~ November 2023 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,


Sugarloaf attracted an exuberant crowd for Homecoming Weekend. In addition to the usual snow fever, I think people were curious about the new lift and trails. Despite efforts of the weather gods to dampen our spirits, members turned out for CVOA events. For two days the CVOA table in the main lodge had a steady flow of current and new members.T he Parker’s opened their garage on Saturday afternoon for a member “Meet ‘n’ Greet”. The Neal Trask Shooting Range hosted a noon BBQ on Sunday and attendees were treated to a spectacular double rainbow over the Bigelow’s along with great eats. Thank you to everyone whose efforts made this weekend so successful. To Mike and Jeanette Parker who are always there for the planning and running of CVOA events, we appreciate all you do for CVOA. I want to recognize the steady presence of members attending to the CVOA table at the Main Lodge. These include Steve and Elaine Smith, Mike and Jeanette Parker, Paul and Linda Treworthy, Dave and Roni Emery, Peg and Steve Whitcomb, Ann and Kelly Dooling and Don and Barbara Hathorn.


So, what is new in the Valley? My favorites include a new chair lift, trails and snowmaking, a new parking lot, probably to be creatively named “G”, new homes and additions, moving the peanut butter and jelly at Fotter’s, paving part of the lot at Mountainside Groceries, and a new water tank just above the Timbers.


Sugarloaf is going to recognize Don Fowler, one of CVOA’s founding members on Saturday evening, December 9. It is estimated that Don has skied an amazing lifetime 75 million vertical feet. He has made numerous contributions to Sugarloaf area communities. Don doesn’t go out and ski each day to achieve these heights, but by virtue of his love of the sport and the companionship of friends, he has reached this lofty number. Tickets are $30 per person and details of the celebration are contained in this Newsletter. Proceeds benefit the Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum.  




Thank you to all who renewed their membership for 2024, and welcome to the 24 new memberships obtained at the CVOA table at Homecoming or online through our website. Signing up anytime now means membership is current and good until December 31, 2024. It is easy to go to our website cvoutdoors.com and click “Join Now”. As you see in this Newsletter, CVOA has a great many activities planned for the coming season. Don’t miss a moment!! New members be sure to attend and introduce yourselves. We look forward to meeting and greeting you!

Membership Secretary

Patti Johnston

Calendar of Events

November 4 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00 

November 5 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

November 5 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2:00 - 4:00

November 11 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00

November 11 - Soup Social Begin Room CV Library 5:00 - 8:00

November 12 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

November 12 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2:00 - 4:00

November 19 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2:00 - 4:00

November 26 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2:00 - 4:00


Click here: CVOA Calendar of Events

Future Events

CVOA Sunday Afternoon Bowling resumes …

November 5th at the SugarBowl

The SugarBowl is reserving two lanes for CVOA members.

2:00 - 4:00 – $10 includes shoes

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons!

November dates: 5, 12, 19, 26

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.

Soup Social

Saturday, November 11

5-8pm - CV Library

Soup Warms The Soul and Brings People Together

Celebrate the Colder Weather

With a Warm-Soup Get Together!

Bring Your Favorite Soup - homemade or store bought



-Desserts……..What’s Your Pleasure?

Soup’s On! Yes it is, and this potluck, like ALL CVOA potlucks, will be delicious!


🎟️ Door prize Drawing for Fall Basket 🎟️

For suggestions or to confirm what you plan to bring.please contact Jeannette Parker at: jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com

Ugly Sweater Party

CV Library, Saturday December 2 at 4 P.M.

…..dressing up is a BIG part of the FUN! 

Eat Drink & be Ugly

Prizes Awarded For Ugliest, Funniest, Vintage,Couple

Winners Determined By Ballot Vote

Four Holiday Baskets - Each $150 Value

Annual Cookie Swap

December 7, 5-7pm

Candy and Tom Anderle look forward to hosting the Annual Cookie Swap at their home 1011 Little Bigelow Road in Carrabassett Village. They will have some appetizers and wine, but BYOB is suggested.

