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.
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‘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.
The Village Coffeehouse is excited to have a special concert on August 15, 2015 featuring a very favorite group, Cinder Conk. Returning to New Gloucester off the heels of a two-year hiatus and a recent musical trip to the Balkans, Cinder Conk is eager to share new songs from the old world of Southeastern Europe. Playing dance tunes and ballads from Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, and Maine, Matt Schreiber (accordion) and Xar Adelberg (bass) bring a beautiful and seldom-heard music to a place in the ear and heart that straddles the distant and the kindred.