Outdoor Sporting Heritage Days – Tuesday, August 14th in Oquossoc
“A celebration of Maine’s sporting life”, is what members of the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association call Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day. They will host this outdoor celebration for the 16th consecutive year on Tuesday, August 14th from 9:00 to 4:00 at their clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc.
Modeled after an old fashioned frontier rendezvous, it features fishing, hunting and trapping with 25 sporting and conservation exhibitors, educational lectures and demonstrations, activities for youngsters, archery and shotgun demonstrations. There is no charge for admission to the celebration and no fee for parking. “The purpose of the event is to focus on Rangeley’s rich outdoor sporting heritage and help residents and visitors gain a fuller appreciation for the sporting traditions and rich history of the region,”explained Heritage Day organizer Elaine Holcombe.
The Maine Primitive Skills School will return this season. “The purpose of the Maine Primitive Skills School is to provide and preserve ancient survival skills that promote an awareness and self- sufficiency with an emphasis on individuals, communities, and environments in today’s world.” The group will be alternating two programs every hour for the public this year. One is wilderness awareness and the second Is identifying wild edibles and medicinal plants existing on the Clubhouse property.
Thirteen year old Sam Kenney, a rising star among fly tiers who has won several fly tying competitions, will offer personal instruction to youngsters who would like to learn to tie their own fly. Sam will also have on hand some of his amazing flies for sale that day.
New this year is children’s author, Virginia Brown , who will have 2 story times for children showcasing her book, THE TANGLED LOON and entertaining children with activities associated with her book. In addition, for the adults in attendance, author Steve Pinkham will share some interesting history about his newest book, OLD TALES FROM THE MAINE WOODS. In his 300 page book are reprints of dozens of Maine woods stories originally published between 1849 and 1913. These include tales of hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking throughout Maine. Steve has grouped his stories by region to explain the importance of these tales in the early sporting history of Maine.
Demonstrations and hands-on instruction in both archery and shot gunning will be available. The Rangeley Trap and Skeet Club will host demonstrations of trap and sporting clay shooting at their nearby range. Qualified club members will provide hands-on instruction for youngsters in gun handling and safety.Laser shot will again be offered upstairs in the Clubhouse.
Dick Moore and his dogs, Stout and Gritty, will be doing demonstrations of field trial work on land and in the water. Another fascinating feature available for the day will be the IF&W OPERATION GAME THIEF TRAILER.
Children can try their hand at fishing the trout pond. IF&W will be stocking it that morning and youngsters will have a chance to help with that stocking. Pond safari will also involve youngsters in capturing the invertebrates that serve as food for the fish trying to identify them and the features that enable them to survive in the aquatic world.
UpCountry Snowshoes and Signature Concepts will display their unique age- old tradition of handcrafting wooden snowshoes. Don’t miss looking at Harold Porter’s Antique Coleman items of American objects of our past. Look for Chris Botka’s Maine Mountain Maple Syrup trailer. See how the sugaring is done and what the final product looks like.
And if you like boats, Bob Bassett of Kimbell Pond Boat Barn,will have several of his restorations available for you to drool over. Many vendors will be present offering woodturnings, sporting artwork, solar glass, decoys, custom knives, with the Pavilion offering many Rangeley outdoor oriented organizations as well as THE HIGH PEAKS ALLIANCE from Phillips. North Star ambulance service people will be happy to show rescue techniques and talk about safety in the woods. Upstairs in the Clubhouse will be some interesting items offered for our silent auction.
All of these activities will be accompanied by the lilting sounds of Tim Sullivan’s bagpipe.
CURRENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 MAINE PRIMITIVE SKILLS SCHOOL
9:00 LASER SHOT SIMULATOR-UPSTAIRS IN CLUBHOUSE
9-10:00 On-going POND SAFARI—Capture and I.D. insects
10-10:45 STORY TIME with Virginia Brown and her book, THE TANGLED LOON
9:30 BORDER PATROL WITH SIGMOND, THE DRUG DOG
10-12:00 SAM KENNEY, FLY TYING INSTRUCTOR ON THE DECK
10:00 SIGN UP FOR TRAP SHOOTING
11:00 IF&W TROUT RELEASE – Youngsters help deliver the trout into the pond
11:30 HUNTING DOG FIELD TRIALS
12:00 LUNCH—SPECIAL APPEARANCE OF SMOKEY THE BEAR
1-1:45 Story time –THE TANGLED LOON
1-3:00 YOUTH FISHING
2-4:00 CRITTER CAVE ACTIVITIES