Gerritsen Contributed / Photo by David Empson

Tess Gerritsen to preview her new book

Bestselling author of the “Rizzoli and Isles” series Tess Gerritsen will speak about her upcoming novel, “The Spy Coast,” at the New Gloucester Public Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. The book comes out in November and revolves around a retired CIA operative in small-town Maine who tackles the ghosts of her past.

Contact the library for more event information at 926-4840 or

Shaker Village Harvest Festival

Oct. 7 marks the date of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village’s Harvest Festival, offering free admission and a variety of activities for the whole family. This end-of-season event featuring traditional pastimes takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Freshly-picked apples from Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider-pressing of apples purchased on-site. Also for sale are homemade Shaker doughnuts and other baked goods.

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Chipman’s Farm will have a bounty available for sale, including pumpkins. Donna’s Greenhouses will offer seasonal mums, houseplants and more. Bluegrass tunes by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms provide musical entertainment.

Free traditional craft demonstrations will include Shaker-style broom making, wool carding, spinning, knife making by Zay’s Knives, rug hooking by Parris House Wool Works, blacksmithing by Tim Greene, wood carving by the Poland Woodcarvers and crafts by Native American artists including Lightning Hawk Creations, Wendy Hamilton and Passamaquoddy Maple. Author and woodworker Chris Becksvoort will be present to sign copies of his book, “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship.”


Other free activities include wagon rides offered throughout the day, tours and tastings in the Shakers’ herb gardens, a special museum exhibit on display, tours of the Shakers’ barn and face painting for all ages.

Barbecue lunch plates will be available for sale, while supplies last. The museum will be open for tours, as well as the Shaker store and museum gift shop.

Learn about corridor trail

A baby turtle slumbers on a protruding log in the Royal River Reservoir on a balmy summer’s day. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Interested in learning more about the work underway to repurpose the unused St. Lawrence and Atlantic rail corridor into a multiuse pathway connecting communities?

BLING, Building Livability in New Gloucester, will host the Casco Bay Trail Alliance in a presentation at the public library Oct. 3. Light refreshments will be served at at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

The trail alliance will present the background and latest news on the progress of a 72-mile off-road trail loop, which will provide a safe, accessible corridor for recreation and active transportation. Seven miles of the proposed Casco Bay Trail will pass through New Gloucester, making this an important resource for residents to consider. See for more information.

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