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
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.