Meg McGarvey and Linda Godfrey engaged a warm Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center audience with a March 13 talk about the history of their lovingly crafted downtown landmark, The Commons Eastport. The women-owned business dates back to 2004, and its genesis was humorously recounted by the speakers: “We bought it in 2003. 39 weeks and 37 dumpsters later, we opened,” reported Godfrey to appreciative laughter.

McGarvey and Godfrey shared this image of ‘Women of the Commons’ Business Partners and three special friends: Sue Crawford* (front row, from left), Alice Otis*, Ruth Brown* and Alice Gough. Anna Baskerville (back row, from left), Meg McGarvey*, Nancy Asante*, Linda Godfrey* and Vera Francis.

The Commons—which encompasses a seaside artisan gallery and suites, plus an online shop—will next make news with the final annual presentation of Common Good Awards in May. A video of their talk can be enjoyed below.

The Sunday series will continue with presentations on March 27, April 3 and April 10. A finale is being scheduled for May, date TBA. To view the rest of the series lineup, please visit Please note: voluntary donations sustain these programs; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. 

Thanks to L. Elwood for photos of this event, which was video-recorded by Mark Macey.