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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 04, 2019

Classic duo at free Jazz Café

This Saturday, Oct. 5, New Shades of Blue will bring us jazz standards, along with their new creations and adaptations. Juliane Gardner (lead vocalist and keyboards) and Christopher Poulin (lead vocals, guitar, & flute), New Shades of Blue’s “Dynamic Duo,” each grew up in musical families and have been performers since childhood. They formed their musical partnership after meeting in college and made it a life partnership with their marriage. Gardner and Poulin focus on classic jazz with hints of folk, rock, blues and more. Their musical show recipe has garnered reviews all over coastal Maine and northern New England for their performances. Gibbs Library welcomes everyone to this Jazz Café performance, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room. Desserts, beverages and music will be offered. Jazz Café is an annual feature of Gibbs Library’s Music Series and all concerts are free with donations accepted.

Harvest Festival at Farm

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm – just over the line in Somerville – invites everyone to its Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 6, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be time to pick the perfect pumpkin, husk your own multicolored corn, and press a glass of apple cider to enjoy with freshly baked donuts. Local artisans will offer fully handmade woolens, felted friends, hand-turned wooden bowls and even a glass-blowing demonstration. Kids get a free dancing gourd and can make a corn bracelet to enjoy all winter.

The farmers market will have local produce, baked goods, cheeses, bacon and eggs, and more. There will be recipes, food samples and a raffle as well. Bring or wear walking shoes to go on a guided fall foliage hike around the farm led by the kids and the kids (goats). And don’t forget your camera. The Roopchand family has planned this big day as mostly outdoor activities, so in case of bad weather, rain or extreme cold, Pumpkin Vine Farm will reschedule for Sunday, Oct. 20.. For more information visit the website pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com, the Facebook page, email info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com or call Kelly at 549-3096.

FD Auxiliary feast thanks

Washington Fire Department’s Auxiliary, sponsor of last Saturday’s public supper, drew a good attendance and featured a selection of main course meat – beef, pork and turkey. The group wants to thank everyone for coming. A note of gratitude to Sue Frank of Dog Patch Farm for donating pork and to the Johnstons of Sunny Acres Farm for donating beef. Many thanks also to everyone who brings contributions of desserts and accompaniments to make these public meals successful.

Status of yoga classes

The schedule for yoga classes with Sarah Trapani, a certified yoga therapist, is incomplete. Trapani plans a six-week series of gentle and calming yoga movements and stretches that everyone can learn. Classes are open to adults of all ages and abilities. They will be held at Prescott School. The six-week session will be $72 for the entire six- week course. Registration forms are available at the town of Washington website, washington.maine.gov  For more information, call Peg Hobbs at 845-2900 (landline), text 790-0723 or email recreationwashingtonmaine@gmail.com.

Pay attention: library hours

Starting today, Oct. 3, Gibbs Library will be on its revised schedule. The change has come with a long look at library use, volunteer scheduling and all-around convenience. So, starting right now, the schedule will be:

Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.;

Friday, closed;

Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Sunday, closed;

Monday 4 to 7 p.m.;

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.;

Wednesday 3 to 6 p.m.

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