Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Jun 08, 2014
Photo by: Sonia Antunes At McLaughlin's Lobster Shack by Lincolnville Beach with a Lincolnville brewed Andrews English Pale Ale

 

IN MY WORLD

 

After working 6 long consecutive days, two weeks in a row, Bill and I motorcycled our way thru Maine with friends Amanda Way and Joe Thornhill. We stopped to fill our bellies full of fresh Maine seafood and local Maine ale at McLaughlin's Lobster Shack by Lincolnville Beach, then stopped at a small place selling Shain's of Maine homemade ice cream in Appleton, and then Bowen’s Tavern in Waldo. By the time we got home, we were exhausted and a bit sunburned. Bill took an impromptu nap in the adirondack chair on the deck and I followed suit in the hammock by the pond. It. Was. Awesome.



IN YOUR WORLD

 

Unity Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting to discuss Goals and Strategies

Thursday, June 12 at 6:00 pm

We need your thoughts on the goals and strategies that will be the heart of our Comprehensive Plan. Here is the worksheet we will be using to gather your strategy ideas at the Unity Fire House. www.unityme.org/gov/compplan/PublicMeetingWorksheet.pdf

 

Cooking & Nutrition Class

June 12 & 19 from 10 - 11:30am

FREE - You are invited to attend EAT SMART, LIVE STRONG, a Healthy Waldo County SNAP-Ed program that runs 4-weeks. This course encourages older adults to focus on making healthy choices and being physically active. During class we will practice 4 easy exercises and set goals related to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, including money saving tips for purchasing them.  Free nutrition information and recipes, Learn to stretch your snap dollars, Unity Union Church on Depot St

Space is limited, sign up early! Call or email Beth to sign up: 620-4578; bchamberlain@rsu3.org

 

Thorndike Congregational Church Public Supper

Friday, June 13 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Smothered Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, Baked Beans, Homemade Rolls and Pies. $7.00, and children under 12  $2.00. Rt. 139, Thorndike

 

Waldo County Open Space

Friday - Saturday, June 13 - 15

A 3 day series of events. www.waldocountyopenspace.me Details follow:

 

JUNE 13,  Friday at 7pm - A farm supper under the full moon in Freedom

www.waldocountyopenspace.me/june-13.html

Reserve space and work up a good appetite for a delicious  al fresco SUPPER at VILLAGE FARM  in Freedom under the full moon! Chef Frank Giglio will create a roving meal that will take us around the farm, from flatbreads out of the the earth oven, tidbits off the grill, to dinner and dessert watching the sun set.  Cost is $50 per person.  Menu below. BYOB if desired. waldocountyopenspace@gmail.com or franksfinest@gmail.com if you'd like to reserve. Pre-registration is necessary, deadline of June 10. Village Farm Supper Menu:

Flatbreads from the Cob Oven, Seasonal Treats, Herbal Infusions

Salad, Tender Greens, Strawberries & Feta, Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette

Entree, Herb-Roasted Chicken, Seasonal Vegetables, Rhubarb Chutney

Dessert, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Boozy Strawberries, Whipped Cream

 

JUNE 14,  Saturday from 9am - 3pm  Farm & Homestead Day, a revival of Small Farm Field Day

With a Plant and Seed Exchange! Participants are welcome to bring any extra transplants and seeds!

Come dressed to participate! Rain or Shine. Gates open at 7AM for sunrise mowing. Enjoy a day of hands-on skill-sharing. A FREE event, open to all, no pre-registration necessary. Bring your own lunch and contribute to the world's largest potluck picnic.  Bring family and friends!  Many workshops are kid-friendly or specifically for kids.  Learn skills that will allow you to throw off the shackles of consumer dependency and be more self reliant.  This year we highlight alternative methods of cooking.

