The first day of fall in Maine is now behind us. Weather is getting cooler, days are getting shorter, leaves are turning vibrant colors and falling to the ground. And folks across our beautiful state are heading to Homecoming events – at high schools, colleges and universities. Wikipedia defines homecoming as: “The tradition of welcoming back former students and members and celebrating an organization’s existence”. The Merriam-Webster definition may be even more fitting: “The return of a group of people usually on a special occasion to a place formerly frequented or regarded as home”.
That special homecoming occasion here is Sugarloaf’s annual Homecoming Celebration on October 5-7 where many traditional events will be going on all weekend, and the full schedule can be seen at https://www.sugarloaf.com/events-calendar/homecoming-2018. Sugarloaf’s Homecoming Weekend lures fellow CVOA members, among many others, back to the Western Mountains of Maine in part to celebrate our organization’s existence. There are a few opportunities during the weekend for CVOAers to do just that.
To help celebrate CVOA and welcome new members, our Adventure Coordinator, Stephanie Frost, has organized a hike to Poplar Stream Hut for lunch on Sunday, meeting at the CV Town Office parking lot at 11. There are more details in this newsletter, so be sure to check it out and join us for a lovely fall hike. Thanks, Stephanie – physical activity and eating make for a traditional, fun adventure with CVOA!
Diane Stone, Range Secretary, reports that the range will be open for Five Stand Shoot Saturday 9-12 and Trap Shoot 9-12 Sunday for current range members. For those of you who have not seen the Five Stand addition to the range or the new berms built just this summer you should stop by. If you want to see what the range has to offer as a new member, or just want to check out the incredible view of the Bigelow Mountains, make sure to include a stop at the range and check it out.
Of course, the place to start your Homecoming Weekend is with a stop at the CVOA booth in the base lodge to catch up with friends and renew your CVOA membership. The booth is open from 9-5 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday, staffed by shifts of CVOA volunteers who have offered to spend 2 hours greeting current members who can renew their annual membership and meeting and signing up new members. There are a few time slots left, so if you have a few hours either day to share you CVOA adventures with guests and introduce them to the outdoor world of CVOA contact me at email@example.com or call me at 207.735.3984 and I’ll get you on the schedule.
I hope that your Sugarloaf Homecoming will be a fun fall weekend enjoying all that this special place in Maine has to offer.
Best to all,
Bonnie Farrar ~ CVOA President