Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.4.17 edition

In this edition: 1) 5k’s in Houlton, Fort Kent, and Island Falls. 2) Family Fun mixed with a little history in Portage Lake. 3) Outdoorsy stuff with Woodie Wheaton Land Trust in Forest City. Plus lots more!



Saturday, August 5


HOULTON: S1C Aaron Henderson Memorial 5k Run/Walk. Cross country style race; may be muddy, contain rough terrain, tree roots, small river bed crossing. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Houlton Community Park, 94 Randall Ave. Run/Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $20/person; t-shirt to first 100 registrants. All proceeds to Green Beret Foundation. Visit FMI


FORT KENT: UMFK Summer 5k Fun Run. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMFK Sports Center. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit Dylan R. Levesque Memorial Scholarship, which helps students who have overcome adversity and hardship. Cost: $20/person; $10/additional family member Contact Lucas Levesque (207-834-7876) or FMI


PORTAGE LAKE: 3rd Annual Portage Lake Association Family Chub Tournament. Catch the most “trash fish.” No trout, salmon, frozen fish allowed. Derby start: 8:00 a.m. Weigh-in: 1:00 p.m. at Maine Forest Service building, Ranger St. Cost: $5/person. Categories: Children 5-12, Adult, Party Boat (max. 5 people). Prize to participant with largest weigh-in from each category. Contact Larry (207-435-4361) FMI


ISLAND FALLS: Island Falls Summer Fest 5k Pie Run/4k Walk. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Island Falls Municipal Building. Kids’ Run start: 8:45 a.m. Walk/Run start: 9:00 a.m. Winners receive their choice of homemade pies and other delectable desserts. Cost: $10/person. Contact (207-463-2263) or FMI


FOREST CITY: Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Community Pancake Breakfast and Classic Canoe Display. 8:00-9:30 a.m. at WWLT Center, 2 Grove Road. Join friends and neighbors at the height of blueberry season for a hearty breakfast before visiting the outdoor display of classic, old canoes from a by-gone era, weather permitting. Breakfast: $6/person. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI


FOREST CITY: Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Flat Water Canoe and Kayak Paddle. 9:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at WWLT Center, 2 Grove Road. Pack you lunch and your canoe or kayak and join local Maine Guides for a flat water paddle. Tour will launch from the Castle Road landing, paddling across open water to the conserved Big Birch Island. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI


Wednesday, August 9


EAGLE LAKE: St. John Valley Senior College Michaud Camp Outing. 10:00 a.m. at Old Mill Marina, 23 Furlong Rd. Enjoy a boat ride to the Michaud Camps for lunch and learn about the history of the camps. Cost: $15/person SJVSC tuition. Additional $15 should cover lunch; cash only. Pre-register at least two weeks prior to class date. Contact MSAD #27 Continuing Education Office (207-834-3536) FMI


Thursday, August 10–Sunday, August 13


PRESQUE ISLE: Women’s Only Guide School. Hosted by Women of The Maine Outdoors at Presque Isle Fish and Game Club, 360 Parsons Rd. A class made just for women to become a Maine Guide. Fins & Furs Adventures will be teaching the course. Contact Fins & Furs Adventures (207-474-5430) FMI


Friday, August 11-Sunday, August 13


FORT KENT: Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. Begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday; scales open until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Muskie fishing is considered one of the greatest freshwater sports fish challenges in all of North America. The scenic St. John River has over 225 miles of prime habitat for Muskie fishing. Registration: open until Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Cost: $40/adult, $20/youth under 16. Visit FMI


Friday, August 11


PRESQUE ISLE: PI Historical Society Guided Historic Fairmount Cemetery Tour. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, 3 Houlton Road. 1.5-hour guided walking tour; discuss origins, Victorian influences, 30 local historic figures. Many hills on tour. Cost: $5; reservations required. Contact Kimberly Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


Saturday, August 12


MADAWASKA: Madawaska Athletic Boosters 5k Color Run. Grab your friends for a Color Run through Madawaska; dress in white and let us supply the color! Registration: 7:00 a.m. at Madawaska Multi-Purpose Building, 160 7th Ave. Race start: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $30/adult (18 & up), $15/youth (11-17); pre-registration (by July 15) includes t-shirt, one color packet, contribution to Boosters. Contact Mindy Braley (207-728-7069)


HOULTON: Hodgdon High School My School Color Run. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Millar Arena, 94 Randall Ave. Run start: 9:00 a.m. Untimed 5k fun run/walk. Several color splash zones throughout course; end with a color toss. Cost: $25/before July 29; includes t-shirt, color packet, race bib. Contact Anita Levesque (207-694-0314) or or visit FMI


MARS HILL: Mars Hill Mountain Challenge. **Canceled**

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Sunday, August 13


PRESQUE ISLE: Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at University of Maine Presque Isle, 181 Main St. A fun afternoon filled with BBQ, bounce house, face painting, and a walk around campus to help support Make-A-Wish. Donations greatly appreciated. Contact Dawn Larrabee or visit FMI


