Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.10.15 edition

Will it be a #WhiteChristmas? #WarmTemps (for this time of year). #AroostookThing 

In this edition: 1) One local #SkiArea opens for the season in Edmundston, #NewBrunswick. 2) A free #marathon and #HalfMarathon in #Millinocket, #Katahdin. 3) Support local wildlife, find a #ChristmasGift, and go for a #hike in #Limestone. Plus lots more! #offugo…


Friday, December 11

Mont Farlagne Opening Day, Edmundston, NB. 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic time). Lifts open for our 47th season! Visit FMI


Friday, December 11

Aroostook County Conservation Association Meeting: Save Our Whitetail, Presque Isle. 6:30 p.m. at Northeastland Hotel. Guest Speaker: Dick Fortier, northern area IF&W advisory council representative. Agenda: Getting your questions answered. Everyone Welcome! Contact ACCA (207-592-2516) or FMI


Saturday, December 12

Millinocket Marathon & Half, Millinocket. 10:00 a.m. at 27 Poplar St. Grass roots run/race. Route: 13.1 miles; run two loops for full marathon. Cost: FREE! In lieu of entry fee ALL runners encouraged to spend race entry equivalent in town to help local economy. Visit FMI


Saturday, December 12

Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday Event, Limestone. We will be open from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for a chance to do last-minute gift shopping, renew your membership. Bundle up to hike the trails then come inside the Visitor’s Center to make a birdseed ornament for outdoor use. Visit FMI


Wednesday, December 16

Snowshoe Making Book Signing, Presque Isle. 2:00 p.m. at Turner Memorial Library. Author Brian Theriault shares his how-to book “Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition.” Photos, diagrams, handcrafted snowshoe display to assist the reader in developing an appreciation for winter sports, creating your own snowshoes. Contact Turner Memorial Library 207-764-2571 FMI


*Saturday, December 19

Bigrock Mountain Opening Day, Mars Hill. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It’s the day you’ve waited eight months and one week for: Bigrock opens for the season! Kick off the ski/snowboard season at Bigrock! Weather permitting. Visit FMI


*Saturday, December 19

Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Caribou. 6:45 a.m. at Tim Horton’s on Bennett Drive. All are welcomed for this long-standing day-long holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! We will break up into groups, assign coverage areas and begin our day. Please join us! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Sunday, December 27-Tuesday, December 29

Fort Kent Outing Club Nordic Ski Festival, Fort Kent. Looking for great Christmas snow for Nordic skiing? Look no further than FKOC, host of World Cup Biathlon, national, regional ski events. This year’s festival will feature a variety of events and lots of fun.  Visit FMI


Friday, January 1, 2016

Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Presque Isle. We invite you to join us for all or part of this day-long count in the Presque Isle area; all welcomed for this long-standing holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, January 9-Sunday, January 10

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Regional Biathlon Competition, Fort Kent. Regional citizens’ series to give novices/youth a chance to enter low-pressure biathlon competitions to gain experience, as well as for more experienced athletes. Very low key races, similar to a time trial; just an opportunity to race for anybody. Visit FMI


*Thursday, January 14

Baxter State Park Summer Camping Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in-person only at Baxter State Park Authority Headquarters, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket. Only 20% of each campground may be reserved; two reservation limit per person or camp group. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at FMI


Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI


UMPI Meteorology Course, Presque Isle. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 19-May 12; 12:30-1:45 p.m. Learn about basic weather systems, how to identify cloud formations and interpret what they mean in terms of upcoming weather. Emphasis placed on northern Maine weather. Contact Ted Shapiro (207-764-4461) or FMI


Sportsmen’s Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit FMI


Four Season Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit FMI


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