Aroostook Outdoor News: 9.17.15 edition

#OneMoreWeek of #heat! #GetOutside #EnjoyIt #WontLastLong #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) An #AppalachianTrail #Festival in #Millinocket. 2) #Shooting clinics for #women and #kids in #PresqueIsle and #Bridgewater. 3) #Races in #Caribou and #Houlton. Plus lots more! #offugo…


*Friday, September 18

Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce Walk America’s First Mile, Fort Kent. Pick up a First Mile Passport at the Chamber Office at 291 West Main between 8:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.; be one of the first 40 people to get five stamps or signatures in your book and get a free commemorative t-shirt! Visit FMI


Friday, September 18

Trails End Festival Hard Core Project, Millinocket. 7:00 a.m. at Appalachian Trail Lodge. A yearly festival tradition and a way to give back to the Appalachian Trail; work on the AT, earn a Trails End Hard Core patch, then enjoy a BBQ at the AT Lodge. It is a hard day’s work but a lot of fun! Contact Appalachian Trail Lodge (207-723-4321) FMI


Friday, September 18

Trails End Festival Walk with a Local Naturalist, Millinocket. 3:30 p.m. at Crandall Park; walk along Michaud Trail with local naturalist; explore the natural resources in downtown Millinocket, learn about native and invasive species of plants, and the birds and insects that pollinate them. Contact Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce (207-723-4443) FMI


Friday, September 18-Saturday, September 19

PI Fish & Game Club Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic, Presque Isle. An opportunity for women to learn all about firearms, shooting skills, safe firearms handling, how to store firearms safely. What are you waiting for? Come join the fun! Class limited to 30 students, based on a first come, first serve basis. Visit FMI


Saturday, September 19

Kicking Bear Bow Shooting Clinic, Bridgewater. Free Bow Shooting Clinic and Adventure Day for kids ages 5–15. Meet renowned bow hunter Ray Howell in person. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Smoldering Lake Outfitters, 129 Snow Rd. Contact Dave Hentosh (207-551-3426) FMI


Saturday, September 19

Caribou Rec. Caribou Adventure Challenge 5k, Caribou. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Otter Street Park & Ride. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $15/adult, $10/student, $40/family of 4; t-shirt to first 50 registrants. Prizes: 1st overall male, female, two-person, and four-person teams. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Saturday, September 19

5th Annual Riverfront Harvest Festival 5k, Houlton. Great old-fashioned family fun day: games, vendors, lots more! Registration: 9:00 a.m. in Riverfront Park. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $12; t-shirt to first 50 registrants. Contact Chris Rines (207-532-4216) or visit FMI


Saturday, September 19

Trails End Festival Millinocket Stream Canoe Trip, Millinocket. 10:00 a.m. at Crandall Park; carpool to put-in. Led by Registered Maine Guide Greg Friel. Limited number of canoes available, or bring your own canoe or kayak. All children must be accompanied by parent; young children must have own PFD. Contact Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce (207-723-4443) FMI


Saturday, September 19

Trails End Festival “Learn how to paddle!” Trip, Millinocket. 1:00 p.m. Join Greg Friel, Registered Maine Guide, for lessons and demonstrations of kayak and canoe techniques. All equipment provided. Contact Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce (207-723-4443) FMI


*Sunday, September 20

The Terry Fox Run, Edmundston, Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Woodstock, NB. In 1980. Terry made Canadian history with his Marathon of Hope. Help celebrate his legacy of fundraising for cancer research by joining a local run in northwest New Brunswick. Visit FMI


Sunday, September 20

UMPI Outing Club Katahdin Hiking Trip, Presque Isle. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to sign up for our events! Call for information about non-UMPI student prices. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


Sunday, September 20

Trails End Festival Hike the Bait Hole Trip, Millinocket. 9:30 a.m. at the bandstand in the park; join local trail expert Don Nodine for 60-90 minute hike on the Bait Hole Trail. Contact Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce (207-723-4443) FMI


Sunday, September 20

UMPI Alumni and All-Comers XC Race, Presque Isle. Distance: 5k. Race start: 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Park Family Field (soccer field complex). Contact Chris Smith (207-768-4972) or FMI


