Calendar of events: Have fun wherever you go!
Historic mansion open for ‘Winter Splendor’ tours in December; hosting murder mystery event in January
The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County was established by local women led by Caroline Rich in 1892. Its mission is to promote the cultural, educational and intellectual advancement of its members and the community and to maintain the historic Foss Mansion, its clubhouse at 19 Elm Street in Auburn, as a museum. The nonprofit organization hosts many events that are open to the public, some are free, and some have fees. Take a tour of the mansion when it is decked out for the holidays during the Winter Splendor open house 1-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, WLU will host its first Downton Abbey-inspired murder mystery complete with tea, desserts and a cash bar (must be 21 or older). The murder mystery entertainment will be provided by the professional theatrical performers of Mystery for Hire. You must reserve your seat by Jan. 9. Cost is $30 per person. Make check payable to WLU and mail to P.O. Box 1063, Auburn, ME 04211-1063. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 207-783-6764 and leave a message. To learn more about this organization and its events, visit www.womansliteraryunion.org/.
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will take place Feb. 12-14, 2016. Last year there were over 100 events around the state throughout the day and evening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many of the events are free. You’ll find the schedule of events will include winter hikes, owl watches, ice skating, and backpacking. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition, a network of partners dedicated to increasing connection to the outdoors for all people in Maine. For more information, visit http://www.greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org/.
AUBURN WINTER FESTIVAL
Many activities, some free, some require a fee, will be held during Auburn’s Winter Festival on Friday, Jan. 29, Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31, at various locations in Auburn. Activities include sledding, snowmobile rides, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, ice sculptures, torchlight parade, music and more.
For more information, visit www.auburnmaine.gov/.
Ice Festival of Lewiston-Auburn
The 4th annual Ice Festival of Lewiston-Auburn will be held Friday, Feb. 19, Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.
Ice Fest L/A is an extravaganza of deliciously frosty beverages served up with a twist; six ice bars, over a dozen gorgeous ice sculptures, live music, and light hors d’oeuvres from Green Ladle and a variety of local restaurants.
Last year over 3,000 people turned out, thus making Ice Fest L/A one of the largest in the state! We plan to feature ice sculptures, ice bars, ice carving demonstrations and an igloo.
The festival will open at 5 p.m. with a VIP event. The cost is $30 per person in advance. Tickets will be sold at the door if available, but this event usually sells out.
Each VIP ticket includes three hors d’oeuvres vouchers. Saturday night the festival starts at 5 p.m. and is general admission. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door if available.
Again, each ticket includes three hors d’oeuvres vouchers. The third day of the festival is Family Fun Day and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children under 18 are free. Adults are $2.50 in advance and $5 at the door. Want more specific updates, including music, food and bars? Visit www.facebook.com/IceFestivalOfLewistonAuburn/.
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series
Trail Monster Running is proud to host the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series test racers on three separate courses circling and climbing Bradbury Mountain in all manner of snow conditions.
In 2016, all races will start at 11 a.m. including:
Sunday, Jan. 24
Bradbury Squall, 3 miles
Bradbury White Out, 4 miles
Sunday, March 6
Bradbury Blizzard, 5 miles
You can register online. Cost is $20 per registration. Race and snow condition updates will be available here: www.facebook.com/bradburymountainsnowshoeseries
Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes for all our races. Snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to registered racers. An email will be sent to registered racers a week before each race to announce snowshoe availability. You must be registered to reserve snowshoes.
Even if you have previously requested snowshoes on your registration form, in a separate email, on Facebook, by carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc., you must respond to the email in order to be on the snowshoe loaner list.
Ultimately, all racers are responsible for having snowshoes at the race. In the same way that we cannot provide running shoes for everyone, we can’t be expected to provide snowshoes. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but having the proper gear is the racer’s responsibility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Please note: Parking at Bradbury Mountain State Park is very limited, and we encourage carpooling to the races whenever possible. Thank you.
Also note: All dogs must be leashed in the State Park and racing with your dog is not permitted (50 runners + singletrack + snowshoes + dogs = disaster).