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Patti’s Aug. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

cider tasting

Dylan Staats and Allison Carrier, of Portland, enjoy sampling varieties of Norumbega Cidery products at a tasting held at the New Gloucester-based cider house on Aug. 13. Carrier remarked that seeing where the hard cider was made added to the experience, and the spice-flavored cider was her favorite.

NGPL Girl returns

The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 23. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim and Jobin Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “NGPL Girl: The Rise of RedRay.” A presentation of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and the evening will end with the Chewonki Foundation putting on their its program.

The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-43/

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the NG Fairgrounds

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds

The Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester has set up a demonstration garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road.

Plants that pollinators’ (various types of bees, butterflies, birds) love have been planted with trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. An emphasis was made to plant as many native plants as possible and more will be added at a later date. The plants bloom at various times to provide food most of the year for the pollinators.Those planted are deer and drought resistant, require minimal care and are readily available to purchase. No invasive plants were used.

Plants are labeled with their scientific name as well as their common name.

Initially a soil test was done to determine which organic amendments should be added to promote optimal growth of the plants. Since the garden is in front of the water district buildings to provide screening for the buildings, only organic compounds were considered. Lime was used last fall and soybean meal was used as a source of nitrogen when the individual plants were added in amounts specified by the soil test.

An additional part of the demonstration garden is to show which types of ground covers used under the mulch work most effectively in deterring regrowth of weeds. Five different types were used in different areas of the garden: cardboard, newspaper, landscape fabric, cotton sheets, and plain mulch.

Watch this garden grow and consider planting many of these same plants at your home.
New Gloucester Environmental Resource committee
8/13/16A bee in the pollinator gardenJuly 10, 2016 NG pollinator garden

Patti’s Aug. 5 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Noah Fralich

Noah Fralich, owner of Norumbega Cidery, pops open his flagship beverage, Classic Hard Cider. You can sample his entire collection at a free hard cider tasting and barbecue at Norumbega Cidery, 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

Free hard cider tasting and barbecue

Visit Norumbega Cidery, one of southern Maine’s newest hard cider businesses. See firsthand how hard cider is made, where it is bottled, and learn about the particular apple varieties used to make this traditional beverage.

The Norumbega Cidery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Sample all of Norumbega hard ciders – classic, honey or berry – plus test and pick your favorite from this year’s special batches. Also, enjoy barbecue and lawn games while you sip. They’ll have bottles for sale to take home with you, too.

Hard cider played a strong part in the history and traditions of rural Maine and is making a comeback as an option for those interested in locally brewed and produced beverages. The Norumbega Cidery, located at 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, is operated by Noah Fralich. For more information, see www.norumbegacidery.com or Norumbega Cidery on Facebook.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-41/

Water Park Discount Tickets

The New Gloucester Parks and Recreation Department is offering Funtown Splashtown USA combination passes for $28 (the regular price is $36) and Aquaboggan tickets for $15 (the regular price is $20). Tickets are available at the town office. For more information, contact Harvey Price at 926-4126 or hprice@newgloucester.com.

Patti’s July 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Open Farm Day in NG

Visit three participating New Gloucester farms in the statewide “Maine Open Farm Day” on Sunday, July 24. In all, more than 150 farms throughout the state Maine join in this one-day celebration of agriculture and farming.

Check out Maine’s largest Angora rabbit farm, Acker’s Acres Angoras, 359 Gloucester Hill Road, open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Owner Beth Acker gives tours of her rabbit barn and fiber studio, as well as demonstrations of spinning with spinning wheels and drop spindles.

Foggs Hill Farm, 943 Intervale Road, is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour the petting zoo at this farm, which has all-natural meats, sheep, goats, pigs, beef and poultry. Co-owner Gail Kolda is happy to answer your farm-related questions.

From noon until 4 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, offers free special events for the whole family. It is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management – since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.

Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives and tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens. Traditional craft demonstrations wll include woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstrations, rug hooking and a tin-type photography demonstration. Additionally, there is going to be a bake sale and a plant sale, plus barbecue lunch plates are available for purchase.

The Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are both open. Also taking place will be book signings by Chris Becksvoort, “The Shaker Legacy;” Mary Doyle, “Unique Maine Farms;” and Don Perkins, “Barns of Maine.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Bring your cameras. For more information, contact the Shakers at 926-4597, info@maineshakers.com, www.maineshakers.com, or follow them on Facebook.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-40/

What’s new at Fisherman’s Net

Hello Everyone,
We have been enjoying the perfect weather of the last few days! Have you? Love this time of year. Looks like it will be a good weekend- maybe some Thunderstorms again.  We have some great specials to enjoy any kind of weather.
Lobsters starting at 5.89LB!!!
Still have the (4) for special going on too!
LOBSTERS !!!
[1.0-1.24] one pounders.    5.89 lb
OR (4) for $26
[1.25-1.49] pound and quarter.     6.45 lb
OR  (4) for $34
[1.50-1.89] pound and half.    6.95 lb
OR   (4) for $42
Steamers Special !!!
4.50 LB
4.20 LB for 5 LBs or more
ORGANIC SALMON 12.99 LB fillet.
with salmon steaks and whole salmon arriving friday
SCALLOPS 18.99 !!!
CRABMEAT 11.99 8oz
YELLOWFIN TUNA 12.99 LB (friday)
WILD SOCKEYE SALMON 13.99 LB (friday)
BLUE MARLIN 14.99 LB
SWORDFISH 15.99 LB
FROM OUR KITCHEN
   (2) lobster rolls for $20
   Seafood chowder
   Haddock chowder
And of course our full menu is available everyday!
See you soon
Stephanie and Pam
Nicole, Jordan and Nick

Keith Hill Larson, 58

Keith Hill Larson, The Library Guy, Rock Boy who loved his Log Dog, Joyful Dancer, Peace Activist, and Gardener Extraordinaire, ascended up to heaven on his personal sit n’ spin hovercraft on Thursday, July 14, 2016 taking off one final time from his home in New Gloucester. – See more at: http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=keith-hill-larson&pid=180700540&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.9YfpJxuz.dpuf

Casting Call for Library Play

Calling all thespians! The New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, will be conducting a casting call at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, for this year’s play. Every child who wants a part is guaranteed one, and there will be speaking and nonspeaking roles available.

The Library Players will present the play on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Co-written by Tim and Jobin Terranova, the plot will keep you on the edge of your chair wondering what will happen next, now that NGPL guy is back and RedRay has arrived.

If acting isn’t your thing, come support the young actors as an audience member. Call Sue or Carla at 926-4840 for more details.

Open Farm Day at Shaker Village on July 24

sheep and barn

Visitors of all ages will enjoy meeting the Shakers’ flock of more than 40 sheep, as well as learning from Brother Arnold Hadd the on-going history of farming at Shaker Village. Photo courtesy of United Society of Shakers

On Sunday, July 24, from noon until 4:30 p.m., Shaker Village will participate in the statewide “Maine Open Farm Day” – an afternoon of free special events for the whole family. More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management, since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.
 
Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, tin-type photography demonstration and sale. Additionally, there is going to be a bake sale and a plant sale, plus barbecue lunch plates are available for purchase.
 
The Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are both open. Book signings by Chris Becksvoort– The Shaker Legacy, Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine are taking place. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Bring your cameras.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Route 26) in New Gloucester.  For more information please contact  207-926-4597info@maineshakers.comwww.maineshakers.com, or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/SabbathdayLakeShakerVillage 

Patti’s July 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, for their 14th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for pet-themed storytime, socializing, and species-appropriate snacks. Light refreshments will be served for the human types. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting group will be here this year for your entertainment. All pets are welcome, be they scaly, furry, feathered, finned, imaginary, slithery or stuffed. For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-37/