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Welcome to Western Maine Only a few hours north of greater Boston is an unmatched combination of small town hospitality, soul-soothing quiet, and opportunity for rest and recreation. The Bethel area of Western Maine has everything a visitor could wish for: world-class golf, scenic drives, hiking, fishing, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking, camping, antiquing and horseback riding. And, at day’s end, comfortable lodging and a wide range of dining. All this is set in one of Maine’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, the rugged Mahoosuc Range, the northern reach of the betterknown White Mountains. We hope this guide will give you a taste of the summer pleasures that await you in Western Maine.
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Take a Vacation “Upta Camp”.....................................................3
Real Estate & Vacation Rentals.............................................29
Shops & Services...................................................................30-31
Climbing Old Speck in Grafton Notch............................6-7
Hiking.......................................................................................................8 Fishing.....................................................................................................9 Sunday River.....................................................................................10 Cycling...................................................................................................11 White Mountain National Forest...................................12-13 Bethel Historical Society............................................................14 Weddings............................................................................................15 Gardner Roberts Memorial Library......................................18 Gilead Historical Landmarks...................................................19 Calendar of Events................................................................20-24
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On the cover: The annual Bethel Art Fair takes place on the Bethel Common in July and features artists, artisans, live theater and music from throughout the region and beyond. This year’s event is July 5 and 6. Produced by the Mahoosuc Arts Council, it is expected to feature more than 55 exhibitors. Here, a dancer performs on the Common’s gazebo. Photo by Aranka Maltolcsy Summer in Western Maine 1
Tee it up! Golfers vacationing in Bethel can play two top courses located within 10 minutes of each other.
Bethel Inn Resort Located right in Bethel Village, just a chip shot from the Bethel common, the Bethel Inn Resort has one of the most interesting and fun courses in Maine. Seven holes remain from the Bethel Inn’s historic 1915 layout, and are blended with 11 newer holes by architect Geoffrey Cornish. When Cornish designed the additional holes in 1989, he completed
what many now describe as one of the finest courses in New England. Cornish took advantage of the natural hazards and land flow on the site to create a championship course that now measures 6,663 yards from the back tees. All of the holes at Bethel, old and new, serve up stunning views of the surrounding mountains and offer five tee positions to accommodate a variety of players.
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Over the years, the golf course and resort have received many accolades. “Quintessential mountain golf at its best” by Northeast Golf Magazine and “Among the 25 best places in the U.S. to host an unforgettable family gathering” by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The golf school is one of the best and most affordable in New England, emphasizing very small class size, personalized on-course PGA instruction, video analysis, unlimited golf with carts and all meals, and over 200 acres of resort activities. For tee times, call (207) 8246276. For golf school and resort information at the Bethel Inn Resort, call (207) 824-2175 or visit bethelinn.com.
Sunday River Golf Club The Sunday River Golf Club is perched on a hill at the edge of the Sunday River Valley and overlooks the majestic Mahoosuc Mountain Range.
The course was designed by none other than Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The Ivy-educated Jones, who authored a book on course design and served as president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, is essentially golf course architecture royalty and has designed more than 270 courses on six continents— many of them award-winning. Sunday River’s course has been listed as one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 must-play courses in the country and the No. 1 public course in Maine by Golfweek Magazine. Prior to its construction, Jones said that the course would strike “a balance between challenge and playability,” and has since called it “one of the most outstanding courses we have had the opportunity to develop.” Sunday River’s golf course has 18 self-contained fairways that are among the widest in Maine. Sunday River plays to more than 7,100 yards from
the championship tees and just over 5,000 yards from the forward tees, with two additional sets of tees in between to suit golfers of all abilities. As it is one of the most scenic and technical courses in New England, it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the region’s favorites. The golf facility includes a driving range with multiple target greens and an expansive practice green, all with spectacular mountain views. The 10,000 square-foot clubhouse is fashioned from log and stone, and features a deck overlooking the course, a grill serving lunch, and a complete pro shop stocked with equipment and apparel. The Jordan and Grand Summit Hotels are located just minutes from the acclaimed course and offer lodging packages, which include breakfast. To learn more about the Sunday River Golf Club, visit sundayriver.com. Photo: Sunday River Resort
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Bethel Area Camps & Cottages Three camps close to hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, golf, wildlife watching Planning a vacation to the Western Maine mountains? Whether your idea of the perfect escape is a quiet week on a lake with a stack of books and board games, or a series of day trips to experience all that the area has to offer, you’ll find that a cabin, cottage, or camp makes an ideal headquarters for your summer getaway. In the middle part of the last century, many vacationers began to discover the charms of a peaceful retreat in the Maine woods. Here, they could take a break to enjoy life at a slower pace—fishing, paddling, swimming, or just relaxing on a sunny deck or screened porch, falling asleep at night to the sounds of loon calls and lapping waves. For today’s busy families, time spent together at a camp
or cottage is an opportunity to create memories, to leave behind work and worries for a laid-back vacation experience that will never be forgotten. The Bethel area is home to hundreds of these traditional Maine vacation homes, and many of them are available to rent by the week, month, or season. Offerings range from rustic camps that let you step back in time to a simpler era,
to well-appointed waterfront homes equipped with luxurious amenities. For information about finding your own special camp or cottage to rent or buy, contact a Bethel rental or real estate agency.
Campgrounds For those who like roughing it a bit more, the area also offers several campgrounds.
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Kayak or canoe the Androscoggin The Androscoggin Canoe Trail Eight access points along the beautiful Androscoggin River allow kayakers and canoeists to enjoy short or long paddles throughout the Bethel region. In summer months the trip is generally a gentle one, with plenty of opportunity to watch for moose, eagles and other wildlife. There are some areas of rapids, so boaters should use caution. High water can also create swift currents. Because Route 2 generally follows the path of the river, most access points are right off the road. They include: the Shelburne Bridge off Meadow Road in New Hampshire (on the Maine/N.H. border); Bridge
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Street in Gilead; Newt’s Landing off Ferry Road in West Bethel; Bethel Outdoor Adventure off Route 2; Davis Park off Route 26 in Bethel; Moran’s Landing off Route 2 in Hanover; Hanover Boat Launch off Route 2 in Hanover; Rumford Boat Launch off Route 2 in Rumford. Some are public while others are on private land. In all cases, please be respectful of the land and wildlife along the river by packing out trash, refraining from campfires and checking for invasive plants on your craft before putting in. (Note: be mindful of poison ivy along the riverbank). For more on paddling the river, go to mahoosuc.org/ androcanoe.html.
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For those who wish to rent their craft, kayaks and canoes (and information) are available at Bethel Outdoor Adventure, located on the Androscoggin next to the Route 2 bridge in Bethel. Many lakes in the Bethel area also have public boat access, including Lake Christopher and North, South and Round ponds in Greenwood and Woodstock.
