Aroostook Outdoor News: 9.7.18 edition

In this edition: 1) A historic tour in Presque Isle. 2) Learn about mushrooms in Fort Kent. 3) A colorful run in Houlton. Plus lots more!

Events:

 

Friday, September 7

 

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

 

Sunday, September 9

 

FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Mushroom Walk. 1:30–3:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Cir. There are so many mushrooms on the FKOC trails. Here is your chance to find out what their names are and more about them! Contact Laura Audibert la4568@roadrunner.com FMI

 

Saturday, September 15

 

FORT FAIRFIELD: Aroostook Birders Christina Reservoir Shorebirds Walk. 8:00-11:00 a.m. Meet at reservoir access point on Conant (Townline) Rd. One of the best spots to see a diversity of migrating shorebirds; almost 20 different species seen here! Walk the dike and scan the shores at a peak time for species diversity and numbers. Spotting scopes available. Rain or shine. Visit www.aroostookbirders.com FMI

 

HOULTON: Houlton High School Classes of 2019 & 2021 5k Color Splash FUNDrun. Untimed fun run. Check-in: 8:00 a.m. at John Millar Civic Center, 43 Randall Ave. Run start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $25/person before August 31; includes race bib, color packet, t-shirt. Visit www.secure.getactivefundraising.com/event/2018-Houlton-ColorfunRun FMI

 

HOULTON: Link For Hope Recovery Walk. 9:30 a.m. at Houlton Recreation Department, 128 Main St. Join the community in a walk through town to raise awareness for drug addiction and the recovery process. People will have the opportunity to share their stories or speak in honor/memory of a loved one. Visit www.facebook.com/events/309675549798801 FMI

 

Saturday, September 22

 

PRESQUE ISLE: SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Zip Lining Day Trip. Join us as we carpool and convoy to Drummond, NB to Open Sky Adventures! Over 20 zips, 40 stations overlooking the gorge, 40ft rock wall. Cost: $36/person; includes equipment, training. Please bring a bag lunch! Contact MSAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/zip-line-trip?search=zip FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: PI Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. This 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. Fee: FREE! Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

 

Saturday, September 29

 

FORT KENT: Northern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Park, 416 West Main St. Ceremony: 9:00 a.m. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Route Length: 2 miles. Contact Katie Luce (207-772-0115) or ksluce@alz.org FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: TAMC Colors of Courage 5k/10k Run/Walk. Celebrate, support cancer survivors! Registration: 8:30 a.m. at TAMC, 140 Academy St. Champions’ Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Champions’ Lap: 9:45 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run: 10:15 a.m. 5k/10k start: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $20/person before 9/29, $25/person day of race, FREE/Kids’ Fun Run. Visit www.tamc.org/colorsofcourage FMI

 

Sunday, September 30

 

PRESQUE ISLE: UMPI Alumni and All-Comers XC 5k. Race start: 11:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Park Family Field (soccer field complex). Contact Chris Smith (207-768-4972) or christopher.smith@umpi.edu FMI

 

Tuesday, October 2

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Youth Mountain Biking. Tuesdays; 3:30 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. 5-week program for grades 4-6. Good trail riding, see sights around the mountain. Cost: $35/student. Bikes available for use or bring your own. Contact MSAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/mountain-biking1?search=biking FMI

 

Thursday, October 4

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Youth Trail Hiking. Thursdays; 3:30 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. 5-week program for students of all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking the trails. Cost: $35/student. Transportation from school provided. Contact MSAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/trail-hiking1?search=hiki FMI

 

Friday, October 5-Saturday, October 6

PRESQUE ISLE: Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Haunted Woods Walk. 6:00-9:00 p.m. each night at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. We are amping up the scares this year! DJ show, food, fun! Not for the faint of heart; strongly recommended for age 13 and over only. Cost: $5/person. Contact CACC (207-764-6561) or visit www.centralaroostookchamber.com FMI

 

Saturday, October 6

 

PATTEN: Stars Over Katahdin. Explore Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and view the amazing night sky over Maine’s tallest mountain. Activities include: guided Barnard Mountain hike, guided mountain bike ride into Orin Falls, campfire chats and s’mores, guided night sky viewing with experts. Visit www.meetup.com/Katahdin-Communities-Outing-Club/events/253644375 FMI

 

Ongoing Programs:

 

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 www.facebook.com/groups/447181508818122 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

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Group Mountain Bike Ride. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Welcome Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Year-round, conditions permitting. All abilities, no-drop ride. 7-10 miles; 6-8 mph avg. Focus on technical riding skills, group riding, having fun. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or info@bikeboardandski.com FMI

 

CARIBOU: Bike, Board and Ski Group Road Bike Ride. Tuesdays; 5:30 p.m. at SW Collins, 6 Washburn St. All abilities welcome; multiple groups/routes depending on abilities. Casual ride of 20-30 miles; 12-18 mph avg. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety, etiquette, having fun. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or info@bikeboardandski.com 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: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Women’s Trail Night. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge parking lot. May-June. Beginner and advanced groups depart from the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cost: FREE! Visit www.facebook.com/groups/823219364374296 FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Group Mountain Bike Ride. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Welcome Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Year-round, conditions permitting. Faster group ride for intermediate to advanced riders. 10-13 miles; 8-10 mph avg. Focus on shredding the trails, group riding, having fun. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or info@bikeboardandski.com FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board & Ski Training Group Road Bike Ride. Thursdays; 5:30 p.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. Experienced riders; road bike only. 25-40 miles; 18+ mph avg. Be ready to work hard and hang on! May regroup if someone gets worked, falls off the back; can’t keep up be prepared to find your way home. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or info@bikeboardandski.com FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 20-30 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph. All abilities ride; no mountain bikes. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety and etiquette. Spirited at times, but we regroup several times along the way. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or andrew@bikeboardandski.com FMI

 

Meetings:

 

PRESQUE ISLE: UMPI-SAGE Outing Club. SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education) organizes and carries out several outdoor activities every season. Events planned for this fall are: geocaching at Nordic Heritage Sport Center, biking and walking local trails across Aroostook County and Perth Andover, NB, Canada. Join the fun in planning, organizing and attending these activities. Contact the SAGE office (207-768-9501) 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. Get involved in volunteer projects at ANWR in effort to balance enhancing of habitat with public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or friendsofanwr@gmail.com 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 www.nordicheritagecenter.org FMI

 

FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Meeting. First Wednesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. The Fort Kent Outdoor Center promotes healthy outdoor lifestyles by providing a first-rate facility, trail system, and recreational activities for members, athletes, and visitors. Visit www.fortkentoc.org 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 www.fourseasonstrail.org FMI