People of all ages are invited to the Merryspring Nature Center to celebrate the winter solstice with a bonfire and Native American traditions on Dec. 21 from 2-4 p.m.
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. According to a Merryspring press release, Soyalangwul is the Zuni Pueblo ritual to bring the sun back from its winter slumber.
Participants will begin at the Ross Center in Camden where they can make “pahos” or prayer sticks to bless the community, including homes, animals and plants, while enjoying hot cider and cookies. The group will proceed to the bonfire for fun and frolics, and prayer sticks can be placed in the fire to express wishes for the coming year and thanks for the year past. All are encouraged to bring drums, rattles or other instruments to enliven the festivities.
Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located in Camden.
For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at www.merryspring.org.
Eagle Lake gearing up for race
The town of Eagle Lake will welcome mushers and spectators on Jan. 24 for the running of the Irving Woodlands/Mad Bomber 100 Sled Dog Race.
Teams will race 100 miles to Moose Point Camps and back to Eagle Lake, and will compete for a share of the $10,000 prize pool.
Visitors to the race will also find numerous activities throughout the weekend.
On Jan. 23 there will be a public supper and driver meeting held at the Eagle Lake Elementary School. Serving starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person.
Immediately following the driver meeting their will be a “Meet the Mushers” social, hosted by the Tamarack Inn in Eagle Lake. This is an opportunity for the public to meet the drivers and find out what makes these individuals some of the most competent outdoors people in Maine.
The race starts at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24 and leaves from the Public Beach on Old Main Street.
Once all the racers are out on the trail there are events planned during the day. Local mushers not in the race will be giving sled dog rides from the beach area. The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting different events during the day. There will be a snowshoe wiffle ball tournament as well as the Eagle Lake 100 Shoveling Contest. There also will be a Mad Bomber Look-a-Like Contest. Maine Winter Sports will be on hand to loan cross country skis to those interested in trying XC skiing on Eagle Lake during the day. A family swim and craft fair is also n tap.
Race officials are also going to have a spectator area along the trail for those wishing to cheer on the teams before they reach their first required layover. The location will have signage and ample parking.
The race will conclude sometime late Saturday night into the early morning hours Sunday. There will be a public breakfast and awards ceremony on Sunday at the Elementary School beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $6
For more information see www.eaglelake100.com, email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-834-5354.
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