Other water bodies In addition to the Androscoggin River, the Saco River in Southwestern Maine is a favorite of canoeists and kayakers. Larger lakes within an hour’s drive include Lake Umbagog, Richardson Lake, and Kezar Lake. Photo: Mac Davis
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Guides will show you the way If you can picture yourself enjoying the Maine wilderness, but aren’t comfortable striking out on your own, guide services in the Bethel area offer outings that range from day trips to week-long adventures. Registered Maine guides lead hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and even ATV trips for a variety of ability levels, for both adults and families. Try a moose-watching day trip by canoe in the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, learn to flyfish or ride the whitewater of a Western Maine river, or if you already have outdoor recreation experience, hone your skills in the able hands of a guide instructor. Want to spend several days exploring the wild? Take an extended canoe trip down the Allagash River, learn the natural history, and enjoy eve-
nings by the fire eating food prepared by your guides. One area guide service even specializes in activities for corporate groups who want to take a break from conference, whether for fun or as a teambuilding experience. However you want to spend your outdoor time in the Bethel area, there’s a guide service that can plan it for you. Among services in the region are: Mahoosuc Guide Service, (207) 824-2073,
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Climbing Old Speck in Grafton Notch By Cherri Crockett Welcome to Grafton Notch, where you’ll hike the same paths of the thousands of thru-hikers who travel the historic Appalachian Trail each year and find breathtaking views from nearby Table Rock, West and East Baldpate, Eyebrow Loop, Old Speck, and the 39-mile Grafton Loop Trail. Whether you’re looking to spend the afternoon on a short loop hike up Table Rock or Eyebrow, or you’re looking for an enjoyable day hike into East Baldpate, up Old Speck or an overnight adventure on the AT or the GLT, Grafton Notch is centrally located. From the parking lot on Route 26, approximately 12 miles from the corner of Route 2 in Newry, you’ll find ample parking space and outhouse-style restrooms in the shadow of Old Speck and Eyebrow Loop. There are no trash receptacles here, so please remember to be a responsible outdoorsman and follow state park rules and carry out what you carry in, and dispose of waste properly. This day I’m on Old Speck and I’m using it as a training hike for my trip to Katahdin, which is 10 days away, and the day is gorgeous. A little chilly as my friend Jackie and I check out the map on the wooden sign in the parking lot, but it’s perfect for our 7.6-mile roundtrip hike ahead. Old Speck is the tallest peak in Grafton Notch, standing at 4,170 feet, and has amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding area from a tower that stands at its summit. Remember, if you’re planning to hike this area prior to July 1, don’t be surprised to see snow, as the shadows of the mountain don’t feel the warmth of the sun much before this. Be prepared. As is our custom while hiking, my friend and I always start out gabbing and laughing as we hoof it up the steepest sections of the trail, not really paying any mind to anything but the trail ahead. We stop and take a few pictures near some cool rock steps
A hiker on the tower at the top of Old Speck, which has 360-degree views of the Mahoosuc and Grafton notch mountain ranges. (Photo by Jackie Dupuis) that have been placed by the trail maintenance crews of the Appalachian Mountain Club, at a plank crossing, and of course, the Cascade Brook waterfall that parallels the trail about a half mile up. If the water is low and you attempt to bask in the cool mountain spring, use caution, as the moss on the surrounding rocks is slippery. Falling near this waterfall could result in extreme injury. Every now and then, Jackie asks if I’ve seen a white Appalachian Trail marker on a tree or rock. My answer is ‘no,’ as there has not been a single marker for more than a quarter mile. If it weren’t for the obvious trail, we would have been concerned, but we know that it is supposed to intersect with the Eyebrow Loop somewhere in the first mile. Even though most of the trail is well marked, always remember to pay attention to your surroundings and know which color marker you’re following, as the GLT is marked in blue and intersects the AT near Old Speck. Jackie and I continue to walk, listening to the birds, hop-scotching rocks in the stream bed, admiring the tall pines that create a nice canopy, shading the
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trail from the increasing heat of the August sun and talking of our plan to hike Katahdin. We can see that we’re coming out to the edge of the mountain and the trail looks familiar to me, as I’ve hiked the Eyebrow on other excursions. Not really sure where the trails intersect, and knowing that we’ve hiked at least a mile, I remember my hiking book that’s stowed in my pack. Looking at the map and comparing with the app on my phone that I’m tracking our hike with, I confirm we’re still on track and we should see the trail split in another tenth of a mile or so. We continue on and sure enough, there is a rock with the first white marker we’ve set eyes on, and a little way after that is the tree with the signs for Old Speck and Eyebrow Loop with the two white slashes indicating a trail junction. It’s always a good idea to have a map handy for your hike, not only so you can find your way, but to help describe your location in the event of an emergency. Knowing where you’re at and being able to describe it to a rescue unit is always helpful. Cresting that next granite ledge and coming into a clearing of short, scrubby pines, with a view of the northwest landscape, is absolutely breathtaking. With blue sky above us and scattered puffy clouds, the sun blankets the landscape. As I look out over that landscape I can hardly contain my excitement for reaching the top of the mountain and seeing what other views are in store. Over the next couple miles, we climb
over exposed roots on a fairly steep incline and meet several thru-hikers of all ages. You can expect to encounter thruhikers all along this section of the AT, especially late July and into August, as they’re trying to make their way to Katahdin before cooler weather sets in. As we near the summit of Old Speck, the trail becomes more exposed on the easterly slope, with thick underbrush lining the trail. About two-tenths of a mile from the summit there is a beautiful view of the Baldpates and Table Rock to the east, as well as a view of Route 26 carving its way back toward Route 2 in Newry. At one-tenth of a mile to the summit, the trail splits; left will take you to the tower at the peak of Old Speck, and right will take you along the AT to Speck Pond Campsite and Speck Pond. On this day, we were short on time, so we decided to venture to the tower for the views and some lunch. If you’re afraid of heights, I don’t recommend you climb the tower, but know that it’s very sturdy with a viewing platform and rails. At the top you’ll see the most amazing 360-degree view of Grafton Notch, as well as the Mahoosucs which rise from the west. Jackie and I take a lot of pictures enjoy the nature along the trail and stop to chat with several thru-hikers, so our total time on the mountain that day was 6 hours. Remember to plan and let someone know where you’re planning to hike. Enjoy your time in our great outdoors.
