Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.19.19 edition

In this edition: 1) Help count loons in all corners of The County. 2) Bike, hike, run, walk, paddle, or float your way through the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield. 3) Learn about borers and bees and other bugs in Caribou. Plus lots more!



Friday, July 19


FORT FAIRFIELD: Maine Potato Blossom Festival Bike Rodeo. 9:00 a.m. at CP Station Park. For kids ages 12 and under. Bring your bike and helmet and join in the fun! Visit FMI


Saturday, July 20


AROOSTOOK COUNTY: Maine Audubon Loon Count Project. Be a citizen scientist; go to your favorite lake or pond to count loons and help protect them and their lake habitat. The count occurs between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.; the early morning provides an excellent snapshot of our loon population. Registration required. Contact Susan Gallo (207-781-6180 x216) or FMI


FORT FAIRFIELD: Maine Potato Blossom Festival Potato Blossom Poker Run. 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Festival Headquarters, Village Square. Walk or drive to checkpoints to collect poker hand, finishing at the Rec. Center. Buy more hands for more chances to win! Monetary prize to 1st-3rd place hands. Proceeds benefit FFMHS Varsity Cheerleaders


FORT FAIRFIELD: Maine Potato Blossom Festival 5-Miler. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at CP Park across from Hillside IGA, Main St. Walk start: 8:30 a.m. Run start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $15/person; t-shirt to first 70 registrants. Contact Rob Langner (207-227-6075) or FMI


CARIBOU: Nylander Museum Guest Speaker Randy Legasse. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Nylander Museum, 657 Main St. Randy will join us at the Museum to tell us all about the Emerald Ash Borer and how it’s affecting the environment. Contact Nylander Museum (207-493-4209) FMI


Sunday, July 21


FORT FAIRFIELD: Maine Potato Blossom Festival Potato Blossom Tough Tater 5k and Tough Tater Tot 1-mile Obstacle Course. Each course has 10 challenging and fun obstacles; you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to achieve success! Spectators welcome. Food vendors. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Fort Fairfield Middle High School. Tough Tater Tot start: 9:00 a.m. Tough Tater start: 10:00 a.m. Visit FMI


FORT FAIRFIELD: Maine Potato Blossom Festival Flotilla of Fun. 2:00 p.m. at Forbes Landing, 6 mi. north of Fort Fairfield on Rt. 161. Ends at Giggey’s Landing just after FF Bridge. Bring your kayaks and canoes and lifejackets; join us on the Aroostook River for an afternoon of fun. Canoe and kayak rentals available by calling Kayak Country (540-6573). Cost: FREE! Contact Fort Fairfield Parks and Recreation (207-472-3882) FMI


Monday, July 22


CARIBOU: Caribou Public Library Elementary Planetarium Trip. 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Caribou Public Library, 30 High St. Come enjoy one full hour of engaging programs titled HUBBLEVision 2, Summer Stargazing, Losing the Dark, and Solar Quest!

Cost: FREE to elementary students ages 6-13. Registration limited to 40 individuals, including children and adults. Contact Caribou Public Library (207-493-4214) FMI


CARIBOU: Nylander Museum Bee Mini Camp. 1:00–3:00 p.m. at Nylander Museum, 657 Main St. Local beekeeper Randy Martin teaches us all about bees! He’s bringing a bee suit and hive for kids to check out, along with some fun bee and insect activities, like making flower seed bombs to help out our local pollinators! Grades 4-8, though we will take younger students as well! Contact Nylander Museum (207-493-4209) FMI


Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27


WESTON: Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Bats of Maine Walk and Talk. Please join small mammal biologist Shevenell Webb for a presentation at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at First Settlers Lodge, 341 US Route One. After an introduction, venture to a nearby site to perform a bat survey. Those interested are also invited to join an echolocation survey on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI


Sunday, July 28


ISLAND FALLS: 15th Annual Island Falls Lakes Association SummerFest Around the Pond Canoe/Kayak Race. Paddle around Pleasant Pond while helping a local high school student fund their college dreams. Registration: 12:00 p.m. at Birch Point Campground, 33 Birch Point Lane. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Visit FMI


Saturday, August 10


ISALND FALLS: Island Falls Lakes Association SummerFest Paddle on Mattawamkeag. 10:00 a.m. at the Fish and Game dock (off of US Route 2), paddle to the IFLA private islands, and tour around. Enjoy the beauty and explore the untouched nature of this spectacular lake. Following the adventure on the water, we will have a picnic at the Fish and Game club. Visit FMI


Sunday, August 11


HOULTON: SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5k Run/Walk. Cross country style race; may be muddy, contain rough terrain, tree roots, small river bed crossing. Registration: 10:30 a.m. at Houlton Community Park, 94 Randall Ave. Run/Walk start: 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20/person; t-shirt to first 50 registrants. All proceeds to Green Beret Foundation. Visit FMI


Saturday, August 17


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Youth Hockey Hooked on Hockey 5k and Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run. Hosted by CompetitorME. Registration, pre-registration bib pick up: 7:30 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run start: 8:30 a.m. 5k start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $5 race fee + $2 sign-up fee/person. First 50 registrants are guaranteed event shirts. Visit FMI


Sunday, August 18


FORT KENT: 28th 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 3k, 5k, or 10k. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family; individuals must raise $100 in pledges. Supports local cancer patients, families. Visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


CARIBOU: C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration. Weekdays. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or 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


PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board & Ski 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 FMI


CARIBOU: Bike Board & 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 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. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. May-June. Beginner and advanced groups depart from the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cost: FREE! Visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Bike Board & Ski 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 FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Fairmount Cemetery Tour. Second Friday of the month May 10-September 13. 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. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Fourth Saturday of the month April 27-September 28 from 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. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit 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