Fall is officially here. Even though the colors are not at their peak, don’t put off going out to see the foliage. The rain and wind on Sunday knocked some of the leaves off the trees. There are brilliant reds and yellows along Route 26 south of Bethel and along Route 2. My mother, sister, and I took a trip to Rangeley last Friday to see the foliage. Our plan was to also visit the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, which has a special exhibit of Louise Dickinson Rich artifacts until the end of September. My timing was off and we arrived after the museum closed. However, the next day my mother and other sister were able to visit the museum and see the exhibit, which includes the writer’s typewriter, desk, and other items from her home on the Rapid River. The museum focuses on Rangeley’s sporting history, including trophy salmon and brook trout, local fly rods, Carrie Stevens’ flies, videos from the early 1900s, and an authentic 1890s log sporting camp. The museum is on Route 4 in Oquossoc. In September it is only open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This weekend, Sept. 27 to 29, is the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition. There are more than 100 events planned across the state to encourage people to participate in outdoor activities. In the Bethel area the Mahoosuc Land Trust is sponsoring activities on Saturday, including biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and visiting a farm. Activities start at 10 a.m. at 69 Winslow Road in Bethel (off the Intervale Road) and will end with a potluck BBQ there at 1 p.m. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Bring a dish to share. For more information call the Land Trust office at 824-3806. If you’re not going to be in Bethel and want to go to another event, check out other activities listed on the coalition’s website at www.greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org.
As of this writing on Sunday night, we haven’t had a hard frost here. Produce is bountiful at the farm stands and markets, including eggplants, corn, potatoes, squashes, pumpkins, carrots, plums, and apples. The Bethel Farmer’s Market will be open until Columbus Day. Many of the farm stands stay open until Halloween. This is the time of year to try a new vegetable or herb, something you’ve never had. My mother’s friend gave her a kohlrabi, something I had never tried before. It’s good raw (as a slaw or in salad) or cooked (fried, sautéed, or roasted).
During the past week Jim Young visited Josh Young in NYC for FDNY 43's 100 year Centennial celebration ceremony. While there they also went to the Museum of American History, a Mets baseball game and a sightseeing bus ride.
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