Plan to bring 3 dozen cookies to swap and share and a container to take home your sampling of other goodies.

Directions: Take Carriage Rd. (road near Town Office) then left onto Huston Brook Rd. Little Bigelow Rd. is the fourth road on the left - go straight directly into our driveway - dead end. Gray house and garage. Park anywhere.

An RSVP to Candy would be appreciated. 

Cfontaine3@yahoo.com or 235-2535.


Saturday January 13, 2024

At the AOEC Yurt 5:00 - 8:00


It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

When you think of Margaritaville, you're most likely not thinking of the YURT!! Come see how the Yurt transforms to PARADISE…

Palm Trees, Beach Balls, Flamingos and more..🦩🦩


DRESS TO IMPRESS ….. in your best beach attire, Hawaiian Shirts, Board Shorts, Sundresses and Flip Flops.


Dance To Island Vibes with Sugarloafer & DJ Steve Kolenda!!.

Details in the December Newsletter

Yonder Knoll Hike

Leader(s) Needed!!

For the past few years the monthly Yonder Knoll Hike has been very ably led by Jan Mildram. She cannot commit to leading the hike at this time. CVOA is looking for a volunteer or volunteers to lead this easy to run “Show N Go” activity. The schedule can be set by the hike leader. Training will be provided.

To volunteer to lead this well liked CVOA activity or to obtain more information contact:

Jan Mildram (207) 491-6798

Ski Trips 2023

Val Gardena Italy

January 24-February 3, 2024

The Val Gardena trip is full, and there are six couples on the wait list. If you want to find out how to add your name to the wait list please contact:

Trip Leader Mike Parker for details


Heavenly, Lake Tahoe

February 27-March 5, 2024

The CVOA Heavenly Ski Trip currently has 41 travelers, thanks to the additional spots acquired to accommodate the wait list. We are holding a few more spaces, but only until mid-November. So, if you are thinking about joining this trip, we would love to have you, but this is your last chance! We have 6 seats available including one spot for a single male traveler.


Get in touch with trip leader, Bonnie Farrar ASAP if interested.


Quebec 2023 Trip

The trip is currently Full with 29 members signed up. However, if you would like to join the Quebec trip, a waiting list is being established. If you’re interested, read through the brochure (click on it) and send in a reservation form. The trip leader, Thom Johnston, will then get in touch with you. If you have questions, you can contact him at 207-852-3595 or tandpjohnston@gmail.com .

Trip Leader: Thom Johnston


Alaskan Cruise 2024

May 31-June 7

There are now 24 CVOA members signed up for the “top-rated” Alaskan Dream Cruise trip May 31-June 7th, 2024, and most of them have made their flight and hotel reservations as well.There are 14 cabins still available for anyone wishing to go on this adventure. Full cruise details have been in the last few newsletters. If you wish additional information, visit the website at:https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/cruises/2024-last-frontier-adventure/ or email Bonnie Farrar, trip “coordinator” atbfarrar7@aol.com. Reservations cannot be made online, but by calling “Donna” at (815)345-4113 and mentioning CVOA to get discounts. Because this is not a CVOA-sponsored trip (just CVOA friends traveling together), it is the responsibility of each member to make their own reservations for the cruise/hotel/flight. It is sure to be a great trip!

Range News

Weekly Shooting Schedule is Ending Soon

Hello Range Members, 

October saw mixed weather, but lots of folks still came out and used the Range. We started off with a very successful Homecoming BBQ and ended the month with our regular 5 Stand and Trap Shoots. Also, as is common, lots of members siting in rifles for hunting season. 

Our Weekly 5 Stand and Trap shoots will finish for the season on Sunday, November 12 after the Trap Shoot. We will be bringing in the Archery Net and some targets, too. The smaller box targets will remain.

