Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors and friends at the Community Potluck in the vestry of the First of the First Congregational Church on Saturday Dec. 15 . Bring something to share or just come by and enjoy the evening. Potluck starts at 5:30
The third annual Christmas concert will follow in the acoustically spectacular sanctuary with musicians from New Gloucester, Gray , and Alfred.
A New Gloucester Christmas is a collaboration of many artists from the Greater New Gloucester area. Spearheaded by guitarist Jim Gallant, fiddler Mike Conant, and the members of Bald Hill, this year’s line-up includes a host of new participants, including noted Seussian scholar Don Libby and choirs representing St. Gregory’s in Gray and the New Gloucester First Congregational Church. Returning to the stage from previous Christmas appearances are Emily and Steve MacKinnon (of the Kennebunk River Band), George Wardwell, and percussion guru Tony Castro. Show time is 7 pm.
The dinner is free and open to the public as is the concert but a suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Church’s Fuel Assistance Fund which helps fund needy families during the Maine winter.
The First Congregational Church will be collecting non-perishable food items or household products to donate to the Food Pantry during this holiday season. The Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 7:45 am to 9:30 am and is located behind the First Congregational Church. About 12-15 families typically use the food pantry. Casco BAY CAN has provided the church with 35 grocery bags that can be used to collect food. Some take part in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” and put one item in the food bag on each day of Advent. You can also fill the bag as it works for you. In any case, donations welcome anytime this month or at the Christmas eve service. Some items that are particularly in need include: cold cereal, jam/jelly, crackers, instant potatoes, fruit juice in plastic containers, canned tuna or chicken, canned fruits, vegetable soups, peanut butter, canned pasta, dry pasta, rice, jello/pudding mixes, coffee, mayo, tea AND items such as TP, dish soap and laundry detergent. To find out more, call the church office at: 926-3260.
The Economic Development Committee invites you to a Forum on New Gloucester’s Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect.
We will be discussing ways the town can support farms and farmers; how to preserve the agricultural character of New Gloucester; and ways an agricultural economy benefits the entire community.
Monday, November 26
385 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester
Speakers include: Stephanie Gilbert (Maine Dept. of Agriculture); Nina Young Maine Farmland Trust); Justin Gray (Pineland Farms) and Rick and Cheryl Haas (Lazy Dog Farm). Buzz Lamb (NG resident and GrowSmart Maine Board member) will moderate the Forum.
PLEASE COME! QUESTIONS AND IDEAS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED
To help families vote, the Pineland YMCA is offering free short-term child watch services on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, from 7 am to 7 pm.
The Y is located at 25 Campus Drive in New Gloucester. For more information, contact the Pineland YMCA at (207) 688-2255.
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