May 2016 Newsletter
~ May 2016 ~
Your membership is valid through December 31, 2016.

Our new Adventure Coordinator Betsy Chapman, and our enthusiastic trip leaders, have beefed up our events calendar for the summer! Of particular interest are the  Maine Huts Overnight with trip leader Nancy Perry, and a 4-day cruise on the Victory Chimes, organized by Betsy Chapman. What great opportunities these provide, and at discounted rates to boot.

We are always looking for day trips, as simple as a hike or bike ride or paddle. All we need is for a member to step up and arrange something. And, they can be done without RSVPs, just a "show up and join us" event. 

Do the planning in time for us to put it in the monthly newsletter, which comes out on the first of each month.

To get in touch with any of the CVOA officers, the Adventure Coordinator, or a trip leader, simply reply to this newsletter, and I will forward your email to the appropriate person.

~ Cindy Foster, Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Calendar of Events
May 14 - Valley Cleanup
May 19-21 - Montreal Bike Trip
June 25 - Golf at Lac Megantic
June 26 - Board, Member, Activities Meetings, BBQ
July 16 - South Bristol Cove Day
August 20-21 - (new dates) Maine Huts Weekend
August 23-27 - Victory Chimes Cruise
September 10 - Paddling on Saco River
October 8 - 10 - Homecoming Weekend
October 21-23 - Bar Harbor

July, Aug., Sept. - Deep Sea Fishing?


Jan. 26 - Feb. 3 - Telluride Ski Trip

May 15 - Sun. Trap Shoots Opening Day
May 29 - Trap Shoot Fundraiser for Food Bank
June 4 - Saturday Trap Shoots begin, 2X a month
July 2 - Saturday Trap Shoots now weekly
September 4 - Trap Shoot Fundraiser - Animal Shelter
September 25 - Turkey Trap Shoot
Future Events & Adventures
Route 27 Valley Cleanup
All ages can help!
Saturday, May 14th
Volunteers Needed

The town's annual Carrabassett Valley Cleanup of Route 27 will be held on Saturday, May 14th Volunteers are needed.  If interested, please meet at the Town Office at 9 a.m. sharp. John McCatherin will be coordinating this year's event for the town, and he can be reached at 235-2121 or at [email protected] If you have questions or wish to volunteer to pick up a particular area prior to May 14th , please contact John.
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The town will provide high-visibility vests and garbage bags.  barbecue will follow at noon-time, anyone wishing to bring a salad, dessert or side dish is encouraged to do so. 
Golf at Lac Megantic
Saturday, June 25

We have reserved four foursomes (16 golfers) to play 18 holes at Lac Megantic Golf Club in Canada. It's an easy drive from Sugarloaf to the border at Coburn Gore and then a short ride further to the course. Passports are needed at the border.
Time: First foursome goes off at 9:30 and the others follow.
Cost: $30 Canadian for walkers and $48 Canadian with a cart. (If you don't have Canadian dollars, it's best to pay by credit card to get the benefit of the exchange rate.)
Upon our return to Sugarloaf, the Gebhardt's are hosting a cookout at their home on the mountain.We ask that golfers bring side dishes or salads.
Sign up at [email protected] and mention "Golf".
~ Elise Gebhardt & Sandy Osterrieder
Board, Member and Activities  Meetings
Sunday, June 26
All members are welcome.
  • 11 am - Activity Committee Meeting
  • Noon - BBQ
  • 1 p.m. - Quarterly Board/Member meeting.
Carrabassett Valley Town Office and Town Park
~ John Morey, President
A day in South Bristol at McFarland's Cove
Save the date: Saturday, July 16
Greg and Cindy Foster's McFarland's Cove home in South Bristol offers easy water access for kayakers into John' s Bay, a beach for swimming, nearby conservation land hikes, a look at the new South Bristol draw bridge, a nearby Ice House Museum, an easy drive to Pemaquid Light House, a place to simply relax and visit. 

A day of activity, lunch, and friendships. More details in the June newsletter.
~ Cindy Foster
Maine Huts Adventure
Paddle, Hike, or Drive/Walk to the Grand Falls Hut
New Dates: August 20-21

Grand Falls

Paddle the lake. Hike the trails. Or drive the back roads. You CAN get there!! And it will be worth it to join CVOA at the Grand Falls Hut August 20-21 for CVOA's first-ever overnight adventure in the most remote "hut" on Maine Huts & Trail back-country trail network.
CVOA has booked the entire lodge for our summer "staycation", which will allow 30 of us to experience wilderness hospitality in the western mountains of Maine, compliments of Maine Huts. Think kayaking, fishing, canoeing, hiking, good food, good friends ... even hot showers!!
Most of us will be paddling a 6-mile stretch of the Dead River from the Big Eddy to Grand Falls. We'll have a leisurely trek, stopping for a picnic lunch, a swim and to enjoy the awesome scenery that surrounds us. We'll put in at the MH&T dock by Grand Falls and hike 30-40 minutes to the hut, taking time to stop and savor the stunning horseshoe falls along the way ... and if we're lucky, catch a rainbow.

