Thursday, October 20, 2016

Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.20.16 edition

In this edition: 1) #Haunted history walks in #PresqueIsleME. 2) Live owls in #PresqueIsle. 3) An awareness walk in #CaribouME. Plus lots more! #offugo...

#AroostookThing of the week: The Chewonki Live Owl Presentation in Presque Isle.

Sometimes, some pretty cool outdoors-y things don’t take place outdoors.

Take, for instance, the Chewonki Live Owl Presentation this Saturday at the Presque Isle Library.

It’s pretty rare to catch a glimpse of a real, live owl in its’ natural habitat, right? Can you imagine actually getting up close to one?

Thanks to the Chewonki Foundation and the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, you can See live owls up close and hear a presentation this Saturday, October 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the library, located at 39 Second St.

This program is open to everyone, so bring your cameras and prepare for a really fun hour-long learning experience.

Contact Sonja Plummer Eyler (207-764-2571) FMI

#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!

Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22
Presque Isle Historical Society Haunted Lantern History Tours, Presque Isle. This “slightly scary and kinda’ creepy” nighttime tour of downtown Presque Isle takes you through the old jail (only opened each year for this tour) and thirteen sites where interpreters relate the true history of that particular site by lantern light. Tours begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. each night at Historic Fire Station, 11 Church St. Cost: $5. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or FMI

Saturday, October 22
Chewonki Live Owl Presentation, Presque Isle. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, 39 Second St. See live owls up close and hear a presentation about the Chewonki Foundation. This program is open to everyone. Bring your cameras and prepare for a really fun hour-long learning experience. Contact Sonja Plummer Eyler (207-764-2571) FMI

Saturday, October 22
Unite Against Bullying Walk, Run, or Roll, Caribou. 2 miles. Join us as we raise awareness to Unite Against Bullying! Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Caribou Rec. Center, 55 Bennett Dr. Walk start: 2:00 p.m. Contact Kim Parent (207-540-3659) or visit FMI

Tuesday, October 25
Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series North Maine Woods Trip, Caribou. Meet with NMW Director, tour Maine Woods Company hardwood sawmill in Portage and MooseWood Millworks in Ashland, swing through Portage Wood Products. Cost: $30; includes lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

*Tuesday, October 25
UMPI Science Lunchtime Seminar Series, Presque Isle. 12:15-1:30 p.m.; 201 Folsom Hall, featuring research conducted by UMPI students, faculty, other scientists. Chuck Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist with Maine Medical Center Research Institute, will present “Emergence of tick-borne diseases on the northern New England landscape.” Cost: Free. Community members welcome; bring lunch, join discussion. Contact Dr. Jason Johnston (207-768-9652) or FMI

Tuesday, October 25
SJV Senior College County Sky and Space Seminar, Fort Kent. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Francis Malcolm Science Planetarium in Easton. Why study the sky? This trip will answer this question and many more using both digital and optical technologies. Fort Kent carpool departs UMFK Sport Center at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15 plus $5 lab fee; includes tuition for all SJV Senior College classes that term. Contact MSAD 27 Adult & Community Education Office (207-834-3536) FMI

Thursday, October 27
Woodstock Rec. Zombie 3k Run, Woodstock, NB. Cross-country run through Connell Park while being chased by Zombies, who will try to take your 3 lives before you return to finish line. Prizes, awards following race. Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. at AYR Motor Centre, 105 Connell Park Rd. Zombies come out at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic)! Cost: $10/adult; $5/student with ID. Zombies needed. Contact Jill Dunnett FMI

*Thursday, October 27
Katahdin Revitalization Speaker’s Series: The Future of Maine’s Forest Economy, East Millinocket. 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, 1 Dirigo Dr. Learn about potential of Maine’s forests, what it means for communities on the edge of Maine’s vast forest land; big picture trends, emerging technologies, what industry looks for when relocating to a community. Q&A. Cost: Free. Contact Jessica Masse (207-746-5741) or FMI