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Walking trails and hikes
A hiker crossing one of the many bridges that the AMC builds into the side hills of ledge to ensure hiker safety. (Photo by Cherri Crockett) Whether you’re looking for riverside trails right in the village or challenging mountain hikes, the Bethel area has it all. Here are some examples of easier walks/hikes: Bethel Pathway. This gravel/paved trail runs alongside the Androscoggin River and is within easy walking distance of Bethel Village. It crosses the river over a recreational bridge. Along the trail are a
skatepark, playground and picnic area. Mount Will, 3.3 miles total: This loop hike in Bethel and Newry is one of the recreational gems of the Western Mountains. Two outlooks beckon. The northern viewpoint is reached via a selfguided nature trail. Continue along the circuit to the southfacing cliff, which overlooks Bethel’s broad river valley and
its fertile farmlands. With a binocular, hikers can identify many buildings in Bethel Village. The Roost, 1.0 miles total: This prominent ledge south of Gilead, in the White Mountain National Forest, boasts an elevation of less than 1,400 feet -- small by Western Maine standards -- but the vistas are more extensive than many that require far more exertion. The view to the southwest takes in much of the newly designated Wild River Wilderness area, with New Hampshire’s Carter Range forming the backdrop. Step Falls Trail, off Route 26 in Newry, about 8 miles north of the Route 2/26 intersection, runs along Wight Brook, with swimming holes and water cascades. Maggie’s Nature Trail in Greenwood is a network of woods trails with views from ledges.
Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve (Mahoosuc Land Trust) in Rumford. Two scenic trails. Buck’s and Lapham Ledges in Woodstock, with views of surrounding lakes and ponds. Round Mountain and Albany Mountain trails in Albany Township. The Cataracts, a short trail running along Frye Brook in Andover.
Examples of longer hikes:
Bald Mountain, 3.2 miles total: This spectacular cliff in Woodstock overlooks several remote ponds. The footpath passes near scenic Little Concord Pond before briskly climbing an attractive wooded ridge to the open summit. Many people continue from Bald Mountain to the broad, ledgy peak of Speckled Mountain, which lies 1.3 miles beyond.
Puzzle Mountain, 6.4 miles total: The Grafton Loop Trail, although constructed only a few years ago, is quickly becoming one of the most popular hikes in the region. The initial 3.2-mile segment climbs to the summit of Puzzle Mountain in Newry after crossing a series of open ledges. The best views are to the west, with the Mahoosuc Range and the two peaks of Baldpate dominating the horizon. Some of these trips involve rugged footing and walking atop dramatic cliffs and drop-offs. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing. They should carry lunch and water as well as detailed maps and hiking guides. A great reference tool for hikes in the Bethel region can be found at mahoosucpathways.org.
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Cast a line Western Maine’s geography provides watersheds with an abundance of brooks, rivers and lakes. Within minutes of Bethel Village there are spots that produce brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon.
sets of rips that hold trout and salmon. All of these locations can be reached in less than 20 minutes. Some of these lands are private; make sure you ask before you tread.
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There are many ponds in this region that produce brook trout, brown trout, togue, splake, landlocked salmon, bass, pickerel and perch. In most cases a boat is necessary. In neaby Locke’s Mills (Route 26, 5 miles east of Bethel) both North and South Ponds produce good fish, as does Lake
For years the state of Maine has been float stocking the Androscoggin River from Gilead to Bethel with rainbow and brown trout. The Androscoggin has fairly consistent action for rainbows, brookies, browns and landlocked salmon between April and June. As with most trout water, the action picks up again in September when the water cools. West of Bethel, the clear, cold water of the Wild River joins with the tea-colored Androscoggin, forming a seam. Trout usually hold in the seam. East of Bethel, the mouths of Bear and Sunday rivers have confluence that creates nice
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Christopher in Bryant Pond (just south of Greenwood). Keep in mind Maine has specific regulations that apply on many bodies of water. Some waters are catch-andrelease only, some have size limits, and others have a limit on the number of fish allowed per fisherman. Check the laws-and-regulations booklet offered free of charge from any location that sells licenses. For more on fishing in Western Maine go to maine.gov/IFW/fishing/opportunities/index.htm Photo: Upper Andro Anglers Alliance
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Summer at Sunday River
Sunday River Resort may be best known for its winter persona: Excellent skiing for every skill level across eight interconnected mountain peaks and world-class events like The Dumont Cup—not to mention its storied snowmaking. But Sun-
day River is a four-season resort. From scenic Chondola rides to mountain biking and ziplining, Sunday River offers plenty of awesome activities during the summer, too. Yankee Magazine has ranked the Bethel area as New England’s top foliage venue come fall, and pointed to Sunday River’s Chondola as one of the best ways to take in all of the brilliant colors. During summer and fall, the Chondola whisks guests to the mid-mountain Peak Lodge, where views of the Mahoosuc and Presidential mountain ranges extend for miles. No trip to Maine’s Western Mountain region is complete without ogling the immaculate landscape from the top of the
Chondola. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a wedding while you’re up there. Covering all eight of Sunday River’s interconnected peaks, the Sunday River Mountain Bike Park is packed with over 20 miles of terrain that’s perfect for honing your downhill skills and learning new ones. Sunday River offers Learn-To Mountain Bike packages that last one or two hours for all ages. Kids can take advantage of a full fleet of technical Kona rental bikes and will appreciate the Chondola’s bike transport system. Beginners will love the Easy Tiger trail while those more daring souls will feel like veritable headliners after tackling the resort’s more technical trail, Rockstar.
Deep within one of Sunday River’s forests is a Zipline Tour unlike any other. Six lines, ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length, take zippers up and over a ravine and through a wooded wonderland. All thrills, no skills required. Sunday River’s Zipline Tour is perfect for the beginner or intermediate adventurist. Guides set the pace and scene by helping you into your harness and assisting you when loading and unloading at each line. The Tour’s grand finale is a zip down one of the resort’s two parallel Twin Zips, which are an impressive 750 feet long. Other summertime activities at Sunday River include a bungee trampoline, the rock
climbing wall, and a 9-hole disc golf course. Whether you opt to reach new heights or work on your Frisbee handicap, Sunday River’s roster of summer activities will definitely keep the whole family entertained. Tickets and rentals are available at Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge. For the competition-minded (partakers and spectators alike), Sunday River hosts the Tough Mountain Challenge mud race (July 26) and the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship (Oct. 11). For more on these events and other summer activities, please visit sundayriver.com. Photo: Sunday River Resort
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Scenery by bike Western Maine’s varied topography makes for great road biking. Our wide river valleys offer seemingly endless miles of straight and level spinning, much of it through quiet woods and beautiful farmland. And if you’re up for a more physical challenge, head for the surrounding foothills, with great climbs and descents with lengths varying from a 3.5 mile climb up the Monkey Brook Road to the base of Jordan Bowl at Sunday River, to shorter routes right in Bethel village. Here are just a few examples:
In Bethel A short ride starts in Davis Park, right at the foot of Main Street. The park is easily reachable by bike from most Bethel area lodgings. The route follows the recreational pathway that starts here and winds for half a mile along the bank of the Androscoggin River. At the far end of the pathway is a multi-use recreational bridge that spans the river. You can then loop around
back down to the riverbank before returning toward the village. Longer rides starting in the village, include Route 35 toward Stoneham and Lovell, the Intervale/East Bethel roads/Route 26 loop, or Route 2 east toward Newry or Andover. All these rides offer several possible variations.
