If you grew up in Augusta, if you’ve been around Augusta for a while, or if you’ve been to Farrington School in Augusta… you know Goose, Georgie the Goose or Goosey. If you remember Goose, you’ll love the book written by Barbara Walsh. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, and artist Abby Grieg created the book “The Goose Lady” which is now available.
Goose is a goose statue that was concreted for years and years stood on the lawn at 71 Eastern, also known as Rockland Road, in Augusta. If you lived or traveled in this area, Goose was part of the experience. Goose was a gift to Marjorie Been Scott from her daughters. When the lawn ornament arrived, there was a raincoat and a hat. Marjorie, aka The Goose Lady, decided that wasn’t good enough, and she started sewing a wardrobe for Goose. The Goose ended up with over 100 outfits to suit the weather, the holidays, and the celebrations.
The goose was in the front yard for 23 years. As Marjorie grew, her daughters stepped in to make sure Goose was always charming to kids, adults, commuters, tourists and the community with Goose’s everyday fashion choices.
After Marjorie passed away, Goose needed a new home.
Goose and the Wardrobe now live just up the street at Farrington Elementary School. Goose is there to greet the kids, and each day a kid gets the honor of choosing Goose’s outfit for the day.
It’s a touching story that comes to life in Barbara’s book, which is now available on Amazon. You can contact Barbara directly via its website. Better yet, you can pick up the book at one of Barbara’s local book readings:
-Saturday June 5: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Camp KV, 916 Main Street, Readfield, Healthy Kids Day event.
-Saturday June 12: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Art Walk Shop & Studio, 121 Main St., Winthrop
-Tuesday June 22: 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Augusta Rotary Club
-Saturday July 17: 11 a.m. to noon, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta, children’s book reading program