Gorham ringing in New Year with new acts

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GORHAM — Revelers in Gorham will kiss 2018 goodbye while welcoming 2019 with a host of family-style shows.

“New Year Gorham’s 11th year is definitely not the same-old, same-old,” the event’s coordinator and founder Virginia Wilder Cross said in a press statement.

Cross and a committee of helpers this year have added several new shows and performers, including a ping pong rodeo with King Pong.

Venues for the variety of shows include Gorham Recreation Department and Town Council chambers at 75 South St., and the nearby Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Ave.

Admission to a full slate of events is a $5 wrist band, which, along with a detailed schedule, are available at Hannaford in Gorham, Baxter Memorial Library and Gorham Recreation Department. Family admission packages costing $20 are available at Gorham Recreation Department before Dec. 30.

The University of Southern Maine again will open its ice arena on the Gorham campus 2-4 p.m. for family ice skating.

Food will be plentiful at family prices at the New Year Gorham Cafe from 5-7:30 p.m. at Gorham High School. Concession snacks will be available in Shaw Gym at the recreation department 3:30-5:45 p.m.

New performances this year include the Peter Pan Puppet Show, Roaming Balloonatic and the Odds ‘n Ends Barbershop Quartet. Also, King Pong with Michael Trautman will perform with ping pong balls and paddle.

“Michael has performed locally, nationally and internationally,” Bruce Roullard, a New Year Gorham committee member, said in a statement, “and he’ll be right here in Gorham on New Year’s Eve.”

Returning favorite performances include Wildlife Encounters, Running With Scissors, Gorham Community Chorus, Dance Studio of Maine, Dana Perkins & Friends and the Don Roy Trio, which this year was recipient of the prestigious National Endowment of Arts Fellowship.

Cross, now a town councilor, is stepping down as the New Year Gorham coordinator. Brian Arlet will succeed Cross.

“I am not at all worried about the future of NYG because we have chosen a talented enthusiastic community member to take over,” Cross said in an email to the American Journal.

For more information, visit the town of Gorham’s page on Facebook.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 780-9089 or email [email protected].