More than a century ago, the state wiped out the coastal community, institutionalizing its mixed-race population. The monument at Pineland Farms promises we’ll always remember.
It was December 1911 when three men came for the Marks family, seven black adults and children who had until that moment lived peacefully on tiny Malaga Island at the mouth of the New Meadows River in Phippsburg. Keep reading
The 20th Annual Beach to Beacon 10K is right around the corner, and a past beneficiary, Wayfinder Schools is celebrating with giveaways! First 10 people to make a donation of $100 or more will receive a $100 gift card to dine at any Sea Dog Brewing Co. location (Topsham, Camden, South Portland, North Conway, etc.) or use at the Shipyard gift shop in Portland. Click the link to donate now + help our students get ready for back-to-school! Thx B2B + Shipyard Brewing for sharing the excitement of the 20th anniversary. Good luck to all the B2B runners on Aug 5th!
More than 40 people gathered at the New Gloucester History Barn on Tuesday for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony was sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society. Steve Rogers, Amy Fryda and the Rev. Linda Gard read parts of the document. Thomas Blake, society curator, talked about the 1776 Bell Tavern sign recently donated to the society by Charles Chandler Jr. See Ellie Feller’s photos in the SunJournal.
Summer Reading Program
Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, and enroll in the Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal is to read (or, for little ones, to listen to) a total of 3,960 books. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 8. All ages are welcome to participate from babes in arms to Great Aunt Gertie. The program wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-112/
Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter at the Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop on Saturday, June 24. In the early 1800s thrifty women would recycle and repurpose worn textiles into folk art designs to create bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces for colorful adornments. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the penny rug.
The workshop, open to those 12 and up, occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester. The fee is $70, and pre-registration is required. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool. Register online at www.maineshakers.com, or by phone at 926-4597.
Great way to start the Glorious Fourth! The 42nd Annual New Gloucester Historical Society Strawberry Festival will be held on Thursday, June 29th from 6 PM- 8PM at the Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd. (just off Route 231), New Gloucester, ME. New Gloucester berries with homemade New Gloucester biscuits and New Gloucester’s own Hodgman’s Frozen Custard. World renowned Berry Berry Good Band. Baked goods table laden with goodies of many kinds. Come one, come all!
New route for parade (Please note correction in boldface text.)
The route for New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day parade has changed due to road construction. The parade route will begin at the Amvets Post #6 Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road, heading south on Route 100. The procession will stop at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services with a wreath-laying and brief remarks by several dignitaries. Afterward, the parade route U-turns heading north, and goes right onto Peacock Hill Road, left onto Gilmore Road to proceed past the post office, then left onto Route 100 to go back to the Amvets Hall.
Parade participants are to arrive at the start location by 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 29, for a step-off time of 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will occur inside the Amvets Hall. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, call Willy Danforth at 777-4759.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-103/
Beth Birch, left, of the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, helps shoppers select plants at the 2015 Rooting for Democracy sale.
The 10th annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date is Saturday, June 10.
A raffle to win a lobster of the month club membership at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $68 value, is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each, or $5 for two tickets. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Nichole Stevens at 807-7694.