Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Patti’s June 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Michael Graham, left, and Brother Arnold sing Shaker songs for an audience in the 1794 Sabbathday Lake Shaker Meeting House. The Maine Festival of American Music featuring five concerts performed there will run from June 19-22.

Shaker Village music festival

The Maine Festival of American Music will run from June 19-22 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road. Five concerts will be held in the 1794 Shaker Meeting House.

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Great plants at great prices

Plants for the 12th annual
“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale are looking healthy and ready to adorn your lawn and/or home.

The sale will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $50 gift card to the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. The event is sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee.

Patti’s May 24 Inside New Gloucester Column


Amelia, 8, and 6-year-old Erica Reed enjoy a May 9 Royal River Conservation Trust Rain or Shine Club scenic hike at Big Falls Preserve, which bisects New Gloucester and Auburn.
Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Memorial Day parade

New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at the Memorial School at 86 Intervale Road on Monday, May 27. Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade route will proceed north along Route 231 and then heads to the right at the blinker light onto Route 100. The procession stops at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services at approximately 9:30 a.m. Afterward, the parade route takes a right onto Peacock Hill Road, then left onto Gilmore Road. The route ends at the Amvets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location to begin lining up at 8 a.m. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, leave a message for Bill Greene at 514-6994.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-169/

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

New Gloucester Democratic Committee members Penny Hilton, left, Misty Coolidge, Mark Stevens and David Hilton welcome customers to the 2018 “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale.

The 12th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $50 gift card to the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

Patti’s May 10 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Jazz clarinetist and virtuoso whistler Brad Terry, left, and guitarist Peter
Herman delight a standing room only crowd during a special Village Coffeehouse performance April 20.

Family Farmyard  

Pineland Farms is inviting the public to a day full of family fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18. Activities include hand milking a cow, collecting chicken eggs and brushing a bunny. Live tractor demonstrations are from 11:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30-1 p.m., and farm yoga will be held 11-11:20 a.m., 11:30-11:50 a.m. and noon-12:20 p.m. Attendees can also help build the new Fairy Village, plant a sunflower, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and get their faces painted.

For tickets, priced at $6 in advance, $8 day of, go to the Events page at shop.pineland.org. The rain date is May 19. Visitors can park on campus and take a trolley bus from the Market or park down on the farm. For more information, contact the education department at 650-3031 or education@pinelandfarms.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-168/

Community Volunteer Day at Shaker Village

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, home to the world’s only living Shakers, is opening its doors to friends and volunteers for a Community Work Day on Saturday, May 11th from 9am-3pm.  Join the Shakers and their friends by helping with Spring clean-up and chores throughout the historic buildings, barns, gardens, and grounds.  Spend the day enjoying the beauty and serenity of this 236-year old farm while putting your hands to work, and walking in the footsteps of generations of Shakers before.  Meet friendly people who come from Maine and across New England to join the Shakers in support of their enduring traditions.  All are welcome to the potluck dinner, served community-style in the Shakers’ Dwelling House.  Experience one of Maine’s most unique and enduring cultures.  Come one, come all!  Please RSVP at friendsoftheshakers.org or email info@maineshakers.com or call 207-926-4597.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME.

Patti’s April 26 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


New Gloucester residents at Party for a Cause to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank on March 23 are, back row from left, Paul Linet, Jackie Soley, Mark Stevens, Penny Hilton, David Hilton, Julie Fralich, Tabatha Nute, Sarah Nute, Misty Coolidge; front row from left, Laura Jane Sturgis and Nichole Stevens. Coolidge Family Farm, owned by Misty Coolidge and her husband, Peter DeBear, was the venue for the fundraiser.
Courtesy photo by Meraki Portrait

Gear up for Town Meeting

Study up for the May 6 annual Town Meeting by watching a video on local access cable TV Channel 1302. The program is comprised of two public hearings and two meetings held at the Amvets Hall on April 16. They consist of a public hearing on a senior property tax assistance ordinance, informational meeting on the public safety (fire and rescue) budget, Budget Committee public hearing on the FY 2020 proposed budge and a Budget Committee meeting.

The program is being broadcast at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26; Saturday, April 27; and Sunday, April 28; as well as the following weekend in the same timeslots.

Additionally, it is available as video-on-demand at https://newgloucester.viebit.com/player.php?hash=rgzq0pMa5qjp

Read Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly at http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-167/

Morrison Center rep to speak

Amy Whitmore, development coordinator at the Morrison Center, which is a southern Maine social service agency, will be the speaker for the Thursday, April 18 meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society. This free, public program will be held at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road and will start at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Patti’s April 12 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Betty Kolda, left, Yvette Knight, Deb Chandler, Beverly Cadigan, Phoebe Hardesty and Kathleen Potter are among the members of the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library. The group’s primary mission is to host a book and bake sale twice a year providing a steady revenue stream to augment the library’s annual budget.

Friends of the Library

Professional organizers can’t hold a candle to the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library.

Member Beverly Cadigan, chronicling the process of sorting the books that are contributed to the library, says the librarians first categorize the donated books, retaining some of them to add to the inventory. The remainder are put in crates and brought down into the labyrinth of rooms found in the library’s basement.

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Patti’s March 29 Inside New Gloucester Column


Donnie Carroll speaks to a group on March 21 about why Gray voted for a charter in that town and how it has worked. The meeting was hosted by New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8. Check their Facebook page for details.

Benefit dance

The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual fundraising dance Saturday, April 13, at the Gray American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray. The featured band is Something Stupid, a dance band made up of four self-proclaimed “weirdos,” who love to entertain people, whether it be musically or by making fun of themselves. Each show features a mixture of improvisational comedy and rehearsed music.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Features include a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a few door prizes. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or at the door. Call Andrea at 577-2563 or Candi at 831-0449, or send an email to royalriverriders@yahoo.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-165/