The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend includes Midcoast events

Sep 12, 2018
Geologist George Kendrick will explore some of the oldest rocks on Vinalhaven at Skoog Park Sept. 30.

Thousands of Mainers are expected to participate in the Maine Outdoor Coalition’s 14th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30. The event has been expanded to encompass a full week to give more organizations a window to participate and allow for weather rescheduling.

Georges River Land Trust will offer a free presentation by John Bunker on his mission to save Maine’s apple heritage Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Langlais Scupture Preserve, 576 River Road, Cushing

Through the catalog of Fedco Trees, a mail-order company he founded in Maine 30 years ago, Bunker has sown the seeds of a grassroots apple revolution. Fedco Trees every year takes a selection of rare heirloom apples and attempts to make them less rare. Bunker has scouted and harvested cuttings of “lost” heirloom apple trees all over New England. When he finds one of these missing links, he grafts it onto root stocks at the Fedco nursery and begins selling the trees a few years later. Bunker estimates that over the past 30 years he has saved anywhere from 80 to 100 varieties from oblivion.

The land trust will also host Langlais Sweet Cider Day, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. Charles Waite Maclin, also known as Pastor Chuck, of Pastor Chuck’s organic apple products, will bring his small cider press and the know-how to create cider with the land trust's own organic Langlais apples. Pastor Chuck also works with the Cushing Community School and its Green Team. This free event will offer samples to try and is suited for children.

Geologist George Kendrick will explore some of the oldest rocks on Vinalhaven at Skoog Park, 12 Skoog Park Road, Sunday, Sept. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Kendrick will explain how the nor’easters of 2018 have revealed an ancient forest. Wear appropriate footwear for walking on rocks and sand. Meet at Skoog Park to carpool to State Beach.

For the full Great Maine Outdoor Weekend schedule and more information, visit


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