Events

All events subject to change, please check ahead to verify.
All phone numbers are area code 207

December

Onging   Country Christmas in Bethel. Experience the Christmas season in this postcard-perfect New England village Shop locally, meet Santa, enjoy the lights, hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride, or take in a performance. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. FMI 800-442-5826, bethelmaine.com/country-christmas

Sleigh Rides at The Bethel Inn Resort. Leaving on the half-hour, 5-7:30pm. $20 for ages 11+, $15 for ages 4-10, free for 3 and under with an adult. Dec. 21, 25-31. FMI, reservations 824-2175, www.bethelinn.com

1 Songwriter Showcase. Fundraiser through these doors.Original music. The Hayloft at Dragonfly Barn. Doors open and tickets available at 7:00pm. Showtime 7:30pm–9:30pm. 95 Sanborns Grove Road, Bridgton. FMI 749-6160, Tickets www.BrownPaperTickets.com

1 Make a Wreath. Class at Fiber and Vine. 402 Main Street, Norway. 1-4pm. $40. FMI, registration www.fiberandvine.com 

3 Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season. USM Chamber Singers sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. Williston-Immanuel United Church. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555,
www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice

4-7 Christmas in Harrison. Village-wide celebration. Weds. – Christmas tree lighting. Thurs. – Soup & a Song: Community dinner, Christmas concert & live nativity. Fri. – Family entertainment, refreshments & Santa, Sat. – All day town event. 

5 USM Jazz Ensemble. Christopher Oberholtzer, director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

6 Cookies with Santa. Bryant Pond and Woodstock Elementary School. 6-7pm. Tree Lighting by Santa on the town common of Bryant Pond near the post office. Then the fire department brings Santa to Woodstock Elementary School where you can enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, games and activities while visiting with Santa. FMI 665-2228

6 Meat Roll Bingo. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 6:30pm. FMI 693-6285 

6 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

6-7 Paris Hill Holiday House Tour. This much-loved event includes nine historic, uniquely decorated homes. Also open for the tour are a number of public buildings including: the Academy, the Baptist Church, and the Library/Museum.What better way to kick off the holidays and get in the spirit! A luncheon will be hosted in the Paris Hill Academy Building for an additional $10 cost, and features hearty soups and cookie desserts. All proceeds from the House Tour events benefit the Paris Hill Academy, a 501c3 nonprofit, which has recently undergone extensive structural renovations. Tickets for either day are $25 for advance purchase, and $30 thereafter. Advance tickets may be purchased at 207tix.com/organizations/paris-hill-community-center. Physical tickets are also available in advance at the Tribune on Main Street in Norway (with no ticket fees) beginning November 1. House tours and luncheons when purchased at the Academy, the event’s starting point, or The Tribune in Norway, are cash only purchases. The Academy Building is located at 1 Academy Street, Paris, across from the Paris Hill Country Club. FMI 274-7611

7 Christmas Market and Festival of Trees. Vendors, food, drinks, and a raffle for the decorated Christmas trees! This is an outdoor event, noon to roughly 8pm. Also seeking vendors that have goods or food to sell. Spillover Motel, Stratton. FMI 246-6571

7 Make a Wreath. Class at Fiber and Vine. 402 Main Street, Norway. 1-4pm. $40. FMI, registration www.fiberandvine.com 

7 Festival of Trees. Fundraiser by the Farmington Rotary Club. Area businesses decorate Christmas trees to donate for auction. Trees are viewable from noon to 6pm, with the auction beginning at 6. Location TBD. FMI 684-4733

7 Shaker Christmas Fair. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. 10am-3pm. Enjoy this nostalgic tradition featuring Shaker goods, herbs, jelly, holiday specialties, baked goods, and more. FMI www.MaineShakers.com

7 Breakfast with Santa. 8-11am. Wilhelm Reich Museum’s Conference Center, Dodge Pond Road, Rangeley. FMI 864-3443

7 Holiday Open House. Rufus Porter Museum gift shop. 121 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2828, www.rufusportermuseum.org

7 Chester Greenwood Day. Annual celebration in downtown Farmington that includes a parade with earmuffs showcased on all of the floats, special sales at downtown businesses, a dip on Clearwater Lake by the local Polar Bear Club, gingerbread contest and more. The Taste of Farmington event held in the afternoon is an opportunity to enjoy samples from local eateries. FMI www.franklincountymaine.org

7 Christmas Tea and Fair. West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. 1-4pm. Enjoy a festive traditional tea and fair featuring Christmas and other handmade crafts, a cookie walk, attic treasures, and delicious food from bread to pickles.
FMI 824-2869, www.bethelcongregationalchurch.org

