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

Press Gang

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

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 and find directions to the Grange here on our website.

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

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!


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.


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.


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!

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!


What’s New at East Sangerville Grange

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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!