Community Involvement

Planting pink tulips at the town library

“We decided to buy a home in Tenants Harbor,” explains Rosemary, “because we wanted to live in a small town where we could get to know our neighbors, contribute to the community, and work with people to make a difference.”

“Since moving year-round to Maine in 2009 we have worked hard to build our Blue Tulip businesses, but we have also found time to support Tenants Harbor community organizations and causes we believe in.”

A member of the Knights of Columbus for many years, Jan now helps the local Rockland chapter in fund-raising efforts to benefit their church and community soup kitchen. He is also a member of the Ocean View Grange. Rosemary volunteers at the library and drives for the St. George Neighbor to Neighbor Ride Assistance Program, organized in 2013 to provide free rides for St. George residents who need them.

In 2012, the couple co-sponsored a Breast Cancer Awareness Program in Tenants Harbor. Since then, they have sold pink tulip and daffodil bulbs in their shop and donated a percentage of their bulb sales to support Maine Cancer Foundation’s annual “Pink Tulip Project.”


Sharing Dutch culture (and Jan’s wooden shoes!) with St. George School children.

They have been members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and, in 2013, were instrumental in creating the St. George Business Alliance. Additionally, they have donated either time or funding to support the following local organizations:

  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Georges River Education Foundation
  • Georges River Land Trust
  • Good Shepard Food Bank
  • Herring Gut Learning Center
  • Island Institute
  • Jackson Memorial Library
  • Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum
  • St. George Community Development Corporation
  • St. George Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Association
  • St. George Elementary School
  • St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church
  • The Strand Theatre
  • Trekkers