Adventure Briefs - 10/01/14
Challenger's second annual Spud Drive Fundraiser helps Maine students
BANGOR - During October, Challenger is selling premium Aroostook County "Innovator" russet potatoes as a fall fundraiser. "We are currently taking orders for 50 lb. bags that we are selling for just $20 each (40 cents/pound). All of the proceeds from the Fall Spud Drive will be used to help fulfill Challenger's mission to inspire Maine's students in math and science education," said Susan Jonason, executive director. She added, "This has been a terrific year for growing potatoes. Satisfaction is guaranteed with each bag sold."
The Maine Cheese Guild presents Open Creamery Day 2014
MONROE - As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers' market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine's premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine's legendary orchards and drop-in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You'll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!
"Maine is a great place to be a cheese maker -- the quality of the milk we can produce here is unrivaled, and we have the steady support of Maine cheese lovers who seek out our products and provide essential feedback," says Eric Rector, president of the Maine Cheese Guild. "There's no better way to explore the breadth and depth of Maine's award winning cheeses than by visiting one or a bunch of them on Open Creamery Day. You'll meet the cheese maker, learn about why they make their cheeses, what new products are coming up, and often you get to visit with a dairy herd of goats, cows and/or sheep at the same time."
Moose populations down as winter ticks cull herd
PORTLAND, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether.
Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, citing the impact of winter ticks on their moose populations. In Minnesota, where ticks are among several factors that have cut the population by more than half in less than a decade, there will be no moose hunting season at all.
Come explore Xtreme Adventures
BREWER - There’s a new ropes course in Brewer where you can go over the edge - tied securely to a harness, that is. The specially designed course hopes to entertain and excite people of all ages, from grade schoolers to those enjoying their golden years. From the giant swing to the more challenging rings, there are over 40 obstacles to conquer at Xtreme Adventures, all intended to get your adrenalin pumping and your spirit soaring.
When owner Randy Spain thought about ways to maximize on property that he owned in Brewer, he thought of a ropes course.
Bug Maine-ia Infests Maine State Museum
AUGUSTA - Bug Maine-ia, Maine’s largest natural science education event, buzzes around the Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with 25 exhibitors providing hands-on displays, fascinating discoveries and fun for visitors of all ages. The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
“We look forward to Bug Maine-ia all year,” said Maine State Museum Chief Educator Joanna Torow. “It is truly a wonderful event, especially for teachers, parents and students, who can get some great up-close experiences with the creepy crawly world of insects and learn about the wide-ranging impact these tiny creatures have on our lives.”
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