Summer of gospel music

The New Gloucester Bible Church, 218 Lewiston Road, will be hosting the third Summer of Gospel Music. The concert series kicks off with The Lumber River Quartet at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26. The quartet from Lumber River, N.C. brings the sound of southern gospel music alive. Their rich blends of harmony along with humor have entertained people all across the U.S. and Canada. The performance is open to all, and an offering will be collected for the group. Also, they will have their CDs for sale.

Remaining concerts in the series are Dave Mumford on Sunday, June 23; Kindred Hearts on Sunday, July 28; The Hyssongs on Saturday, Aug. 17; and Scott Alan Brunt on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Shaker Village season opening

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and shop, 707 Shaker Road, opens for the season on Friday, May 24, with the Shaker Store opening Saturday, May 25. Shaker Village is open for guided tours Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The museum and grounds are closed on Sundays, but Sunday Meeting worship service is open to the public. Workshops, concerts, tours and special events are listed at www.maineshakers.com.

‘Rooting for Democracy’ plant sale

The 12th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties, including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs, will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $50 gift card to the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; the winner need not be present. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

Memorial Day parade

The New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at Memorial School at 86 Intervale Road on Monday, May 27. Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade route will proceed north along Route 231 and then heads to the right at the blinker light onto Route 100. The procession stops at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services at approximately 9:30 a.m. Afterward, the parade route takes a right onto Peacock Hill Road, then left onto Gilmore Road. The route ends at the Amvets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location to begin lining up at 8 a.m. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, leave a message for Bill Greene at 514-6994.

Town charter meeting

The Board of Selectmen will be hosting an informational meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, in the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, for an objective presentation about charters. The outline will consist of charter overview, process, pros and cons of a charter, as well as a question and answer session. James Katsiaficas from Perkins Thompson will be the presenter.

The meeting is in preparation for a June 11 town-wide vote on the referendum question of whether a charter commission should be established. The meeting is scheduled to be broadcast live on local access channel 1302 and available as video-on-demand at newgloucester.viebit.com.

Amelia, 8, and 6-year-old Erica Reed enjoy a May 9 Royal River Conservation Trust Rain or Shine Club scenic hike at Big Falls Preserve, which bisects New Gloucester and Auburn.
Patti Mikkelsen

Amelia and Erica Reed enjoy a May 9 Royal River Conservation Trust Rain or Shine Club scenic hike at Big Falls Preserve, which bisects New Gloucester and Auburn.