7 Craft Fair. Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association. Jewelry, hand-sewn clothing, decorations, accessories and more will be showcased by local artisans. UMF Olsen Student Center. 9am-3pm. FMI 778-3943 or 778-2791

7 Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair. Mountain Valley High School, Rumford. 9am-2pm. FMI 364-3241

7 Breakfast with Santa. Crescent Park School. 8am-1pm. Pancake breakfast with Santa, silent auction and book sale. 19 Crescent Street, Bethel. FMI 824-2839

7 Craft Fair. Farmington Emblem Club at the Farmington Elks Lodge. School Street, West Farmington. 9am-2pm. FMI or tables, call Debbie 778-3133

7 Christmas at the Mason House. Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. Visit Bethel Hill’s oldest surviving home and experience Christmas at the Mason House. The first floor period rooms will be decorated in traditional 19th century style and lit by candles. Step back in time as you enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Free, but donations welcome. 3:30-6pm. FMI 824-2908, www.bethelhistorical.org

7 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison.   Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

7 Light Up Main Street Jingle Walk. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch Main Street businesses in Bethel light up one-by-one as carolers walk towards the town common to light the Christmas tree. Santa will accompany the parade on a firetruck! Meet at Philbrook Place by 3:45pm to participate. Tree lighting on the common will take place at approximately 4:45pm. FMI 824-2282, www.bethelmaine.com 

7 Matt and the Barnburners. 8-11pm, Moose Alley, Rangeley. FMI 864-9955

7 Coat & Cupboard. Offering a large selection of free gently-used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, and blankets. A project of Old South Church’s youth group, Coat & Cupboard is located in the rear of the Holman Mission House, 227 Main Street, Farmington. We also welcome your donations of clean, warm outerwear! Noon-2pm

7-8 Opera Workshop Performance. Mostly Mozart. Malinda Haslett, stage director. Scott Wheatley, musical director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

7-8 Annual Holiday Production. Rumford Association for the Advancement of the Performing Arts, at Mountain Valley High School. FMI 369-0205

8 Wreath Making Workshop. Includes the wreath form, greenery, natural material and 1 custom bow. $15, refreshments served. RSVP to reserve for the 1pm or 2pm workshop. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

8 Make a Wreath. Class at Fiber and Vine. 402 Main Street, Norway. 1-4pm. $40. FMI, registration www.fiberandvine.com 

8 Public Breakfast. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 8-10am. FMI 693-6285

8 Mahoosuc Community Band Christmas Concert. West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. 4-5:30pm. Come listen to a wonderful collection of Christmas music and traditional favorites. Refreshments following the concert. Donations welcomed. FMI facebook.com/Mahoosuc-Community-Band

8 Walk to Bethlehem. Annual pageant at Rangeley Inn and Church of the Good Shepherd. 5:30pm. FMI 864-5000

8 Holiday Party. Western Maine Art Group. 5-8pm. Matolcsy Art Center, 480 Main Street, Norway. FMI 393-3912 

8 Christmas Cantata. Locke Mills Union Church. 4pm. Performed by the community choir from area churches. Snow date – Dec. 15. Route 26, Locke Mills

8 Santa Sunday Sunday River. Signature event, celebrating the arrival of winter and the upcoming holiday season, with more than 250 Santas cruising down to South Ridge. All money raised goes towards the River Fund. Santas must be in full Santa-attire. Registration, FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

9 Open House. Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce at Maurice Restaurant, 109 Main St.,South Paris, 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

10 Telstar Winter Concert. Telstar High and Middle school’s choruses and bands perform their winter concert, led by Jennifer Bennett and Tom Coolidge. 7pm. Telstar Regional High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. FMI 824-2136

11 Bid of Christmas. Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. Food, raffles, silent auction and cash bar. 5:30–7:30pm at Spring Meadows Golf Club in Gray. FMI info@sebagolakeschamber.com

13 Memphis Lightning. 8-11pm, Moose Alley, Rangeley. FMI 864-9955

13 Fish Fry. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 5-6pm. FMI 693-6285

13 Take ME Downtown for the Holidays. An extended hours shopping event in Downtown Norway. 5-7pm. FMI www.norwaydowntown.org

13 Community Chorus Holiday Concert. Church of the Good Shepherd, Rangeley. FMI  864-5000

13 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

13-14     ECW Holiday Fair. Church of the Good Shepherd, Undercroft 2614 Main Street. 9am-2pm. Church of the Good Shepherd, Undercroft, 2614 Main Street, Rangeley. FMI 864-3381