Sunday River Road A ride from the outskirts of Bethel out Route 2 and down the Sunday River Road will take you past Sunday River Ski Resort, the Artists Covered Bridge and out to the Letter S, a local swimming hole on the Sunday River. You can return by the same route with possible detours up to the Jordan Bowl Hotel, a challenging 3.5 mile climb.
North Road Another option from Route 2 just outside Bethel Village is the North Road, which offers long, mostly flat stretches through land devoted to agriculture and forestry, with occasional views over the nearby Androscoggin River.
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A 21-mile jaunt through nearby Greenwood and Woodstock, just south of Bethel, will take you through some lovely farmland and along the shores of South and North ponds.
The Notches For longer treks, cyclists can ride through the scenic Grafton and Evans Notches, both off Route 2. You can find information about other road rides and local mountain bike routes at Bethel Bicycle on Route 2 in Bethel or from the Chamber of Commerce in Bethel. Bethel Bicycle is a full service shop with expertise in all bicycle repairs, and most repair parts in stock. The shop also hosts group rides on Tuesday and Wednesday nights which can be a great way to find rides in the area. Call the shop at (207) 824-0100 for details. For more information and maps on biking in the region visit exploremaine.org/bike/ lakes-mtns/bethel.shtml
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Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the northeast, is less than an hour’s drive to the west of Bethel. Closer to Bethel are the Crocker Pond and Evans Notch regions in what is sometimes called “the quiet corner of the White Mountain National Forest.” Here you will find peaceful places to camp, hike, explore, and reflect while enjoying a summer day in the forest, on a summit, or on the shore of a pond or brook. Here’s an overview of some attractions near Bethel. For more information, visit www. fs.usda.gov/whitemountain or drop by the Androscoggin Ranger District, 300 Glen Rd.
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Day Hikes Travel just a few miles south on Route 5 or west on Route 2 to reach trails closest to Bethel. Trails vary in difficulty and there’s something for everyone: easy family hikes
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Wildlife Really lucky visitors may get to see a moose swim across a pond – it does happen! -- but more common is the sight of a moose wading along a shore, dunking its head to reach a tasty morsel. Stop by any of the ponds or streams in the national forest to look for moose and species of all sorts. Migrating song birds stop by and offer vocal performances for anyone out and about on an early summer morning, while birds of prey are ever-present over the ponds, streams, and clearings. Remember that all wild animals – even the seemingly nonchalant moose – are dangerous when approached by humans. Always maintain a safe and respectful distance.
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Biking The National Forest offers a variety of terrain for mountain bikers. Riding is allowed on all forest roads and trails except for trails within designated Wilderness, the Appalachian Trail, or roads and trails that are posted closed to bicycles.
Recreation Pass Wherever you go in the White Mountain National Forest, don’t forget your recreation pass. Many highuse trailheads and day-use areas in the National Forest require a recreation pass. Annual and Weekly Passes can be purchased locally at the Androscoggin Ranger District and at the Pleasant River Campground on Route 2 in West Bethel. There are also single day self-service pay stations at many trailheads. Most White Mountain National Forest lands are open and free of charge for your use and
enjoyment. Certain developed sites require payment of a recreation fee authorized via the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Ninty-five percent of fees paid through this Act stay local to help the Forest maintain high quality recreation facilities and trails (2012 Accomplishment Report). Visit fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/ passes for details and ordering information.
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Located in the heart of the Broad Street Historic District, the Bethel Historical Society invites visitors to explore the area’s colorful past at its Museum of Regional History. The Bethel Historical Society’s museum, library and archival collections include a broad range of materials documenting the rich heritage of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire. The society’s two properties—the 1821 O’Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House—are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and contain
nine period rooms and six exhibit galleries. Throughout the year, the society provides a full calendar of lectures, exhibit openings, demonstrations, and educational activities for people of all ages. (Visit www.bethelhistorical.org for a listing of events.) Overlooking the historic Bethel Hill common, the O’Neil Robinson House is one of the town’s most visible 19th century landmarks. Regularly changing exhibits, a wellstocked Museum Shop and the society’s administrative offices are located here.
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The Dr. Moses Mason House next door features a series of fully-furnished period rooms and two floors of Rufus Porter School murals that provide insight into how a prominent Bethel couple lived during the first half of the 19th century. Also located in this building are the society’s research library and an exhibit hall where special summer exhibits are offered and which is used at other times for lectures and special programs. The Bethel Historical Society is open year-round, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; also Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., during July and August. It is closed Sunday and Monday, and Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving Day. During July and August (and by appointment at other times), the society’s period house museum is regularly open for tours.
HISTORIC BETHEL COMMON-The Bethel Common, shown here in a 19thcentury photo, is the centerpiece of the town’s Historic District. Ringing the common are the 1913 Bethel Inn, the old opera house and the famous homes of the Bethel Historical Society. The gazebo, built in recent history, is a popular site for summer concerts and weddings. The common is also the location of the annual Mollyockett Days Festival in July. The Historical Society offers self-guided walking tours of the common and the village.
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Tie the knot in Maine’s mountains A gazebo on a historic common, an old covered bridge, a mountaintop restaurant, and the 18th green on a beautiful golf course are just a few examples of the beautiful settings that draw brides and grooms to marry in the western mountains of Maine. The Artist’s Covered Bridge on the Sunday River Road in Newry is a popular spot. The gazebo on the Bethel Common, next to the century-old Bethel Inn and across from Bethel’s historic district, is another. For the more adventurous, options can include Table Rock ledge in Grafton Notch State Park, or a rock island in Greenwood’s North Pond. Weddings can be built around a theme weekend that incorporates such activities as golf, canoeing, hiking or fly fishing. Sunday River Ski Resort and the Bethel Inn Resort and Country Club both have beautiful golf courses. There are plenty of attractive indoor settings as
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All the arrangements can be made on a day trip to the Bethel area, where florists, cake makers, photographers, and reception sites are happy to work with couples. For anyone planning a wedding at a public location, please check with the town office where the site is located regarding scheduling and other guidelines. Photo: Carol Savage Photography
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In the six years since reopening in a new location (but in the same building), the town of Hanover’s little library has become a community center.
In addition to the obvious offerings - books and other media - it’s a one-stop destination for a crafts corner shop, coffee, bottle redemption and even fishing worms.
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The Gardner Roberts Memorial Library, located on Route 2 east of Bethel, has enjoyed a rebirth since the days when it was tucked into a tiny lot, squeezed up against the house next door, on the Howard Pond Road. The library, built in 1884, was moved in 2007 to the Town Office property on Route 2. Run by volunteers, the library is only open three days a week - but patrons and volunteers pack a lot of activity into those time slots. Much of it relates to checking out books, of course, but there are also social and fundraising events. As former volunteer librarian Barbara Stearns Gross said at the 2007 library dedication, the atmosphere at the library as far back as the 1950s has always been more casual than the stereotypical silence.
