~ December 2021 ~
Message from our president . . . . .

Greetings Members,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that it was more “normal” than last year. CVOA is gearing up for an active winter season with many planned activities detailed in this Newsletter.

Be sure to join your fellow CVOA members at our upcoming events including monthly winter socials and the January Potluck meal and Dance. It’s exciting that all four of our 2022 ski trips are going as planned and have nearly a full complement of participants.

Thanks to those of you who have already renewed your membership. We appreciate your continued support of CVOA.

Wishing you and your families a happy healthy holiday season.

Your Membership Is Valid Through Dec. 31, 2022
Thank you for renewing your membership for 2022. 

If you didn't read about it last month, please welcome our new Membership Secretary Patti Johnston. Don't hesitate to reach out to Patti if you have any questions - cvoa.membership@gmail.com.
Do you like to keep busy?
Make new friends? Make a difference?
Are you someone who would like to know what’s coming next at CVOA? Then, perhaps, you might like to serve on the CVOA Board as its Secretary. You would attend board meetings, write up the minutes, be involved with coordinating the various committees of our organization and keep the official records.

Elaine Smith has volunteered to be in charge of the CVOA Newsletter, Trip Brochures and CVOA Website.

These functions are not full time - in fact, they are barely part time. For about eight years they were all performed by one person, Cindy Foster. With Cindy moving to Colorado, we are in need of a Secretary. If you’re interested or if you can suggest or recruit someone who might be interested, please contact Thom Johnston. The best way to reach Thom is by email at:
cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com or by phone at 207-852-3595.
Calendar of Events
December 5 - Farewell to Cindy at the Range Noon-2pm
December 5 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
December 11 - Annual Cookie Walk and Swap at the Anderles 3-5pm
December 12 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
December 16 - Thursday Social, at SugarBowl 4-6pm
December 19 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
January 9 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
January 15 - Winter Social, Potluck, Dancing in Stratton
January 20 -Thursday Social, location TBD
January 22-29 - Big Sky Trip
February 17 -Thursday Social, location TBD
February 26 thru March 5 - Snowbird/Alta Ski Trip
MARCH 2022
March 5 thru 12 - Snowmass/Aspen Ski Trip
March 17 - Thursday Social, location TBD
Future Events
Farewell to Cindy!!
December 5th Noon to 2pm
We Wish You Well in Colorado!! 

Behind the scenes at CVOA, there are members who quietly contribute much to our success.  For the past eight years, one of them has been Cindy Foster.  She keeps track of our 1,000 plus members, publishes the monthly newsletter, designs brochures for our trips, works with the range, sends out notices (like this one), processes the mail and maintains our website.  Along with these, Cindy has served on the CVOA Board and as its secretary. We have relied on her institutional memory, conscientious and careful work, and her common sense.  We will miss her steady hand on all things CVOA.

In early December, Cindy will move to Colorado to be closer to her family.   CVOA, the Sugarloaf Ski Club and the Sugarloaf community want to thank Cindy for all her contributions.  Come join us Sunday, December 5 from Noon-2pm, at the CVOA Range as we extend our appreciation and best wishes to Cindy Foster.  Details of the event are below.

Happy Trails to You…Cindy Foster!!

Come to the CVOA Shooting Range, just north of the Sugarloaf Access Road on Rte. 27 Sunday, December 5.  From noon to 2pm CVOA and the Sugarloaf Ski Club will gather to thank our hard-working CVOA Board Secretary and member, Cindy Foster, and to wish her well on new adventures out West.  The outdoor setting will not deter us, as good companions, fire pits and hot cider will keep us warm.  Please join us for this celebration of a true contributor to the Sugarloaf community.
CVOA Bowling has resumed …
Sundays at SugarBowl
2 to 4 pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members:
2:00-4:00pm – $10 includes shoes.

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons!
December 5th, 12th, and 19th

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.
Annual Walk and Swap
Cookies, that is!
December 11th 3-5pm
Walk at 2:30

Candy and Tom Anderle look forward to hosting our Annual Cookie Swap at their home 1011 Little Bigelow Road in Carrabassett Village. They will have a few appetizers and some wine, but BYOB is suggested as well.

Plan to bring 3 dozen cookies to swap and share, and a container to take home your sampling of other goodies.

If you would like to take a walk before the event, arrive at 2:30 and head out together.

Directions: Take Carriage Rd. (road near Town Office) then left onto Huston Brook Rd. Little Bigelow Rd. is the fourth road on the left - go straight directly into our driveway - dead end. Gray house and garage. Park anywhere.

