Are you curious about heritage pigs? The East Sangerville Grange is hosting a workshop on raising heritage pigs on Saturday, 18 March from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. The workshop will consist of general topics of interest on raising pigs and specifically discuss the challenges, benefits and joys of raising heritage breeds. There will be three guest speakers followed by a Q&A panel session with plenty of time to answer all of your questions and provide resources to help you choose the best pigs for your homestead or farm. Heritage breeds of interest will include Mulefoot (pictured below), Old Spot, Large Black, Hereford and Guinea Hogs among others. If you have been wanting to learn more about what it takes to raise these amazing and intelligent animals, then you will not want to miss this event! Workshop location is the East Sangerville Grange on East Sangerville Rd. in Sangerville. Snacks and coffee will be available for purchase. Registration is not required but there is a $10 fee, payable at the door.
After 24 years, the greatest music series in Central Maine is coming to an end. The final East Sangerville Grange Coffee House performance will feature an all-time audience favorite: “Homemade Jam”, with Doughty Hill, J.T., Curran, Timberdoodle, Halfway Home, and the colorful storytelling of Diane McCarthy Clark. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:00. And of course, there will be fabulous desserts and plenty of strong coffee. This one is bound to be a sell out so make sure to get your tickets early by calling 564-8596 or stopping by Bob’s Home and Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Price is $12 in advance or at the door (if you dare to wait that long!)
Come enjoy our wonderful annual craft fair! Still only $1 at the door! Show is from 9 to 3. Soup, sandwiches, and quiche available for lunch.
Want more? Our fall Coffee House performance is later that day, at 7p.m., featuring Lou and Peter Berryman. (Tickets $12 at the door or in advance by calling 564-8596). Lou and Peter are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years (post-marriage!) Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced eighteen albums and four songbooks of their original and hilarious yet oddly profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere. The Berryman’s are presented at ESG with generous assistance from Merrill, Hyde, Fortier & Youney, Law Offices, in Skowhegan. Doors open at 5:30. For more information on the performers go to www.louandpeter.com.
If you’re a small farmer, grower, or producer of value added agricultural products it can be challenging to keep abreast of new market opportunities. East Sangerville Grange, in collaboration with the Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, and the Piscataquis Healthy Community Project, is proud to present this exciting event that is all about helping agricultural businesses grow. The event runs from 10 until 5 on Saturday, April 9th and includes a great lineup of speakers who will talk about a variety of programs and resources available to help farms connect with local consumers, businesses, institutions and emergency food services that are looking to source local produce and products. The day ends with a casual and fun “Market Mixer” where attendees can spend time with presenters while enjoying some great nibbles made by Spruce Mill Farm. There is a $10 fee, which covers the whole day including the mixer and a delicious lunch provided by Stutzman’s Farm & Cafe. The agenda is set up so you can come to just one or two sessions, but we hope you will stay the whole day! Whether come from a multi-generational farm or are just breaking ground, this event will be worth your while! Doors open at 9:30. Presentations start at 10:00. Call 564-2321 ext. 3 for more information or visit http://www.grange.org/eastsangervilleme177/cultivating-our-community-2016/ to see the full agenda. Last but not least, please let us know you’re coming by sending an email to Kacey Webber at email@example.com. Thank you!
Heads Up! Saturday, April 2nd is the LAST ESG Coffee House performance of the season! Singer songwriter Tom Dean takes the stage for a show you don’t want to miss. Independent Songwriter magazine says Dean’s music is “exciting, mystical, haunting, (and) impassioned” and that he’s one of the best musicians “walking the planet”. Now who doesn’t want to check out that? Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7. Tickets available 2 weeks ahead at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft or you can call Sid at 564-8596 to have them saved for you at the door. Just remember to say in your message how many you want!
Save the date everyone! Maine-raised and Portland-based Tricky Britches is hitting our stage on Saturday, March 5th and you definitely want to be there! Visit their website (http://trickybritches.com) for a taste of their unique blend of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. You’ll wish they were gonna be here THIS weekend! (By the way, these guys were *supposed* to play the grange last winter but for some reason that we’ll never quite understand, they decided to go to a festival in Hawaii instead! Feel free to harass accordingly at the upcoming show.) Cheers!
Ballads and fiddle tunes originating from Appalachia to Transylvania will rock when the East Sangerville Grange presents the Newell Family Band on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This three-generation group of musicians, led by Carter and Kaity Newell, have played their unique repertoire of New England, Maritime and British Isles music around Maine and beyond for three decades. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7. For ticket information visit East Sangerville Grange on Facebook or call Sid at 564-8596.
Tickets $12 at the door or in advance at Bob’s Hardware in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also call 564-8596 and ask for Sid. For information about the band, go to www.daviddodsonmusic.com. And if you’d like to see the rest of the 2016 lineup, visit East Sangerville Grange on Facebook and click on the 2015-2016 Coffee House Season photo album.
Save the Date! The Jim Gallant Band plays the ESG Coffee House on Saturday, December 5th. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7! Tickets $12 at the door or at Bob’s Hardware in Dover-Foxcroft. For this show ONLY you can also call 564-3173. See you there!