June 21st – Summer at the Grange

In some ways, summer feels like a “slow time” at the East Sangerville Grange: Driven to soak up every minute of every hour of these warm, lush, green, flowery months, we are far less inclined to spend time indoors. Why wouldn’t we be? This is the time to play and work outside, to gather with friends, take some day trips, or just go spend an afternoon at a local lake or mountain. This is the time when we let ourselves slow down just a little bit, when our busy lives become just a little less busy—at least a busy in a different way–than other times of the year.

With that understanding, we hesitate to hold meetings at the Grange in the summer. We host the annual Center Theatre camp and there will be many weddings held in our beautiful, rustic hall. But we don’t schedule many events. Even our own business slides a bit. People won’t come, after all. They are all out in the garden or working the farm.

At least that has been our habit. Recently, members of the East Sangerville Grange spent some time talking about our work as an organization, our purpose, values, and goals. In short, it all comes down to one thing: community. And so, one wonders: if not meetings in the summer, is there some other way we might remain “active” during these beautiful sun-warmed months? The Grange hall is so bright and inviting this time of year. What a shame to leave it empty.

Perhaps this is the time for the East Sangerville Grange to be just a place of gathering for the sake of gathering. For fellowship and good company. To share a plate of easy food and a cold drink, pull out the instruments, sing a few songs, and tell a few stories.

Perhaps that’s what we should do. Just a thought.

Happy Summer. Enjoy this, the longest day of the year.

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Spring at the Grange

Hello! With the snow finally gone (mostly), East Sangerville Grange is bursting with lots of Spring energy! Amoung other things, we’re getting ready for the annual spring cleaning of our hall, and of the lodge at Borestone Mountain where we volunteer each year to help ready the property for summer visitors.

On Sunday, May 4th the Grange will host the first “official” gathering of the new Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter. The event is open to all — you do not have to be a member of MOFGA to join the fun! For more information click on the “Upcoming Events” tab above. And visit often because there are lots more things to come!

 

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What’s New at East Sangerville Grange

Hello and welcome to our website!

Sad that the East Sangerville Grange Coffee House season is over? Well guess what — It’s NOT! The postponed February coffeehouse will be held on Saturday, April 26th. Come enjoy “Home Grown Classics” – a night of great music played by local performers. You’ll hear oldies with JT Curran, blues to Bluegrass with Sid Stutzman , and Jazz standards with Jason Curran and Peter Ippoliti. String Field Theory members Dawn Potter and Brian Smith will join in as well , as the three ensembles mix and match musical licks through out the night. This is an “off-calendar” show, so please spread the word! Click over to our “Upcoming Events” page to see ticket information and times.

Meanwhile, thank you to everyone who attended  “Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highland Food System” on Saturday, April 12. It was a great day! We’ll post links soon to presenter information and other resources that were shared that day. Stay tuned!

And have you heard the news? MOFGA has approved the creation of a Maine Highlands Chapter. The East Sangerville Grange is will host the new group and its events. The first will MH MOFGA gathering will be a Chapter open house and potluck, Sunday May 4th from 11-1 pm. More details to come soon. Save the date! This event and all the MH Chapter events are open to all. MOFGA membership is not required to participate.

That’s all for now….stay warm. The snow is ALMOST gone!

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Greetings from East Sangerville Grange!

Hello and welcome to our website!

Read on for highlights of our latest goings-on: 

Sad that the East Sangerville Grange Coffee House season is over? Well guess what — It’s NOT! The postponed February coffeehouse will be held on Saturday, April 26th. Come enjoy “Home Grown Classics” – a night of great music played by local performers. You’ll hear oldies with JT Curran, blues to Bluegrass with Sid Stutzman , and Jazz standards with Jason Curran and Peter Ippoliti. String Field Theory members Dawn Potter and Brian Smith will join in as well , as the three ensembles mix and match musical licks through out the night. This is an “off-calendar” show, so please spread the word! Click over to our “Upcoming Events” page to see ticket information and times.

Meanwhile, thank you to everyone who attended  “Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highland Food System” on Saturday, April 12. It was a great day! We’ll be posting links soon to presenter information and other resources that were shared that day. Stay tuned!

And have you heard the news? MOFGA has approved the creation of a Maine Highlands Chapter. The East Sangerville Grange is will host the new group and its events. The first will MH MOFGA gathering will be a Chapter open house and potluck, Sunday May 4th from 11-1 pm. More details to come soon. Save the date! This event and all the MH Chapter events are open to all. MOFGA membership is not required to participate.

That’s all from the hall for now….

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