13-15     Mountain Holly Days. Rangeley Region Holiday events, various locations, all day. FMI 864-5571

13-16     Winterfest Weekend. Sunday River. What better way to celebrate Sunday River’s 60th Birthday than a Birthday Bash Weekend, known to many as Winterfest? It’s all about fun on snow plus a plethora of activities to celebrate! Meet Santa, $6 night skiing (4-8 pm), fireworks at South Ridge at 8:30pm on Saturday, and more! FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

14 Shop Local. Reusable shopping bags given out to customers by local retail merchants as a thank you for shopping downtown. Norway Downtown. FMI www.norwaydowntown.org

14 Make a Wreath. Class at Fiber and Vine. 402 Main Street, Norway. 1-4pm. $40. FMI, registration www.fiberandvine.com 

14 Christmas in the Valley Parade. Community celebration in Rumford. FMI 364-3241

14Santa Loop. The Farmington Downtown Association invites families to a free and fun event. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride throughout downtown, with stops to write a letter to Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, a visit with Santa and more! All day event. FMI www.downtownfarmington.com

14 Festival of Trees. Rumford Town Hall Auditorium. FMI beautifyrumford@gmail.com

14 Snowmobile Hill Climb. Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

14-15     Christmas in Carthage. Community Holiday Celebration. FMI Jan, 562-8876

15 Make a Wreath. Class at Fiber and Vine. 402 Main Street, Norway. 1-4pm. $40. FMI, registration www.fiberandvine.com 

17 Heather Pierson. Musical meditations on piano. The Hayloft at Dragonfly Barn. Doors open and tickets available at 7:00pm. Showtime 7:30pm–9:30pm. 95 Sanborns Grove Road, Bridgton. FMI 749-6160, Tickets www.BrownPaperTickets.com

18 Winter/Holiday Centerpiece. Includes greenery and natural materials, a custom bow of your choice, and the oasis. Please bring a waterproof tabletop container for your arrangement. $7.  The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

20 Yulefest Concert. Take in the sounds of the holidays as the school’s band, chorus group, and student vocalists set the stage for a holiday performance in Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy. 3pm. FMI 824-7700, www.gouldacademy.org

20 Meat Roll Bingo. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 6:30pm. FMI 693-6285

21-29      Christmas Vacation Week. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley.  FMI 237-2000, www.sugarloaf.com

22 Living Nativity. Bethel Town Common. Actors and live animals recreate the Nativity scene at 5pm. Enjoy refreshments afterward at the Dr. Moses Mason House. FMI facebook.com/BethelAllianceChurchBethelME

22 Public Breakfast. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 8-10am. FMI 693-6285

27 Fish Fry. American Legion Post # 155, 26 Casco Road, Naples. 5-6pm. FMI 693-6285

31 New Year’s Eve. Escape Room event at the Spillover Motel, Stratton. Try to get out and solve a murder! Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. FMI 246-6571

January 2020 

Ongoing    Sleigh Rides at The Bethel Inn Resort. Leaving on the half-hour, 5-7:30pm. $20 for ages 11+, $15 for ages 4-10, free for 3 and under with an adult. Jan. 4, 11, 18, 19, 25. FMI, reservations 824-2175, www.bethelinn.com

1 Carter’s Last Stand. Carter’s XC Ski Center. Come celebrate the 34th annual event with a New Year ski or snowshoe. 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

3 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

3-5 Women’s Adventure Weekend. Sunday River. After a busy holiday season, it’s time to unwind with a weekend of fun on the mountain. With ski and stay packages and parties galore, all for women, this will become your favorite post-holiday tradition. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

4 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

4 Skate Ski Clinic. With Sarah Carter. $10. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. 10:30am. FMI www.wfltmaine.org

5 National Winter Trails Day. Carter’s XC Ski Center. Free rentals & trail pass for beginners after 1pm. 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

6-10 Children’s Festival. Sunday River. Celebration of skiing families with a full schedule of events and great deals that allow kids to ski and stay for free. Events and activities will include fireworks, tubing, nighttime fun, and dinners with Eddy the Yeti. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

9 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Warriors Sports Club, 17 Madison Ave., Oxford. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

10 Full Moon Snowshoe. Noyes Mountain. Moderate-strenuous 2.4-mile route snowshoe to summit to catch the sunset. Noyes Mountain Preserve, 172 Richardson Hollow Road, Greenwood. Weather permitting. Bring headlamps. 5pm.
FMI www.wfltmaine.org

10-12     Sugarloaf Together. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.sugarloaf.com 

12 Vertical Challenge. Mt. Abram Ski Resort. A free casual ski and snowboard race where skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, attendees enjoy a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages, plus prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain. 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI 875-5000, www.mtabram.com

