Sue Hawkes, wife of Gary, and mother of Corey and Gary Jr., is a resident of Cundy’s Harbor in Harpswell. Sue is deeply connected to the Harbor because her ancestors have lived in Harpswell since the 1700’s. Sue and Gary are the owners of the gift shop and lobster selling business Hawkes Lobster, which they founded in 1990. They get their lobster from their sons Corey and Gary Jr., Gary’s brother, Scott Hawkes, as well as a number of other family members.
In this interview Sue reminisces about her childhood in Cundy’s Harbor and discusses how she’s seen a shift from a small, tight-knit community to a more territorial, privatized town where there’s less everyday interaction and more summer-only residents keeping to themselves. Sue laments, “There are so many wonderful people but … they’re not year rounders.”
Interview and story by Ryan Graves at Harpswell Coastal Academy, 2016, in collaboration with the Holbrook Community Foundation and Galen Koch.