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Patti’s Jan. 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Meet wild animals

Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. His talk is open to ages 3 and up in the Mount Washington Room of The Commons at Pineland Farms from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, call 650-3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-75/

Patti’s “Inside New Gloucester” Oct. 28 Column

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New Gloucester residents Devon Nuzzo, 10, left, Rylee Farwell, 3, Amy Farwell and Mya Farwell, 1, enjoy their visit to the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Open House on Oct. 19. Hundreds of visitors were treated to a free barbecue, live fire demonstrations, games, free T-shirts for kids and face painting.

Annual Harvest Supper

Lunn-Hunnewell Amvets Post 6 Auxiliary in New Gloucester is hosting its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5-6 p.m. at the Amvets Hall, Route 100, New Gloucester. The menu includes ham, potatoes, carrots, squash, turnip, cabbage, onions, rolls, coffee, tea and punch, as well as homemade apple crisp for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for under 6. Proceeds are to be used to sponsor the auxiliary’s veteran’s hospital projects.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-60/

Patti’s Sept. 30 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village Harvest Festival

Join the fun at Shaker Village for the end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Freshly picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider pressing, homemade Shaker apple fritters and much more.

Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have a bounty available for sale. Seasonal mums, other late-season bloomers and houseplants will be featured in a booth hosted by Donna’s Greenhouses of New Gloucester.

Free, traditional craft demonstrations will include Shaker-style broom making by Kent Ruesswick; wool carding, spinning, knitting and weaving by R&R Spinners; rug hooking by Parris House Wool Works; blacksmithing by Tim Greene; weaving by Marjie Thompson, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn and wood-carving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Books will be signed by authors Don Perkins, “Barns of Maine,” and Chris Becksvoort, “The Shaker Legacy.”

Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day. Kids will be treated to free face painting and free gourd decorating.

All activities will take place on the grounds of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and inside the Shakers’ historic 1830 barns. The village is located at 707 Shaker Road, off Route 26, New Gloucester. The festival will be held rain or shine.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-50/

Patti’s July 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Open Farm Day in NG

Visit three participating New Gloucester farms in the statewide “Maine Open Farm Day” on Sunday, July 24. In all, more than 150 farms throughout the state Maine join in this one-day celebration of agriculture and farming.

Check out Maine’s largest Angora rabbit farm, Acker’s Acres Angoras, 359 Gloucester Hill Road, open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Owner Beth Acker gives tours of her rabbit barn and fiber studio, as well as demonstrations of spinning with spinning wheels and drop spindles.

Foggs Hill Farm, 943 Intervale Road, is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour the petting zoo at this farm, which has all-natural meats, sheep, goats, pigs, beef and poultry. Co-owner Gail Kolda is happy to answer your farm-related questions.

From noon until 4 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, offers free special events for the whole family. It is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management – since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.

Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives and tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens. Traditional craft demonstrations wll include woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstrations, rug hooking and a tin-type photography demonstration. Additionally, there is going to be a bake sale and a plant sale, plus barbecue lunch plates are available for purchase.

The Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are both open. Also taking place will be book signings by Chris Becksvoort, “The Shaker Legacy;” Mary Doyle, “Unique Maine Farms;” and Don Perkins, “Barns of Maine.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Bring your cameras. For more information, contact the Shakers at 926-4597, info@maineshakers.com, www.maineshakers.com, or follow them on Facebook.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-40/

Open Farm Day at Shaker Village on July 24

sheep and barn

Visitors of all ages will enjoy meeting the Shakers’ flock of more than 40 sheep, as well as learning from Brother Arnold Hadd the on-going history of farming at Shaker Village. Photo courtesy of United Society of Shakers

On Sunday, July 24, from noon until 4:30 p.m., Shaker Village will participate in the statewide “Maine Open Farm Day” – an afternoon of free special events for the whole family. More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management, since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.
 
Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, tin-type photography demonstration and sale. Additionally, there is going to be a bake sale and a plant sale, plus barbecue lunch plates are available for purchase.
 
The Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are both open. Book signings by Chris Becksvoort– The Shaker Legacy, Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine are taking place. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Bring your cameras.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Route 26) in New Gloucester.  For more information please contact  207-926-4597info@maineshakers.comwww.maineshakers.com, or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/SabbathdayLakeShakerVillage 

Patti’s July 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, for their 14th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for pet-themed storytime, 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. An additional exciting group will be here this year for your entertainment. All pets are welcome, be they scaly, furry, feathered, finned, imaginary, slithery or stuffed. For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-37/

Bird watching at the Shaker Bog

Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sightings also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks.

This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods from 8-10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a two-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen are recommended, too. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. The tour size is limited to 12. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at www.maineshakers.com, call 926-4597, or email info@maineshakers.com.

Explore the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery on March 17

The Rain or Shine Club, sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust, explores local areas of interest with a concise, thoughtful outing each week. Join the club for a fun, no-cost guided adventure every Thursday, always at 10 a.m., held rain or shine. On Thursday, March 17, join the group for a study of brown trout at the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery located at 312 Fish Hatchery Road, off Route 100.

The Rain or Shine Club is geared toward young families. Load your babies in backpacks or come toddle along. Everyone from infants to grandparents are welcome. Organizers keep the group together so everyone enjoys their trip into the wild knowing there’s a safe return as part of the plan. Call Kyle Warren for more information at 632-6112.

 

Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog

Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem; the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fischer, fox and an occasional black bear. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sighting also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods.

Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 2-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size limited to 12.

~Reservations required~ http://maineshakers.com/workshops

Scheduled dates for Bird Watching are:
Saturday, May 30 from 8am-10am

Fees: Adults $5 and Children $2.

Geese Take Flight

16619599103_1c8dfc8477_bCanada geese take flight  from a small pond in New Gloucester. They can be seen in the corn fields around town  & even feeding on the infield  at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, with the Royal River so close it makes a perfect place to swim, eat, & lay eggs!

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