16 Free Ski Night. Sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank. 4-9pm, Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

17 Snowmobile Hill Climb. Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

18 Black Light Party. DJ Brando at Black Mountain of Maine. Rumford. FMI 364-8977

18-20     Martin Luther King Weekend. Mt. Abram Ski Resort. Events all weekend including the Ski and Ride NE Party and Friends of Mt. Abram casino night. 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood.
FMI 875-5000, www.mtabram.com

19 Nordic Biathlon. Combining target and skiing skills. 3x1K or 3x2K races for adults and youth. Pre-registration: $10 adults/ $5 youth. ($15/$10 on-site). Target practice starts at 9:30am, race at 11am. We supply air rifles. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

20 Fun Ski Day. Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on skis with Sarah Carter. Bring your family for a few hours of games and skill building. Free access to equipment, all ages and abilities welcome! Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. 10am-12pm. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

23 Chili-Chowder Cook-Off. Kicks off Snodeo Weekend in Rangeley. 5pm. The Gingerbread House Restaurant, Oquossoc. 

23 Snodeo Casino Night. Bald Mountain Camps, 125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc. 6:30pm. FMI 864-3671

24 Welcome to Snodeo! Celebration at Moose Alley, Rangeley. 4pm. Live auction at 6:30pm. 

24-27     Veterans No Boundaries. Sunday River. Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation invites disabled veterans, active-duty personnel, and wounded warriors from all over the country along with their families and caregivers for five days of camaraderie, skiing, and self-discovery. FMI 800-639-7770, www.maineadaptive.org

25 Charity Summit. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

25 Skijoring Basics. Clinic and race. Bring your own dog and running harness. $10. 10am clinic, 2k or 5k races at noon. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway.
FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

25 Rangeley Snodeo. All day events in the Rangeley Region. Rock Maple X Country Races & Tame The Track Vintage Racing starting at 9am at Steven Bean Municipal Airport, and The Rave X Show at Boss Power Equipment at 2pm. The Parade begins at 5:30pm from The Rangeley Inn, travels down Main Street, and onto the lake for a spectacular fireworks show. FMI 864-5571, www.rangeleymaine.com

25 Revitalizing String Instructional Repertory. With Andrew Dabczynski. Trends in orchestral pedagogical music composition. USM School of Music, sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation. FMI 780-5555

26 Fat Bike Race. 5k and 10K fat bike races. Online at www.bikereg.com/roberts-farm-fat-bike: $25 ($30 day of race). Green Machine rentals available. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

26 Wood Ski Day. Carter’s XC Ski Center.  Free trail pass for folks on wood skis. Green Ice Wax Co. will give a free wax demo of its 100% biodegradable product and help you wax your skis. 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

26 Fat-Tire Bike Loppet. 5th Annual event at Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn Road. 10am. Always check website for current events and schedule changes/additions.
FMI rangeleylakestrailscenter.org

26-27    Special Olympics Maine. Winter Games at Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

27-30    Seniors Week. Sunday River. Activities this week celebrate the young at heart with activities galore, special lodging packages, and deals all throughout the week. Activities include Ski with the Prime Time Ski Club, apres ski parties, socials, a wine paired dinner, and comedy nights. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

31-Feb 2   Pond Hockey Festival. 14th Annual Event in Rangeley. All day on Haley Pond. FMI 805-722-9172

31-Mar 4   Bridgton Art Guild Show. Gallery 302. 112 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2787, www.gallery302.com

February

Ongoing    Sleigh Rides at The Bethel Inn Resort. Leaving on the half-hour, 5-7:30pm. $20 for ages 11+, $15 for ages 4-10, free for 3 and under with an adult. Feb. 1, 8, 14-22, 29. FMI, reservations 824-2175, www.bethelinn.com

1 Chef Summit. Sunday River. Presented by Sunday River and O’Maine Studios, the 5th annual Chef Summit brings 12 top chefs from Maine and New England to the mountains of Sunday River for a spectacular, one-night culinary event. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

1 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

2 Hawk Mountain Snowshoe. Gentle 20 minute hike to a spectacular overlook. Meet at Western Foothills Land Trust lot, Hawk Mountain Road, Waterford. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

2 Snowmaggedon Fat Bike Race. Bethel Village Trails. Partnering with Barker Mountain Bikes and The Bethel Inn Resort, this race offers excellently groomed trails, prizes and after-race party with lunch and beer at The Millbrook Tavern. FMI 824-6276, www.mahoosucpathways.org 

