Maine author John Neff will present a program titled Stories around a Katahdin Campfire Tuesday, March 2 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road. His talk is based on his book “Katahdin: An Historic Journey – Legends, Explorations, and Preservation of Maine’s Highest Peak,” published in 2006 by Appalachian Mountain Club Books.

Neff will take his audience on a journey into the Katahdin region to explore the native kinship with the mountain; the Colonial surveyors and early explorers; the lumbering and sporting camp eras; and the people who were touched by the mountain’s spirit. He will tell some lesser-known stories and adventures associated with this remarkable wilderness area so loved by the people of Maine.

Copies of his book will be available for any who might wish a signed copy. Neff is a retired United Methodist Church pastor who lives in Winthrop. He has hiked and backpacked in the Katahdin region for more than 45 years and still maintains a five-mile section of the Appalachian Trail within Baxter State Park.  Neff is a past president of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and a founding member and first president of the Friends of Baxter State Park.

Admission to the talk is $5, free for Merryspring members and all children. Merryspring is a member-supported nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza. For more information, call 236-2239 or visit

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