Those who would prefer to hike can follow the MH&T trail from the Big Eddy to the hut, an energetic but mostly flat 7.8-mile trek. Those looking for an easier way in can drive up to the Lower Enchanted Road, park and stroll for about a half mile to the hut.

We'll arrive at the lodge in time to clean up, socialize and enjoy a family style dinner at the lodge, which will accommodate us in group bunkhouses sleeping 4-6.  It's a great spot ... and CVOA has scored a great deal.

By booking the entire hut we've earned a group rate. If we are able to fill 30 beds, the cost will be about $80 each ... which includes one night's lodging, full dinner the night of arrival, big breakfast the next morning and a trail lunch to take on the way home. Tips are included!! Because the rate is already discounted, there are no additional discounts for MH&T members. The price will be more if we have less than 30 sign up.

If you'd like to rent a canoe or kayak, it's $30 for a solo or tandem kayak, or a canoe. The boats are stored at MH&T docks at either end and come with paddles and life jackets. You can use your own canoe or kayak, but the put-in is tougher and involves a portage as well as some shallow paddling at the outset. It is recommended only for energetic and experienced paddlers. Sign up for a canoe or kayak rental with Nancy Perry.

Space is limited. So sign up early!!  A deposit of $40 by May 27 will hold your bunk at the hut. To secure your spot, send a check for $40 made out to "CVOA" to our treasurer: Gail Miller, 46 Finn Parker Road, Gorham, ME 04038. Final balance will be due June 27. After June 27 there will be NO REFUNDS. However, your payment is transferable so if someone else wants your spot, you get your money back. CVOA will maintain a waiting list if demand exceeds supply.
If you reserve your spot, or are just interested, please let trip leader Nancy Perry know. If you have friends who are going that you would like to share a bunkhouse with, please let Nancy know that as well.
More details about the trip, what to bring and all that good stuff will be sent in July to attendees.
~ Nancy Perry, Trip Leader
Contact: [email protected], and mention "Huts"

Sail on the Victory Chimes, a three - masted schooner
Victory Chimes
August 23 - 27 (Tues. thru Sat.)

The coast of Maine is one of the 10 greatest cruising grounds in the world. The jewel of the Maine coast is Penobscot Bay.  Come cruise with CVOA on the Victory Chimes, owned and operated by Sugarloafer/WSKI reporter Kip Files. The magnificent Victory Chimes is the only original three-masted schooner in the famed Maine Windjammer fleet.

There is room for up to 20 CVOA members for a four day cruise around Penobscot Bay from August 23 to 27. Kip is offering us a discounted price to CVOA members of $645 per person , and $75 single supplement (they will match singles with another guest to avoid the fee). Additional expenses include $20 for parking, and a gratuity for the crew.

All meals are included. Beverages served are tap water, tea, coffee, lemonade, and ice tea.  BYOB any other beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Victory Chimes has an excellent website, full of great information, at - CLICK HERE .

We will board the schooner in Rockland on Tuesday, August 23rd , between 6 and 8 p.m. (no meal served), and sail Wednesday morning after breakfast. We return to Rockland and disembark on Saturday, August 27th before noon.

A deposit of $350 will confirm your reservation; call the Victory Chimes office at 800-745-5651. Your b alance is due July 23rd. You must say you are with CVOA to get our special rate.

Please contact Betsy Chapman when you make your reservation so she can keep a list of who's going, or if you have any questions. Contact Betsy at [email protected]  and mention Victory Chimes, OR 207-944-3264.
~ Betsy Chapman, Cruise Director
Deep Sea Fishing?
Interested? Let us know!
CVOA member Mike Verges, a retired charter boat captain, can offer fishing day trips to our members if there is interest.
Please let our Adventure Coordinator know if you have any interest, or even if you'd just like to find out more. Email: [email protected], mention "Fishing".