6-8 Polar Blast. Held in the villages of Eustis and Stratton. Winter wonderland surrounded by rugged mountains, just minutes from Sugarloaf. Snowmobile on over 150 miles of groomed trails. Game night, silent auction, bonfire, cardboard slide, fireworks, karaoke, breakfast, bake/yard sale, chili-chowder-stew contest, radar runs, more. FMI www.arnoldtrailsnowmobileclub.com

7 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

7-8 Winterfest. Winter Celebration at Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

7-9 White Out Weekend. Sunday River. All about stellar skiing and riding, special events, including a themed party, fireworks, and après-ski socials, all hosted by Sunday River Resort in association with The OutRyders, New England’s largest GLBTQ ski and snowboard club.
FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

8 Annual Fly-In. Bald Mountain Camps. 125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc. 12-4pm. FMI 864-3671

8 FreeHeeler’s Telemark Festival. Sunday River. As a full day dedicated to freeing the heel, The FreeHeeler’s Demo Tour by Telemarkdown showcases the latest telemark gear. And the best part, it’s all free! Demo skis will be set up at the South Ridge Base Area, and the Sunday River SnowSports School will be hosting two free lessons at 10am and 1pm. 
FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

8 Blessing of the Sleds. Mountain Valley Middle School, Mexico. FMI 562-4690

8 Flying Moose Classic XC Ski Race. Bethel Village Trails. This annual Nordic ski favorite hosted by the Bethel Outing Club features two lengths: 20km and 10km, as well as a 2.5km youth race. The 20km race is part of the New England Nordic Ski Association Zak and Club Cup Series. FMI 824-7237, www.bethelouting.org

9 Valentines Day. With Lantz and Kargul. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland. FMI 780-5555

9 Crystal Lake Derby. Gray. Fishing, ice shanty competition, polar plunge, music, comedy. Supports Maine Military through the USO. Weather permitting. FMI www.CrystalLakeParks.org/News/IceFishingDerby

9 Nordic Biathlon. Combining target and skiing skills. 3x1K or 3x2K races for adults and youth. Pre-registration $10 adults/ $5 youth. ($15/$10 on-site). Target practice starts at 9:30am, race at 11am. We supply air rifles. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

9 Annual Snowmobile Ride-In. Hope Association, Rumford. FMI 364-4561

13 Free Ski Night. Sponsored by Oxford Federal Credit Union. 4-9pm, Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

14 Valentines Dance. Mellie Dunham Contra Dance. Honoring Norway’s renowned fiddler and snowshoe maker. $5 individual, $20 family. Beginners welcome. Norway Grange Hall. 15 Whitman Street, Norway. 6-8pm. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

15 Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Winter Carnival. Fishing, snowmobile races, food and lots more. FMI www.MaineLakesWinterCarnival.com

15 World Record Snowmobile Ride. Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis, 11am, Bald Mountain Camps, Mooselookmeguntic Lake. FMI 864-3671

15 Norway Snowshoe Festival. 2K, 5K, 10K snowshoe races 10-11:30 Pre-registration: $10 adult/$5 youth. On-site: $15/$10.  Snowshoe fashion parade: 11:30-12:30, family snowshoe games: 12:30-2. Three-legged race, 100-yard dash, musical chairs, egg & spoon, pulk-pull, tug-o-war, significant other carry. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

15 Rangeley Public Library Spaghetti Supper. 5-7pm, Episcopal Church Undercroft. FMI  864-2938

15-16     Sebago Lake Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. Prizes for top six places; largest togue and top three largest pike. Fish pool prizes. Polar Dip at Raymond Beach. FMI www.IceFishingDerby.com

15-23     School Vacation Week. Carter’s XC Ski Center. Special kids’ activities, scavenger hunt, ski games and more all week long. 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

15-23     School Vacation Week. Mt. Abram Ski Resort. Activities all week long include a torchlight parade, Wild West Wednesday, Fitch-Gilpatrick Memorial Race, ski club auction, family events, and more. 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI 875-5000, www.mtabram.com

15-23     School Vacation Week. Sunday River Resort. Trail conditions are at their peak and the whole week is stacked with fun on and off the slopes. Plus, the lights stay on all week for night skiing and special evening performances. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

16 5th Annual Winterpaloozah! Haley Pond Park & Rangeley Town Park. 10am. FMI 864-2771 or 864-5571

16 Amundsen Fat Bike Dash. 5k and 10K fat bike race. Online at www.bikereg.com/roberts-farm-fat-bike: $25 /$30 on-site. Green Machine rentals available. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

17 Family Fun Ski Day. Celebrate the season on skis with Sarah Carter. Bring your family for a few hours of games and skill building. Free access to equipment, all ages and abilities welcome! Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. 10am-12pm. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

