10th celebration set to ring in New Year Gorham

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Virginia Wilder Cross, founder of New Year Gorham, brings the town its 10th anniversary celebration this year. Here, she is pictured last year with Duane Dreger, left, and Bruce Roullard.

Virginia Wilder Cross, founder of New Year Gorham, brings the town its 10th anniversary celebration this year. Here, she is pictured last year with Duane Dreger, left, and Bruce Roullard.

Public snow sculpturing at this year’s New Year Gorham celebration is being replaced with ice sculptures by a pro with an unveiling at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, outside Baxter Memorial Library. This snowy scene was in Robie Park at last’s year’s celebration.

GORHAM — New Year Gorham presents its 10th annual celebration this year packed with family shows, ice skating, food, fun and fireworks.

A stage show highlight brings back memories of the Beatles’ music years in the 1960s.

“I am really excited about this year’s celebration,” Virginia Wilder Cross, founder of the New Year’s Eve event, said this week.

Admission to Dec. 31 events and shows is a lanyard costing $5 or $20 for families with more than two children. Lanyards and schedules are available at Hannaford in Gorham, the town’s recreation department and Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South St.

Because of uncooperative weather for recent New Year celebrations, the snow sculpturing event has been replaced. “We decided against the snow sculptures this year – too dependent on Mother Nature and she hasn’t come through for the past two years,” Cross said.

Instead, a professional ice sculptor will create two sculptures in the gazebo area next the library during the day Saturday, Dec. 30, according to the planning committee.

“They will be unveiled and lighted at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and we hope families will take advantage of this unique photo opportunity,” committee member Bruce Roullard said in a press release.

As in past celebrations, ice skating will take place from 3-5 p.m. in the ice arena at the University of Southern Maine campus. Participants must provide their own skates.

Shows will be held at the municipal complex and Recreation Department at 75 South St. and at the performing arts center at the nearby high school, 41 Morrill Ave.

The New Year Gorham Cafe will serve up family food from 5-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Singer/songwriter Dean Richardson will entertain there from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The recreation department will be the setting for three hours of children’s shows from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The shows include Mad Science, Dana Perkins with puppets, and animals with Wildlife Adventures.

The Gorham Community Chorus will perform from  5-5:30 p.m. at Town Council chambers preceding Gorham’s own Don Roy Trio from 6-7 p.m.

In the high school gym, a robotics demonstration is set for 5-5:30 p.m. followed by improvisational entertainment with “Running With Scissors” at 6 p.m.

Stage shows at the high school performance center include the Beatles tribute group “Studio Two” from 5-6 p.m. with touring years music 1963-1966 and then the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Physical comedy with Matt Roberts, 8-9 p.m., is the stage show finale.

“Matt Roberts is a nationally known illusionist/magician/physical comedian, who was nominated for an Emmy for his program “The Power of Giving” on PBS,” Cross said.

The whole shebang will be capped with fireworks at 9 a.m.

The shows and celebration attracts revelers from all over.  “Everyone from anywhere is welcome in Gorham,” Cross said.

For more information, visit www.newyeargorham.org.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or rlowell@keepmecurrent.com