NEW GLOUCESTER — The New Gloucester Historical Society will host the 43rd annual New Gloucester Strawberry Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

It will feature fresh, native berries, frozen custard, the Berry Berry Good Band and a baked goods table.

NORWAY — The Second Congregational Church, UCC, will serve its monthly free spaghetti and meatball supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 29, at 205 Main St.

The monthly free suppers are a nine-year-old tradition. It is a time for healthy and hardy food, companionship and conversations. The church frequently serves between 130 and 150 community members. All are welcome.

For more information, call the church office 207-743-2290 or check the website www.seconch.org.

CASCO — A Strawberry Shortcake Saturday night supper with baked beans will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Casco Village Church United Church of Christ, 941 Meadow Road, Route 121. 

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 8 and younger, and $21 maximum for families with young children. The supper is sponsored by the church’s membership committee.

GREENWOOD — The Locke Mills Community Church will hold a Strawberry Festival featuring Belgian waffles and shortcake from 7:30 a.m. until sold out Saturday, June 30, at 286 N. Main St..

OTISFIELD — An old-fashioned Maine Summer Barbecue will be held at the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, Rayville Road, on June 30.

There will be seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The meal is free, but donations are accepted and support activities in the local community. 

MECHANIC FALLS — The American Legion serves breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at 41 Elm St.

FARMINGTON — Since the Pierce House celebrated its grand 100th anniversary in 2005, it has been the tradition for Old South First Congregational Church to serve strawberry shortcake on the Fourth of July. 

Volunteers from Old South pick berries fresh from David and Verna Pike’s field. Boxes of picked berries are then transported to the Old South kitchen where volunteers wash, hull and mash the strawberries and add sugar. 

Early on the morning of July Fourth, at least 300 biscuits are baked in the church’s kitchen. Then, all the ingredients and supplies are taken to the Pierce House and the serving area is set up under a tent on the front lawn. 

Serving begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, 208 Main St., and goes until 12:30 p.m., or until the food runs out. The cost is $4 each. 

Proceeds from the sale of the strawberries will benefit community service and outreach through improved handicapped-accessibility to the Old South Church’s Newman Wing. The winter warming center, support groups and other community events are held in the Newman Wing addition.

For more information, call 207-778-0424.

WATERFORD — The 65th season of Waterford Summer Breakfasts gets underway from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Wilkins Community House at the foot of Plummer Hill Road, next to the Waterford Congregational Church.

The recipes used for freshly-baked muffins have been handed down through several generations of Waterford families. There will be gluten-free muffins available upon request.

Future breakfasts are Wednesdays, July 18 and Aug. 1 and 15. The price is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 10, and free for children younger than 5.

The basement of the Wilkins House will be the site of indoor yard sales from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on breakfast dates. This is the last year for the yard sale.

Proceeds from the breakfasts help with the upkeep of the Wilkins Community House. Income from the yard sales goes to the maintenance funds for the Wilkins Community House and the Waterford Congregational Church.

Volunteers for a kitchen or dining room shift may call Ginny at 207-583-7357.

Old South Congregational First Church volunteers Regina Longyea, left, and Gretchen Legler pick strawberries in Farmington for the church’s Fourth of July strawberry festival last year. 


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