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/
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Hike for Ike
New Gloucester resident Isaac Blake, 16, lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and he is taking steps to fight this disease. He invites people to donate to his “Hike for Ike” team and/or join the team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and the 5K walk starts at 11 a.m.
His mother Shelley Blake reports, “Technology has advanced and helped with managing T1D. I’ve gone from checking Isaac’s blood sugar (he can sleep right through it) 2-3 times a night, to looking at my phone, which displays his blood sugar, and going back to sleep if it is ‘in target.’ It’s not perfect and life will never be as seemingly carefree as it was before age 12, but technology, like the Dexcom (continuous glucose monitor) help ease the burden of daily life with T1D.”
To donate or join the team, go to walk.jdrf.org, enter your zip code, click on Saco, ME, and search for the Hike for Ike team.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-44/
“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.
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Based in midcoast Maine, Steamboat Gypsy is a band that meets at the crossroads of folk, bluegrass, old-time and country. Craig Hensley on mandolin, guitar and vocals plus Justin Schlawin on fiddle and vocals began playing together in 2010. In 2013, Mariah Sewall on guitar and vocals joined the group and helped fine-tune the group’s vocal harmonies – the hallmark of their sound. And recently a professional jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist, Asher Barreras, joined the Steamboat Gypsy band.
Their performance is set to take place Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Vestry Community Room of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Admission at the door is $10. Coffee and tea are free, while snacks are available for a small donation. Call 653-4823 for more information.
Special exhibits and programs
“Did You Know?” is the title of special exhibits and programs to be held on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m.-noon at the History Barn, 383 Intervale Road, New Gloucester. The history and life of New Gloucester and the local area will be featured along with special guests, music and displays, including the town’s first fire truck.
Admission is free to this event that is open to the public. It’s sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society, New Gloucester Public Library, Congregational Church Choir and New Gloucester Fire Department.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-18/
‘New Gloucester Postcards’
Local history expert Jerry Davis will be presenting a program entitled “New Gloucester Postcards: 300 and Counting” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, which is located next to Town Hall on Route 231. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_ab8fc6da-cb61-11e5-85dc-d3ab1ff21115.html
Sports for veterans
A Veterans Adaptive Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing program will be held every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 6 through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. It is free to all veterans with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. No experience is necessary. Ski instruction and equipment for skiing and snowshoeing are provided free of charge. All veterans who are interested in volunteering are welcome.
The program, hosted by Pineland Farms Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST), is headquartered at the Outdoor Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. Learn a new activity or practice your skills with Army veteran, two-time Olympic biathlete and occupational therapist, Kristina Sabasteanski. Interested veterans are asked to RSVP by Sunday of each week to firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-8694. For more information, visit pinelandfarms.org/VAST.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_e68d7666-a9a0-11e5-b171-d3d430d66861.html
Free Christmas concert
Coastal Winds Concert Band, the Freeport area’s community band, will be performing at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. A carol sing-along will be included in the program, and refreshments will be served afterward. A free-will offering for the church’s emergency fuel assistance fund will help our neighbors stay warm this winter. Call 926-3260 for more details.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_66ab76ba-93a1-11e5-94a9-ff0be9f1b518.html
Join the Village Coffeehouse for another great evening with Bold Riley on Saturday October 3 at 7:30 pm. at the First Congregational Church. This foursome of musicians love music as a primitive religious experience and formed this acoustic band, named for an Irish sea shanty. Julie and Erin create rich vocal harmonies; Michael writes many of the band’s originals, and John plays banjo and percussion. They preserve and reinvent traditional maritime and Americana songs.