Craft fair and sale

On Saturday, July 28, Sabbathday Lake Grange in New Gloucester will be holding a craft fair and sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, food and goodies, RADA Cutlery, clothing, vintage dishes, white elephant, and much more. A light lunch will be available for sale. The grange hall is located at 370 Sabbathday Road and is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call Norma at 998-2586 or email Steven at [email protected]

Farmers Market in Upper Village, Tuesdays

New Gloucester Farmers Market, 37 Peacock Hill Road (former Village Bakehouse) offers a diversity of products from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday until Oct. 16. It’s open rain or shine. The location is in the vicinity of Mario’s Restaurant, Route 100/Lewiston Road. Look for signs, banners, and the orange Allis-Chalmers tractor to direct you.

Marketeers include Farmers’ Eight Daughters for vegetables, herbs, herbal products, eggs, soap, baked goods; Valley View Farm for pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, poultry, quail and chicken eggs, seedlings, vegetables, berries; Debbie’s Pies for slices and whole pies, cookies, cake pops, cupcakes; Keyanna’s Krustaceans for lobsters: take kicking, or steamed while you wait; Foggs Hill Farm for raised-to-order turkey, lamb, beef, pork; Connemara Farm for bread, stuffed bread, fresh dough, pizza; From the Country Farm for yarn, roving, goat soap, alpaca felted soap, wick less soy candles; Garden Tails for drilled rock sculptures; Streaked Mountain Herbs & Crafts for organic herbs for health and wellness, culinary and ornamental herbs, along with flavored vinegars and oils.

Occasional vendors consist of Clicky Chicks, Pinetree Garden Seeds, Nelle’s Children’s Clothing, plus Candy and Cake Creations.

Community organizations include Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park, Royal River Conservation Trust, and the Sabbathday Lake Association.

Musicians such as The Bald Hill Boys, The Peterson Project or the Three Point Trio add festivity on most evenings. Another feature is the menagerie of rabbits, lambs, Newman the Goat (the market mascot), ducks and chicks that delight children.

Debit and credit cards are accepted, and a portion of market proceeds go toward the future New Gloucester Veterans Monument to be located nearby.

Community Market in Lower Village, Sundays

The New Gloucester Community Market will be opening Sunday, Aug. 5, at Thompson’s Orchard and running until Sunday, Oct. 14. The market will offer fruits and vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat of all kinds as well as other farm products including fibers, preserves or farm and garden related products. Also, live music barbecues to feature the Market’s goods will occur periodically.

Shaker programs

A workshop, a demonstration and nature hikes will be offered at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Beginning at 10 a.m., follow the multi-step, almost magical, process of taking raw wool and transforming it into fine wool yarn and creations at a Lamb to Loom demonstration. This demo is free and open to the public.

Make an herbal wreath using fresh harvested Shaker garden herbs at a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where Betsey-Ann Golon, Shaker Village herbalist, is the teacher. The fee is $40, and pre-registration is required.

The next monthly guided nature hikes are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Come along and enjoy the late summer changes in the Shaker fields and woods, Sabbathday Lake, Aurelia’s Cascade, Loon’s Point and the Old County Road. Fees are $5 for adults; $2 for children, under 6 free.

To pre-register or for more information, call 926-4597 or visit

Casting call

The casting call for the 2012 Library Players summer production will take place on Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road. Everyone who wants a role is guaranteed a part, and there are speaking and nonspeaking parts. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

Family education programs

Children can learn how to make ice cream, salsa and a harvest lunch among other pursuits at Pineland Farms.

With only three basic ingredients, learn how to make everyone’s favorite frozen treat on Wednesday, Aug. 1, Thursday, Aug. 16, or Tuesday, Aug. 28. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, or Tuesday, Aug. 21, participants will harvest tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and onions from the garden to create farm-fresh salsa. Come with an appetite to learn about what vegetables require in order to grow. The group will harvest lunch and enjoy a picnic at the farm. See the various types of tractors and machines used at the Valley Farm during the next “Tractor Day,” Tuesday, Aug. 7. Children learn how to make rich, fertile soil from everyday food waste at “Composting for Kids” held on Thursday, Aug. 9.

All programs run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Smokehouse on the Valley Farm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to buy tickets and get to your program. The cost for each program is $5 per person. Purchase tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive (off Morse Road), New Gloucester. For more information or to register, contact Paula at 688-4800 ext. 15 or [email protected]

Ann Chandler shops at the New Gloucester Farmers Market, July 3. The market is open every Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 16.   

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