Sunday, September 20

Four Seasons Trails Fall Foliage Festival, Madawaska. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Guided nature walks and bike trail tours, horse and wagon rides, youth games, family bean hole bean lunch with hot dogs, corn on the cob, ployes. Visit FMI


Thursday, September 24

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Red River Camps Tour, Deboullie. Host Jen Brophy will provide a tour, sit down lunch, and talk about the history of Red River Camps in the Deboullie Township; visit nearby trout ponds and Red River Falls. Fee: $35; includes transportation and lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Thursday, September 24

Make-A-Wish Maine Walk for Wishes, Presque Isle. Proceeds help grant wishes for young people with life threatening illness; every donation helps make a child’s wish come true. Registration: 6:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room. Walk start: 7:00 p.m. Contact Pete Lento (207-762-1693) or FMI


Saturday, September 26

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Woodstock, NB. Join us from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) and help clean up the Meduxnekeag Shoreline; help keep our waters healthy for everyone. Meet in the back parking lot of NBCC. Contact Geneva (506-328-1100) FMI


Saturday, September 26

PenAir 5k On The Runway, Presque Isle. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Northern Maine Regional Airport. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, Kids’ Healthy Habits Session during Adult Race, Dash For Cash. Proceeds benefit Crown Critical Care Transport. Visit FMI


Saturday, September 26

Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-hour, two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third St. Cost: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Tour cancelled in inclement weather. Contact PIHS (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


Saturday, September 26

Run For Your Life 3rd Annual Zombie Apocalypse 5k Walk/Shuffle/Run, Caribou. Watch out for the Zombies who will be waiting around every corner! Registration: 11:00 a.m. at Cary Medical Center Trails/Cary Rehab. Race start: 12:00 p.m. Fee: $10; includes t-shirt (while they last). Contact Graham Warne (207-328-4052) or FMI


Saturday, September 26

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Twilight Hike and Poker Run, Fort Kent. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at FKOC trails, followed by a social at the lodge around the fire pit. Cost: $10; registration required. Contact Laura Audibert FMI


Wednesday, September 30

Beyond Limits Presentation, Presque Isle. 7:00 p.m. at UMPI Campus Center. This summer, a team that included a person who is a paraplegic did what many thought was impossible: reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin. Join team members for a documentary about the climb, photos, memories, reflections. Cost: FREE; open to everyone. Visit FMI


Saturday, October 3

SAGE Beginner Birding, Presque Isle. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Optional bird walk from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education) members. Learn about winter birds, best bird seed and bird feeders from an expert. Get involved in the Christmas and February Bird Counts. Contact Mary Lawrence (207-768-9502) or FMI


Saturday, October 3

Cary’s Walk for Care, Caribou. 2-mile walk begins and ends at Cary Medical Center. Registration: 9:00 a.m. Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Contact Doris St. Hilaire (207-498-1234) FMI


*Saturday, October 3

River Valley Strength Challenge, Perth-Andover, NB. 12:00 p.m. at River Valley Civic Centre. Event consisting of 7 events where your strength can be shown! The tire flip, farmers walk, keg toss, log lift, atlas stone, rope pull, truck pull. Contact Perth-Andover Recreation Department (506-273-4845) FMI


*Sunday, October 4

Kids’ Bass Tournament, Perth-Andover, NB. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Waterfront Park. Open to ages 14 & under. Cost: FREE; must pre-register at (click on online e-services). Participants must have life jacket, fishing pole, and be accompanied by an adult. Contact Perth-Andover Recreation Department (506-273-4845) FMI


Friday, October 9

Hope & Justice Project Walk It Up, Presque Isle!, Presque Isle. Meet at Turner Memorial Library for a light walk to bring awareness to domestic abuse and sexual violence. Registration: 11:00 a.m. Walk start: 12:00 p.m. Free t-shirt and lunch to those who pre-register. Contact Casey Faulkingham (207-764-2977) or visit FMI


*Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10

Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Haunted Woods Walk, Presque Isle. Music, food and lots of scary fun at Nordic Heritage Center! 7:30-9:30 p.m. each day. Bring flashlights! Trails not recommended for children 12 and under. Cost: $5. Contact Lyn Frederick (207-764-6561) or visit FMI


Saturday, October 10

Colors of Courage 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Celebrate, support cancer survivors! New bicycle, motorcycle route options. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at TAMC. Bike start: 10:00 a.m. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run start: 10:15 a.m. 5k start: 11:00 a.m. BBQ: Noon. Colors of Courage shirts to first 125 registrants. Visit FMI