Building projects will be going on as well:  rocket stove, solar cooker, garden cart, bike trailer, bluebird boxes, pollinator bee boxes, beehives.  Ever-popular fiber arts and herb workshops will return, with new features.  All Things Scythe will be back, too. Learn how to:

  • weave and spin

  • make your own cording with a lucet or learn rug hooking

  • operate a treadle sewing machine to make a drawstring bag

  • sharpen your own tools

  • make cheese, ice cream, bean hole beans, and kimchi

  • bake bread in a earthen bake oven, cook on a rocket stove

  • manage your herbs for a long season harvest

  • prune and mulch orchard trees

  • build a garden cart, or a bike trailer

  • make paper pots

  • build really raised beds

  • make a pollinator bee box

  • make a coffin

  • build a solar cooker, or a rocket stove for cooking with wood

  • make basic leather shoes

  • handle rabbits and trim their nails and learn how to tattoo their ears

  • learn how to tan rabbit hides using a non-toxic method

  • learn how to mow with a scythe and maintain and sharpen it

Children of all ages are invited to learn how to

  • build bluebird nesting boxes

  • make paper

  • make paper pots, sow seeds and transplant seedlings

  • plant the really raised beds

Those who would like to help continue the long tradition of mowing MOFGA's berm and amphitheater with scythes are welcome to join the Sunrise Mowers at 7 am. Scythe Supply will bring tools of the trade, help mowers in fitting a scythe and mowing, and teach blade maintenance. Learn to make hay using horse power. We will be sampling the morning's food preparation efforts, but bring a dish to share or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy MOFGA’s beautiful grounds. Volunteers are welcomed. To help during, before or after the event, please contact Anna Libby atalibby@mofga.org or 568-4142, or the Farm & Homestead Day Rabble Rousing Committee atfarmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net.

 

Trail Hike at MOFGA

Saturday June 14 from from 11am - 12pm

Buck O'Herin of the Waldo County Trails Coalition will lead a hike along Sandy Stream in a mature hemlock forest. The hike will start at the stone archway at the north entrance of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. FMI: Nancy Rosalie at 568-7597 or Waldo County Trails Coalition www.waldotrails.org.

 

JUNE 15, Sunday - Waldo County Open Space Festival

A casual, non-commercial gathering with music, food and local color. Information-sharing about precious local resources, woods, farmlands, waters, air and space, to strengthen grassroots solutions to their rapid decline. In Thorndike Village, in and around the old silo yard beside the tracks. Music, Art, Poetry, Games, Railcycle Rides and FLEA MARKET! FOOD & DRINK will include 3 Lilly Farm Free-Range Chicken Roast, Pie Cones, Angelina's Organic Salad Bar, Earth Oven Breads, Coffeeman's International Cafe, Organic Popcorn and Maine Root Sodas! Complete schedule at www.waldocountyopenspace.me/june-15-music-food-activities.html

 

Unity College Summer Courses open to the public: Creative Writing – A Sense of Place

June 15 - 21

A course in creative writing entitled A Sense of Place. This creative writing workshop invites writers of all levels and genres to spend a week in intense observation of their surroundings. The course is taught by Unity College Assistant Professor Zach Falcon. He is a writer and educator with a background in law and policy. He is a graduate of Columbia University, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow and the recipient of the Barnes Prize for Excellence in the Short Story. www.unity.edu/summer_programs/all_summer_courses

 

Summer Volleyball in Unity

Tuesday June 17 from 6 to 8 pm

Ages 13+ are welcome. Spectators welcome. Kids welcome to play in the yard. Dogs allowed with hitch. At 186 Albion Rd in Unity. For more info or to check on status due to weather, text or call Emily at 201-416-8890.

 

Unity Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday June 17 at 6:30

At the Town Office. Read minutes of past meetings www.unityme.org/gov/minutes/index.html.



Just Outside Your World - (items of possible interest)

 

Blood Drives

Thursday, June 12 from 1 - 6pm at the Winslow VFW, 175 Veterans Dr, Winslow

Friday, June 13 from 1:30 -6:30pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 81 Main St, Fairfield

Tuesday June 17 from 1 - 6pm at Starbucks, 2 Waterville Commons Dr, Waterville

 

Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai

June 18-22

A captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanted creatures at the Cross Insurance Center. www.crossinsurancecenter.com/events/126/cirque-du-soleil-varekai/0

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