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“We didn’t believe in being quiet in the library,” she said. That tradition continues today. On Tuesday afternoons, for example, local women gather around the table in the center of the room for coffee, socializing and crafts work. The crafts made there (and at home) are displayed in a corner and are sold to help pay library expenses. The ‘corner’ was started two years ago after volunteers continued to get requests for them following sales at the annual Fall Festival fundraiser, Peg Susbury said. “It’s been quite successful and we are able to make special orders of many items, for babies, children, adults, home decorations and holiday-specific decorations, for example,” she said. On Wednesdays there’s the “Dollar Book Bakery” bake sale,
where everything is a dollar - except for the baked beans, which go for $2 a pint. “We also offer coffee,” said Susbury. Then there are the more unusual fundraising activities. People can drop off their redeemable bottles, which Bob Susbury returns and then gives the proceeds to the library. More recently - since the closing of the nearby variety store - the library has begun offering refrigerated fishing worms for sale. Another fundraiser is the annual Fall Festival in October, with craft, book and bake sales, lunch, and raffles. Peg said the library volunteers and board are grateful for the support they receive. “We may have a small corps of volunteers, but when we are in need, the community opens its heart and is at our doorstep,” she said. “How lucky we are.”
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An old train depot and a one-room school Visitors to Maine entering the state on Route 2 from New Hampshire will almost immediately have the chance to stop and experience a bit of local history in Gilead. The Gilead Historical Society has brought back to life two of the town’s old buildings – one of which had moved far away for a significant period of time. The 1851 Gilead Railroad Depot is believed to be the oldest rail-related structure in Maine and among the oldest in the United States. Step inside and see the old pot-bellied stove where train travelers used to warm themselves as they waited. On the walls and in cases are many old photos showing rail travel from a bygone era. The building had served as a depot until 1893, when it was moved to the east to
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built in 1903. A visit inside reveals old pupil desks, maps, books and other items. This building moved to its present location from a half mile down the road, where it stood originally as a school and was later used as a country store. In 2009, when the state planned to reroute Route 2 right through the building, the historical society moved and restored it.
The buildings are open May through October on most Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment (call 207-836-2987).
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Below is a sampling of the organized activities planned for this spring and summer in the Bethel area. New events are added all the time, so for the latest information and listings, be sure to check out the Community Calendar in The Bethel Citizen. Please see the PHONE / CONTACT DIRECTORY at the end of this calendar for all contact information not listed below.
The Bethel region has a variety of artists: painters, glass blowers, fiber artists, metal sculptors, wood carvers and many more. Their work can be found at area shops and at local summer festivals. Other artists, both local and visiting, fill the summer air with their music. The village Common in Bethel is the scene of much artistic and musical activity. Early July brings the Bethel Art Fair (July 5) with exhibiting artists, live performers and delicious food. Two weeks later the common comes alive again with arts, crafts and entertainment on MollyOckett Days (July 19 and 20), the biggest local festival of the season. In August there’s a free bandstand concert series on the Common every Sunday. Down Main Street from the Common, “Hoot Night” is a weekly open-mic event in the basement of an historic inn that draws talent from near and far. For a listing of the many local art, music and cultural activities see the Calendar of Events in this publication or go to bethelmaine.com.
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10 Maine Wildlife Park: Wind Over Wings: This nonprofit educational service features magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment and who have overcome extraordinary obstacles. Meet and photograph a live golden eagle, kestrel, screech owl, and raven. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. May 11-Dec 31 Exhibit: In the Field & on the Home Front: Bethel during the Civil War: Featuring artifacts, images and text, this exhibition explores Bethel’s place during the “War of the Rebellion.” Robinson House. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 12 Ellis River Riders: Monthly Membership Meeting. 7pm at the Andover Congregational Church. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 17 Versatility Trail Challenge. 9am at Ellis River Riders show grounds on the Airport Road in Andover. For spectators we have bleachers next to the arena to watch the horse and rider teams go through the obstacles. Contact: Ellis River Riders.
17 Maine Wildlife Park: Endangered and Threatened Species: National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 18 Versatility Clinic with Debbie Little. Improve your horsemanship skills, build your horse’s confidence, and improve the trust between you and your horse. Spectators are welcome to come and watch. Donations are encouraged. 9am to 3pm at the showgrounds on Airport Road in Andover. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 24 St. Nevers Day Sale. 9am3pm. Donated “Treasures” for sale on the lawn of the Hastings Homestead (corner of Mason and Broad streets). Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 24 Faye Taylor Art Show. 10am-4pm at Dr. Moses Mason House. Featuring the art of students in Grades 1-6 in SAD44, and a special display of artwork created by adults from the Bethel area. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 31 Maine Wildlife Park: Archery with Bryant Pond 4H Shooting Sports. Certified archery instructors will have equipment and targets to try your hand at this great family sport. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park.
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13-15 30th Annual American Lung Association Trek Across Maine. 3-day, 180 mile bicycle tour from the mountains of Sunday River Ski Resort to the scenic coastline in Belfast. Fun, challenging and rewarding weekend getaway. Checkin requirements available online. Contact: American Lung Association. 14 Western Dressage Clinic with Jim Badger. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 19-29 Theatre: What the Butler Saw. This classic British sex farce is full of seduction, catastrophe, and chaos. Directed by Tom Littlefield. Contact: Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association. 21 Ellis River Riders Game Show. Show starting at 9am Come watch the fun and enjoy a meal from our food booth. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 22 Ellis River Riders Open Show. 9am Spectators are welcome to come watch and our food booth will be open to enjoy a meal. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 26 Hall Memorial Lecture: Civil War Soldiers’ Quilts. As a lead up to our summer exhibit, Pam Weeks, a quilt historian, appraiser and teacher, as well as Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, will present a program about Civil War soldiers’ quilts. Only sixteen such quilts are known to exist. During her talk, she will outline the origins of the U.S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the War; the roles women played on the home front and the battlefield; and feature the stories of fourteen authentic Civil War soldiers’ quilts. She will also reference the record book of the Ladies’ Union Aid Society of Bethel (1861-1863), which is in the collection of the Maine Historical Society. 7:30pm. Mason House. Contact: Bethel Historical Society.
28 Maine Wildlife Park: Meet Donn Fendler – “Lost on a Mountain in Maine”. Meet the man famous for becoming lost for nearly 2 weeks on Mt. Katahdin in 1939. Donn will autograph his books available at the Nature Store. There will also be survival demonstrations. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 29 Rotary Annual Auction and Yard Sale: This sale has something for everyone. Contact: Bethel Rotary Club.
