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Welcome to 2015 from our President

Board and Member Meeting

 Upcoming Adventures

2015 Calendar of Events 

Successful Holiday Hike and Cookie Swap

Gift Memberships 

Maine Huts & Trails Discount

Welcome to 2015 from our President

Dear CVOA Members,

Welcome to 2015!

The year 2015... just happens to be a special year for CVOA. It is our 15th anniversary! Fifteen years ago - Y2K - when the world was holding its breath to see if computers (thus the world) would come screeching to a halt, CVOA was born. The founding members of CVOA were plotting and planning a club based on the principles of protecting our outdoor heritage and (being the fun-loving group they are), creating outdoor recreational activities. Their vision and love of the outdoors has culminated into the amazing club we now have. The pulse of CVOA is stronger than ever. 

We like to call our activities "adventures...." because that's what they are. They go beyond the ordinary. As I think back at all I have done with this club, there have been a lot of "firsts." The first time up Hamlin peak, my first snow shoe adventure into Baxter State Park in January, my first hike along the Bold Coast, first time cross country skiing in beautiful Mt. Megantic Park. Climbing peaks, careening down snowy hills, kayaking, canoeing, and getting lost, while all the time, finding friendship, compassion and camaraderie among my friends that bind together through the common thread of loving what we do and appreciating all the beauty and challenges of mother nature. 

Fifteen years.... My time with CVOA has been at least half of that time. It all started when I heard there was this local club that put on a great "winter social." Being 
new to the area, I went. I danced my way into CVOA that night with great music, great food, lots of laughter and let's not forget the blinking lights of glasses and rings! Some time after that, I was having a friendly chat with some board members at a local pub and by the end of the evening; I was the next CVOA secretary! Still not sure how that happened! Since then, I have been secretary, vice president and now
president. I am happy to give back to a club that gives so much - both to me personally and as an organization that truly is dedicated to preserving this land that is ours to enjoy. ...and having fun doing it! 

A BIG thank you goes out to each and every one of you who has dedicated time and
effort to our amazing club. Without your efforts, this club would not be able to do all that it does - from behind the scenes work to trip leaders, from cookie swaps to the range, from donating to doing - you keep this club alive!

Please consider becoming involved as a volunteer. It is a great way to have fun, create friendships and give back to this active, vibrant club. It is the heartbeat of many that creates the strong pulse of the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on our next adventure... 

Sandy Jamison
CVOA President
Board and Member Meeting

       January 10th - 4:00 p.m. - Carrabassett Valley Town Office

All members are welcomed to attend.

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Upcoming  Adventures 


"Show & Go" every Sunday morning


January 31 - Winter Social

February 7 - Sleigh Ride - Charles' Farm, Kingfield


February 14 - Valentine Shoe & Stew

At the Outdoor Center, snowshoeing, pot luck soups and stews, other details yet TBD


2015  Events 



Sundays at 9am
Show and Go Skiing
January 10
.Board and Member Meeting
January 31
Winter Social/Delta Knights
February 7
Sleigh Ride
February 14
Valentine Shoe & Stew
February 20-27
Big Sky Trip
March 7
Nordic Skiing/Snowshoeing
March 21
Big Sky Post-trip Party
March 28
Annual Dinner Meeting
May 16
Valley Roads Clean-up
June 13
Coastal Bike Ride/BBQ
July 11
Chain of Ponds Paddle/BBQ
August 9
Dead River Paddle/BBQ
September 18-20
Little Lyford Pond
September 26
Exploring The Bigelows
October 11
Exploring The Bigelows
October 9-12
Sugarloaf Homecoming
October 24
Exploring The Bigelows

The Activity Calendar is a work in progress so

stay tuned for updates throughout the year.


