“Meteora” Next Performer Up at the ESG Coffeehouse

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Saturday, April 4th will be the second to last performance in the 2014-2015 East Sangerville Grange Coffee House season. Hitting the stage: Meteora – a midcoast trio whose female lead Kat Logan has been part of the Maine folk music scene since 1990.

Logan has played with many bands including Driftwood, The Kevin Gilmore Country Band, and The Black Iris Jazz Trio. She has recorded with folk legend Gordon Bok and also recorded on the 2009 Grammy-nominated folk album “Singing Through The Hard Times.” Her styles include blues, country, jazz, and spiritual.

Meteora is known for its tight three-part harmonies. The group plays an eclectic array of original songs and folk ballads from a wide repertoire of world music, as well as traditional songs and original arrangements.

Tickets for the April 4th show are $12 and will be available at the door or in advance at Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. For more information about Meteora go to http://www.reverbnation.com/katlogan

 

The final 2014-2015 ESG Coffee House performance will be on Saturday, May 2nd, featuring The Old Blues Kats.

Announcing “Cultivating Our Community 2015: “Healthy Soil Matters!”

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East Sangerville Grange is pleased to announce its 3rd annual “Cultivating Our Community” event, which will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 10 to 2:30. This year’s theme is healthy soil — and why it’s important to everyone from home gardeners, to commercial farmers, to the well-being of our entire region. This year’s event is being presented in partnership with The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District — and it’s FREE! A light lunch, sponsored by the PRYMCA’s Healthy Community Initiative, will be provided — so we’d appreciate if you’d let us know you’re coming so we can plan appropriately for the food. Just send an e-mail to Erin Callaway at [email protected] or call her at 343-0171. 

ESG Coffee House Welcomes Back “The Press Gang” , Sat. March 7

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It has been four years since the Portland-based Press Gang last played at the East Sangerville Grange Coffee House – and they are returning to perform again none too soon. This high-energy trio delivers traditional tunes from Ireland, Quebec, Appalachia, Scotland and New England with real zest – and a fair bit of humor. The group is known for its “musical sense of adventure” and for shows that are always spontaneous and fresh. That’s what the audience can count on when The Press Gang plays at ESG on Saturday, March 7th. Since their first appearance at ESG in 2011, The Press Gang released its second CD and has expanded its tour circuit to include prominent venues in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Their upcoming show is sure to be lively, with just the kind of oomph everyone needs during the last few weeks of winter. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or in advance at Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. For information about The Press Gang, click on our “Upcoming Events” tab or visit www.pressgangmusic.com

Free talk on American Chestnut restoration at ESG on Feb. 21st

 

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According to the U.S. Forest Service, chestnuts used to cover more than 200 million acres in the eastern United States. The tree was highly valued because its tall, straight trunks made excellent lumber. Then a blight imported from Asia in the early 1900s nearly destroyed the species, which has been the subject of intensive restoration efforts since 1995.

Successful restoration is happening thanks to development of a blight-resistant species. Dr. Brian Roth, Associate Director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, at University of Maine, Orono and member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will talk about chestnut restoration and the benefits the work has to the Maine environment, wildlife, and society. The lecture, which runs from 3:00 to 5:30, is free and open to all. For more information send e-mail to [email protected]. You can learn more about the American Chestnut Foundation at www.me-acf.org and find directions to the Grange here on our website.

Folk Icon Bill Staines to Play at East Sangerville Grange on Feb. 7th

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One of the best-known singer songwriters from the American folk music scene is making his way to the East Sangerville Grange to play at the February Coffee House.

Bill Staines, a Massachusetts native who hit the Cambridge scene in the early 1960s, will perform on Saturday, February 7th at 7pm.

Staines, whose music is described as “a slice of Americana”, has appeared on Garrison Kieller’s Prairie Home Companion, Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and puts on nearly 200 shows a year around the country. His songs have been recorded by many other folk legends including Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Tickets are $12 at the door. You can also reserve tickets for the February 7th show by calling 564-8596 or go to Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft to purchase in advance. Doors open at 5:30; show starts at 7:00.

ESG Proud to Support Showing of “Growing Local” at Center Theatre

The East Sangerville Grange is pleased to co-sponsor the showing of “Growing Local” at the Center Theatre on Friday, Feb. 6th. This is a one-hour collection of three shorts that take a look at the upsides and challenges of producing and buying local foods. Film runs at 7. There will also be an “Informational Farmers’ Market” so you can learn about local food options and organizations supporting local food in our area. Click here for more information about the film and here to go to the Center Theatre web site. The show is free but donations are welcome. This film premiered at the 2014 Camden Film Festival. It’s bound to be a good one!

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Fall Fun, Service and Festivities at the East Sangerville Grange

Fall is upon us and seems to have arrived faster than anyone expected. While we lament the passing of summer, at least we have a lot of great events to look forward to!

For one, the 2014-2015 ESG Coffee House lineup is complete and will be starting in just a couple of weeks on Saturday, November 1st with a performance by sisters Chris and Meredith Thompson. That’s also the day of our annual Holiday Craft Fair.

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Along with tables full of beautiful handcrafted items and foods from more than two dozen local craftspeople and artisans, we offer a belly-warming lunch that can’t be beat. It’s a great day from start to finish and a terrific way to kick off the cool-weather season. Make sure to save the date! And remember – DON’T USE YOUR GPS to get to us! If you need help getting to the Grange, please read the written directions we’ve provided here. More than one person has ended up on a snowmobile when they tried to let the computer do the guiding!

In October, we hosted a Local Harvest Feast featuring fresh produce and baked goods from many of our local farms. All the proceeds from the dinner went to help restore historic stained glass windows at the First Universalist Church in Sangerville, a building that many people around this area know and love. The dinner was a great success! The food was great and the company even better. Thanks to all who were able to come.

This weekend was the East Sangerville Grange’s biannual work weekend at the beautiful Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. Every fall a group of nearly 25 Grangers packs our sleeping bags and work clothes and heads up the mountain to help clean and close Borestone’s unique historic lodges.

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It’s hearty work, but with so many hands to help it’s a job we all enjoy. As the Grange saying goes, “Labor Cheerfully!” It’s also a harbinger of the cold season to come. Happy Autumn everyone. We hope to see you soon and often!