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Patti’s Aug. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


A Wabanaki dancer performs while drummers provide the beat at a past Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration at Shaker Village. This year’s festival is slated for Aug. 24. Patti Mikkelsen photo

Native American festival

The 11th annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

The Maine Native American Summer Market provides a rare opportunity to purchase museum-quality crafts directly from nationally recognized Wabanaki artists. A wide selection of crafts is offered for a range of prices.

More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basket making, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry. Additionally, there will be storytelling by Geo Neptune, as well as performances by the Burnurwurbskek Singers and Wabanaki Dancers.

Barbecue dinner plates will be available for sale to the public, while supplies last. The free festival will be held rain or shine.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/08/16/inside-new-gloucester-aug-16/

Patti’s Aug. 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Saxophonist Steve Schran of New Gloucester, general manager of New England Jazz Band, performs atop Hacker’s Hill in Casco. The July 28 concert was a successful fundraiser for the Raymond Arts Alliance. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Discount passes

New Gloucester Parks and Recreation has Funtown/Splashtown tickets for $30 each and Aquaboggan tickets for $17 available now at the Town Office, 385 Intervale Road.

Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library have arranged for passes to Maine Wildlife Park, Poland Spring, Shaker Village and the Children’s Museum. Also, the library is the place to sign out pickleball equipment for use at Rowe Station Park, as well as canoes and kayaks for use at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2019/08/02/inside-new-gloucester-35/

Patti’s July 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Open Farm Day at Shaker Village is an annual free event for the whole family. Featured events are tractor-pulled wagon rides, craft demos, live music, and barn tours by Brother Arnold. Neighboring farms also will be selling their goods. Courtesy photo by Peg Becksvoort

Open Farm Day

More than 150 farms throughout Maine join in a one-day celebration of agriculture and farming on Sunday, July 28. From noon to 4 p.m., see Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards and herb and vegetable gardens at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.

Featured free activities include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold, tractor-drawn wagon rides, a honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens and traditional craft demonstrations. Barbecue lunch plates are available for sale. Live bluegrass music will be performed by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2019/07/19/inside-new-gloucester-july-19/

Felix Stars in the Pet Show

Frank Chambers has an armful holding “Felix,” a rotund feline.
Kathleen Potter and Frank Chambers show off their tuxedo-clad pussycat at the New Gloucester Public Library’s 17th Annual Pet Show on July 9th.
Photos by Patti Mikkelsen

Patti’s July 5 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Nadir Marafa holds Bumblebee, his bearded dragon, at last year’s New Gloucester Public Library Pet Show. This year’s event will be held Tuesday, July 9. Patti Mikkelsen photo

Show off your pets

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, for their 17th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing with other friendly pets and their owners. Light refreshments will be served. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting canine visitor will be in attendance to provide entertainment and education. Registration is appreciated. For more information, call Carla at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2019/07/05/inside-new-gloucester-30/

Patti’s June 21 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Pineland farmyard educators Nora Laprise, left, and Jennifer Sawtelle lead a Story Walk on June 10. This free one-mile stroll on the trails starts at the Pineland Farms Market and Welcome Center every Monday at 10 a.m. through September.

Get Out! Nature Walk

Naturalist Polly Haight Frawley will lead the next Get Out! Nature Walk from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. The location is Big Falls Preserve, near 381 Woodman Road. The curriculum is ferns/ethnobotany.

This preserve is owned and managed by the Royal River Conservation Trust, donated in late 2018 by the Fralich family. Ongoing major trail rehabilitation in 2019 has opened up the 1.5 mile loop trail along the banks of Meadow Brook, including a 10-foot waterfall as a destination. The event is free.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2019/06/20/inside-new-gloucester-june-21/

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.