JULY 2016 Newsletter
~ July 2016 ~
Your membership is valid through December 31, 2016.
Calendar of Events
July 15 - Payment Deadline for Maine Huts trip
July 16 - South Bristol Cove Day
August 20-21 - 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

July 3 - Sunday Trap Shoots begin weekly
September 4 - Trap Shoot Fundraiser - Animal Shelter
September 10 - Saturday Trap Shoots begin weekly
September 25 - Turkey Trap Shoot
Future Events & Adventures
Payment Deadline for Maine Huts overnight
is JULY 15
More info below
A Day at the Cove - McFarland's Cove in South Bristol
View from the deck across the cove.
Saturday, July 16

Greg and Cindy Foster's waterfront home on McFarland's Cove in South Bristol offers:
  • easy water access for kayakers into John's Bay; high tide is at 9:21am, low tide at 3:16pm - just right to put in at full tide, take out at half tide - the date was picked based on the tides
  • a beach for swimming
  • nearby conservation land hikes
  • a look at the nearby South Bristol draw bridge (notes below)  
  • a nearby Ice House Museum (open 1-4)
  • an easy drive to Pemaquid Light House
  • a place to simply relax and visit
  • a day of activity, lunch, and friendships
What: a day of activities of your choice; lobster lunch at 1:00 (details below)
When: 9am - 4pm - Come after 9am, leave by 4pm. Spend the day or a few hours.
Where: 43 Point Priscilla Road, South Bristol - email for directions. If you have boats to put in the water, when you get near the end of McFarland's Cove Road, turn right on Edwards Lane, drive to the end and park in the field just below our gray house.

Lunch - served at 1:00.
  • Lobsters: we'll get them at the local co-op, cooked, market price about $10 each for pound and a quarter. Give Cindy a count by noon when we will order them. We'll have burgers for others.
  • Sides and munchies: please bring something to share, and check ahead with Cindy so we'll have a nice variety.
  • Dessert: Root Beer floats and vanilla ice cream sans root beer.
  • BYOB
This is a "Rain or Shine" event; if the weather is poor, don't feel
View to the beach.
obligated to come.

RSVP's would be very much appreciated so we can plan accordingly. RSVP soon if you can, or late if you must.

We hope you can join us!

~ Cindy and Greg Foster

As a side note - The South Bristol draw bridge, referred to as "The Gut Bridge" is the only single span draw bridge in the state. It replaces a 78' turn bridge built in 1933. The project is an $11 million project, taking two years for completion. Construction was shut down last summer, and this past winter it went to 24/7. For those with the interest, check out the Maine DOT site for the new bridge, or Historic Bridges for the old turn bridge.
A Grand Adventure at Grand Falls!
No, we don't paddle over the falls - but we will walk past them on the way from the dock to the hut.
August 20-21


CVOA has a great group of outdoor enthusiasts hiking, paddling and driving for our overnight adventure at the Maine Huts and Trails' most remote hut.

We have about two dozen CVOAers signed up ...Glenn and Peg Bickford, Jan Doherty, Susan Fraser, Bill Haefele, Sandy Jamison, The Gamache Family, Gail Miller, John Morey, Jim Myatt, John & Charlotte Pease, Nancy Perry, Marcel Poulin, The Rohde Family and Pete and Judy Weston. and room for just about 6 or 7 more.

But you must act now ... we've reserved the entire 30-bed hut and the deadline looms for final payment. Let's fill it up so everyone pays just $80 per person.

If you'd like to join the group, you must let Nancy know by July 8. Payments are due July 15. If we fill the hut, the cost will be about $80 per person for lodging, taxes, tips and three meals! Warning: The price goes up if we have less than 30 ... so spread the word.

If you're renting a canoe or kayak ... tandem or solo ... it's $30 per boat (not per person) for the two-day trek. It's a deal!

Whether you're paddling the 6-mile stretch of the Dead between the Flagstaff and Grand Falls huts or hiking the 7.8 wooded trail or driving in, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the majestic falls, a hot shower, a great meal and a bed in one of the bunkhouses that make up the complex.

You can find more details on our web site ... www.cvoutdoors.com.

~ Nancy Perry, Trip Leader
Contact: cvoa.adventures@gmail.com, and mention "Huts"
Sail on the Victory Chimes, a three-masted schooner
August 23 - 27
There might be a room or two left, but they are open to the general public as well. If you would like to join Betsy and John Chapman, Colon Durrell, Mary Frank, Bruce Hanke and Elaine Fitzpatrick, call Victory Chimes immediately.

