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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 Aug. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

cider tasting

Dylan Staats and Allison Carrier, of Portland, enjoy sampling varieties of Norumbega Cidery products at a tasting held at the New Gloucester-based cider house on Aug. 13. Carrier remarked that seeing where the hard cider was made added to the experience, and the spice-flavored cider was her favorite.

NGPL Girl returns

The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 23. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim and Jobin Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “NGPL Girl: The Rise of RedRay.” A presentation of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and the evening will end with the Chewonki Foundation putting on their its program.

The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-43/

Friends of the Shakers Friends’ Weekend

Patti’s Aug. 5 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Noah Fralich

Noah Fralich, owner of Norumbega Cidery, pops open his flagship beverage, Classic Hard Cider. You can sample his entire collection at a free hard cider tasting and barbecue at Norumbega Cidery, 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

Free hard cider tasting and barbecue

Visit Norumbega Cidery, one of southern Maine’s newest hard cider businesses. See firsthand how hard cider is made, where it is bottled, and learn about the particular apple varieties used to make this traditional beverage.

The Norumbega Cidery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Sample all of Norumbega hard ciders – classic, honey or berry – plus test and pick your favorite from this year’s special batches. Also, enjoy barbecue and lawn games while you sip. They’ll have bottles for sale to take home with you, too.

Hard cider played a strong part in the history and traditions of rural Maine and is making a comeback as an option for those interested in locally brewed and produced beverages. The Norumbega Cidery, located at 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, is operated by Noah Fralich. For more information, see www.norumbegacidery.com or Norumbega Cidery on Facebook.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-41/

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 

Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village

The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. 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 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.

Patti’s June 24 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Summer Reading Program

Help NGPL Guy get his powers back! Villain RedRay has stolen NGPL Guy’s powers, and NGPL Guy needs your help to get them back. What do you have to do? Just read. The goal is for all Summer Reading Program participants to read 4,301 books by Tuesday, Aug. 23. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 9, at the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, New Gloucester.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-36/

Patti’s June 10 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Town election

Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, for the town election, which will be held at the Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester.

There are two SAD 15 bond referendum questions, a school budget validation vote, and state primary candidates on the ballot. Additionally, there are four candidates for two openings on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, three candidates for three openings on the SAD 15 Board of Directors, and one candidate for one opening on the New Gloucester Water District Board of Trustees. Note that only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for water board candidates. See www.newgloucester.com to view sample ballots.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-29/

Patti’s May 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

The ninth annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Mart, 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 will be Saturday, June 11.

In conjunction with the plant sale, a raffle will be held to win a lobster-of-the-month club membership at Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $100 value. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-25/