Things to do Outdoors

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.

BANGOR — The Bangor Land Trust is holding its fifth annual Pedal the Penobscot Road Ride on Sunday, Sept. 11. Festivities begin at the Bangor Waterfront and finish at the Sea Dog Brewery. Call 942-1010 to register, or register online at www.bangorlandtrust.org. If you are riding with friends sign up as a team (3 or more riders). Registration is $45 per rider. Student registration fee is $25 per rider. All riders will have the chance to win prizes including a Camden120 kayak donated by Old Town Canoe.

ORONO — Get a taste of rock climbing outdoors for all skills levels with with experienced and certified guides from Acadia Mountain Guides 10 a.m.-2p.m. every Saturday beginning Sept. 10. Gain technical tips and explore local routes. Guides will help you set up climbs, belay you on a climb, offer movement coaching, demonstrate anchor systems, rappelling, or lead climbing, critique and offer suggestions. The $10, four-hour sessions Sept. 10 will be held at Eagle’s Bluff, on Sept. 17 at Park’s Pond Bluff, on Sept. 24 at Eagle’s Bluff, Oct. 1 at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Oct. 8 at Eagle’s Bluff, and Oct. 15 at Eagle’s Bluff. Get a ride or meet guides there. Call 866-7562 to register, if you need a ride or want more details. Equipment provided.

ROCKPORT — From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Merryspring Nature Center will host a free family workshop on Forts and Fairy Houses. Participants can build their own secret fortress in the woods, or construct a tiny home for imaginary forest dwellers. Merryspring will supply ideas and natural building supplies; kids and grown-ups supply the creativity. The center is located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For information, call 236-2239 or visit www.merryspring.org

 

ROCKPORT — Greg Marley will offer a 6½-hour class on “Foraging for Maine’s Wild Mushrooms; an Identification Class” 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road. For information, contact Toni Goodridge at 236-2239.

 

STEUBEN — Join popular photographers Craig Snapp and Hos Hosley, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 10 (rain date Sept. 11), for a hike up scenic Pigeon Hill and free instructional photo outing. Afterward Snapp will demonstrate how to stitch photos and make panoramic prints. This workshop is for all levels. Come enjoy the newly opened Silver Mine Trail offering dramatic views on the eastern slope. Bring your own camera and equipment, sunscreen, lunch or snacks, and water. Meet at the Pigeon Hill Preserve parking lot, Pigeon Hill Road.

WASHINGTON — A local expert will talk about mushrooms and their various uses at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Gibbs Library. David Spahr, a photographer and mycologist who lives in Washington, is the author of “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.” Besides tasty cookery, many mushrooms have properties that can be used to treat cancer, AIDS and other diseases. Spahr has a website devoted to this 30 years of work studying mushrooms, mushroom-collecting.com. The free event at Gibbs Library is sponsored by the Midcoast Audubon Society, which presents various programs for the public year-round. For information, call 832-5584.

WINTER HARBOR — Explore the Schoodic Peninsula (Winter Harbor and the villages of Gouldsboro) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, for special events including farming the land and the sea, creating wines and spirits, smoked seafood, the art of antiques, pottery, fused glass, bling, hand crafted jewelry, contemporary art, art of cooking and special Peninsula delights. Visit www.schoodiccreates.com for more details.

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