Fundraising for new Veterans Monument

A mass mailing to all the citizens of New Gloucester has kicked off the public fundraising portion of the campaign for the New Gloucester Veterans Monument “Thank You to All Who Have Served.” The mailing details the project’s goals and requests donations from all interested people. The monument sitting on top of the hill in Upper Gloucester will consist of a series of stone monuments listing nearly 900 names of past and present military service members with ties to New Gloucester.

The monument campaign is sponsored jointly by the Lunn-Hunnewell Amvets Post 6 and the New Gloucester Historical Society. Campaign fliers are available at New Gloucester Town Hall and at www.newgloucester.com.

Tour the history barn

The next monthly open house at the New Gloucester History Barn, Route 231, New Gloucester, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 7. The featured exhibits will be early 1900s insurance maps of New Gloucester. Continuing exhibits show tributes to veterans and historic wheeled vehicles associated with the town of New Gloucester. Admission is free.

Taiji/Qigong class venue and date changes

Taiji/Qigong for Peace to benefit New Gloucester’s food pantry now will be held at Connemara Farm, Peacock Hill Road, New Gloucester on the first and second Saturdays of July, August and September. Classes run from 8 to 9 a.m., beginning Saturday, July 7. Note that Peacock Hill Road is located just off Route 100, across from the Lil’ Mart convenience store. Look for Connemara farmhouse on your right.

Participants will learn practices that can be used to promote better balance, reduced physical and mental stress, and ease in the midst of these stressful times. Facilitated by Caroline Loupe who is certified in dance movement therapy and is a licensed clinical counselor, these classes will emphasize safe and fun ways of exploring and cultivating different types of energies, not learning long sequences of movement.

Drop-ins are welcome any time. No registration is required, just show up. No previous experience is required. There is no charge, although participants are encouraged to bring a free will donation of food for the food pantry for each class. A session will be canceled if rain. For more information, contact Caroline Loupe at 926-5983 or [email protected]

It’s a beach party – Vacation Bible School

Again this year, the New Gloucester Bible Church on Route 100 is offering a great Vacation Bible School, and participants will be “Surf’n God’s Word in Search of Truth.” Arts and crafts, fun and games, gymnastics, a penny contest, snacks and songs, plus great Bible lessons will be offered. And it’s all free!

Vacation Bible School for ages 4 through 12 runs from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Call Pastor Dan at 926-3140, or just come.

Shaker events

Saturday, July 7

The next monthly nature hikes held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester, will occur at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Hiking through the Shaker Woods to Sabbathday Lake, Loon’s Point, Aurelia’s Cascade and the Old County Road will be featured. Fees are $5 for adults and $2 for children, under 6 free.

Learn how to make herbal pastes, “salted” herbs, herbal beverages, dehydrated veggies and herb blends at a preserving workshop. Betsey-Ann Golon, Shaker Village herbalist, is the instructor. Class takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $40, and pre-registration is required.

Saturday, July 14

A trademark of the Shakers is their cloth tape seating. Learn how to weave this colorful and durable style by attending this all-day workshop. The fee is $35. Please call 926-4597 to pre-register and learn of special class needs for your chair or stool.

The R & R Spinners will conduct their monthly demonstration of skills and crafts beginning at 10 a.m. The demonstration is free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events, see the full calendar at www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Successful festival

The New Gloucester Historical Society’s 37th annual Strawberry Festival, held on the sultry evening of Thursday, June 21, was a huge success. The society would like to show its appreciation to the more than 40 volunteers who made the festival possible, Hodgman’s Frozen Custard, Gillespie Farms, the Berry, Berry Good Band and the New Gloucester Congregational Church. And, of course, members are grateful for the multitude of patrons who attended.

Community ?Garden plots

Rent your own 12×15 ready-to-sow garden plot at Opportunity Farm, 215 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. The cost is $20 for residents and $35 for non-residents. To sign up, call Laura Campbell at 671-6575.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for New Gloucester Little League’s 25-acre baseball and softball field construction project on Penney Road took place Saturday, June 16. Pictured are two players from New Gloucester minor leagues, project coordinator Kevin Sullivan, Rep. Ellie Espling, Norm Chamberlain, Dan Ellingson and selectman Linda Chase. (Courtesy photo by Heather Magno)

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