Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.27.16 edition

In this edition: 1) #Haunted walks in #CaribouME, #EagleLakeME, and #WoodlandME. 2) Make your own #birdfeeder in #PresqueIsleME. 3) A costumed run in #FortKentME. Plus lots more! #offugo…

#AroostookThing of the week: The 1st Annual Fort Kent Outdoor Center Team USA vs. Team Canada Halloween 5k/10k Trail Race in Fort Kent.

Sometimes, running can feel like a chore.

Some people are born to run; they need to run to de-stress, clear their minds, stay on track.

Some people run for fitness and some run just for fun.

If you fall into any of these categories, or even if you really don’t like to run, like me, you may want to consider a fun running event this weekend in Fort Kent.

The 1st Annual Fort Kent Outdoor Center Team USA vs. Team Canada Halloween Trail Race featured a 1k Kids’ Race for those 12 and under, as well as 5k and 10k courses for the older set.

Runners in costume receive time bonus in the 5k and 10k races. So, you could run faster just by donning that Superman or Wonder Woman costume that you’ve been saving just for this occasion.

Registration is at 10:30 a.m. at FKOC, which is located at 33 Paradis Circle.

The kids’ race starts at 11:45 a.m. and the 5k/10k race starts at 12:00 p.m. Cost is $15/runner, though the kids’ run. Contact Jeff Dubis FMI


#AroostookNote: Here’s a #DYK for you: Did you know that the Offugo blog page also features a Google Calendar that lists all the events in a format that you can sync and share? Check it out here: go to, then click on the “offugo… Google CALENDAR” link!


Thursday, October 27

Woodstock Rec. Zombie 3k Run, Woodstock, NB. Cross-country run through Connell Park while being chased by Zombies, who will try to take your 3 lives before you return to finish line. Prizes, awards following race. Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. at AYR Motor Centre, 105 Connell Park Rd. Zombies come out at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic)! Cost: $10/adult; $5/student with ID. Zombies needed. Contact Jill Dunnett FMI


Thursday, October 27

Katahdin Revitalization Speaker’s Series: The Future of Maine’s Forest Economy, East Millinocket. 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, 1 Dirigo Dr. Learn about potential of Maine’s forests, what it means for communities on the edge of Maine’s vast forest land; big picture trends, emerging technologies, what industry looks for when relocating to a community. Q&A. Cost: Free. Contact Jessica Masse (207-746-5741) or FMI


Friday, October 28

Caribou Class of 2017 Haunted Walk, Caribou. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Caribou High School track/ski trails, 308 Sweden St. Cost: $4/person. Music, concessions provided! Proceeds support Project Graduation. Contact Heidi Lamothe (207-498-3775) FMI


Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29

Eagle Lake Haunted Forest, Eagle Lake. Walk through the scariest trail you will ever experience filled with monsters, killers, and sadistic clowns. Come if you dare! 7:00-11:00 p.m. each night. Contact Sandra L. Fournier (207-444-5511) FMI


Saturday, October 29

Aroostook Birders Winter at the Bird Feeder Presentation, Presque Isle. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 Tractor Supply, 23 Houlton Rd. Our feathered friends could use your help as the temperatures drop, and you will have the pleasure of seeing birds up close in your yard if you put out feeders for them. Stop by our table at Tractor Supply in Presque Isle to say hello and pick up tips for feeding the birds this winter. See you there! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


Saturday, October 29

Woodland School Haunted Walk, Woodland. 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Woodland Consolidated School, 844 Woodland Center Road. Join us for a spooktacular time and an experience you’ll never forget! Tractor rides, delicious snacks, drinks available. Cost: $3/person. Contact Woodland Consolidated School (207-496-2981) FMI


Sunday, October 30

1st Annual Fort Kent Outdoor Center Team USA vs. Team Canada Halloween 5k/10k Trail Race, Fort Kent. 1k Kids’ Race (12 and under). Runners in costume receive time bonus in 5k, 10k races. Registration: 10:30 a.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Kids’ race start: 11:45 a.m. 5k/10k race start: 12:00 p.m. Cost: $15/runner; Free/Kids’ Run. Contact Jeff Dubis FMI


Tuesday, November 1

Baxter State Park Winter Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. 8:00 a.m. at BSP Authority, 64 Balsam Dr. Any winter overnight use, or any winter above-treeline travel, including day-use, requires a winter registration form. Reservations must be received in the BSP office at least 7 working days before your trip. Visit FMI


Thursday, November 3

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Tree Swallow Box Building Workshop, Caribou. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Caribou Rec. 55 Bennett Dr. Concerned about nature, natural approaches to control insects? Class discusses benefits of tree swallow boxes, why these birds are on the decline, construct boxes to take home and put up in your yard. Preregistration required. Cost: $20; all materials, tools provided. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Saturday, November 5

