Inside New Gloucester


Castlebay in concert

Castlebay will perform a special concert at the New Gloucester Village Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 6, in celebration of the Celtic cross holiday, Imbolc, which is halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. The duo consisting of Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee will share poems, songs and invocations that explore the various dimensions of Imbolc.

Lane and Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performances. Finely crafted ballads with evocative imagery and beautiful melodies depict characters, history and life close to the elements and the beauty of the land and sea. Their renditions of traditional and original songs are supported with Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle and woodwinds.

The concert will take place at the New Gloucester Village Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door will cost $10 per person. The Coffeehouse is located at the vestry of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. For more information call 926-3260.

Cabin Fever Book

and Bake Sale

Everyone is invited to come to the Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 13. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 20.

In addition to a large assortment of adult books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, and vintage books, there will be puzzles and games available for sale. All items will be sold at bargain prices. As always, home-baked goods will be for sale, too.

The Cabin Fever Sale is a one-stop shopping event to stock up for February break or to help you get through the remainder of winter. Call 926-4840 for more details.

History Barn open

The next monthly open house at the New Gloucester History Barn, 383 Intervale Road (Route 231), will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The feature exhibit will showcase a variety of new acquisitions. The event is free and open to the public. The History Barn is owned and operated by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

‘New Gloucester Postcards’

Local history expert Jerry Davis will be presenting a program entitled “New Gloucester Postcards: 300 and Counting” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, which is located next to Town Hall on Route 231. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.

Full moon ski party

Pineland Farms is hosting a full moon ski party from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19. Tickets can be purchased after 5 p.m. at the Pineland Farms Outdoor Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, at a cost of $4.50 for season pass holders and $9 for non-pass holders.

Enjoy cross country skiing around the Oak Hill trail system. Headlamps are recommended. Snacks will be offered in a warming cabin, along with roasting marshmallows by a trailside campfire. Contact the Outdoor Center staff for more information at 688-6599.

New town employees

James Ladewig, the former assistant fire chief of Olmos Park Fire Department, located on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, has been selected to serve as the next Fire and Rescue Chief of New Gloucester. Ladewig has served for 25 years with the Olmos Park department, where he supervised department personnel and serves as incident commander for both fire and EMS.

Lori-Anne Wilson has been hired as New Gloucester’s Deputy Treasurer. Wilson had been employed by a local municipal auditing firm and, in this capacity, formerly conducted audits for the town of New Gloucester.

Holiday closure

All town facilities will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Castlebay members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee will be taking the stage on Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., to perform at the New Gloucester Village Coffeehouse located at the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.