Ellie Jean Cosgrove, 5, of Freeport, left, Nicholas Pinette, 6, of Westbrook, and Reilly Lund, 4, of New Gloucester, try out the new playground at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.
New playground open
Children in the area now have another recreational option – a playground located at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road. The facility is open during daylight hours and closes at dusk.
The town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, headed up by Director Harvey Price Jr., devoted many years to the planning process, from the financing, including a federal grant, to erecting the equipment. The playground project finished up on Aug. 10.
“We had a great group of volunteers who put in significant hours. Some are on the Parks and Recreation Committee, some aren’t. A few don’t even have kids or grandkids. They were there because it’s a community project,” Price said.
Another undertaking at the fairgrounds is building a pavilion. Price estimated that the framework should be in place by the end of August, and volunteers will be sought for a community build of the roof afterward. Once the pavilion, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds, is done, hopefully in mid-September, there will be a ribbon cutting/grand opening to showcase the two projects.
The ninth annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 3:30pm at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village – the world’s only active Shaker Community. This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine. More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki crafts including basketmaking, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story-telling. A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists). High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale.
Participating artists include: Dolly Barnes, Jason & Donna Brown – Decontie & Brown, Pam & Jacob Cunningham, Barry & Lori Dana, Linda Dana, Faye Decontie, Stuart Tomah & Gal Frey, Wendy Hamilton, Marie Harnois – Passamaquoddy Maple, Butch & Kelly Jacobs, Joe & Tammy Loring, Brenda Moore-Mitchell, Geo Neptune, James Neptune, Peter Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Debbie Nicholas, Debbie Parsons, Gail & Butch Phillips, Caron Shay, Tim Shay, Michael Silliboy, Frances Soctomah, Fred Tomah, and the Burnurwurbskek Singers.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture. FREE ADMISSION! Rain or shine. BBQ lunch plates will be served. The Shaker Museum and Shaker Store will be open, as well. Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) in New Gloucester, Maine – 15 minutes from the Maine Turnpike. FMI: www.maineshakers.com, follow on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, or 207-926-4597.
We will be having the end of the Summer Reading Program on August 22 (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm. The evening includes:
The Library Players will presenting an original play, NGPL Guy + RedRay: Perspective, by local native, Jobin Terranova. Are actors range from 4 year old to 14.
Awarding of certificates for those that have been reading as part of our program.
Presentation by Josh Sparks, again a local, of Sparks Ark.
Rumor has it that our friend Baxter the Library Cat will also be visiting. Light refreshments will be served. You don’t have to be a part of the summer reading program to come. Everyone is welcome. We have limited chairs, so people may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Cumberland County 4-H members Caleb and Katie McGrath-Holmquist and Amber, Amanda and Austin Holmes are raising money to buy three market hogs and three market lambs from the Cumberland Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Wednesday Sept. 27, at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. The livestock will be donated to the Gray and New Gloucester Food Pantries.
The two families are longtime members of the Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club and the 4-H Swiners Club who raise market lambs and hogs to be sold annually at the fair’s 4-H auction. This year, in addition to raising and auctioning their own animals, they are participating in a self-designed community service project to benefit both 4-H’ers and their local food pantries.
They hope to raise $3,600 to buy the animals. They will be selling donated water, soda and lemonade at the Gray Blueberry Festival on Saturday Aug. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Main St., Gray.
Donations of any amount can be sent to GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project, P.O. Box 1012, Gray, Maine 04039. Checks can be made payable to: GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project.
Because of a tie (one vote each) at the June election, a water district trustee run-off election will be held on Monday, Aug. 14, at the New Gloucester Town Office, 385 Intervale Road, during regular office hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 7 p.m. Only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for a water board trustee.
The candidates on the ballot are Norman Chamberlain II, Mary Ellen Corrigan, Caleb Dunn, Robert Ray Sr., Frank Staton Jr., or write-in. Absentee ballots are now available.
The 20th Annual Beach to Beacon 10K is right around the corner, and a past beneficiary, Wayfinder Schools is celebrating with giveaways! First 10 people to make a donation of $100 or more will receive a $100 gift card to dine at any Sea Dog Brewing Co. location (Topsham, Camden, South Portland, North Conway, etc.) or use at the Shipyard gift shop in Portland. Click the link to donate now + help our students get ready for back-to-school! Thx B2B + Shipyard Brewing for sharing the excitement of the 20th anniversary. Good luck to all the B2B runners on Aug 5th!
Open Farms Day on July 23rd offers the opportunity to visit farms throughout the state. Two New Gloucester farms are on the tour:
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Shaker Society
Brother Arnold Hadd
707 Shaker Rd, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
Diversified Farm (Scottish Highland cows, sheep, bees, herbs)
Activities: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
With 17 buildings and 1750 acres of land, Sab- bath Day Lake Shaker Village is home to the only active Shaker Community in the world and is a National Historic Landmark. The Shakers have been farming since 1783. See Scottish high- land cattle, sheep, bees, orchards, gardens and 1830’s barns. FREE barn tours with Brother Ar- nold; FREE wagon rides, bee exhibit and hives; herb garden tours, craft demonstrations. 207-926-4597 • maineshakers.com
Acker’s Acres Angoras Beth Acker
359 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester Angora Rabbit Farm
Activities: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Angora Rabbits, plus yarn, spinning fibers and hand-knit garments. Barn and Studio/Shop tours. Spinning demonstrations.
207-926-4921 • bunnyblend.com
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 11, for the 15th annual Pet Show.
All pets are welcome to attend for 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. Two K9 handlers from Maine Search and Rescue Dogs also will give a presentation and demonstration.
For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.
Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, and enroll in the Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal is to read (or, for little ones, to listen to) a total of 3,960 books. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 8. All ages are welcome to participate from babes in arms to Great Aunt Gertie. The program wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
The New Gloucester Community Fair is back!!! Mark your calenders for September 9th at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds. This year’s event will be about New Gloucester and our community based groups/orginizations. There will be a large roll out of information and sign up forms etc in Mid June. Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Churches, Eagles, Amvets, Masons, lions, historical society, Political groups, snowmobile club, school groups etc are some of the particpants we are looking for. Along with local musical artists and craftors and vendors. Any questions Peter Bragdon. email@example.com