New Membership Applications are available for 2024. Any new member that signs up will get the rest of 2023 as well as all of 2024 included with their membership.

Remember, Pistol and Rifle Ranges will remain open throughout the winter. Steel targets have been reinstalled on the 100yd Rifle Range. The "plink" from hitting the target is very satisfying! Remember to follow all posted safety rules and maintain at least 25 foot distance while shooting at metal targets. For paper targets, you may move as close as you like.

Folks are getting used to the new electric gate. Please do not try to drive around the gate. Boulders will be moved to both sides and you may damage your car if you do so. Also, when exiting, the gate will remain open while multiple cars exit. The same is not true of cars entering. The gate will close after 12 seconds and may damage your car and/or break the gate. Only one car at a time should enter.

Enjoy the rest of your Fall.

Diane Stone

Range Secretary



Celebrate Don Fowler

Join fellow Sugarloafers in celebrating long time Sugarloafer Don Fowler as he crests 75 million vertical feet of skiing on the slopes of Sugarloaf, a testament to perseverance and his love for the sport. We'll gather to share stories, enjoy good food and drink in the King Pine Room on Saturday, December 9th.

Don was one of the founders of CVOA. Over the years he has been an active participant in the club’s many activities and also provided extensive pro bono legal assistance to the club. He contributed significantly to making CVOA the organization it is today.

Click here to purchase tickets

Proceeds benefit the Maine Ski & Snowboard Museum.

Past Events

Homecoming Driveway Meet ‘n Greet 

Mike and Jeannette Parker’s Driveway Meet ‘n Greet held on Saturday of Homecoming Weekend was attended by 40 CVOA members….old and new. The driveway party pivoted to the garage when the sky opened up. The rain did little to dampen this group of outdoor enthusiasts. Much like returning to summer camp when you were a child, albeit, we’re all older!….everyone was happy to see their Sugarloaf friends once again. Handshakes, hugs, smiles and laughter abound!! Thank you to all who attended. Typical of CVOA events, the tables were filled with a tasty selection of appetizers and desserts. 

Make plans to join us next year, Saturday October 12, 2024 at 4:00 p for this FUN event!

Jeannette Parker

Click here for additional Driveway Party Pictures

Homecoming Barbecue at the Neal Trask Range

Click here for Additional BBQ Pictures


It couldn’t have happened without you! The sky cleared right on cue at 11:00…..many took pictures of the beautiful double rainbow 🌈 …..a sign from above that after a break for a few years it was time to bring back the Range BBQ. Ninety-three members attended! For many, it was their first time at the Range. It was an opportunity for friends, old and new, to meet and catch-up on the past summer and look ahead to the upcoming season.

Like all CVOA events, there was no shortage of food. Our membership has many great cooks who consistently and generously contribute to events. A special shoutout of appreciation to BBQ Grill-Master, Dan Baillargeon, who rolled up his sleeves and manned the grill with Assistant, Ralph Alfieri. 

Special thanks to Range Chair and Secretary, Ray and Diane Stone, for their continued leadership of the Range and for recruitment of volunteers for the BBQ. They are the face of this top notch, world class Range. For more information on becoming a Range member, reach out to them.

Ray Stone: raymondhstone3@gmail.com

Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com

“Many hands…”; “It takes a village…”. You’ve heard them all! It applies to every CVOA event. Like every club, group or organization, it takes many people to make events happen. CVOA has the BEST members!! Check out the CVOA Calendar and Newsletters for upcoming events.

Bonnie Farrar

Jeannette Parker

Co-Chairs/Social Activities 

How to Contact Us
  • President Thom Johnston: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Stephen Smith:‭ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • MembershipSecretary:PattiJohnston:cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭raymondhstone3@gmail.com
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Social Activities:Jeannette Parker:jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com Bonnie Farrar: bfarrar7@aol.com
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: golfski@maine.rr.com
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947