Announcements from Maine Coast Heritage Trust regarding winter activities in Witherle Woods Preserve:
1) Witherle Woods Preserve in Castine will be hosting the Blue Hill Peninsula Nordic Ski Club like in the past. A number of trails easily accessed from the Battle Ave. entrance will be groomed for cross country skiing by the BHPNSC. The BHPNSC asks that visitors try to enjoy the preserve off of the groom while not in skis. The groomed section of the trail will allow for hiking and snow-shoeing to the side and all trails remain open to the public. Visitors not affiliated with the BHPNSC are encouraged to get out and ski the trails (snow permitting) and to participate in programming.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is making a special allowance for the use of a snowmobile in Witherle Woods to be used exclusively by BHPNSC and for the purpose of grooming trails for visitor use. Please be cautious using the preserve around the groomer and alert the operator of your presence if you are using the same trail. Grooming will be sporadic and weather dependent but will be contained to the trails labeled on the Preserve Kiosks.
Please contact Caleb Jackson, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Regional Steward at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
2) The Blue Hill Nordic Ski Club will be celebrating the opening of its second season in the Witherle Woods Preserve on Saturday December 19. Come join the volunteers on the Manor Inn’s lawn from 10am to noon as they outfit local youth age 5-14 with skis, boots and ski poles for the 2015-2016 ski season.
Long time Nordic (cross-country) Skiers, Nancy and W.G. Sayres started the non-profit ski group last year after being inspired by a Vermont based program that their granddaughter attended. Their goal is to get kids outside and to provide low cost Nordic skiing lessons to local youth. Nancy, a retired teacher, and W.G have been joined by a number of generous volunteers and donors including Castine residents Nancy Watson, Thomas Ehrman and Mark Fenton, The Manor Inn in Castine and Maine Coast Heritage Trust to bring this programming to the area.
Children registered for the program will be lent skis, boots and poles for the 2015-2016 ski season. Guided sessions will be held Saturday mornings from 10am to noon, January through March. Everyone will meet on the Manor Inn lawn in Castine and will progress to Witherle Woods Preserve next door where the trails will be groomed for Nordic skiing. The cost for participation is $25 per child or $40 per family. Donations and volunteers are encouraged.
For more information or to register email: BlueHillPeninsulaNordicSkiClub@gmail.com
Bastille Day Festival
Friday, July 14th
Join us in Castine for a Bastille Day Celebration on July 14th, the French National Holiday that connects Castine to its French heritage, which includes the Baron de St. Castin. French cooking demonstrations, our signature Picnic en Blanc dinner, educational lectures on our rich history, children’s carnival on the Common, and a waterfront concert are just a few of the exciting events being offered throughout our third annual Bastille Day celebration.
The Baron’s Beach and Beacon 5K race, which begins at 9am on Saturday, July 15th, will be run by summer residents, visitors, and nearby communities in the Downeast area. Our 5K run will begin at the waterfront overlooking Penobscot Bay and extend to Castine’s historic Dyce Head Lighthouse. Click here to register for 5K or 10K RACE.
Click on the below link to view details for the upcoming summer Castine Classic Race/Aage Neilsen Celebration
August 2-3, 2017
Click on the below link to view details for this upcoming September 2017 Castine event
2013 Community Survey:
The Castine Community & Economic Development Committee (CED) is pleased to release the results of their town-wide survey, including the Maine Maritime Academy population, which was conducted in late spring. As the CED seeks to define community and economic policy for Castine, the survey will serve as a valuable resource for guidance, for understanding what is p0ssible, and for reflecting on where there could be both controversy and opportunity. We thank all who have taken part in making this survey a reality.