A combination public hearing by the New Gloucester Planning Board and workshop by the town’s Land Management Planning Committee occurred on Sept. 1. The meeting was recorded by NGTV volunteers and is scheduled for telecast at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, on cable access Channel 3. The program is also available for online viewing at www.newgloucester.com.
The subject of the public hearing is proposed zoning ordinance revisions that add a section pertaining to the Upper Village district. The workshop examines a draft of the “New Gloucester Upper Village Plan 2015.” A special town meeting is being planned for the fall.
The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for 216 years. Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will create herbal tea blends that they may take away and they will also create, from herbs harvested in the Shakers’ herb gardens, a “living” tea wreath which can be cut and used over a two week period. Herbs make wonderful beverages when used fresh, and participants will make and enjoy a bounty from the Shaker Garden.
Sister Eliza Jeffers (1868-1955) produced a number of hooked rugs at the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Villages. Join Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works for a fun day of learning this heritage North American craft. Participants will hook a small rectangular Shaker-inspired design pillow front for a small buckwheat & lavender filled, soothing aromatic pillow. The classic rug binding stitch will be taught and used as the finishing stitch to assemble the pillow. All materials are included and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the day or to purchase after class. Please bring a small pair of scissors – embroidery scissors are perfect. Class size: 6.
For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well -versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. This basket weaves up fast and is the perfect size for a variety of uses around your home. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.