Would you like to be on standby? in case someone has to drop out, contact Betsy Chapman.

~ Betsy Chapman, Cruise Director

Find more details on our web site.
Paddling and Picnic on the Saco River
Save the Date: September 10

Complete details in the August newsletter.
~ Nancy Perry, trip leader
Telluride, Colorado in 2017
January 26 - February 3
We have 68 people signed up, with only 10 plane seats left. We still have available Victorian Inn rooms and Riverside Condos in the town of Telluride, and Bear Creek Lodge condos in the upper Mountain Village, with many options from which to choose. 

Don't delay if you are interested in joining the group.

~ Cindy Foster, Trip Leader
Range News
 Summer time at the Range
Weekly Trap Shoots on Sundays only

July is here and everyone is having summer fun!  So much so, that our Saturday Trap Shoots have not been well attended.  As such, we are suspending the Saturday Trap Shoots until the fall.  

Organized Sunday Trap Shoots will continue from 9am to noon.  Also, if you have been trained on the operation of the trap machine, you may organize your own shoot anytime!  If you would like to get trained, come by any Sunday morning 20 minutes before the scheduled shoot.  Once again, if you do not have your own shotgun, one of our members would be happy to let you try theirs and tutor you through a round. Once you dust your first clay, you'll be hooked!
The CVOA Range is open to the public during daylight hours. For non-members it is only $5 per shooter for access to the rifle, pistol, and archery ranges.   If a member is not on premise, the public may park outside the gate and walk in.  The kiosk just inside the gate has guest passes with liability waivers (or applications for membership) and a money drop box.  We hope you come by and experience our beautiful location!  
Happy July to All!
~ Diane Stone, Range Secretary

Your kids are welcome at the range, too; the Corcorans and the House family have made trap shooting a family sport.

Trap shooters from left to right:  Nolan Corcoran, Emerson House, Patrick Corcoran and Ethan Corcoran.

Past Events and Adventures
Golf at Lac Megantic
Two Jim's and a Jay.
Saturday, June 25  

As twelve CVOA golfers crossed the border into Canada Saturday morning June 25 to play golf at Club de Golf du Lac Megantic, the Canadian Customs officer told us to expect a great day since the course was in terrific shape. And he was right.

Jim Myatt won both closest to the pin on holes #2 & #12 and Elise Gebhardt won closest to the pin for ladies on #2. We found the golf was great and with the exchange rate the price was a bargain for 18 holes and a cart.

We enjoyed a barbecue after at the Gebhardts' home at Sugarloaf.

Many thanks to Zach Zondlo, Head Professional at Sugarloaf for lending us the closest to the pin stanchions and Sandy Osterrieder for creating goody snack packs for the golfers and prizes.

~ Elise Gebhardt
Golfers at Lac Megantic: Rear, left to right: Jane Mattei, Nancy Makin, Doris Tutlis, Sandy and Jim Osterrieder, Jay and Elise Gebhardt, Jim Myatt, Nancy Perry, Barbara Kovach. Front: Duff Doherty and John McCatherin.
Board, Member and Activities Meetings
June 26

We had a great turnout for our meetings and BBQ at the Town of Carrabassett Valley Town Park. We had a great turnout of 10 board members and 16 members-at-large for the BBQ and board meeting; members are always welcome at our meetings.
On Sunday morning, Betsy Chapman led her Adventure Committee at a meeting about upcoming events, what other events would be popular, and how to develop a system to give email notice to those interested in last-minute hikes, kayaking, and fishing. They are always looking for more trips, and just need ideas and leaders.
At noon, Joe Loughran put together a great BBQ with his marinated chicken and pork, cooked to perfection. We had about 25 members enjoying the lunch, with food contributions brought to share.
At 1:00, our quarterly Board and Member Meeting began. President John Morey conducted a productive meeting. We covered a number of items, including the standard reports from the secretary, treasurer, and Range chairman: Neal told us about progress on the grant for a 5-Stand at the range. Discussion was also held regarding Camp North Woods scholarships, CVOA merchandise liquidation, trip leader subsidy of $5 per participant, and the free trips given by our tour operator for the Telluride trip. Betsy Chapman gave a detailed report on upcoming and past events.
To read the complete minutes of the meeting, click here for a pdf version. Or click here to find it on our web site.
~ Cindy Foster, Secretary
Photo of the Month
Elephants at their watering hole.
June 2016 at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Taken by Cindy Foster.
Do you have a photo suitable for "Photo of the Month"? Are you a CVOA member? If so, send your photo to: Cindy Foster, Newsletter Editor -  cvoa.secretary@gmail.com.
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
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