Wednesday, August 16


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Rec & Parks Cross County Running. Learn the value of being physically active, how much fun running on all terrain can be. All levels of runners in grades 3-5 welcome. Registration deadline: Aug. 16. Meets Aug. 21-Sept. 29 at Mantle Lake Park. All runners: Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m. Grades 3-4: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. Grade 5: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30. Contact Chris Beaulieu (207-764-2545) FMI


Saturday, August 19


PRESQUE ISLE: 2nd Annual United Way of Aroostook Book It for Reading. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park, 110 Pine St. Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run start: 9:00 a.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Cost: Fun Run: $10/person; 5k: $ 25/person; increases post August 3. T-shirt to first 50 registrants, all registrants select book of choice at finish line! Visit FMI


HOULTON: Aroostook County Walk Like MADD 2017. Do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Houlton Rec., 128 Main St. Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Visit FMI


SHIN POND: Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 5k Relay. Course weaves through pristine KWW National Monument; mostly dirt logging roads. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at 100 yds. past Matagamon Wilderness Store & Camps. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $30/5k Solo, $35/10k Solo, $55/10k Team. Evening fun, food, entertainment at Shin Pond Village after race. Visit FMI


PORTAGE LAKE: Portage Lake Whoopie Pie Festival. 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Portage Lake Municipal Building, 20 School St. Ben’s Trading Post inflatable archery range. Also, vendors selling whoopie pie samples for .25/each, live music, games, bounce house for kids. Cost: FREE! Contact Taunja Jandreau (207-435-4361) FMI


PORTAGE LAKE: Historical Society Canoe Carry, Portage Lake. 7:00 p.m. Join in on this historical re-enactment of the traditional portage from Little Machias Lake to Portage Lake. Distance: 2.1 miles; put in at southwest corner of Portage Lake; land at Picnic Pavilion in Portage. Contact Jim Dumond (207-227-1864) FMI


Sunday, August 20


FORT KENT: 27th Annual Tour de la Vallée. Bring family, friends on a challenging grand tour of the St. John Valley. Bike 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, mountain bike 35 miles, or walk/run 3, 5, or 10 miles. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family; individuals must raise $100 in pledges. Supports local cancer patients, families. Visit FMI


Friday, August 25


VAN BUREN: Class of 2018 Family Fun Glow Run 5k Run/Walk. Run through colored powder stations plus plenty of glow sticks to add to the colors. Registration: 7:30 p.m. at Van Buren High School, 169 Main Street. Run start: 8:00 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Proceeds benefit Van Buren Class of 2018 and Hemophilia Alliance of Maine. Visit FMI


Saturday, August 26


PRESQUE ISLE: UMPI/Wintergreen Arts Color Presque Isle 5k. If life hands you color…run with it! The event is all about fun, fitness and the arts! Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $30/person before 8/1; $40/person after 7/31; free/under 10. Free t-shirt to first 100 registrants. Contact UMPI (207-768-9452) or visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Reservations suggested. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Aroostook River Trip. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Aroostook River from Caribou to Fort Fairfield is a favorite trip for locals and visitors. Learn basic kayaking skills, stop for lunch on the river at “The Ledges.” Cost: $10; includes transportation, gear. Preregistration, bag lunch, snacks required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, September 1


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Grand Falls Gorge/St. John River Boat Trip. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Guided hike around NB’s Grand Falls Gorge; learn the history of what the falls meant to early settlers. 4-hour pontoon boat cruise above Grand Falls; eat lunch aboard the boat, enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape, wildlife. Cost: $50; includes lunch. Preregistration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Monday, September 4


CARIBOU: Viking Run. Kids’ running races on the Caribou High School track; various distances according to age group. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Contact Roy Alden (207-498-3563) or FMI


CARIBOU Labor Day Road Race. 5k walk start: 10:30 a.m. 8k run start: 11:00 a.m. Meet at Caribou High School Ski Building. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI


Ongoing Programs:


DEBOULLIE: Maine Conservation Corps Volunteer Opportunity. Assist MCC Field Team members working on trail corridor maintenance, trail system repainting, stone step work, bog bridging. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills or share your own! No prior trail work experience or minimum time commitment required. Contact Cathy Herr (207-624-6092) or FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: County Strides Running Group. 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


CARIBOU: C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration. Weekdays. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. July 25-27: Baxter State Park I. August 1-3: Baxter State Park II. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) FMI


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours. 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


STOCKHOLM: Sportsmen’s, Inc. Meeting. 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


LIMESTONE: Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting. 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


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Summer Nordic/Biathlon Training. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 4:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Cir. For Nordic skiers grade 6 and up. Goal: build base for next season, introduce skiers to biathlon. Activities include running, biking, roller skiing, hiking; specific strength for Nordic skiing, agility training exercises, games, and FUN! Contact Carl Theriault FMI


CARIBOU: Tuesday Track Workouts. 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 (207-762-0613) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting. 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: Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Meeting. 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


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Meeting. 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


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Walking Group. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Bring lunch. Contact Jacqueline Soucy (207-728-7047) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Women’s Trail Night, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge parking lot, 450 Fort Fairfield Road. May-August. Beginner and advanced groups depart from the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cost: FREE! Visit FMI


FORT FAIRFIELD: Frontier Fish and Game Club. 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