An RSVP to Candy would be appreciated, but not required. Cfontaine3@yahoo.com or 235-2535.
3rd Thursday Social 
December 16th at the SugarBowl

We are pleased to be offering CVOA mid-week Socials on the third Thursday of each month, from December through March; always 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Appetizers provided by CVOA.

Hope to see you there!
CVOA Winter Social and Potluck
January 15th, 2022
Stratton Community Center

Invite your friends to dance the night away. Following a potluck dinner, Dyer and the Daydreamers, a GREAT local band, will perform for your dancing and listening pleasure.

4:00 - 5:00 - Social Hour with Appetizers
5:00 - 6:00 - Potluck Dinner/Desserts
6:00 to ? – Dancing to Dyer and the Daydreamers

Admission price TBD

A few members will be needed at 3:00 to help set up tables and chairs; a few more needed for cleanup.

To sign up for set-up, clean-up or to bring an Appetizer, Main Course or Dessert, contact Jeannette Parker at jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com or 207-462-2647.
Ski Trips in 2022
Ou est la bibliotheque? Quebec 2022
February 7–11

Brush up on your best high school French because we’re on our way to Le Carnaval de Quebec https://carnaval.qc.ca/en/. At the moment, 24 members of CVOA will arrive in Quebec City on February 7 to ski for three days at Mont Ste. Anne, Le Massif and Stoneham and return aux Etats Unis on February 11.

Our accommodations are in Le Vieux-Quebec, so that we’ll enjoy Le Bonhomme and perhaps sample some of le caribou. There are a couple of slots left, so if you’re interested check out the brochure here, and call Thom Johnston at 207-852-3595 by Monday, December 6, 2021.
Snowbird/Alta February 26-March 5 – $2,300 pp/do
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar – phone: 207-735-3984

The trip is filled; to be placed on a waiting list, contact Bonnie.
Aspen/Snowmass March 5-12– $2,250 pp/4 per 2BR/2bath condo
Trip Leaders: Lee & Jon Goss – phone: 207-542-9361

There is still one condo available. Interested? Contact Lee ASAP.
Big SkyJanuary 22-29 – $2,290 pp/do 
Trip Leader: Mike Parker – phone: 207-649-7308

The Big Sky trip has been filled with the maximum 36 people. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, contact Mike.
Range News
Hello All, 

At this time, we ask that you discontinue use of the Trap machine. The Trap Field is not plowed for the winter and the Trap machine does not do well in the extreme cold we experience at the Range.

Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will continue to be plowed and accessible during the winter, as is the bathroom which is heated. Please remember to follow all posted rules and shoot safe.

Thank you all for your continued support and use of the CVOA Neal Trask Range.

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Past Event
Pre-Turkey Trot
Friends - Food - Laughter and Sunshine!!!
A special afternoon was had by all on Saturday, November 20th. Twenty-one CVOA members gathered at Nancy Makin’s home, walked nine holes on the Sugarloaf Golf Course and returned to Nancy’s to gather around the fire pits with hot cider and a variety of appetizers . . . chatter and laughter were in abundance.
Food, as always, was delicious and plentiful. 
Nancy’s fabulous Pasta Faggioli and Jeannette’s scrumptious Corn Chowder, hot bread and fabulous desserts warmed us and filled us up.
This outing was the first of many to take place this upcoming season. What a great time to be a member of CVOA as we return to outdoor activities and winter fun!!
Come join us at our next event!
Nancy Makin & Jeannette Parker
Judy Fitzpatrick-Weston
August 24, 1952 - November 22, 2021

It is with sadness we tell you of the passing of Judy Fitzpatrick-Weston on November 22, at the Scarborough Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, where she was well cared for in the last few days of her life. Peter was by her side when she very peacefully passed away.

Judy’s obituary may be found at https://www.hobbsfuneralhome.com/obituary/judith-fitzpatrick-weston

A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be held on Friday, December 10, starting at 3:00pm at the Widowmaker Lounge.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Peter at 12 Cranberry Pines Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.
How to Contact Us
  • President Steve Smith: 207.799.8254: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Thom Johnston: 207.852.3595: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207.458.9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary ??? cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Membership Secretary Patti Johnston: 207.745.5815: cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Adventure Coordinator : who will fill this spot?
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: 207.240.4752: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chairman Neal Trask: 207.235.2732
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947