18-21     EcoVenture – Winter Session. Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, 2424 Main Street, Rangeley. 9am-3pm. FMI 864-7311

19 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

19 Full Moon Snowshoe. Hawk Mountain. Moderate 20 minute snowshoe to a spectacular overlook.  Meet at Western Foothills Land Trust parking area, Hawk Mountain Road, Waterford. Bring headlamps. Need snowshoes? staff@wfltmaine.org. 5:30pm. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

20 Sledding at Shepard’s Farm Preserve. Bring saucers, toboggans, and scoops (or borrow one of ours) for an afternoon of family sledding! All ages welcome. 121 Crockett Ridge Road, Norway. 12-2pm. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

22 Skijoring Clinic and Race. By Nansen’s. Bring your own dog and harness. $10 entry. 10am clinic, 2k or 5k races at noon. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway.
FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

23 Shackleton Endurance. XC Ski Challenge. $35 entry is your 2020 Western Foothills Land Trust membership! Prizes for most laps male, female, and family. You may leave the course, return at any point. Register: runsignup.com/Race/ME/Norway/ShackletonsEnduranceChallenge. Roberts Farm, Norway.  Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. On-site opens at 8:30am. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

23 NENSA Women’s XC Ski Day. A celebration of women’s xc skiing in Bethel that includes a day of on-snow clinics for skiers of all abilities with female instructors, lunch featuring an inspirational speaker, and a raffle, all with an emphasis on relaxed, fun learning with other women. FMI, sign up at 824-6276, www.nensa.net/women-2, www.mahoosucpathways.org

26 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

28-Mar 8    Dear Edwina. A collaboration between the USM School of Music and Department of Theater. Music by Zina Goldrich, books and lyrics by Marcy Heiser, directed by Joyce Presutti, musical direction by Edward Reichert. Co-sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution. FMI, tickets 780-5151

29 Bancroft and Broomhall. Relay Ski Races. Honoring local Olympic legends Chummy Broomhall (1948,1952 games), and Leslie Bancroft (1980, 1988 games). Male or female 3-skier teams: 3x2k or 3x5k races. Registration: $10 adults/ $5 youth. ($15/$10 on-site). Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

March

Ongoing   Sleigh Rides at The Bethel Inn Resort. Leaving on the half-hour, 5-7:30pm. $20 for ages 11+, $15 for ages 4-10, free for 3 and under with an adult. Mar. 7, 14, 21. FMI, reservations 824-2175, www.bethelinn.com

1 Hooked on Fishing Kid’s Derby. Range Pond State Park, Poland. Introduction to ice fishing. FMI www.IceFishingDerby.com

3-6 Mono-Ski Training Clinic. Sunday River. Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation hosts a 3-day clinic for mono-skiers. Clinics are taught by skilled mono-skiers, with the goal of improving individual skiing ability and comfort level in all aspects of the sport. New this year – a training clinic for youth ages 9-15. FMI 800-639-7770, www.maineadaptive.org

4 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

5 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Daddy O’s, 1570 Main St., Oxford. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

6 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664 

6 Master Class. What’s so classical about classical guitar? With Maine-based guitarist Tim Pence. USM School of Music, sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

6-7 WinterKids Downhill 24. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.sugarloaf.com

7 Music Education Workshop. An all-day music education professional development day for music educators. 7:30am to 4pm. FMI 780-5555

7 Skijoring Basics. Clinic and race. Bring your own dog and running harness. $10. 10am clinic, 2k or 5k races at noon. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

7 Mary’s Firemen for a Cure. 17th Annual  Race at Sunday River. This year’s firefighter’s race will be put on by Mary’s Firemen for A Cure to raise money for breast cancer research.
FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

7 Rangeley Lakes Loppet. 25th Annual Legendary Nordic Ski Event. 8:30am. Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road. Always check website for current events and schedule changes/additions. FMI rangeleylakestrailscenter.org

7 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

11 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

12 Legends of Maine GS. Race at Mt. Abram Ski Resort. Giant Slalom Race for skiers 50 years of age and older. A great time showing off that you still have what it takes! Medals and prizes awarded for age categories 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ in Loose Boots Lounge afterward. Registration at 9am, race starts at 1pm. The Legends Race benefits the Ski Museum of Maine. 308 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI www.skimuseumofmaine.org

13 Collaborative Event. USM School of Music and Department of Art. USM Art Gallery, Gorham. 8pm. FMI 780-5555

14 Concert on the Ice. Bald Mountain Camps, 125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc. 5-10pm. FMI  864-3671

