Patti’s Oct. 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

An exhibition of Wabanaki dancing by the Sipayik Dance Troupe takes place at a Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in 2012. Maine is one of several states that now celebrate Native American history and cultures instead of commemorating Christopher Columbus and the European colonization of the Americas. All town facilities will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.  Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

A Very GNG Halloween

The Gray and New Gloucester Recreation Departments are collaborating to host a COVID-safe Halloween on Oct. 31. Three 45-minute sessions of a Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat are from 1-4 p.m. at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road. Four 30-minute sessions of a Haunted Pennell Forest Walk are from 5-8 p.m. at Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Main St., Gray.

Both events are free and open to the community. Organizers require registration in advance since there is a limit of 100 people at each site at one time. Sign up at

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