Adventure Coordinators Jan Doherty and Linda Trueworthy are always

looking for more folks to step up and run a few trips or outings such as:

*Golf Fun Day

*Summer Weekend

*Foliage weekend

You can contact them at: [email protected]

A Successful Holiday Hike  &  Cookie Swap

       December 20th was a perfect day for a snowshoe, with clear skies, lots of snow, cool temperatures, and the trees beautifully laden with snow from the early season storms.  A total of 21 people plus Rick's dog Popeye trekked around the miles of trails located behind Peter and Judy's home in Redington East.  The views looking towards the Bigelows and Sugarloaf from Spruce Hill and Moose Mountain were spectacular.  At the latter viewpoint the hikers took a break to enjoy hot chocolate  with a touch of peppermint schnapps to ward off the cold temperatures.


     Back at the house after the hike, the dining

 room table was buried with various yummy Christmas cookies plus another table was laden

 with most excellent appetizers.  The mulled wine and wassail were also big hits with the 40 people who showed up to swap cookies and to socialize with all their friends.  Everyone agreed the snowshoe and the gathering afterwards were a nice break from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 

~ by Peter Weston


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Sunday "Show and Go" is Back! 

Every Sunday starting January 11th, 2015


     Looking for someone to ski with on Sunday mornings? Back by popular demand, Christopher Paradis will be renewing a weekly "Show and Go" skiing event starting on January 11th and all abilities are welcome. The concept is simple, CVOA members can meet at the center U.S. flagpole area located outside the Base Lodge rental center every Sunday at 9:00am and no RSVP of any kind is required....Whoever Shows Goes!!!  So if you looking for someone to ski with and some downhill fun and camaraderie with fellow CVOA'ers, Come out and join us!!!



Who: Skiers who want to ski with other CVOA members

What: CVOA "Show and Go" Skiing

Where: U.S. Flagpole Outside Rental Center-Front of Base Lodge- Look for the Big Orange "CVOA Show & Go Meets Here" sign in the window!!!

When: Every Sunday starting January 11th, 2015

Time: 9:00AM


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Annual Winter Social

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Featuring: A Hearty Pot Luck Dinner and The Delta Knights Band

Happy Hour: 5 - 6pm (BYOB)

Pot Luck Dinner 6 - 7pm

 Stratton-Eustis Community Center

Main Street /Route 27

Cost: $TBD per person


     Get out your dancing shoes for the Annual Winter Social. It is a fun time for getting together for great conversations, spectacular food, and enthusiastic dancing.      

We still need help with the event; if you can help in any way,

small or large, please contact Zoanne and Chris Paradis 

at [email protected] or 557-8282.


      Questions? Contact Zoanne or Chris. 

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Sleigh Ride in Kingfield 


February 7th


     Brought back by popular demand, there will be another evening sleigh ride at Ken Charles' farm in Kingfield. The sleigh is drawn by two prized Belgian horses. The ride will take us out thru fields, trails and woods on Ken's property. Upon returning to the barn, we will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.


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Gift Memberships

Give the gift of fun and adventures to your family and friends! We now have certificates that you can present to your favorite people. Sign them up online or with a paper application, and note that it is a gift. We will send the certificate either to you or the recipient, as you request.


Questions? Contact Cindy Foster, Membership Chair,

at c[email protected].

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Maine Huts & Trails Discount on Membership


We are offering a $10 discount on the cost of an annual Maine Huts & Trails membership to all CVOA members.  Become a MH&T member for $40 for an individual and $65 for a family. There are three easy ways to join!  You can:

  • Go to our website, www.mainehuts.org.  Click on "Become a Member" OR.... 
  • Stop by our office in Kingfield
  • Call our office at 207-265-2400 and let us know you wish to join us! And mention that you are a current CVOA member.
     Online, fill out the member application and select your membership level, click the "Submit" button at the bottom. You will enter your discount code on the second page of the application - your Discount Code is:   CVOA  .

     We value and support CVOA as a partner in our mission to protect our natural resources and to promote recreational opportunities in the beautiful Western Maine Mountains.  We look forward to supporting our vision and mission through this shared membership opportunity.




Charlie Woodworth 

Executive Director


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