JULY July 1-Aug 30 Summer Season Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 4 Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert. This free event begins at 11:30am on the side lawn of the Dr. Moses Mason House (14 Broad Street). Bring your lunch and after the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, enjoy a twohour concert by the Portland Brass Quintet. Contact: Bethel Chamber of Commerce. 5 Ellis River Riders Open Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 4-6 Bethel Art Fair: The 25th Annual Bethel Art Fair -- 70 of the finest artists and artisans of Maine & beyond featured with live entertainment and fine fare. Contact: Mahoosuc Arts Council. 5 Maine Wildlife Park: Fish on Ice. Join IFW Fish Culturist Ashley Malinowski to see and photograph several of the species of cold water fish we raise and stock statewide. Learn about electrofishing and some of the fish tagging projects. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. Jul 5-Aug 30 Exhibit Opening: Stitched Together in Time and Place-Valentine Family Quilts:
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Porcupine, Arctic Fox, Insifo Snake, Alligator, Snapping Turtle, Giant Bullfrog, or Egyptian Fruit Bat all while learning how they are connected to Maine’s wildlife. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 19-20 Mollyockett Day: Bethel Community Festival. Parade, arts and crafts fair, frog jumping contest, community band concert, ARTirondack chair auction & raffle, plenty of food & games, fireworks, and much more. ARTirondack Auction 2 pm. An auction of Adirondack chairs hand painted by the finest artists in Western Maine. A great day for all the family! Mollyockett Day is sponsored by the Mahoosuc Arts Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing programs in the arts to the greater Bethel area since 1986. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 20 Ellis River Riders Game Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 21 Annual Mollyockett Day Road Classic. Start times - 8:30am at Bethel Village Common. Three race choices: 5-mile road race through Bethel countryside, 3-mile walk through village streets, 1-mile kids’ fun run for ages 14 and under. T-shirts and prizes. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 18-19 21st Annual New England Forest Rally. The fastest cars on dirt converge at Sunday River for two days of off road racing. newenglandforestrally.com. Contact: Sunday River Resort. 25-27 14th Annual New England Couples Golf Championship. Sign-up today for this fun-filled weekend where couples from
around New England enjoy a lighthearted weekend and two day golf tournament. Whether you bring friends or plan to meet new ones, don’t miss this one of a kind event as we celebrate our 10th year! Fun-filled light-hearted 2-day golf tournament. Contact: Bethel Inn Resort. 26 Yankee Brass Band Concert. The band includes approximately 20 to 25 members who perform with period instruments, authentic reproductions of 19th century “uniforms,” and historically informed arrangements of music from the second half of the 19th century. 2pm Mason House Side Lawn. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 26 Tough Mountain Challenge. Mud races, military style obstacle courses, endurance races and much more. Contact: Sunday River Resort. 26-27 Maine Wildlife Park: The Ancient Ones. This group of re-enactors, in full period dress will, will set up a real Living History Camp from the late 1700s. They will put up a canvas tent and have demonstrations going on all day long, including fire starting, cooking, trading, tomahawk throwing, flint knapping, flintlock rifles, weaving, etc. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 27 Moore Park Art Show in Norway 9am-4pm. Features 50 fine artists and artisans, live music and fine fare plus children’s activities. Contact: Western Maine Art Group.
AUGUST 1-3 4th Annual Maine Comedy Festival. A weekend full of laughs with 4 comedy shows featuring 16+
headlining comics, resort activities and a benefit golf tournament to support The Unity Project.. Call today for our Laugh & Stay packages. Contact: Bethel Inn and Resort. 1-3 Andover Olde Home Days Celebration. Parade, Antique car displays, exhibits, art & flower shows, crafts, firemen’s muster, horse shows, plenty of food and music. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 2 Ellis River Riders Night Game Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 3 Ellis River Riders Open Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 3 Bethel Bandstand Concert Series on the Bethel Common. Free to the public. Rain site at Gould Academy’s Bingham Hall. Contact: Mahoosuc Arts Council. 4-8 Vacation Bible Adventure: “Weird Animals-Where Jesus Love is One-of-a-Kind”. God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures...including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd—nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. Contact: Bethel Alliance Church. 9-10 Maine Wildlife Park: Attean Memorial Pow Wow. Tribal representatives from Maine, New England & around the country will be at the park for two full days with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers & traditional food booths. This year, don’t miss the NEW activities, food, music & Grand Entry presented each day. An exciting opportunity to learn more about Native American culture & heritage. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park.
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9-10 MS Great Maine Getaway: Chose from 25 to 100 mile rides that will challenge and reward you like no other bicycling event. Register, collect contributions and use our powerful online fundraising tools. This is a fully supported event. You train, fundraise and we’ll take care of you during the event! An unforgettable ride. An unbelievable destination. A world Free of MS. Contact: National MS Society New England Chapter. 9 7th Annual Maine State Kids’ Triathlon. A non-competitive 100 yard swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run for ages 8-14. Start and finish at Angevine Park. Registration 1:30-2:30pm. Race starts at 3:00pm. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 10 Bethel Bandstand Concert Series on the Bethel Common. Free to the public. Rain site at Gould Academy’s Bingham Hall. Contact: Mahoosuc Arts Council. 10 23rd Annual Maine State Triathlon/Aquabike. The 20th Annual Maine State Triathlon & Aquabike is a challenging race set on one of the most scenic courses in the east. It’s a sprint triathlon and very “do-able.” 750m swim, 24k cycle, 5.8k run. Individual age categories, team categories (male, female, mixed), novice, Athena, and Clydesdale categories. Prizes for winners and giveaways too. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 14-24 Theatre: Rough and Ready. In this comic musical who knew that land swindles and secession could be so funny? Visit the small
gold rush town of Rough and Ready, California, which (briefly) seceded from the United States, putting their July Fourth celebration in jeopardy. Just what are the town leaders up to? Are the miners as dim as they seem? Directed by Kenn Sawyer. Contact: Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association. 16 Maine Wildlife Park. Chainsaw Wildlife Artists. Join Maine chainsaw carvers Ron Carlson, Tim Pickett, Dan Burns, and Andrew Logan as they use chainsaws to create eagles, bears & more. Watch a block of wood become a work of art. A variety of carvings will be on exhibit & for sale. Bring your cameras & your earplugs! Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 17 Bethel Bandstand Concert Series on the Bethel Common. Free to the public. Rain site at Gould Academy’s Bingham Hall. Contact: Mahoosuc Arts Council. 21-23 38th Annual Trappers’ Convention on East Bethel Road. Trapping demonstrations, fishing contests, coon dog trials, street dance with music and live auctions for both kids and adults. Contact: Bethel Chamber of Commerce. 22-Sept 2 Maine Wildlife Park: The Final Charge. A massive museum quality display showing two huge Bull Moose with locked antlers created by taxidermist Mark Dufresne. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 23-24 Maine Wildlife Park. Enchanted Forests. Fairy houses and gardens are incredibly popular
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31 Ellis River Riders Game Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 31 Bethel Bandstand Concert Series on the Bethel Common. Free to the public. Rain site at Gould Academy’s Bingham Hall. Contact: Mahoosuc Arts Council. 31 Sammy Chapman Golf Classic and Music Tribute. Inaugural golf tournament followed by an afternoon and evening of live music by local musicians including Denny Breau, Brad Hooper and Chad Porter. An event not to be missed... stay tuned for more details. Contact: Bethel Inn Resort.
