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A butterfly adds a pop of color among some flora as it takes a rest at the Intervale Preserve in the Lower Village. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Open Farm Day includes bunnies, berries, barbecue

Acker’s Acres Angoras, an Angora rabbit farm and fiber studio at 359 Gloucester Hill Road, is participating in Maine’s Open Farm Day Sunday, July 24. The owners have been raising Angora rabbits for more than 40 years and yarns, knit garments, rabbits and crafts are available for purchase. Several members of Maine Angora Producers will be on the farm with a display of angora bunnies and demos of grooming and spinning. Pick-your-own red and black raspberries and rhubarb as well as dig-your-own perennials will be available.

Call 926-4921 for more information.

Agricultural celebrations will abound at Pineland Farms for Open Farm Day, a statewide event held July 24. Cheese tasting and local vendors will be at the market at 15 Farm View Drive.

Farm visits will be available for those who preregister. Pineland’s first farmers market that highlights neighboring farms, maple producers, crafters and more will be on-site. Other attractions include outdoor recreation demonstrations for disc golf and mountain biking, garden tours, a Pineland Farms barbecue with their own burgers and cheeses, and pick-your-own berries, located at 752 Mayall Road.

Visitors will discover all of what Pineland Farms has to offer as an agritourism destination in Maine and will have an opportunity to meet the family farms and craftsmen that enrich our community.

Free preregistered passes only will be needed to visit the Valley Farm and participate in farm activities. All other events around campus and the Produce Division are open free to the public without registration. See the Events page at


Follow their Facebook event page for updates on vendors and activities. Direct questions to the Education Department at 650-3031 or [email protected]

Directions to the Valley Farm Visitors Center: Take Farm View Drive, off Morse Road. Continue past the Market and take your first left onto Valley Farm Road. Follow Valley Farm Road until you see the Smokehouse Visitors Center (white silo) on the right-hand side.

Concert series continues

Direct from the Bay State, the Sarah Levecque Americana Duo is the featured act at the second concert in the New Gloucester Public Library’s free outdoor summer series. The concert takes place at the library gazebo, weather permitting, from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Bring a chair or blanket to stake out your spot on the lawn. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the show will go on inside the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, next to the gazebo.

“Sarah Levecque is a songwriter-guitarist who moves easily between the sturdy roots of American music. Influenced in equal parts by early blues, country, folk, and rock music,” states an album review of Sarah Levecque’s “Moments of Silver.”

The New Gloucester Public Library, the New Gloucester Parks and Recreation Department, and the Friends of the Library are event sponsors.

Shaker Museum reopened

The Shaker Store and Museum are now open for in-person patronage from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Two free, self-guided special exhibits are on view, plus the gardens and grounds are pedestrian friendly.

Visit the online store at Call 926-4597 or email [email protected] with questions.

Patti Mikkelsen can be contacted at [email protected]

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