Inside New Gloucester: Feb. 2

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Maine Highland Fiddlers, part of a revival of traditional Celtic music, are scheduled to perform at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road on Saturday, Feb. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Celtic music concert

Maine Highland Fiddlers are part of the traditional Celtic music revival that thrives throughout the North Atlantic rim. The music of Scotland, Cape Breton, Ireland and the Shetlands resonates well with the rich heritage of Maine’s early Celtic settlements. Along with fiddles, the group plays guitar, bodhran and piano. The ensemble of seven musicians gathers from throughout southern, western and Mid-Coast Maine to perform and renew the Celtic fiddle tradition in Maine. Their music recaptures the kitchen party atmosphere that is central to Celtic tradition.

Hear them play at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester, Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, on Saturday, Feb. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person. Call 653-6151 for more information.

Veterans monument update

The New Gloucester Historical Society, assisted by many people, established a “Veterans Honor Roll” with more than 875 names of veterans with ties to New Gloucester, starting with the Revolutionary War up to present day.

To add a veteran’s name to the monument or to purchase an engraved brick, obtain a form at the Town Hall, email Jean Libby at jelibby8@maine.rr.com, or write the New Gloucester Historical Society, P.O. Box 531, New Gloucester, ME 04260. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Explore Chandler Mill Pond

On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., the Royal River Conservation Trust will sponsor a Rain or Shine Club outing at Chandler Mill Pond. For GPS purposes, the location is 245 Chandler Mill Road.

In 2016, the Chandler Brothers protected the then-named Lily Pond, now renamed Chandler Mill Pond, with the help of RRCT and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This coming summer, the department plans to make infrastructure upgrades at the hand carry boat launch to improve environmental conditions and to officially welcome the community to use this water access. Thanks to recent generations of thoughtful management, this pond is recovering from 100 years of industrial use. Today, this pond boasts a completely undeveloped wild shoreline and a robust trout fishery.

Join the free guided tour to explore the forested portions of the parcel, as well as to revisit the uses of days gone by. Due to the questionable safety of the ice, the group will stay off it. Hikers are asked to park their vehicles along the pond side of the road on the shoulder. Dogs are welcome.

Chatty Chickens

Come get your hands dirty in the chicken coop. Meet the chickens at Pineland Farms and learn how to feed and care for them. Explore the different parts of an egg using several senses at the family program sporting the whimsical name of Chatty Chickens.

The program, which is open to all ages, takes place 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, Saturday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Education Barn, 100B Valley Farm Road. Tickets will be sold there for $5 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Try to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to purchase tickets – cash or charge accepted. For more information, call 650-3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org.

Neighborhood nostalgia

The next monthly meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will feature a workshop for all members and friends who are interested in researching their New Gloucester neighborhood and/or historic home. The research will be used in a major new exhibit opening in May 2018. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Refreshments will be served.

Maine Highland Fiddlers, part of a revival of traditional Celtic music, are scheduled to perform at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road on Saturday, Feb. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m.