Elskus & fellow artist, Pranas Lapé
Back Shore Rocks
Albin Elskus watercolor, Back Shore
The family joined
the Long Cove Point Club and attended the potluck dinners
there. At the time, there were many fewer members than now,
and most of those lived on the point. Anna remembers Margaret
Sanger making the coffee and recalls that the club paid the
girls 50 cents for doing dishes. She also remembers her children
playing with the Sturtevant grandchildren.
In 1968 the family bought a little cottage
closely adjacent to them, and later built a dining room
that served to link the two cottages together. In 1969
the family purchased additional land on Back Cove but promised
not to build until the original owner was deceased. The
family honored the request so the Studio House was not
built until 1988.
Meanwhile, the children were soon old enough
to have summer jobs at places like the local gift shops
in Pemaquid. The Elskus son, Dooie, served as steward for
the club for several years, living there as the stewards
did then (hence the room still known as "the steward's
room"). In those days, stewards were not allowed to
play on the tennis court until late afternoon, a rule rather
rigidly enforced by some club members at first though
relaxed in later years.
Albin loved to sail and was an experienced
sailor. At one point the family had two boats, a sailboat
and a row boat, and sailed on day trips to Monhegan and
many other places around Penobscot Bay. On another occasion,
Albin sailed across the Atlantic to Ireland with his friend,
playwright Dean Fuller, in a 31-foot sloop. Newspaper articles
and a map of the journey still grace the Elskus garage.
Romance blossomed between son Dooie and another
Long Cove resident, Lynn Stebbins and they were married
in Newcastle. They now bring their children to Chamberlain.
Daughters Adria and Arilda
married in Chamberlain
in front of the Studio House on the rocks
In 2004 Anna and Albin moved from New York
to Chamberlain as Maine residents, living in the Studio
House while their three children and their families continued
visit the Yellow Cottage.