Friday, October 28
Caribou Class of 2017 Haunted Walk, Caribou. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Caribou High School track/ski trails, 308 Sweden St. Cost: $4/person. Music, concessions provided! Proceeds support Project Graduation. Contact Heidi Lamothe (207-498-3775) FMI

Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29
Eagle Lake Haunted Forest, Eagle Lake. Walk through the scariest trail you will ever experience filled with monsters, killers, and sadistic clowns. Come if you dare! 7:00-11:00 p.m. each night. Contact Sandra L. Fournier (207-444-5511) FMI

*Saturday, October 29
Aroostook Birders Winter at the Bird Feeder Presentation, Presque Isle. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 Tractor Supply, 23 Houlton Rd. Our feathered friends could use your help as the temperatures drop, and you will have the pleasure of seeing birds up close in your yard if you put out feeders for them. Stop by our table at Tractor Supply in Presque Isle to say hello and pick up tips for feeding the birds this winter. See you there! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI

Saturday, October 29
Woodland School Haunted Walk, Woodland. 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Woodland Consolidated School, 844 Woodland Center Road. Join us for a spooktacular time and an experience you'll never forget! Tractor rides, delicious snacks, drinks available. Cost: $3/person. Contact Woodland Consolidated School (207-496-2981) FMI

Sunday, October 30
1st Annual Fort Kent Outdoor Center Team USA vs. Team Canada Halloween 5k/10k Trail Race, Fort Kent. 1k Kids’ Race (12 and under). Runners in costume receive time bonus in 5k, 10k races. Registration: 10:30 a.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Kids’ race start: 11:45 a.m. 5k/10k race start: 12:00 p.m. Cost: $15/runner; Free/Kids’ Run. Contact Jeff Dubis FMI

*Tuesday, November 1
Baxter State Park Winter Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. 8:00 a.m. at BSP Authority, 64 Balsam Dr. Any winter overnight use, or any winter above-treeline travel, including day-use, requires a winter registration form. Reservations must be received in the BSP office at least 7 working days before your trip. Visit FMI

*Thursday, November 3
Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Tree Swallow Box Building Workshop, Caribou. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Caribou Rec. 55 Bennett Dr. Concerned about nature, natural approaches to control insects? Class discusses benefits of tree swallow boxes, why these birds are on the decline, construct boxes to take home and put up in your yard. Preregistration required. Cost: $20; all materials, tools provided. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

Saturday, November 5
Aroostook Birders Long Lake Tour, Sinclair. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meet at Sinclair boat launch parking lot by the bridge. Join us on a jaunt around Long Lake to see the last migrants leaving the state. Carpool around the lake stopping at promising spots, finishing up at Lakeview Restaurant for lunch. We can always count on seeing spawning salmon even if the bald eagles scare away all the birds! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI

*Saturday, November 5
Mont Farlagne Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap, Edmundston, NB. 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic Time) in the Avalanche Bar in the base lodge. Contact Mont Farlagne (877-837-7669) or visit FMI

Saturday, November 5
Run The River, Nackawic, NB. 10k/5k/3krunning races and 1k Kids’ Fun Run. Prize money awarded to top 3 male/female in each distance. Race start: 9:30 a.m. (Atlantic Time) at Nackawic Shopping Mall, 135 Otis Dr. Register online only by Nov. 4 at Cost: $25/age 14 and over, $12/age 13 and under, FREE/Kids’ 1k. Contact Greg MacFarlane (506- 450-5802) or or visit FMI

*Sunday, November 6
Quoggy Jo Ski Club Ski & Winter Sports Sale, Presque Isle. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Presque Isle Rec. Center. Consignments accepted from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Area ski shops will be on hand with new and used gear! Contact Gene Cronin (207-540-1496) or FMI

*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

*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 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

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

Central Aroostook Humane Society Walk-A-Dog Wednesdays, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Central Aroostook Humane Society, 26 Cross St. Stop in to CAHS any Wednesday in October, take one of our resident dogs for a walk...and Pat's Pizza will thank you with a $5 gift certificate! Contact CAHS (207-764-3441) 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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