Aroostook Birders Long Lake Tour, Sinclair. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meet at Sinclair boat launch parking lot by the bridge. Join us on a jaunt around Long Lake to see the last migrants leaving the state. Carpool around the lake stopping at promising spots, finishing up at Lakeview Restaurant for lunch. We can always count on seeing spawning salmon even if the bald eagles scare away all the birds! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


Saturday, November 5

Mont Farlagne Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap, Edmundston, NB. 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic Time) in the Avalanche Bar in the base lodge. Contact Mont Farlagne (877-837-7669) or visit FMI


Saturday, November 5

Run The River, Nackawic, NB. 10k/5k/3krunning races and 1k Kids’ Fun Run. Prize money awarded to top 3 male/female in each distance. Race start: 9:30 a.m. (Atlantic Time) at Nackawic Shopping Mall, 135 Otis Dr. Register online only by Nov. 4 at Cost: $25/age 14 and over, $12/age 13 and under, FREE/Kids’ 1k. Contact Greg MacFarlane (506- 450-5802) or or visit FMI


*Saturday, November 5

Francis Malcolm Science Center Presentation: Close Encounters Of The 1975 Kind!, Easton. 7:00 p.m. at FMSC. Our seasonal remembrance of the eerie UFO Encounter at the former Loring Air Force Base in autumn, 1975. Weather permitting, stirring sky watching will follow the program. Bring your telescopes or binoculars, and dress appropriately. Cost: $5/adult, $3/student. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) FMI


Sunday, November 6

Quoggy Jo Ski Club Ski & Winter Sports Sale, Presque Isle. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Presque Isle Rec. Center. Consignments accepted from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Area ski shops will be on hand with new and used gear! Contact Gene Cronin (207-540-1496) or FMI


Saturday, November 12

Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday Event, Limestone. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at ANWR Visitors’ Center, 97 Refuge Rd. This event marks our annual membership drive and nature store sale. Come hike the trails and renew your membership or become a new member. 5-25% discount on Nature Store purchases made that day. Visit FMI


Saturday, November 12

Bigrock Ski Swap and Sale, Mars Hill. Old ski gear taking up space in your home? Looking for rock-bottom prices on ski stuff for the upcoming season? Then you better get to Bigrock! Last day to buy early bird season passes! Consignment intake: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sale: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Thursday, November 17

Caribou Rec./Northern Skiers Club Youth XC Ski Rental Night, Caribou. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Caribou Wellness Center. Seasonal rentals available for Caribou youth; includes skis, boots, poles, and carrier. Cost: $70. Volunteers needed. Contact CPRD (207-493-4224) FMI


Saturday, November 19–Sunday, November 20

Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Swap and Sale, Fort Kent. Ski sale registration: Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Ski sale: Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m. Discounted season passes available both days. Contact LPT (207-834-5202) or visit FMI


Saturday, November 26

Turkey Trot 5k, Caribou. Walk start: 9:45 a.m. at Caribou High School. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Contact Evan Graves (207-226-0711) or FMI


Tuesday, November 29

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Show and Tell with Paul Cyr, Caribou. 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Caribou Rec. 55 Bennett Dr. Paul’s name is synonymous with photography in Aroostook County. Find out how he is able to accomplish such amazing photography; sit back, enjoy a show and tell and Q&A opportunity on Paul’s work. Preregistration required. Cost: FREE. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or 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


Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours, Easton. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s new, full-dome, digital projection system, featuring a 30-minute activity; 15 minutes in the star theater, 15 minutes to visit the facility at large. Cost: $5/visitor; reservations requested. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) 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


Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting, Limestone. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Founded in 1998, Friends are involved in a number of volunteer projects on the ANWR in an effort to balance the enhancing of habitat with the public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or 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


Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Meeting, Presque Isle. Last Tuesday of each month; 5:30 p.m. at PIFG clubhouse, Parsons Road. Established in 1947 to help protect, conserve, maintain and restore our natural resources as well as to protect and promote our outdoor heritage. Meetings include a delicious supper, cash bar, short business meeting. Visit FMI


Central Aroostook Humane Society Walk-A-Dog Wednesdays, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Central Aroostook Humane Society, 26 Cross St. Stop in to CAHS any Wednesday in October, take one of our resident dogs for a walk…and Pat’s Pizza will thank you with a $5 gift certificate! Contact CAHS (207-764-3441) FMI


Four Seasons 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


Fort Fairfield Frontier Fish and Game Club, Fort Fairfield. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (fourth Wednesdays during summer); 6:00 p.m. at FFFFG clubhouse on Monson Pond, 550 Dorsey Rd. Founded in 1958 to help conserve, protect, maintain, and restore our natural resources and to promote our outdoor heritage. Visit FMI


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