Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.10.16 edition

In this edition: 1) Support #Wildlife in #LimestoneME. 2) #SkiSwaps in #MarsHillME and #FortKentME. 3) A #low-key #TrailRun in #FortKent. Plus lots more! #offugo…


#AroostookThing(s) of the week: It’s ski swap season!

Skis and snowboards. Boots and poles and bindings. Hats and helmets. Goggles and gloves. If you need it to get down the ski hill, you can probably find it at a ski swap.

For those of us in Aroostook, November is ski swap season – four of ‘em between now and Thanksgiving!

To me, the ski swaps are the harbinger of all things good. In my world, that means snow, and of course, skiing.

Among all the amazing goods you can find at ski swaps, don’t forget that they also usually provide a chance to pick up your season passes to your local ski hill. In fact, each of the swaps in our area are sponsored by our four winter fun centers.

Quoggy Jo Ski Center in Presque Isle and Mont Farlagne in Edmundston, NB, get the ski swap train rolling this weekend, with future stops scheduled for Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill and Lonesome Pine in Fort Kent.

Skiers and boarders can sell their old gear and upgrade to new or newer gear, usually at a bargain price.

So if you’re in the market for gear, check out the calendar for all the details. If you’re like me, you may want to just go and browse and revel in the thought of all the snowy goodness soon to come.

If you see me, just smile and wave – I’ll be the guy doing my snow dance!

#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!


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


*Saturday, November 12

Valley Running Veteran’s Weekend Fun Run, Fort Kent. 3:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Approx. 3-8 miles. Hosted by Donald Eno; group trail run as hard or easy as each person wants to make it, followed by drinks, food in town. Try some new trails, meet folks and socialize. Visit FMI


*Sunday, November 13

Escalade Edmundston Climbing Climb to the Top Challenge, Edmundston, NB. 12:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at Complexe Sportif Regional, 169 Boulevard Hébert. Our friendly competition is back this year; we invite you to participate. From beginner to advanced, young or older, we have a variety of challenges for you.  Door prizes and participant prizes are to be given out during the event. Cost: $10. Contact Edmundston Climbing (506-739-2122) or visit 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 19

Winter Weather Spotter Training, Caribou. 9:00 a.m. at National Weather Service, 810 Main Street. If you’re interested in becoming one of our volunteer weather spotters, please attend this training session. Cost: free. Contact Donald Dumont FMI


*Saturday, November 19

Valley Running Group Fun Run, Fort Kent. 9:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Hosted by Donald Eno. A fun trot around the trails, followed by coffee and chat. Mileage depends on what folks want to do; could be anywhere from 3 to 10 miles. All runners welcome; spread the word. Visit FMI


*Thursday, November 24

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High School Booster Club Turkey Trot 5k, Fort Kent. Race start: 8:00 a.m. Cost: $10/student, $15/person, $45/family (3 or more people). T-shirt to first 50 registrants. Awards: fresh baked pie, handmade original plaque to first Male, Female finishers per age group/category. Contact Davis Cyr (207-231-0821) or 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


*Friday, December 9

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


*Saturday, December 10

Millinocket Marathon & Half, Millinocket. Race start: 10:00 a.m. at 27 Poplar St. Grass roots run/race. Pre-registration required. Cost: FREE! In lieu of entry fee ALL runners encouraged to spend race entry equivalent in town to help local economy. Why? Because this is one of our Maine towns that has been really hurt by their mill closing and a grass roots effort like this can and does help. Visit 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


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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