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Premium Blend to perform on MLK Day

Premium Blend on tour
All-female 14-member a cappella group from Ithaca College
appearing at First Congregational Church, New Gloucester for a
Concert/Coffee House
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16
7 pm
Free; though donations are welcome.
Local student Roz Moisan is a member of this ensemble.

Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex brings the Nutcracker to life for local elementary school

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 dancers from Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex in Gray performed excerpts from “The Nutcracker” at the Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester. Students from the Russell Elementary School in Gray also joined in as they were provided a “Nutcracker Performance field trip” to Memorial.  The Nutcracker performers arrived in costume to dance scenes from the holiday classic for over 300 students gathered in the cafeteria.  Students sat enraptured as the dancers leapt and turned in front of them!

The studio hopes that community performances like this will help to inspire some young students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go to the theater and see the production themselves.  Next week the studio will expand their area school presentations for the Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland so they too can experience the magic and beauty of ballet and the Nutcracker story.

The cast, directed by Studio for the Living Arts faculty members Elizabeth Avantaggio and Kate Smedal is comprised of  over 100 ballet dancers age 6-adult, and it is made up both of students from the studio in Gray, as well as local dancers who audition for parts in the ballet. This year’s full length Nutcracker production took place on the stage at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center on Saturday December  3. The studio is celebrating their 25th season of dance!

Nutcracker leads: Sugar Plum Fairy ( Kayleigh Bowen from Gray) and "Clara" (Taylor Pronovost , Cumberland Foreside)

Nutcracker leads: Sugar Plum Fairy ( Kayleigh Bowen from Gray) and “Clara” (Taylor Pronovost , Cumberland Foreside)

 

Clara and Sugar Plum wave as buses leave school

Clara and Sugar Plum wave as buses leave school

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     Cast members dance the popular “Snow Scene” from the Nutcracker

 

Casting Call for Library Play

Calling all thespians! The New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, will be conducting a casting call at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, for this year’s play. Every child who wants a part is guaranteed one, and there will be speaking and nonspeaking roles available.

The Library Players will present the play on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Co-written by Tim and Jobin Terranova, the plot will keep you on the edge of your chair wondering what will happen next, now that NGPL guy is back and RedRay has arrived.

If acting isn’t your thing, come support the young actors as an audience member. Call Sue or Carla at 926-4840 for more details.

LizziesRaggs sale

SATURDAY SALE STILL GOING ON. OPEN  10-4. CUPBOARD IS 20% OFF. A WONDERFUL CUPBOARD THAT CAN SIT OR HANG. PILLOWS HALF OFF REG. PRICE. 25% OFF WATERING CANS, BEES SKEPS, PLANTERS AND GARDEN STAKES. 25 % OFF LUMINARA CANDLES WITH/ REMOTE. GREAT TIME FOR SOME GREAT DEALS.

LIZZIESRAGGS SHOP NEWS 

Will be opening Thursday at 1:00. Have to get a new cast put on in the morning. Will be open from 1-5. Friday 10-3. Closed Sat for the holiday. SALE still going this week. 25% off all Americana and 20-50% off selected items.   HAPPY JULY 4TH.

Shaker Village Folk Workshops and Nature Walks on June 27th


On Saturday, June 27th, Shaker Village will offer a series of traditional craft workshops, folk demonstrations, educational nature walks, a heritage plant sale, and more!  Traditional craft workshops 
(pre-registration required at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597) include making Herbal Teas & Fresh Herbal Wreath ($50) with renowned Shaker Village herbalist Betsey Ann Golon.  Participants will craft their own products from herbs and plants harvested from the Shakers’ historic gardens.  In “Beginner’s Rug Hooking” local master-hooker Beth Miller will teach the traditional methods of hooking while participants complete a rectangular Shaker-inspired design cover for a buckwheat and lavender filled aromatic pillow ($65).   Beginners and experienced basketmakers can practice the techniques of basketmaking by making a beautiful and functional Cherokee-Style Storage Basket with Pat Libby ($75 includes all materials).  Resident naturalist Carolyn Fensore will lead “Nature’s Outdoor Classroom”, a 2 1/2 hour hike through the Shakers’ 1,800 acres of diversified habitats while identifying and explaining flora, fauna, geological formations, and Shaker history along the way ($8 adults, $2 children).  FREE  demonstrations throughout the day include textile working and yarn spinning by the R & R Spinners, who extend an invitation to all amateur spinners to bring their spinning wheels and join the gathering under the great 116-year old maple tree.  FREE blacksmithing demonstration with master-blacksmith Tim Greene.  Also visit the Shaker Store and the Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center featuring a wide selection of old-fashioned gifts and high-quality local Maine crafts.  Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Route 26) in New Gloucester.  For more information about individual programs, including start times, reservations and registration, please contact 207-926-4597info@maineshakers.comww.maineshakers.com, or follow us on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Continue reading

Folk Concert in the Shakers’ Historic 1794 Meeting House

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village presents “Engaging the Spirit of Shaker Music” on Friday, June 26 at 7pm in the Shaker Meeting House.  Under the direction of Chris Moore of 317 Main Community Music Center, singers will perform the musical and spiritual adaptation of Shaker song and other deep-rooted American folk music traditions through original, contemporary compositions.  This concert also features traditional and contemporary folk songs and instrumentals performed on mandolin and guitar by Maine folk musicians Matt Shipman, Ted DeMille, and Chris Moore.  Experience the sound of a simpler time: an acoustic style of American music with 19th century traditional American roots and influences.  Come one, come all!  Tickets are $20 in advance at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597. Shaker Village is located on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road) in New Gloucester.  FMI:  usshakers@aol.com or visit us on Facebook:  Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.