Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.9.18 edition

In this edition: 1) A tour to view the last birds to leave Aroostook on their southward migration in Sinclair. 2) Rent cross country skis for the season in Caribou. 3) Gear up for downhill and cross country skiing at a ski sale and swap in Fort Kent. Plus lots more!



Saturday, November 10


SINCLAIR: Aroostook Birders Long Lake Tour. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Sinclair boat launch by the bridge. Join us on a carpool jaunt around Long Lake to see the last migrants leaving the state, stopping at promising spots, finishing at Lakeview Restaurant for lunch. We can always count on seeing spawning salmon too! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


Thursday, November 15


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec/Northern Skiers Club Youth XC Ski Rental Night. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Caribou Wellness Center. Seasonal rentals available for Caribou youth; includes skis, boots, poles, equipment bag. Cost: $55. Volunteers needed. Contact CPRD (207-493-4224) FMI


Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18


FORT KENT: Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Swap and Sale. Ski sale consignment 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 17


MARS HILL: Bigrock Mountain Dinner and Dance Fundraiser. 5:00-11:00 p.m. at Bigrock, 37 Graves Rd. Dinner: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dance: 8:00-11:00 p.m.; 21+ event featuring Cunningham/Haines. Cost: Dinner only: $20/age 13 and up, $10/age 12 and under; Dinner & dance: $30/age 21 and up. 100% of proceeds support programs, events at Bigrock Mountain, a 501c3 nonprofit. Contact Travis Kearney (207-227-1385) FMI


Monday, November 19


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec Early Release Day Special Program: Swimming & Rock Climbing at UMPI. Noon-4:00 p.m. For students in grades 4-8. Cost: $5/student. Contact Caribou Parks and Rec (207-493-4224) FMI


Saturday, November 24


CARIBOU: Turkey Trot 5k. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Caribou High School, 308 Sweden St. Walk start: 9:45 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $14/person; long-sleeved t-shirt to first 75 registrants. Contact Evan Graves (207-226-0711) or FMI


Tuesday, November 27


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec. PRESKISON Ski Program. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 p.m.; November 27-December 20. For youth in grades 5-8. Adventure to different locations to find activities to keep moving: mountain biking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, ice skating. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20/person. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, November 30


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Welcome Winter Social. 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle. This year’s event has a little twist: Membership Drive and Social AND a Murder Mystery Party! Come as a suspect or feel free to mingle and watch the investigation unfold. Pot luck appetizers, cash bar. Cost: $3/member; $5/non-member. Visit FMI


Saturday, December 1


MARS HILL: Bigrock Mountain Ski Swap and Sale. 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: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sale: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Tuesday, December 4


FORT KENT: St. John Valley Senior College: Fort Kent Outdoor Center History and Tour. 1:00-2:30 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Learn about the history of the FKOC, tour the facilities, and hear how this organization helps connect the community’s past to its future. Includes optional hike or snowshoe trek. Cost: $15; includes all classes for current term. Contact Valley Unified Continuing Education (207-834-3536) FMI


Ongoing Programs:


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


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


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s 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


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




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 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


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 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