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The presentation of the Maine Wildlife Park’s bald eagle at the Pow Wow's Grand Entry at noon on Aug. 12-13 is one of only a few such presentations at Pow Wows nationwide. 

Blueberry Festival is here

The town’s first Blueberry Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 11, from 7-11 p.m. and continues Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind Town Hall, 24 Main St.

Friday night festivities include a guest appearance by Jay Piscopo, cartoon illustrator for “Capt’n Eli’s Undersea Adventures,” who will give a drawing workshop; “Rogue One” at Movie in the Park; teen activities and games and live music by Little Monk.

At Saturday’s festival, there will be art and craft vendors, food trucks, G-NG High School and G-NG 4-H Food Project fundraisers; a climbing wall and extreme air jumper; blueberry pie eating contest; a dunk tank;  a display of antique fire trucks and more. Live music throughout the day will be performed by Living Highway, The Grassholes, Magic 8 Ball and Little Monk. Gray Recreation Department events and contests include a Kids Fun Run Dash, Diaper Derby for Crawlers, New Walkers and Lil’ Runners, jam judging and potato sack races.

There’s plenty more on tap at the festival, so show your community spirit and take part in the fun.

Offsite parking is available across the street in the big open lot, 33 Main St.

For more information contact:

At the library

Movies showing soon at the Gray Public Library theater are: “Neverending Story”(PG), Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.; “Gifted” (PG-13), Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m.; “Alien: Covenant” (R ) Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.; “Paddington” (PG), Thursday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.; “Descendants 2” (G) Saturday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m.; “Everything, Everything”(PG-13), Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m.; “Stalag 17” (NR), Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy 2″(PG-13), Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.; “Bark Ranger” (PG), Thursday, Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Maine author Bruce Robert Coffin will read from and discuss “Beneath the Depths,” the second installment in his John Byron Mystery Series. The event is sponsored by the Pat Barter Speaker Series.

“Engineering with Assorted Material,” a summer reading event, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

The library is located at 5 Hancock St. For further information on these events, call  657-4110 or visit

Chicken BBQ

The First Congregational Church will hold its 26th annual Chicken BBQ with seatings at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. It will be held in the handicap accessible Parish House this year, rather than the Church Supper Room.

The menu includes half a chicken, an ear of corn, a baked potato, homemade biscuits, a selection of desserts and a beverage. Takeout will be available. The cost is 1/2 chicken, ear of corn, baked potato, homemade biscuits, a selection of desserts and beverage. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Tacos, pig roast, music

It’s Friday Night Taco Night and music by Something Stoopid from 5 p.m. · 6 p.m. Aug. 11, at American Legion Post 86, 15 Lewiston Road.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the post will host its annual pig roast with two musical acts. Ron Bergeron will perform outside, weather permitting, from 3-6 p.m. and Middle Men will perform inside from 6-9 p.m. Food will be served at 5 p.m. The cost is $8 per person

Pow Wow at the park

The Attean Family Pow Wow will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Maine Wildlife Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  

Tribal representatives from Maine, New England and around the country will be at the park with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths. A Grand Entry will be presented at noon each day. The Pow Wow will be held rain or shine. 

The following weekend Aug. 19- 20, the park’s program will be “Enchanted Forests” at 11 a.m.  Events will include visits to a human-sized fairy house, photo opportunities with fairies and build-your-own mini fairy house to take home. 

For more information, go to or call 657-4977, ext. 0.

Free summer meals

The Summer Food Service Program continues Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to noon through Aug. 17 at Russell School, 8 Gray Road, and Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 18. Anyone 18 and under is welcome.

Volunteer for town

The town is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Community Economic Development Committee, Library Board of Trustees and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Fill out an application at or contact the town offices for more information, 657-3339.

Congratulations to clerk

Elizabeth Bullen, a deputy clerk for the town, has been awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. To receive this designation, Bullen had to complete 120 hours of course work at the New England Municipal Clerks Institute in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and fulfill professional experience requirements.

USM Dean’s List

The following students from Gray were named to the 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List at the University of Southern Maine: Kelly Harris, Cassandra Nichols,
Sarah Renell, Cassandra Carignan, Nicholas Jordan, Kelsey Michaud, Lindsay    Nunley, Jaime Whitney, Shelby Martin, Ozzie Reichardt, Andrew Watson and Yanique Barrett Irby.

The presentation of the Maine Wildlife Park’s bald eagle at the Pow Wow’s Grand Entry at noon on Aug. 12-13 is one of only a few such presentations at Pow Wows nationwide.