It won't happen if no one expresses interest!
~ Betsy Chapman, Adventure Coordinator
Telluride, Colorado in 2017
Click on logo for resort into.
January 26 - February 3

We are working with Great Events & Escapes once again to provide us with a great package for our trip to Telluride in 2017. We can tell you this much:
  • With a maximum group capacity on United of 35 into Montrose, we will have one group travel January 26-February 2, and a second group from January 27- February 3.
  • Both flights will be out of Boston into Montrose.
  • Accommodations will include:
Packages will include:
  • Air and Transfers
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 5-day lift ticket (optional upgrade)
Complete details and reservation forms will be sent by email on May 15, or thereabouts. Reservation priority, until June 1, will be given to members current as of May 1, 2016.

~ Cindy Foster, Trip Leader, once again
Range News
Happy Spring to all!
(l. to r.) - Phil Hunter, Neal Trask, Jane
& Jim Heichel, John McCatherin, Diane Stone, Diane & Ray Stone, Gale & Bob Teeri, Alan Burnell - these volunteers and others worked on the spring cleanup.
Thanks to volunteers, and more...

The Range Committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came out for our annual Spring Cleanup.  We accomplished a lot of good work and the Range will be looking fine for our first official trap shoot of the season, May 15th, from 9:00am to noon. 

This month also look for our May 29th, Sunday Trap Shoot fundraiser for the Stratton Food Bank. Bring canned goods, or or just come shoot.  A portion of each round goes to our community. Even if you don't plan to shoot, please stop by and make a donation!

If you've never tried trap, now is a great time to learn. Many members are happy to lend a shotgun and walk you through the process. The cost is only $5 for non-range members plus $5 per trap round of 25 clays. If you don't have your own shotgun, and hope to borrow one, please also plan on paying the owner for the shotgun shells you will use. Usually around $7.  Just think, for about $17, you can learn a new sport, and make some new friends!

For members interested in learning how to set up the trap stations, or those who need a refresher, please come 15 minutes early to help with the setup.
Jim Heichel was one of many volunteers who did some painting on the second spring cleanup day. It was too cold to paint on the first.

Sunday Trap shoots continue throughout the summer and fall, plus in  August we will add Saturday shoots through the rest of the fall.

Finally, we are interested is beautifying the area and were wondering if anyone has some extra flowers, plants, or compost in their garden they might donate. If so, please send an email to Diana Anderson at [email protected] ( mention "plants"), or (207) 684-3706 to let her know what you have available to insure we can find a spot for your contribution.

~ Diane Stone, Range Secretary
2016 Range ID Tags . . .
...will be mailed to all current members in Mid-May

If you are receiving this newsletter, and paid Range dues, you will receive a new tag. Not sure? email Cindy Foster at [email protected].
Past Events and Adventures
Redington Hike (Not) and Soup
It was fun in spite of the rain...

Due to inclement weather we decided to cancel the hills of Redington hike. We remained indoors and stayed warm and cozy. The soup though, was not cancelled.
Stories were shared as we enjoyed appetizers and salads and soup and dessert! Since this was a smaller gathering, we were able to get to know each other a little better by going around the table and doing a short autobiography.
The moral of the story - weather is no reason to cancel an event - fun can still be had by all.
~ Bente Holst, event leader
Community News
Welcome to Maine's High Peaks
2nd Annual Guide includes CVOA

Not only does the Maine's High Peaks region offer the best outdoor activities you could ever dream of, our small towns and villages will make you feel right at home with plenty of dining, shopping, art and cultural activities as well.
Our Second Annual Visitor's Guide is available. Do you have your copy? Email Joni at [email protected]   and she will mail you a copy, or stop in at the Region's Visitor's Center at 1216 Carrabassett Drive (across from Ayotte's) and renew old stories about the region with Joni. We are open Wed. - Sat.  from 11 - 3pm.

CVOA is highlighted on page 39 of this year's guide. Congratulations as your celebrate your 16th Anniversary. Thanks for all you offer to our communities.
~ Richard, Joni and Doug, Maine's High Peaks

[ed. Note: this free guide is available at many local businesses, as well as at our range while supplies last. CVOA has a presence on the Maine's High Peaks web site, as well: click the guide image above.]
Pine Grove Programs
Providing free outdoor experiences in Maine to our Veterans and Emergency Responders

Charlie Tappan, CVOA member, wants you to know about the Pine Grove Programs - Providing free outdoor experiences in Maine to our Veterans and Emergency Responders. Charlie helps with fishing and bird hunting, and has a lot of fun. Please spread the word to potential participants and volunteers.

Photo of the Month
Seawall Beach at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg, Maine. More info HERE. Taken by Rick Young.
Do you have a photo suitable for "Photo of the Month"? Interesting photographic properties? Great lighting? Amazing content? Are you a CVOA member? If so, send your photo to: Cindy Foster, Newsletter Editor -  [email protected].
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
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