Author Archives: Julie Fralich

A Taste of New Gloucester: Italy Comes to Town [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

By Julie Fralich

Finally a sunny, bright day in New Gloucester, so Michael and I decided to go check out the gelato at Thompson’s Orchard. We had been by many times and seen the sign but weren’t sure when it was open for business and what it was all about. We met up with Mike Thompson late in the day and admired his new cooler and array of over 20 varieties of gelato.

According to Mike, all the flavors come from Italy – but some of the ingredients are specially made from the bakery (for example, the blueberry pie) or from his apples and cider. 

Mike Thompson with gelato cookie bowls. Photo: Julie Fralich
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NG Land Management Planning Committee Takes Up Solar Development with Input from Residents

At a workshop on March 27, 2019, the Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) heard from community members about development and regulation of solar energy in New Gloucester According to Town Planner Scott Hastings, members of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee had recently suggested the need to examine the town ordinances particularly as they relate to installation of large solar arrays. Before proceeding with any such changes, the LMPC decided to ask for public input and try to get ahead of the issue before any large developers might approach the town

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Seagrass at Village Coffeehouse Sat. Nov. 3

Join neighbors, bring friends and settle in to an evening of entertainment and good company at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester. The setting in the vestry of the historic New Gloucester First Congregational Church is cozy, the acoustics are fabulous, the music is always lively, and the food and company can’t be beat. Seagrass specializes in upbeat traditional, classic rock and contemporary music.
Vestry of First Congregational Church
7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 at the door


GNG Community Service Club Carves Pumpkins to Benefit Camp Sunshine

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Every fall, the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club, with the amazing help of the majority of the student body, carves over 1000 pumpkins. These pumpkins are showcased in Freeport at LL Bean and are individually sponsored, with the … Continue reading

New Gloucester Board authorizes look at town charter — Sun Journal

New Gloucester board authorizes look at town charter


Norumbega Cider Tasting — Saturday July 7 2:00 to 6:00 pm

It’s a beautiful day to enjoy some Norumbega Cider. Come on by and enjoy music by Ronda Dale and food by the Nom Bai Food Truck. Try some of Norumbega Classic, Berry Medley or Honey. Today, Saturday July 7 from 2 to 6 pm.

Forum on Arts and the Creative Economy — June 11, 2018

Forum on Arts and the Creative Economy
Hosted by the New Gloucester Economic Development Committee
Monday June 11, 6:30 at the MEETING HOUSE
How does a Creative Economy benefit a town and its economic vitality? How can our town, and others, support this path to economic development? The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life.  The Economic Development Committee is hosting a panel of Maine based experts to speak about how towns can work with local cultural and artistic businesses and non-profits to grow their economies. Speakers include: Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission: Jen Hutchins, Executive Director, Maine Association of Nonprofits and Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director of Engine: Propelling the Creative Economy, Biddeford.

Norumbega Cider Tasting Today June 2

Relax, hang out and taste a variety of ciders at Norumbega Cidery, today from 2 pm to 6 pm. On tap will be the classic cider, a honey cider, and berry medley. Other specialty varieties for tasting. Music provided by Rough Sawn (country, blue grass and folk) and food available from the Nom Bai Street Kitchen Food Truck (Cambodian and Vietnamese). Stop by at 380 Woodman Rd. 

Ameranouche at Village Coffeehouse on Sat. June 2

Join us for the last Coffeehouse of the season. Saturday night at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church.
The award winning Ameranouche plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.”   The rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music mixing Flamenco, Bebop and Jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant.  Whether they’re playing a musette waltz from 1930 or an Andalusian inspired original tune, Ameranouche’s Gypsy Flamenco Swing style is a fresh and highly enjoyable new sound for the 21st century.

Mainers and the Gold Rush of 1849 — Historical Society Presentation May 17

“Mainers and the Gold Rush of 1849” is the title of the next program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 PM  at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). Jan Eakins from the Maine Historical Society is writing a book on this subject and will talk about some of the people from New Gloucester who headed west during the Gold Rush. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.