News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 6, 2019
Neighborhood party to celebrate end of school

Welcome to the carnival

A photo prop, demonstrated by Bob Gross and his daughter April, will welcome participants to a carnival themed end of the school year party on June 15.

Photo courtesy of Carol Cody

by Monique Labbe

The school year for students at George Stevens Academy and Penobscot Community School will be over by June 15, right in time for an end-of-school celebration bash at the home of Carol Cody and Bob Gross.

Gross’s daughter April is a member of the senior class at George Stevens Academy, and will be marching with her class on June 9. When Gross asked his daughter how she wanted to celebrate her graduation, she immediately said she wanted to involve the entire neighborhood.

Gross and Cody immediately got to work and have planned a Welcome to the Carnival themed party, complete with games, prizes, and all the food found at a carnival.

Cody said that the party is not just to celebrate Gross’s graduation, but for all the students in the community to revel in the fact that school is out for the summer.

“We are hoping that all of the kids, and their parents, from the Penobscot Community School come [as well],” said Cody.

The couple even made up a flyer to advertise the event at the elementary school in town.

The party is scheduled from 12 to 3 p.m. at the couple’s home at 73 New Road in Penobscot. Cody has also created a Facebook event page, End of School Celebration/Carnival, where people can RSVP and find out additional details about the event.

Gross and Cody are no strangers to planning over the top themed events. The couple’s home becomes a pirate ship every year during Halloween, complete with fog, lighting, props and more.

“It’s going to be a blast,” said Cody.