Museum moves to Kingfield

Posted Oct. 03, 2009, at 1:22 a.m.

The Ski Museum of Maine, an organization dedicated to preserving the unique and storied history of the state’s ski industry, has moved to Kingfield.

The museum’s new home is located above the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet and provides a more secure and financially viable home thanks to a partnership with Sugarloaf.

“It’s a pretty ideal location for us,” museum president John Christie said in a news release. “The space is more than adequate and a bit bigger than our current location, actually. The Kingfield area is growing as a year-round destination and being that it’s right in the heart of ski country, it seems like the right place for us.”

The museum began informally in 1995 when the Sugarloaf Ski Club cleaned out the organization’s files from the 1950s through the 1970s. Lacking space to store the material and reluctant to destroy it, members suggested a museum, which existed without a physical home until it opened in Farmington in 2006.

The museum continued in Farmington on a month-to-month lease until Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller proposed the idea of relocating to the Kingfield location.

“We have always been big supporters of the ski museum and we’re excited to be able to help in this way,” Diller said. “having a secure, long-term home for the museum will help the board work to preserve the unique and fascinating history of all of Maine’s ski areas.”

Christie said the availability of knowledgeable volunteers was another reason the move to Kingfield made sense.

Megan Roberts, the director of the museum, said the move will allow the organization to focus on its primary goal of preserving Maine’s ski history.

“After all of the growth we’ve experienced over the past three years, it’s great to be able to catch our breath and concentrate on our goals,” Roberts said. “The new location is a nice, large space, and we’ll be able to display even more of the artifacts and collections that we have accumulated over the years.”

The museum will offer a sneak preview of its new location during Sugarloaf’s annual homecoming weekend Oct. 10-11, and is planning an official grand opening for November or early December.

For more information, go to www.skimuseumofmaine.org.

Ski club sale set in Bangor

The Penobscot Valley Ski club has scheduled its 39th annual ski and snowboard equipment sale for Oct. 17.

The event will be held at the Bangor Armory/Parks and Recreation building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New and used equipment will be on sale.

The club meets on Tuesday nights. Those seeking more information on the club may call 989-1709 or visit www.pvskiclub.org.

Canoe/kayak trip set Saturday

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is hosting a canoe/kayak trip on the Marsh River today.

The trip starts at 9 a.m. and participants should meet at the Sherman Marsh rest area on Route 1 in Newcastle. SVCA board member Tom Eichler will guide the paddle through this beautiful tidal estuary.

Participants should bring a life vest, water and lunch. The trip is free and open to the public, contact SVCA at 586-5616 or svca@sheepscot.org

To submit an item for publication in the Outdoor Notebook, send e-mail to jholyoke@bangordailynews.net, fax to 990-8092 or mail information to Outdoor Notebook, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402-1329.

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