SEPTEMBER 6 Maine Wildlife Park: Rick Charette Concert. As a singer/ songwriter he has been capturing the hearts & spirits of young & old alike.
Many songs will be about Maine’s wild animals. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 7 Maine Wildlife Park: National Grandparents Day. The first Sunday after Labor Day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Free admission for Grandparents accompanied by their grandchildren. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 9 2014 Fall Pro-Am Golf Festival. 21st annual, this event has attracted players from across New England and as far away as Florida. Come enjoy a unique Pro-am event with entertainment and some of the top golf professional in New England. It’s not just a golf tournament, it’s a golf festival with over $17,000 in cash and prizes! Contact: Bethel Inn Resort.
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10-13 Oxford County Fair. Livestock, animal pulling events, midway, crafts, exhibits and harness racing track. Contact: oxfordcountyfair.com. 11 Bethel Historical Society Annual Meeting. A 6:30pm pot-luck supper will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting at 7:30pm, during which officers and trustees for 20142015 will be elected. Following the Meeting, Dean B. Bennett, UMF Professor Emeritus, author, illustrator, and national award winning environmental activist, will present “In Banjo Time: History and Music of the 4-String Roaring Twenties Banjo.” Howe Exhibit Hall, Dr. Moses Mason House. Mason House exhibit hall. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 13 Ellis River Riders Game Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 14 Ellis River Riders Open Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 20 Two Fly Contest. Fishermen fly-cast from 6am to 2pm on the Upper Androscoggin River trying to catch the largest and most brook, rainbow and brown trout with the use of only two flies. After the contest there is a drift boat parade up Main Street and around the common followed by the awarding of trophies and prizes. Contact: Upper Andro Angler’s Alliance. 20 Lecture: The Wilderness Act at 50. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with an illustrated program by David Govatski, a forester and environmental consultant from Jefferson, NH, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than thirty years. During his
presentation, Govatski will focus on Wilderness areas in the nearby White Mountain National Forest, including the 14,000-acre Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, which lies entirely in Maine. Mason House 1:30pm. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 20 Bethel Harvest Fest and Chowdah Cook-off. Mostly a Saturday event, but some Friday and Sunday items. An old-fashioned fun fall festival including “chowdah” cookoff, arts & crafts fair, apple pie contest, farmers’ market, bike tours, chainsaw carving, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber. 26, 27 & 28 Therapeutic Massage Presents: Radical Wholeness A weekend workshop with Philip Shepherd, author of New Self, New World. Learn and explore methods to reunite conscious thinking with deep-dwelling intelligence of the body. Friday the 26th at 7pm there will be a lecture open to the public, $15 donation. Downtown Bethel. Workshop the 27th 10am-5pm, and 28th 11am-6pm. Lunch provided. Register thru www.philipshepherd. com or email email@example.com, 207-824-3889. 27 Maine Wildlife Park: North Woods Law Day. Meet the Maine Game Wardens of the popular Animal Planet TV show “Northwood’s Law”. At least 8 of this season’s wardens, some with their canines, will be on hand to sign autographs and have their photos taken. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park. 28-Oct 5 Fryeburg Fair. The Fair offers an incredible array of food, entertainment, and rides and has over 3,000 animals. Contact: fryeburgfair. com.
2 Lecture: Daniel E. Heywood: His Place in the Tapestry of Wildlife Conservation. Dr. William B. Krohn, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology, will introduce attendees to the adventures and accomplishments of Daniel E. Heywood (1869-1911), who was born and raised on a farm on the southwest shore of Umbagog Lake near the Maine/New Hampshire border. Mason House 7:30pm. Contact: Bethel Historical Society. 11 Ellis River Riders Special Fun Day Show. Contact: Ellis River Riders. 11 15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship. The North American Wife Carrying Championship draws thousands of spectators to the grasscovered slopes of Sunday River each fall and receives world-wide media attention as teams compete for fame, fortune, and a chance to compete at the World Championships in Finland the following summer. Contact: Sunday River Resort. 11-12 Sunday River Fall Festival. A weekend of activities at South Ridge Base Lodge during peak foliage that includes a free outdoor concert, the Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair, a season kick-off party, the North American Wife Carrying Championship, BBQ’s and more. Contact: Sunday River Resort. 17-18 Maine Wildlife Park. Halloweenfest. Celebrate Halloween in 2 nights of fun with the Park’s native wildlife! Park staff & volunteers will stop at nothing to give you & your family NEW scares & fun! Don’t miss
NEW Halloween displays, Haunted Hay Rides, Games, Contests, Huge Door Prizes & more! Wear your costumes! Contact: Maine Wildlife Park.
24-25 Annual Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale. New and used equipment, clothing, for alpine, Nordic, snowboard, and other winter sports. Contact: Bethel Outing Club.
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22 Broad Street, Bethel (207) 824-3496 Authentic Italian fare with warm and friendly hospitality in the heart of Bethel. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails in our Martini Bar and parlour rooms.
Bethel Inn Resort On the Common, Bethel (207) 824-2175 Featuring a seasonal menu with fresh seafood, Prime Rib, fresh Maine Lobster, and more. Enjoy candlelight dining and great views of the golf course and surrounding mountains, all in a comfortable setting. Reservations suggested. Breakfast 7:30-9:30am midweek, and 7-10am weekends, dinner is served Friday and Saturday 5:30-9pm
The Jolly Drayman at the Briar Lea 150 Mayville Road, Bethel (207) 824-4717 Cozy English pub. Offering a great selection of draught beers, bottled beers, wines, and a fully stocked bar. Our menu offers a selection of British, Indian and American favorites. The Jolly Drayman Pub has a AAA 3 Diamond rating and has been recognized by Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England”, Down East Magazine, Bon Appetit, and many more. Kowloon Village Chinese Restaurant 188 Main Street, Bethel (207) 824-3707 Serving Chinese, Szechuan and Hunan cuisine, full bar. American dishes are also available. You can either dine in or take-out.