15 Nordic Biathlon. Combining target and skiing skills. 3x1K or 3x2K races for adults and youth. Pre-registration $10 adults/ $5 youth. ($15/$10 on-site). Target practice starts at 9:30am, race at 11am. We supply air rifles. Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road, Norway. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

15 Moose Dash Snowshoe Race. 7th Annual Event. 10:30am. Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road. Always check website for current events and schedule changes/additions. FMI 864-4309,  rangeleylakestrailscenter.org

18 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

21 Carter’s XC BBB Event . Join us for the end-of-season party with Bikes, Burgers, and Brownies! Bring your own fat bikes to ride the trails (some rentals available), fat biking demos, local farm’s burgers, and more! 786 Intervale Road, Bethel. FMI 824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com

21 Vernal Equinox Snowshoe. Shepard’s Farm Preserve, 121 Crockett Ridge Road, Norway.  Need Snowshoes? staff@wfltmaine.org. FMI www.wfltmaine.org 

21 Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo. Fishing guides and outfitters, camps, retail vendors, fishing presentations and seminars, videos, fly tying competitions, outdoor authors and artists, a casting area to test drive new rods, kids’ fly tying bench, silent auction, raffles with prizes drawn every hour. Gould Academy Field House, Bethel. FMI www.mollyockettu.org

21 Shipyard Brew Haus Apres Relay. Sunday River. A relay race like no other, with fun activities on-snow at White Cap.FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

21 Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon. 35th Annual Maine Adaptive event at Sunday River. Hundreds of skiers, riders, volunteers, participants, and community members join together to raise money in support of Maine Adaptive’s year-round adaptive sports programming. Start a team, register for the race, or donate today. FMI 824-2440, www.maineadaptive.org

21-22     Maine Maple Weekend. Visit Maine’s maple syrup producers statewide. Most sugar houses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March, although some sugarhouses are offering events for both Saturday and Sunday. Please be sure to check with each sugarhouse to know what times they will be open, and the activities they offer. FMI www.MaineMapleProducers.com

21-22    Annual Banked Slalom. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

25 Winter Lecture Series. Free (donations gratefully accepted). Tea at 3:30pm, lecture at 4pm. Lecture topics to be announced. The McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris. FMI 743-8820 

27 Thomas Parchman, Clarinet. Faculty recital. USM School of Music. Corthell Concert Hall. FMI 780-5555

27-29     Family Fun Weekend. Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford. FMI 364-8977

28 Maine Brew Fest. Sunday River. Beer samplings from as many as 100 Maine craft brewers. It’s a delicious way to sample your way through the state, all in one place, along with spring skiing and riding. Live music slope side at South Ridge, along with a barbecue and family-friendly fun at the first of two Spring Après Concerts. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

29 Considering Matthew Shepard. ChoralArt Singers, Camerata, & Masterworks. University of Southern Maine Chorale. Robert Russell, Director. FMI 780-5555

29 Eat The Heat Chili Cook-off. Sunday River. Local restaurants and hometown heroes compete to make sure your taste buds sing! A panel of celebrity judges will determine who wins Best Chili, while you vote for People’s Choice. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

April

2 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Sunrise Design, 29 Main St., Suite #3, Norway. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

3 Faculty Concert Series. Keith Crook, classical guitar. USM School of Music, 8pm. Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555,
www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

3 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664

3-5 Spring Fest Weekend. Sunday River. Celebration of the return of spring, complete with a huge tropical party, outdoor concerts, and great spring skiing and riding. Saturday brings the 7th Annual Slip ‘n’ Flip relay competition, plus all-afternoon music, brews, cocktails, BBQs and food stations. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

4-5 Haggler’s Weekend. Barn on 26 Antiques. Have some fun and get great deals on wonderful antiques and collectibles. 9am-5pm. You make the first move – make your best offer on any item over $10. If we can accept, we will. We reserve the right to refuse or counter offer, but all reasonable offers will be considered. Be prepared to pay IN FULL with cash (best deal), check, charge. Shipping/delivery arrangements can be made later. Offer in person, by phone, or email on these 2 days ONLY! 361 Shaker Road, Route 26, Gray. FMI 657-3470, www.barnon26.com

4-May 15    Bridgton Art Guild Show. Gallery 302. 112 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2787, www.gallery302.com

4 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

4 Musical Theatre Studio Recital. Students of Edward Reichert. USM School of Music, 2pm.
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

5 Voice Studio Recital. USM School of Music, 2pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

9-12 Annual Reggae Festival. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

