Sunday, May 4, 11-1pm: Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter CelebrationFolks who live in Piscataquis County and surrounding towns are invited to come to the East Sangerville Grange to celebrate the official start of the Maine Highlands MOFGA chapter. One of the chapter’s goals is to help make MOFGA resources and educational events more accessible to people living in the Maine Highlands area. Sunday’s gathering will be a chance to meet other farmers, gardeners, and growers and to share ideas for future chapter activities.
The event is free and is open to all – you do not have to be a member MOFGA to attend. You also don’t have to be a MOFGA member to join the chapter. All you need is interest! People are invited to bring snacks to share and seeds (or other gardening items) to swap. If you’d like to let us know you’re coming you can join the event on the ESG Facebook page. For directions to grange go to http://www.grange.org/eastsangervilleme177/. You can also call 343-0171 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t try to use your GPS or you’ll end up in the woods!
Saturday, April 12, 2014 9a.m.-4p.m. “Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highlands Food System. Where do you fit in?” This event promises to be full and fun with tons of great information about how food in the Maine Highlands gets from farm to table — and how we as a community can support and enhance that system. Whether you are a farmer or a consumer, this event is for you. You’ll learn about food systems, food hubs, and food councils. You’ll see a demonstration of how digital data mapping tools are helping communities get a better understanding of their own unique food systems. And you’ll participate in an interactive session and discussion about the resources and opportunities that exist in the Maine Highlands region. Presenters include Mark Lapping from The Maine Food Strategy; Ken Morse from the Maine Network of Community Food Councils; Amber Lambke, Sarah Smith, and Jay Batey from the Skowhegan Food Hub; the University of Maine Machias GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Lab; and Stacy Benjamin and Tricia Rouleau from Maine Farmland Trust, which is also the sponsor of the event. More information including how to pre-register is in the flyer below. Have questions? E-mail email@example.com.
THE 2013-2014 ESG COFFEE HOUSE
We’ve got a GREAT line-up of performers for you — and as always, terrific homemade desserts and STRONG coffee. Tickets for ALL performances (the first Saturday of every month November through April) are available for $10 two weeks in advance at Bob’s Hardware in Dover-Foxcroft or by calling Alan Bray at 564-2722. You can also buy tickets at the door for $12. All shows start at 7 pm; doors open at 5:30.
Ameranouche, Sat. Nov. 2
Gypsy jazz returns to the ESG Coffee House to open the 2013-2014 season. Melding the traditional hot Gympsy swing backdrop and the lightening fast virtuoso guitar work, Ameranouche declares an unforgettable statement. If you’ve never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now’s your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy Jazz. (www.ameranouche.com)
Boreal Tordu, Saturday, Dec. 7th
Boreal Tordu has wowed the Coffee House fans twice with their lyrically fantastic blend of Acadian traditions with original sensibilities. They will get your toes tapping and your feet dancing across the floor. Fiddler Steve Muise, dobro player Rob Sylvain, Pip Walter on guitar and Andy Buckland on upright bass seem to be in a genre by themselves. Thrice nominated for Best World Music Act in Portland, Boreal Tordu is sure to please. (www.borealtordu.com)
String Field Theory, Saturday, Jan. 4
String Field Theory is made up of Sid Stutzman, Craig Stutzman, Dawn Potter, and Brian Smith – long time local musicians who have come together to form this exciting new band. Their harmonies and talents have brought their music to a whole new level. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Opening for them will be JT Curran with his retro take on music. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Lay-Z-Gait, Saturday, Feb. 1
This exciting group from Portland plays the music of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, and Charlie Walker. The group is steeped in the down-home, vibrant sound of Texas swing, Honky Tonk, blues, and Country. They provide the rhythmic drive of a steam locomotive and enough fiddle and lap steel guitar to make you send your own mama to prison. http://www.tomwhiteheadmusic.com/the-lay-z-gait-band/
The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sat., March 1
Born of the waters of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s premier holler-folk band, building their songs around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music. Drawing from a broad array of music including Elmore James and the Beatles, to Tom Waits and more, The Ghost writes powerful songs, built on melody and energy, designed to be performed with passion. You can also check them out on Facebook.
The Toughcats, Sat., April 5
The Toughcats generated a lot of excitement when they first played at ESG and we’re sure they’ll do it again. This group hails from the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven and have been performing for more than eight years–and are one of the most creative and inventive bands we’ve had. They are understated, simple, and catchy and will have you jumping out of your seat. You will not be disappointed. (www.toughcats.com)
EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS
Saturday, Dec. 7th: “Local Food: Producing High Quality Dairy Products”
This is a free event open to anyone interested in producing dairy and dairy products, whether on a small or commercial scale. 1-4 pm.
Registration is required. Please contact Melissa Libby at 1-800-287-7170.