Skyline Farm marks more than a decade of preservation in North Yarmouth

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Skyline Farm will mark its 10th annual Summer Celebration fundraiser next week with pony rides, bargain hunting, lobster, and even silly dog tricks.

The nonprofit organization’s event will take place at 95 The Lane on Saturday, July 14. It kicks off at 9 a.m. with a tented barn sale.

A silent auction will be held at the farm’s air-conditioned visitor center from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and from 5:30-8 p.m.

Dog trick demonstrations by Diana Logan, a certified professional dog trainer, are among this year’s new events. From 9:30-10:30 p.m. she’ll be demonstrating positive reinforcement training.

On the subject of four-legged friends, $5 pony rides will be available to children from 10-11:30 a.m., led by the Brit and Bridle 4H Club.

And not to leave out a popular Maine meal, a lobster bake will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. and catered by Young’s Clambakes. Call 829-5708 or email info@skylinefarm.org to reserve a $50 lobster, chicken or steak dinner. The cost includes a tax-deductable donation to the farm.

Free admission to the museum’s Summer Transportation exhibit is available from 7-8 p.m., with complimentary dessert and music by Band Overboard, which performs music from the late 1960s to the present day.

Another new feature this year is a live auction, which will start around 7:30 p.m. and showcase items like a two-night, three-day stay at Sebago Lake’s Migis Lodge.

All proceeds benefit Skyline, which traces its roots back more than 200 years to Thomas and Phoebe Loring’s working farm, which supported their 11 children. About 54 acres of the original 83-acre woodland and hay fields where Loring’s homestead sat remain intact.

The farm passed through several owners and was expected to become a housing development when the Skyline organization purchased the property for preservation in 2000. Contributors, including the town of North Yarmouth and local foundations, helped with the purchase.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.