Category Archives: Events

Patti’s May 11 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity Klotzle, 7, who belongs to the New Gloucester Public Library’s 4-H group, covers the root ball of a newly planted Liberty Elm tree that she named “Elmie” on April 29. Her 5-year-old sister Haven looks on.

Liberty Elm takes root

The image of majestic elm trees arching over the streets of our hometowns changed significantly in the 1930s when Dutch elm disease decimated the elm population. Because of efforts by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute, disease-resistant trees have been developed. They have been given the moniker of the American Liberty Elm — named for the “Liberty Tree,” our country’s first symbol of freedom. The institute established its Liberty Tree Society program in 2009, and of the hundreds of thousands elms they have planted, 99 percent have survived.

New Gloucester Public Library purchased an elm from the Liberty Tree Society in Keene, New Hampshire. Trustee Robb Cotiaux traveled there to pick up the tree for planting, and he along with library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle installed the sapling on April 29. “Elmie” can be visited behind the gazebo and swing set.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-142/

 

 

Patti’s April 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

These volunteers are getting ready for a day of sprucing up the grounds at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during an annual Spring Work Day hosted by the Friends of the Shakers. This year’s work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

Shaker’s spring work day

Brother Arnold and Sister June invite you to put your hands to work and give your hearts to God because Spring Work Day is just around the corner. Join the Friends of the Shakers on Saturday, May 12 at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.

Lend a hand working at various tasks suitable for all ages and abilities, including sweeping away the winter sand, cleaning out the hay barn, helping in the herb department, prepping the Shakers’ gardens, clearing brush, and so much more. Work days bring lots of hard work as well as much fellowship, too. Everyone shares the noon meal, conversation and laughter.

Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish or dessert and drop it off at the registration check-in table located on the lawn at the back of the Brick Dwelling House. Chores start at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. All necessary tools and supplies will be furnished but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, feel free to wear them. Pre-register at www.friendsoftheshakers.org or by calling 926-4597.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-141/

 

 

Patti’s April 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Ice out in the Pineland Pond can’t come quickly enough for these mallards enjoying a brisk swim alongside a frozen slab on April 5. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

“Fueling Our Schools”

Customers of the Circle K convenience store at 255 Shaker Road in Gray are invited to a special Fuel Up Night to kick off Circle K’s annual “Fueling Our Schools” fundraising campaign. The ongoing campaign invites customers to purchase fuel at specially marked pumps, with Circle K donating one cent of every gallon of fuel purchased to Gray-New Gloucester High School, up to $2,000. The school will use its donation to address different areas of need, such as technology, resources, teacher incentives and more.

On Thursday, April 19, a special Fuel Up Night, customers will have an opportunity to make an even greater impact. From 3-8 p.m., 10 cents of each gallon of fuel sold at pumps seven and eight will be donated to Gray-New Gloucester High School.

“Circle K is passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods where we work and live,” said Jeff Burrell, vice president of Global Fuels. “Through this unique fundraising program, we are helping to address critical needs and enabling educators to make a difference in the classroom and beyond.”

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-140/

YMCA Spring Events

Mark your calendars for these Pineland YMCA events and spring programs:

Registration Days:

Youth Development Programming

Youth Development Program offerings can be found HERE!

*Youth Development Programs are offered to family members, youth program members, and open to the community!

Swim Lessons

See the full swim lesson schedule HERE!

*Swim Lessons are offered to family members and youth program members

Healthy Kids Day “Awaken Summer Imagination”

April 21, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the community event. The weather was lovely last year and we had over 150 participants enjoying activities and crafts all generously donated by our community partners.

Who will be joining us this year?

  • Farmer Stephanie from Farm to Table Kids- North Yarmouth, Maine
  • Daniel Bannon, PE from Baker Design Consultants- Freeport, Maine
  • Veteran’s Adaptive Sports & Training- New Gloucester, Maine
  • Courtney Jacques and Denise Gaudette from Good Shepard Food Bank- Auburn, Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center- Gray, Maine

Family open swim will be available, bowling, face painting, clothing swap and our bounce obstacle course- Please bring your friends and family!

Clothing Swap- Back by popular demand we will have YMCA of Southern Maine volunteers running our clothing swap.  We are currently collecting gently used baby clothes, blankets, maternity clothes, and youth clothes.  If you find something you like, you are welcome to take it!  All remaining items will go to our social works partners who will match to our community members in need.

Bike-A- Palooza partnering with Fiddlehead Arts &Science Center and the Gray Bike/Ped Committee.

May 6, 2018 1:00-3:00pm

This event is free and open to the community.  Please bring your bikes and safety equipment as we will have skilled and knowledgeable volunteers on hand to inspect and get your bikes ready for summer fun.

This year’s Bike-A-Palooza is shared effort from many community organizations coming together to make sure that all kids, adults, and families in the greater GNG area ride safe this summer.

A special thank you to:

  • YMCA of Southern Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center
  • Gray Rec Department
  • Gray Bike-Ped Committee
  • Maine Bike Coalition

More details about this event will be out soon. 

GNG spring sports schedules

Spring sports schedule are here http://news.keepmecurrent.com/spring-schedules-gray-new-gloucester

 

 

April Historical Society program at Shaker Village

“Shaker Trustees Office: An Historic Jigsaw Puzzle” is the title of the next program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be held on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7 PM. NOTE: THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE SHAKER STORE, SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE.  Free and open to the public.

Historical Society Archives

The next New Gloucester Historical Society Archives Open House will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). FREE.  All interested parties are invited with a special invitation to the research groups working on the society’s new exhibit about the town’s neighborhoods.

Patti’s March 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village workshops

The Shakers are among the best-known craftspeople in American history; their legacy includes fine examples of woodworking, textile arts, basket making, metalwork, music, gardening, cooking, and more. Learn age-old crafts and modern spins on their tradition from local artisans and makers. All workshops take place at Shaker Village, working in historic buildings with serene views all around; learning about and carrying on the traditional crafts of the Shakers and our region.

The list of workshops and events to be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during their 2018 season, starting Memorial Day weekend, can be found at www.maineshakers.com. Pre-registration is required for all workshop classes. Register online, by phone 926-4597, or by mail addressed to United Society of Shakers, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-138/

 

Patti’s March 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Royal River Conservation Trust Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway, left, Alicia Flynn with Roxy in backpack, Kevin Cyr holding Nora, and RRCT Stewardship and Outreach Director Kyle Warren snowshoe around the shoreline of Chandler Mill Pond at a Rain or Shine Club tour on Feb. 15.   Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Community supper

Everyone is invited to a community supper and presentation about food insecurity in New Gloucester on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a pasta or rice casserole created from food pantry ingredients. Hear a brief presentation from a GNG Backpack Kids Program spokesperson and from NG food pantry volunteers. The supper is being held at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-137/

 

 

 

Connor Garvey at Coffeehouse on March 3

Award-winning FOLK singer-songwriter Connor Garvey will be at the Village Coffeehouse on March 3.  Think Paul Simon, Josh Ritter, Jason Mraz.  Named a top new singer-songwriter by Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse.  The New Gloucester Village Coffeehouse’s cozy setting and great acoustics will make for a memorable evening!  Concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets at the door $10.  Coffee and tea are hot and free. Munchies available for a small donation. To hear his music, go to http://www.connorgarveysongs.com/