BREWER, Maine — Just in time to lift you out of the winter doldrums, the second annual Cabin Fever Reliever presented by the Penobscot Fly Fishers will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Brewer Auditorium.
And it’s free.
“It’s educational, hands-on and with something for the whole family,” said club member Don Corey. “It’s a way to break the winter doldrums — and hey, we’ve got food and dogs, too.”
Last year, more than 700 people attended the two-day event. The focus of the event is interactive, Corey said, with lots of demonstrations, including fly tying. Children will have the opportunity to learn the basics of fly tying.
A paddle maker, a pack basket maker and custom knife maker also will be part of the mix.
And wildlife artist Mark McCollough will set up his easel to work on a painting in progress.
On Saturday, take in “GPS Maps and More” with Randy McEwen, “Starting and Training Your Versatile Hunting Dog” with the Sebasticook Valley chapter, “Becoming a Maine Guide” with Capt. John Rogers, “Becoming a Junior Maine Guide” with Scott Ryder and “Preparing Your Trophy for Mounting” with John Dykstra, not to mention dozens of exhibitors.
Come back on Sunday for “Bass Fishing Techniques” with Jeff Fahey and Rob Gould, “Getting Started in Fly Fishing” with the Penobscot Fly Fishers, “GPS, Maps and More” with Randy McEwen, and “Starting and Training Your Versatile Hunting Dog” with Peter Wade.
The Abnaki Archers will be on hand again this year, with an indoor range set up where children can try their hand at shooting arrows.
“It’s always popular,” Corey said.
Parents interested in conservation camp for their children during the summer will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from Bryant Pond Conservation Camp and Greenland Point Conservation Camp in Princeton.
Raffle tickets for a canoe and a fly rod will be available at the event. Door prizes donated by area businesses will be awarded throughout the day.
Corey said plans for future Cabin Fever Reliever events call for outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and sled dog demonstrations.
For information, visit cabinfeverreliever.com.