Saturday, October 10

The Dam Run 10k, Perth-Andover, NB. 10k, 5k, Kids’ 1k races. Registration: 10:00 a.m. at River Valley Civic Centre. Race start: 11:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Run along the beautiful St. John River; pre-register for “I ran the DAM RUN” t-shirt. Cost: $30/adult, $20/student, $10/Kids’ 1k. Contact Tasha Wright (506-273-4845) or FMI


*Saturday, October 17

Aroostook Birders Wild Goose Chase, Caribou. 7:30-11:00 a.m. at Collins Pond Park. Join us for this traditional, non-strenuous fall favorite; 3-hour excursion around Caribou, Limestone, and Fort Fairfield in search of geese, plus other waterfowl, shorebirds and lingering migrants. Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


*Saturday, October 17

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Trail Work Day, Fort Kent. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Many hands needed to update our trail system. We hope you can come and help out and have a fun morning with us and see some new changes to the stadium and some of the trails! Contact Laura Audibert FMI


*Saturday, October 17

Bigrock Mountain Aroostook County’s Toughest Mile, Mars Hill. 1-mile running race on a marked trail from the base of Bigrock to the Summit; push your body to the limit! Race start: 11:00 a.m. Cost: $20. Aroostook County Brew Fest to follow. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-227-8165) or FMI


*Sunday, October 18

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Deboullie Day Hike, Caribou.  Deboullie Reserve offers rugged terrain, numerous ponds, spectacular views. Preregistration required; program restricted to those in excellent shape. Cost: $20; bring bag lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Ongoing Programs:


Fort Kent Outdoor Center Road Bike Ride, Fort Kent. Sundays; 8:00 a.m. behind Irving on Main St. June-September. Rides last 2+ hours and range 20-40 miles. All riders welcome. Come join the fun and experience some great rides. Contact Norm Martin FMI


Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI


Guided Bootlegger Trail Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Sundays; fourth Sunday/month at the end of Chemin Brissette at Pied-du-Lac (Long Lake). The Rivière-Bleue Appalachian Hiking Club invites visitors to get acquainted with The Bootlegger trails, which will connect you with exceptional nature, islands, animal, and a magical setting. Cost: Free! Contact Marielle Landry (418-893-2649) or FMI


NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


MOJO Monday Meander, Presque Isle. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Easy road bike group ride. Average speed: 14-18 mph for 22 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI


Walking Group, Caribou. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Mall parking lot. Open to the public; weather permitting. A good way to exercise and meet new friends. Contact Pauline or Renee (207-492-2079) evenings FMI


Tuesday Track Workouts, Caribou. Tuesdays; 5:15 p.m. at CHS. Join runners of all abilities to do predetermined intervals, your own workout, or just run with others and forget the workout. Average distance: 5-9 miles; can be adapted per individual. Contact PJ Gorneault FMI


Jessome’s Friendly Group Road Bike Ride, Edmundston, NB. Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Jessome’s parking lot. Different routes/distances from 30k to 60k! Average speed: 25-30 kmh. Contact Marc-André Martin (506 735-6292) FMI


River Valley Runners Tuesday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Tuesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Perception of Aroostook Guided Aroostook River Tour, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 4:30 p.m. at Perception of Aroostook, 9 Caribou Rd. Paddle Washburn to Presque Isle; bird watching, lessons, relaxation! 2.5-4 hours. Shuttle Fee: $10; Kayak rental and shuttle: $35. Contact Leo Freeman (207-764-5506) FMI


NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Fort Road trailhead. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


MOJO Good Times Ride, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Moderate road bike group ride. Average speed: 15-18 mph for 20-30 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI


Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB. Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit FMI


River Valley Runners Thursday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Houlton Rec. Adult Running Program, Houlton. Thursdays; 6:00 p.m. at Houlton Rec Center. Start date: August 27; 4-week program will teach safe and proper running; warm-ups, group runs, cool downs. Cost: $10/Houlton resident, $15/non-resident; must be 18 years or older. Contact Houlton Recreation Department (207-532-1310) FMI


Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride, Presque Isle. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 25-35 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph early season, 18-20 mph mid-season. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or FMI


River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


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