11 Pond-a-Palooza. Plus Spring Apres Concert #2. Sunday River. What’s spring at a ski resort without pond skimming? Costumes weigh heavy on your score, so come suited up in anything but a wet suit! Prizes of all sorts will go out to the winners! Enjoy the second concert of live music in South Ridge Base area. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

11 Ten Town Easter Egg Hunt. Community celebration in the River Valley region. FMI 364-3241

12 Passholder BBQ. Sunday River. Enjoy a delicious BBQ and fun for the whole family to celebrate another incredible winter season. Free for all season passholders. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

13 Jazz Voice Studio Recital. Students of Taylor O’Donnell, USM School of Music, 2pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Free. FMI 780-5555

14-15     Artist in Residence. Marie-France Lefebvre, piano and vocal master class sponsored by Warren Memorial Foundation. 12-5pm each day. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free. FMI 780-5555

16 USM Youth Ensembles. Spring Instrumental Concert sponsored by Macy’s. Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, Portland Young People’s String Consort, Portland Youth Junior Orchestra. Merrill Auditorium. 7pm. Suggested donation $8/$5. FMI 780-5555

17 Composers Showcase. Concert featuring the USM Composers Ensemble directed by Daniel Sonenberg. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free. FMI 780-5555

18 Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. Robert Lehmann, conductor. USM School of Music. Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

18 The Great Tailgate. Sunday River. Pack up the grill and head to the slopes to ski, ride, and work on your goggle tan in spring conditions. Enjoy live music, cornhole tournament, games, tailgate decorating contest and general springtime revelry. FMI 800-543-2754, www.sundayriver.com

18 East Coast Pond Skimming. Championship event at Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. FMI 237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

19 USM Concert Band. Jackie Townsend, conductor. USM School of Music, McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

20 USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Taylor O’Donnell, director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

23 USM Jazz Ensemble. Christopher Oberholtzer, director. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

24 Faculty Concert Series. Daniel Sonenberg, composer. Concert performance of his chamber opera, Girl in Six Beats, in a new orchestration for chamber ensemble. USM School of Music, 8pm. Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

24-26    Oxford Hills Home Show. Model home show and sales at multiple locations along Route 26 in Oxford. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

25 Best Dog on Earth Day. 4th Annual Event, celebrating dogs and Earth Day. 10am. Start and Finish at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce (6 Park Road)

25 43rd Annual Honors Recital. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall. Free, reservations recommended. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

28 USM Chamber Singers. Nicolas Alberto Dosman, conductor. USM School of Music, Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland. $8/$5. FMI 780-5555,
 www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

30 Dinner & Awards Banquet. River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Location, details TBA. FMI 364-3241

May

1 Faculty Concert Series. Anastasia Antonacos, piano. USM School of Music, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. $15/$10/$5. FMI 780-5555, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice 

1 Free Wine Tasting. Fiber and Vine, 5-7pm. 402 Main Street, Norway. FMI 739-2664 

1 Annual Awards Celebration. The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce shows appreciation for the people who make the Bethel area so special. Enjoy a fun night of celebration with a cocktail reception, awards ceremony, and silent auction. FMI 824-2282, www.bethelmaine.com

2 Texas Hold’em Poker. VFW on Route 35 in Harrison. Doors open at 12pm, the game begins at 1pm. Proceeds from the game provide for those in need in our local communities.

7 Business After Hours. Oxford Hills Chamber at Northeast Bank, 1399 Maine St, Poland. 5:30-7pm. FMI 743-2281, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com

9 May Day 5k Run/Walk. Come join the 4th Annual 5k run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk presented by Bethel Family Health Center. All proceeds help K-12 kids with scholarships for after-school enrichment activities. Hosted by Rotary Club of Bethel. 10am. Crescent Park Elementary School, 19 Crescent Street, Bethel. FMI www.bethelrotary.org 

16 Pig-A-Palooza. Roast and pulled pork dinner, dancing, bonfire, corn hole tournament with prizes, Adirondack chair auction and more! Franklin County Children’s Task Force at Titcomb Mountain, Farmington

17 Sugarloaf Marathon. Carrabassett Valley. FMI237-2000, www.Sugarloaf.com

22 Artist Reception. Gallery 302. 5-7pm. 112 Main Street, Bridgton. FMI 647-2787, www.gallery302.com

24 Rangeley RuKaBi Race. 3rd Annual Event. 10am. Rangeley Town Park. FMI  864-5571, 864-3055

25 Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog. Pre-registration required. FMI www.maineshakers.com/workshops

30 Library Plant Sale. Always the first Saturday after Memorial Day. Get there early for the best selection on perennials and more! 9-10am, Bethel Library, 5 Broad Street. FMI 824-2520, www.bethellibraryassociation.org