1. Love this! I’m a local so know most of the people pictured! The Tugboat Inn is such a great place to relax and enjoy chatting, singing and laughing together. Such relaxing fun!

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  2. Lisa Miller Clarke, one of Ray’s high school classmates, is currently the principal of the Southport Central School. She also teaches grades 2/3.

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