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Presentation on history of church music in NG’s First Congregational Church – Thurs. October 17 at 7 pm

The key desk of the 1857 Stevens organ

Come hear a talk by John Terison, director of music, about the rich history of music at the First Congregational Church, including its celebrated and venerable pipe organ, on Thursday October 17 at 7 pm. 

The George Stevens organ, a mechanical-action type, dates to 1858 and will undergo restoration in the coming year.  Attendees will get to hear the organ played and have the opportunity to pump the organ by hand.   

The program takes place at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, and is sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Leonard Brooks at (207) 926-3188.  — Photos courtesy of Linda Gard

John Terison, Director of Music,
New Gloucester First Congregational Church
The facade pipes of the 1857 Stevens organ

Patti’s Oct. 11 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village’s annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, is free fun for all ages. Highlights include barn tours, wagon rides and traditional craft demonstrations. 
Photo by Peg Becksvoort

Shaker Fall Harvest Festival

You’re invited to Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village for their end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Freshly picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider-pressing of apples purchased there, homemade Shaker apple and pumpkin donuts, plus more.

Chipman’s Farm will have a fresh bounty of seasonal produce for sale, along with preserves and baked goods. Maple syrup and maple candy will be sold by Passamaquoddy Maple from Jackman, Maine. Seasonal mums, other late-season bloomers and houseplants will be available from Donna’s Greenhouse. Also, there will be a book signing by Don Perkins, author of “Barns of Maine.”

Free activities will include wagon rides throughout the day, visits to the Shaker Herb Garden, tours of the Shakers’ barn given periodically by Brother Arnold Hadd, face painting for kids and gourd decorating. Free, traditional craft demonstrations will consist of wool fiber spinning, rug hooking and supplies by Parris House Wool Works; blacksmithing by Tim Greene; wood-turning by Peter Asselyn; and woodcarving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Chris Becksvoort will be on hand for a book signing and dovetail demonstration. There also will be tintype photography presentations and portraits by Cole Caswell, broom making demonstrations by Kent Russwick, a knife making demonstration and booth by Zay’s Knives, along with a beekeeping display and honey tasting.

Bluegrass songs will be performed by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms. Barbecue lunch plates will be available for sale, while supplies last. The Shaker Museum will be open for tours, along with the Shaker Store and Museum Gift Shop.

The festival will be held rain or shine; many activities will take place in the Shakers’ historic 1830s barns. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road, off Route 26. For more information, contact the organizers at 926-4597 or

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to

The Early Risers at Village Coffeehouse on Oct. 5 at 7:30

Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith return to the Coffeehouse with a new name, The Early Risers, and new songs from their just released duo album. They are familiar and favorite performers for many who attend the Coffeehouse and will not disappoint with their rootsy and lyrical original songs featuring close vocal harmonies and arrangements on a wide array of instruments: banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and shruti box.  They currently live in Vermont, and are releasing their album as part of their Maine tour They will be joined by Zak Trajano on drums. For more info, see
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The concert starts at 7:30 at the Vestry of the Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road and tickets are $10.

Celebrate Earth’s Bounty

Wine tasting, talk and photo exhibition.

Enjoy tasting earth-friendly wines, hear Kevyn Fowler speak about his passion for mushrooms and see his photos on exhibit at the Village Store.
Saturday, October 5th from 5 to 7 PM.

Wines for the October 5th tasting at the Village Store.
Photo: Doug Smith

NG Historical Society special event to honor Edwin Libby Saturday October 5 at 10 a.m.

The New Gloucester Historical Society invites the community to a special event to honor the late Edwin E. Libby, on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. at the History Barn, 383 Intervale Rd. 

Libby was a lifelong resident of the town, a supporter of the Historical Society, and an avid collector of local historic postcards. Using donations made in Libby’s honor, the Historical Society commissioned local master woodworker Chris Becksvoort to craft a cherry display case for a new computer that will show digitized postcards from the society’s extensive collection.  The computer and display case will be dedicated in memory of Edwin Libby on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the History Barn. 

The dedication is sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society, and all are invited to attend.  The History Barn will open at 9 a.m. and is located in the Town Hall complex. For more information, please contact Leonard L. Brooks: (207) 926-3188.  

New date for Library Book and Bake Sale

The Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library, normally occurring in early October, has been postponed until early November. Beginning on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale will take place. Children’s-only items will be on sale – book prices will be 25 cents for hard covers and 2 for 25 cents for soft covers. Keep in mind that adults must be accompanied by a child to shop at First Dibs for Kids.

But wait … there’s more. On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, all books, CDs, and DVDs will be for sale at great prices. Most books will cost 25 cents for soft covers and 50 cents for hard covers. And, treasures await, buried inside the buck-a-bag satchels. Don’t forget to stop by the bake sale, stocked full of homemade treats. The library is located at 379 Intervale Road where the phone number is 926-4840.

Lower Village Walk this Saturday

[Friends of the Royal River Conservation Trust]

Please join us for a tour of the Lower Village Conservation Project, this Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. The walk includes parts of the 180 acres of land connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. This is your opportunity to learn about, support and be part of the planning process for this community effort. The walk will start at the Congregational church parking lot in the Lower Village. RSVP not required but for more information email

Looking south from the Congregational Church on Gloucester Hill Road. Drone photo from Terry DeWan.

Friends of  Royal River Conservation Trust

Funeral for George Carman this Saturday, September 21

A firefighter funeral with honors will be held on Saturday for New Gloucester firefighter George Lewis Carman, who died Sept. 10 after a battle with cancer.

Carman received a double lung transplant in 2011 and battled cystic fibrosis his entire life. He was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018.

He was a firefighter for 27 years, both in Yarmouth and New Gloucester.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Station, 611 Lewiston Road. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and New Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Learn about the Lower Village Conservation Project: Walk on September 21st

Mark Power, New Gloucester resident and member of the board of the Royal River Conservation Trust, recently led a walk through part of the Lower Village Conservation Project. The walk toured the perimeter of the 180 acre parcel of land running from behind the Village Store along side the old Interurban rail line to the marshlands of the Royal River. A second walk is scheduled for Saturday September 21. The project is a joint effort of The Royal River Conservation Trust, GNG little League, and community members, with support from the Town of New Gloucester. Photo: Doug Smith

/ Friends of the Royal River Conservation Trust/
Interested in learning more about the Lower Village Conservation Project? Please join us for a walk, Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. that will include parts of the 180 acres of land connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. The initial vision for this project includes preserving areas of historical significance and high value habitat, exploring the potential for trail and recreational areas, improvements to the GNG Little League ball field facilities and more. Meet at the Congregational church parking lot in the Lower Village at 9 a.m.

RSVP not required but for more information email F

Historical Society September program

” Some Thoughts on a Half Shell: A Marylander’s Look At Maine’s Other Shell Fish, a talk to be given on Thursday, September 19, 7 PM, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). The speaker is historian Steve Rogers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by New Gloucester Historical Society. FMI: Leonard L. Brooks, (207) 926-3188