This is the first full weekend of spring, and the forecast calls for great conditions for spring skiing and snowshoeing. Sunday River has a full line-up of outdoor activities scheduled for the weekend. The 3rd Annual Dumont Cup takes place March 24-26. Bethel native Simon Dumont is designing the course, on which top free-skiing professionals and 200 amateurs will compete. The 26th Annual Maine Handicapped Skiing Ski-A-Thon is March 26. Participants will raise money to support the free programs that benefit adaptive skiers and riders. On March 27 the 21st Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cook-off and Firefighters Race will also raise money for Maine handicapped Skiing. All the events are open to the public
Sunday, March 27, is also SAD 44 Free Ski Day at Sunday River. “Show ID and ski for free.” Don’t forget that the Sunday River Outdoor Center also participates in SAD 44 Free Ski Day. The center has 35 kilometers of cross-country and snowshoe trails, including trails that go to the Artist’s Bridge and up Barker Mountain with magnificent views of the Sunday River Valley.
Maine Maple Sunday is March 27. This traditional event, when many maple sugar producers are open to the public, is always the fourth Sunday in March. Most sugar houses feature demonstrations of boiling down sap and free samples of syrup or candy. Some farms offer food, tours of the farm, or visits with the animals. Two local farms participating are McAllister Farms Sugar House (phone 890-0318) and Thunder Hill Farm (phone 583-4146), both located in Waterford. McAllister Farms Sugar House will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, breakfast will be served at the North Waterford Church. Thunder Hill Farm is a steer farm, and will have demonstrations of working steer team and collecting sap. Weather permitting, visitors can view highland beef cattle. If you haven’t gone to a Maple Sugar Sunday event, it is a great way to learn about one of our local food products. Pick one or more farms and visit them. Wear boots. It’s usually muddy. Be prepared to eat and buy syrup to take home. For more information on activities across the state, visit the Maine Maple Producers website at www.mainemapleproducers.com.
Our condolences and prayers are with the family and friends of Eric Gunther who died last week in Tennessee. A memorial service for Eric will be held on Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church.
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