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Local artists help bring library back to its original glory

Augusta- Lithgow Public Library’s reading room had a secret, but not the kind found in mystery books or even a diary.

It’s hiding underneath multiple layers of paint and broken plaster from previous restoration efforts done over the last 122 years. Keep reading

Photos by Sara Gray, Maine Barns in Winter

A collection of photos celebrating the beauty of barns in winter at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Intervale Farm, Morgan Hill Farm and the Morin Farm by photographer Sara Gray appears in New England Today.

Patti’s Aug. 18 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

kids at playground

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.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-119/

Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

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

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

     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



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