Maurice Restaurant Francais
109 Main Street, South Paris (207) 743-2532 151 Main Street, Bethel Delicious continental cuisine at affordable (207) 824-2174 prices. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday at Enjoy classic French-inspired bistro food 4pm. Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11am-1:30pm. (such as our signature salmon in sorrel sauce, Sunday breakfast buffet 8-10:30am. Sunday quiches and pâté), plus a selection of SudBrunch 11am-2pm. bury Inn classics including duck, seafood and steak entrées. Choose from our new bistro bar Millbrook Tavern & Grille Downstairs at the Bethel Inn room or the classic New England feel of our On the Common, Bethel porch or dining room. (207) 824-2175 Crosstone Restaurant Open for lunch, dinner, and late for cocktails & Conference Center with dinner specials nightly. Offering Route 26, Woodstock fresh seafood, steaks, and burgers with an (207) 674-2932 extensive lighter fare menu of soups, salads, A family friendly menu that includes steak, sandwiches, and more. seafood, baskets, burgers, Blue Plate Specials, Mill Hill Inn/Studio Bistro Bar a kids’ menu, and more. Summer hours are 15 L’Auberge Lane, Off the Common, Bethel 7am - 1pm and 4 - 8pm, 7 days a week. Eat (207) 824-3241 in/Take out. Casual Dining, Cocktails, (wines, unique DiCocoa’s Market & Bakery beers), Private Parties, Weddings in a Unique Corner of Main & Vernon Street, Bethel and Eclectic Setting, Gardens, Art, Pottery and (207) 824-6386 Culinary Events. Rooms are available 7 days Local foods! Made from scratch pastries and a week. gelato, organic espresso, teas, and sodas. Pat’s Pizza Stop in for a tasty meal, snack, or pick up Route 2, Across from Rite Aid, Bethel something to go! (207) 824-3637 Inman’s Diner & Dairy Bar Some tasty samples of our six-page menu: Route 2 West, Bethel Salad Pizzas are favorites with six salad (207) 824-4626 choices, Chicken fingers and fries for the little Family friendly diner and dairy bar speciallogger, Steak-Loaded Subs, Italian Subs, and izing in traditional American fare, pizza, Roll-up sandwiches, a full bar, and we also ofsandwiches, seafood, burgers, vegetarian, ice fer gluten-free dough and gluten-free beer. cream treats, and more. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Eat in, takeout, & delivery.
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The Sudbury Inn
Route 2, 159 Mayville Road, Bethel (207) 824-0309 Dining for the entire family! Featuring Maine LOBSTER & SEAFOOD, char-grilled steaks n’ chops, New England specialties, pizza, burgers, dinner salads, and a great kids menu. Fun, casual and affordable! Reservations accepted for any size party. Daily specials offered. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Catering services available.
151 Main Street, Bethel (207) 824-2174 Suds Pub is THE Bethel restaurant for pizza. We also have a huge selection of pub grub, including our award winning chili, chowder and apple pie, plus 29 beers on tap - the largest choice of New England beers in Western Maine. Suds is open seven days a week from 11:30 am. Food, including take-out, is served until 9:30 pm (10 pm at weekends). Beverages, live music (Thursday through Saturday) and good cheer are available until the wee hours.
Main Street, Andover (207) 392-2253 Home cookin’, baking from scratch! Friday nights: prime rib night. Saturday nights: pizza buffet. Open 6:30am-2pm Tuesday-Thursday, 6am-8pm Friday and Saturday, 7am-2pm Sunday.
151 Main Street, Bethel (207) 824-2174 Along with Suds Pub, we were recommended as “where to eat” by the New York Times in January 2013. Dinner choices, from Sudbury classics like our awardwinning clam chowder, roasted duckling and broiled seafood sampler to Maine lobster and wicked good homemade desserts, the Sudbury Inn offers delicious food and great service in our cozy dining room or on the scenic glassed porch overlooking Main Street. Open from 5.30 until 9 pm.
S.S. Milton 43 Main Street, Bethel (207) 824-2589 Serving classic American Cuisine with a down-home touch. We pride ourselves with offering one of the most varied menus in the Bethel area -- everything from Lobster and Rack of Lamb to Steak, Chicken, and Pasta.
The Loon’s Nest at Kezar Lake Marina 219 West Lovell Road, Lovell (207) 925-1911 Full-service restaurant with upper and lower decks overlooking the lake, indoor air-conditioned dining, and an additional take-out window. Featuring our famous Blobsters appetizer, seafood, burgers, pizza, and more.
Thai Smile 2 41 Main Street, Route 2, Mexico (207) 364-2710 Thai specialties, noodles, curry, sushi, and stir fry. Lunch specials from $8.95. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Heat & Eat/Take-Out Good Food Store & Catering Company Route 2, Bethel (207) 824-3754 Daily lunch specials, heat & eat foods for dinner, catering & chef service. Gourmet coffees and teas, cookies, cakes, sweet things, great salads and sandwiches, including vegetarian options, and heat-andeat meals.
Smokin Good BBQ Route 2, Bethel (207) 824-4PIG Dry rubbed with secret spices, our meats are smoked in a timehonored method, using only local hardwood, at a very low heat, for a long time. All of our sides are made from scratch, prepared in our unique style. Open ThursdaySunday 11:30-7.
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Mill Hill Inn
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357 Mayville Rd, Bethel (207) 824-2808 • 888-224-8413 www.riverviewresort.com
River View Resort
The Sudbury Inn
Enjoy great Brasserie food plus Sudbury Inn classics in a relaxed atmosphere: in our gorgeous bar room, fireside, or on our scenic porch
Open from 5pm Tuesday-Saturday for cocktails & Dinner
Sunday River Ski Resort • 800-543-2SKI www.sundayriver.com 151 Main St, Bethel • (207) 824-2174 www.thesudburyinn.com
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Littlefield Beaches Campground
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South Ridge Center, Sunday River Ski Resort • PO Box 450, Bethel 04217 824-5051 • sundayriver.com
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Custom Built Home, Woodstock
Beautifully restored Federal/Cape, center chimney. Unsurpassed White Mountain Views, Open Fields, Perinnial Gardens, Woods, Stonewalls, FarmPond, all on peaceful 108 acres. $474,900 For Details call Brenda @ 207-890-5555.
4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, custom built home on private lot. Minutes from Mt. Abram, Sunday River, Downtown Bethel. $277,000 For Details call Cassie @ 207-418-1560.
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16 Parkway, Bethel ME
Holidae House Inn $505,000
Village Area Home $174,900
Restored 1870 Farmhouse $275,000
Private 4 Bedroom $329,000
6 Unit - Bethel $599,000
Minutes to the Mountain $269,000
Riverfront Chalet-New! $309,000
Mt Abram Chalet $275,000
Meadow & Mtn Views $179,000
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Hutchinson Pond Cabin $339,000
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South Pond Shores $329,000
South Pond Access $375,000
Village Area Home $225,000
Beach Access $387,900
Sunday River Road $270,000
Powder Ridge $335,000
Spectacular Views & Home $444,000
North Pond Cabin $208,000
Riverfront Farmhouse $469,000
Great Location, Will View $329,000
Restaurant - Bethel $459,900
Commercial - Bethel $549,000
Greenwood Ski House $249,000
Ideal Vacation Home $252,900
Get-A-Way Cabin $125,000
Mountainside Home $750,000
Paradise Road Home $530,000
New Chalet! $224,900
Outstanding Ski House $549,000
Birch Woods Cabin $329,900
So. Exposure 4Bdrm $264,000
Village Home $185,000
Farmhouse - Route 2 $299,000
Sunday River Inn $850,000
Commercial Opportunity $279,000
Lake Christopher $479,000
Private Chalet - 20 acres $499,000
Log Home - 18 Acres $425,000
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